The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1988

1). Dead Ringers (1988)


Score: 8.02/10
IMDB: 7.3/10
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The Mantle brothers are both doctors - both gynecologists - and identical twins. Mentally however, one of them is more…
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, Denis Akiyama, Damir Andrei, Barbara Gordon

2). The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)


Score: 6.99/10
IMDB: 6.5/10
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In 1985, after a successful research in Amazonas, Dr. Dennis Alan from Harvard is invited by the president of a…
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Bill Pullman, Michael Gough, William Newman, Zakes Mokae, Francis Guinan

3). They Live (1988)


Score: 6.98/10
IMDB: 7.3/10
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Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world…
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: George 'Buck' Flower, Peter Jason, John Carpenter, Keith David, Al Leong

4). Brain Damage (1988)


Score: 6.8/10
IMDB: 6.7/10
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A normal, average guy who lives in New York City becomes dependent on an evil, disembodied brain. The brain feeds…
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: Rick Hearst, Kenneth Packard, Kevin Van Hentenryck, Artemis Pizarro, Beverly Bonner

5). Lady in White (1988)


Score: 6.7/10
IMDB: 6.7/10
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Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man…
Director: Frank LaLoggia
Stars: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Tom Bower, Rita Zohar, Jason Presson

6). Demon City Shinjuku (1988)


Score: 6.68/10
IMDB: 6.5/10
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Kyoya's father was a great warrior, killed at the hands of the diabolical psychic, Rebi Ra, who has now opened…
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Bradley Lavelle, Bob Sessions, Ichirô Nagai, Yûsaku Yara, Kazumi Tanaka

7). Child's Play (1988)


Score: 6.59/10
IMDB: 6.6/10
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When Charles Lee Ray needs to get a quick escape from cop Mike Norris, he takes his soul and buries…
Director: Tom Holland
Stars: Brad Dourif, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Ed Gale, Jeff Dlugolecki

8). Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)


Score: 6.52/10
IMDB: 6.1/10
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When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one…
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Stars: Royal Dano, Harrod Blank, Johnny Martin, John Vernon, Suzanne Snyder

9). Waxwork (1988)


Score: 6.29/10
IMDB: 6.2/10
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A waxwork museum comes to town, and a mysterious man invites some teens to come to a special showing at…
Director: Anthony Hickox
Stars: David Warner, Zach Galligan, John Rhys-Davies, Anthony Hickox, Buckley Norris

10). The Blob (1988)


Score: 6.23/10
IMDB: 6.4/10
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Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't…
Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Bill Moseley, Beau Billingslea, Frank Collison, Rick Avery, Jeffrey DeMunn

11). The Lair of the White Worm (1988)


Score: 6.15/10
IMDB: 5.9/10
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Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating. Shortly thereafter,…
Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Peter Capaldi, Linzi Drew, Ken Russell, Imogen Claire, Caroline Pope

12). A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)


Score: 6.13/10
IMDB: 5.7/10
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Following up the previous Nightmare film, the dream demon Freddy Krueger is resurrected from his apparent demise, and rapidly tracks…
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Robert Englund, Linnea Quigley, Robert Shaye, Duane Davis, Kristen Clayton

13). Monkey Shines (1988)


Score: 6.13/10
IMDB: 6.2/10
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When Allan becomes a quadriplegic he loses all hope for living until he meets Ella - a monkey trained to…
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: David Early, Stephen Root, William Newman, Stanley Tucci, Jason Beghe

14). Pulse Pounders (1988)


Score: 6.03/10
IMDB: 6.8/10
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In this 'sequel' anthology, the film offers a TRANCERS sequel written by original creators Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, a…
Director: Charles Band
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, David Warner, Barbara Crampton, Grace Zabriskie, Richard Moll

15). Jack's Back (1988)


Score: 6/10
IMDB: 6.0/10
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A young doctor is suspected when a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings is committed. However, when the doctor…
Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Robert Picardo, James Spader, Chris Mulkey, John Wesley, Jim Haynie

16). Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)


Score: 5.96/10
IMDB: 6.5/10
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Doctor Channard is sent a new patient, a girl warning of the terrible creatures that have destroyed her family, Cenobites…
Director: Tony Randel
Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Bradley Lavelle, Michael Cassidy, Kenneth Cranham

17). Return of the Living Dead II (1988)


Score: 5.87/10
IMDB: 5.8/10
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In this first sequel to The Return of the Living Dead, a group of kids discover one of the drums…
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Stars: Brian Peck, James Karen, Mitch Pileggi, Forrest J. Ackerman, Forrest J Ackerman

18). Pulse (1988)


Score: 5.8/10
IMDB: 5.4/10
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An intelligent pulse of electricity is moving from house to house. It terrorizes the occupants by taking control of the…
Director: Paul Golding
Stars: Cliff De Young, Matthew Lawrence, Robert Romanus, Tim Russ, Joey Lawrence

19). Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988)


Score: 5.69/10
IMDB: 6.2/10
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A demonic reincarnation of a Japanese general from the 10th century appears in the early 20th century Tokyo with a…
Director: Akio Jissôji
Stars: Wendee Lee, Michael McConnohie, Kirk Thornton, Steve Kramer, Michael Forest

20). The Kiss (1988)


Score: 5.68/10
IMDB: 5.5/10
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When Felice and Hilary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off with a relative…
Director: Pen Densham
Stars: Vlasta Vrana, Meredith Salenger, Tyrone Benskin, Nicholas Kilbertus, Peter Dvorsky

21). Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)


Score: 5.6/10
IMDB: 6.5/10
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When a chauvinist millionaire buys the television network where the sexy Elvira is the horror hostess of a late show,…
Director: James Signorelli
Stars: Dick Miller, Frank Collison, Kurt Fuller, Susan Kellermann, Lynne Marie Stewart

22). Night of the Demons (1988)


Score: 5.58/10
IMDB: 6.3/10
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On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. "Hull House",…
Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Linnea Quigley, James W. Quinn, Amelia Kinkade, Donnie Jeffcoat, Allison Barron

23). Pumpkinhead (1988)


Score: 5.53/10
IMDB: 6.2/10
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After a group of bikers accidentally murder a young boy named Billy Harley his father Ed harley is devastated and…
Director: Stan Winston
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Tom Woodruff Jr., George 'Buck' Flower, Dick Warlock, Greg Michaels

24). Pin (1988)


Score: 5.52/10
IMDB: 6.7/10
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In this low-budget descendant of Psycho, Ursula and Leon are sister and brother, living alone, save for a large wooden…
Director: Sandor Stern
Stars: David Hewlett, Bronwen Mantel, Jonathan Banks, John Pyper-Ferguson, Terry O'Quinn

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24+ List of 1988 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1988

Looking for the best 1988 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1988 are "Dead Ringers (1988), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), They Live (1988), Brain Damage (1988), and Lady in White (1988)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1988 is Dead Ringers (1988) scoring 8.02/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 34,720+ votes for this movie. Starring in Dead Ringers (1988) is David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, Denis Akiyama, Damir Andrei, and Barbara Gordon. Director David Cronenberg did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1988 best horror film which was remarkable.Dead Ringers (1988) is in Horror, Thriller, and Drama movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1988 The next best 1988 horror movie is The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) with a score of 6.99/10 stars. Bill Pullman, Michael Gough, William Newman, Zakes Mokae, and Francis Guinan star in "The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)". The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) is directed by Wes Craven and has over 19,690+ IMDB votes. You can find The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) in Horror, and Fantasy movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1988, and we hope you enjoy the 75 movies on our list of good 1988 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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