A List of Films That [Probably] Inspired SCREAM

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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: 511,203 | Gross: $32.00M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

2. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 319,930 | Gross: $232.91M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

3. 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: 115,568 | Gross: $30.86M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

4. 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: 5,594

[Referenced in SCREAM]

5. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 145,897 | Gross: $33.80M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

6. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

19 Metascore

An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

Director: Meir Zarchi | Stars: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols

Votes: 22,977

[Referenced in SCREAM]

7. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

80 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: 189,068 | Gross: $47.00M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

8. Are You in the House Alone? (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A teenage girl is harassed by a stalker who torments her with threatening notes and phone calls.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Kathleen Beller, Blythe Danner, Tony Bill, Robin Mattson

Votes: 720

[Referenced in SCREAM]

9. Prom Night (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 12,517 | Gross: $14.80M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

10. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

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

Votes: 54,419 | Gross: $21.38M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

11. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

22 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 100,259 | Gross: $39.75M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

12. Terror Train (1980)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

Three years after a prank that went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield

Votes: 7,997

[Referenced in SCREAM]

13. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

26 Metascore

Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King

Votes: 48,725 | Gross: $21.72M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

14. 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: 78,502 | Gross: $30.57M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

15. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 26,641 | Gross: $17.99M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

16. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

70 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: 163,712 | Gross: $2.40M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

17. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor 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: 176,903 | Gross: $25.50M

[Referenced in SCREAM]. Also directed by Wes Craven.

18. Night of the Comet (1984)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists.

Director: Thom Eberhardt | Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Sharon Farrell

Votes: 15,386 | Gross: $14.42M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

19. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

A horror-obsessed teenager discovers that his next door neighbour is a murderous vampire. He tries to convince the police, his family and friends but to no avail. Now, he must take matters into his own hands.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 51,007 | Gross: $24.92M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

20. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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

66 Metascore

When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews

Votes: 46,507 | Gross: $14.24M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

21. Night of the Creeps (1986)

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

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

Votes: 17,330 | Gross: $0.59M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

22. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan

Votes: 31,443 | Gross: $19.47M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM. Kevin Williamson has reportedly cited this film as an inspiration.

23. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman

Votes: 88,840 | Gross: $14.56M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

24. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 23,501 | Gross: $3.77M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

25. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 130,821 | Gross: $5.92M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

26. Night of the Demons (1988)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell.

Director: Kevin Tenney | Stars: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins, Allison Barron

Votes: 10,813 | Gross: $3.11M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

27. Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Charley Brewster and Peter Vincent must face more vampires, out for revenge.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall, Traci Lind, Julie Carmen

Votes: 9,745 | Gross: $2.98M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

28. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky

Votes: 80,569 | Gross: $41.48M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

29. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,075,488 | Gross: $130.74M

[Referenced in SCREAM]

30. 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: 939

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

31. 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: 3,179 | Gross: $4.21M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

32. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 146,760 | Gross: $11.50M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

33. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

48 Metascore

A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires.

Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui | Stars: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer

Votes: 35,801 | Gross: $16.62M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

34. Matinee (1993)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz

Votes: 8,095 | Gross: $9.53M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

35. 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: 51,063 | Gross: $8.95M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM.

36. New Nightmare (1994)

R | 112 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather Langenkamp play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Jeff Davis, Miko Hughes

Votes: 44,333 | Gross: $18.09M

Features meta plot elements similar to SCREAM. Also directed by Wes Craven.



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