The 8 Best Horror Movies of 1981

In our list of the best horror movies in 1981 we have The Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London, The Beyond, Friday the 13th Part 2 & Howling. The top 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 255 users. Starring in this 1981 movie is Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi, Josh Becker. The second best 1981 horror movie is An American Werewolf in London scoring 8/10 stars in our movie review and has an average user score of 8.8/10 stars from 75 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

The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead 1981
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 7.6/10
+89% Like of 255 votes

Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, 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)…

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London 1981
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 7.6/10
+88% Like of 75 votes

Frank Oz, James Payne, John Landis, David Schofield, David Naughton - 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 Beyond (1981)

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

Catriona MacColl, Michele Mirabella, Al Cliver, Roberto Dell'Acqua, Lucio Fulci - 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: 6.0/10
+86% Like of 7 votes

Ronn Carroll, Adrienne King, Rex Everhart, Walt Gorney, Betsy Palmer - 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
+85% Like of 81 votes

Dick Miller, Dee Wallace, Robert Picardo, Robert Hammond, Forrest J Ackerman - 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
+70% Like of 10 votes

Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, Dick Warlock, Jeffrey Kramer - 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
+59% Like of 27 votes

Corey Burton, Roy Brocksmith, James Tolkan, Tom Noonan, 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: 5/10   IMDB Score: 6.1/10
+74% Like of 19 votes

Luis Barboo, Paul Naschy, José Luis Chinchilla, Rafael Hernández, Pilar Alcón - Filmed in the real castles of Spain The Night Of The Werewolf is one of Naschy's most impressive films a sumptuous Gothic feast that pits Naschy's werewolf Waldemar Daninsky against the Blood…


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