Best Horror Movies of 1980

1.

The Shining

6.8
8.4/10 IMDB

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson, Tony Burton, Barry Dennen ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1980-05-23
2.

The Fog

5.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses a mystical fire; and hitchhiker Elizabeth discovers the mutilated corpse of a fisherman. Then a mysterious iridescent fog descends upon the village, and more people start to die.

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, James Canning, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, Ty Mitchell, Hal Holbrook ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1980-02-08
3.

Friday the 13th

5.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Mark Nelson, Robbi Morgan, Peter Brouwer, Rex Everhart ..
Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham
Release date: 1980-05-09
4.

The Changeling

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

After a tragic event happens, composer John Russell moves to Seattle to try to overcome it and build a new and peaceful life in a lonely big house that has been uninhabited for many years. But, soon after, the obscure history of such an old mansion and his own past begin to haunt him.

Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos, Barry Morse, Madeleine Sherwood, Frances Hyland, Helen Burns, Ruth Springford ..
Directed by: Peter Medak
Release date: 1980-03-28
5.

Dressed to Kill

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

After witnessing a mysterious woman brutally slay a homemaker, prostitute Liz Blake finds herself trapped in a dangerous situation. While the police thinks she is the murderer, the real killer is intent on silencing her only witness.

Starring: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz, David Margulies, Ken Baker, Susanna Clemm, Brandon Maggart, Amalie Collier ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1980-07-25
6.

Altered States

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A research scientist explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.

Starring: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid, Thaao Penghlis, Miguel Godreau, Dori Brenner, Peter Brandon, Charles White-Eagle, Drew Barrymore ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1980-12-25
7.

Maniac

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and local girl American models and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree.

Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton, Kelly Piper, Rita Montone, Tom Savini, Hyla Marrow, James Brewster, Linda Lee Walter, Sharon Mitchell ..
Directed by: William Lustig
Release date: 1980-11-14
8.

Cruising

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S&M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as a decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society.

Starring: Al Pacino, Karen Allen, Paul Sorvino, Richard Cox, Don Scardino, Joe Spinell, Jay Acovone, Randy Jurgensen, Barton Heyman, Kirsten Baker ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1980-02-15
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Salem's Lot: The Movie
9.

Salem's Lot: The Movie

4.7
6.7/10 IMDB

The successful writer Benjamin "Ben" Mears returns to his hometown Salem's Lot, Maine, expecting to write a new novel about the Marsten House. Ben believes that the manor is an evil house that attracts evil men since the place has many tragic stories and Ben saw a ghostly creature inside the house when he was ten. Ben finds that the Marsten House has just been rented to the antique dealers Richard K. Straker and his partner Kurt Barlow that is permanently traveling. Ben meets the divorced teacher Susan Norton that is living with her parents and they have a love affair. Ben also gets close to her father Dr. Bill Norton and his former school teacher Jason Burke. When people start to die anemic, Ben believes that Straker's partner is a vampire. But how to convince his friends that he is not crazy and that is the truth?

Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Julie Cobb, Reggie Nalder, Bonnie Bartlett, Ed Flanders, George Dzundza ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1980-09-10
10.

Motel Hell

4.3
6.0/10 IMDB

"Meat is meat, and man's gotta eat!" That was always granny's philosophy. And that's the way folks still think over at the Motel Hello where Farmer Vincent mixes up his special blend of smoke meats. Heck, everybody in the county just loves Farmer Vincent's sausages and hams -- there's nothin' quite like 'em. But pray tell, what's that we've heard about strangers just disappearing after passing by Vincent's motel? And what are those odd things planted in Vincent's "secret garden" that he tends to only at night?

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod, Wolfman Jack, Elaine Joyce, Monique St. Pierre, John Ratzenberger, Gwil Richards, Toni Gilman ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1980-08-14
11.

Alligator

4.3
6.1/10 IMDB

A baby alligator is flushed down a toilet and survives by eating discarded lab animals that have been injected with growth hormones. The now gigantic animal escapes the city sewers and goes on a rampage, pursued by a cop and a big-game hunter.

Starring: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Jack Carter, Perry Lang, Henry Silva, Bart Braverman, Angel Tompkins ..
Directed by: Lewis Teague
Release date: 1980-07-02
12.

Terror Train

4.2
5.8/10 IMDB

A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Johnson, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Derek MacKinnon, Sandee Currie, Timothy Webber, Anthony Sherwood, Howard Busgang, Steve Michaels ..
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 1980-10-03
13.

The Ninth Configuration

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Col. Vincent Kane is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw, a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. Although Kane's own grasp on sanity is questionable, he manages to engage Cutshaw in a series of thoughtful conversations about science and faith that deeply affect the lives of both men.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George DiCenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Alejandro Rey, Tom Atkins ..
Directed by: William Peter Blatty
Release date: 1980-02-29
14.

Prom Night

4.0
5.3/10 IMDB

At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin, Antoinette Bower, Michael Tough, David Mucci, Robert A. Silverman, Pita Oliver, Jeff Wincott ..
Directed by: Paul Lynch
Release date: 1980-07-18
15.

The Watcher in the Woods

3.9
6.1/10 IMDB

After an American family moves to an old country manor in rural England, one of the daughters is tormented by the spirit of the owner's long lost daughter, who mysteriously disappeared 30 years ago during a solar eclipse.

Starring: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Benedict Taylor, Frances Cuka, Richard Pasco, Ian Bannen, Katharine Levy ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1980-04-17
16.

Humanoids from the Deep

3.6
5.7/10 IMDB

After a new cannery introduces scientifically augmented salmon to a seaside town in the Pacific Northwest, a species of mysterious, mutated sea creatures begin killing the men and raping the women.

Starring: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Cindy Weintraub, Anthony Pena, Denise Galik, Lynn Theel, Meegan King, Breck Costin, Hoke Howell ..
Directed by: Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami
Release date: 1980-05-01
17.

The Private Eyes

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

The lord and lady of a capacious manor are killed, and the lord's ghost seems to have returned to knock off the staff one by one, causing Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart to investigate the wacky house and its inhabitants.

Starring: Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Trisha Noble, Bernard Fox, Grace Zabriskie, John Fujioka, Irwin Keyes, Fred Stuthman, Robert V. Barron, Patrick Cranshaw ..
Directed by: Lang Elliott
Release date: 1980-04-17
18.

Christmas Evil

3.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

Starring: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick, Brian Neville, Joe Jamrog, Wally Moran, Ellen McElduff, Patricia Richardson, Scott McKay ..
Directed by: Lewis Jackson
Release date: 1980-11-01
19.

Harlequin

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

In this modern-day version of the Rasputin story, David Hemmings plays an up-and-coming senator, Nick Rast, whose young son is terminally ill with leukaemia. A mysterious faith healer, Gregory Wolfe, appears and seems to cure the boy. Rast's wife Sandy falls in love with Wolfe, but the powerful interests behind Rast's career, represented by geriatric monster Doc Wheelan are less happy with events.

Starring: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan, Broderick Crawford, Gus Mercurio, Alan Cassell, Mark Spain, Alyson Best, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan ..
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 1980-03-28
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : The Silent Scream
20.

The Silent Scream

3.3
7.3/10 IMDB

When Chuck Spillers is released from prison, he tells his wife Annie that he had been visited by an old man, Martin Blueck, along his sentence for robbing a safe, and Blueck had given some money for him to help a fresh start in life. On the next morning, Chuck pays a visit to Blueck in his pet shop to thank the support and is invited to work for him feeding his animals in his private zoo while he is traveling. Blueck explains that he trains animals, conditioning then to obey some signals. A couple of days later, Chuck sees a safe in the store, and decide to open it, being trapped in a weird situation and disclosing the truth about the sadistic Blueck. Originally an episode of British horror anthology TV series, Hammer House of Horror, that later received a feature release in the United States.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Brian Cox, Elaine Donnelly, Antony Carrick, Robin Browne, Terry Kinsella ..
Directed by: Alan Gibson
Release date: 1980-10-25
21.

Death Ship

3.2
4.8/10 IMDB

Survivors of a tragic shipping collision are rescued by a mysterious black ship which appears out of the fog. Little do they realise that the ship is actually a Nazi torture ship which has sailed the seas for years, luring unsuspecting sailors aboard and killing them off one by one.

Starring: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes, Kate Reid, Victoria Burgoyne, Jennifer McKinney, Danny Higham, Saul Rubinek, Murray Cruchley ..
Directed by: Alvin Rakoff
Release date: 1980-03-07
22.

Fade to Black

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

Eric Binford watches a lot of movies. He is the truest definition of a film geek. One day, his sanity takes a turn for the worse and he begins acting out his favorite scenes from the movies. In doing so, he manages to involve his enemies and the scenes usually result in death.

Starring: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford, Norman Burton, Linda Kerridge, Morgan Paull, James Luisi, Eve Brent, John Steadman, Marcie Barkin ..
Directed by: Vernon Zimmerman
Release date: 1980-10-14
23.

Prophecy

3.1
5.5/10 IMDB

When a dispute occurs between a logging operation and a nearby Native American tribe, Dr. Robert Verne and his wife, Maggie, are sent in to mediate. Chief John Hawks insists the loggers are poisoning the water supply, and, though company man Isley denies it, the Vernes can't ignore the strangely mutated wildlife roaming the woods. Robert captures a bear cub for testing and soon finds himself the target of an angry mutant grizzly.

Starring: Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante, Richard Dysart, Victoria Racimo, George Clutesi, Tom McFadden, Tom McFadden, Burke Byrnes, Mia Bendixsen ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1980-02-02
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Rude Awakening
24.

Rude Awakening

3.1
6.9/10 IMDB

A real estate broker finds himself having dreams that seem to be incredibly real. They are so real, in fact, that he begins to wonder which is the dream and which is reality. Originally an episode of British horror anthology TV series, Hammer House of Horror, that later received a feature release in the United States.

Starring: Denholm Elliott, James Laurenson, Pat Heywood, Lucy Gutteridge, Eleanor Summerfield, Gareth Armstrong, Patricia Mort, Pat Gorman ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1980-09-27
25.

The Island

3.0
5.3/10 IMDB

David Nau leads a band of modern day pirates who raid yachts and sail boats of people on vacation in the Caribbean. When reporter Blair Maynard and his son arrive to investigate the mystery of the disappearing boats, Nau and his band of raiders decide to induct them into their tribe.

Starring: Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor, Frank Middlemass, Don Henderson, Dudley Sutton, Colin Jeavons, Zakes Mokae, Jeffrey Frank, John O'Leary ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1980-06-13
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Charlie Boy
26.

Charlie Boy

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

A carved African fetish with voodoo powers has a dangerous mind of its own. Originally an episode of British horror anthology TV series, Hammer House of Horror, that later received a feature release in the United States.

Starring: Leigh Lawson, Angela Bruce, Marius Goring, Frances Cuka, David Healy, Michael Culver, Michael Deeks, Jeff Rawle, Janet Fielding, Michael Stock ..
Directed by: Robert Young
Release date: 1980-10-18
27.

Mother's Day

2.9
5.3/10 IMDB

Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her sons commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim wits and their Maniac Mommy and the question becomes, can any of them escape, alive?

Starring: Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce, Frederick Coffin, Michael McCleery, Beatrice Pons, Robert Collins, Peter Fox, Robert Collins, Beatrice Pons ..
Directed by: Charles Kaufman
Release date: 1980-09-19
28.

The Children

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

Starring: Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin, Tracy Griswold, Joy Glaccum, Jeptha Evans, Clara Evans, Sarah Albright, Nathanael Albright ..
Directed by: Max Kalmanowicz
Release date: 1980-06-13
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Carpathian Eagle
29.

Carpathian Eagle

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Murder victims are being found with the hearts cut out. A police detective is assigned to find and stop the killer. Originally an episode of British horror anthology TV series, Hammer House of Horror, that later received a feature release in the United States.

Starring: Anthony Valentine, Suzanne Danielle, Siân Phillips, Barry Stanton, Matthew Long, Ellis Dale, Jonathan Kent, Gary Waldhorn, Jeffry Wickham, William Morgan Sheppard ..
Directed by: Francis Megahy
Release date: 1980-11-08
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Cries in the Night
30.

Cries in the Night

2.9
5.1/10 IMDB

A young woman arrives at her grandmother's house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. After they open, however, guests begin disappearing or turning up dead.

Starring: Kay Hawtrey, Lesleh Donaldson, Barry Morse, Dean Garbett, Stephen E. Miller, Alf Humphreys, Peggy Mahon, Harvey Atkin, Robert Warner, Jack Van Evera ..
Directed by: William Fruet
Release date: 1980-10-03
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Ecstatic Stigmatic
31.

Ecstatic Stigmatic

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

No-Wave film directed by Gordon Stevenson from Teenage Jesus & the Jerks. Mirielle Cervenka (Exene's sister) plays a young woman named Rose who is afflicted with a case of extreme stigmata.

Starring: Mirielle Cervenka, Arto Lindsay, Brenda Bergman, Anita Paltrinieri, Johnny O'Kane ..
Directed by: Gordon Stevenson
Release date: 1980-04-13
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : The Godsend
32.

The Godsend

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

An English family of six takes in a pregnant woman who disappears shortly after giving birth. They raise the baby girl as their own, but over the years the strange deaths of their children make them consider whether the little girl is more than she appears.

Starring: Malcolm Stoddard, Cyd Hayman, Angela Pleasence, Patrick Barr, Wilhelmina Green, Joanne Boorman, Angela Deamer, Clarissa Young ..
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Release date: 1980-01-25
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
33.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

A TV adaptation of Washington Irving's classic ghost story. Humor is the drawing card in this version, with Jeff Goldblum a nerdish Ichabod Crane, Dick Butkus an appropriately nasty Brom Bones, and Meg Foster as spirited Katrina van Tassel. Angered that Katrina has grown fond of schoolmaster Crane, Brom Bones determines to scare off the interloper by filling his head with spooky tales of a Headless Horseman. Crane pooh-poohs the legends, until one fateful ride home in the dark of night.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Paul Sand, Meg Foster, Laura Campbell, Dick Butkus, James Griffith, Michael Ruud, H.E.D. Redford, Tiger Thompson, Jean Coulter ..
Directed by: Henning Schellerup
Release date: 1980-10-31
34.

Without Warning

2.8
5.1/10 IMDB

An alien creature stalks human prey.

Starring: Tarah Nutter, Christopher S. Nelson, Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Sue Ane Langdon, Neville Brand, Cameron Mitchell, Darby Hinton, David Caruso, Lynn Theel ..
Directed by: Greydon Clark
Release date: 1980-09-26
35.

Contamination

2.8
5.1/10 IMDB

A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

Starring: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch, Gisela Hahn, Carlo De Mejo, Carlo Monni, Mike Morris, Brigitte Wagner, Angelo Ragusa ..
Directed by: Luigi Cozzi
Release date: 1980-08-02
36.

The Unseen

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

Freelance reporter Jennifer and her two friends, Karen and Vicki, accept an invitation for cheap room and board in a large farmhouse offered by a friendly, but shady, museum owner named Ernest Keller since all the motels in and around town are booked for a holiday parade fair Jennifer is covering. But unknown to the women, some unseen "thing" has been living in the basement of the house for over 20 years and is looked after by Keller and his shy sister Virginia, in which the "thing" soon gets out and begins harassing and killing the women one by one in various violent, but seemingly accidental, means.

Starring: Barbara Bach, Stephen Furst, Sydney Lassick, Karen Lamm, Lois Young, Lelia Goldoni, Douglas Barr, Maida Severn ..
Directed by: Danny Steinmann
Release date: 1980-09-01
37.

Schizoid

2.8
5.0/10 IMDB

When Dr. Peter Fales's patients start getting annihilated by an unknown serial killer, he and his daughter Alison both come under suspicion. Julie, a syndicated “Dear Abby”-style columnist, is in one of Dr. Fales's therapy groups. After she receives several ominous letters she not only wonders if Dr. Fales might be behind the killings, she also starts to suspect her estranged husband.

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Donna Wilkes, Marianna Hill, Craig Wasson, Richard Herd, Joe Regalbuto, Christopher Lloyd, Flo Lawrence, Kiva Lawrence, Claude Duvernoy ..
Directed by: David Paulsen
Release date: 1980-09-01
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Children of the Full Moon
38.

Children of the Full Moon

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A married couple, lost in the woods, stumbles across a creepy mansion and its inhabitants - an overly-kind old woman and deadly wolf children that scour the country-side looking for victims. Originally an episode of British horror anthology TV series, Hammer House of Horror, that later received a feature release in the United States.

Starring: Christopher Cazenove, Celia Gregory, Diana Dors, Robert Urquhart, Jacob Witkin, Adrian Mann, Victoria Wood, Sophie Kind, Matthew Dorman, Wilhelmina Green ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1980-11-01
39.

He Knows You're Alone

2.7
5.0/10 IMDB

A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends get whacked one by one, a hard boiled renegade cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is too late.

Starring: Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing, Lewis Arlt, Patsy Pease, James Rebhorn, Tom Hanks, Dana Barron, Joseph Leon ..
Directed by: Armand Mastroianni
Release date: 1980-08-29
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : The Thirteenth Reunion
40.

The Thirteenth Reunion

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Ruth, the reporter for the women's section of a magazine, is assigned by her editor to participate in the ten-weeks course of a new weight-loss organization called "Think Thin". According to a letter from a reader, the course is very masochistic and depressing, destroying the self-esteem of the patient. Ruth makes a friend in the course, who dies in a car crash. During the funeral, an employee of the funeral house discloses weird events that are happening in his job. In her investigation, Ruth finds dark and macabre secrets. Originally an episode of British horror anthology TV series, Hammer House of Horror, that later received a feature release in the United States.

Starring: Julia Foster, Dinah Sheridan, Richard Pearson, Norman Bird, George Innes, James Cosmo, Warren Clarke, Gerard Kelly, Michael Latimer, Barbara Keogh ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1980-09-20
41.

The Awakening

2.7
4.8/10 IMDB

When a British archaeologist violates an Egyptian queen's tomb, her evil spirit enters his daughter.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist, Patrick Drury, Bruce Myers, Nadim Sawalha, Ian McDiarmid, Ahmed Osman, Miriam Margolyes ..
Directed by: Mike Newell
Release date: 1980-07-31
42.

The Hearse

2.7
4.8/10 IMDB

A schoolteacher moves into her deceased aunt’s house in a small Californian town, and is harassed by unfriendly locals and a mysterious hearse.

Starring: Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotten, David Gautreaux, Donald Hotton, Med Flory, Donald Petrie, Christopher McDonald, Perry Lang, Frederic Franklyn, Olive Dunbar ..
Directed by: George Bowers
Release date: 1980-06-01
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : The Music of Erich Zann
43.

The Music of Erich Zann

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Charles Dexter Ward, a young student of metaphysics, befriends Erich Zann, an elderly violinist who lives on the floor above him. Ward is fascinated by Zann's sinister yet wonderful music, which he hears late at night drifting down from above. But he discovers more then he bargains for when he peers at what beckons beyond that strange curtained window in Zann's room...

Starring: Robert Alexander, Darryl Warren, Robert Rothman, Barbara Snapp ..
Directed by: John Strysik
Release date: 1980-10-01
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Wolf Lake
44.

Wolf Lake

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

War veterans visit a lakeside cabin for a week of shooting, drinking, etc. but find the cabin being looked after by a young caretaker named David. When David's status as a war deserter is revealed, all hell breaks loose.

Starring: Rod Steiger, David Huffman, Robin Mattson, Richard Herd, Jerry Hardin, Paul Mantee, Conrad Hool ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1980-02-08
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
45.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Adaptation of the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson

Starring: David Hemmings, Lisa Harrow, Ian Bannen, Diana Dors, Clive Swift, Toyah Willcox, Roland Curram, Ben Aris, Desmond Llewelyn ..
Directed by: Alastair Reid
Release date: 1980-11-20
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Growing Pains
46.

Growing Pains

2.6
5.4/10 IMDB

An old book containing a strange poem resurrects a vengeful spirit from the dead. Originally an episode of British horror anthology TV series, Hammer House of Horror, that later received a feature release in the United States.

Starring: Barbara Kellerman, Gary Bond, Matthew Blakstad, Christopher Reilly, Norman Beaton, Tariq Yunus, Daphne Anderson, Michael Hughes, Anna Simone Scott, Geoffrey Beevers ..
Directed by: Francis Megahy
Release date: 1980-10-04
47.

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu

2.6
4.9/10 IMDB

Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, starting with the Star of Leningrad diamond, nabbed from a Soviet exhibition in Washington. The FBI sends agents Capone and Williams to England to confer with Nayland Smith, an expert on Fu.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, David Tomlinson, Sid Caesar, Simon Williams, Steve Franken, Stratford Johns, John Le Mesurier, John Sharp, Clément Harari ..
Directed by: Peter Sellers, Richard Quine, Piers Haggard
Release date: 1980-08-08
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Witching Time
48.

Witching Time

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

At the isolated Woodstock Farm in rural England, workaholic composer David Winter is depressed because he feels that his wife, actress Mary, is unfaithful. In a dark and stormy night, Lucinda Jessup, the ghost of a witch from the 17th Century and former dweller of the farm, arrives in the barn and possesses David. Mary fights against Lucinda trying to recover David. Originally an episode of British horror anthology TV series, Hammer House of Horror, that later received a feature release in the United States.

Starring: Jon Finch, Patricia Quinn, Prunella Gee, Ian McCulloch, Lennard Pearce, Margaret Anderson ..
Directed by: Don Leaver
Release date: 1980-09-13
49.

New Year's Evil

2.6
4.8/10 IMDB

During a New Year's Eve celebration, a punk-rock singer gets a phone call saying that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered--and she will be the last one.

Starring: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace, Grant Cramer, Louisa Moritz, Jed Mills, Teri Copley, Taaffe O'Connell, Jon Greene, Anita Crane ..
Directed by: Emmett Alston
Release date: 1980-12-26
Best Horror Movies of 1980 : Don't Answer the Phone!
50.

Don't Answer the Phone!

2.5
4.8/10 IMDB

A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going around strangling lingerie-clad young women in their homes while taunting Lindsay Gale, a young psychologist, by calling her on a radio call-in show to describe his sexual hang-ups and misogynistic ways, while a local police detective, Lt. McCable, is always two steps behind in trying to catch the psycho.

Starring: James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence, Nicholas Worth, Denise Galik, Stan Haze, Gary Allen, Michael D. Castle, Pamela Jean Bryant, Ted Chapman ..
Directed by: Robert Hammer
Release date: 1980-02-29

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