The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1983

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1). The Dead Zone (1983)

Score: 7.81/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer Review
Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of…
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Christopher Walken, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Anthony Zerbe, Nicholas Campbell

2). Videodrome (1983)

Score: 7.07/10 IMDB: 7.3/10 Trailer
Max Renn is the President of Channel 83 Civic-TV, a small television station on the UHF dial. He defends his…
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: David Cronenberg, James Woods, Peter Dvorsky, Kay Hawtrey, Leslie Carlson

3). Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

Score: 6.13/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer Review
Four directors collaborated to remake four episodes of the popular television series 'The Twilight Zone' for this movie. The episodes…
Directors: Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller …
Stars: Dick Miller, John Larroquette, Steven Williams, Larry Cedar, Dan Aykroyd

4). Psycho II (1983)

Score: 5.98/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer Review
Now declared legally sane, Norman Bates is released from a mental institution after spending 22 years in confinement over the…
Director: Richard Franklin
Stars: Tom Holland, Robert Loggia, Meg Tilly, Anthony Perkins, Lee Garlington

5). Cujo (1983)

Score: 5.94/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer Review
Donna Trenton is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is a turmoil after her husband learns about her having an…
Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Ed Lauter, Robert Craighead, Christopher Stone

6). Christine (1983)

Score: 5.93/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer Review
In 1957, in Detroit, a red Plymouth Fury is built and is the cause of two accidents, one of them…
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Joe Unger, Harry Dean Stanton, Stuart Charno, Kelly Preston, John Michael Quinn

7). Curtains (1983)

Score: 5.9/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
Samantha Sherwood has worked with the well-known director Jonathan Stryker on all his major films. She naturally assumes she has…
Director: Richard Ciupka
Stars: James Kidnie, Michael Wincott, John Vernon, Donald Adams, Lynne Griffin

8). Strange Invaders (1983)

Score: 5.9/10 IMDB: 5.5/10 Trailer
Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But,…
Director: Michael Laughlin
Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Louise Fletcher, Jack Kehler, Wallace Shawn, Diana Scarwid

9). Angst (1983)

Score: 5.83/10 IMDB: 7.4/10 Trailer
A man is released from prison after serving ten years for murdering an elderly woman. He quickly begins to feel…
Director: Gerald Kargl
Stars: Erwin Leder, Adolf Hagmann, Karl Riepl, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Gunther Dietz

10). Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Score: 5.78/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer Review
After a horrible boating accident kills her family, Angela, a shy and sullen young girl, moves in with her eccentric…
Director: Robert Hiltzik
Stars: Felissa Rose, James Paradise, Christopher Collet, Desiree Gould, Rick Edrich

11). The Hunger (1983)

Score: 5.75/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age...…
Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Shane Rimmer, James Payne, Derek Lyons, Cliff De Young

12). Of Unknown Origin (1983)

Score: 5.6/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Bart Hughes has a pretty good life, a beautiful wife, a young son, a good job with promotion prospects, and…
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Kenneth Welsh, Lawrence Dane, Peter Weller, Bronwen Mantel, Louis Del Grande

13). House of the Long Shadows (1983)

Score: 5.38/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer
An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a twenty thousand dollar bet: can he write a classic…
Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Julie Peasgood

14). The House on Sorority Row (1983)

Score: 5.37/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
A group of girls staying at a sorority house clash with the house's owner, who wants them out. They decide…
Director: Mark Rosman
Stars: Barbara Harris, Harley Jane Kozak, Kate McNeil, Carlos Sério, Karl B. Bromwell

15). The Lift (1983)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them, and decapitating a security…
Director: Dick Maas
Stars: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Cor Witschge, Ad Noyons, Huub Stapel, Paul Gieske

16). Revenge of the Dead (1983)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon.…
Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Frank von Kuegelgen, Andrea Montuschi, Gabriele Lavia, Adolfo Belletti, Paolo Bacchi

17). The Deadly Spawn (1983)

Score: 5.29/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Two campers in the New Jersey woods have their outdoor fun interrupted by the arrival of a meteorite crashing nearby.…
Director: Douglas McKeown
Stars: Gabriel Bartalos, Skip Williamson, Elizabeth Marner-Brooks, Diane Stevens, Susan Harris

18). A Blade in the Dark (1983)

Score: 5.2/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer
A composer, working in isolation on a score for a horror movie meets two women who used to know his…
Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Michele Soavi, Frank von Kuegelgen, Fabiola Toledo, Giovanni Frezza, Marco Vivio

19). Sweet 16 (1983)

Score: 4.84/10 IMDB: 5.2/10 Trailer
A beautiful lonely girl named Melissa tries to make new friends from a town she's currently living in. The only…
Director: Jim Sotos
Stars: Bo Hopkins, Patrick Macnee, Dana Kimmell, Don Shanks, Don Stroud

20). Blood Beat (1983)

Score: 4.66/10 IMDB: 4.4/10 Trailer
A woman who lives in deer-hunting country in rural Wisconsin is possessed by the spirit of a Japanese samurai warrior.
Director: Fabrice A. Zaphiratos
Stars: Mark Johnson, David End, Helen Benton, Terry Brown, Dana Day

21). Dogs of Hell (1983)

Score: 4.6/10 IMDB: 4.3/10 Trailer
A pack of Rottweilers, bred and trained by the U.S. military to kill humans, escape to ravage the peaceful mountain…
Director: Worth Keeter
Stars: Larry Sprinkle, Elizabeth Marner-Brooks, Helene Tryon, Valerie Mitchell, Jerry Whittington

22). The Keep (1983)

Score: 4.4/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown…
Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Ian McKellen, Bruce Payne, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, Peter Guinness

23). The Alchemist (1983)

Score: 4.31/10 IMDB: 3.8/10 Trailer
A man seeks revenge on an evil magician who placed a curse on him.
Director: Charles Band
Stars: John Sanderford, Billy Scudder, Robert Ginty, Lucinda Dooling, Viola Kates Stimpson

24). Nightmares (1983)

Score: 4.3/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer
A collection of short stories. In one a woman who leaves her house late at night to drive to the…
Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Carlos Cervantes, James Tolkan, Billy Jayne

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24 List of 1983 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1983

Looking for the best 1983 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1983 are "The Dead Zone (1983), Videodrome (1983), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Psycho II (1983), and Cujo (1983)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1983 is The Dead Zone (1983) scoring 7.81/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 52,580 votes for this movie. Starring in The Dead Zone (1983) is Christopher Walken, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Anthony Zerbe, and Nicholas Campbell. Director David Cronenberg did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1983 best horror film which was remarkable.The Dead Zone (1983) is in Horror, Thriller, and Sci-Fi movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1983 The next best 1983 horror movie is Videodrome (1983) with a score of 7.07/10 stars. David Cronenberg, James Woods, Peter Dvorsky, Kay Hawtrey, and Leslie Carlson star in "Videodrome (1983)". Videodrome (1983) is directed by David Cronenberg and has over 72,060 IMDB votes. You can find Videodrome (1983) in Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, and Mystery movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1983, and we hope you enjoy the 29 movies on our list of good 1983 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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