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1. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 493,617 | Gross: $32.00M

2. Psycho II (1983)

R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia

Votes: 19,069 | Gross: $34.73M

3. Psycho III (1986)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "mother" is still watching.

Director: Anthony Perkins | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell

Votes: 10,444 | Gross: $14.48M

4. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Anthony Perkins, CCH Pounder, Henry Thomas, Olivia Hussey

Votes: 5,967

5. Psycho (1998)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

47 Metascore

A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen

Votes: 40,766 | Gross: $21.46M

6. 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: 24,898 | Gross: $0.08M

7. Homicidal (1961)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce

Votes: 2,185

8. Violent Midnight (1963)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror

An axe murderer is loose in a small New England town.

Director: Richard Hilliard | Stars: Lee Philips, Shepperd Strudwick, Jean Hale, Lorraine Rogers

Votes: 200

9. Dementia 13 (1963)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Thriller

A scheming widow hatches a daring plan to get her hands on her late husband's inheritance, unbeknownst to her that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks within the family's estate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchel

Votes: 5,816

10. Blood Feast (1963)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror

An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton

Votes: 4,682 | Gross: $4.00M

11. Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner, Ariana Gorini

Votes: 6,349

12. A Bay of Blood (1971)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati

Votes: 7,241

13. Hands of the Ripper (1971)

R | 85 min | Horror

As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell

Votes: 1,718

14. Fright (1971)

PG | 87 min | Thriller

Young babysitter Amanda arrives at the Lloyd residence to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old... See full summary »

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Honor Blackman, Susan George, Ian Bannen, John Gregson

Votes: 941

15. Horror on Snape Island (1972)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

A group of experienced archeologists are searching for an old and mystic Phoenician treasure when they are surprised by a series of mysterious murders...

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Mark Edwards, Jack Watson

Votes: 1,154

16. Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.

Director: Theodore Gershuny | Stars: Patrick O'Neal, James Patterson, Mary Woronov, Astrid Heeren

Votes: 2,283

17. Torso (1973)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson

Votes: 4,209

18. Scream Bloody Murder (1973)

R | 90 min | Horror

A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, ... See full summary »

Director: Marc B. Ray | Stars: Fred Holbert, Leigh Mitchell, Robert Knox, Ron Bastone

Votes: 811

19. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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: 25,104 | Gross: $4.05M

20. Black Christmas (2006)

R | 84 min | Horror

22 Metascore

An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Director: Glen Morgan | Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 21,919 | Gross: $16.24M

21. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror

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.

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

Votes: 111,897 | Gross: $30.86M

22. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

Votes: 22,439 | Gross: $8.03M

23. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

A California couple and a survivalist encounter Leatherface and his family.

Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Kate Hodge, Ken Foree, R.A. Mihailoff, William Butler

Votes: 11,344 | Gross: $5.77M

24. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night, and then wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Kim Henkel | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Jacks, Tonie Perensky

Votes: 16,682 | Gross: $0.14M

25. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror

38 Metascore

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, Erica Leerhsen

Votes: 117,664 | Gross: $80.57M

26. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Before being sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends take one last road trip, but when they get into an accident, a terrifying experience will take them to a secluded house of horrors, with a chainsaw-wielding killer.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird, Taylor Handley

Votes: 61,408 | Gross: $39.52M

27. Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 39,437 | Gross: $34.34M

28. Criminally Insane (1975)

R | 61 min | Horror, Thriller

An obese woman recently released from an insane asylum kills anyone who attempts to get her to stop eating.

Director: Nick Millard | Stars: Priscilla Alden, Michael Flood, Jane Lambert, Robert Copple

Votes: 661

29. Criminally Insane 2 (1987)

70 min | Horror

A mental hospital, faced with a severe decrease in funding, is forced to release mass-murderer Ethel Janowski into a halfway house. Ethel is psychotic, delusional and has a hefty appetite. ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Millard | Stars: Priscilla Alden, Michael Flood, Jane Lambert, Robert Copple

Votes: 374

30. Don't Hang Up (1974)

PG | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

In this horror movie, a dutiful grand-daughter goes home to take care of her elderly grandmother. Once there, she finds herself trapped inside the house with a homicidal maniac.

Director: S.F. Brownrigg | Stars: Susan Bracken, Larry O'Dwyer, Gene Ross, James N. Harrell

Votes: 376

31. Forced Entry (1975)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A serial rapist stalks and murders prostitutes.

Director: Jim Sotos | Stars: Tanya Roberts, Ron Max, Nancy Allen, Brian Freilino

Votes: 316

32. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In 1946, a Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem

Votes: 5,305

33. Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect. But are the authorities mistaken?

Director: Alfred Sole | Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster

Votes: 6,905

34. Drive In Massacre (1976)

R | 74 min | Horror, Mystery

Two police detectives try to catch a serial killer who is stalking a rural California drive-in theater, randomly killing people with a sword.

Director: Stu Segall | Stars: John F. Goff, Steve Vincent, Douglas Gudbye, Verkina Flower

Votes: 1,212

35. The Toolbox Murders (1978)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox.

Director: Dennis Donnelly | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Nicolas Beauvy

Votes: 2,736

36. Toolbox Murders (2004)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades, but when renovations start, a series of murders take place.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Angela Bettis, Brent Roam, Marco Rodríguez, Rance Howard

Votes: 7,171

37. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 180,240 | Gross: $47.00M

38. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

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: 58,511 | Gross: $25.53M

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

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

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: 33,214 | Gross: $14.40M

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

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 34,056 | Gross: $17.77M

41. Halloween 5 (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 26,611 | Gross: $11.64M

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

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

10 Metascore

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: 24,015 | Gross: $15.12M

43. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 54,422 | Gross: $55.04M

44. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

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: 30,266 | Gross: $30.35M

45. Halloween (2007)

R | 109 min | Fantasy, Horror

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: 95,823 | Gross: $58.27M

46. Halloween II (2009)

R | 105 min | Horror

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: 40,650 | Gross: $33.39M

47. Blood Stalkers (1976)

90 min | Horror

A horror movie about two tourists in Florida who is attacked by a chilling group of backwoods psychopaths.

Director: Robert W. Morgan | Stars: Ken Miller, Toni Crabtree, Jerry Albert, Cisse Cameron

Votes: 209

48. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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: 7,686 | Gross: $21.41M

49. When a Stranger Calls Back (1993 TV Movie)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead...

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Jill Schoelen, Gene Lythgow

Votes: 2,120

50. When a Stranger Calls (2006)

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

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: 38,324 | Gross: $47.86M

51. Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | 90 min | Horror

6.2