The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1985

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1). The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Score: 8.16/10 IMDB: 7.4/10 Trailer Review
When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the…
Director: Dan O'Bannon
Stars: Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, James Karen, Clu Gulager, Thom Mathews

2). Fright Night (1985)

Score: 8.07/10 IMDB: 7.1/10 Trailer Review
For young Charley Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in…
Director: Tom Holland
Stars: Christopher Lee, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Chris Hendrie, Art Evans

3). Re-Animator (1985)

Score: 7.88/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer Review
A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's…
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Gerry Black, Bruce Abbott, David Gale

4). Day of the Dead (1985)

Score: 7.46/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer Review
Zombies rule the world, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker…
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Greg Nicotero, George A. Romero, Michael Deak, Gary Jones, Howard Berger

5). Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Score: 7.23/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer Review
A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus…
Directors: Toyoo Ashida, Carl Macek
Stars: Michael McConnohie, Kirk Thornton, Steve Kramer, Edie Mirman, Lara Cody

6). Cat's Eye (1985)

Score: 7.13/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer Review
Three horror-thriller tales revolve around a mysterious stray cat which is attempting to find a little girl in trouble. In…
Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Frank Welker, Charles S. Dutton, Drew Barrymore, James Woods, James Rebhorn

7). Phenomena (1985)

Score: 6.8/10 IMDB: 6.9/10 Trailer
Jennifer Corvino, the daughter of a famous actor, has had trouble with sleepwalking for some time. Her doctor said that…
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Patrick Bauchau, Jennifer Connelly, Dario Argento, Michele Soavi

8). Demons (1985)

Score: 6.58/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer Review
Art imitating art is the basis of this demonic tale of a group of invited guests who are granted a…
Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Michele Soavi, Eliana Miglio, Lino Salemme, Stelio Candelli, Lamberto Bava

9). The Stuff (1985)

Score: 6.39/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer Review
A delicious, mysterious goo which was found oozing from the earth. It's marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the…
Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Rutanya Alda, Michael Moriarty, Patrick Dempsey, John Newton, Brooke Adams

10). Lifeforce (1985)

Score: 6.26/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer Review
The space shuttle Churchill is assigned to observe the Halley's Comet under the command of Col. Tom Carlsen. They see…
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Patrick Stewart, John Larroquette, Kerry Shale, James Payne, Chris Webb

11). The Black Cauldron (1985)

Score: 6.03/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer
Centuries ago, in the land of Prydain, a young man named Taran is given the task of protecting Hen Wen,…
Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich
Stars: John Hurt, Phil Fondacaro, Freddie Jones, Pat Fraley, Arthur Malet

12). House (1985)

Score: 6/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer Review
Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when…
Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Steven Williams, Billy Beck, William Katt, Michael Ensign, Felix Silla

13). Mr. Vampire (1985)

Score: 5.92/10 IMDB: 7.6/10 Trailer
A ghost sucks the life-force out of a one of Uncle Nine's student. The other is slowly turned into a…
Director: Ricky Lau
Stars: Pak-Kwong Ho, Anthony Chan, Siu-Ho Chin, Billy Lau, Yun-Chiang Peng

14). Vampiros en La Habana! (1985)

Score: 5.65/10 IMDB: 7.0/10
A scientist invents a potion that allows vampires to be able to live under the rays of the sun. When…
Director: Juan Padrón
Stars: Andreas Mannkopff, Wolfgang Ziffer, Santiago Ziesmer, Sonja Deutsch, Eberhard Prüter

15). Return to Oz (1985)

Score: 5.6/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz is now almost back to perfect health…
Director: Walter Murch
Stars: Deep Roy, Kevin Hudson, John Alexander, Philip Tan, Peter Elliott

16). Stryker's War (1985)

Score: 5.57/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer
Jack Stryker took two bullets in the leg in Vietnam and was carried back by one of his men. When…
Director: Josh Becker
Stars: Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi, Gary Jones

17). The Midnight Hour (1985)

Score: 5.56/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
Phil, Mitch, Vinnie, Mary and Melissa are friends unwittingly wake Melissa's great, great, great, great grandmother Lucinda, who is a…
Director: Jack Bender
Stars: Dedee Pfeiffer, Ted King, Kevin McCarthy, Paul McMichael, Scott L. Treger

18). Silver Bullet (1985)

Score: 5.42/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer Review
The small town of Tarker's Mills was a place that was very peaceful, where nothing extraordinary ever happened until one…
Director: Daniel Attias
Stars: Corey Haim, William Newman, Laura Warner, Bill Smitrovich, Julius LeFlore

19). Confessions of a Serial Killer (1985)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 5.6/10
After being arrested, a Texas man begins confessing to the brutal murder of over 200 women. He recounts his random…
Director: Mark Blair
Stars: David Brown, Bill Johnson, Robert A. Burns, Brady Coleman, Julius Tennon

20). The Strangeness (1985)

Score: 4.94/10 IMDB: 4.9/10 Trailer
A group of explorers surveying an abandoned goldmine are trapped in a cave in, and find themselves at the mercy…
Director: Melanie Anne Phillips
Stars: Dan Lunham, Terri Berland, Rolf Theison, Keith Hurt, Mark Sawicki

21). A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

Score: 4.72/10 IMDB: 5.4/10 Trailer Review
A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about…
Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Robert Englund, Robert Shaye, Clu Gulager, Tom McFadden, Robert Rusler

22). Joey (1985)

Score: 4.66/10 IMDB: 4.8/10 Trailer
When Joey's dad dies Joey is starting to act strange. He's got psychic powers. He can talk to him on…
Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Michael Gregory, Jack Angel, Jerry Hall, Sebastian Riehm, Bebby Dalton

23). Crimewave (1985)

Score: 4.6/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them,…
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Bridget Hoffman, Brion James, Antonio Fargas

24). Hard Rock Zombies (1985)

Score: 4.53/10 IMDB: 4.5/10 Trailer
A hard rock band travels to the tiny and remote town of Grand Guignol to perform. Peopled by hicks, rubes,…
Director: Krishna Shah
Stars: Phil Fondacaro, David Schroeder, John Fleck, Richard Vidan, Jonathan King

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24 List of 1985 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1985

Looking for the best 1985 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1985 are "The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Fright Night (1985), Re-Animator (1985), Day of the Dead (1985), and Vampire Hunter D (1985)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1985 is The Return of the Living Dead (1985) scoring 8.16/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 46,890 votes for this movie. Starring in The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, James Karen, Clu Gulager, and Thom Mathews. Director Dan O'Bannon did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1985 best horror film which was remarkable.The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is in Horror, Sci-Fi, and Comedy movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1985 The next best 1985 horror movie is Fright Night (1985) with a score of 8.07/10 stars. Christopher Lee, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Chris Hendrie, and Art Evans star in "Fright Night (1985)". Fright Night (1985) is directed by Tom Holland and has over 51,400 IMDB votes. You can find Fright Night (1985) in Horror, Thriller, and Comedy movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1985, and we hope you enjoy the 32 movies on our list of good 1985 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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