Best Horror Movies of 1981

1.

An American Werewolf in London

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Brian Glover, Lila Kaye, David Schofield, Paul Kember, Frank Oz, Don McKillop ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1981-08-21
2.

The Evil Dead

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they've rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Sam Raimi, Philip A. Gillis, Dorothy Tapert, Cheryl Guttridge, Barbara Carey ..
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1981-09-10
3.

Halloween II

5.3
6.5/10 IMDB

After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she's been admitted for Myers' attempt on her life. The institution proves to be particularly suited to serial killers, however, as Myers cuts, stabs and slashes his way through hospital staff to reach his favorite victim.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer, Lance Guest, Pamela Susan Shoop, Hunter von Leer, Dick Warlock, Leo Rossi, Gloria Gifford ..
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Release date: 1981-10-30
4.

Scanners

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.

Starring: Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, Robert A. Silverman, Lee Broker, Mavor Moore, Adam Ludwig, Murray Cruchley ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1981-01-14
5.

The Howling

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.

Starring: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone, Belinda Balaski, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Slim Pickens, Elisabeth Brooks, Robert Picardo ..
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 1981-03-13
6.

My Bloody Valentine

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine's Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The sole survivor of the accident killed the remaining crewmembers and warned the town not to celebrate Valentine's Day again. When a group of teenagers decides to defy that order, a murderous maniac in mining gear begins dispatching townsfolk in bloody and creative ways.

Starring: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight, Cynthia Dale, Alf Humphreys, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Thomas Kovacs, Terry Waterland ..
Directed by: George Mihalka
Release date: 1981-02-11
7.

The Burning

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A caretaker at a summer camp is burned when a prank goes tragically wrong. After several years of intensive treatment at hospital, he is released back into society, albeit missing some social skills. What follows is a bloody killing spree with the caretaker making his way back to his old stomping ground to confront one of the youths that accidently burned him.

Starring: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua, Jason Alexander, Ned Eisenberg, Carrick Glenn, Carolyn Houlihan, Fisher Stevens, Lou David ..
Directed by: Tony Maylam
Release date: 1981-05-08
8.

Friday the 13th Part 2

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, it seems Jason Voorhees and his demented mother are in the past. Paul opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away, and a sexually-charged group of counselors follow -- including child psychologist major Ginny. But Jason has been hiding out all this time, and now he's ready for revenge.

Starring: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Warrington Gillette, Walt Gorney, Marta Kober, Tom McBride, Bill Randolph ..
Directed by: Steve Miner
Release date: 1981-05-01
9.

The Funhouse

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Rebellious teen Amy defies her parents by going to a trashy carnival that has pulled into town. In tow are her boyfriend, Buzz, and their friends Liz and Richie. Thinking it would be fun to spend the night in the campy "Funhouse" horror ride, the teens witness a murder by a deformed worker wearing a mask. Locked in, Amy and her friends must evade the murderous carnival workers and escape before it leaves town the next day.

Starring: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin, Jack McDermott, Kevin Conway, William Finley, Cooper Huckabee, Largo Woodruff, Miles Chapin, David Carson ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1981-03-13
10.

Omen III: The Final Conflict

4.2
5.6/10 IMDB

Damien Thorn (Sam Neill) has helped rescue the world from a recession, appearing to be a benign corporate benefactor. When he then becomes U.S. Ambassador to England, Damien fulfills a terrifying biblical prophecy. He also faces his own potential demise as an astronomical event brings about the second coming of Christ.

Starring: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Lisa Harrow, Barnaby Holm, Mason Adams, Leueen Willoughby, Marc Boyle, Milos Kirek, Robert Arden ..
Directed by: Graham Baker
Release date: 1981-03-20

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