Top 50 Best PG-13 Horror Movies Of All Time

top 50 best pg-13 horror movies of all time


When most of us think of watching a horror movie, we are mainly looking forward to getting scared out of our wits. Thankfully for us, we have a ton of visceral and graphic options to select from.


Ever since its introduction, the PG-13 rating has allowed many young viewers to relish content that many parents may otherwise consider a bit too much for a comparatively friendlier PG rating.


While most classic and contemporary horror features are rated R, one simply cannot deny the fact that a few good ones have also been allotted the PG-13 rating.


So, today, we are going to be discussing the best PG-13 supernatural and monster titles to have ever hit the screens.


These movies do not only thrive on the tension injected into their storytelling but also on the gore gags and dark humor that provide a definitive edge to their overall presentation.




1. The Sixth Sense (1999)


The Sixth Sense (1999)


Entity Detail
Title The Sixth Sense
The year 1999
Watch time 107 min
Directors M. Night Shyamalan
Cast Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams
Box Office $293.51M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 64
Writers M. Night Shyamalan
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Tak Fujimoto
Costume By Larry Fulton


Film director M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense is one of the most respected horror feature films in cinema history.


The supernatural psychological thriller traces the journey of a child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe and a young boy he is attending to.


The child holds a firm opinion that he can see ghosts. But, that is only the surface of the movie’s incredibly layered screenplay.


This motion picture is credited with giving cinema one of its most iconic punchlines: “I see dead people.” It does not rely on attractive special effects or abrupt jump-scares to make an impact.


Instead, it compels the viewers to run their minds, while keeping them on the edge of their seats throughout its run time.


It wouldn’t be an exaggeration then to claim that the finale of The Sixth Sense has got to be among the finest endings in a horror-themed motion picture.


Needless to say, the movie is credited with turning M. Night Shyamalan into a much sought-after name within the industry.




2. The Birds (1963)


The Birds (1963)


Entity Detail
Title The Birds
Year 1963
Watch time 119 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette
Box Office $11.40M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 90
Writers Daphne Du Maurier
Music By Robert Burks
Cinematography By George Tomasini
Costume By Virginia Darcy


Alfred Hitchcock is such a revered director for his innovative genius that his name itself can be used as a premier adjective to define innovative cinema.


What makes The Birds’ storytelling and directorial triumph is that he uses minimalistic supporting cinematic techniques to create another “Hitchcockian” spectacular.


The storyline of the horror-thriller tracks the journey of Melanie; a rich socialite who ends up pursuing a lawyer named Mitch to his home in Bodega Bay. However, bizarre and life-threatening things begin to happen as the birds in the area start attacking the residents.


Even though Tippi Hedren’s enchanting beauty, Rod Taylor’s machismo, and Suzanne Pleshette’s enigma take center stage, it is the ace director who is the true star of this classic feature film.


Hitchcock’s usage of an atmospheric background score and the sounds of the birds to create an eerie uneasiness throughout the motion picture worked wonders.




3. The Others (2001)


The Others (2001)


Entity Detail
Title The Others
Year 2001
Watch time 104 min
Directors Alejandro Amenábar
Cast Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann
Box Office $96.52M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 74
Writers Alejandro Amenábar
Music By Alejandro Amenábar
Cinematography By Javier Aguirresarobe
Costume By Benjamín Fernández


Director Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others features a cast headlined by actors such as Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Elaine Cassidy, Eric Sykes, Alakina Mann, and James Bentley.


The film traces the journey of Grace and her two photosensitive children. After the shift to a new house in Jersey, a series of unexpected supernatural events start to make her believe that her house may be haunted by wicked spirits.


The Others is an amazing horror feature that has an emotional undertone in its storytelling, as well as the ability to make its viewers think.


Much like The Sixth Sense, it also ends on a very high note. In fact, its climax happens to be its unique selling point and the atmosphere that it creates to get there is truly praiseworthy.




4. A Quiet Place (2018)


A Quiet Place (2018)


Entity Detail
Title A Quiet Place
Year 2018
Watch time 90 min
Directors John Krasinski
Cast Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
Box Office $188.02M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 82
Writers Bryan Woods
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Costume By Jeffrey Beecroft


The husband and wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt brings to us one of the finest horror movies of the 21st century.


Helmed by Krasinski, the story follows a beautiful family that battles to survive in a world that has apparently been destroyed by noise-sensitive monsters.


The fear is so deep that they are forced to learn and use sign language to communicate. As viewers, we get drawn into the storytelling and can do no better than to just remain silent as the story unfolds.


While Krasinski’s direction is superb, his performance, along with that of his reel and real-life wife Emily Blunt, is also something to watch out for.


A Quiet Place relies on its ambitious setting, serious atmosphere, and strong performances to connect with its viewers.



5. Split (2016)


split (2016)


Entity Detail
Title Split
Year 2016
Watch time 117 min
Directors M. Night Shyamalan
Cast James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula
Box Office $138.29M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 62
Writers M. Night Shyamalan
Music By West Dylan Thordson
Cinematography By Mike Gioulakis
Costume By Mara LePere-Schloop


Split is a M. Night Shyamalan directorial venture to make it to our piece. Even though the filmmaker hasn’t directed great movies in the recent past, Split managed to make his loyal supporters happy again.


The story of this psychological horror thriller follows a guy named Kevin. The thing with the calm-looking Kevin is that he is dealing from dissociative identity disorder and has 23 different alter egos.


One of his alter-egos ends up kidnapping three teenagers, who are left with no option but to figure out when his friendly personality takes over.


However, the catch here is that he is soon about to unleash his 24th alter-ego.


Split is not only an impressive attempt at studying a character that James McAvoy portrays but it is also a thriller that draws you in steadily; all while keeping the intensity alive throughout its runtime.



6. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)


10 cloverfield lane (2016)


Entity Detail
Title 10 Cloverfield Lane
Year 2016
Watch time 103 min
Directors Dan Trachtenberg
Cast John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin
Box Office $72.08M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 76
Writers Josh Campbell
Music By Bear McCreary
Cinematography By Jeff Cutter
Costume By Ramsey Avery Amelia Brooke


Director Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane is a fine mixture of science fiction and horror. While it does not follow the tropes of a conventional horror feature, its climax cements its claim of being a monster flick.


The story follows Michelle, who, after an unfortunate accident, somehow ends up in a bunker with a man named Howard.


Much to her disbelief, Howard notifies her that she is safe with him and that the world outside is not habitable anymore. Confused and desperate to get out, she plans her escape. However, what she finds out once she is out shocks her deeply.


Toplined by John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the motion picture keeps you guessing until the end. Matter of fact, it pretty much succeeds in making you see things through the eyes of Winstead’s character.


It is one of those full-length features that banks heavily on its story, instead of special effects and pointless action.



7. A Quiet Place II (2020)


a quiet place ii (2020)


Entity Detail
Title A Quiet Place Part II
Year 2020
Watch time 97 min
Directors John Krasinski
Cast Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, John Krasinski
Box Office
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 71
Writers John Krasinski
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Polly Morgan
Costume By Jess Gonchor


This post-apocalyptic horror film is a direct sequel to 2018’s A Quiet Place. It continues from where the first instalment of the franchise climaxes.


The film shows how Regan and her family are now aware of the fact that predators can be deterred using high-frequency audio.


This particular discovery and their brainpower are the only weapons that they are armed with post the demise of Lee Abbott, the father.


While Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe continue to play their respective roles from the first movie, actors like Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou are new and worthy additions to the cast.


Director John Krasinski aims to build suspense through pacing and manages to pull it off yet again. The fact that we get to see more of the hideous creatures this time around also makes the film intriguing; especially given its time of release.


A Quiet Place II set the box office ablaze by recording one of the biggest opening weekends during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.



8. The Ring (2002)


The Ring (2002)


Entity Detail
Title The Ring
Year 2002
Watch time 115 min
Directors Gore Verbinski
Cast Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman
Box Office $129.13M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 57
Writers Ehren Kruger
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Bojan Bazelli
Costume By Tom Duffield


This Gore Verbinski-helmed feature film stars Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander, Brian Cox, and Daveigh Chase in pivotal roles.


It is a successful remake of a very scary Japanese horror movie Ring, which itself was based on Koji Suzuki’s 1991 novel of the same name.


The story follows a young and brave journalist named Rachel, who, after the horrifying death of her niece Katie, starts to scrutinize a mysterious videotape that somehow slays its viewers within a week of them having seen it.


One of the highest-grossing horror movie remakes of all time, The Ring opened to positive reviews at the ticket counters and turned out to be an enormous box office success.


It was appreciated for its atmospheric setting, visuals, and the adroit performance by Watts. The success of The Ring paved the way for several other horror remakes.



9. Gremlins (1984)


gremlins (1984)


Let’s just start by stating that Gremlins was considered to be so psychologically scarring at the time of its release that it went on to become one of the first few features to trigger the dawn of the PG-13 rating.


The film is full of weird and malevolent touches, and its ambition to startle is crystal clear right from the moment it opens.


A multi-layered critique of our consumerist values, the movie carries the hallmarks of a cult classic for it thrives on its rather implausible set-up and dramatic finale.


However, it is imperative to mention that the highly quotable Gremlins provides both scares and food for thought in equal measure, and is also darkly humorous at times.


Better still, it takes you to that point in time when we were little kids who could easily be frightened. While the monsters manage to steal the show with their wicked presence, the human actors in the project are also quite good.


Over time, several features have tried to emulate the success and impact of Gremlins but none of them have even come close.



10. Tremors (1990)


tremors (1990)


Entity Detail
Title Tremors
Year 1990
Watch time 96 min
Directors Ron Underwood
Cast Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross
Box Office $16.67M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 65
Writers S.S. Wilson
Music By Ernest Troost
Cinematography By Alexander Gruszynski
Costume By Ivo Cristante


Tremors is a science fiction horror film that traces the journey of two handymen, Valentine and Earl, who happen to be staying in the town of Perfection in Nevada.


They soon agree to leave town but before they get to do so, they stumble upon the dead body of a companion. Not long after, they discover that eerie underground creatures are on a people-killing rampage.


The movie showcases how the monsters move underground at a rapid pace and slay their targets from under the ground.


Even though the plot may come across as silly on the surface, this Ron Underwood directorial venture is a highly enjoyable entertainer.


However, the best part about it is the fact that it comes across as original despite the fact that a cult monster flick like Gremlins had already been released at the time. Matter of fact, many film critics even see it as a multi-genre film.


Tremors stars actors like Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, and Reba McEntire in prominent roles.



11. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)


Little Shop of Horrors (1986)


Entity Detail
Title Little Shop of Horrors
Year 1986
Watch time 94 min
Directors Frank Oz
Cast Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs
Box Office $38.75M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 81
Writers Howard Ashman
Music By Miles Goodman
Cinematography By Robert Paynter
Costume By Roy Walker


This Frank Oz directorial venture traces the journey of a nerdy florist who buys a bloodthirsty plant from a Chinese street vendor.


Even though the florist hopes that his fortunes can turn around, what actually ensues makes this black comedy horror feature film a truly enjoyable watch.


The motion picture stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs in prominent roles.


Little Shop of Horrors opened to favorable reviews from critics and has developed a cult following ever since its theatrical release in 1986. While it underperformed at the ticket windows, it went on to be a success when released as a home video on VHS the following year.



12. Cloverfield (2008)


Cloverfield (2008)


Entity Detail
Title Cloverfield
Year 2008
Watch time 85 min
Directors Matt Reeves
Cast Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller
Box Office $80.05M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 64
Writers Drew Goddard
Music By Michael Bonvillain
Cinematography By Kevin Stitt
Costume By Doug J. Meerdink


Cloverfield tells the story of Rob, Hud, Lily, and Marlena, who come together to form a group after a gigantic monster starts to attack and destroy New York City.


Together, they try to rescue one of their friends, Beth, who happens to be trapped in her apartment amid the chaos.


An acclaimed motion picture among fans of the genre, Cloverfield has been directed by Matt Reeves.


The found-footage monster project stars Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, and T. J. Miller in important roles.


It opened to positive reviews from critics who appreciated the film’s direction and narrative style.



13. World War Z (2013)


World War Z (2013)


Entity Detail
Title World War Z
Year 2013
Watch time 116 min
Directors Marc Forster
Cast Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale
Box Office $202.36M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 63
Writers Matthew Michael Carnahan
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Ben Seresin
Costume By Nigel Phelps


World War Z is an action-horror feature that has been helmed for the screen by Marc Forster. The story follows a former United Nations employee named Gerry, who has to race against time to save himself and his family from bloodthirsty zombies.


The motion picture shows humans turning into zombies after having gotten infected with an unknown virus. While the premise was certainly exciting for the year that the film was released, it can sound a bit more haunting given that the world has been maimed by a life-threatening virus in the recent past.


Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by author Max Brooks, World War Z stars an ensemble cast that includes actors such as Brad Pitt, includes Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, Elyes Gabel, Peter Capaldi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, and Moritz Bleibtreu.



14. Under the Shadow (2016)


Under the Shadow (2016)


Set in Tehran during the height of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, Under the Shadow is an intelligent horror movie that shows a woman and her daughter fighting not only an otherworldly presence in their apartment but also a repressive society that doesn’t think too highly of women.


Helmed by Babak Anvari and headlined by Narges Rashidi, the motion picture is a refreshing watch for everyone who feels that the genre has stagnated in the recent past.


It blends the horrors of the war with that of the supernatural in a way that you may have never seen before in a mainstream feature.


Needless to say, Under the Shadow is a must-see for horror movie enthusiasts.



15. Poltergeist (1982)


Poltergeist (1982)


“They’re here” are two simple words that announce the arrival of the supernatural in 1982’s classic horror movie Poltergeist. While the paranormal activities seem a tad innocent at first, they steadily grow into something much more sinister, and, ultimately, life-threatening for the characters.


Even though the motion picture thrives on its technology and supernatural elements, it is almost certain to come off as mild to most viewers today.


However, you must know that following its theatrical outing in the United States, it pushed several home buyers to insist on a background check to ensure there wasn’t a burial site on the property.



16. Warm Bodies (2013)


Warm Bodies (2013)


Entity Detail
Title Warm Bodies
Year 2013
Watch time 98 min
Directors Jonathan Levine
Cast Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Lio Tipton
Box Office $66.38M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 60
Writers Isaac Marion
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Javier Aguirresarobe
Costume By Martin Whist


Based on Isaac Marion’s 2010 novel of the same name, Warm Bodies is a paranormal romantic zombie comedy that has been written and directed by Jonathan Levine.


It chronicles the journey of a zombie named R, who, at a scavenger party, stumbles upon Julie. Even though he is a “walking dead”, he starts to get attracted to Julie and feels protective of her.


His feelings for her help him regain his human tendencies. However, irrespective of whether one is dead or alive, things are not that simple when it comes to love.


Needless to say, the difference in R and Julie’s existence comes to be an obstacle in their rather adorable story.



17. Insidious (2010)


Insidious (2010)


Entity Detail
Title Insidious
Year 2010
Watch time 103 min
Directors James Wan
Cast Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye
Box Office $54.01M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 52
Writers Leigh Whannell
Music By Joseph Bishara
Cinematography By David M. Brewer
Costume By Aaron Sims


Following the success of the Saw film franchise, filmmaker James Wan developed his second successful series with the inception of Insidious movies.


The story traces the journey of Josh and Renai who decide to move to a new house in order to make a fresh beginning.


However, things soon go south as their son, Dalton, falls into a coma suddenly. Not long after, the house and the couple find themselves in the company of a supernatural entity.


This remarkable chiller features talented actors like Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne in the lead. Both actors play their characters excellently.


It is the first installment in the famous Insidious franchise of motion pictures.



18. Signs (2002)


Signs (2002)


This intense and dramatic M. Night Shyamalan project thrives on elements of science fiction and horror. It tells us the story of a family and how they manage to withstand a potential alien invasion while staying on a secluded farm.


Signs is populated with jump scares that allow the viewers to get drawn to the story steadily. However, its true strength lies in its characters that come across as relatable, to say the least.


Even though the finale is a little convenient, it is the superb performances of the entire cast that keeps you invested in the film throughout its run time.



19. 1408 (2007)


1408 (2007)


Entity Detail
Title 1408
Year 2007
Watch time 104 min
Directors Mikael Håfström
Cast John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub
Box Office $71.99M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 64
Writers Matt Greenberg
Music By Gabriel Yared
Cinematography By Benoît Delhomme
Costume By Andrew Laws


Helmed for the screen by Mikael Håfström, 1408 is a psychological horror feature film that has been adapted from a short story by Stephen King.


A highly underrated movie, it stars actors John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in significant roles. The story follows a skeptical writer, who, after having checked into room number 1408 of Hotel Dolphin, starts to experience paranormal activities. 


1408 was praised for its direction and performances and managed to put up decent numbers at the box office. It is said that it’s been inspired by a true story.



20. Disturbia (2007)


Disturbia (2007)


Entity Detail
Title Disturbia
Year 2007
Watch time 105 min
Directors D.J. Caruso
Cast Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sarah Roemer
Box Office $80.21M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 62
Writers Christopher Landon
Music By Geoff Zanelli
Cinematography By Rogier Stoffers
Costume By Tom Southwell


Director D. J. Caruso’s Disturbia stars actors Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Sarah Roemer, and Carrie-Anne Moss in significant roles.


It tells the story of a teenager who is compelled to be under house arrest. Bored and desperate, he decides to start spying on his neighbors to make things interesting. However, the spying leads him to a potential serial killer who happens to be on the run.


Partially inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless classic Rear Window, Disturbia received positive reviews from critics and was a decent box office success upon its theatrical release.



21. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)


The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)


Entity Detail
Title The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Year 2005
Watch time 119 min
Directors Scott Derrickson
Cast Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Campbell Scott
Box Office $75.07M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 46
Writers Paul Harris Boardman
Music By Christopher Young
Cinematography By Tom Stern
Costume By David Brisbin


Whenever we get to hear the word exorcism, our instincts immediately take us to the 1973 classic The Exorcist. Therefore, any horror film with ‘exorcism’ in its title is under the pressure of doing full justice to it.


While The Exorcism of Emily Rose may not exactly be a horror classic, it tries its best to depict the real-life story of Annelise Michel on celluloid.


The girl, who was diagnosed with Epilepsy due to a row of visions and episodes that she endured, is put through the process of exorcism; an exercise that, ultimately, ends up taking her life.


The Scott Derrickson-helmed project merges the traditional approach of demonstrating exorcism with a thoughtful legal drama and does so effectively.



22. Drag Me To Hell (2009)


Drag Me To Hell (2009)


Entity Detail
Title Drag Me to Hell
Year 2009
Watch time 99 min
Directors Sam Raimi
Cast Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier, Lorna Raver
Box Office $42.10M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 83
Writers Sam Raimi
Music By Christopher Young
Cinematography By Peter Deming
Costume By Steve Saklad


Director Sam Raimi’s horror film Drag Me To Hell stars actors Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, and Adriana Barraza in crucial roles.


It traces the journey of a loan officer named Christine Brown. After Christine denies an aged lady an extension on her loan, the latter begrudgingly sets a curse of the Lamia upon the former. Needless to say, her life is soon turned upside down after the nightmarish curse has been placed.


Spider-Man director Raimi does his best to bring this intense horror fest to his viewers; a title that has been appreciated by the majority of people who have ended up seeing it.


Drag Me To Hell had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and was a box office success upon its official theatrical release.



23. Happy Death Day (2017)


Happy Death Day (2017)


Entity Detail
Title Happy Death Day
Year 2017
Watch time 96 min
Directors Christopher Landon
Cast Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken
Box Office $55.68M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 58
Writers Scott Lobdell
Music By Bear McCreary
Cinematography By Toby Oliver
Costume By Cece Destefano


Happy Death Day is a decent PG-13 horror film that stars Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard in crucial roles and has been directed entertainingly by Christopher Landon.


The movie tracks the story of college student Theresa Gelbman, whose life is put in a dilemma as she continues to relive the day when she was killed.


The loop seems to be endless and can only end after she manages to find out who her true murderer is. She seeks the help of her friend Carter to figure out the culprit and end the loop.


With a premise that appears to be a fair mixture of Groundhog Day and Scream, Happy Death Day is a successful attempt that has managed to carve a niche for itself in the highly populated market of horror motion pictures.



24. The Village (2004)


The Village (2004)


Entity Detail
Title The Village
Year 2004
Watch time 108 min
Directors M. Night Shyamalan
Cast Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard
Box Office $114.20M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 44
Writers M. Night Shyamalan
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Tom Foden


M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village tells the story of an isolated town and its residents who live in fear of an unknown monster lurking in the woods.


To safeguard their lives and livelihoods, the villagers avoid the forest at all costs. However, after someone from the community is gravely injured, a blind girl takes the onus on herself to march into the woods to seek help from beyond.


The engaging motion picture stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Brendan Gleeson in significant roles.



25. What Lies Beneath (2000)


What Lies Beneath (2000)


Entity Detail
Title What Lies Beneath
Year 2000
Watch time 130 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto
Box Office $155.46M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 51
Writers Clark Gregg
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Rick Carter William James Teegarden


Director Robert Zemeckis, who is best known for his work in movies such as Romancing the Stone and the Back to the Future trilogy, takes a different route altogether with What Lies Beneath.


The story follows Claire, who movies with Norman to his old house. There, she starts to experience discomforting supernatural activities.


Sooner than later, she discovers the truth about her husband and his student; something that shocks her beyond belief.


What Lies Beneath may not exactly be overwhelmingly popular in pop culture today but it is a decent slow burner that thrives on the performances of Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer.



26. Arachnophobia (1990)


Arachnophobia (1990)


Entity Detail
Title Arachnophobia
Year 1990
Watch time 109 min
Directors Frank Marshall
Cast Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak
Box Office $53.21M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 67
Writers Don Jakoby
Music By Trevor Jones
Cinematography By Mikael Salomon
Costume By Jim Bissell


This Frank Marshall directorial venture has to be one of the most underrated horror comedies of all time. It tells the story of Dr. James Atherton.


After he shifts to a small town, James is forced to witness a series of inexplicable deaths of its residents.


Things cease to make sense after he uncovers that a flock of spiders is responsible for the death of the people.


If you’re creeped out by spiders, rest assured that this motion picture is only going to elevate your fear of the species.


Arachnophobia stars Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, Harley Jane Kozak, and John Goodman in significant roles.



27. The Final Girls (2015)


The Final Girls (2015)


Entity Detail
Title The Final Girls
Year 2015
Watch time 91 min
Directors Todd Strauss-Schulson
Cast Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch
Box Office
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 59
Writers M.A. Fortin
Music By Gregory James Jenkins Eddy Zak
Cinematography By Elie Smolkin
Costume By Katie Byron


Director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Åkerman, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, and Nina Dobrev in prominent roles.


It tells the intriguing story of Max and her group who somehow get transported into a slasher film they had all come to watch together. What follows is a series of terrifying and adventurous occurrences that sets the ball rolling.


Even though The Final Girls has its fair share of comedic relief, one cannot deny the fact that the setting is horrifying in the true sense of the word. The film opened to decent reviews and its premise and performances were praised by the critics.



28. The Skeleton Key (2005)


The Skeleton Key (2005)


Entity Detail
Title The Skeleton Key
Year 2005
Watch time 104 min
Directors Iain Softley
Cast Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, Gena Rowlands
Box Office $47.81M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 47
Writers Ehren Kruger
Music By Edward Shearmur
Cinematography By Dan Mindel
Costume By John Beard


The Skeleton Key tracks the story of a young nurse, who, while taking care of her patient, gets trapped in a plethora of horror occurrences.


Among the most underappreciated supernatural horror films to make it to our story today, it thrives on a historical subtext and its depiction of southern gothic horror.


The film deserves to be re-watched by modern-day movie buffs and critics alike to truly understand what an average horror fan might be missing out on.


The Skeleton Key stars Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, and John Hurt in crucial roles.



29. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)


Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)


Entity Detail
Title Insidious: Chapter 2
Year 2013
Watch time 106 min
Directors James Wan
Cast Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye
Box Office $83.59M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 40
Writers Leigh Whannell
Music By Joseph Bishara
Cinematography By John R. Leonetti
Costume By Jennifer Spence


The second installment of the Insidious film franchise has also been helmed by James Wan. It shows how Josh Lambert and his family are forced to relocate to his mother’s house, hoping to cope with the trauma that the past has fetched them.


However, the family soon starts witnessing paranormal events there as well.


Insidious: Chapter 2 is a direct and decent continuation of the financially successful first installment.


It sees Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey reprising their respective roles from the first feature film.



30. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)


Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)


Entity Detail
Title Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Year 1988
Watch time 96 min
Directors James Signorelli
Cast Cassandra Peterson, Phil Rubenstein, Larry Flash Jenkins, Damita Jo Freeman
Box Office $5.60M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 43
Writers Sam Egan
Music By James B. Campbell
Cinematography By Hanania Baer
Costume By John DeCuir Jr.


Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a horror-comedy film that has been helmed for the screen by James Signorelli.


It tells the story of a horror movie hostess named Elvira, whose arrival brings about several unwanted changes to a puritanical community.


However, the titular character is a woman on a mission; she is out to claim her inheritance and may stop at nothing, come what may.


The film, which stars Cassandra Peterson as the main lead, opened to mixed reviews at the box office and was granted a PG-13 rating.



31. The Woman in Black (2012)


The Woman in Black (2012)


Entity Detail
Title The Woman in Black
Year 2012
Watch time 95 min
Directors James Watkins
Cast Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, Emma Shorey
Box Office $54.33M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 62
Writers Susan Hill
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Tim Maurice-Jones
Costume By Kave Quinn


The Woman in Black tells the story of a lawyer who is authorized to travel to a village to investigate a house that is the property of a recently deceased woman.


However, what he finds there stirs his soul to its very core. He realizes that the spirit of the same woman is determined on killing the innocent children of the village.


Daniel Radcliffe, who was fresh off of his run as the beloved fantasy hero Harry Potter, manages to deliver a praiseworthy performance as a struggling lawyer in this horror feature.


The Woman in Black does not exactly promise to reinvent the genre, but it does provide enough tension and scares to keep its viewers engaged.



32. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)


Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)


Entity Detail
Title Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Year 1990
Watch time 106 min
Directors Joe Dante, Chuck Jones
Cast Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel, Tony Randall
Box Office $41.48M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 69
Writers Charles S. Haas
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By John Hora
Costume By James H. Spencer


This Joe Dante directorial venture is a sequel to the 1984 film Gremlins. The story demonstrates how a group of hostile Gremlins manage to take control of a high-tech corporate tower that happens to be the property of a well-known media baron.


Needless to say, the Gremlins start to wreak havoc in the skyscraper while the Mogwai struggle to regain control over the establishment.


This live-action horror comedy flick sees several of its cast members reprise their roles from the first installment. A few new members are also added to the list of supporting actors.



33. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)


The Mothman Prophecies (2002)


Entity Detail
Title The Mothman Prophecies
Year 2002
Watch time 119 min
Directors Mark Pellington
Cast Richard Gere, Laura Linney, David Eigenberg, Bob Tracey
Box Office $35.75M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 52
Writers Richard Hatem
Music By tomandandy
Cinematography By Fred Murphy
Costume By Richard Hoover


Director Mark Pellington’s 2004 horror feature, The Mothman Prophecies, stars actors such as Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Debra Messing, Lucinda Jenney, and Alan Bates in crucial roles.


The film tells the story of John, who, upon coming across his wife’s mysterious sketch pad, strives to solve the riddle behind her death.


There is also a vague possibility that his wife’s death is somehow connected to strange events that are transpiring in a town about 400 miles away.


The supernatural-mystery film is based on the 1975 book of the same name by parapsychologist and author John Keel.



34. Lights Out (2016)


Lights Out (2016)


Entity Detail
Title Lights Out
Year 2016
Watch time 81 min
Directors David F. Sandberg
Cast Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Billy Burke
Box Office $67.27M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 58
Writers Eric Heisserer
Music By Benjamin Wallfisch
Cinematography By Marc Spicer
Costume By Jennifer Spence


Director David F. Sandberg may best be known for his work in the hit superhero motion picture Shazam!, but he is also known to have directed a popular horror film prior to his work in the superhero project.


Based on an immensely popular short film of the same name, Lights Out not only revolves around a presence that prevails and is seen in the dark but it also strives to deal with the theme of chronic illness.


Needless to say, it is a tricky story that comprises a few good jump-scares to get the job done.


The popular motion picture stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, and Maria Bello in crucial roles.



35. Devil (2010)


Devil (2010)


Entity Detail
Title Devil
Year 2010
Watch time 80 min
Directors John Erick Dowdle
Cast Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green
Box Office $33.58M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 44
Writers Brian Nelson
Music By Fernando Velázquez
Cinematography By Tak Fujimoto
Costume By Martin Whist


Director John Erick Dowdle’s 2010 supernatural horror film stars actors Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Geoffrey Arend, Bojana Novakovic, Jenny O’Hara, and Bokeem Woodbine in pivotal roles.


It attempts to tell the story of five strangers who find themselves stuck together in an elevator. Things take a turn for the worse when unnatural and inexplicable events begin to plague them.


Even though the motion picture was criticized for its short runtime and story, it did manage to create a tense atmosphere by banking on its promising direction and performances.


The Devil can be seen for its fresh premise and M. Night Shyamalan’s story.



36. Cat’s Eye (1985)


Cat's Eye (1985)


Entity Detail
Title Cat’s Eye
Year 1985
Watch time 94 min
Directors Lewis Teague
Cast Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan
Box Office $13.09M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 70
Writers Stephen King
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Jack Cardiff
Costume By Mentor Huebner Giorgio Postiglione


Directed by Lewis Teague, Cat’s Eye stars actors Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays, and Candy Clark in crucial roles.


This anthology horror thriller feature showcases a stray cat becoming the sole correlating element in three separate tales of suspense and horror.


The motion picture mostly received favorable reviews upon its release with many critics calling it a clever and satisfying watch.


The New York Times called it one of the finest screen adaptations of author Stephen King’s work. The cast of Cat’s Eye was also praised for doing their best to ensure that the anthology manages to deliver.



37. Night of the Comet (1984)


Night of the Comet (1984)


Entity Detail
Title Night of the Comet
Year 1984
Watch time 95 min
Directors Thom Eberhardt
Cast Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Sharon Farrell
Box Office $14.42M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 59
Writers Thom Eberhardt
Music By David Campbell
Cinematography By Arthur Albert
Costume By John Muto


Night of the Comet has been headlined by actors such as Robert Beltran, Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Sharon Farrell, Mary Woronov, and Geoffrey Lewis.


The story shows how a comet wipes out most of life on planet Earth. However, two Valley Girls somehow manage to survive.


Their survival comes at a cost though as they are forced to combat cannibal zombies and a group of wicked scientists.


Night of the Comet may not be very popular among the masses today but it has gone on to amass a niche following since its theatrical release in 1984.



38. Dark Skies (2013)


Dark Skies (2013)


Entity Detail
Title Dark Skies
Year 2013
Watch time 97 min
Directors Scott Stewart
Cast Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo
Box Office $17.41M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 50
Writers Scott Stewart
Music By Joseph Bishara
Cinematography By David Boyd
Costume By Jeff Higinbotham Shane Richardson


Directed by Scott Stewart, Dark Skies is a science fiction horror film that stars actors like Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, and J. K. Simmons in pivotal roles.


It tells the story of Lacy and Daniel and how they struggle to protect their sons from terrifying danger.


The thing with the two kids is that they keep witnessing mysterious visions and hearing crackling voices.


Dark Skies opened to mixed reviews at the ticket counters. While its performances, direction, and atmosphere were praised by critics, it was also criticized for having a disorganized plot.



39. The Uninvited (2009)


The Uninvited (2009)


Entity Detail
Title The Uninvited
Year 2009
Watch time 87 min
Directors Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
Cast Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn
Box Office $28.57M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 43
Writers Craig Rosenberg
Music By Christopher Young
Cinematography By Daniel Landin
Costume By Andrew Menzies


Directed by Thomas Guard and Charles Guard, The Uninvited is a psychological horror-thriller that is a remake of the classic South Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters.


The film traces the journey of Anna, who, after returning from a mental asylum, finds it tough to make peace with her new lifestyle back home.


Sooner than later, the screenplay reveals how she and her sister Alex take the onus on themselves to avenge their mother’s death.


The Uninvited, which opened to mixed reviews, stars Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, and David Strathairn in significant roles.



40. Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)


ouija: origin of evil (2016)


Entity Detail
Title Ouija: Origin of Evil
Year 2016
Watch time 99 min
Directors Mike Flanagan
Cast Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas
Box Office $34.90M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 65
Writers Mike Flanagan
Music By The Newton Brothers
Cinematography By Michael Fimognari
Costume By Brenda Meyers-Ballard


Director Mike Flanagan helmed ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ a popular horror title that managed to get a PG-13 rating.


The plot of this motion picture follows a widow and her two daughters who use an Ouija board to make people connect with the loved ones that they’ve lost.


While they believe that they are helping people move on, they cease to comprehend the fact that one of the spirits has possessed the younger daughter.


A prequel to the 2014 film Ouija, Ouija: Origin of Evil stars Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, and Henry Thomas in crucial roles.



41. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)


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Title Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Year 2019
Watch time 108 min
Directors Andre Ovredal
Cast Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams
Box Office $62.74M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 61
Writers Dan Hageman
Music By Marco Beltrami Anna Drubich
Cinematography By Roman Osin
Costume By David Brisbin


Helmed by André Øvredal, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is based on the children’s book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz.


The story kicks off when a group of buddies unearths a notebook that has been penned by a rather unusual girl.


However, what is even more bizarre is the fact that the book has the ability to predict frightening events.


To make things interesting, all of it happens during the time of Halloween in 1968.


The on-screen adaptation of Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark is an international co-production between the United States of America and Canada.


It stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, and Lorraine Toussaint in crucial roles.



42. The Visit (2015)


The Visit (2015)


Entity Detail
Title The Visit
Year 2015
Watch time 94 min
Directors M. Night Shyamalan
Cast Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
Box Office $65.21M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 55
Writers M. Night Shyamalan
Music By Maryse Alberti
Cinematography By Luke Ciarrocchi
Costume By Scott G. Anderson


Film director M. Night Shyamalan makes it to our list once again with his promising horror feature The Visit. This time around, he was even involved with the writing process.


The film tells the story of two children, Becca and Tyler, who intend to spend time with their grandparents at their place for about a week.


However, the catch here is that the kids have never seen their grandparents. Soon after their arrival, terrifying events start to take place.


The found-footage comedy-horror stars Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, and Kathryn Hahn in prominent roles.


Admirers of M. Night Shyamalan’s body of work should definitely give this underappreciated project a watch.



43. Before I Wake (2016)


Before I Wake (2016)


Entity Detail
Title Before I Wake
Year 2016
Watch time 97 min
Directors Mike Flanagan
Cast Kate Bosworth, Oleksandr Reshetilov, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay
Box Office
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 68
Writers Mike Flanagan
Music By Danny Elfman The Newton Brothers
Cinematography By Michael Fimognari
Costume By Patricio M. Farrell


Popular film director Mike Flanagan’s dark fantasy horror drama stars actors Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, and Dash Mihok in crucial roles.


The film tells the story of Jessie and Mark; a couple that decides to adopt Cody, a young lad from an orphanage after their son Shawn, unfortunately, passes away.


However, they make a startling discovery soon after bringing Cody home. They realize that most of his dreams come alive as he continues to be in a deep slumber.


The motion picture opened to decent reviews at the box office.



44. Mama (2013)


Mama (2013)


Director Andrés Muschietti’s Mama is a gothic coming-of-age story that revolves around a supernatural force. The film features a cast headlined by talented screen performers such as Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, and Javier Botet.


The story follows two young and innocent girls, who, after the death of their parents, are compelled to live in a house that has a dark and sinister presence.


However, the girls are soon rescued and brought into their new home. Be that as it may, the evil force, the one the girls call “mama”, continues to pursue them.


Mama is a brave combination of family drama and horror that makes for a fair watch.



45. Dracula Untold (2014)


Dracula Untold (2014)


Entity Detail
Title Dracula Untold
Year 2014
Watch time 92 min
Directors Gary Shore
Cast Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson
Box Office $56.28M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 40
Writers Matt Sazama
Music By Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography By John Schwartzman
Costume By François Audouy


Dracula Untold is a dark fantasy horror film that has been helmed for the screen by Gary Shore.


It stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, and Charles Dance in significant roles. The story tracks the journey of a Transylvanian prince called Vlad the Impaler, who is compelled to turn himself into a vampire.


He does so to protect his family and safeguard his kingdom from the invasion of Turkish forces.


Dracula Untold is the reboot of the Dracula series of motion pictures and attempts to tell the origin story of its very popular titular character.



46. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)


Happy Death Day 2U (2019)


Entity Detail
Title Happy Death Day 2U
Year 2019
Watch time 100 min
Directors Christopher Landon
Cast Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma
Box Office $28.05M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 57
Writers Christopher Landon
Music By Bear McCreary
Cinematography By Toby Oliver
Costume By Bill Boes


Director Christopher Landon tried his best to bank on the popularity of the first installment of the Happy Death Day franchise with the release of its sequel in 2019.


The film tells the story of Tree Gelbman, who happens to be one of the only known survivors of a time loop in which she was frequently slaughtered by an unknown, sadistic killer.


Unfortunately, she finds herself getting trapped in the same situation again. Needless to say, she has no option but to stop the loop for good this time around.


This PG-13 slasher horror thriller adopts a science fiction approach to tell its story.



47. Willard (2003)


Willard (2003)


Entity Detail
Title Willard
Year 2003
Watch time 100 min
Directors Glen Morgan
Cast Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Harring, Jackie Burroughs
Box Office $6.89M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 61
Writers Glen Morgan
Music By Shirley Walker
Cinematography By Robert McLachlan
Costume By Mark Lane


Written and directed by Glen Morgan, Willard is a horror-thriller film that is partially based on the novel Ratman’s Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert.


The film attempts to trace the wicked journey of a troubled social misfit named Willard, whose life seems to be clasped between taking care of his aggressive mother and his notorious boss.


However, Willard soon figures out that he shares a rather bizarre connection with rats. Sooner than later, he starts using them to his advantage.


This creepy story of a man and his rodents opened to fair reviews at the box office.



48. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)


Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)


Entity Detail
Title Insidious: Chapter 3
Year 2015
Watch time 97 min
Directors Leigh Whannell
Cast Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
Box Office $52.22M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 52
Writers Leigh Whannell
Music By Joseph Bishara
Cinematography By Brian Pearson
Costume By Lori Mazuer


This supernatural horror motion picture was written and directed by Leigh Whannell, who was making his much-awaited directorial debut with the project.


The film attempts to trace the journey of a grieving girl named Quinn, who, in order to make contact with her recently deceased mother, reaches out to a psychic named Elise, who is capable of fulfilling her wish.


However, things take a turn for the worse when Quinn’s plan fails miserably and an evil spirit takes control of her body. Now, Elise and Quinn have to fight the evil spirit in a dark spiritual world known as the “Further”.


Even though the movie opened to mixed reviews, it performed decently at the ticket windows.



49. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)


Entity Detail
Title Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Year 1988
Watch time 88 min
Directors Stephen Chiodo
Cast Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon
Box Office $15.63M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 43
Writers Charles Chiodo
Music By John Massari
Cinematography By Alfred Taylor
Costume By Luana Speelman


This science-fiction comedy horror film stars actors Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, and John Vernon in crucial roles.


It has been written, directed, and produced by the Chiodo Brothers, who also took care of the practical effects and makeup for the movie.


This incredibly distinct horror feature tells the story of a clan of vicious extraterrestrials that resembles clowns.


These extraterrestrials arrive on planet Earth with the aim to capture a small town. They wish to kill human residents of the town in order to use them as sustenance.



50. Carriers (2009)


Carriers (2009)


Carries is a motion picture that reminds us of the pandemic in more ways than one. The story follows a small group of survivors doing their best to elude a lethal virus that has wiped out most of civilization.


Unfortunately for the group, one of the members gets infected while on the run. The charismatic Chris Pine makes his presence felt in this post-apocalyptic road movie which aims to bring to light the darkness lurking within humanity.


While we may have chanced upon several movies with a similar storyline in the bygone decade, Carriers add to the list by alarming the viewers with its use of communicable horror.



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