1980s Monster Movies

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Monster movies/creatures from the 1980s.

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1. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

72 Metascore

A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 25,254 | Gross: $1.11M

2. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Votes: 19,606

3. The Galaxy Invader (1985 Video)

PG | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An alien is hunted by a gang of drunken hillbillies who saw him crash-land his spaceship.

Director: Don Dohler | Stars: Richard Ruxton, Faye Tilles, George Stover, Greg Dohler

Votes: 1,156

4. The Hidden (1987)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

A cop and an FBI agent race for answers after law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder

Votes: 17,266 | Gross: $9.75M

5. Neon Maniacs (1986)

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

A group of teenagers in San Francisco discover a nest of homicidal monsters living in a tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, but when they try to tell authorities, no one believes them.

Director: Joseph Mangine | Stars: Clyde Hayes, Leilani Sarelle, Donna Locke, Victor Brandt

Votes: 2,160

6. Basket Case (1982)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

77 Metascore

A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner, Robert Vogel

Votes: 16,300

7. Parasite (1982)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic USA, a doctor/scientist infected with a new strain of parasite ends up in a small desert town, trying to find a cure.

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Robert Glaudini, Demi Moore, Luca Bercovici, James Davidson

Votes: 2,234 | Gross: $7.00M

8. Killer Crocodile (1989)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of environmentalists arrives at a faraway tropical delta where toxic waste is being dumped. However the water also hides a giant crocodile. The corrupt local officials don't help much either.

Director: Fabrizio De Angelis | Stars: Richard Anthony Crenna, Pietro Genuardi, John Harper, Sherrie Rose

Votes: 1,060

9. Battle for the Lost Planet (1986 Video)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After hijacking a space shuttle, a spy finds that the controls are malfunctioning and sees alien battleships approaching Earth. Many years later, when the arc of his flight path returns to earth, he finds the planet under alien domination.

Director: Brett Piper | Stars: Matt Mitler, Denise Coward, Joe Gentissi, Bill MacGlaughlin

Votes: 325

10. Mutant War (1988 Video)

82 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The sequel to 'Galaxy Destroyer' which finds our hero Harry Trent wandering Earth's post-apocalyptic landscape full of mutants, monsters, and fragmented human tribes. Harry's attempt to ... See full summary »

Director: Brett Piper | Stars: Steve Bulyga, Jennifer Cates, Mark Deshaies, Cara Lea Holmes

Votes: 176

11. Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

Unrated | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After an experiment gone wrong, a virus that turns people into zombies spreads throughout New Guinea, whilst a female reporter and her cameraman and a team of four commandos sent to investigate try to survive the onslaught.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Margie Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay, José Gras

Votes: 4,702

12. The Deadly Spawn (1983)

R | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.

Director: Douglas McKeown | Stars: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter, Jean Tafler

Votes: 4,150

13. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

71 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 187,150 | Gross: $2.40M

14. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

72 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 148,168 | Gross: $5.92M

15. Pumpkinhead (1988)

R | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror

47 Metascore

After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.

Director: Stan Winston | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino, Kimberly Ross

Votes: 20,518 | Gross: $4.39M

16. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 31,161 | Gross: $17.99M

17. Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

A man discovers that his sister was a werewolf, and helps an investigator track down a gang of the monsters through the United States and eastern Europe.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown, Marsha A. Hunt

Votes: 6,392

18. Howling III (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

A female werewolf runs away from her family, and falls in love with a man who works in the movie business, while a sociologist who studies these creatures is looking for proof of their existence.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Barry Otto, Max Fairchild, Imogen Annesley, Dagmar Bláhová

Votes: 4,422

19. Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988 Video)

R | 94 min | Horror

A successful author moves to a small town after suffering a mental breakdown and is tormented by demons and werewolves.

Directors: John Hough, Clive Turner | Stars: Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Antony Hamilton, Susanne Severeid

Votes: 2,542

20. Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror

A group of strangers visit an ancient Hungarian castle and bring along a werewolf.

Director: Neal Sundstrom | Stars: Phil Davis, Victoria Catlin, Elizabeth Shé, Ben Cole

Votes: 2,350

21. DeepStar Six (1989)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

34 Metascore

A team of navy personnel stationed at a temporary base at the bottom of the ocean and tasked with setting up nuclear missiles discovers a huge underwater cavern which houses a giant prehistoric creature.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Greg Evigan, Nancy Everhard, Taurean Blacque, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 10,507 | Gross: $8.14M

22. Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

R | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A fisherman and a scientist fight back when mossy sea monsters assault women.

Directors: Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Cindy Weintraub

Votes: 7,785

23. Warlords of the Deep (1978)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Searching for the lost world of Atlantis, Prof. Aitken, his son Charles and Greg Collinson are betrayed by the crew of their expedition's ship, attracted by the fabulous treasures of ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore, Shane Rimmer, Lea Brodie

Votes: 1,936



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