Horror Movies By Year - 1980

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2. Alien 2: On Earth (1980)

R | 92 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A spaceship lands back on Earth after a failed mission, but the astronauts have been replaced by hideous creatures that can penetrate people's bodies and make them explode. A group of cave ... See full summary »

Directors: Ciro Ippolito, Biagio Proietti | Stars: Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Roberto Barrese, Benedetta Fantoli

Votes: 1,137

4. Alligator (1980)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

62 Metascore

A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger

Votes: 9,936

5. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 30,416 | Gross: $19.85M

6. Andhera (1975)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Deepak drives a car and tries to chase Asha seeing his driving her brother Ranjeet offers him to work with him as a driver.Asha and Deepak fall in love Ranjeet and his partners tell him to ... See full summary »

Directors: Shyam Ramsay, Tulsi Ramsay | Stars: Sameer Khan, Vani Ganpati, Imtiaz Khan, Dulari

Votes: 24

7. Antropophagus (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror

A group of friends and a hitchhiker become stranded on a tourist island where they are stalked by a disfigured cannibalistic killer who is prowling the island after killing its residents.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini

Votes: 5,059

8. Aquella casa en las afueras (1980)

95 min | Horror, Thriller

A young girl's husband rents a lovely home just outside of Madrid so she can spend the last three months of her pregnancy in peace and luxury. Unfortunately, just as they arrive at the home... See full summary »

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Javier Escrivá, Silvia Aguilar, Alida Valli, Mara Goyanes

Votes: 64

9. Atrapados (1981)

92 min | Fantasy, Horror

2 strangers, a man and a woman are trapped together underground when the building collapses around them, and are forced to create a new world.

Director: Matthew Patrick | Stars: Carmen J Bonefont, Juan B. Colon, Daniel Earnshaw, Charlene Koh

Votes: 9

10. Beyond Evil (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror

An architect and his wife move into a house with a bloody past and a 100-year-old ghost, who possesses the wife.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: John Saxon, Lynda Day George, Michael Dante, Mario Milano

Votes: 559

11. Blood Beach (1980)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Something or someone is attacking people one by one on the beach. Some of them are mutilated, but most of them are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace. What is the creature ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: David Huffman, Marianna Hill, Burt Young, Otis Young

Votes: 2,111

12. Toxic Zombies (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After drug crops are sprayed with a chemical by a passing airplane, the growers of the crop are poisoned by the chemical and turn into zombie-like mutants.

Director: Charles McCrann | Stars: Charles McCrann, Beverly Shapiro, Dennis Helfend, Kevin Hanlon

Votes: 753

13. Cannibals in the Streets (1980)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 2,712

14. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 47,928

15. The Beasts' Carnival (1980)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Crime

A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Naschy | Stars: Paul Naschy, Eiko Nagashima, Lautaro Murúa, Silvia Aguilar

Votes: 275

16. Cannibal Terror (1980)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

After botching a kidnapping, two criminals hide with their victim in a friends house in the jungle. After one of them rapes the friend's wife, they're left to be eaten by a nearby cannibal tribe.

Directors: Alain Deruelle, Olivier Mathot, Julio Pérez Tabernero | Stars: Silvia Solar, Gérard Lemaire, Pamela Stanford, Olivier Mathot

Votes: 655

17. Cardiac Arrest (1980)

PG | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The "Missing Heart Murders" are plaguing San Francisco - dead bodies that turn up with their hears surgically removed! So a weak-stomached homicide cop looks into the possibilities of a ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Mintz | Stars: Garry Goodrow, Michael Paul Chan, Max Gail, Susan O'Connell

Votes: 147

18. Cataclysm (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror

Police detective, Mitchell, investigating the death of a victim of a Nazi concentration camp discovers a nightclubbing playboy who has strange powers over women and is seemingly ageless.

Directors: Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Gregg G. Tallas | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Marc Lawrence, Faith Clift, Richard Moll

Votes: 491

19. Christmas Evil (1980)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

Director: Lewis Jackson | Stars: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick

Votes: 5,413

20. City of the Living Dead (1980)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror

A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi

Votes: 14,629

21. Contamination (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch

Votes: 3,606

22. Day of Resurrection (1980)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

After a virus devastates the global human population, survivors in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure and save the human race.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Masao Kusakari, Tsunehiko Watase, Isao Natsuyagi, Shin'ichi Chiba

Votes: 1,947

23. Death Ship (1980)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

10 Metascore

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 3,432

24. Demented (1980)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

After being gang raped and institutionalized, a woman suffers nightmares while under the care of her unfaithful husband, and finally snaps when a group of masked youths decide to invade her house.

Director: Arthur Jeffreys | Stars: Sallee Young, Harry Reems, Deborah Alter, Kathryn Clayton

Votes: 420

25. Devil Hunter (1980)

Not Rated | 102 min | Horror

A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals' lurking Devil god.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Ursula Buchfellner, Al Cliver, Antonio Mayans, Antônio do Cabo

Votes: 1,078

26. Die xian (1980)

Not Rated | 61 min | Horror, Thriller

1. A crash leaves a man dead, and his wife badly injured. Soon, he returns as a ghost to try to take her with him. 2. A caretaker wins the lottery thanks to the saucer spirit. Things begin to go wrong when he breaks his promise to it.

Directors: Yuen Chor, Tun Fei Mou | Stars: Yun Ling, Li Ching, Chen Chi Lin, Locke Hua Liu

Votes: 34

28. Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A deeply disturbed Vietnam veteran terrorizes the young women of Los Angeles and taunts a radio psychologist with descriptions of his grisly crimes.

Director: Robert Hammer | Stars: James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence, Nicholas Worth

Votes: 1,568

29. Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

An ugly, misshapen podiatrist ingests a formula made by a colleague and turns into a handsome, devil-may-care (but violent) ladies' man.

Director: Charles B. Griffith | Stars: Oliver Reed, Sunny Johnson, Maia Danziger, Virgil Frye

Votes: 536

30. Eaten Alive! (1980)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Horror

A young woman teams up with a mercenary to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea where they find that a deranged leader of a religious cult has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov, Paola Senatore

Votes: 3,379

31. Effects (1979)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.

Director: Dusty Nelson | Stars: Joseph Pilato, Susan Chapek, John Harrison, Bernard McKenna

Votes: 470

33. Fade to Black (1980)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

54 Metascore

A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.

Director: Vernon Zimmerman | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford, Norman Burton

Votes: 2,655

34. Fears (1980)

99 min | Drama, Horror

A plague ravages Buenos Aires. Those affected by it are executed on the spot; those who are healthy should report to the authorities. Escaping both from the authorities and from the disease, seven survivors head south.

Director: Alejandro Doria | Stars: Pablo Brichta, Lito González, María Leal, Tita Merello

Votes: 17

35. Fiend (1980)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

An evil spirit Possesses the corpse of a diseased man. It must absorb the life energy of the living, in order for the corpse to not rot away. It moves to the suburbs, where, a neighbor begins to suspect something isn't right.

Director: Don Dohler | Stars: Don Leifert, Richard Nelson, Elaine White, George Stover

Votes: 284

36. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

22 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp where, years before, it was the site of a child's drowning and a grisly double murder.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 111,455 | Gross: $39.75M

37. Funeral Home (1980)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman arrives at her grandmother's house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. After they open, however, guests begin disappearing or turning up dead.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Kay Hawtrey, Lesleh Donaldson, Barry Morse, Dean Garbett

Votes: 1,156

38. Further Than Fear (1980)

83 min | Horror

Strange supernatural events plague three crooks after they burn an elderly devil-worshiper alive in her own house, along with her adolescent grandson.

Director: Tomás Aznar | Stars: Francisco Sánchez Grajera, Raquel Ramírez, Emilio Siegrist, Antonio Jabalera

Votes: 76

39. Furueru shita (1980)

114 min | Drama, Horror

A five-year-old girl gets a tiny scratch on her finger while playing with mud in a marsh. After that, she suffers all kinds of horrible spasms including biting her tongue.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Tsunehiko Watase, Yukiyo Toake, Mayuko Wakamori, Tomoe Hiiro

Votes: 118

40. Gabi ng lagim ngayon (1980)

Horror

AN ANTHOLOGY OF GHOST STORIES, POPULAR AS A RADIO SERIES IN THE 1960s AND ADAPTED FOR BIG SCREEN, COMES BACK WITH NEW EPISODES.

Directors: Cesar Gallardo, Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Charito Solis, Alma Moreno, Bembol Roco, Rio Locsin

41. Geburt der Hexe (1980)

94 min | Horror

A feudal lord rules over his people with cruelty and suppression. Since God does not hear their pleas for protection, the simple people of the area turn to the devil. One girl in particular becomes a witch.

Director: Wilfried Minks | Stars: Ulla Berkévicz, Friedrich Karl Praetorius, Edgar M. Böhlke, Anja Silja

Votes: 17

42. Gehrayee (1980)

135 min | Drama, Horror

When a successful manager decides to sell his plantation in his ancestral village to another company, his young daughter begins acting very strangely.

Directors: Vikas Desai, Aruna Raje | Stars: Shreeram Lagoo, Anant Nag, Indrani Mukherjee, Padmini Kolhapure

Votes: 124

44. Guest House (1980)

Horror

Christopher goes to meet a woman at a remote guest house for exorcism wearing a expensive diamond ring he gets murdered that night for the ring and his hand is brutally chopped off,The hand then returns for revenge.

Directors: Shyam Ramsay, Tulsi Ramsay | Stars: Prem Krishan, Padmini Kapila, Vijayendra Ghatge, Birbal

Votes: 35

45. He Knows You're Alone (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A young bride-to-be is being stalked upon by a serial killer in Staten Island. She gets help from a former lover, but will they manage to escape?

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing

Votes: 2,941

46. Shaolin Hellgate (1980)

88 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy