Top 10 Horror Movies Released from 1980-1990

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 scariest movies released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. Gremlins (1984) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: PG
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

9. The Thing (1982) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

8. The Evil Dead (1981) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: NC-17
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp

6. Hellraiser (1987) 68% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Clive Barker
Starring: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence

5. Sleepaway Camp (1983) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Robert Hilzik
Starring: Felissa Rose, Karen Fields, Jonathan Tiersten

4. Aliens (1986) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn

3. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 65% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: NR
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Starring: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen

2. Pet Sematary (1989) 48% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Mary Lambert
Starring: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne

1. Friday the 13th (1980) 59% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Jeannine Taylor, Adrienne King

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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