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The Best R-Rated Horror Movies

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List of R-Rated horror movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. These horror movies are all R-Rated, so if you want a more broad look at the genre check out The Best horror Movies of All Time. This list takes the best R-Rated horror movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated horror movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated horror movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated horror movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated horror films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated horror film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

List ranges from Paranormal Activity to Final Destination 2 and more.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated horror movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated horror movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you. Use this list if you're looking for some new horror movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great horror movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

    Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are taken out one by one while attempting to...  more

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    Riding the Bullet

    David Arquette, Erika Christensen

    Released2004

    Directed byMick Garris

    Riding the Bullet is a 2004 horror film, directed by Mick Garris. It is an adaptation of a Stephen King novella of the same name. The movie, which received a limited theatrical release, was not...  more
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

    Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced, photographed, edited, and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are...  more

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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large dilapidated...  more

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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

    The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are...  more

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    Final Destination 2

    Ali Larter, A. J. Cook

    Released2003

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Final Destination 2 is a 2003 supernatural American horror film directed by David R. Ellis. The screenplay by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress was from a story by Gruber, Bress, and series creator...  more

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    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

    The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine Warren...  more

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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a...  more

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    Alien Predator

    Lynn-Holly Johnson, Dennis Christopher

    Released1985

    Directed byDeran Sarafian

    The Falling is a 1987 movie starring Dennis Christopher, Martin Hewitt, and Lynn-Holly Johnson. This film was also known as Alien Predator and Mutant 2....  more
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    Alien Covenant

    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston

    Released2017

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Alien: Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and the sixth film in the Alien film series. The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an...  more

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    Underworld

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

    Underworld is a 2003 action horror film directed by Len Wiseman about the secret history of Vampires and Lycans. It is the first installment in the Underworld series. The main plot revolves around...  more

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    New Alcatraz

    Dean Cain, Mark Sheppard

    Released2001

    Directed byPhillip J. Roth

    New Alcatraz, is a 2001 direct-to-video B-horror film. It was directed by Phillip Roth....  more
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan...  more

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar Hansen,...  more

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    Santa Claws

    Debbie Rochon, Grant Cramer

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn A. Russo

    Santa Claws is a 1996 horror film written and directed by John A. Russo. It stars Debbie Rochon as a Scream Queen B-movie actress who is stalked by an obsessed fan. The film gives an insider's view...  more
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    Return to Horror High

    George Clooney, Maureen McCormick

    Released1987

    Directed byBill Froehlich

    Return to Horror High is a 1987 American comedy/horror film. It was executive produced by Greg H. Sims, directed by Bill Froehlich, and written by Mark Lisson, Dana Escalante, Greg H. Sims and Bill...  more

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    Psychotic Connections

    Laura Johnson, Michael Beck

    Released1980

    Directed byWes Craven, Dwain Esper

    Psychotic Connections is a 3-film collection....  more
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    Dragon Head

    Minori Terada, Kyusaku Shimada

    Released2003

    Directed byJôji Iida

    Dragon Head is a post-apocalyptic disaster manga by Minetaro Mochizuki. It was published by Kodansha in Young Magazine from 1995 and 2000 and collected in ten tankōbon volumes. It is licensed in...  more

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    The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave

    Erika Blanc, Anthony Steffen

    Released1971

    Directed byEmilio Miraglia

    The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave is a 1971 Italian giallo film directed by Emilio Miraglia. It was released in 1971....  more
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    The Fiend

    David Lodge, Patrick Magee

    Released1972

    Directed byRobert Hartford-Davis

    The Fiend is a 1972 British serial killer horror film, directed by Robert Hartford-Davis and starring Ann Todd, Tony Beckley and Patrick Magee. The film is set against a background of religious...  more
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    Lunatic 2

    Warren Matthews
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

    Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on December...  more

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    Deep in the Woods

    Denis Lavant, Clotilde

    Released2000

    Directed byLionel Delplanque

    Deep in the Woods is a 2000 French horror film directed by Lionel Delplanque. The film is about a troupe of five young actors who are hired to perform at a remote chateau for Baron Axel De Ferson...  more
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    Lady of the Lake

    Tennyson Loeh, Marty Daniels

    Released1998

    Directed byMaurice Devereaux