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The Best Intelligent Horror Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the best intelligent horror movies.

If you think horror movies are nothing more than slashers slashing, supernatural creatures wreaking havoc, and gallons of the red stuff, think again; intelligent horror movies demonstrate that smart horror exists - and is really good to boot. The best intelligent horror films operate at multiple levels, weaving social commentary into plot lines that are equal parts thought-provoking and terrifying. 

From Jordan Peele's Get Out to John Krasinski's A Quiet Place, there's no shortage of films that prove horror is actually smart. But what are the smartest entries in the intelligent horror genre?

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J.P. Blank added Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak
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Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
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Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King
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David Lamotte added Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence
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Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
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David Lamotte added John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
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It Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor
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Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson
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Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment
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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox
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Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith
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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
Greg Kootstra added Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor
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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
Wade Moosewah added James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
Greg Kootstra added Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
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Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa
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Greg Kootstra added Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner
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Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
Nicole McMenamin added Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox
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David Lamotte added Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris
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David Lamotte added Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson
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David Lamotte added Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico
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Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell
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David Lamotte added Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook
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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
Greg Kootstra added Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
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Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane