What are the top 10,70's & 80's horror films?

What are the top 10 horror movies of the 70's 80's and early 90's in your opinions?Please explain your answers as i'm planning on buying some new horror videos!

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    I'd place the following two in the respective top tens:

    Black Christmas: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071222/

    Cujo: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085382/

    Otherwise, all the classics have been covered. Once you've worked your way through them, check out these overlooked but totally awesome horror movies:


    Communion: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076150/

    Rituals: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076630/

    Shock Waves: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076704/

    Squirm: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075261/


    Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091415/

    The Prowler: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082951/

    The Sender: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084658/

    Sole Survivor: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181012/

    Note that some are difficult to find (most notably the mature and frightening Rituals, which sadly still has not gotten a quality DVD release). Some of these have sharp jolt scares. Some are pretty darn suspenseful. Some are visually arresting. Some tell a great story. Most of them have more than one really strong aspect, though.

  • 1 decade ago

    The shining

    The fog

    The thing

    American werewolf in London

    Vampire circus (indeed anything that either Hammer or Amicus did during the 70s)

    The wicker-man

    Abominable Dr Phibes

    Dark water (this is a South korean film so if you don't like subtitles it wont be your thing)


    The exorcist

    The first three, plus alien, are the scariest films I've seen.The acting is great, directing (Kubrick did the shining and carpenter the fog/thing) likewise.Atmospheric music keeping you constantly on the edge of your seat.These movies are ground breaking in terms of camera and special effects.They're the whole package!.American werewolf in London is a really clever movie, kind of tongue in cheek ,it pokes fun at the horror genre.Very gory!.Vampire circus is visually stunning, dreamlike almost, but if your not into the whole hammer thing then it wouldn't be for you, same goes for the wicker-man.The Abominable Dr Phibes is outrageously funny, very gory and more than a little camp.The methods of killing getting more and more inventive. Vincent Price is excellent as Phibes.Darkwater is an excruciatingly haunting chiller/horror.The atmosphere it evokes is similar to sixth sense and then some.It ratchets up the suspense level to the point of becoming unbearable,with a final twist at the end .Hope this has been of some use to you.

  • 3 years ago

    In no certain order... chippie's Halloween Hooper's Texas Chainsaw massacre Friday the thirteenth Craven's Nightmare on Elm street The Exorcist Romero's evening of the residing lifeless Hellraiser a million & 2 Ringu Carrie Suspiria Christine Kubrick's The Shining Invasion of the body Snatchers(1978) Romero's Day of the lifeless lifeless Alive The Evil lifeless Fright evening (1985) Pan's Labyrinth Poltergeist

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some good ones are:


    Jaws (Classic)

    The Wickerman (original obviously)


    Dawn Of The Dead

    Don't Look Now (Really Scary)

    The Exorcist



    The Changeling (1980): "Whatever you do...DON'T GO INTO THE ATTIC."


    The Evil Dead

    The Lost Boys

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Return of the Living Dead


    The Shining

    American Werewolf in London

    The Thing


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  • 1 decade ago


    Nightmare on Elm Street

    Night of the Living Dead

    The Blob



    the Howling

    American Werewolf in London

    Michael jackson's Thriller

    Child's Play

    Prom Night


    The acting isn't corny like it is now and everyone was into making a good film. I think everyone had a role in helping the movie be great (studios, actors, directors, stylists, makeup artist, special effects, etc) Nowadays someone's isn't on point and it messes up the movie.

    oh and thriller's considered a short film so i put it in there.

  • Upbeat
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    For the 70's, The Exorcist must be an all-time #1.

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