my favorite scary movies

by johnpaulthompson | created - 23 Sep 2012 | updated - 19 Dec 2012 | Public
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1. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 243,203 | Gross: $103.05M

2. Scream 2 (1997)

R | 120 min | Horror, Mystery

6.1
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63 Metascore

Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 135,271 | Gross: $101.36M

3. Scream 3 (2000)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

5.5
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56 Metascore

While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, a new Ghostface begins to terrorize them once again.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 106,866 | Gross: $89.14M

4. Scream 4 (2011)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

6.2
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52 Metascore

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Lucy Hale

Votes: 111,838 | Gross: $38.18M

5. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

4.6
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21 Metascore

The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy Norwood, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 59,812 | Gross: $40.00M

6. I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006 Video)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

3.6
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A group of teenagers in Colorado find themselves being stalked and killed one by one by a mysterious figure with a hook, exactly one year after they covered up a friend's accidental death.

Director: Sylvain White | Stars: Brooke Nevin, David Paetkau, Torrey DeVitto, Ben Easter

Votes: 8,579

7. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

5.8
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37 Metascore

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Votes: 96,835 | Gross: $82.62M

8. 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: 95,020 | Gross: $58.27M

9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.2
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35 Metascore

The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

Director: Samuel Bayer | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 81,074 | Gross: $63.08M

10. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

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

Votes: 168,963 | Gross: $25.50M

11. Friday the 13th (2009)

R | 97 min | Horror

5.6
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34 Metascore

A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 82,503 | Gross: $65.00M

12. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

4.3
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17 Metascore

Serial killer Jason Voorhees' supernatural origins are revealed.

Director: Adam Marcus | Stars: John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder, Steven Williams

Votes: 22,100 | Gross: $15.94M

13. Final Destination (2000)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

6.7
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36 Metascore

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

Director: James Wong | Stars: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke

Votes: 197,466 | Gross: $53.33M

14. Final Destination 2 (2003)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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38 Metascore

When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: A.J. Cook, Ali Larter, Tony Todd, Michael Landes

Votes: 131,328 | Gross: $46.96M

15. The Final Destination (2009)

R | 82 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

5.2
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30 Metascore

After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their end.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Nick Zano, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella, Bobby Campo

Votes: 82,720 | Gross: $66.48M

16. House at the End of the Street (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.6
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31 Metascore

After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.

Director: Mark Tonderai | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows

Votes: 63,016 | Gross: $31.61M

17. My Bloody Valentine (2009)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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51 Metascore

Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsy Rue

Votes: 48,328 | Gross: $51.55M

18. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 231,844 | Gross: $54.01M

19. Apollo 18 (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.2
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24 Metascore

Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | Stars: Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins, Michael Kopsa

Votes: 49,507 | Gross: $17.69M

20. Jason X (2001)

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

4.4
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25 Metascore

Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century.

Director: James Isaac | Stars: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Jeff Geddis, David Cronenberg

Votes: 42,902 | Gross: $13.12M

21. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003 Video)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

4.0
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When Emily Woodrow and her friends happen on a treasure chest full of gold coins, they fail to to heed the warnings of a wise old psychic who had foretold that they would encounter trouble with a very nasty and protective Leprechaun.

Director: Steven Ayromlooi | Stars: Warwick Davis, Tangi Miller, Laz Alonso, Page Kennedy

Votes: 3,342

22. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

5.9
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53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 117,670 | Gross: $35.27M

23. Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

4.8
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A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.

Director: John Luessenhop | Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Trey Songz

Votes: 38,851 | Gross: $34.34M

24. Hannibal Rising (2007)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.2
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35 Metascore

After the death of his parents during World War II, young Hannibal Lecter moves in with his beautiful aunt and begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for his sister's death.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Rhys Ifans, Li Gong, Aaran Thomas

Votes: 92,941 | Gross: $27.67M

25. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.9
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33 Metascore

After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

Director: Peter Cornwell | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas, Kyle Gallner

Votes: 53,870 | Gross: $55.39M

26. Amusement (2008)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

5.1
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Three women are stalked by a killer with a grudge that extends back to the girls' childhoods.

Director: John Simpson | Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge, Jessica Lucas, Keir O'Donnell

Votes: 9,948

27. When a Stranger Calls (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.1
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27 Metascore

During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson

Votes: 37,881 | Gross: $47.86M