What are the best horror films?

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    #1A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place is a 2018 psychological horror movie directed by John Krasinski. Starring Emily Blunt and the director himself, it tells the story of a family who lives in silence, in fear of a creature who hunts through sound.

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    Sara Garza
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I have been looking for a horror movie ti watch with my boyfriend on Amazon Prime. The best movie that we came across has to be A Quiet Place. This movie scared us both so bad that we did not to go to bed right away after."
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    #2Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th is an American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham in 1980. Set in a summer camp, the story follows a group of teenagers who are murdered by an unknown killer. The film is the first among the Friday the 13th franchise and runs for 95 minutes.

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    Johnny Bishop
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "The Granddaddy of slasher horror movies is Friday the 13th and helped launch a much abused genre that have delighted fans for decades after it premiered. Jason is the hockey-masked slasher out to get the dim-witted teens and scare the bejeesus out of movie-goers."
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    #3Misery

    Misery

    Misery is a film adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling horror novel of the same name which stars James Caan and Academy Award-nominee Kathy Bates. It is said to be one of the best horror film ever made.

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    Dorothy Ramos
    Written on October 23, 2017
    "As a huge horror film fan who has seen almost all horror films, I can tell you that Misery is definitely no where near the best horror film ever made. This movie, although very creepy and based off a Stephen King book, just doesn't have the scary value that I look for in a horror film. It is a decent movie but not the best."
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    #4The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper in 1974, starring Marilyn Burns, Allen Danzinger, and Paul A. Partain. The film revolves around a group of teenagers who fall victim to a family of cannibals.

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    Megan West
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "If you haven't seen the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the original made in 1974, then you are in for a treat when you watch it on Amazon Prime. This is a groundbreaking original film that may have started off the slasher genre. Grab some popcorn, turn the lights down low and get ready to be grossed out, giggle at the old school dialogue and be truly creeped out by leatherface."
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    #5The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs is a crime, drama, and thriller movie directed by Jonathan Demme and launched on February 14, 1991. Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, the plot follows the story of a psychopath Buffalo Bill.

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    Mary Rios
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "Horror movies try hard to incite fear and terror in viewers, usually bey throwing buckets of blood around and having scantily clad young women make horribly unsafe choices as they half-heartedly try to escape. This movie is terrifying in a special way, it messes with your mind, and the characters seem real. The fear is that the highly cultured and polite character will finally show his evil side, and there is nowhere you can hide from someone who knows so much about you just from looking at you. The acting is amazing, and this movie is the one that I think of when I think of a truly terrifying experience."
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    #6Psycho

    Psycho

    Psycho is a mystery thriller film revolving around a secretary who is on the run for embezzling money. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the novel by Robert Bloch. This movie stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles.

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    Marie Lopez
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "If you like horror movies then this is a movie worth watching. Alfred Hitchcock makes some excellent horror films and if you are into classic films then you will want to watch this. Reading through the reviews you won't be disappointed. I personally have never seen it but I might have to check it out as well. "
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    #7The Thing

    The Thing

    The Thing tells the story of a twelve-man research team that discovers an alien buried in the snow for over a century at a remote Antarctic research station. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, killing them one by one.

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    Roger King
    Written on October 20, 2017
    "I love this movie. It is more like a mystery and sci-fiction movie rather than the horror but still it is OK. I would definitely watch it soon and enjoy the young Kurt Russell. "
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    #8Saw

    Saw

    Saw is a mystery and psychological thriller directed by James Wan. it was first released in 2004. The story tells about two strangers who wake up in a room and discover they are pawns in a deadly game of a notorious serial killer. 

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    Alan Hamilton
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "It may not be the best, but, it is among them. Too gory and ugly for my taste."
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    #9Rose Red

    Rose Red

    Rose Red is a miniseries scripted by horror novelist Stephen King. The story centers on a mysteriously haunted Seattle mansion named Rose Red and parapsychologist Dr. Joyce Reardon with his team of gifted psychics who come to investigate the house.

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    Ronald Ellis
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "King is the master of horror. What a spooky house I found it to be. What a crazy story. the power of the mind, the power of good and evil. Wow! I love it so much, and you will to!"
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    #10The Collection

    The Collection

    The follow up to The Collector tells the story of Elena being taken out by her friends in a surprise party to a secret place where she founds herself being the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he's transformed into his own private maze of torture and death.

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    Helen Salazar
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "If you're looking for a good horror film this season to watch, The Collection is a nice movie to consider. It has all the components of a good horror film and is very refreshing to watch for a true horror fan. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and I'm sure you would too!"
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    #11Carrie

    Carrie

    Carrie is the story of a girl brought up, almost in isolation, by her psychotically religious mother Margaret. Based on a Stephen King novel, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and John Travolta. 

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    Jerry McDonald
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "This classic horror movie, made from the best selling novel by Stephen King, is one of the all time best horror movies you will find. Sissy Spacek portrays the character Carrie, leaving chills running up your spine. The suspense and surprise will have you jumping off the couch. You won't sleep with the lights off after watching it."
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    #12Ichi the Killer

    Ichi the Killer

    As sadomasochistic yakuza Kakihara searches for his missing boss and comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. Ichi the Killer is a 2001 Japanese crime-horror film directed by Takashi Miike, written by Sakichi Sato, and is based on Hideo Yamamoto's manga series.

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    Douglas Perkins
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "Takashi knows how to make interesting anf sleazy Yakuza films. Ichi The Killer is endlessly inventive, consistently intelligent and sickeningly savage. It is filled with squirting blood, throat-slashing, limb-hacking and other forms of mutilation so gruesome it's almost hard to watch for those who are used to that sort of thing."
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    #13The Hills Have Eyes

    The Hills Have Eyes

    The Hills Have Eyes is a 2006 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja and a remake of Wes Craven's 1977 film of the same name. The story is about a suburban American family that is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.

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    Kenneth Clark
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The hills have eyes is one of the best horror films that I have had the pleasure to watch in a while. I remember this movie from when I was a kid and it was always one of the scariest movies that we watched together. "
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    #14The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    Emma Roberts leads the cast in this supernatural horror about two girls confronting an evil force when they end up alone in a deserted Catholic prep school. If you want a good ton of psychological horror, this is a great choice. 

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    Henry Mason
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "I want the wasted time of my life back. Stop me if you've heard this one before: a couple girls, a ghost, an evil and... religion. Blah blah blah! This was so incredibly boring and dismally unnecessary, that even indulging in dark fantasies about Emma Roberts while watching yielded me no release. Avoid."
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    #15The Last House on the Left (1972)

    The Last House on the Left (1972)

    The Last House on the Left is a horror and thriller film written and directed by Wes Craven. This movie was first released on August 30, 1972. It tells the story of two girls who were kidnapped and tortured by a group of psychos.

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    Joe Holmes
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "This movie is so scary, you can have a heart attack if you dont have a firned near you to support you LOL. I strongly suggest this movie, its one of the best in their category"
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    #16The Devil's Rejects

    The Devil's Rejects

    The Devil's Rejects (2005) is a horror film by Rob Zombie, the sequel to House of 1000 Corpses. After a raid on the rural home of the psychopathic Firefly family, Otis and Baby escape and reunite with Baby's father.

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    Larry Mendoza
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "One of the redeeming qualities of this film is it was written by Rob Zombie. It has a 70s horror film feel to it and a southern rock soundtrack, so it kind of seems like a combination of a horror and a western. It's more violent than scary, which happens sometimes in the horror genre, but if I were looking for something scary, I'd probably look elsewhere."
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    #17Alien

    Alien

    Alien is a fantasy and mystery motion picture that features Sigourney Weaver, Henry Dean Stanton, and John Hurt. The movie was first released in 1979 and was directed by Ridley Scott was written by Dan O'Bannon.

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    José Alberto Toledo
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "An all time classic that seamlessly combines so many terrifying ideas. The lonelyness of space. Terrifying aliens that don't just kill you, they use your body as a host to reproduce killing you in the process. At the same time the strength of the female lead is truly awe inspiring."
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    #18Jaws

    Jaws

    Jaws is a thriller film released in 1975 directed by Steven Spielberg, which is based on the 1974 novel of the same name written by Peter Benchley. This centers on man-eating great white shark which attacks beachgoers on Amity Island.

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    Dorothy Clark
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "Jaws is the classic horror thriller. I remember seeing it for the first time when I was a child. Why someone thought this was a good film for a child to see, I don't know, but I recall the next time we went to the beach, I was too afraid to go in. Definitely keeps you at the edge of your seat wanting to see what happens next. Brilliant directing from Steven Spielberg. Highly recommended."
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    #19Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a sci-fi horror film that stars Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter and was directed by Don Siegel. A doctor returns to his home town only to learn that people are being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

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    Laura Williamson
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "I need the best horror films out there. Invasion of the Body Snatchers was what I found and it has been a blast to watch again and again. Great story and its a classic."
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    #20The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is a 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the book with the same title. The story is about a family that goes to a remote hotel during winter where an evil and paranormal presence influences the father into violence.

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    Judy Burke
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "All work and no play makes Academy Award® winner Jack Nicholson, the caretaker of an isolated resort, go way off the deep end, terrorizinghis young son and wife Shelley Duvall. Genres Horror, Suspense Director Stanley Kubrick Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd"
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    #21Halloween

    Halloween

    This movie from 1978 by John Carpenter is maybe the idiosyncratic film of the genre. Halloween night is an American horror film that tells a story about a mental patient named Mike Myers who stalks and kills people.

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    Andrés Álvarez
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "Halloween is a classic horror film that a lot of horror films borrow elements of, even to this day! Which isn't too shabby for an almost 40-year-old film. And it isn't too dated and still quite enjoyable to watch even now. Michael Meyers is still scary to watch even by today's horror film standards."
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    #22It Follows

    It Follows

    After maintaining sexual relations for the first time with her boyfriend, Jay (Maika Monroe) starts to be persecuted by supernatural forces, that personified themselves as disturbing human beings.

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    Jean Nguyen
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "This is a good horror film; I wouldn't say it's the best, but it is an entertaining couple of hours. The premise is a little creepy (teenagers having to sleep with other teens) but all in all, it's a scary story with an original plot. I think they could have tightened up the movie some, as it kind of drags in some parts, but if you can overlook that, it's a decent flick. "
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    #23The Hound of the Baskervilles

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1959 British gothic horror and mystery film, directed by Terence Fisher and stars Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes and Andre Morell as Watson based on the novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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    Grace Murphy
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "This movie is perfect if you're looking for a good scare! There is a perfect balance between horror and storyline, and you never can guess how it's going to end! I wasn't sure if I would like this movie after being used to all the recent horror films that I have seen, but the production and acting is iconic, and I definitely recommend this for your next scary movie night. "
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    #24The Babadook

    The Babadook

    Amelia (Essie Davis) lost her husband a few time ago. Now, she lives with her son and both start to feel the menace of a supernatural being that has entered into their lives through a childish book called the Babadook.

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    Robert Ortiz
    Written on October 23, 2017
    "This got such high reviews, that despite my misgivings, I watched it. It was stupid. I don't mind implausible, but this was just so insultingly bad that I was offended. The plot moved like molasses, the characters were annoying, and I just don't see what people see in it."
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    #25A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American slasher film by Wes Craven. The first film of its franchise, the plot revolves around a group of teenagers who are stalked and killed in their dreams. The movie runs for a total of 91 minutes.

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    Henry Hernandez
    Written on October 20, 2017
    "This film is a classic in the horror genre. It is just one of the best to this day. I could watch it over and over again! "
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    #26The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical horror comedy directed by Jim Sharman and starred by Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. This movie first appeared in 21 August 1975. 

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    Carol Scott
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "The movie was great, but not exactly the horror theme I was looking for. Just because it has horror in the name doesn't mean it's what you're looking for, it's a parody! And a little weird at the end, there. "
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    #27Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the dead is a 1978 zombie movie directed by George A. Romero which is full of blood, violence and social criticism. In this film, a zombie epidemy has taken the city while a group of people seeks refuge in a shopping mall.

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    Teresa Hicks
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "A great movie with a nice plot to go along with it. Personally, I have no issues with it and I think it has so many good things about it."
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    #28Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead directed by George A. Romero and released in 1968 is one of the most influential zombie movies of all times. In this film, the dead suddenly come back to life and spread the panic across the country. 

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    Bruce Simpson
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "i am not a fan of any horror movie, book or else at at all, but because it has a very good rating, and it is showing in a presentable way i would buy it as a gift for someone that i know would love it."
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    #29Get Out

    Get Out

    Get Out is a 2017 Mystery-Thriller movie directed by Jordan Peele. It shows what happens when an African American man comes to visit his Caucasian girlfriend's parents but soon things take a turn to darker events.

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    Christian Hicks
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "My dad bought this for us to watch. I can't say much good about it. I like a good story as long as it's interesting and stays consistent. This felt more like an art student's test project. Get it if you're into that kind of thing."
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    #30Be Careful What You Wish For (Goosebumps Series)

    Be Careful What You Wish For (Goosebumps Series)
    Be Careful What You Wish For is the 12th book from the R.L.Stine's classic horror series, Goosebumps. Originally published in 1996, the horror classic was republished by Scholastic Paperbacks on February 1st, 2005.  
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    Jeremy Hansen
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a cool book. I remember reading it way back in the day when I was a kid and I enjoyed it, and my kid enjoyed it just like I did. But the thing is, this isn't a film so if you're looking for a horror film, this is obviously not it."
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    #31John Dies at the End

    John Dies at the End

    David Wong's comedic horror novel John Dies at the End, which started out as an online web series, is now a major motion picture. This novel is considered to bring back the love for Lovecraft, one of the biggest names in horror. 

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    #32Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    Regarded as one of the most controversial movies, Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian cannibal horror film. The film follows four documentary filmmakers murdered by cannibalistic South American natives.

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    Sandra Green
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "This movie was a bit much for me, especially after finding out they really killed animals on set. It is gory and bloody and scary. This is an old movie, but it was pretty gruesome and ahead of it's time. There are also rape scenes, I only got through maybe 30 minutes before I had to turn it off, it was too "real" for me"
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    #33Halloween

    Halloween

    Halloween is a horror movie directed by David Gordon Green, written by Green himself, together with Danny McBride. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer,  and Andi Matichak, Halloween hit theaters on October 19, 2018.

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    #34[REC]

    [REC]

    A TV reporter and her cameraman follow a group of firefighters after they receive an emergency call. At first everything looks like another emergency, but things get weird when the whole building gets sealed off to contain the threat that lives there.

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    Doris Nguyen
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this horror movie. It is among the best. I think that it is definitely better than the American remakes. I also think this first in the series is better than any of the sequels or prequels."
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    #35Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell is about a loan officer cursed by an old woman after unjustly evicting her. After experiencing events of agonizing, supernatural events,  she asks help from a seer to save her soul.

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    #36The Blob

    The Blob

    The Blob is a remake of the 1958 science fiction horror film of the same title. An extraterrestrial blob invades the town of Arbeville, Colorado. A group of teenagers attempts to evacuate the townspeople before the blob consumes them all.

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    Zachary Newman
    Written on June 10, 2018
    "I barely remembered this movie from when I was young, and caught it recently on late night TV. I was surprised how well it holds up, it's actually really well-made and creepy."
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    #37The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone is a 1993 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. This movie is based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King. It stars actors Christopher Walken, Brooke Adas, and Tom Skerritt.

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    Carolyn Day
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I was looking for the best Horror movies to watch on Amazon Prime. I found out about The Dead Zone from a friend. It has all the drama and horror I needed, I watch it all the time now."
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    #38Green Room

    Green Room

    A spectacle of tension, intrigue and ultrarealistic horror. That's how we can define Green Room. Its director, Jeremy Saulnier, counts with an astonishing taste for tension and violence. He reaches the top of its creativity in this incredible movie. 

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    Angela Carpenter
    Written on September 23, 2017
    "I think this is one of the higher rating Horror movies on Amazon Prime at the moment. Patrick Stewart is an excellent actor that delivers in this movie. It is a thriller that doesn't fail to deliver as a rock band is forced into a life or death battle in order to get away from a crazy club owner played by Patrick Stewart. "
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    #39The Bay

    The Bay

    Just a director with the talent of Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam) is able to do a found-footage horror movie in these years and create something completely refreshing and original. A quite Maryland community starts to suffer the invasion of horrific parasites.

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    Brenda Moore
    Written on September 24, 2017
    "The quaint town of Blah is swept up in the horror of a horrific, horrible horror - yawn. I wish I'd bought a cheap pizza and watched re-runs of the Teletubbies instead of renting this movie. It would have been much scarier. The plot is tired. The characters are weak. The acting is mediocre. How this movie received three stars is mystifying to me. I can only assume that everyone who watched it fell asleep halfway through and assumed it got better at some point. It didn't."
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    #40The Last Exorcism

    The Last Exorcism

    Combining such mainstreams topics as horror, exorcism and found footage, Daniel Stamm creates an original mockumentary that will satisfy those believers of the ''they don't make any good horror movies these days'' tendency.

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    Marilyn Munoz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Last Exorcism is one of the best Horror movies I'd recommend watching on Amazon Prime. This movie has tons of suspense and lots of scary gotcha moments! I'm almost too afraid to watch it by myself in the dark!"
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    #41World War Z

    World War Z

    World War Z is a zombie movie directed by Marc Forster released in 2013 based on the novel by Max Brooks. In this film, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a former United Nations investigator who has to travel across the world to stop a zombie pandemic.

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    Scott Medina
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Kind of fun, kind of thrilling, kind of boring and kind of worth watching. If you're a fan of the novel, or of Brad Pitt, then you might get your money and time's worth out of sitting through this. "
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    #42Gremlins

    Gremlins

    A Christmas story like no other. A man buys a strange kind of pet called Mogwai as a Christmas present for his son, but they must keep the following rules: keep it away from water, out of the light and never to feed it after midnight.

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    Ronald Wallace
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This movie is an oldie, but a goodie. I remember watching it when it first came out. I loved it then, and I love it now. "

Summary

Best What are the best horror films
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Quiet PlaceMovies 75 Paid
2Friday the 13th Movies 66 Paid
3MiseryMovies 65 Paid
4The Texas Chain Saw MassacreMovies 64 Paid
5The Silence of the LambsMovies 62 Paid
6PsychoMovies 58 Paid
7The ThingMovies 56 Paid
8SawMovies 55 Paid
9Rose RedMovies 52 Paid
10The CollectionMovies 49 Paid
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