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Top 10 Anime Horror Movies from the 1980’s to 1990’s

Hey Everyone! Welcome to another Top 10 Anime List! This time… prepare to have the sh*t scared out of you with RantTime’s top 10 Anime Horror list taking us from the 1980’s to the 1990’s. Whahaha!!!!!!


In today’s world, a majority of people are starting to get into anime movies or tv shows, but how many of you like horror anime movies? Not just horror Anime but old school horror anime! As most of you who know me, know I love the very old school 1980’s Manga and Anime.

Growing up, the sci-fi channel was a God send for Saturday nights. Even though some of the anime movies were a bit risqué for a 10-14-year-old to watch, they opened up a new world to me that I didn’t know existed in animation and my love for them grew from there.


This is Rant Time’s top 10 Anime Horrors from the 1980’s to the 1990’s!


  • 10: GoShogun Time Etranger – 1985
  • 9: Dark Myth – 1990
  • 8: Tokyo Revelation 1995 – (Combined Position)
  • 8: Digital Devil 1987 – (Combined Position)
  • 7: Judge – 1991
  • 6: Spirit Warrior – 1988
  • 5: Doomed Megalopolis – 1991
  • 4: Demon City Shinjuku – 1988
  • 3: Vampire Hunter D – 1985
  • 2: Wicked City – 1987
  • 1: Devil Man – 1987

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    A short breakdown of each anime movie

    10: GoShogun Time Etranger – 1985

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    Though GoShogun isn’t really classed as a horror, it does have some really creepy moments in it, such as: being trapped, being lost in your own mind, trying to fight your inner demons. Because of these eerie moments in GoShogun, it gets the Rant Time number 10 spot!


    9: Dark myth – 1990

    Dark Myth part of the Rant Time top 10 horror animes
    Dark Myth part of the Rant Time top 10 horror anime list

    If you’re after a really creepy story based anime that doesn’t have too much action but a good storyline, then this is the one for you. Let me just leave you with these keywords from the cover- A violent and chaotic god wants to be reborn.

    8: Tokyo Revelation – 1995 Shin Megami Tensai (Combined)

    Tokyo Revelation 1995
    This is a Love it or Hate it! anime

    This is a weird one as you will either love it or hate it. I always picture it this way, imagine if you had a computer algorithm that can summon demons, via a HTML/JavaScript code that gives direct access to hell, what would you do with it? I really like this anime so this one is a personal choice for me. let me know your views on it. Do you love it or hate it?…

    I really like this anime, so this one is a personal choice for me. let me know your views on it. Do you love it or hate it?…

    Also I believe this is part of the Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil game and books.


    8: Digital Devil – 1987 Shin Megami Tensai (Combined)

    Digital Devil 1987 Shin Megami Tensai
    Digital Devil Shin Megami Tensai

    A lot of people say read the novels! play the game it is a lot better than the anime, but this is a top ten on the movies, while this movie isn’t bad, it’s definitely worth watching. Even thou this is a movie you will only watch once it does have it’s moments. For me the annoying part of this anime is all the flash backs and you start thinking… Arghhh


    7: Judge – 1991

    I request the aid of the ten kings in, the cause of justice
    I request the aid of the ten kings in, the cause of justice

    I come across this little badass by accident. It’s a rare gem, if you have watched it before then you know what I mean and if you haven’t, its one of those crazy random anime movies that is worth watching.


    6: Spirit Warrior – 1988

    Peacock King - Spirit Warrior
    Peacock King – Spirit Warrior

    This is what you get when you mix Japanese culture with a Nazi regime that Hitler would be proud of. You get an under ground priest group battling: demons, summonings and all other crazies.

    P.S Obviously the Nazi’s are bad guys!


    5: Doomed Megalopolis – 1991

    Doomed Megalopolis
    Doomed Megalopolis – 1991

    I’ve never read the novel, so can’t say how close to the book this adaption is. The movies start’s like most horror animes of its time with a guy! this guy is called Kato and you got it he wants to destroy Tokyo to appease his ancestors. I can only assume he doesn’t like where the government of that time is taking the country (V for Vendetta much Kato?) To do so he kidnaps a woman who has psychic powers and tries to use her to resurrect a sleeping guardians spirit who if awoken during the guardians 2000 year slumber will destroy the city! Because we all want to destroy the world when we have to wake up for work! arhhh, before I forget the guitar solo at the beginning of the movie should put this at number 1

    4: Demon City Shinjuku – 1988

    Demon City Anime
    Demon City Shinjuku 1988

    What an awesome movie that can be watched over and over again. Demon City Shinjuku has an awesome Star Wars Jedi feel to it. I don’t mean outer space travel, more on the lines of a master and apprentice, save the world type feel to it defiantly worth watching!


    3: Vampire Hunter D – 1985

    Vampire Hunter D 1985
    Vampire Hunter D – 1985

    What can I say, if you’re an anime manga fan then you’re more than likely have watched, picked up, or skimmed through the Vampire Hunter D movies.

    VHD has a massive cult following, with a new comic book adaption that has been successfully funded on Kickstarter by Kurt Rauer. Vampire Hunter D is an anime for all to watch and enjoy.

    2: Wicked City – 1987

    Wicked City Anime
    Wicked City Anime

    If you’re a fan of Demon City Shinjuku, then this is a must! Wicked city has some of the coolest monster designs around. I mean the spider woman is the scariest monster ever!! If you’re a guy, you know what I mean!

    Someone pointed out that this has a very similar opening theme to “Angel Cop”

    1: Devil man – 1987 

    Devil Man
    I’m Devil Man!!! Arhhh

    The number one spot! Let’s face it: we would all love super powers! We would all like to be better, stronger, faster than we are currently, so imagine combining your soul with a demon? Sounds scary, weird and inhuman? That’s because it is!! Oh and imagine after fusing with that form, using that form to save the world.


    On that note, that’s the end of my top 10 : 1980’s to 1990’s horror anime movies list. I hope you enjoyed reading and watching it and hopefully it brought back some personal nostalgic memories.

    Let me know if you agree or disagree with the list above and what you would change or what’s missing.

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