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Freaks (1932)

Directors: Tod Browning

Writers: Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins (suggested by story: "Spurs"), Willis Goldbeck (screenplay)

Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova

Story: A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Other Films In Series: None.

 
Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)

Directors: Jack Hill

Writers: Jack Hill

Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Sid Haig

Story: A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death.

Other Films In Series: None (but it was a major influence to House of 1,000 Corpses)

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The Wizard of Gore (1970)

Directors: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Writers: Allen Kahn (screenplay)

Stars: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay

Story: A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.

Other Films In Series: The Wizard of Gore (2007)

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Anthony Burgess (novel)

Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

Story: In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Last House on the Left (1972)

Directors: Wes Craven

Writers: Wes Craven

Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess

Story: Two teenage girls heading to a rock concert for one's birthday try to score marijuana in the city, where they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Other Films In Series: The Last House on the Left (2009)

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It's Alive (1974)

Directors: Larry Cohen

Writers: Larry Cohen

Stars: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan

Story:  The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared.

Other Films In Series: It Lives Again (1978), It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987), It's Alive (2009)

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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Directors: Meir Zarchi

Writers: Meir Zarchi

Stars: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace

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

Other Films In Series: I Spit on Your Grave (2010), I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance Is Mine (2015), I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019)

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Basket Case (1982)

Directors: Frank Henenlotter

Writers: Frank Henenlotter

Stars: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner

Story: A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

Other Films In Series: Basket Case 2 (1990), Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1991)

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Pet Sematary (1989)

Directors: Mary Lambert

Writers: Stephen King (novel & screenplay)

Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne

Story: After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

Other Films In Series: Pet Sematary Two (1992), Pet Sematary (2019)

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Dead Alive or, Braindead (1992)

Directors: Peter Jackson

Writers: Stephen Sinclair

Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody

Story: A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Friday the 13th (1980)

Directors: Sean S. Cunningham

Writers: Victor Miller, Sean S. Cunningham

Stars: Betsy Palmer,  Adrienne King,  Jeannine Taylor

Story: 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.

Other Films In Series: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Friday the 13th Part III (1982), Friday the 13th Part III (1982), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Friday the 13th (2009)

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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Directors: George Mihalka

Writers: Stephen A. Miller, John Beaird

Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck

Story: A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.

Other Films In Series: My Bloody Valentine (2009)

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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Directors: Robert Hiltzik

Writers: Robert Hiltzik

Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields

Story: Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their gruesome comeuppance.

Other Films In Series: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988), Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989), Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2002), Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Directors: Wes Craven

Writers: Wes Craven

Stars: Heather Langenkamp,  Johnny Depp,  Robert Englund

Story: A group of teenagers is haunted by a gruesome serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams.

Other Films In Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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Child’s Play (1988)

Directors: Tom Holland

Writers: Don Mancini

Stars: Catherine Hicks,  Chris Sarandon,  Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif

Story: A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Other Films In Series: Child's Play 2 (1990), Child's Play 3 (1991), Bride of Chucky (1998), Seed of Chucky (2004), Curse of Chucky (2013), Cult of Chucky (2017), Child's Play (2019)

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Se7en (1995)

Directors: David Fincher

Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker

Stars: Morgan Freeman,  Brad Pitt,  Kevin Spacey

Story: Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Scream (1996)

Directors: Wes Craven

Writers: Kevin Williamson

Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

Story: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Other Films In Series: Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011)

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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Directors: Jim Gillespie

Writers: Lois Duncan (novel), Kevin Williamson (screenplay)

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

Story: Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.

Other Films In Series: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)

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Urban Legend (1998)

Directors: Jamie Blanks

Writers: Silvio Horta

Stars: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart

Story: A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

Other Films In Series: Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)

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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

Directors: Rob Zombie

Writers: Rob Zombie

Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley

Story: Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Other Films In Series: The Devil's Rejects (2005), 3 from Hell (2019)

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Wrong Turn (2003)

Directors: Rob Schmidt

Writers: Alan B. McElroy

Stars: Eliza Dushku,  Jeremy Sisto,  Emmanuelle Chriqui

Story: Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding.

Other Films In Series: Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007), Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009), Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011), Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012), Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014)

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Saw (2004)

Directors: James Wan

Writers: Leigh Whannell, James Wan

Stars: Cary Elwes,  Leigh Whannell,  Danny Glover, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith

Story: Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer known as Jigsaw.

Other Films In Series: Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), Saw 3D (2010), Jigsaw (2017)

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Wolf Creek (2005)

Directors: Greg McLean

Writers: Greg McLean

Stars: Nathan Phillips,  Cassandra Magrath,  Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Story: Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture.

Other Films In Series: Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

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Hatchet (2006)

Directors: Adam Green

Writers: Adam Green

Stars: Kane Hodder,  Joel David Moore,  Deon Richmond

Story: When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare.

Other Films In Series: Hatchet II (2010), Hatchet III (2013), Victor Crowley (2017)

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See No Evil (2006)

Directors: Gregory Dark

Writers: Dan Madigan

Stars: Glenn Jacobs,  Christina Vidal,  Michael J. Pagan

Story: A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight has holed away in the rotting hotel.

Other Films In Series: See No Evil 2 (2014)

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The Strangers (2008)

Directors: Bryan Bertino

Writers: Bryan Bertino

Stars: Scott Speedman,  Liv Tyler,  Gemma Ward

Story: A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

Other Films In Series: The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

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The Collector (2009)

Directors: Marcus Dunstan

Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan

Stars: Josh Stewart,  Andrea Roth,  Juan Fernández 

Story: Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.

Other Films In Series: The Collection (2012)

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Laid to Rest (2009)

Directors: Robert Hall

Writers: Robert Hall

Stars: Bobbi Sue Luther,  Kevin Gage,  Lena Headey, Nick Principe

Story: An amnesiac finds herself in an isolated rural town and soon learns that she is being hunted by a tech savvy serial killer called ChromSkull.

Other Films In Series: ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011)

 

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The Purge (2013)

Directors: James DeMonaco

Writers: James DeMonaco

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder

Story: A wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal.

Other Films In Series: The Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge: Election Year (2016), The First Purge (2018)

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Tormented (2014)

Directors: Audrey Cummings

Writers: Chris Gamble

Stars: Alysa King, Samora Smallwood, Bart Rochon

Story: Kylie Winters, a bullied and self-loathing teen, reluctantly agrees to babysit at an isolated country mansion on Halloween night. When a small boy in a pig mask appears at the door trick-or-treating, Kylie's night transforms into a horrifying and violent cat-and-mouse game.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Happy Death Day (2017)

Directors: Christopher Landon

Writers: Scott Lobdell

Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

Story: A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

Other Films In Series: Happy Death Day 2 U (2019)

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