The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1982

1). Poltergeist (1982)

Score: 8.68/10 IMDB: 7.4/10 Trailer Review
A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the…
Directors: Steven Spielberg, Tobe Hooper
Stars: James Karen, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein, Allan Graf, Heather O'Rourke

2). The Thing (1982)

Score: 8.29/10 IMDB: 8.1/10 Trailer Review
A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research…
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Keith David, Norbert Weisser

3). Tenebre (1982)

Score: 7.2/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer
With Argento's trademark visual style, linked with one of his more coherent plots, Tenebrae follows a writer who arrives to…
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: John Saxon, Dario Argento, Michele Soavi, Lamberto Bava, Sean Barrett

4). Alone in the Dark (1982)

Score: 7/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Thanks to a major power cut, a gang of psychopaths breaks out of the Haven maximum security mental institute in…
Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Lin Shaye, Donald Pleasence, Dwight Schultz, Steve Dash, Martin Landau

5). Basket Case (1982)

Score: 6.8/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Charming country bumpkin Duane Bradley takes a motel room in New York with a basket and a backpack. In a…
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Tom Robinson, Emily Armstrong, Beverly Bonner, Chris Babson

6). Creepshow (1982)

Score: 6.78/10 IMDB: 6.9/10 Trailer Review
Five tales of terror are presented. The first deals with a demented old man returning from the grave to get…
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Tom Savini, Stephen King, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, David Early

7). Cat People (1982)

Score: 6.46/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer Review
The Cat People originated way back in time, when humans sacrificed their women to leopards, who mated with them. Cat…
Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Ray Wise, Frankie Faison, John Larroquette, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard

8). Q (1982)

Score: 6.4/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
New York police are bemused by a spate of reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around…
Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, John Capodice, James Dixon

9). The Entity (1982)

Score: 6.16/10 IMDB: 6.6/10 Trailer Review
Carla Moran awakens one night to find herself being beaten and raped by an unseen presence. Terrified of what's happening…
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Barbara Hershey, George Coe, Tom Stern, Natasha Ryan, Allan Rich

10). One Dark Night (1982)

Score: 5.87/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer Review
A strange man named Karl Rhamarevich dies shortly after discovering a way to become even more powerful in death through…
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Kevin Peter Hall, Meg Tilly, Elizabeth Daily, Leo Gorcey Jr., Theodore Lehmann

11). Swamp Thing (1982)

Score: 5.78/10 IMDB: 5.4/10 Trailer Review
Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species -…
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Ray Wise, Adrienne Barbeau, Mimi Craven, Nicholas Worth, David Hess

12). The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

Score: 5.63/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer Review
A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage's dangerous future when he is recruited to help a princess…
Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Thomas Rosales Jr., Corey Burton, Richard Lynch, Buckley Norris, Simmy Bow

13). Forbidden World (1982)

Score: 5.6/10 IMDB: 5.2/10 Trailer
On planet Xarbia, an experimental life form, Subject 20, has been created by an elite group of researchers in hopes…
Director: Allan Holzman
Stars: Scott Paulin, Michael Bowen, Ray Oliver, Victor Warren, June Chadwick

14). Next of Kin (1982)

Score: 5.38/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer
In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the…
Director: Tony Williams
Stars: John Jarratt, Alex Scott, John Bishop, Daphne Miller, Isobel Harley

15). Pieces (1982)

Score: 5.35/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
While playing with a puzzle, a teenager is repressed by his mother, and he kills her and severs her body…
Directors: Juan Piquer Simón, Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Jack Taylor, Gregory Snegoff, Paul L. Smith, Pilar Alcón, Pilar Alcón

16). Cry for the Strangers (1982)

Score: 5.11/10 IMDB: 5.2/10
The little coastal town of Clark's Harbor seems like the perfect place for psychiatrist Brad Russell and his wife to…
Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Martin Kove, Shawn Carson, Cindy Pickett, Jeff Corey, Parley Baer

17). A Stranger Is Watching (1982)

Score: 5.11/10 IMDB: 5.2/10 Trailer
The 11-year old daughter and girlfriend of a man whose wife had been raped and killed in front of his…
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Stars: William Hickey, Gary Howard Klar, John Ring, Vincent Spano, Rip Torn

18). The Living Dead Girl (1982)

Score: 5.11/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
Abruptly, the eternal slumber of the once vital 20-year-old Catherine Valmont is disturbed when a violent tremor shakes her damp…
Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Marina Pierro, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Laurence Royer, Jean Rollin, Véronique Carpentier

19). Superstition (1982)

Score: 5.11/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
A family moves into a long-condemned New England household with a big pond out back that everybody loves to swim…
Director: James W. Roberson
Stars: Billy Jayne, Robert Symonds, Albert Salmi, Bennett Liss, Michael Cornelison

20). The Last Horror Film (1982)

Score: 5.02/10 IMDB: 5.6/10 Trailer
Vinny is obsessed with famous actress Jana Bates and is determined to have her star in his movie. He travels…
Director: David Winters
Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Caroline Munro, Karen Black, John Hamilton, Isabelle Adjani

21). Silent Rage (1982)

Score: 4.98/10 IMDB: 5.5/10 Trailer
Dan Stevens is the sheriff of a small Texas town who checks out a disturbance which turns to murder. The…
Director: Michael Miller
Stars: Joe Farago, Mike Johnson, Brian Libby, Ron Silver, Linda Tatum

22). Double Exposure (1982)

Score: 4.94/10 IMDB: 4.9/10 Trailer
A photographer for a men's magazine is disturbed by a recurring dream he has that he is killing his models…
Director: William Byron Hillman
Stars: Frances Bay, David Young, James Stacy, Sally Kirkland, Cleavon Little

23). Wacko (1982)

Score: 4.77/10 IMDB: 4.6/10 Trailer
Cops try to track down the infamous "Lawnmower Killer".
Director: Greydon Clark
Stars: Elizabeth Daily, Joe Don Baker, George Kennedy, Scott Norman, Charles Napier

24). Unhinged (1982)

Score: 4.75/10 IMDB: 5.0/10 Trailer
College students, Terry, Nancy and Gloria are on their way to a rock concert, driving through a torrential rainstorm... only…
Director: Don Gronquist
Stars: Laurel Munson, Sara Ansley, Barbara Lusch, Janet Penner, Virginia Settle

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Best Horror Movies of 1982

Looking for the best 1982 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1982 are "Poltergeist (1982), The Thing (1982), Tenebre (1982), Alone in the Dark (1982), and Basket Case (1982)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1982 is Poltergeist (1982) scoring 8.68/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 124,540+ votes for this movie. Starring in Poltergeist (1982) is James Karen, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein, Allan Graf, and Heather O'Rourke. Co-directors Steven Spielberg, and Tobe Hooper did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1982 best horror film which was remarkable.Poltergeist (1982) is in Horror, Thriller, and Fantasy movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1982 The next best 1982 horror movie is The Thing (1982) with a score of 8.29/10 stars. Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Keith David, and Norbert Weisser star in "The Thing (1982)". The Thing (1982) is directed by John Carpenter and has over 317,710+ IMDB votes. You can find The Thing (1982) in Horror, Sci-Fi, and Mystery movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1982, and we hope you enjoy the 37 movies on our list of good 1982 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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