The 40 Best Horror Movies of 1981

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In our list of the best horror movies in 1981 we have An American Werewolf in London, The Evil Dead, The Howling, Halloween II, Friday the 13th Part 2, The Beyond & Wolfen. The top movie is An American Werewolf in London scoring 8.215/10 stars in our weighted score. Starring in this 1981 movie is Frank Oz, John Landis, Jenny Agutter, David Schofield, James Payne, Brian Glover, Harry Fielder. The second best 1981 horror movie is The Evil Dead scoring 8.159/10 stars in our weighted score. These are the best horror films of 1981 and we hope you enjoy the 26 movies in our list of 1981 horror movies.

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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

Frank Oz, John Landis, Jenny Agutter, David Schofield, James Payne


The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead 1981
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 7.6/10

Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi, Josh Becker


The Howling (1981)

The Howling 1981
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 6.6/10

Dee Wallace, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, Robert Hammond, Forrest J Ackerman


Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II 1981
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 6.6/10

Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dick Warlock, Nancy Stephens, Jeffrey Kramer


Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Friday the 13th Part 2 1981
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.1/10

Adrienne King, Stuart Charno, Amy Steel, Walt Gorney, Ronn Carroll


The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond 1981
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.9/10

Michele Mirabella, Al Cliver, Roberto Dell'Acqua, Lucio Fulci, Catriona MacColl


Wolfen (1981)

Wolfen 1981
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.3/10

Corey Burton, Roy Brocksmith, James Tolkan, Charles Howerton, Caitlin O'Heaney


Scanners (1981)

Scanners 1981
Our Score: 4/10   IMDB Score: 6.8/10

Michael Ironside, Chris Britton, Robert A. Silverman, William Hope, Leon Herbert


Night of the Werewolf (1981)

Night of the Werewolf 1981
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.1/10

Rafael Hernández, Pilar Alcón, Luis Barboo, Ramón Centenero, Alexia Loreto


Heavy Metal (1981)

Heavy Metal 1981
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 6.7/10

Vlasta Vrana, Rodger Bumpass, Harold Ramis, Jackie Burroughs, Don Francks


Just Before Dawn (1981)

Just Before Dawn 1981
   IMDB Score: 6.4/10

George Kennedy, Gregg Henry, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Ralph Seymour


The Prowler (1981)

The Prowler 1981
   IMDB Score: 6.2/10

Ralph Garman, Thom Bray, Lawrence Tierney, Jonathan Sachar, Carleton Carpenter


The Pit (1981)

The Pit 1981
   IMDB Score: 6.0/10

Bill Taylor, Cindy Auten, Patrick Patterson, Roger Van Haren, Jeannie Elias


Venom (1981)

Venom 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.9/10

Michael Gough, David Sterne, Alan Ford, Klaus Kinski, Pat Gorman


Black Cat (1981)

Black Cat 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.8/10

Al Cliver, Lucio Fulci, Vito Passeri, David Warbeck, Patrick Magee


Hell Night (1981)

Hell Night 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.8/10

Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Carey Fox, Vincent Van Patten, Kevin Brophy


Omen 3: The Final Conflict (1981)

Omen 3: The Final Conflict 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.6/10

Sam Neill, Barrie Holland, Al Matthews, Don Gordon, Richard Oldfield


Deadly Blessing (1981)

Deadly Blessing 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.5/10

Michael Berryman, Jeff East, Sharon Stone, Kevin Cooney, Ernest Borgnine


Madman (1981)

Madman 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.4/10

Gaylen Ross, Stephen Clark, Tony Fish, Lori Mathes, Jane Pappidas


Absurd (1981)

Absurd 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.3/10

Michele Soavi, Ian Danby, Susan Spafford, Pat Starke, Goffredo Unger


Cannibal ferox (1981)

Cannibal ferox 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.2/10

Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Larry Dolgin, Susan Spafford, Pat Starke, Robert Kerman


Galaxy of Terror (1981)

Galaxy of Terror 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.1/10

Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Grace Zabriskie, Jack Blessing, Ray Walston


X-Ray (1981)

X-Ray 1981
   IMDB Score: 5.0/10

Billy Jayne, Gay Austin, Bill Errigo, Beverly Hart, Jon Van Ness


Inseminoid (1981)

Inseminoid 1981
   IMDB Score: 3.6/10

David Baxt, Judy Geeson, Steven Grives, Trevor Thomas, Robert Pugh


Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning 1981
   IMDB Score: 3.5/10

Lance Henriksen, Carole Davis, Ricky Paull Goldin, Captain Kidd Brewer Jr., Lee Krug


Zombie Lake (1981)

Zombie Lake 1981
   IMDB Score: 2.9/10

Antonio Mayans, Julián Esteban, Alain Petit, Jean Rollin, Jean Roville


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