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1. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.2
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57 Metascore

A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 283,172 | Gross: $13.78M

2. Planet Terror (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

7.1
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After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton

Votes: 175,962

3. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 170,154 | Gross: $47.00M

4. Grindhouse (2007)

R | 191 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

7.6
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77 Metascore

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.

Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie | Stars: Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Danny Trejo, Zoë Bell

Votes: 161,344 | Gross: $25.03M

5. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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53 Metascore

An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong

Votes: 100,425 | Gross: $11.10M

6. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.2
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76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 99,130 | Gross: $25.24M

7. Halloween (2007)

R | 109 min | Horror

6.1
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47 Metascore

After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif

Votes: 92,619 | Gross: $58.27M

8. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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52 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 81,703 | Gross: $13.01M

9. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 78,686 | Gross: $55.99M

10. Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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54 Metascore

A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne, Maria Bello

Votes: 67,806 | Gross: $19.98M

11. Escape from L.A. (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.7
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54 Metascore

Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Peter Fonda

Votes: 57,895 | Gross: $25.41M

12. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.6
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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: 55,216 | Gross: $25.50M

13. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror

6.6
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57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 54,194 | Gross: $21.20M

14. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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52 Metascore

Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams

Votes: 51,899 | Gross: $55.00M

15. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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52 Metascore

Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Votes: 49,898 | Gross: $21.38M

16. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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53 Metascore

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner

Votes: 46,845 | Gross: $8.95M

17. Ghosts of Mars (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.9
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35 Metascore

In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Jason Statham

Votes: 44,966 | Gross: $8.43M

18. Vampires (1998)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

6.1
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42 Metascore

Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith

Votes: 44,876 | Gross: $20.24M

19. Halloween II (2009)

R | 105 min | Horror

4.9
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35 Metascore

Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 38,807 | Gross: $33.39M

20. The Daily Show (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.6
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Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Craig Kilborn

Votes: 37,522

21. The Ward (2010)

R | 89 min | Horror

5.6
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38 Metascore

An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh Claire

Votes: 35,636

22. Starman (1984)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

7.0
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71 Metascore

An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 35,310 | Gross: $28.70M

23. The Joneses (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama

6.5
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55 Metascore

A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors.

Director: Derrick Borte | Stars: Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Amber Heard, Benjamin Hollingsworth

Votes: 34,892 | Gross: $1.47M

24. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.4
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89 Metascore

A police sergeant and an unlikely band of criminals defend a closing LA precinct office on New Years Eve against an army of gang members.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West

Votes: 34,252

25. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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43 Metascore

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur

Votes: 32,046 | Gross: $17.77M

26. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

4.6
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38 Metascore

Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie

Votes: 31,089 | Gross: $14.40M

27. The Fog (2005)

PG-13 | 100 min | Horror

3.6
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27 Metascore

The inhabitants of Antonio Island, off the coast of Oregon, are about to unveil a statue honoring the four men (Castle, Wayne, Williams and Malone) who founded their town in 1871. Nick ... See full summary »

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, DeRay Davis

Votes: 30,599 | Gross: $29.51M

28. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

4.1
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19 Metascore

Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Brad Loree, Bianca Kajlich

Votes: 28,676 | Gross: $30.26M

29. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

6.7
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50 Metascore

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 27,617 | Gross: $14.18M

30. Halloween 5 (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

5.2
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31 Metascore

One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr

Votes: 24,923 | Gross: $11.64M

31. Love (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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51 Metascore

Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin, Juan Saavedra

Votes: 24,903

32. Village of the Damned (1995)

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

5.6
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41 Metascore

A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Paré

Votes: 23,275 | Gross: $9.42M

33. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

5.0
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Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 22,546 | Gross: $15.13M

34. Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

5.9
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48 Metascore

After a freak accident, a yuppie turns invisible and runs from a treacherous CIA official, while trying to cope with his new life.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Sam Neill, Michael McKean

Votes: 18,462 | Gross: $14.36M

35. Dark Star (1974)

G | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.5
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66 Metascore

In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

Votes: 18,164

36. Zoo (2015– )

42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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A young scientist searches to find out what's causing a rash of violent animal attacks.

Stars: James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Billy Burke

Votes: 14,883

37. The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.1
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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: 11,935

38. Late Show with David Letterman (1993–2015)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

6.9
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The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City.

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter, Biff Henderson

Votes: 11,029

39. Masters of Horror (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 60 min | Horror

7.6
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Anchor Bay has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, "Masters of Horror". For the first time the foremost names in the horror ... See full summary »

Stars: Karen Elizabeth Austin, J. Winston Carroll, Miho Ninagawa, Anthony Harrison

Votes: 9,806

40. Waxwork (1988)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

6.2
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A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, Jennifer Bassey, Joe Baker

Votes: 8,574 | Gross: $0.81M

41. Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
Episode: John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns (2005)

TV-MA | 59 min | Horror

7.7
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With a torrid past that haunts him, a movie theatre owner is hired to search for the only existing print of a film so notorious that its single screening caused the viewers to become homicidally insane.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Norman Reedus, Colin Foo, Udo Kier, Christopher Redman

Votes: 7,720

42. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 6,580

43. Vampires: Los Muertos (2002)

R | 93 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

4.6
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A vampire hunter and a priest fight a band of the walking dead in Mexico.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Jon Bon Jovi, Cristián de la Fuente, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Arly Jover

Votes: 6,194

44. Body Bags (1993 TV Movie)

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

6.1
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Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong. The third about a baseball player.

Directors: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Larry Sulkis | Stars: John Carpenter, Tom Arnold, Tobe Hooper, Robert Carradine

Votes: 5,672

45. The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.5
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An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Lucy Deakins, Jay Underwood, Bonnie Bedelia, Fred Savage

Votes: 4,587 | Gross: $7.18M

46. The Silence of the Hams (1994)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Thriller

4.6
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The federal agent Joe Dee Foster is currently investigating a serial killer, helped by doctor Animal who is isolated in a maximum security jail.

Director: Ezio Greggio | Stars: Ezio Greggio, Dom DeLuise, Billy Zane, Joanna Pacula

Votes: 4,374

47. Black Moon Rising (1986)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

5.4
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A professional thief is hired by the FBI to steal a data tape from a company under investigation. The analysis of this tape, will prove the criminal activities of this company. As this ... See full summary »

Director: Harley Cokeliss | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 4,013 | Gross: $6.64M

48. Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.5
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David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks. Some famous features of the show include the "Top Ten... See full summary »

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Bill Wendell, Calvert DeForest

Votes: 3,113

49. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

7.3
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A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Stars: Ed Green, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Herb Freed

Votes: 2,884

50. Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
Episode: Pro-Life (2006)

TV-MA | 57 min | Horror

5.6
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Determined to "rescue" his pregnant daughter from an abortion clinic, a religious fanatic and his sons plan a violent firearm assault just as the doctors suspect her pregnancy might not be of this world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Caitlin Wachs, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Mark Feuerstein, Biski Gugushe

Votes: 2,761