Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Movie Classification

Here is a list of movies ranked from the best to the worst using the sum of eight different ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, creepiness, story, creativity, acting and quality. Select a combination of genressubgenresantagonists or moods to narrow your search. Additionally, you can select a type of realism, a decade, or you can include or exclude anthology films.

Horror Movie Rating Priorities for Steve Hutchison

Note: genres are major film subdivisions. Most movies belong to many genres. The same can be said about subgenres. Subgenres can be subdivisions of genres or genre hybrids. They can also originate from a film era, a cinematic style, a cult audience or a particular market. Most movies belong to many subgenres. Moods are emotions considered crucial to the plot and conveyed through music, dialogue, performances, build-up and pacing. Moods speak to a film's ambiance. A movie usually conveys more than one mood. Antagonists are people or entities that pose a threat to the protagonist, or hero. Antagonist types are divided into 5 categories: visceral, society, science, afterlife and fantasy.

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1984
Three unemployed supernatural investigators start a ghost hunting business.
1987
Teenagers held in a mental institution become the victims of a mad man who invades nightmares and kills through them.
1984
A teenage girl and her friends die one by one after being tricked and tortured by an evil figure that haunts nightmares.
1991
A FBI recruit interviews an incarcerated cannibal in order to investigate a recent wave of murders.
1999
The lives of guards on death row are affected by a prisoner who has a mysterious gift.
2000
The drug-induced utopias of four people shatter as their addictions deepen.
1994
A bacterial apocalypse polarizes two groups of survivors.
2004
A man afflicted by a supernatural disease learns to travel back in the past to make the present better.
2017
A possessed doll infiltrates a psychiatric hospital.
1991
An amnesic teenager who fears sleep is brought to a shelter and is evaluated by mystified specialists.
1989
The mutant son of a dead scientist investigates a teleportation device his father invented.
1986
While attempting to confirm the death of a revenant, a teenager instead re-animates his past assailer, allowing him to resume his murder spree.
1989
After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead.
1986
A hitchhiker stalks a driver and frames him for his murders.
1996
A man who can communicate with the dead has to stop a demonic entity from killing people.
1994
An investigator discovers the strange impact a horror writer's books have on his readers.
1988
An institutionalized murder suspect who recently defeated a demon attempts to convince her doctor she is innocent.
1995
An alien hybrid escaped from a laboratory is hunted down by a team of specialists.
1999
An adventurer on an archaeological trip accidentally awakens a mummy.
1997
Amnesic strangers awaken in a three-dimensional booby-trapped maze.

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