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1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

7.5
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75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths And must survive the terrors of leatherface and his family.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 125,273 | Gross: $30.86M

2. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

7.1
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57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 304,003 | Gross: $129.13M

3. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

6.1
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31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 72,082 | Gross: $12.63M

4. Candyman (1992)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 61,723 | Gross: $25.79M

5. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.3
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70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 182,536 | Gross: $148.17M

6. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.5
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40 Metascore

While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer

Votes: 69,264 | Gross: $25.53M

7. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

7.9
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92 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 122,399 | Gross: $0.19M

8. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

6.5
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81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 220,644 | Gross: $140.54M

9. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

8.0
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77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 274,145 | Gross: $22.46M

10. Good Luck Chuck (2007)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

5.6
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19 Metascore

In order to keep the woman of his dreams from falling for another guy, Charlie Logan has to break the curse that has made him wildly popular with single women: Sleep with Charlie once, and the next man you meet will be your true love.

Director: Mark Helfrich | Stars: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler, Connor Price

Votes: 82,569 | Gross: $34.93M

11. Slender Man (2018)

PG-13 | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

3.2
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30 Metascore

In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn't actually exist - until one of them mysteriously goes missing.

Director: Sylvain White | Stars: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso

Votes: 22,254 | Gross: $30.57M

12. The Blob (1988)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.5
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A deadly entity from space crashes near a small town and starts to consume anyone in its path. Panic ensues, as shady government scientists try to contain the horrific creature.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr., Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 29,182 | Gross: $8.25M

13. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery

5.7
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52 Metascore

Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.

Director: Jim Gillespie | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche, Ryan Phillippe

Votes: 126,150 | Gross: $72.59M

14. Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Crime

5.3
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42 Metascore

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 199,980 | Gross: $102.54M

15. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.7
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87 Metascore

While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 161,390 | Gross: $51.08M

16. The Tall Man (2012)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.9
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52 Metascore

When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 37,131

17. National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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47 Metascore

The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill, Jason Lively

Votes: 53,571 | Gross: $49.40M

18. Urban Legend (1998)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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35 Metascore

A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

Director: Jamie Blanks | Stars: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Rosenbaum

Votes: 56,484 | Gross: $38.07M

19. The Final Girls (2015)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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59 Metascore

A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch

Votes: 31,268

20. MythBusters (2003– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Mystery, Reality-TV

8.3
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A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them.

Stars: Robert Lee, Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron

Votes: 49,061

21. Accepted (2006)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

6.4
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47 Metascore

A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.

Director: Steve Pink | Stars: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Adam Herschman

Votes: 117,825 | Gross: $36.32M

22. Dead Silence (2007)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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34 Metascore

A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman

Votes: 80,379 | Gross: $16.81M

23. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.4
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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: 14,122

24. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 59,787

25. Disco Godfather (1979)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.4
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A retired cop becomes a DJ/celebrity at the Blueberry Hill disco-- he's the "Disco Godfather!" All is well until his nephew flips out on a strange new drug that's sweeping the streets, ... See full summary »

Director: J. Robert Wagoner | Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch, Jerry Jones

Votes: 1,054

26. Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

Director: Bradley Parker | Stars: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips

Votes: 61,697 | Gross: $18.12M

27. Gargoyles (1994–1996)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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A clan of heroic night creatures pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland one thousand years earlier.

Stars: Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker

Votes: 12,948

28. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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52 Metascore

A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, David Eigenberg, Bob Tracey

Votes: 72,253 | Gross: $35.75M

29. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Horror

5.7
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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: 9,354

30. Alligator (1980)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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62 Metascore

A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger

Votes: 9,768

31. Pandemonium (1982)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.4
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Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp.

Director: Alfred Sole | Stars: Tom Smothers, Carol Kane, Tammy Alverson, Pamela Harlow

Votes: 917

32. Halloween at Aunt Ethel's (2019)

80 min | Comedy, Horror

5.6
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Everyone in town knows the story of Old Aunt Ethel. It's said she makes Halloween candy and pumpkin pie out of the kids that trick-or-treat at her house. This Halloween, the neighborhood teens are going to find out the truth.

Director: Joseph Mazzaferro | Stars: Chris Cavalier, Melissa Daddio, Sean Michael Gloria, Jason Henne

Votes: 909

33. American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009 Video)

R | 93 min | Comedy

4.8
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Ten years after the first American Pie movie, three new hapless virgins discover the Bible hidden in the school library at East Great Falls High.

Director: John Putch | Stars: Bug Hall, Kevin M. Horton, Brandon Hardesty, Eugene Levy

Votes: 41,269

34. The Midnight Man (III) (2016)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror

4.8
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A girl and her friends find a game in the attic that summons a creature known as The Midnight Man, who uses their worst fears against them.

Director: Travis Zariwny | Stars: Summer H. Howell, Keenan Lehmann, Meredith Rose, Kyle Strauts

Votes: 2,681

35. Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.3
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16 Metascore

A film school is the center of a fresh spate of killings based on urban legends.

Director: John Ottman | Stars: Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Loretta Devine

Votes: 15,235 | Gross: $21.47M

36. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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58 Metascore

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 8,692 | Gross: $21.41M

37. Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)

R | 93 min | Horror

5.3
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The Candyman arrives in New Orleans and sets his sights on a young woman whose family was ruined by the immortal killer years before.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O'Leary, Bill Nunn

Votes: 9,403 | Gross: $13.94M

38. The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.1
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44 Metascore

A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors forty years into the future.

Director: Stewart Raffill | Stars: Michael Paré, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 13,282 | Gross: $8.10M

39. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.2
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79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 59,683 | Gross: $3.97M

40. Tales (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

5.7
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Tales, a scripted anthology series of song stories weaving classic and current hip-hop songs into visually stunning narratives.

Stars: David Dunston, Alzie Williams, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Irv Gotti

Votes: 378

41. 1000 Ways to Die (2008–2012)

TV-14 | 23 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Several different deaths based on true stories.

Stars: Alisdair Simpson, Ron Perlman, Khyber Zaffarkhan, Boyd Flinders

Votes: 3,155

42. Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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The last son of the planet Krypton protects his adoptive home of Earth as the greatest of the superheroes.

Stars: Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany, David Kaufman

Votes: 12,563

43. He Knows You're Alone (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.0
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A young bride-to-be is being stalked upon by a serial killer in Staten Island. She gets help from a former lover, but will they manage to escape?

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing

Votes: 2,859

44. Batman: Year One (2011 Video)

PG-13 | 64 min | Animation, Action, Crime

7.4
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A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways.

Directors: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito

Votes: 28,657

45. Dead Man on Campus (1998)

R | 96 min | Comedy

6.1
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27 Metascore

Two college roommates go out and party, resulting in bad grades. They learn of the clause that says, "If your roommate dies, you get an A," and decide to find someone who is on the verge, so to speak, to move in with them.

Director: Alan Cohn | Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Poppy Montgomery, Lochlyn Munro

Votes: 13,021 | Gross: $15.06M

46. Spiral (2000)

90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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62 Metascore

The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

Director: Higuchinsky | Stars: Eriko Hatsune, Fhi Fan, Hinako Saeki, Eun-Kyung Shin

Votes: 6,889

47. Intruders (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

5.4
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45 Metascore

Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Izán Corchero, Ella Purnell

Votes: 19,575 | Gross: $0.07M

48. Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016)

105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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Gehenna, where developers are looking for a location on Saipan stumble into a subterrran bunker from WWII where am evil force lies in wait.

Director: Hiroshi Katagiri | Stars: Doug Jones, Lance Henriksen, Patrick Gorman, Simon Phillips

Votes: 1,360

49. Madman (1981)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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A legendary psychopathic murderer stalks a summer camp.

Director: Joe Giannone | Stars: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones

Votes: 4,474

50. Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005 Video)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

4.2
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On a prom-night dare, a trio of high school friends chant an incantation, unleashing an evil spirit from the past with deadly consequences.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Kate Mara, Robert Vito, Tina Lifford, Ed Marinaro

Votes: 7,409



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