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1. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

7.5
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71 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 176,277 | Gross: $2.40M

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

7.5
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76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 193,440 | Gross: $25.50M

3. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

5.9
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22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 47,764

4. The People Under the Stairs (1991)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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57 Metascore

Two adults and a juvenile break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children. There, they must fight for their lives.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer

Votes: 29,455 | Gross: $24.20M

5. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.8
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42 Metascore

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 64,658 | Gross: $3.68M

6. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

7.9
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89 Metascore

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 109,173 | Gross: $0.09M

7. 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: 14,323

8. The Collector (I) (2009)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

6.4
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29 Metascore

Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.

Director: Marcus Dunstan | Stars: Josh Stewart, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernández, William Prael

Votes: 54,613 | Gross: $7.71M

9. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

7.9
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71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 106,246 | Gross: $5.10M

10. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

6.3
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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: 23,842 | Gross: $11.00M

11. Maniac (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

6.1
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47 Metascore

As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Megan Duffy

Votes: 33,437 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 30,237 | Gross: $4.05M

13. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.8
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16 Metascore

Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Director: Danny Steinmann | Stars: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Suzanne Bateman

Votes: 31,111 | Gross: $21.93M

14. Maniac (1980)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.5
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22 Metascore

A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree?

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton, Kelly Piper

Votes: 13,053

15. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Unrated | 83 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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80 Metascore

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Mary Demas

Votes: 29,685 | Gross: $0.61M

16. Things (1989 Video)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

3.6
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An impotent husband, driven by a fanatical desire to father children, forces his wife to undergo a dangerous experiment. The result: the birth of a multitude of monstrous THINGS.

Director: Andrew Jordan | Stars: Barry J. Gillis, Amber Lynn, Bruce Roach, Doug Bunston

Votes: 753

17. Phantoms (1998)

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

5.5
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26 Metascore

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 18,876 | Gross: $5.66M

18. Slave of the Cannibal God (1978)

99 min | Adventure, Horror

5.3
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A girl and her brother fly to New Guinea to look for a lost expedition, led by her husband, which has vanished in the great jungle.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli, Antonio Marsina

Votes: 3,559

19. Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

R | 97 min | Horror

5.9
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47 Metascore

Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth performs the operation on his girlfriend after she's killed in a motorcycle accident.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Kent McCord, James T. Callahan, Sarah Douglas, Melinda Clarke

Votes: 12,980 | Gross: $0.05M

20. Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror

5.2
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Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova

Votes: 8,536

21. Pieces (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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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: 7,745 | Gross: $2.03M

22. 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: 2,902

23. See No Evil (2006)

R | 84 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

5.1
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17 Metascore

A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight has holed away in the rotting hotel. When one of the teens is captured, those who remain - a group that includes the cop who put a bullet in Goodnight's head four years ago - band together to survive against the brutal killer.

Director: Gregory Dark | Stars: Glenn Jacobs, Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan, Samantha Noble

Votes: 24,940 | Gross: $15.03M

24. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

6.7
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66 Metascore

The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo.

Director: Scott Glosserman | Stars: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Zelda Rubinstein, Robert Englund

Votes: 20,435 | Gross: $0.07M

25. The Prowler (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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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: 8,695

26. The Mutilator (1984)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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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: 3,442

27. Contamination (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.3
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A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch

Votes: 3,579

28. Blood Rage (1987)

R | 82 min | Horror

5.8
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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: 2,958

29. Ben (1972)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.4
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A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 2,320

30. Count Dracula (1970)

PG | 98 min | Horror

5.8
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Count Dracula, a gray-haired vampire who regains his youth by dining on the blood of maidens, is pursued in London and Transylvania by Professor Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris after he victimizes them and their loved ones.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, Maria Rohm

Votes: 2,405

31. All the Colors of the Dark (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

6.7
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A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov, Julián Ugarte

Votes: 2,802

32. Antropophagus (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror

5.4
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A group of friends and a hitchhiker become stranded on a tourist island where they are stalked by a disfigured cannibalistic killer who is prowling the island after killing its residents.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini

Votes: 5,030

33. Eaten Alive (1976)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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A psychotic redneck, who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas, kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns

Votes: 6,093

34. Nightmare City (1980)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.6
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An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Francisco Rabal

Votes: 5,225

35. Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

5.7
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An archaeology professor discovers an ancient crypt which contains living dead corpses. The zombies go on a rampage and attack a group of people which the professor had invited to celebrate his discovery.

Director: Andrea Bianchi | Stars: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli, Antonella Antinori

Votes: 4,772

36. Dark Ride (2006)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

4.6
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A group of six friends on a road trip stop off at an amusement park attraction named 'Dark Ride', unaware that a psychopath who brutally murdered two girls, has just escaped a mental institution and is seeking refuge there.

Director: Craig Singer | Stars: Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Patrick Renna, David Clayton Rogers, Alex Solowitz

Votes: 5,836

37. Wacko (1982)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

4.9
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Cops try to track down the infamous "Lawnmower Killer".

Director: Greydon Clark | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Stella Stevens, George Kennedy, Julia Duffy

Votes: 769

38. 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: 4,566

39. Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Unrated | 94 min | Horror

6.3
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A disturbed young embalmer digs the grave of his recently deceased girlfriend and brings her body to his family villa with help from his strange housekeeper. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi, Sam Modesto

Votes: 4,087

40. Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

Unrated | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.0
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A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle who are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Margie Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay, José Gras

Votes: 4,328

41. House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

5.8
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Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Votes: 4,607

42. Final Exam (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

4.7
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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: 2,894

43. Eyes of a Stranger (1981)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

6.0
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A reporter suspects a creepy neighbor, who lives in the high-rise building across from hers, is a serial killer terrorizing the Miami area.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn | Stars: Lauren Tewes, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John DiSanti, Peter DuPre

Votes: 2,013 | Gross: $1.12M

44. Absurd (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

5.4
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A priest-doctor chasing a man with supernatural regenerative abilities, who has recently escaped from a medical lab, reaches a small town where the mutant goes on a killing spree.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: George Eastman, Annie Belle, Charles Borromel, Katya Berger

Votes: 2,204

45. Undead (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

5.4
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34 Metascore

A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins, Lisa Cunningham

Votes: 12,374 | Gross: $0.04M

46. Zombie 3 (1988)

R | 84 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.9
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When a terrorist's body, infected with a stolen chemical, is cremated by the US military, a virus is unintentionally released into the atmosphere over a small island.

Directors: Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso, Bruno Mattei | Stars: Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Massimo Vanni

Votes: 4,142

47. The Crawlers (1993)

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

2.7
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People from a small town are attacked by evil radioactive tree roots growing in the forest.

Directors: Fabrizio Laurenti, Joe D'Amato | Stars: Mary Sellers, Jason Saucier, Bubba Reeves, Chelsi Stahr

Votes: 1,039

48. Cannibals in the Streets (1980)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 2,701

49. The Black Cat (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

5.9
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A professor with the psychic ability to communicate with the dead uses his powers on his pet cat in order to take vengeance upon his enemies.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck, Al Cliver

Votes: 3,093

50. Summer Camp (2015)

R | 81 min | Horror

5.0
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Four American counsellors at a European summer camp must deal with the outbreak of a rage-inducing plague that starts in the animals.

Director: Alberto Marini | Stars: Diego Boneta, Jocelin Donahue, Maiara Walsh, Andrés Velencoso

Votes: 3,131



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