From cult classics to slasher franchises, every true horror fan knows that some of the best films for a good fright night were produced in the 80s. That’s why we put together our top 10 favorite horror movies from the era known for inspiring Freddy vs. Jason. These 80s films still influence the horror genre today, terrifying true fans even now.

1. The Evil Dead (1981)

A cult classic, The Evil Dead is a terrifying cabin in the woods story about a group of friends who summon an evil force that leave them fighting for their lives. Ashley and his friends decide to vacation in a remote cabin after hiking and encounter a book called the Necronomicon. When they begin reading it aloud, the dead awaken and begin terrorizing them. As his friends become possessed, Ash must use his survival instincts to defeat the evil dead or become one of them.

2. Friday the 13th (1980)

The first in the American Horror franchise (there are a total of 12 slasher films), Friday the 13th takes place around Crystal lake, which has been abandoned for years due to a murder in 1958 where an unseen assailant violently murdered a couple. A group of camp counselors decide to reopen it for summer, against the warnings of the locals. Now, one by one, the counselors are targeted and violently killed by the assailant. Pure survival tactics and luck are needed to outrun this butcher.

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3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This 80s classic is what true nightmares are made of. When teenage residents of elm street go to bed, they are haunted by a disfigured midnight slasher in Nightmare on Elm Street. He hunts and mangles them in their dreams, killing them in real life. However, a secret the parents hide could be the clue to stopping him.

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)

If you liked the first Texas Chainsaw film then you will love part 2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 follows Leatherface as he targets his next victim Vanita Brock. She partners up with Texas lawman Lefty Enright, and together they must fight the cannibal and his psychopathic family deep within their lair in an amusement park.

5. The Shining (1980)

Jack Torrance becomes caretaker for a hotel in a remote part of Colorado and simultaneously tries to cure his writers block at the same time in The Shining. His son Danny soon begins to have psychotic visions while Jack cannot seem to begin writing and the family begins to spiral. He soon discovers the dark secrets the hotel is hiding and slowly goes insane, striking terror in his family.

6. Poltergeist (1982)

A family comes into contact with supernatural forces through their Television screen in Poltergeist. At first, the ghosts appear to be friendly but they soon turn threatening. Carol Ann, the youngest daughter, suddenly goes missing and the family turns to an exorcist for help locating her. There was even a scene in the film that was supposedly so frightening, cast members didn’t want to do it.

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7. The Fog (1980)

A small California coastal town is getting ready to celebrate their centenary when eerie things begin happening. Objects come to life and strange things start to happen like the discovery of a mutilated fisherman and a mystical fire. One day a fog descends on the town, bringing a paranormal presence with it and leading to many deaths.

8. Child’s Play (1988)

A Murderer seals his soul inside of a doll named Chucky when shot dead by a detective in Child’s Play. Karen Barclay, unknowingly buys the doll for her son Andy and takes him home. Chucky ends up becoming a murderous doll that kills Andy’s babysitter and tries to go after him as well. No one believes Andy and he ends up institutionalized for warning others about the doll. Karen tries to convince the detective Andy is telling the truth so that they can get to him before Chucky does.

9. My Bloody Valentine (1981)

In My Bloody Valentine, A group of miners dies on Valentines day after a mine caves in from an explosion, leaving only one survivor who resorts to cannibalism to stay alive. The survivor Harry Warden, becomes deranged as a result of eating the dead miners and goes on to kill the two neglectful supervisors who worked the mines the day of the explosion. He warns people against holding the Valentines dance again or else his carnage would continue. The towns young residents decide to celebrate the holiday and have the dance against all the warnings and now, people start dying again on Valentines day.

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10. Possession (1981)

Mark, a spy returning home from one of his missions finds that his wife Anna now wants a divorce. The wife begins to act strangely and Mark hires a private investigator to follow her around. When the investigator ends up dead, Paul shows up to Anna’s house to find body parts and sets the house on fire to protect her. What begins to unravel from there is a series of incidents filled with horror and suspense. Possession is a grotesque, cautionary tale about the evils that we create inside of us when faced with adversary in our relationships.

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