Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

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Here is a list of movies ranked from the best to the worst using the sum of eight different ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, creepiness, story, creativity, acting and quality. Select a combination of genressubgenresantagonists or moods to narrow your search. Additionally, you can select a type of realism, a decade, or you can include or exclude anthology films.

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Note: genres are major film subdivisions. Most movies belong to many genres. The same can be said about subgenres. Subgenres can be subdivisions of genres or genre hybrids. They can also originate from a film era, a cinematic style, a cult audience or a particular market. Most movies belong to many subgenres. Moods are emotions considered crucial to the plot and conveyed through music, dialogue, performances, build-up and pacing. Moods speak to a film's ambiance. A movie usually conveys more than one mood. Antagonists are people or entities that pose a threat to the protagonist, or hero. Antagonist types are divided into 5 categories: visceral, society, science, afterlife and fantasy.

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  • Gremlins
    8
    8
    8
    7.04
    8
    4
    3
    4
  • Jaws
    8
    7.04
    5.04
    8
    7.04
    4
    3
    3
  • Scrooged
    7.04
    7.04
    8
    8
    8
    4
    2
    4
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
    7.04
    6
    8
    6
    7.04
    4
    4
    4
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch
    7.04
    6
    7.04
    6
    6
    4
    4
    4
  • Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
    7.04
    6
    7.04
    6
    6
    4
    4
    4
  • Night of the Demons
    7.04
    6
    7.04
    5.04
    6
    4
    4
    4
  • Night of the Demons 2
    7.04
    6
    7.04
    5.04
    6
    4
    4
    4
  • Critters 2
    7.04
    5.04
    6
    6
    6
    4
    3
    4
  • Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives
    7.04
    5.04
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    5.04
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    3
    4
  • Halloween
    7.04
    5.04
    5.04
    6
    5.04
    4
    3
    3
  • Friday the 13th Part III
    7.04
    5.04
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    5.04
    5.04
    4
    3
    3
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
    7.04
    5.04
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    5.04
    4
    3
    3
  • Prometheus
    7.04
    6
    8
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    3
    3
    4
  • Krampus
    7.04
    6
    8
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    3
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  • The Predator
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    8
    8
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    3
    3
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  • Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
    7.04
    6
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    3
    3
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  • Edward Scissorhands
    7.04
    6
    6
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  • Ginger Snaps
    7.04
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    6
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  • The Meg
    7.04
    5.04
    6
    8
    8
    3
    3
    4
  • Carrie
    7.04
    7.04
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    7.04
    6
    3
    3
    3
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
    7.04
    6
    8
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    8
    3
    2
    3
  • The Conjuring 2
    7.04
    6
    7.04
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    8
    3
    4
    3
  • Dead End
    7.04
    6
    7.04
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    7.04
    3
    4
    3
  • The Signal
    7.04
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    3
    4
    3
  • Pontypool
    7.04
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    3
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    3
  • Jeepers Creepers
    7.04
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    5.04
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    3
  • Knock Knock
    7.04
    6
    4
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    3
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    3
  • Deep Blue Sea
    7.04
    5.04
    6
    8
    8
    3
    3
    3
  • Halloween
    7.04
    5.04
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    8
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    3
    3
  • Secret Santa
    7.04
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    3
    3
    3
  • Jaws 2
    7.04
    5.04
    5.04
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    7.04
    3
    2
    3
  • Nekrotronic
    7.04
    5.04
    8
    7.04
    7.04
    2
    2
    4
  • Flatliners
    7.04
    6
    7.04
    8
    8
    2
    3
    3
  • Ernest Scared Stupid
    6
    5.04
    7.04
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    7.04
    4
    2
    4
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
    6
    5.04
    6
    5.04
    5.04
    4
    3
    4
  • Leprechaun 3
    6
    5.04
    6
    5.04
    5.04
    4
    3
    4
  • Terror Train
    6
    5.04
    5.04
    6
    6
    4
    2
    4
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
    6
    4
    5.04
    4
    5.04
    4
    3
    4
  • Death Spa
    6
    3.04
    7.04
    5.04
    5.04
    4
    3
    4
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
    6
    5.04
    5.04
    8
    7.04
    4
    3
    3
  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
    6
    4
    5.04
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    3
  • Friday the 13th
    6
    5.04
    5.04
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    2
  • Friday the 13th Part 2
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    4
    5.04
    4
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    3
    2
  • Idle Hands
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    5.04
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    3
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  • Hocus Pocus
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    5.04
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  • WNUF Halloween Special
    6
    5.04
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    3
    1
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  • Anna and the Apocalypse
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    5.04
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    3
    3
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  • April Fool's Day
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    5.04
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    3
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  • Scary Movie
    6
    4
    6
    7.04
    7.04
    3
    2
    4
  • Terrifier
    6
    4
    5.04
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    3
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    4
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
    6
    2
    5.04
    5.04
    6
    3
    3
    4
  • Sick for Toys
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    6
    5.04
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    3
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    3
  • Black Christmas
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    6
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    3
  • Carrie
    6
    5.04
    6
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    8
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    3
    3
  • Valentine
    6
    5.04
    5.04
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    8
    3
    3
    3
  • Piranha 3D
    6
    5.04
    5.04
    8
    7.04
    3
    3
    3
  • Black Christmas
    6
    5.04
    5.04
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    8
    3
    3
    3
  • The Shallows
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    5.04
    5.04
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  • P2
    6
    5.04
    4
    8
    8
    3
    3
    3
  • Game Over
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    4
    7.04
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    7.04
    3
    3
    3
  • Jaws: The Revenge
    6
    4
    6
    7.04
    7.04
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    2
    3
  • Once Bitten
    6
    4
    6
    6
    6
    3
    1
    3
  • Halloween II
    6
    3.04
    5.04
    5.04
    5.04
    3
    3
    3
  • Night of the Comet
    6
    3.04
    5.04
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    5.04
    3
    2
    3
  • May
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    6
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    3
    2
  • Better Watch Out
    6
    5.04
    4
    7.04
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    3
    3
    2
  • The Guest
    6
    5.04
    4
    7.04
    7.04
    3
    2
    2
  • Independence Day
    6
    6
    8
    8
    8
    2
    2
    4
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
    6
    6
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    8
    8
    2
    2
    4
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
    6
    6
    7.04
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  • 47 Meters Down
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    6
    4
    7.04
    8
    2
    3
    4
  • Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
    6
    5.04
    8
    7.04
    8
    2
    2
    4
  • Annabelle Comes Home
    6
    5.04
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  • Slay Belles
    6
    5.04
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  • End of Days
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    5.04
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    8
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  • Leprechaun
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    2
    3
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  • Bait
    6
    5.04
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  • Haunt
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    5.04
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  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
    6
    5.04
    4