Horror Movies from 1982

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1. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 339,693 | Gross: $13.78M

2. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 131,873 | Gross: $76.61M

3. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 38,715 | Gross: $21.03M

4. Friday the 13th: Part III (1982)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Having revived from his wounds, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Terry Ballard

Votes: 42,937 | Gross: $36.69M

5. Tenebrae (1982)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 18,527

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: 14,793

7. Pieces (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 7,501 | Gross: $2.03M

8. Alone in the Dark (1982)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau, Dwight Schultz

Votes: 4,067

9. The New York Ripper (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti

Votes: 8,446

10. Cat People (1982)

R | 118 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole

Votes: 17,844 | Gross: $7.00M

11. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror

A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the evening.

Director: Amy Holden Jones | Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra De Liso

Votes: 9,071

12. Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

R | 104 min | Horror

34 Metascore

A family moves into their new home, which proves to be satanic, resulting in the demonic possession of the teenage son. Only the local priest can save him.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Jack Magner

Votes: 9,371 | Gross: $12.53M

13. Season of the Witch (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie

Votes: 39,483 | Gross: $14.40M

14. The Boogens (1981)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Otherworldly creatures are released from the bootleg tunnels underneath a small-town mining community, and begin chomping on the locals.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan

Votes: 2,115

15. Madman (1981)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A legendary psychopathic murderer stalks a summer camp.

Director: Joe Giannone | Stars: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones

Votes: 4,428

16. Q (1982)

R | 93 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: David Carradine, Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 6,008

17. Visiting Hours (1982)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

A deranged, misogynistic killer assaults a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.

Director: Jean-Claude Lord | Stars: Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner

Votes: 3,371 | Gross: $13.26M

18. The Living Dead Girl (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

A toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her insatiable thirst for blood.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Marina Pierro, Françoise Blanchard, Mike Marshall, Carina Barone

Votes: 1,755

19. Swamp Thing (1982)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess

Votes: 12,087

20. The Beast Within (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror

A young woman gets raped by a mysterious man-creature, and years later her son begins a horrific transformation into a similar beast.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon

Votes: 3,099 | Gross: $7.74M

21. Boardinghouse (1982)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror

A boarding house is reopened years after gruesome murders were committed there. Suddenly, the body count begins once more!

Director: John Wintergate | Stars: John Wintergate, Kalassu, Lindsay Freeman, Joel Riordan

Votes: 590 | Gross: $0.39M

22. Humongous (1982)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

The monstrous offspring of a violent crime grows up in seclusion on a remote island, where a boat-full of hapless teens have shipwrecked, unaware of what's lurking in the woods.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Janet Julian, David Wysocki, John Wildman, Janit Baldwin

Votes: 1,542

23. Manhattan Baby (1982)

Unrated | 89 min | Horror

An archaeologist opens an Egyptian tomb and accidentally releases an evil spirit. His young daughter becomes possessed by the freed entity and, upon arrival back in New York, the gory murders begin.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Christopher Connelly, Laura Lenzi, Brigitta Boccoli, Giovanni Frezza

Votes: 2,068

24. Unhinged (1982)

Unrated | 79 min | Horror

Three young women who crash their car during a rainstorm are taken in by a bizarre family at their large, rural estate.

Director: Don Gronquist | Stars: Laurel Munson, Janet Penner, Sara Ansley, Virginia Settle

Votes: 1,446

25. Panic (1982)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist's experiment with a deadly bacteria goes awry and leaves him horribly deformed. The monstrous man then runs amok in his town.

Director: Tonino Ricci | Stars: David Warbeck, Janet Agren, Roberto Ricci, José Lifante

Votes: 530

26. Bloodtide (1982)

R | 82 min | Adventure, Horror

An adventurer hunting for treasure in Greece accidentally frees a monster that forces local villagers to sacrifice virgins.

Director: Richard Jefferies | Stars: James Earl Jones, José Ferrer, Lila Kedrova, Mary Louise Weller

Votes: 1,023

27. Forbidden World (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In the distant future, a federation marshal arrives at a research lab on a remote planet where a genetic experiment has gotten loose and begins feeding on the dwindling scientific group.

Director: Allan Holzman | Stars: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles

Votes: 3,511

28. Dark Sanity (1982)

88 min | Drama, Horror

A woman with psychic visions and an alcoholic past moves into a house where the previous occupant was mysteriously decapitated, and soon suspects the visions she's seeing are her own future.

Director: Martin Green | Stars: Aldo Ray, Kory Clark, Chuck Jamison, Bobby Holt

Votes: 146

29. Parasite (1982)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Paul Dean has created a deadly parasite that is now attached to his stomach. He and his female companion, Patricia Welles, must find a way to destroy it while also trying to avoid Ricus, ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,859 | Gross: $7.00M

30. Satan's Mistress (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror, Romance

A woman in an unhappy marriage finds sexual fulfillment in her relationship with a ghostly, speechless presence who, obviously, doesn't quite say who he is.

Director: James Polakof | Stars: Britt Ekland, Lana Wood, Kabir Bedi, Don Galloway

Votes: 354

31. The Slayer (1982)

R | 80 min | Horror, Mystery

Two couples become stranded on a rugged isle, and are haunted by a supernatural beast, drawn to the wife of one of the couples, who dreams of its killings.

Director: J.S. Cardone | Stars: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae

Votes: 1,704

32. The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

Four college students are stalked by an unknown assailant while staying on campus over the Christmas holidays to help clear out a dormitory which is to be demolished.

Directors: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow | Stars: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow, Pamela Holland

Votes: 1,605

33. The Aftermath (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two astronauts return to Earth to find that it has been destroyed by nuclear war. L.A. has been taken over by Cutter and his gang of outlaw bikers. Cutter rapes and pillages. There are also... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barkett | Stars: Steve Barkett, Lynne Margulies, Sid Haig, Christopher Barkett

Votes: 490

34. The Appointment (1981)

90 min | Horror

Walking through some woods a girl is seized by an unseen malevolent force. The authorities erect an iron fence around the woods. Later, another girl and her family are affected by the same force. First in dreams and then in more real ways.

Director: Lindsey C. Vickers | Stars: Edward Woodward, Jane Merrow, Samantha Weysom, John Judd

Votes: 263

35. The Boogeyman (1982)

Unrated | 28 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

A man tries to explain to his psychiatrist that the Boogeyman is real and has been killing his children.

Director: Jeff Schiro | Stars: Michael Earl Reid, Bert Linder, Terence Brandy, Mindy Silverman

Votes: 541

36. The Curse of the Screaming Dead (1982)

Unrated | 91 min | Horror

A group of Southern deer hunters stop at a church graveyard in the woods. Their activities arouse the corpses of long-dead Confederate soldiers, who attack them.

Director: Tony Malanowski | Stars: Steve Sandkuhler, Christopher Gummer, Rebecca Bach, Judy Dixon

Votes: 555

37. Death Screams (1982)

R | 88 min | Horror

Teenagers are stalked and murdered by a maniac at a town fair.

Director: David Nelson | Stars: Susan Kiger, Martin Tucker, William T. Hicks, Jennifer Chase

Votes: 503

38. Dogs of Hell (1983)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A pack of Rottweilers, bred and trained by the U.S. military to kill humans, escape to ravage the peaceful mountain resort town of Lake Lure. It is up to the local sheriff to protect his small community.

Director: Worth Keeter | Stars: Earl Owensby, Bill Gribble, Robert Bloodworth, Kathy Hasty

Votes: 228

39. Don't Go to Sleep (1982 TV Movie)

93 min | Horror, Mystery

A young girl begins seeing the ghost of her sister who died in an accident a year earlier.

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Valerie Harper, Robin Ignico, Kristin Cumming

Votes: 1,038

40. Don't Look in the Attic (1982)

90 min | Horror, Mystery

A couple inherits a mansion, but when they move in they discover that it is haunted by the murderous spirits of people who have died there.

Director: Carlo Ausino | Stars: Beba Loncar, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Annarita Grapputo, George Ardisson

Votes: 112

41. Honeymoon Horror (1982)

88 min | Horror, Thriller

Imagine every newlywed's fantasy, a rustic secluded lover's paradise- Honeymoon Island. What starts as a weekend of love, turns into a nightmare of blood and terror for three young innocent... See full summary »

Director: Harry Preston | Stars: Paul Iwanski, Bob Wagner, Cheryl Black, Philip Thompson

Votes: 250

42. X-Ray (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

While receiving a routine check-up, a woman finds herself stranded on the hospital's eighth floor, while someone dressed as a doctor is intent on her never leaving, even if it means killing any staff member who comes into contact with her.

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Barbi Benton, Charles Lucia, Jon Van Ness, John Warner Williams

Votes: 1,716

43. Invitation to Hell (1982)

Unrated | 50 min | Horror

A young girl attends her high school reunion, but when it's discovered she is still a virgin, she is taken prisoner and planned to be used as a sacrifice in a Druid ceremony for the spring equinox.

Director: Michael J. Murphy | Stars: Becky Simpson, Joseph Sheahan, Colin Efford, Steven Longhurst

Votes: 122

44. The Last Horror Film (1982)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

A New York taxi driver stalks a beautiful actress attending the Cannes Film Festival, which coincides with a series of violent killings of the lady's friends.

Director: David Winters | Stars: J'Len Winters, John Kelly, Joe Spinell, Simone Overman

Votes: 1,391

45. Next of Kin (1982)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Director: Tony Williams | Stars: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott, Gerda Nicolson

Votes: 1,395

46. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, Marcia Lewis

Votes: 1,893

47. The Sender (1982)

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

A disturbed telepathic man is unable to fully control his ability to transmit his dreams and visions into the minds of the people around him, or even influence reality. A female therapist tries to help him, but his mother gets in the way.

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: Kathryn Harrold, Zeljko Ivanek, Shirley Knight, Paul Freeman

Votes: 1,315 | Gross: $1.05M

48. Variola Vera (1982)

110 min | Drama, History, Horror

This is a true story of the famous Variola epidemic outbreak in Belgrade.

Director: Goran Markovic | Stars: Rade Serbedzija, Erland Josephson, Dusica Zegarac, Varja Djukic

Votes: 1,818



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