10 Best 1980s Horror Movies You Forgot About, Ranked

Many of the major directors and genres of modern horror were established during the 70s.

But Cronenberg, Carpenter, Stephen King adaptations, body horror, slashers and more replicated wetly and crawled into their true skin suits in the high gloss 80s.  Look upon the most hideous visages of the decade and despair!

Re-Animator (1985)

Nothing quite captures the joy of horror films like Herbert looking back and forth between a head and a body and exclaiming, “I’ve never done whole parts before!” Then, of course, he brings them back to life.

The Shining (1980)

Nicholson smiles and chuckles and deploys advanced eyebrow-waggling technology. But it’s still no contest when Kubrick has the camera and can make the scenery eat itself.

Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet is usually classified as a noir or a thriller or an art film rather than as horror. Dennis Hopper’s volcanically bizarre, gas-mask-huffing performance as the villainous Frank alone makes the film right for this list, though.

The Evil Dead (1981)

Sam Raimi perfected his Loony Tunes brand of horror comedy with the 1987 remake of Evil Dead II. But as great as that film is, I still pledge my love to the original.

The Dead Zone (1983)

Scanners, Videodrome, and The Fly established director David Cronenberg as a master of body horror, exploding heads, and giant larva babies. But his best of the decade is this largely gore-free Stephen King adaptation.

Terminator (1985)

James Cameron’s Terminator takes unstoppable killers like Michael and Jason, gives them a chrome tune-up and a science-fiction logic, and sends them out to slaughter street thugs and cops alike.

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