Horror movies have been with us for almost as long as the medium itself. From silent classics Nosferatu and Das Cabinet Der Dr. Caligari through to ghost movies such as The Innocents of the 1960s, to the present day revival in blockbuster indie horrors like Hereditary, scary movies are here to stay.
Each decade saw the release of several horror classics, but it was the 1980s, with the advent of home video, where the genre really started to flourish. Filmmakers took the foundations of preceding years and built on them and twisted them beyond recognition.
New franchises were born along with iconic villains, and as special effects maestros honed their craft the on-screen blood and gore became increasingly elaborate and grotesque. Inevitably the censors fought back, and many of the more outrageous horror films formed the wave of "video nasties" which filled local video stores.
From "family friendly" movies about things that go bump in the night to disturbing X-rated studies of Americas most notorious serial killers and controversial video nasties, here are the twenty best horror movies of the 1980s.