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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.0
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 61,038

2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

7.4
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58 Metascore

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 121,617 | Gross: $139.88M

3. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

7.1
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A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.

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

Votes: 53,275 | Gross: $24.92M

4. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

8.0
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Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s presented by the legendary Crypt Keeper, a sinister ghoul obsessed with gallows humor and horrific puns.

Stars: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer, Cam Clarke

Votes: 19,184

5. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 12,972

6. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.9
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59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 37,460 | Gross: $19.73M

7. Goosebumps (1995–1998)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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A series of horror anthology stories based on the children's books by R.L. Stine.

Stars: R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones, Scott Wickware

Votes: 10,507

8. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.3
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A group of kids get together in the woods, and tell ghost stories.

Stars: Ross Hull, Daniel DeSanto, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Votes: 11,886

9. Fright Night (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Horror

6.4
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64 Metascore

After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette

Votes: 94,393 | Gross: $18.30M

10. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

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

6.4
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The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

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

Votes: 83,923 | Gross: $41.48M

11. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

7.8
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A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist.

Stars: Robin Ward, Charles Aidman, Richard Mulligan, William Atherton

Votes: 8,546

12. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

6.5
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Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.

Director: James Signorelli | Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Phil Rubenstein, Larry Flash Jenkins, Damita Jo Freeman

Votes: 11,419 | Gross: $5.60M

13. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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80 Metascore

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the family are declared fugitives.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 291,366 | Gross: $183.14M

14. Lore (2017– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Horror

6.8
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Our collective nightmare mythologies are rooted in real-life horror stories.

Stars: Aaron Mahnke, Steven Berkoff, Josh Bowman, Paula Malcomson

Votes: 3,679

15. The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 43 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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This second revival of The Twilight Zone (1959) presents tales of suspense, fantasy, science fiction and horror.

Stars: Forest Whitaker, June B. Wilde, Chris Shields, Artine Tony Browne

Votes: 4,748

16. Night Gallery (1970–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet, Matt Pelto

Votes: 4,186

17. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.8
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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,266

18. Creeped Out (2017– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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Creeped Out is a series of spellbinding, enchanting and intriguing tales. Each episode is a different story set in a different place and time, with different characters exploring their way through the unexplained.

Stars: Aurora Aksnes, William Romain, Jaiden Cannatelli, Victoria Diamond

Votes: 611

19. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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In the not-too-distant future Joel Robinson is held captive by Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank, forced to watch B-Grade movies on the Satellite of Love with the help of his robot friends: Cambot, Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot.

Stars: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 21,807

20. Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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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: 10,274 | Gross: $2.98M

21. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.0
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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 33,686

22. Tales from the Hood (1995)

R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

6.3
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A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.

Director: Rusty Cundieff | Stars: Clarence Williams III, Corbin Bernsen, Joe Torry, De'aundre Bonds

Votes: 5,921 | Gross: $11.80M

23. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.3
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Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, Lillian O'Malley

Votes: 1,059

24. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

8.1
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Set in the not-too-distant future, a Gizmonic Institute employee is lured to the dark side of the moon by third-generation mad scientist Kinga Forrester and her flunky, Max. He is sat in ... See full summary »

Stars: Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn

Votes: 2,710

25. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures, and creepy, unexplained events.

Stars: Paul Sparer, Catherine Battistone, John Marzilli, Karen Shallo

Votes: 4,848

26. Deadly Nightmares (1983–1991)

TV-MA | 26 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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Fictional stories are told in this television series by The Hitchhiker. Each story is usually a mysterious thriller.

Stars: Page Fletcher, Nicholas Campbell, Vincent Grass, Kirstie Alley

Votes: 1,182

27. Jack the Bear (1993)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

6.5
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Danny DeVito is John Leary, a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Danny DeVito, Gary Sinise, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Miko Hughes

Votes: 3,674 | Gross: $5.15M

28. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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A spoof 1950s science fiction movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches concerning late night television.

Directors: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall, Donald F. Muhich

Votes: 9,377 | Gross: $0.55M

29. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)

Approved | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Produced at the same time as the more well-known The Twilight Zone (1959), this series was an extension of the tradition of radio horror and supernatural dramas such as Light's Out, The ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule, Will J. White

Votes: 1,057

30. Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

8.4
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Inspired by an earlier children's series, Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958), Shelley Duvall hosted this series featuring some of the best known actors in Hollywood performing adaptations of... See full summary »

Stars: Shelley Duvall, John Achorn, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen

Votes: 1,714

31. Dimension 404 (2017– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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An anthology series that explores the wonders and terrors of our digital age, from outrageous horror comedy to mind-bending action adventure.

Stars: Mark Hamill, Catherine Farrington Garcia, Robert Buckley, Sarah Hyland

Votes: 1,836

32. The Hunger (1997–2000)

R | 24 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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Erotic horror anthology series where the hosts Terence Stamp (in season 1) and David Bowie (in season 2) eccentrically introduce each of the steamy, erotic and often supernatural tales of power, sex, lust, and driving urges.

Stars: Terence Stamp, David Bowie, Richard Jutras, Kim Feeney

Votes: 741

33. Tales from the Hood 2 (2018 Video)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Horror

4.4
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Horror is back in the hood! The sequel to the ground-breaking original film Tales From the Hood reunites Executive Producer Spike Lee (Honorary Academy Award® winner) and Writers/Directors/... See full summary »

Directors: Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott | Stars: Keith David, Bryan Batt, Lou Beatty Jr., Alexandria DeBerry

Votes: 1,145

34. A Haunting (2005–2019)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.0
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An American paranormal anthology previewing stories told by the victims. Victims tell their terrifing encounters with the paranormal. This show contains narrations, frightening reanactments, & religious content.

Stars: Anthony D. Call, Kelley Davis, Scott Rollins, Mark Joy

Votes: 2,681

35. TerrorVision (1986)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.7
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A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham, Chad Allen

Votes: 5,529 | Gross: $0.32M

36. The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985–1992)

23 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A Canadian-produced anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Many of the teleplays were based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Stars: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly, Wayne Robson

Votes: 901

37. Freddy's Nightmares (1988–1990)

TV-14 | 60 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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Freddy, the dream serial killer, hosts this anthology of stories set in Springwood.

Stars: Robert Englund, Todd Allen, Sandahl Bergman, Anne E. Curry

Votes: 2,414

38. Fright Night 2 (2013 Video)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

4.3
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By day Gerri Dandridge is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a group of high school students travel ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Rodriguez | Stars: Will Payne, Jaime Murray, Sean Power, Sacha Parkinson

Votes: 5,959

39. Chiller (1995– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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Chiller is a 5-episode horror/fantasy anthology series originally shown erratically in the UK on ITV. The stories each involve, to some extent, the supernatural, and feature lead actors ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Havers, Phyllis Logan, Kevin McNally, John Simm

Votes: 142

40. Svengoolie (1995– )

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

8.1
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An anthology of horror movies, named for its host, who introduces each movie, provides background info on the movie, and performs skits and jokes during intermissions.

Stars: Rich Koz, Doug Scharf, Kasia Januszewski, Gilbert Gottfried

Votes: 471

41. Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995–2000)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.5
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Multicultural versions of many of your favorite fairy tales. Such as "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Three Little Pigs".

Stars: Robert Guillaume, Liz Torres, Edward James Olmos, Amy Hill

Votes: 454

42. Deadtime Stories (1986)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

4.6
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A babysitting uncle tells his charges three horror stories - about a killer witch, Little Red Riding Hood and a werewolf, and "Goldi Lox" and the three bears.

Director: Jeffrey Delman | Stars: Scott Valentine, Nicole Picard, Matt Mitler, Cathryn de Prume

Votes: 1,271 | Gross: $2.75M

43. Up All Night (1989–1998)

Comedy, Drama, Horror

8.3
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USA Up All Night is USA Cable Network's weekend movie program that lasts into the wee hours of the night. The quality of movies range from top rate to cheesy. In the beginning, Up All Night... See full summary »

Stars: Rhonda Shear, Gilbert Gottfried, Linnea Quigley, Jennifer Christie

Votes: 373

44. Night Visions (2001– )

43 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.6
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Night Visions is an anthology series similar to The Twilight Zone - some tales are supernatural, others are just commentaries on twisted human nature. Each hour episode is made up of two half-hour episodes aired back-to-back.

Stars: Henry Rollins, Emily Holmes, Ty Olsson, Dion Luther

Votes: 729

45. Circle of Fear (1972–1973)

60 min | Horror, Thriller

7.9
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An anthology of suspense dramas concentrating on individuals confronted with supernatural occurrences.

Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Sheila Larken, Meg Foster, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 311

46. The Nightmare Room (2001–2002)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

7.4
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Anthology series centered on teens facing supernatural threats, many based on the books by R.L. Stine.

Stars: James Avery, Keiko Agena, Kyle Gibson, Michael Galeota

Votes: 396

47. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)

25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Edgar Stehli, Theo Goetz

Votes: 248

48. Plan 9 (2015)

TV-MA | 103 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.7
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Plan 9 is the story of Nilbog, a small town with a big story. The beginningof an invasion! These aliens have a different plan for the inhabitants of Earth. To resurrect their dead as their ... See full summary »

Director: John Johnson | Stars: Brian Krause, Sara Eshleman, Mister Lobo, Amy Hart

Votes: 1,668

49. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.4
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In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox, Peter Hansen

Votes: 286

50. Tales from the Cryptkeeper (1993–1999)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.7
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The popular cult horror comic books from the 1950's are adapted in this modern cartoon anthology series.

Stars: John Kassir, Elizabeth Hanna, David Hemblen, Stuart Stone

Votes: 958



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