15 1980s Horror Movies You May Have Never Heard Of

Movie Lists by Joey Paur

Every year during the Halloween season, I make a point of searching out at least one horror movie that I've never seen before. This year I started going through some horror movies from the 1980s, and as you might expect, a lot of them look like ridiculous yet entertaining flicks. Since Halloween is coming up, I thought it would be fun to make a list of some of these movies that I came across that I have never heard of before and ones that maybe you haven't seen before either. I included a short synopsis, poster, and trailer for each one. Make sure you watch the trailer because some of them are sure to make you laugh. I love these kinds of films! 

Alone In the Dark - 1982

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"Preacher likes to set fire to churches, that's his trip. Unfortunately, he does it when there are people inside."

TOO FRIGHTENED TO BREATHE...

Thanks to a major power cut, a gang of psychopaths breaks out of the Haven maximum security mental institute in order to lay siege to the psychiatrists who have tormented them over the years with their bizarre theories...

The Being - 1983

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"Dumping toxic waste into the aquaduct does not, and will not, affect the water supply for this town."

THE ULTIMATE TERROR HAS TAKEN FORM

Toxic waste dumping in a small Idaho town turns a young boy into horrible mutant monster. The town's police chief and a government scientist team up to stop the monster, which is quickly killing off the town's citizenry.

Frankenstein Island - 1981

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"The power will start again! The backup brain was hidden years ago, just in case!"

A hot air balloon crew and a dog find themselves on an island with scantily-clad part-alien women, zombies, and other monsters.

Hell Night - 1981

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"If you weren't screaming, and we weren't screaming - then someone is trying to mind fuck us here."

PRAY FOR DAY.

Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.

The Hearse - 1980

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"Oh! You scared the hell out of me!" - "I should probably take that as a compliment."

THE BARRIER BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH IS NO GREATER THAN THE THICKNESS OF A DOOR...AND NOW THAT DOOR IS OPEN!

Jane Hardy moves into the house left to her by her deceased aunt. After moving in Jane is haunted by a hearse following her around.

Nightmare City - 1980

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"Let go of me. Why don't you face it. There's no place for us to go. [There] we too will be killed. I don't want us to die. I don't want us to but there's nothing we can do. They're everywhere…"

An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.

Terror Vision - 1986

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"I've said it before and I'll say it again - War stories and monster movies are educational. They're survival oriented. They always neutralize the enemy in the end."

PEOPLE OF EARTH, YOUR PLANET IS ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED... WE'RE TERRIBLY SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

Spookies - 1986

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"Uuuuuuhh, look at me: I'm Duke, the horny ghost."

Taking a wrong turn, travelers find themselves trapped in a mysterious house. One horror after another threatens them as the sorcerer who lives within needs sacrifices to give eternal life to his beautiful bride.

Gore-met, Zombie Chef from Hell - 1986

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"Your princess, if the bitch really exists, is welcome to try and stop me!"

DINING OUT CAN BE A PERMANENT EXPERIENCE!!!

A cannibal opens up a seafood restaurant, and kills and cooks people to serve to his customers.

Ghostkeeper - 1981

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"How can the mountains be dangerous, they're so beautiful."

WHO NEXT BECOMES THE KEEPER OF THE BEAST THAT LIVES ON HUMAN FLESH?

A group of three friends on a snowmobiling trip find themselves stranded at an abandoned lodge isolated in the mountains. They discover that an old woman resides in the hotel, along with an evil entity that she is keeping in the basement.

Funeral Home - 1980

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"There is something wrong in that house. Something evil!"

THEY WERE WARNED... THEY WERE ALL WARNED... DON'T GO DOWN TO THE CELLAR.

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.

The Curse of the Cannibal Confederates - 1982

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"There's too many of them!"

THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN ..... AND AGAIN

A group of six friends are out in the rural south on a deer hunt (even though one of the six is blind), when they start hearing strange noises coming from the woods. An investigation of the sounds leads them to an old Confederate graveyard, which suddenly begins sprouting Rebel zombies. Like the living dead in every other movie, these zombies are hungry for human flesh, and soon set to chowing down on the hapless hunters.

Hard rock Zombies - 1985

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"I got it from a book. You know, a boo-ook?"

A hard rock band travels to the tiny and remote town of Grand Guignol to perform. Peopled by hicks, rubes, werewolves, murderous dwarves, sex perverts, and Hitler, the town is a strange place but that doesn't stop the band's lead singer from falling in love with a local girl named Cassie. After Nazi sex perverts kill the band to satisfy their lusts...

Elves - 1989

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"Yeah, well, I had a rough day at work... Santa got murdered."

THEY'RE NOT WORKING FOR SANTA ANYMORE...

A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil nazi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves, an attempt to create a race of supermen. She and two of her friends are trapped in a department store with an elf, and only Dan Haggerty, as the renegade loose-cannon Santa Claus, can save them.

The poster for the final entry is NSFW.

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Aenigma - 1987

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"Let's get one thing straight! A successful semester to me means making out with as many cute boys as possible. Let's put it this way: anything in pants!"

ALL HER ENEMIES WILL BE ELIMINATED... BUT FIRST THEY WILL SUFFER!

The spirit of a comatose teenage girl possesses the body of a newcomer to her girls boarding school to enact bloody revenge against the elitist coeds responsible for her condition.
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