Best Horror Movies of 1982

1.

The Thing

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

Members of an American scientific research outpost in Antarctica find themselves battling a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its victims. They soon discover that this task will be harder than they thought, as they don't know which members of the team have already been assimilated and their paranoia threatens to tear them apart.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, T. K. Carter, David Clennon, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1982-06-25
2.

Poltergeist

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realizes that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it's too late.

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Heather O'Rourke, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Martin Casella, James Karen, Sonny Landham ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1982-06-04
3.

Creepshow

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Nye, E.G. Marshall, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Stephen King ..
Directed by: George A. Romero
Release date: 1982-11-12
4.

Basket Case

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A young man carrying a big basket that contains his deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner, Robert Vogel, Diana Browne, Lloyd Pace, Bill Freeman, Joe Clarke, Ruth Neuman, Richard Pierce ..
Directed by: Frank Henenlotter
Release date: 1982-04-14
5.

Cat People

4.4
6.2/10 IMDB

After years of separation, Irina and her minister brother, Paul, reunite in New Orleans in this erotic tale of the supernatural. When zoologists capture a wild panther, Irina is drawn to the cat -- and the zoo curator is drawn to her. Soon, Irina's brother will have to reveal the family secret: that when sexually aroused, they turn into predatory jungle cats.

Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Ruby Dee, Ed Begley Jr., Scott Paulin, Frankie Faison, Annette O'Toole, Lynn Lowry, John Larroquette ..
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Release date: 1982-04-02
6.

White Dog

4.3
7.1/10 IMDB

A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to kill black people.

Starring: Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield, Burl Ives, Jameson Parker, Christa Lang, Vernon Weddle, Karl Lewis Miller, Karrie Emerson, Helen Siff, Glen Garner ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1982-07-07
7.

Friday the 13th Part III

4.2
5.7/10 IMDB

An idyllic summer turns into a nightmare of unspeakable terror for yet another group of naive counselors. Ignoring Camp Crystal Lake's bloody legacy, one by one they fall victim to the maniacal Jason who stalks them at every turn.

Starring: Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Jeffrey Rogers, Catherine Parks, Larry Zerner, Rachel Howard, David Katims, Nick Savage, Gloria Charles ..
Directed by: Steve Miner
Release date: 1982-08-13
8.

The Slumber Party Massacre

4.1
5.7/10 IMDB

An 18-year-old high school girl is left at home by her parents and decides to have a slumber party. Meanwhile, a mass murderer with a propensity for power tools has escaped from prison, and eventually makes his way to the party where the guests begin dropping off one by one.

Starring: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra De Liso, Andree Honore, Jennifer Meyers, Joseph Alan Johnson, David Millbern, Gina Smika Hunter, Brinke Stevens ..
Directed by: Amy Holden Jones
Release date: 1982-11-12
9.

Pieces

3.9
6.2/10 IMDB

A frustrated Boston detective searches for the maniac responsible for mutilating a number of university coeds.

Starring: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom, Ian Sera, Paul L. Smith, Jack Taylor, Gérard Tichy, May Heatherly, Leticia Marfil ..
Directed by: Juan Piquer Simón
Release date: 1982-08-23
10.

Swamp Thing

3.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species - a combination of animal and plant capable of adapting and thriving in the harshest conditions. Unfortunately he becomes subject of his own creation and is transformed. Arcane, desperate for the formula, attempts to capture the Swamp Thing. An explosive chase ensues that ultimately ends with a confrontation between Holland and a changed Arcane...

Starring: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess, Nicholas Worth, Don Knight, Al Ruban, Dick Durock, Ben Bates, Nannette Brown ..
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1982-02-19

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