The 80’s Horror genre gave us some of the goriest and most original films that made us peer from behind the couch. Here are the Top 10 80s Horror Movies.

The ominous twin girls from the movie The Shining.

10. Day of the Dead (1985)

This is the third film in George A. Romero's Dead series. With zombies having overrun the globe, a small team of surviving humans hide in an underground bunker in Florida. They consist of an uneasy alliance of scientists and the military personnel.

9. The Fly (1986)

This '80s horror remake turned out pretty nifty. This thriller, from David Cronenberg, stars Jeff Goldblum as a scientist attempting to crack a teleportation code - but things go wrong when his DNA becomes spliced with that of a fly's thanks to a problematic trial. It's not long before the fly DNA starts to take control.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

It's hard to recall a time when Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) actually WAS scary, but a quick re-watch of Wes Craven's dream-stalking scare-flick will remind you, as the nightmare-weaver goes after the teenage residents of Elm Street, including young Nancy (Heather Langenkamp).

A Nightmare on Elm Street

7. The Howling (1981)

Released the same year as An American Werewolf In London, Joe Dante's similarly tongue-in-cheek pooch flick is arguably even scarier, mostly thanks to its remote location and a fantastically nightmarish turn by lead wolf Robert Picardo. Ignoring the plot of Gary Brandner's original novel, the film follows disturbed news reporter Karen (Dee Wallace) to a spiritual retreat where monsters lurk.

6. Friday The 13th Part 2 (1980)

Though the saga of Jason Voorhees' obsession with slice-n-dicing teenagers became something of a bad joke after the franchise's first four entries, number two is easily the creepiest as our heroine Ginny (Amy Steel) goes up against Jason himself. This is before the hockey mask, and he's wearing a deliciously sinister sack over his deformed head.

5. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Expertly blending laughs with scares, John Landis' pioneering werewolf flick is about backpackers David and Jack who land in England and are swiftly attacked by a hideous beast that claims Jack's life. Though David survived, he might be about to go through some changes.

An American Werewolf in London

4. Poltergeist (1982)

This film is proof that just because something's produced by Steven Spielberg doesn't mean a film can't contain some truly mentally-scarring imagery. This suburban tale from director Tobe Hooper follows the Freeling family, who move into a new home, only to discover it's being haunted by the restless ghosts of an old Indian cemetery.

3. Hellraiser (1987)

This movie is Clive Barker's adaptation of his own novel. Hellraiser forever branded the name 'Pinhead' into the minds of the 80's movie-going public as that needling demon-angel that comes to anybody who solves the Lament Configuration puzzle box and offers to tear their souls apart. Attempting to survive the carnage is perky teenager Kirsty (Ashley Laurence).

2. The Shining (1980)

Stephen King may have disowned Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of his novel, but we stand by it as one of the most elegant horror films ever made. Jack Nicholson plays an alcoholic writer who sets up camp with his family at the Overlook Hotel during off-season, only to go, well, a bit mad.

1. The Thing (1982)

Back when remakes weren't commonplace (imagine that), John Carpenter's reimagining of Howard Hawks' 1951 scarer expertly gets under the skin as hero MacReady (Kurt Russell) finds himself stranded in the Antarctic and facing off against a shape-shifting alien.

The Thing

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