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The Scariest Small Town Horror Movies

Updated February 11, 2020 3.7k votes 201 voters 5.0k views58 items

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 best locations are often remote, help isn't necessarily nearby, either. That makes the stories inherently frightening to watch. The peril for the characters seems all that more real. The scariest movies about small towns include classics such as The Amityville Horror and Halloween, but there are many others. So if you are into terrifying movies that take place in an isolated or seemingly picturesque setting, this list is for you.

Vote up your favorite small town horror films and help them get to the top of the list. If you don't see your favorite scary movie, add it and then check back later to see how other users are ranking your pick.

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    Halloween
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Jeepers Creepers
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    30

    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

    Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Jaws
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    19

    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    30 Days of Night
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    30

    30 Days of Night

    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Slade

    For centuries, vampires have stayed in the dark, forced to hide each morning or else be... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey

    Released2003

    Directed byMarcus Nispel

    This film is a 2003 American horror film, and a remake of the 1974 horror film of the same... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Gremlins
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    22

    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros.... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    John Carpenter's The Fog
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    John Carpenter's The Fog

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    The Fog is a 1980 American horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also co-wrote the... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Pet Sematary
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    40

    Pet Sematary

    Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz

    Released2019

    Directed byKevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

    Pet Sematary is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Jeepers Creepers 2
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    34

    Jeepers Creepers 2

    Justin Long, Nicki Aycox

    Released2003

    Directed byVictor Salva

    Jeepers Creepers 2 is a 2003 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Carrie
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    It
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    35

    It

    Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård

    Released2017

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

    It (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Sinister
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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Mist
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    27

    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film directed by Frank Darabont, and based... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Lake Placid
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

    Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Children of the Corn
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    Children of the Corn

    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton

    Released1984

    Directed byFritz Kiersch

    Children of the Corn is a 1984 supernatural horror film based upon the 1977 short story of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    A Nightmare on Elm Street
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    The Faculty
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    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Christine
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    Christine

    Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Christine is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by John Carpenter and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Pumpkinhead
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    Pumpkinhead

    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen

    Released1989

    Directed byStan Winston

    Pumpkinhead is a 1988 American supernatural horror film. It was the directorial debut of... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Crawl
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    Crawl

    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

    Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Halloween III: Season of the Witch
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    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins

    Released1982

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film. The film is... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Phantoms
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    Phantoms

    Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan

    Released1998

    Directed byJoe Chappelle

    Phantoms is a 1998 American-Japanese science fiction horror film adapted from Dean Koontz's... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Blob
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    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut

    Released1958

    Directed byIrvin Yeaworth

    The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Slither
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    Slither

    Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James... more on Wikipedia