The Scariest Movies of Each Year

A comprehensive list of the 70 scariest horror movies from 1960 till today—the scariest film of each year plus honorable mentions.

—1980—

The Shining
Friday the 13th

1980 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Maniac
Motel Hell
The Changeling

—1981—

The Evil Dead

An American Werewolf in London

1981 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Hell Night
Madman
The Beyond
Halloween 2
The Howling
Friday the 13th: part 2

—1982—

Poltergeist

1982 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
The Thing
Creepshow
Halloween III

—1983—

Sleepaway Camp

1983 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Cujo
Videodrone
The Hunger

—1984—

a Nightmare on Elm Street

Bathtub in A Nightmare on Elm Street

1984 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Children of the Corn
In the Company of Wolves
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

—1985—

Fright Night

1985 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Reanimator
The Return of the Living Dead
a Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

—1986—

The Fly

1986 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Aliens
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Night of the Creeps

—1987—

a Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors

1987 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Hellrasier
Evil Dead 2
The Lost Boys

—1988—

Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
Pumpkinhead

1988 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
a Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Child’s Play

—1989—

Pet Sematary

1989 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Society
Shocker
Warlock

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