The 40 Best Horror Movies of 1988

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In our list of the best horror movies in 1988 we have Dead Ringers, They Live, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, The Blob, Child's Play & Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. The top movie is Dead Ringers scoring 7.486/10 stars in our weighted score. Starring in this 1988 movie is David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, Denis Akiyama, Damir Andrei, Stephen Lack, Murray Cruchley, Barbara Gordon. The second best 1988 horror movie is They Live scoring 6.852/10 stars in our weighted score. These are the best horror films of 1988 and we hope you enjoy the 41 movies in our list of 1988 horror movies.

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List of 1988 Horror Films

Dead Ringers (1988)

Dead Ringers 1988
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 7.3/10

David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, Denis Akiyama, Damir Andrei, Stephen Lack


They Live (1988)

They Live 1988
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 7.3/10

George 'Buck' Flower, Peter Jason, John Carpenter, Keith David, Al Leong


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

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 5.7/10

Robert Englund, Linnea Quigley, Robert Shaye, Duane Davis, Kristen Clayton


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.1/10

Royal Dano, Harrod Blank, Johnny Martin, John Vernon, Suzanne Snyder


The Blob (1988)

The Blob 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.4/10

Bill Moseley, Beau Billingslea, Frank Collison, Jeffrey DeMunn, Noble Craig


Child's Play (1988)

Child's Play 1988
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.5/10

Brad Dourif, Chris Sarandon, Ed Gale, John Franklin, Alex Vincent


Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood 1988
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 5.3/10

Kane Hodder, Corey Feldman, Kimberly Beck, Tony Goldwyn, William Butler


Phantasm II (1988)

Phantasm II 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.5/10

Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Phil Fondacaro, A. Michael Baldwin, Ed Gale


The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 6.5/10

Bill Pullman, Michael Gough, William Newman, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield


Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Hellbound: Hellraiser II 1988
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.5/10

Doug Bradley, Bradley Lavelle, Ashley Laurence, Michael Cassidy, Nicholas Vince


The Seventh Sign (1988)

The Seventh Sign 1988
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 5.9/10

Michael Biehn, Leonardo Cimino, John Heard, Jürgen Prochnow, John Walcutt


Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers 1988
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 5.8/10

Jill Jane Clements, Justin Nowell, Walter Franks III, Heather Binion, Jason Ehrlich


Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 1988
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 5.9/10

David Jensen, Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, George P. Wilbur, Carmen Filpi


The Kiss (1988)

The Kiss 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 5.5/10

Vlasta Vrana, Meredith Salenger, Tyrone Benskin, Nicholas Kilbertus, Peter Dvorsky


Night of the Demons (1988)

Night of the Demons 1988
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 6.3/10

Linnea Quigley, Amelia Kinkade, James W. Quinn, Donnie Jeffcoat, Allison Barron


Monkey Shines (1988)

Monkey Shines 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.2/10

David Early, William Newman, Stanley Tucci, Jason Beghe, Rik Billock


Waxwork (1988)

Waxwork 1988
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.2/10

David Warner, Zach Galligan, John Rhys-Davies, Anthony Hickox, Buckley Norris


Jack's Back (1988)

Jack's Back 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.0/10

Robert Picardo, James Spader, Chris Mulkey, John Wesley, Jim Haynie


Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

Fright Night Part 2 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 5.9/10

Bob Bergen, Jon Gries, Roddy McDowall, Ed Corbett, Brian Thompson


Brain Damage (1988)

Brain Damage 1988
   IMDB Score: 6.7/10

Rick Hearst, John Reichert, Don Henenlotter, Kenneth Packard, Kevin Van Hentenryck


Lady in White (1988)

Lady in White 1988
   IMDB Score: 6.7/10

Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Tom Bower, Rita Zohar, Jason Presson


Pin (1988)

Pin 1988
   IMDB Score: 6.7/10

David Hewlett, Bronwen Mantel, John Pyper-Ferguson, Terry O'Quinn, Cynthia Preston


Critters 2 (1988)

Critters 2 1988
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 5.3/10

Lin Shaye, Cynthia Garris, Sam Anderson, Terrence Mann, Edward Chiodo


Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark 1988
   IMDB Score: 6.4/10

Dick Miller, Frank Collison, Kurt Fuller, Susan Kellermann, Lynne Marie Stewart


Maniac Cop (1988)

Maniac Cop 1988
   IMDB Score: 6.0/10

Bruce Campbell, George 'Buck' Flower, Tom Atkins, Sam Raimi, Dan Hicks


Pumpkinhead (1988)

Pumpkinhead 1988
Our Score: 4/10   IMDB Score: 6.2/10

Lance Henriksen, Tom Woodruff Jr., George 'Buck' Flower, Dick Warlock, Joel Hoffman


The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

The Lair of the White Worm 1988
   IMDB Score: 5.8/10

Peter Capaldi, Linzi Drew, Ken Russell, Imogen Claire, Caroline Pope


High Spirits (1988)

High Spirits 1988
   IMDB Score: 5.7/10

Jennifer Tilly, Liam Neeson, Daryl Hannah, Peter O'Toole, Steve Guttenberg


Vampire's Kiss (1988)

Vampire's Kiss 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 5.9/10

Nicolas Cage, David Hyde Pierce, Maria Conchita Alonso, Debbie Rochon, John Michael Higgins


Scarecrows (1988)

Scarecrows 1988
   IMDB Score: 5.6/10

David Campbell, Richard Vidan, Michael David Simms, Dyanne DiRosario, Howard E. Haller


Poltergeist III (1988)

Poltergeist III 1988
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 4.5/10

Corey Burton, Tom Skerritt, Zelda Rubinstein, Heather O'Rourke, Paul Graham


Return of the Living Dead II (1988)

Return of the Living Dead II 1988
Our Score: 4/10   IMDB Score: 5.8/10

Brian Peck, Mitch Pileggi, James Karen, Forrest J. Ackerman, Forrest J Ackerman


976-EVIL (1988)

976-EVIL 1988
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 5.0/10

Robert Picardo, Tom McFadden, Ed Corbett, Jim Metzler, Greg Collins


Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)

Return of the Killer Tomatoes! 1988
   IMDB Score: 5.1/10

John Astin, Teri Weigel, George Clooney, Michael Joseph Pierce, Anthony Starke


Ghoulies II (1988)

Ghoulies II 1988
   IMDB Score: 4.2/10

Phil Fondacaro, Michael Deak, William Butler, Royal Dano, Kerry Remsen


Watchers (1988)

Watchers 1988
Our Score: 3/10   IMDB Score: 5.3/10

Michael Ironside, Corey Haim, Duncan Fraser, Frank C. Turner, Don S. Davis


Deadly Intruder (1988)

Deadly Intruder 1988
Our Score: 4/10   IMDB Score: 4.1/10

Molly Cheek, David Schroeder, Stuart Whitman, Santos Morales, Suzanne Benoit


Slugs (1988)

Slugs 1988
Our Score: 3/10   IMDB Score: 4.9/10

Andy Alsup, Edward Trathen, Stan Schwartz, Karen Landberg, Juan Maján


Hobgoblins (1988)

Hobgoblins 1988
Our Score: 4/10   IMDB Score: 2.3/10

Duane Whitaker, Don Barrett, Daran Norris, Ken Abraham, David Teague


Witchcraft (1988)

Witchcraft 1988
Our Score: 2/10   IMDB Score: 3.1/10

David Fox, Aaron King, Charles Grant, Jody Savin, Shay Chan



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