The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1989

1). Santa Sangre (1989)

Score: 8.1/10 IMDB: 7.7/10 Trailer
A young man -- starving, nearly catatonic and barely responsive -- is confined in a sanitarium. He is taken on…
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Stars: Brontis Jodorowsky, Joaquín García Vargas, Guy Stockwell, Teo Tapia, Héctor Ortega


2). Dead Calm (1989)

Score: 7.92/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer Review
An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open…
Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane, George Shevtsov, Rod Mullinar

3). Baxter (1989)

Score: 7.65/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer
Her daughter Florence gives Mrs. Deville bull-terrier Baxter as a surprise present. Although she's afraid of him, she doesn't want…
Directors: Jérôme Boivin, Jérôme Boivin
Stars: Lise Delamare, Maxime Leroux, Jean Mercure, Rémy Carpentier, Jacques Spiesser

4). Tetsuo (1989)

Score: 7.35/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer
A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal…
Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Renji Ishibashi, Naomasa Musaka, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara

5). The Church (1989)

Score: 6.9/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer Review
A church is built during medieval times on top of a pile of dead bodies that were considered possessed. Hundreds…
Director: Michele Soavi
Stars: Wendee Lee, Michael McConnohie, Edie Mirman, Lara Cody, Asia Argento

6). I, Madman (1989)

Score: 6.05/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
Virginia works at a used book store. She's really into horror novels and discovers a really good book. It's called…
Directors: Tibor Takács, Tibor Takács
Stars: Christopher Kriesa, Clayton Rohner, Jenny Wright, Nelson Welch, Randall William Cook

7). Society (1989)

Score: 6/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer
Bill is worried that he is 'different' to his sister and parents. They mix with other 'upper class' people while…
Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Chanel Ryan, David Wells, Evan Richards, Heidi Kozak Haddad, David Wiley

8). The 'Burbs (1989)

Score: 5.98/10 IMDB: 6.9/10 Trailer Review
This story takes place in a typical American neighborhood, when some new neighbors come to live in the house next…
Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Dick Miller, Corey Feldman, Rance Howard, Robert Picardo, Nicky Katt

9). Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

Score: 5.93/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer Review
In Peru, Dr. Herbert West and Dr. Dan Cain are medical volunteers in a civil war with the assistant Francesca…
Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Noble Craig, Johnny Legend, Charles Schneider, Irene Cagen

10). Nick Knight (1989)

Score: 5.91/10 IMDB: 6.6/10 Trailer
Detective Nick Knight is investigating a series of murders in which the bodies are found drained of blood - but…
Director: Farhad Mann
Stars: Richard Fancy, John Kapelos, Al Berry, Rif Hutton, Allison Barron

11). Warlock (1989)

Score: 5.84/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer Review
In Boston of 1691, a warlock is sentenced to death, but escapes magically into the future (our present), followed doggedly…
Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Julian Sands, Ian Abercrombie, Richard E. Grant, Kenneth Danziger, Mary Woronov

12). U.F.O. Abduction (1989)

Score: 5.8/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer
On a typical fall evening in 1983, a young man was videotaping his niece's 5th birthday party. As the night's…
Director: Dean Alioto
Stars: Dean Alioto, Tommy Giavocchini, Patrick Kelley, Shirly McCalla, Stacey Shulman

13). The Woman in Black (1989)

Score: 5.79/10 IMDB: 7.3/10 Trailer
When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm…
Director: Herbert Wise
Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Peter Guinness, Guy Standeven, Andy Nyman, Trevor Cooper

14). Game Over (1989)

Score: 5.74/10 IMDB: 6.3/10
Thomas, a very intelligent and resourceful child, is left alone with his beloved and fragile granddad on Christmas Eve, when…
Director: René Manzor
Stars: Brigitte Fossey, Michel Barboux, Louis Ducreux, Claude Reboul, Patrick Floersheim

15). The House of Usher (1989)

Score: 5.69/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
An updated version of the classic horror tale by Edgar Allen Poe. Ryan and his girlfriend Molly are going to…
Director: Alan Birkinshaw
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Romy Windsor, Rufus Swart, Norman Coombes, Oliver Reed

16). Grave Robbers (1989)

Score: 5.63/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
Teenagers accidentally resurrect a satanic killer who targets the local police captain's daughter to birth the antichrist.
Director: Rubén Galindo Jr.
Stars: Ernesto Laguardia, Erika Buenfil, Ana Graham, Edna Bolkan, Marianne Hallmann

17). Parents (1989)

Score: 5.6/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Michael Laemie (played by Brian Madorsky) is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his…
Director: Bob Balaban
Stars: Wayne Robson, Mary Beth Hurt, Randy Quaid, Deborah Rush, Graham Jarvis

18). Nightlife (1989)

Score: 5.51/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer
At a museum of Mexico City arrives a perfectly conservated mumie. It is a vampire who has died years ago…
Director: Daniel Taplitz
Stars: Glenn Shadix, Keith Szarabajka, Paco Pharrez, Ben Cross, Jesse Corti

19). The House of Clocks (1989)

Score: 5.46/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
A gang of vicious young punks break into the house of an elderly couple, terrorize, and then murder them. Suddenly,…
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Al Cliver, Massimo Sarchielli, Paolo Paoloni, Keith Van Hoven, Karina Huff

20). A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Score: 5.44/10 IMDB: 5.1/10 Trailer Review
Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again.…
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Robert Englund, Noble Craig, Whit Hertford, Marc Siegler, Michael Bailey Smith

21). Pet Sematary (1989)

Score: 5.39/10 IMDB: 6.6/10 Trailer Review
With dreams of a better life, the young doctor, Louis Creed, and his family--his wife, Rachel, their daughter, Ellie, and…
Director: Mary Lambert
Stars: Stephen King, Brad Greenquist, Dale Midkiff, Susan Blommaert, Richard Collier

22). Intruder (1989)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
The ex-boyfriend of a check-out girl at a supermarket returns at closing time to make trouble. They quarrel and the…
Director: Scott Spiegel
Stars: Ted Raimi, Greg Nicotero, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi

23). Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

Score: 5.29/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing…
Director: Anthony Hickox
Stars: Bruce Campbell, George 'Buck' Flower, David Carradine, Brendan Hughes, Dana Ashbrook

24). Leviathan (1989)

Score: 5.18/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer Review
Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor…
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Tom Woodruff Jr., Ernie Hudson, Eugene Lipinski, Meg Foster, Daniel Stern

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24+ List of 1989 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1989

Looking for the best 1989 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1989 are "Santa Sangre (1989), Dead Calm (1989), Baxter (1989), Tetsuo (1989), and The Church (1989)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1989 is Santa Sangre (1989) scoring 8.1/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 16,310+ votes for this movie. Starring in Santa Sangre (1989) is Brontis Jodorowsky, Joaquín García Vargas, Guy Stockwell, Teo Tapia, and Héctor Ortega. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1989 best horror film which was remarkable.Santa Sangre (1989) is in Horror, Thriller, Drama, and Fantasy movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1989 The next best 1989 horror movie is Dead Calm (1989) with a score of 7.92/10 stars. Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane, George Shevtsov, and Rod Mullinar star in "Dead Calm (1989)". Dead Calm (1989) is directed by Phillip Noyce and has over 33,150+ IMDB votes. You can find Dead Calm (1989) in Horror, and Thriller movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1989, and we hope you enjoy the 54 movies on our list of good 1989 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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