The 8 Best Horror Movies of 1981

In our list of the best horror movies in 1981 we have An American Werewolf in London, The Evil Dead, The Beyond, Friday the 13th Part 2 & Howling. The top movie is An American Werewolf in London scoring 8/10 stars in our movie review and has an average user score of 8.9/10 stars from 82 users. Starring in this 1981 movie is Frank Oz, John Landis, Jenny Agutter, David Schofield, James Payne. The second best 1981 horror movie is The Evil Dead scoring 8/10 stars in our movie review and has an average user score of 8.9/10 stars from 264 users. These are the best horror films of 1981 and we hope you enjoy the 18 movies in our list of 1981 horror movies.

List of 1981 Horror Films

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London 1981
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 7.6/10
+89% Like of 82 votes

Frank Oz, John Landis, Jenny Agutter, David Schofield, James Payne - Remember back in the early 1980s when special-effects makeup artists were tripping over themselves to create the next big effect? The Howling boasted a fantastic werewolf transformation scene courtesy…

The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead 1981
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 7.6/10
+89% Like of 264 votes

Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi, Josh Becker - The Evil Dead (1981) is directed by Sam Raimi as his first horror film and has become a cult classic since its 1981 release. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell has an extremely small budget (about $90K)…


The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond 1981
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.9/10
+50% Like of 8 votes

Pat Starke, Catriona MacColl, Michele Mirabella, Al Cliver, Roberto Dell'Acqua - The Beyond (1981) is an Italian horror movie that is also known as Seven Doors of Death. The Beyond is a cult favorite over the years, and it just might be because of its originality and gore factor.…

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Friday the 13th Part 2 1981
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.1/10
+88% Like of 8 votes

Adrienne King, Ronn Carroll, Betsy Palmer, Stuart Charno, Amy Steel - Friday the 13th Part 2 is the sequel (directed by Steve Miner) and simply repeats the scenario of the original box office hit with only one exception; Jason Vorhees. His mother was the killer in the original,…


Howling (1981)

Howling 1981
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.6/10
+87% Like of 90 votes

Dick Miller, Dee Wallace, Robert Picardo, Robert Hammond, Kenneth Tobey - The Howling is the first in a werewolf trilogy that is the best out there, I do not count the other werewolf movies in the series because they were mostly downhill after the trilogy. This one sets us…

Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II 1981
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.5/10
+73% Like of 11 votes

Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dick Warlock, Jeffrey Kramer, Nancy Kyes - Picking up at the same moment part one ended, this sequel follows Michael's trail of bodies to the hospital where Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was taken. This sequel by Carpenter and Hill seems…


Wolfen (1981)

Wolfen 1981
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.3/10
+57% Like of 35 votes

Corey Burton, James Tolkan, Tom Noonan, Roy Brocksmith, Charles Howerton - A real estate tycoon, his coke-binging wife and a slum wino have something grisly in common: they're the latest victims in a series of random murders. A veteran NYPD detective soon suspects the killings…

The Night of the Werewolf (1981)

The Night of the Werewolf 1981
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.1/10
+55% Like of 73 votes

Rafael Hernández, Pilar Alcón, Luis Barboo, Silvia Aguilar, José Luis Baringo - Night of the Werewolf (1981) is a Spanish horror movie whose original Spanish title is: El Retorno del Hombre-Lobo (1981). Director and writer Paul Naschy (Count Dracula's Great Love (1973), The…


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