Best Horror Movies of 1981

1.

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
2.

The Chelsea Murders

2.9
5.3/10 IMDB

When a barmaid and part-time model becomes a murderer's third victim in Chelsea, the only apparent links are to a local reporter, Mary, and three art graduates financing a film with local part-time jobs.

Directed by: Derek Bennett
Release date: 1981-12-30
Best Horror Movies of 1981 : The Orchard End Murder
3.

The Orchard End Murder

2.9
6.0/10 IMDB

Charthurst Green, Kent, 1966. Pauline Cox accompanies Mike Robins to a village cricket match in which he is playing, but becomes bored and wanders away. She fetches up at the local railway station, where she is first entertained to tea by the garrulous, hunchbacked station master, then upset by the intrusion of the latter's assistant Ewen, who proceeds to kill a rabbit in her presence. Making her way back to the match, Pauline is waylaid by the simple-minded Ewen as she crosses an apple orchard; when his advances become violent, she tries to fight him off and he strangles her. The station master helps in covering up the murder, burying the corpse in the orchard.

Starring: Tracy Hyde, Clive Mantle, Bill Wallis, Mark Hardy, Raymond Adamson, Jessie Evans, David Wilkinson, Jeremy Watt, Geoffrey Frederick, Alan Neame ..
Directed by: Christian Marnham
Release date: 1981-11-01
Best Horror Movies of 1981 : The Appointment
4.

The Appointment

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

A family is confronted by an unseen evil force

Starring: Edward Woodward, Jane Merrow, Samantha Weysom, John Judd, Auriol Goldingham, Pamela Rose, Alan Stewart ..
Directed by: Lindsey C. Vickers
Release date: 1981-06-07
5.

The Intruder Within

2.6
4.8/10 IMDB

Drillers on an oil rig near Antarctica discover that they accidentaly brought up several prehistoric eggs. One egg hatches and becomes an unstoppable creature. Chad Everett and Jennifer Warren risk their lives to stop it.

Starring: Chad Everett, Joseph Bottoms, Jennifer Warren, Rockne Tarkington, Lynda Mason Green ..
Directed by: Peter Carter
Release date: 1981-02-20
6.

Savage Harvest

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A family in Africa is besieged by a group of lions, driven to desperation by the drought.

Starring: Tom Skerritt, Michelle Phillips, Shawn Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin, Derek Partridge, Arthur Malet, Tina Helfer, Vincent J. Isaac, Eva Kirrita ..
Directed by: Robert L. Collins
Release date: 1981-04-11
Best Horror Movies of 1981 : Years of the Beast
7.

Years of the Beast

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

College professor Stephen Miles (Gary Bayer), his wife, a young girl, and a drifter (Jerry Houser) are suddenly faced with a society where money is worthless, food is scarce, your neighbor is your enemy and oppression reigns. The four must survive a world of earthquakes, natural disasters, looters, corrupt officials and the Anti-Christ in power.

Starring: Gary Bayer, Alana Rader, Malcon McCaiman, Jerry Houser, Sarah Rush, Jon Locke, Peter von Berg, Valentina Quinn ..
Directed by: D. Paul Thomas
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1981 : This House Possessed
8.

This House Possessed

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

After having a nervous breakdown, a rock singer has to spend some time in hospital. A private nurse is hired, and with her he buys a new house, a fantastic house in the country. The nurse, Sheila, can't remember the first years of her life, but this house seems strangely familiar to her. Also, there is this strange old woman who claims that Sheila's real name is Margaret. People who cause Sheila pain or who try to tell her the real story of what happened in this house, they die in strange ways: Tanya, the girlfriend of the singer, and the Library woman who wants to give her some newspaper articles. Can Sheila find out the truth behind all this and can she escape the house that possessed once and wants to possess once more

Starring: Parker Stevenson, Lisa Eilbacher, Joan Bennett, Slim Pickens, Shelley Smith, Bill Morey, Jan Shutan, David Paymer, Jack Garner, K Callan ..
Directed by: William Wiard
Release date: 1981-02-06
Best Horror Movies of 1981 : The Day Of The Triffids
9.

The Day Of The Triffids

2.4
7.3/10 IMDB

The Day Of The Triffids was originally distributed in six parts for the BBC transmissions. Since that time, a combined "omnibus" version (all episodes aired as one "movie") has been distributed worldwide. When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over.

Starring: John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne, Jonathan Newth ..
Release date: 1981-09-10
Best Horror Movies of 1981 : Alison's Birthday
10.

Alison's Birthday

2.0
5.2/10 IMDB

A young girl is subjected to a reign of terror so that her soul can be transferred to the body of an old crone.

Starring: Joanne Samuel, Lou Brown, Bunney Brooke, John Bluthal, Vincent Ball, Margie McCrae, Julie Wilson, Martin Vaughan, Rosalind Speirs, Robyn Gibbes ..
Directed by: Ian Coughlan
Release date: 1981-05-01

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