The 1980s was an important decade in the television and movies industry. Most of the genres were undergoing change and directors were exploring new ways of telling their stories. But there was one genre that ruled the 1980s more than any other. Yes, you guessed it right: horror. The 1970s had shown with films ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Omen’ that horror movies have a huge potential at the box office. So, more and more filmmakers and producers started getting behind the genre that till this day remains amongst the most popular. With that said, here’s the list of top old horror movies of the 1980s. You can watch several of these best 80s horror movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. The Dead Zone (1983)
Based on a novel by Stephen King, this is easily one of David Cronenberg’s more straightforward and accessible films. In The Dead Zone, choice plays a key role, both the ability to make decisions and the horror that results from having those decisions taken away from you. The inventive plot sees a man haunted by images of future events, finely played by Christopher Walken in one of his least flamboyant performances. His hollow eyed, almost shell-shocked interpretation strikes the mark perfectly and he is ably supported by Herbert Lom as a pragmatic doctor and holocaust survivor and Martin Sheen as an insidious senatorial candidate.
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11. The Thing (1982)
The Thing is horror master John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, which stars James Arness as a Frankenstein-esque alien menacing a scientific expedition. It is a fascinating, horrifying, and utterly engaging from the first frame to the last.With a thick, thick air of intense paranoia and jaw-dropping monster effects work, The Thing stands as one of the greatest films of both the horror and science fiction genres.