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Anxiety-Induced Cinema

Films that leave you visibly shaken; masterclasses in building tension that make you truly feel anxious for whatever is happening on screen.

Suggestions welcome!

There are 28 films in this list released in the 1980s.

  • The Shining
  • Angst
  • Come and See
  • After Hours
  • Pet Sematary
  • Where Is My Friend's House?
  • The King of Comedy
  • Threads
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • The Seventh Continent
  • Manhunter
  • The Fan
  • Casualties of War
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Psycho II
  • Psycho III
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • The Beyond
  • Salvador
  • The Killing Fields
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Miracle Mile
  • Possession
  • On the Silver Globe
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • Fanny & Alexander
  • The Abyss
  • Brazil