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The Best Intelligent Horror Movies  

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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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It Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
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The Conjuring 2: The Enf... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
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David Lamotte added Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Horror Movies
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