Best Horror Movies of 1988

1.

Child's Play

5.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Starring: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff, Ed Gale, Tommy Swerdlow, Jack Colvin, Ray Oliver, Neil Giuntoli ..
Directed by: Tom Holland
Release date: 1988-11-08
2.

Dead Ringers

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, Claire, but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon, Shirley Douglas, Stephen Lack, Nick Nichols, Lynne Cormack, Damir Andrei, Miriam Newhouse ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1988-09-23
3.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

When her great aunt dies, famed horror hostess Elvira heads for the uptight new England town of Falwell to claim her inheritance of a haunted house, a witch's cookbook and a punk rock poodle. But once the stuffy locals get an eyeful of the scream queen's ample assets, all hell busts out & breaks loose.

Starring: Cassandra Peterson, William Morgan Sheppard, Daniel Greene, Edie McClurg, Susan Kellermann, Jeff Conaway, Ellen Dunning, Ira Heiden, Scott Morris, Frank Collison ..
Directed by: James Signorelli
Release date: 1988-09-30
4.

The Blob

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature.

Starring: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, Joe Seneca, Del Close, Paul McCrane, Sharon Spelman, Beau Billingslea ..
Directed by: Chuck Russell
Release date: 1988-08-05
5.

The Serpent and the Rainbow

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.

Starring: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Brent Jennings, Conrad Roberts, Badja Djola, Theresa Merritt, Michael Gough, Paul Guilfoyle ..
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1988-02-05
6.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Doctor Channard is sent a new patient, a girl warning of the terrible creatures that have destroyed her family, Cenobites who offer the most intense sensations of pleasure and pain. But Channard has been searching for the doorway to Hell for years, and Kirsty must follow him to save her father and witness the power struggles among the newly damned.

Starring: Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Kenneth Cranham, Imogen Boorman, William Hope, Sean Chapman, Doug Bradley, Barbie Wilde, Simon Bamford, Nicholas Vince ..
Directed by: Tony Randel
Release date: 1988-12-23
7.

Phantasm II

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Mike, after his release from a psychiatric hospital, teams up with his old pal Reggie to hunt down the Tall Man, who is at it again. A mysterious, beautiful girl has also become part of Mike's dreams, and they must find her before the Tall Man does.

Starring: James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips, Kenneth Tigar, Ruth C. Engel, Mark Anthony Major, Stacey Travis, A. Michael Baldwin ..
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 1988-07-08
8.

Pumpkinhead

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino, Cynthia Bain, Kerry Remsen, Lee de Broux, Peggy Walton-Walker, Chance Michael Corbitt, Dick Warlock, Devon Odessa ..
Directed by: Stan Winston
Release date: 1988-06-09
9.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Royal Dano, Christopher Titus, Michael S. Siegel, Peter Licassi, Irene Michaels, Karla Sue Krull ..
Directed by: Stephen Chiodo
Release date: 1988-05-27
10.

Waxwork

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Wealthy slacker college student Mark, his new girlfriend Sarah, and their friends are invited to a special showing at a mysterious wax museum which displays 18 of the most evil men of all time. After his ex-girlfriend and another friend disappear, Mark becomes suspicious.

Starring: Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Johnson, David Warner, Dana Ashbrook, John Rhys-Davies, Clare Carey, Jennifer Bassey, Joe Baker, Eric Brown ..
Directed by: Anthony Hickox
Release date: 1988-06-17

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