Graveyard Shift The Best Small Town Horror Movies  

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The greatest small town horror movies offer something special for people who like to be scared. In these settings, there are fewer places for characters to hide from whatever evil is lurking. Because the locations are often remote, help isn't necessarily nearby, either. That makes the stories inherently frightening to watch. Peril for the characters seems more real. The scariest movies about small towns include classics such as The Amityville Horror and Halloween, but there are many others.

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence
Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more
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33 2
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel
This film is a 2003 American horror film, and a remake of the 1974 horror film of the same name. It is a reboot of the franchise, marking its fifth installment, and was directed by Marcus Nispel ...more
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28 2
Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva
Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film.
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30 3
Jeepers Creepers 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Justin Long, Nicki Aycox, Ray Wise
Jeepers Creepers 2 is a 2003 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva, produced by American Zoetrope, Capitol Films, Myriad Pictures and distributed by United Artists, a ...more
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30 3
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow
Pet Sematary is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, based on the novel by Stephen King. When his toddler son is killed in an auto accident, ...more
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20 2
Phantoms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, Liev Schreiber
Phantoms is a 1998 American-Japanese science fiction horror film adapted from Dean Koontz's 1983 novel of the same name. Directed by Joe Chappelle with a screenplay by Koontz, the film stars ...more
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19 2
Sinister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson
Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more
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24 4
30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster
For centuries, vampires have stayed in the dark, forced to hide each morning or else be destroyed by the burning power of the sun. But in Columbia Pictures' 30 Days of Night, based on the ...more
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13 1
Halloween III: Season of the W... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Dan O'Herlihy
Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film. The film is the third installment in the Halloween franchise and notable for being the only entry in the series ...more
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13 1
Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda
Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Steve Miner, starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan ...more
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John Carpenter's The Fog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Welling
The Fog is a 1980 American horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also co-wrote the screenplay and composed the music for the film. It stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, ...more
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11 1
Sssssss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies
Sssssss is a 1973 horror film starring Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, and Heather Menzies. It was directed by Bernard L. Kowalski and written by Hal Dresner and Daniel C. Striepeke, the latter ...more
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11 1
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves
The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. ...more
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11 2
Slither is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie
Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut, and starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, and Michael ...more
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11 4
Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates
Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more
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7 4
It is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Jaeden Lieberher, Bill SkarsgÄrd, Jeremy Ray Taylor
It (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied ...more
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5 2
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Dawn Wells, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 1976 American horror film by producer and director Charles B. Pierce who also co-stars as a bumbling police officer named A.C. Benson, also known as ...more
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5 2
The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen
The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more
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5 2
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more
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4 2
Critters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh
Critters is a 1986 cult comedy horror science fiction film starring Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush and Scott Grimes. It was the directorial debut of Stephen Herek who ...more
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4 2
Christine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden
Christine is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by John Carpenter and starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul and Harry Dean Stanton. It was written by Bill Phillips and ...more
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Village of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn
Village of the Damned is a 1960 British science fiction film by German director Wolf Rilla. The film is adapted from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. The lead role of Professor ...more
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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more
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3 2
Race with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit
Race with the Devil is a 1975 occult thriller and action film starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker. This was the second of three films Fonda and Oates would star in ...more
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2 1
The House of the Devil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Town Horror Movies
Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig, Dee Wallace
The House of the Devil is a 2009 horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West, starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, and Mary Woronov. It combines elements of both the slasher film and ...more