Retro Camp Horror

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Campy horror flicks from the 80s and earlier.

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1. Death Spa (1989)

R | 88 min | Horror

Gruesome deaths begin to occur at a hip Los Angeles health club.

Director: Michael Fischa | Stars: William Bumiller, Brenda Bakke, Merritt Butrick, Robert Lipton

Votes: 1,887

2. Killer Workout (1987)

R | 85 min | Horror

Two years ago, a young woman named Valerie was burned after entering a tanning salon. Now, her twin sister, Rhonda, runs a local gym where, all of a sudden, people are being murdered.

Director: David A. Prior | Stars: Marcia Karr, David Campbell, Fritz Matthews, Ted Prior

Votes: 1,559

3. Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)

R | 75 min | Comedy, Horror

A detective embarks on a mission to track down a woman in L.A.'s seedy nightclubs, only to come face-to-face with a blood-thirsty cult of lethally beautiful prostitutes. Is he the next victim of Hollywood's demented Chainsaw Hookers?

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley, John Henry Richardson, Dawn Wildsmith

Votes: 2,694

4. Nightmare Sisters (1988)

Unrated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Three geeky college girls who can't get a date, organize a seance and become sex starved vamps.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, Timothy Kauffman

Votes: 980

5. Graduation Day (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A masked killer begins murdering students on the school track team after a track runner dies upon completion of a 30 second 200-meter race.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, E. Danny Murphy, E.J. Peaker

Votes: 3,151 | Gross: $23.89M

6. The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

Four college students are stalked by an unknown assailant while staying on campus over the Christmas holidays to help clear out a dormitory which is to be demolished.

Directors: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow | Stars: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow, Pamela Holland

Votes: 1,689

7. Final Exam (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A psycho killer shows up on college campus to slash up pretty co-eds and dumb jocks.

Director: Jimmy Huston | Stars: Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, Ralph Brown, DeAnna Robbins

Votes: 2,926

8. The Mutilator (1984)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

A teenager who accidentally committed matricide finds himself being hunted together with his girlfriend and mates by his now crazed father.

Directors: Buddy Cooper, John Douglass | Stars: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock, Connie Rogers

Votes: 3,494

9. Blood Rage (1987)

R | 82 min | Horror

As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.

Director: John Grissmer | Stars: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Julie Gordon, Jayne Bentzen

Votes: 2,999

10. Pieces (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 7,812 | Gross: $2.03M

11. Intruder (1989)

R | 83 min | Horror, Thriller

The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.

Director: Scott Spiegel | Stars: Elizabeth Cox, Renée Estevez, Dan Hicks, David Byrnes

Votes: 6,809

12. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

42 Metascore

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua

Votes: 14,419

13. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

58 Metascore

Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 23,999 | Gross: $11.00M

14. My Bloody Valentine (1981)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.

Director: George Mihalka | Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight

Votes: 16,535 | Gross: $5.67M

15. The House on Sorority Row (1982)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

50 Metascore

After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, Robin Meloy

Votes: 6,637 | Gross: $1.29M

16. Prom Night (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 14,229 | Gross: $14.80M

17. Prom Night II (1987)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

48 Metascore

Thirty years after her accidental death at her 1957 senior prom, the tortured spirit of prom queen Mary Lou Maloney returns to seek revenge.

Director: Bruce Pittman | Stars: Lisa Schrage, Michael Ironside, Wendy Lyon, Louis Ferreira

Votes: 4,767 | Gross: $2.68M

18. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Horror

Angela, supposedly reformed and living under an assumed surname, is working at a summer camp. However, when the campers start misbehaving, she soon reverts to her old ways.

Director: Michael A. Simpson | Stars: Pamela Springsteen, Renée Estevez, Tony Higgins, Valerie Hartman

Votes: 9,551

19. Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Horror

After murdering a young girl, Angela Baker assumes her identity and travels to Camp New Horizons, built on the grounds of the camp she terrorized the year before, and starts killing again.

Director: Michael A. Simpson | Stars: Pamela Springsteen, Tracy Griffith, Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver

Votes: 6,841

20. Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1990 Video)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

The malevolent spirit of Mary Lou Maloney returns to Hamilton High, where she manipulates a naive male student into helping her wreak havoc on the school.

Directors: Ron Oliver, Peter R. Simpson | Stars: Tim Conlon, Cynthia Preston, David Stratton, Courtney Taylor

Votes: 1,817

21. Cheerleader Camp (1988)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.

Director: John Quinn | Stars: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey, Lorie Griffin

Votes: 2,926

22. Unhinged (1982)

Unrated | 79 min | Horror

Three young women who crash their car during a rainstorm are taken in by a bizarre family at their large, rural estate.

Director: Don Gronquist | Stars: Laurel Munson, Janet Penner, Sara Ansley, Virginia Settle

Votes: 1,497

23. Bloody Moon (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Olivia Pascal, Christoph Moosbrugger, Nadja Gerganoff, Jasmin Losensky

Votes: 1,789

24. Mortuary (I) (1983)

R | 91 min | Horror

Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.

Director: Howard Avedis | Stars: Mary Beth McDonough, David Wysocki, Bill Paxton, Lynda Day George

Votes: 1,456 | Gross: $4.32M

25. Macabre (1980)

Unrated | 89 min | Horror

A middle-aged woman, traumatized from the death of her adulterous lover, moves into a room at a New Orleans boarding house where the blind landlord becomes suspicious to her activities of continuing her affair with her dead lover.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar, Veronica Zinny, Roberto Posse

Votes: 2,078

26. Curtains (1983)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Director: Richard Ciupka | Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson, Anne Ditchburn

Votes: 3,775

27. Night School (1981)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Who's been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder, Joseph R. Sicari

Votes: 2,111 | Gross: $1.17M

28. The Initiation (1984)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

While trying to understand a frightening reoccurring nightmare, a pledge is coaxed into breaking into her father's department store by her sorority sisters, where a deranged killer targets the girls and their boyfriends.

Directors: Larry Stewart, Peter Crane | Stars: Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Daphne Zuniga, James Read

Votes: 2,636

29. The Slayer (1982)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery

Two couples become stranded on a rugged isle, and are haunted by a supernatural beast, drawn to the wife of one of the couples, who dreams of its killings.

Director: J.S. Cardone | Stars: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae

Votes: 1,806

30. Madhouse (1981)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

A woman is pursued by her murderous, psychopathic twin sister in the days leading up to their birthday.

Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis | Stars: Patricia Mickey, Michael MacRae, Dennis Robertson, Morgan Most

Votes: 1,381

31. The Prowler (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger

Votes: 8,759

32. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror

A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the evening.

Director: Amy Holden Jones | Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra De Liso

Votes: 9,636

33. Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | 90 min | Horror

A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood

Votes: 7,409

34. Rabid (1977)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A young woman develops a taste for human blood after experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into blood-thirsty zombies, leading into a city-wide epidemic.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan

Votes: 14,481

35. Shivers (1975)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman

Votes: 16,491

36. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 57,301 | Gross: $20.77M

37. Cujo (1983)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro, Christopher Stone

Votes: 36,732 | Gross: $21.20M

38. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 23,620

39. The Fly (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Votes: 150,775 | Gross: $40.46M

40. Scanners (1981)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Votes: 44,950 | Gross: $14.23M

41. Crawlspace (1986)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

A man who runs an apartment house for women is the demented son of a Nazi surgeon who has the house equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and torture and murder devices.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam, Barbara Whinnery, Carole Francis

Votes: 2,809

42. Puppet Master (1989 Video)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Psychics find themselves plotted against by a former colleague, who committed suicide after discovering animated, murderous puppets.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Paul Le Mat, William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Jimmie F. Skaggs

Votes: 8,961

43. Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

24 Metascore

At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker

Votes: 7,727

44. Terror Train (1980)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

Three years after a prank that went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield

Votes: 8,981

45. Killer Party (1986)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

In order to join a sorority, three friends go to a hazing party in an old house where a sadistic bloodthirsty demonic spirit is lying in wait.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Martin Hewitt, Ralph Seymour, Elaine Wilkes, Paul Bartel

Votes: 1,645 | Gross: $0.68M