The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1986

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1). Aliens (1986)

Score: 8.94/10 IMDB: 8.4/10 Trailer Review
57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is…
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Tom Woodruff Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Daniel Kash

2). Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Score: 8.37/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer Review
Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush…
Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Kerry Shale, Bill Murray, Tina Simmons, Michael Shannon, Bob Sessions

3). The Fly (1986)

Score: 8.13/10 IMDB: 7.5/10 Trailer Review
Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) by offering…
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Michael Copeman

4). Manhunter (1986)

Score: 8.03/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer
Will Graham is a former FBI agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly and their young son.…
Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Brian Cox, Frankie Faison, Bill Smitrovich, Tom Noonan, Stephen Lang

5). Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Score: 7.21/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer Review
Loosely based on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to…
Director: John McNaughton
Stars: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Kurt Naebig, Benjamen Passman, Donna Dunlap

6). From Beyond (1986)

Score: 7.1/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
Dr. Edward Pretorius and his assistant, the physician Crawford Tillinghast, have developed the Resonator, a machine to stimulate the sixth…
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Dale Wyatt, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon

7). Night of the Creeps (1986)

Score: 6.95/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
In 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the…
Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Dick Miller, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Howard Berger, Vic Polizos

8). Trick or Treat (1986)

Score: 6.2/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
Hard rock idol Sammi Curr burns to death in a hotel fire. His biggest fan, Lakeridge High School student and…
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Denney Pierce, Claudia Templeton, Graham Smith, Clare Torao, Ozzy Osbourne

9). Chopping Mall (1986)

Score: 5.95/10 IMDB: 5.6/10 Trailer
A group of teenagers that work at the mall all get together for a late night party in one of…
Director: Jim Wynorski
Stars: Dick Miller, Angus Scrimm, Barbara Crampton, Rodney Eastman, Paul Bartel

10). Demons 2 (1986)

Score: 5.65/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer Review
A documentary is shown on TV of group of teens who investigate the legendary forbidden zone, in which a Demon…
Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Asia Argento, Michele Mirabella, Bobby Rhodes, Eliana Miglio, Lino Salemme

11). Hunter's Blood (1986)

Score: 5.57/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer
Five "city boys" travel to the country to relax by doing some hunting, drinking Bud, and generally having good time.…
Director: Robert C. Hughes
Stars: Clu Gulager, Billy Drago, Charles Cyphers, Kim Delaney, Mickey Jones

12). Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Score: 5.55/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer Review
The Freeling family move in with Diane's mother in an effort to escape the trauma and aftermath of Carol Anne's…
Director: Brian Gibson
Stars: James Karen, Robert Lesser, Noble Craig, Corey Burton, Craig T. Nelson

13). You'll Die at Midnight (1986)

Score: 5.46/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
A man becomes aware that his wife has been having an affair resulting in a violent argument. Shortly afterward she…
Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Eliana Miglio, Lamberto Bava, Giampaolo Saccarola, Marcello Modugno, Peter Pitsch

14). Psycho III (1986)

Score: 5.41/10 IMDB: 5.3/10 Trailer Review
Norman Bates is back again running his "quiet" little motel a month after the events in Psycho II. Norman meets…
Director: Anthony Perkins
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Jeff Fahey, Hugo Stanger, Lee Garlington, Virginia Gregg

15). Critters (1986)

Score: 5.39/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer Review
A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic…
Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Lin Shaye, Dee Wallace, Ethan Phillips, Corey Burton, Billy Zane

16). Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 5.6/10 Trailer
Mike Strauber catches his wife Sharon in bed with his best friend Jerry. He gets mad and takes off to…
Director: Tim Ritter
Stars: A.J. McLean, Rick Paige, Kelly Dreber, Joel D. Wynkoop, Mona Jones

17). April Fool's Day (1986)

Score: 5.29/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
A group of eight college friends gather together at an island mansion belonging to heiress Muffy St. John to celebrate…
Director: Fred Walton
Stars: Amy Steel, Clayton Rohner, Mike Nomad, Lloyd Berry, Tom Heaton

18). Gothic (1986)

Score: 5.26/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer Review
Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic "Frankenstein." Disturbed drug induced games are played…
Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Kiran Shah, Julian Sands, Gabriel Byrne, Timothy Spall, Dexter Fletcher

19). The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Score: 5.2/10 IMDB: 5.6/10 Trailer Review
Radio DJ Vanita 'Stretch' Brock's open request night is plagued by the annoying phone pranking of two road tripping, party-hard,…
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Dennis Hopper, Tom Morga, Tobe Hooper

20). Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)

Score: 5.18/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer Review
Tommy Jarvis returns to the graveyard to make sure Jason Voorhees is dead and accidentally brings him back to life.…
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Kimberly Beck, Thom Mathews, Ann Ryerson

21). Slaughter High (1986)

Score: 5.13/10 IMDB: 5.2/10 Trailer Review
A group of popular students play a cruel prank on a shy nerd resulting in a terrible accident. Years later…
Directors: George Dugdale, Peter Mackenzie Litten, Mark Ezra
Stars: Gary Martin, Caroline Munro, Marc Smith, Billy Hartman, John Segal

22). Vamp (1986)

Score: 5.09/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer Review
Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with…
Director: Richard Wenk
Stars: Billy Drago, Greg Lewis, Julius LeFlore, Simmy Bow, Roger Hampton

23). TerrorVision (1986)

Score: 5.07/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer
Stan installs a state-of-art satellite TV system for his dysfunctional family. However, he accidentally picks up a signal from another…
Director: Ted Nicolaou
Stars: Jon Gries, Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov, Chad Allen, Diane Franklin

24). Vicious Lips (1986)

Score: 4.98/10 IMDB: 5.5/10 Trailer
Sometime in the distant future, a fledgling band gets an opportunity for a breakthrough, if they can make it in…
Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Jeff Yesko, Tanya Papanicolas, Linda Kerridge, Christian Andrews, Brian Maguire

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24 List of 1986 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1986

Looking for the best 1986 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1986 are "Aliens (1986), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), The Fly (1986), Manhunter (1986), and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1986 is Aliens (1986) scoring 8.94/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 580,420 votes for this movie. Starring in Aliens (1986) is Lance Henriksen, Tom Woodruff Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, and Daniel Kash. Director James Cameron did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1986 best horror film which was remarkable.Aliens (1986) is in Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, and Adventure movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1986 The next best 1986 horror movie is Little Shop of Horrors (1986) with a score of 8.37/10 stars. Kerry Shale, Bill Murray, Tina Simmons, Michael Shannon, and Bob Sessions star in "Little Shop of Horrors (1986)". Little Shop of Horrors (1986) is directed by Frank Oz and has over 56,790 IMDB votes. You can find Little Shop of Horrors (1986) in Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance, Family, and Musical movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1986, and we hope you enjoy the 45 movies on our list of good 1986 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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