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1. Evil Ed (1995)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A mild-mannered film editor is assigned to cut a series of infamous slasher films and is driven murderously insane by the miles of extremely violent footage he edits.

Director: Anders Jacobsson | Stars: Johan Rudebeck, Per Löfberg, Olof Rhodin, Camela Leierth

Votes: 2,704

2. Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

80 Metascore

A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni, Susanna Cappellaro

Votes: 12,059

3. The Editor (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A film editor gets embroiled in a string of murders.

Directors: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy | Stars: Paz de la Huerta, Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney

Votes: 1,918

4. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Votes: 36,533 | Gross: $8.29M

5. Targets (1968)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An elderly horror film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Vietnam War veteran who has turned into a mass-murdering sniper.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Tim O'Kelly, Boris Karloff, Nancy Hsueh, James Brown

Votes: 6,816

6. King Kong (1933)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 70,681 | Gross: $10.00M

7. Ghostwatch (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Manning | Stars: Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith, Craig Charles

Votes: 2,352

8. Mute Witness (1995)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

A mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there she witnesses a brutal murder, and must escape capture.

Director: Anthony Waller | Stars: Marina Zudina, Fay Ripley, Evan Richards, Oleg Yankovskiy

Votes: 4,775 | Gross: $1.20M

9. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

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: 207,751 | Gross: $140.54M

10. The 4th Man (1983)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries

Votes: 6,019

Gerard Reve, the "protagonist", a morbid, alcoholic, catholic, homosexual writer stays at the mansion of a female fan Christine Halsslag, just to seduce her boyfriend. Then he discovers a safe with three 8mm film reels. Each of them is about one of Christine's previous husbands. Gerard suspects their deaths weren't natural and is a afraid the boyfriend or he will be the fourth victim.

11. Anguish (1987)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Àngel Jové

Votes: 2,745 | Gross: $0.23M

12. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 31,738 | Gross: $0.21M

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

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

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: 18,787 | Gross: $0.07M

14. Beasts (1976– )
Episode: The Dummy (1976)

Horror, Mystery

A washed-up actor has a nervous breakdown and believes that he really is the movie monster that he has been hired to play.

Director: Don Leaver | Stars: Bernard Horsfall, Clive Swift, Glyn Houston, Thorley Walters

Votes: 46

15. Tesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 31,261

16. The Asphyx (1972)

PG | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx.

Director: Peter Newbrook | Stars: Robert Powell, Robert Stephens, Jane Lapotaire, Alex Scott

Votes: 1,772

17. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 69,811 | Gross: $2.12M

18. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 146,044

19. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 371,448 | Gross: $36.76M

20. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Votes: 25,060 | Gross: $0.08M

21. Baba Yaga (1973)

Unrated | 91 min | Horror

A photographer finds herself falling under the spell of a witch.

Director: Corrado Farina | Stars: Carroll Baker, George Eastman, Isabelle De Funès, Ely Galleani

Votes: 1,181

22. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 91,816 | Gross: $4.27M

23. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle

Votes: 47,644

24. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 33,644 | Gross: $13.75M

25. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer begins to attack a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 104,534 | Gross: $31.60M

26. Return to Glennascaul (1953)

23 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

Orson Welles, on break from filming Othello, relates a tale he heard one spooky Irish midnight not so long ago when, driving through the countryside, he picked up a man with car trouble who told of a strange encounter with two hitchhikers.

Director: Hilton Edwards | Stars: Michael Laurence, Shelah Richards, Helena Hughes, John Dunne

Votes: 420

27. Frankenstein 1970 (1958)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Needing money, the last of the Frankensteins leases his castle out to a film company as he tries to complete his ancestor's gruesome experiments at creating life.

Director: Howard W. Koch | Stars: Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 789

28. In a Lonely Place (1950)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 20,621

29. Grindhouse (2007)

R | 191 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

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: 165,283 | Gross: $25.03M

30. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

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: 55,838

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

TV-MA | 59 min | Horror

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: 7,949

32. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller

19 Metascore

A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

Votes: 111,922 | Gross: $36.66M

33. Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

72 Metascore

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney

Votes: 310,263 | Gross: $127.00M

34. The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts

Votes: 5,876

The climax of this movie is when the tingler escapes in a movie theatre at the moment of a silent film showing. We get a lot to see of the silent film (film-within-a-film). Furthermore William Castle as well as the narrator involve the audience directly by talking to them and by use of several gimmicks (the introduction of "percepto"). This is not just a monster movie, it's also a film about the experience of film itself.

And another movie with a mute character - and again in combination with silent film.

35. Demons (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento

Votes: 16,573

Almost the entire story takes place in a movie theatre. There's also a demonic film-within-a-film.

36. Popcorn (1991)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

A murderer begins killing off teenagers at a horror movie marathon they have organized in an abandoned theater.

Directors: Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby | Stars: Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Dee Wallace, Derek Rydall

Votes: 3,048 | Gross: $4.21M

37. There's Nothing Out There (1991)

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

When a horror film buff tries to warn his friends of impending danger during March Break, they scoff at him, that is, until sinister things begin to happen.

Director: Rolfe Kanefsky | Stars: Craig Peck, Wendy Bednarz, Mark Collver, Bonnie Bowers

Votes: 880

38. Semum (2008)

116 min | Crime, Fantasy, Horror

Director Hasan Karacadag argues that he tried to create a model of a Turkish-Islamic horror film and that he would make the world recognize this model, of which he sees "Semum" as the first... See full summary »

Director: Hasan Karacadag | Stars: Ayça Inci, Burak Hakki, Cem Kurtoglu, Sefa Zengin

Votes: 3,571

39. Look (2007)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

The lies, betrayal, and desires of nine different groups of people are revealed as they live out their secret lives in the sight of the security cameras that capture our every movement.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Jamie McShane, Spencer Redford, Hayes MacArthur, Nichelle Hines

Votes: 1,564 | Gross: $0.02M

40. The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith

Votes: 7,501

[Wiki-quote] The story begins when, mute Helen McCord, goes to see a silent movie. Just as the film is ending, a crash is heard and the projectionist goes to see what had happened. When he gets up stairs he finds the body of a lame girl, the latest victim in a series of murders whose victims are all women with a disability. [End quote]

This is just a small part of the movie. But it really sets the mood, it's loaded with metaphors, and it's beautiful filmed! So it's an important part to me.

41. The Blob (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr. | Stars: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland

Votes: 18,747

Several notable movie theatre scenes, although rather short.

42. Messiah of Evil (1973)

R | 90 min | Horror

A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.

Directors: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz | Stars: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang, Anitra Ford

Votes: 2,260

There's an exciting part in this movie, where a girl is killed by zombies in a movie theatre

43. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 76,529 | Gross: $30.57M

The End of this movie takes place in a seedy Piccadilly cinema with rotting corpses watching a porn film.

44. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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: 165,343 | Gross: $148.17M

The most notable and best remembered part of this film is the Gremlins singing "hey ho" when watching Snow White at a movie theatre.

45. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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: 49,613 | Gross: $8.95M

46. Body Double (1984)

R | 114 min | Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton

Votes: 23,557 | Gross: $8.80M

47. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 42,116

48. Madhouse (1974)

PG | 89 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

Director: Jim Clark | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri

Votes: 2,759

49. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller