80s Australian Horror

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1. Stage Fright (1980)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the car crash. 16 years later, Cathy ... See full summary »

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Jenny Neumann, Gary Sweet, Nina Landis, Max Phipps

Votes: 518

2. The Last Motel (1981 Video)

86 min | Horror

A group of strangers arrive at an isolated mountain motel, only to be subjected to unspeakable horrors.

Director: Bruce Callaghan | Stars: Lance Dodgeson, Hector van Gaalen-Prentice, Imogen Dawn, Stella Darcy

Votes: 9

3. The Survivor (1981)

Not Rated | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot, walks out of the wreckage. He doesn't remember the crash, but 300 passengers and crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers.

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten, Angela Punch McGregor

Votes: 905

4. Strange Behavior (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers.

Director: Michael Laughlin | Stars: Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor, Fiona Lewis

Votes: 1,425

5. Lady Stay Dead (1981)

92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A Young woman is looking after her sister's house, unaware that her sister and neighbor have been murdered by their handyman who also happens to be a serial killer.

Director: Terry Bourke | Stars: Chard Hayward, Louise Howitt, Deborah Coulls, Roger Ward

Votes: 283

6. The Plumber (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Horror, Thriller

A young couple, living in a campus apartment complex, are repeatedly harassed by an eccentric plumber, who subjects them to a series of bizarre mind games while making unnecessary repairs to their bathroom.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond

Votes: 1,752

7. Alison's Birthday (1981)

97 min | Horror

A young girl is subjected to a reign of terror so that her soul can be transferred to the body of an old crone.

Director: Ian Coughlan | Stars: Joanne Samuel, Lou Brown, Bunney Brooke, John Bluthal

Votes: 294

8. 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: 1,570

9. Early Frost (1982)

92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A divorce investigation leads to the discovery of a corpse.

Director: David Hannay | Stars: Diana McLean, Jon Blake, Janet Kingsbury, David Franklin

Votes: 68

10. Desolation Angels (1982)

88 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Three beautiful girls decide to escape their upper class private school for a weekend and take off to a remote resort town. Unfortunately, the town has been taken over by a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Fitchett | Stars: Kim Trengove, Kerry Mack, Marie O'Loughlin, Karen West

Votes: 27

11. Razorback (1984)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr, Chris Haywood

Votes: 5,384 | Gross: $0.15M

12. Dead End Drive-In (1986)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Horror

In the near future, a teenage couple are trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde

Votes: 2,489

13. Brainblast (1987 Video)

90 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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Director: Andy Nehl | Stars: Julie Mitchell, Lisa-Jane Stockwell, Cathy Jukes, Toby Zoates

Votes: 7

14. 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: William Yang, Deby Wightman, Christopher Pate, Jerome Patillo

Votes: 4,183

15. Frenchman's Farm (1987)

R | 86 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

An Australian woman's car breaks down in the country, and when she goes to get help, she's whisked back in time to 1944 and witnesses a murder. Returning to her car, time reverts to normal,... See full summary »

Director: Ron Way | Stars: Tracey Tainsh, David Reyne, Norman Kaye, John Meillon

Votes: 155

16. Coda (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A maniac is stalking and killing female students at a university.

Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Penny Cook, Arna-Maria Winchester, Liddy Clark, Olivia Hamnett

Votes: 75

17. Cassandra (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman has eerie flashes of recovered memories of her brother committing a murder, despite her parents assurance that all is well.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: Tegan Charles, Tessa Humphries, Dylan O'Neill, Briony Behets

Votes: 249

18. Pandemonium (1987)

88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A beautiful nude feral girl raised by dingoes returns to Babylon, Australia to find her family. Her mom is an evil landlady and her nutty tenants want the girl for themselves. One of them realizes the girl was sent to stop the Apocalypse.

Director: Haydn Keenan | Stars: David Argue, Amanda Dole, Esben Storm, Arna-Maria Winchester

Votes: 76

19. Contagion (1987 Video)

90 min | Comedy, Horror

A real estate agent is lured to a run-down mansion only to be trapped and tortured by ghosts.

Director: Karl Zwicky | Stars: John Doyle, Nicola Bartlett, Ray Barrett, Nathy Gaffney

Votes: 165

20. The Tale of Ruby Rose (1987)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

In the 20's, Ruby Rose lives alone with her husband Henry and their stepson Gem in the cold mountains of in Tasmania, Australia. While Henry hunts with Gem, Ruby stays at home missing her ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Scholes | Stars: Melita Jurisic, Chris Haywood, Rod Zuanic, Martyn Sanderson

Votes: 77

21. Dark Age (1987)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror

In the Australian outback, a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace. During the hunt, one of the guides... See full summary »

Director: Arch Nicholson | Stars: John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps, Burnham Burnham

Votes: 840

22. Salt, Saliva, Sperm and Sweat (1988)

47 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Strange experimental short film that follows four days of a writer.

Director: Philip Brophy | Stars: Phillip Dean, Jean Kittson, Lyndal Barry, Robert Chuter

Votes: 38

23. Stones of Death (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror

The residents of a housing development find themselves in trouble after they discover that their development was built on top of a sacred aboriginal graveyard, on which a curse was placed upon anyone who disturbed it.

Director: James Bogle | Stars: Zoe Carides, Tom Jennings, Eric Oldfield, Kerry McKay

Votes: 136

24. The 13th Floor (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror

As a child, a girl witnesses her father electrocute a young boy. When she grows into an adult, the ghost of the murdered boy appears to her, and together they set out to expose the crimes of her father.

Director: Chris Roache | Stars: Kylie Clare, Tony Blackett, Allen Leong, Matthew Nicholls

Votes: 429

25. Zombie Brigade (1988)

92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When an amusement park is built on the grounds of an old cemetery, the dead rise to take revenge.

Directors: Carmelo Musca, Barrie Pattison | Stars: John Moore, Khym Lam, Geoffrey Gibbs, Adam A. Wong

Votes: 177

26. Spook (1988)

86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Something is out there - in the bush - near the dilapidated old cabin, which a family from Sydney has rented for their vacation.

Director: David Anthony Hall | Stars: Tim Elston, Joanne Samuel, Daniel Hill, Amanda Hill

Votes: 35

27. Dead Calm (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar

Votes: 34,981 | Gross: $7.83M

28. Out of the Body (1989)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

Some gravity-defying being is killing women in Sydney, Australia, and removing their eyes. The only hope of catching the fiend lies in a hapless man with a psychic link to the killer, who ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Mark Hembrow, Tessa Humphries, Linda Newton, Margaret Gerard

Votes: 115

29. Houseboat Horror (1989 Video)

85 min | Horror

A rowdy rock group are accompanied by a film crew to desolate Lake Infinity to produce a music video. One night the musicians visit the local pub while the various members of the film crew ... See full summary »

Directors: Kendal Flanagan, Ollie Martin | Stars: Alan Dale, Christine Jeston, Craig Alexander, Des McKenna

Votes: 239

30. Celia (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Victoria Longley, Mary-Anne Fahey

Votes: 639

31. The Dreaming (1988)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A doctor treats a sick aborigine, who had defied a tribal taboo and visited a sacred cave. The doctor soon finds herself having disturbing dreams and finds herself involved in a 200-year-old mystery.

Director: Mario Andreacchio | Stars: Arthur Dignam, Penny Cook, Gary Sweet, Laurence Clifford

Votes: 124

32. Dangerous Game (1988)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A computer expert and his friends manage to disable a department store's security system so they can rob it, but once inside they find themselves stalked by a killer.

Directors: Stephen Hopkins, David Lewis | Stars: Miles Buchanan, Marcus Graham, Steven Grives, Kathryn Walker

Votes: 282

33. Innocent Prey (1989)

R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman living in Dallas discovers that her husband, from New Zealand, is actually a crazed serial killer who murders prostitutes. She helps the authorities arrest him, and he is sent to a ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: P.J. Soles, Kit Taylor, Grigor Taylor, Martin Balsam

Votes: 126

34. The Wicked (1987 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

What happens when two rodeo men and a female hitchhiker go up against vampire.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: Richard Morgan, Angela Kennedy, Brett Climo, John Doyle

Votes: 77

35. Turkey Shoot (1982)

R | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Deviants are held at a rehabilitation fortress until they're set into a deadly game of survival, in the hopes of returning to world society.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig, Carmen Duncan

Votes: 2,860



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