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90 Best ’70s Horror Movies

Comb your porn ’stache, put on some vinyl (records or disco boots, your choice), and smell that lead in the gasoline – we’re heading back to the Me Decade with the 90 Best 1970s Horror Movies!

The ’70s were a decade of upheaval for the genre, transforming horror into a legitimate vessel for awards recognition (The Exorcist) and the birth of the blockbuster (Jaws). The reign of Hammer gothic horror had its last gasp here (Vampire Circus), giving way to the whodunit sleaze of Italian giallo (Deep Red), American realism (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and grindhouse (Last House on the Left). Meanwhile, legends-in-the-making made their name off horror: Steven Spielberg (Duel), Ridley Scott (Alien), David Lynch (Eraserhead), and John Carpenter (Halloween) to name a few. The only stipulation for a movie to be considered for this list was a Fresh rating, before we sorted by a ranking formula that factors a movie’s number of reviews and release year.

Now that you’re keyed up, get down for some boo-gie nights as we get off on the best scary movies the 1970s offered!

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#95
#95
Adjusted Score: 47287%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A frustrated pianist himself, music journalist Myles Clarkson (Alan Alda) is thrilled to interview virtuoso Duncan Ely (Curt Jurgens). Duncan,... [More]
Directed By: Paul Wendkos

#94

Blue Sunshine (1976)
80%

#94
Adjusted Score: 44900%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man (Zalman King) accused of murder tries to stop hairless people driven to kill by bad LSD in college.... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Lieberman

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 60749%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The residents of a small Australian town survive by causing traffic accidents, stripping the cars and stealing the valuables. When... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 61456%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A hallucinating woman (Elke Sommer) flees to a mansion full of corpses and sees the devil (Telly Savalas) and other... [More]
Directed By: Mario Bava

#91
#91
Adjusted Score: 38948%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A gay serial killer murders boys and feeds them to his fellow cannibals.... [More]
Directed By: Ulli Lommel

#90
#90
Adjusted Score: 52957%
Critics Consensus: The Legend of Hell House makes up for its disappointing lack of outright scares with a top notch cast and a suitably macabre atmosphere.
Synopsis: Scientist Lionel Barrett (Clive Revill) and his wife, Ann (Gayle Hunnicutt), lead a team into the infamous Belasco House, supposedly... [More]
Directed By: John Hough

#89

Jaws 2 (1978)
61%

#89
Adjusted Score: 60551%
Critics Consensus: Jaws 2 never approaches the lingering thrills of its classic predecessor, but it's reasonably entertaining for a sequel that has no reason to exist.
Synopsis: Years after the shark attacks that left Amity Island reeling, Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) finds new trouble lurking in... [More]
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

#88
Adjusted Score: 58447%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Victorian thrill-seekers kill the vampire's (Christopher Lee) helper; he seduces their daughters to get even.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Sasdy

#87
Adjusted Score: 55087%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A couple who inherited an old house learn they share it with small creatures determined to possess the wife's mind.... [More]
Directed By: John Newland

#86
#86
Adjusted Score: 64425%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Enraged by rejection and a punk-rock band, an artist (Jimmy Laine) vents his anger on winos with a power drill.... [More]
Directed By: Abel Ferrara

#85
#85
Adjusted Score: 64517%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Roger (Peter Fonda), his friend Frank (Warren Oates), and their wives (Lara Parker, Loretta Swit) are heading from San Antonio... [More]
Directed By: Jack Starrett

#84

Vampire Circus (1972)
80%

#84
Adjusted Score: 49669%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Traveling performers take revenge against the Serbian villagers whose ancestors killed their leader 100 years ago.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Young

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 55333%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A girl is kidnapped and buried alive by criminals demanding a fortune in diamonds from her father's jewelry store.... [More]
Directed By: Guerdon Trueblood

#82
#82
Adjusted Score: 66118%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dario Argento directs the tale of a rock musician who becomes entangled in a gruesome murder case.... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#81
#81
Adjusted Score: 64845%
Critics Consensus: Its visceral brutality is more repulsive than engrossing, but The Last House on the Left nevertheless introduces director Wes Craven as a distinctive voice in horror.
Synopsis: Teenagers Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head to the city for a concert, then afterward go looking for... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 65931%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A bored housewife's life spins out of control after she dabbles in the occult. Written and directed by George A.... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#79

Ben (1972)
60%

#79
Adjusted Score: 60242%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A boy (Lee Harcourt Montgomery) befriends a rat named Ben and forms an army of his rodent friends.... [More]
Directed By: Phil Karlson

#78

Schlock (1973)
71%

#78
Adjusted Score: 32616%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Furry Schlockthropus man wakes up after 20 million years and kills picnickers for their bananas.... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#77

Asylum (1972)
67%

#77
Adjusted Score: 30030%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Dr. Martin (Robert Powell) goes on a job interview at a British insane asylum, he learns that he must... [More]
Directed By: Roy Ward Baker

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 55275%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Victorian scientist (Peter Cushing) injects his daughter (Lorna Heilbron) with the just-add-water essence of evil.... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#75
#75
Adjusted Score: 68012%
Critics Consensus: When it's not bludgeoning the viewer with its more off-putting, cruder elements, The Hills Have Eyes wields some clever storytelling and a sly sense of dark humor.
Synopsis: Wes Craven's cult classic about cannibalistic mountain folk on the trail of stranded vacationers in the arid Southwest.... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#74
#74
Adjusted Score: 64983%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Deathly ill Count Dracula (Udo Kier) and his slimy underling, Anton (Arno Juerging), travel to Italy in search of a... [More]
Directed By: Paul Morrissey

#73
#73
Adjusted Score: 33513%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A couple becomes the target of a vampires' seductions.... [More]
Directed By: Stephanie Rothman

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 69683%
Critics Consensus: The Stepford Wives's inherent satire is ill-served by Bryan Forbes' stately direction, but William Goldman's script excels as a damning critique of a misogynistic society.
Synopsis: Joanna Eberhart (Katharine Ross) moves to the quiet town of Stepford with her husband (Peter Masterson) and children. The town... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Forbes

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 70341%
Critics Consensus: Love at First Bite could use some more warm-blooded barbs to liven up its undead comedy, but George Hamilton's campy charisma gives the prince of darkness some welcome pizazz.
Synopsis: When the government of Transylvania appropriates his castle, Count Dracula (George Hamilton) is obliged to relocate and decides to give... [More]
Directed By: Stan Dragoti

#70

It's Alive! (1974)
70%

#70
Adjusted Score: 70684%
Critics Consensus: Tough and unpleasant, It's Alive throttles the viewer with its bizarre mutant baby theatrics.
Synopsis: Leaving their son, Chris (Daniel Holzman), with a family friend (William Wellman Jr.), Frank (John P. Ryan) and Lenore Davis... [More]
Directed By: Larry Cohen

#69
#69
Adjusted Score: 55724%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Maimed by bullies at a California high school, a new student (Derrel Maury) engineers acts of revenge.... [More]
Directed By: Renee Daalder

#68
Adjusted Score: 61737%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After several coeds are murdered at a college, a professor (Fabio Testi) who is involved with a student becomes a... [More]
Directed By: Massimo Dallamano

#67

The Crazies (1973)
69%

#67
Adjusted Score: 70888%
Critics Consensus: The Crazies isn't top-shelf Romero, but its blend of genre thrills and social subtext should still be enough to satisfy discerning horror fans.
Synopsis: A nurse (Lane Carroll) and her husband (W.G. McMillan) try to get out of their infected town, but the Army... [More]
Directed By: George Romero

#66

Piranha (1978)
69%

#66
Adjusted Score: 71009%
Critics Consensus: Performed with a wink and directed with wry self-awareness, Piranha is an unabashed B-movie with satirical bite.
Synopsis: Two people (Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies) unwittingly free a mad military scientist's (Kevin McCarthy) mutant fish near a summer camp... [More]
Directed By: Joe Dante

#65

Images (1972)
71%

#65
Adjusted Score: 71742%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A schizophrenic (Susannah York) confuses her husband (Rene Auberjonois) with her lovers and her self.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 73808%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A general (Peter Cushing) and a baron hunt a vampire named Carmilla (Ingrid Pitt) who seduces and bites their daughters.... [More]
Directed By: Roy Ward Baker

#63

God Told Me To (1976)
73%

#63
Adjusted Score: 72120%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A New York police detective (Tony Lo Bianco) ties a death rampage to a cult and its leader (Richard Lynch),... [More]
Directed By: Larry Cohen

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 72964%
Critics Consensus: The rare slasher with enough intelligence to wind up the tension between bloody outbursts, Black Christmas offers fiendishly enjoyable holiday viewing for genre fans.
Synopsis: As winter break begins, a group of sorority sisters, including Jess (Olivia Hussey) and the often inebriated Barb (Margot Kidder),... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

#61

Phantasm (1979)
74%

#61
Adjusted Score: 76684%
Critics Consensus: Phantasm: Remastered adds visual clarity to the first installment in one of horror's most enduring -- and endearingly idiosyncratic -- franchises.
Synopsis: The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After... [More]
Directed By: Don Coscarelli

#60
Adjusted Score: 72378%
Critics Consensus: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom will strike some viewers as irredeemably depraved, but its unflinching view of human cruelty makes it impossible to ignore.
Synopsis: Four fascists kidnap young men and women and subject them to torture and perversion.... [More]
Directed By: Pier Paolo Pasolini

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 38805%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Reporter Kolchak (Darren McGavin) searches Seattle for a killer who seems to be strangling his victims every 20 years and... [More]
Directed By: Dan Curtis

#58
#58
Adjusted Score: 76458%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Favorite daughter Karen (Brooke Shields) is viciously strangled and set afire in church on the day of her First Communion,... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Sole

#57

Rabid (1977)
76%

#57
Adjusted Score: 77784%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Surgery leaves a Montreal motorcyclist (Marilyn Chambers) with a bloodsucking appendage in her armpit.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#56

The Visitor (1979)
78%

#56
Adjusted Score: 58911%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An ancient intergalactic warrior arrives on Earth to put a stop to a demonic child's plot to reproduce Satan's next... [More]
Directed By: Michael J. Paradise

#55

The Fury (1978)
77%

#55
Adjusted Score: 78480%
Critics Consensus: Brian De Palma reins in his stylistic flamboyance to eerie effect in The Fury, a telekinetic slow burn that rewards patient viewers with its startling set pieces.
Synopsis: When a devious plot separates CIA agent Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) from his son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), the distraught father... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#54

Twins of Evil (1971)
79%

#54
Adjusted Score: 66359%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A 19th-century witch hunter (Peter Cushing) cannot tell which of his twin nieces (Mary Collinson) Count Karnstein (Damien Thomas) has... [More]
Directed By: John Hough

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 79252%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Newlyweds stop at a posh French hotel on their way to England. They meet a beautiful red-lipped woman whom the... [More]
Directed By: Harry Kümel

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 23830%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A reporter and a young woman investigate a series of child murders in a remote town.... [More]
Directed By: Lucio Fulci

#51
Adjusted Score: 41869%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Anger stemming from being abused as a child drives an alcoholic's daughter to kill as an adult.... [More]
Directed By: Matt Cimber

#50
Adjusted Score: 81532%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerová), a Czechoslovakian teenager living with her grandmother, is blossoming into womanhood, but that transformation proves secondary to... [More]
Directed By: Jaromil Jires

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 82607%
Critics Consensus: The Cat O'Nine Tails is a solidly entertaining Argento outing elevated by a well-chosen cast and the director's distinctive visual style.
Synopsis: A newsman (James Franciscus) works with a blind puzzle-solver (Karl Malden) to catch a killer with mixed-up chromosomes.... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#48

Long Weekend (1978)
88%

#48
Adjusted Score: 70847%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets), a bitter married couple teetering on the edge of divorce, take a camping... [More]
Directed By: Colin Eggleston

#47

Deathdream (1974)
83%

#47
Adjusted Score: 41175%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a Vietnam war casualty (Richard Backus) returns to his parents (John Marley, Lynn Carlin), he prowls in search of... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

#46

Coma (1978)
81%

#46
Adjusted Score: 83124%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boston medical resident Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) becomes suspicious when her friend (Lois Chiles) is left in an irreversible coma... [More]
Directed By: Michael Crichton

#45

The Other (1972)
83%

#45
Adjusted Score: 83493%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After their father dies, young twin brothers Holland (Martin Udvarnoky) and Niles (Chris Udvarnoky) spend their summer playing around the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Mulligan

#44

The Brood (1979)
84%

#44
Adjusted Score: 85545%
Critics Consensus: The Brood is a grotesque, squirming, hilariously shrill exploration of the bizarre and deadly side of motherhood.
Synopsis: A mad doctor (Oliver Reed) tries psychoplasmic therapy on a raging woman (Samantha Eggar) soon to be a mother.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 82568%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) finds a job following... [More]
Directed By: John Llewellyn Moxey

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 26642%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Freudian psychiatrist (Eric Porter) covers up for his patient, the homicidal daughter (Angharad Rees) of Jack the Ripper.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Sasdy

#41

Psychomania (1971)
86%

#41
Adjusted Score: 70411%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young biker gang leader makes a pact with the Devil and uses it to win himself eternal life. His... [More]
Directed By: Don Sharp

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 85742%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Following the murder of Countess Federica Donati (Isa Miranda), an heiress possessing a beautiful piece of beachfront property, members of... [More]
Directed By: Mario Bava

#39
Adjusted Score: 53164%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Baron Frankenstein (Udo Kier) dreams of restoring Serbia to glory, so he builds male and female monsters whose children will... [More]

#38

Shivers (1975)
85%

#38
Adjusted Score: 85816%
Critics Consensus: Shivers uses elementally effective basic ingredients to brilliant effect - and lays the profoundly unsettling foundation for director David Cronenberg's career to follow.
Synopsis: After a scientist living in a posh apartment complex slaughters a teen girl and kills himself, investigators discover that the... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#37

Magic (1978)
85%

#37
Adjusted Score: 86313%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Corky (Anthony Hopkins), a failed magician, adopts a new ventriloquist act with an abrasive dummy named Fats, and suddenly finds... [More]
Directed By: Richard Attenborough

#36

The Shout (1978)
87%

#36
Adjusted Score: 84696%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a wandering man named Crossley (Alan Bates) insinuates himself into the lives of British composer Anthony Fielding (John Hurt)... [More]
Directed By: Jerzy Skolimowski

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 86449%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A cop does not realize that those responsible for several murders are the living dead.... [More]
Directed By: Jorge Grau

#34

Blood Couple (1973)
90%

#34
Adjusted Score: 90110%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Germs from the stab of an ancient dagger turn two lovers (Duane Jones, Marlene Clark) into immortal vampires.... [More]
Directed By: Bill Gunn

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 88381%
Critics Consensus: Brian De Palma's subversive streak is on full display in Phantom of the Paradise, an ebullient rock opera that rhapsodizes creativity when it isn't seething with disdain for the music industry.
Synopsis: After record producer Swan (Paul Williams) steals the music of songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finley) and gives it to one... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#32

Salem's Lot (1979)
88%

#32
Adjusted Score: 70389%
Critics Consensus: Director Tobe Hooper and a devilishly charismatic James Mason elevate this television adaptation of the Stephen King novel, injecting the vampiric tradition with fresh blood and lingering scares.
Synopsis: Based on the Stephen King novel, Ben Mears (David Soul) has returned to his hometown of Salem's Lot to write... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#31

Sisters (1973)
87%

#31
Adjusted Score: 89222%
Critics Consensus: Clever yet clearly indebted to the masters of the genre, Sisters offers an early glimpse of De Palma at his stylishly crafty peak.
Synopsis: Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt) is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton (Margot Kidder), violently... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#30

The Tenant (1976)
88%

#30
Adjusted Score: 89585%
Critics Consensus: A rough-edged thriller that lacks the precision of Polanski's best work, but makes up for it with its skillful mounting of paranoia, dread, and dark themes.
Synopsis: In Paris, isolated Eastern European émigré Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski) rents an apartment in a spooky old building whose inhabitants regard... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#29

Death Line (1972)
91%

#29
Adjusted Score: 90366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A police inspector (Donald Pleasence) discovers that descendants of survivors of a cave-in in the early 1900s are eating London... [More]
Directed By: Gary Sherman

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 92517%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The same woman (Karen Black) appears in three tales as a blackmailed teacher, a tormented lover and opposite sisters.... [More]
Directed By: Dan Curtis

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 90859%
Critics Consensus: The Abominable Dr. Phibes juggles horror and humor, but under the picture's campy façade, there's genuine pathos brought poignantly to life through Price's performance.
Synopsis: In a desperate attempt to reach his ill wife, organist Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) is horrifically disfigured in a car... [More]
Directed By: Robert Fuest

#26

The Omen (1976)
86%

#26
Adjusted Score: 90604%
Critics Consensus: The Omen eschews an excess of gore in favor of ramping up the suspense -- and creates an enduring, dread-soaked horror classic along the way.
Synopsis: American diplomat Robert (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) when his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), delivers a stillborn child. After... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 91483%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When people in a tourist group get lost within ancient catacombs, they meet the sinister Crypt Keeper (Ralph Richardson), who... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#24

The Exorcist (1973)
83%

#24
Adjusted Score: 91324%
Critics Consensus: The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.
Synopsis: One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events.... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#23
Adjusted Score: 92539%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Scotland Yard inspector (John Bennett) learns how four tenants of a country house met macabre fates.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Duffell

#22

Martin (1978)
90%

#22
Adjusted Score: 92461%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's contribution to vampire lore contains the expected gore and social satire -- but it's also surprisingly thoughtful, and boasts a whopper of a final act.
Synopsis: Young Martin (John Amplas) is entirely convinced that he is an 84-year-old blood-sucking vampire. Without fangs or mystical powers, Martin... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#21
Adjusted Score: 92569%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs (Jodie Foster) lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Gessner

#20

House (1977)
91%

#20
Adjusted Score: 90401%
Critics Consensus: House is a gleefully demented collage of grand guginol guffaws and bizarre sequences.
Synopsis: In an effort to avoid spending time with her father and his creepy new lover, young Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) resolves... [More]
Directed By: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

#19

The Wicker Man (1973)
88%

#19
Adjusted Score: 88590%
Critics Consensus: This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.
Synopsis: Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child.... [More]
Directed By: Robin Hardy

#18

The Baby (1973)
93%

#18
Adjusted Score: 62463%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A social worker (Anjanette Comer) tries to save a teen from his mother (Ruth Roman), who keeps him in diapers... [More]
Directed By: Ted Post

#17

Duel (1971)
88%

#17
Adjusted Score: 92349%
Critics Consensus: Duel makes brilliant use of its simple premise, serving up rock-solid genre thrills while heralding the arrival of a generational talent behind the lens.
Synopsis: David Mann (Dennis Weaver), a mild mannered electronics salesman, is driving cross-country on a two-lane highway when he encounters an... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#16
Adjusted Score: 94348%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script and documentary-style camerawork, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre achieves start-to-finish suspense, making it a classic in low-budget exploitation cinema.
Synopsis: When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#15

Theatre of Blood (1973)
94%

#15
Adjusted Score: 95443%
Critics Consensus: Deliciously campy and wonderfully funny, Theater of Blood features Vincent Price at his melodramatic best.
Synopsis: Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) is incensed that his last season of performances in Shakespearean plays did not win him a... [More]
Directed By: Douglas Hickox

#14
Adjusted Score: 95496%
Critics Consensus: Combining a deadly thriller plot with the stylized violence that would become his trademark, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage marked an impressive horror debut for Dario Argento.
Synopsis: An American writer, Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), is living in Rome with his girlfriend, Julia (Suzy Kendall). While visiting an... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#13

Eraserhead (1977)
90%

#13
Adjusted Score: 95918%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch's surreal Eraserhead uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man's fear of parenthood.
Synopsis: Henry (John Nance) resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#12

Deep Red (1975)
93%

#12
Adjusted Score: 95142%
Critics Consensus: The kinetic camerawork and brutal over-the-top gore that made Dario Argento famous is on full display, but the addition of a compelling, complex story makes Deep Red a masterpiece.
Synopsis: A psychic medium (Macha Méril) is brutally murdered, and musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) feels a need to solve the... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#11

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
94%

#11
Adjusted Score: 96886%
Critics Consensus: One of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever, Dawn of the Dead perfectly blends pure horror and gore with social commentary on material society.
Synopsis: As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack... [More]
Directed By: George Romero

#10
Adjusted Score: 97057%
Critics Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.
Synopsis: This remake of the classic horror film is set in San Francisco. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) assumes that when a... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#9

Suspiria (1977)
93%

#9
Adjusted Score: 98568%
Critics Consensus: The blood pours freely in Argento's classic Suspiria, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.
Synopsis: Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend ballet school. When she arrives, late on a stormy night, no one... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#8

Nosferatu (1979)
95%

#8
Adjusted Score: 100107%
Critics Consensus: Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.
Synopsis: Jonathan Harker is sent away to Count Dracula's castle to sell him a house in Virna, where he lives. But... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#7
Adjusted Score: 70664%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Oliviero is a drunk, burned-out writer who amuses himself by hosting orgies and humiliating his wife. When a number of... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Martino

#6

Carrie (1976)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 98515%
Critics Consensus: Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.
Synopsis: In this chilling adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel, withdrawn and sensitive teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) faces taunting from... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 101045%
Critics Consensus: Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.
Synopsis: Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving... [More]
Directed By: Mel Brooks

#4

Don't Look Now (1973)
95%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101424%
Critics Consensus: Don't Look Now patiently builds suspense with haunting imagery and a chilling score -- causing viewers to feel Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie's grief deep within.
Synopsis: Still grieving over the accidental death of their daughter, Christine (Sharon Williams), John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie)... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg

#3

Halloween (1978)
96%

#3
Adjusted Score: 104031%
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Synopsis: On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#2

Jaws (1975)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 106303%
Critics Consensus: Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg's Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.
Synopsis: When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island,... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#1

Alien (1979)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 108927%
Critics Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.
Synopsis: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

(Photo by Rogue Pictures, Dimension Film, New Line, DreamWorks / courtesy Everett Collection)

All 20 Wes Craven Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Wes Craven’s debut, 1972’s scarring rape-revenge thriller The Last House on the Left, was among the first cross-cultural grindhouse flicks out there: It cost $87,00 to make and made back 36 times as much. At the time, America was mired deep in a losing Vietnam War slog just as its citizens lost faith in their social institutions, a mood reflected in Last House‘s success, announcing audiences’ new appetite for gritty, grubby, boundary-pushing cinema. Craven, already hardened beyond most normal sensibilities after a previous career directing pornographic films under different nom de guerres, knew how to push the violence, sex, and rage right up to the edge.

With aspirations to emerge from the horror grotto, Craven nonetheless returned to the genre in 1977 with the agitated, belligerent The Hills Have Eyes, which transported the menace of Last House into the desert mountains.

The ’80s were the golden age of slasher movies, with thanks in no small part to Craven. He dipped his toe into the subgenre with 1981’s Deadly Blessing, before making the enormous slashy splash with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Dozens of slashers were being released a year by 1984, but it was Craven’s bright idea to freshen things up by bringing the supernatural into the mix, thus creating one of horror’s great icons: Freddy Krueger, as portrayed by Robert Englund.

Horror films had a tough go at it in the ’90s, both creatively and at the box office, with Craven one of few genre directors to survive with a career intact. Always one to infuse satire and literacy into the shocks wherever he could, Craven turned to meta-textual tricks for New Nightmare and Scream. The latter fit like a knife in snug flesh with the decade’s laid-back cynicism, ushering in a new age of teen slashers.

Highlights of Craven’s post-Scream career include, of course, the well-received first sequel, directing Meryl Streep to an Academy Award nomination in Music of the Heart, and the Certified Fresh thriller Red Eye. Scream 4, in 2011, would become his final movie – and it just recently ticked over onto Fresh territory. Here, we look back on a storied film journey from one of the undisputed masters of horror, with all Wes Craven movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#20
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's been eight years since Bobby (Robert Houston) barely survived being terrorized and held captive by a group of desert-dwelling... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#19

Deadly Friend (1986)
19%

#19
Adjusted Score: 18735%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A teenage whiz kid (Matthew Laborteaux) puts his robot's brain in the head of a nearly dead girl (Kristy Swanson).... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 12641%
Critics Consensus: Neither scary nor very funny, this misguided effort never lives up to its premise.
Synopsis: In the wake of her mother's death in a mental institution, detective Rita Veder (Angela Bassett) is assigned to a... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#17

My Soul to Take (2010)
10%

#17
Adjusted Score: 10678%
Critics Consensus: Dull, joyless, and formulaic, My Soul to Take suggests writer/director Wes Craven ended his five-year filmmaking hiatus too soon.
Synopsis: In the small town of Riverton, a local legend tells of a serial killer's oath to come back and kill... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#16

Deadly Blessing (1981)
14%

#16
Adjusted Score: 9944%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Friends visit a recent widow (Maren Jensen) who is frightened by the leader (Ernest Borgnine) of a neo-Hittite sect.... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#15

Cursed (2005)
16%

#15
Adjusted Score: 19380%
Critics Consensus: A predictable plot and cheesy special effects make Cursed a less-than-scary experience.
Synopsis: In Los Angeles, siblings Ellie (Christina Ricci) and Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) come across an accident on Mulholland Drive. As they... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#14

Shocker (1989)
27%

#14
Adjusted Score: 28134%
Critics Consensus: With an intriguing enough premise and horror legend Wes Craven on writer-director duty, the real Shocker here is just how lame the end results turned out to be.
Synopsis: After being captured for a series of gruesome murders, Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), a television repairman, faces execution by the... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#13

Scream 3 (2000)
41%

#13
Adjusted Score: 44627%
Critics Consensus: Despite some surprising twists, Scream 3 sees the franchise falling back on the same old horror formulas and cliches it once hacked and slashed with postmodern abandon.
Synopsis: In the final installment to this trilogy, a murdering spree begins to happen again; this time targeted toward the original... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#12

Scream 4 (2011)
61%

#12
Adjusted Score: 67185%
Critics Consensus: The franchise is showing its age, but Scream 4 is undeniably an improvement over its predecessor, with just enough meta humor and clever kills.
Synopsis: It has been many years since the Ghostface Killer cut a deadly path through the town of Woodsboro. In order... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#11
Adjusted Score: 67686%
Critics Consensus: Held aloft by gonzo black comedy and socially conscious subtext, The People Under The Stairs marks a unique -- though wildly uneven -- change of pace for director Wes Craven.
Synopsis: When young Fool (Brandon Adams) breaks into the home of his family's greedy and uncaring landlords, he discovers a disturbing... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 64845%
Critics Consensus: Its visceral brutality is more repulsive than engrossing, but The Last House on the Left nevertheless introduces director Wes Craven as a distinctive voice in horror.
Synopsis: Teenagers Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head to the city for a concert, then afterward go looking for... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 66628%
Critics Consensus: Meryl Streep's depiction of an ordinary person doing extraordinary things transcends, inspires, and entertains.
Synopsis: After being abandoned by her husband, depressed music teacher Roberta (Meryl Streep) lands a job teaching violin to underprivileged children... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 68012%
Critics Consensus: When it's not bludgeoning the viewer with its more off-putting, cruder elements, The Hills Have Eyes wields some clever storytelling and a sly sense of dark humor.
Synopsis: Wes Craven's cult classic about cannibalistic mountain folk on the trail of stranded vacationers in the arid Southwest.... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#7
Adjusted Score: 66047%
Critics Consensus: Although it's occasionally overwhelmed by excessive special effects, The Serpent and the Rainbow draws on a chilling atmosphere to deliver a intelligent, politically informed story.
Synopsis: In a time of social and political unrest in Haiti, anthropologist Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman) travels to the torn country... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#6

Swamp Thing (1982)
62%

#6
Adjusted Score: 63957%
Critics Consensus: Unabashedly campy -- often to its detriment -- Swamp Thing is not without its charms, among them Adrienne Barbeau as the damsel in distress.
Synopsis: On the verge of a breakthrough in his quest to wipe out world hunger, altruistic botanist Dr. Alec Holland (Ray... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#5

Scream (1996)
79%

#5
Adjusted Score: 83871%
Critics Consensus: Horror icon Wes Craven's subversive deconstruction of the genre is sly, witty, and surprisingly effective as a slasher film itself, even if it's a little too cheeky for some.
Synopsis: The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#4

Red Eye (2005)
79%

#4
Adjusted Score: 86670%
Critics Consensus: With solid performances and tight direction from Wes Craven, Red Eye is a brisk, economic thriller.
Synopsis: In the wake of her grandmother's funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#3
Adjusted Score: 82167%
Critics Consensus: Wes Craven's New Nightmare adds an unexpectedly satisfying - not to mention intelligent - meta layer to a horror franchise that had long since lost its way.
Synopsis: Reality and fantasy meet in unsettling ways in this installment of the long-running horror series, which finds director Wes Craven... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#2

Scream 2 (1997)
81%

#2
Adjusted Score: 86056%
Critics Consensus: As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that manages to poke fun at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate.
Synopsis: Sydney (Neve Campbell) and tabloid reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) survived the events of the first "Scream," but their nightmare... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#1
Adjusted Score: 98227%
Critics Consensus: Wes Craven's intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day.
Synopsis: In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

Even Wes Craven‘s horror movie fans are shocked when they see his original "Last House on the Left." With plans for a remake underway, don’t expect the same sort of extended rape and torture scenes. But still expect the same scares. Those will still be there.

"I think it’s probably the film I’ve made the hardcore fans respect the most because it’s just so brutal," Craven said. "We don’t want to do it quite that brutal because it’s also just a great story. Bergman did the story and before that it was a medieval story so we’re going to try to split the difference."

Since Craven will only produce the remake, it will be the new filmmaker who determines the level of graphic violence. "We’re trying to make a deal with a very interesting director who directed something. A Grecian I guess director who directed something called Hardcore [Dennis Iliadis] about street prostitutes in Greece that I think is an amazing film. We want somebody who is a real artist who can give it his own vision."

Craven had no hesitation to jump on the remake bandwagon. Only legal issues have held up the project. "The Hills Have Eyes was the same way. We had to find everything. It was like, ‘Do we have a contract on that? Where would it be? That turned up in a salt mine someplace.’ Where business records are stored for long term storage. ‘Yeah, it’s in the salt mine. We found it.’ The Last House stuff had a lot of entanglements and everything else so it’s taken a year to get that all straightened out. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re filming that by this fall."

Wes Craven may be on a roll producing remakes of "The Hills Have Eyes," "Last House on the Left," and even "The People Under the Stairs," but he doesn’t have the final say in all of his films.

With "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" being revisited, it seems inevitable that someone would want to reboot "A Nightmare on Elm Street." But should any such ideas be under discussion, they are happening without Freddy Kreuger’s creator.

"I don’t know whether it’s inevitable," said Craven of the idea. "I wouldn’t be surprised but I haven’t heard anything. Seriously, I haven’t heard anything but that doesn’t surprise me."

It’s industry standard as Craven knows it. New Line has made a lucrative franchise out of Nightmare on Elm Street and though they invited him back to do part 7, he’s not their go-to guy. "They own the franchise. Nobody called me on "Freddy Meets Jason" either, so it’s their piece of property."

Under his new deal with Rogue Pictures, Wes Craven is going to continue producing remakes of his own movies like "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Last House on the Left." Though IMDB is listing a "Shocker" remake, Craven thinks another early ’90s horror remake will come first.

"The two films we did with Universal way back there, ‘Shocker’ and ‘The People Under the Stairs,’ are natural because Rogue Pictures is part of [Universal,]" said Craven. "I think the one more likely to be done after we do ‘Last House’ would be ‘People Under the Stairs.’ And I’m not sure why but we’ve found a couple of directors who really want to remake that. That would be more likely. But there’s a limited amount of us. Marianne Maddalena‘s producing all these and we don’t want to kill her so we’ll probably do one and a quarter a year, one 1/3 a year."

The original featured a thieving teenager running around the house of horrors of an inbred couple who kidnapped children to make their perfect nuclear family. Full of social commentary about the time, a new "People" would have to be updated.

"The funny thing is we’re back into another Bush era. There was more in that era of Bush Sr. of the haves and the have nots way down at the bottom and cutting social services and stuff. This Bush is so obsessed with the war that it’s not quite the same template but we’ve had a couple directors give some interesting ideas so we’ll see."

While over at the New York Comic Con to help hype his "Hills Have Eyes 2," horror master Wes Craven answered a few questions about the possibility of a "Scream 4" — and yes, a "Hills Have Eyes 3."

Regarding a second sequel to the remake of the original "Hills Have Eyes" (got all that?), Mr. Craven gave the standard answer: Wait and see if Part 2 makes any coin and then we might have some news for you.

But when someone broached the subject of a third "Scream" sequel, Wes had this to say: "I think that it’s not completely off the table at this point, as far as the studio making it. I was asked if I’d be interested, but I said it would depend on the script. [Scream 4] isn’t something that’s around the corner or anything, they are now thinking about it."

So what say the "Scream" fans out there? Do we even want a "Scream 4" at this point? Hasn’t the series pretty much run its course by now? Or are there new and juicier horror conventions worth skewering / copying?

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I saw lots of cool stuff when I was in Morocco watching "The Hills Have Eyes 2" get made, but there’s a just-released one-sheet for the flick that’s just now being unleashed for everyone. So if renegade mutant lunatics are your thing, feel free to check it out.

Enjoy the mutated madness over at JoBlo’s.

"Hills 2" features a bunch of new mutants who enjoy terrorizing a team of young National Guardsmen (and Guardswomen). And based on what little I saw on set, those who enjoyed both Wes Craven‘s "Hills Have Eyes" AND Alex Aja‘s version should probably have a fine time with the sequel. It hits theaters on March 2nd.

Horror auteur Wes Craven has announced his return to making his original horror films, and is currently writing his first writing-directing project since 1994’s "New Nightmare."

Craven‘s new flick will be made with Rogue Pictures, who also joined with him to form a new horror-centric production arm, Midnight Pictures. Midnight already has a project in the works — the recently announced remake of Craven’s 1972 slasher, "The Last House on the Left."

Other flicks being considered for Midnight’s slate include remakes of such horror classics as the electric serial killer film, "Shocker" and the heartwarming family tale, "The People under The Stairs" — both, naturally, originally written and directed by Craven himself.

Craven recently collaborated with his son, Jonathan Craven, in co-writing the script for a new "The Hills Have Eyes II." The sequel to last year’s remake of Craven’s 1977 original "HHE" (to which Craven previously wrote and directed an original sequel in 1985) is currently being filmed and slated for a March 2007 release.

But back to this new project. According to Variety, Craven’s return to writing after twelve years of directing other people’s scripts (among them "Vampire In Brooklyn," "Music of the Heart," and "Scream 3") will be a "Sixth Sense"-like supernatural story with a teenage protagonist.

The fright-flick filmmaker did write the script for his short installment in the multi-director anthology, "Paris Je’Taime," but has apparently been itching to return to directing his own works: "It’s appalling to me that you have to go back to 1994 to find an original that I wrote and directed, so this is very important to me."

That Eric Bana is one lucky guy. The Aussie actor will soon be starring alongside Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman in the period piece romance known as "The Other Boleyn Girl."

According to Variety, "Story centers on two ferociously ambitious sisters, Mary and Anne Boleyn, who were rivals for the bed and heart of King Henry VIII. Portman and Johansson will star as the sisters, with Bana playing the King. Peter Morgan penned the adaptation."

The movie, which is based on the novel by Phillippa Gregory, will be directed by Justin Chadwick. Production will start in London this fall.

This week’s wide releases include a pair of remakes for very different demographics ("The Shaggy Dog" and "The Hills Have Eyes"), and a romantic comedy ("Failure to Launch"). What will the critics say?

"The Shaggy Dog" is a remake of the 1959 Fred MacMurray family comedy. This one stars Tim Allen as a district attorney who is accidentally injected with a chemical that periodically turns him into a dog; family togetherness ensues. Critics say this family fare is not sharp on its own modest terms, and despite some decent moments (many of them courtesy of Robert Downey Jr.), it lacks, ahem, bite. At 36 percent on the Tomatometer, this "Dog" could use a trip to the vet; it’s not as healthy as the original, which stands at 75 percent.

Listen up, Hollywood, because I’m only going to say this once. Don’t you know that you’re asking for trouble from movie critics if you put negative descriptors in your title? It’s like a red cape in front of a charging bull. "Failure to Launch," starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, tells the story of a regular 30-something dude whose parents want him to move out, so they hire a woman to try to go on a date with him. Scribes say the leads have an acceptable level of chemistry, and that the film benefits from quirky supporting players, particularly Zooey Deschanel. But they hasten to add that the title is a bit too apt, for the setup and the script are too contrived for the material to really achieve liftoff. At 34 percent on the Tomatometer, this one’s a… never mind.

Wes Craven‘s "The Hills Have Eyes" gets the remake treatment from Alexander Aja, the director behind the recent slasher fave "High Tension." The film tells the story of a family road trip that comes to an abrupt halt, thanks to a clan of bloodthirsty genetic mutants. Critics say it’s a pretty gruesome experience, and one of the better horror remakes of recent years; whether those are compliments depends on your taste. At 53 percent on the Tomatometer, this one’s a slight notch below the original (63 percent).

Recent Matthew McConaughey Movies:
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20% — Two For the Money (2005)
86% — Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D (2005)
38% — Sahara (2005)
19% — Paparazzi (2004)
42% — How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Normally an online game/promotional piece wouldn’t be all that newsworthy, even if it is one hosted by IGN Filmforce. But since I keep hearing how good "The Hills Have Eyes" remake is, and because I’ve been playing it for about a half hour, I thought it’d be cool to share with you the Run for the Hills game over at IGN. It’s basically "Doom" with mutants and a shotgun, but it’s also pretty fun and actually kinda spooooky.

As if your local horror geek hasn’t clued you in yet, this new-fangled remake of Wes Craven‘s "The Hills Have Eyes" comes courtesy of "High Tension" creators Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur and the fine folks at 20th Century Fox’s R-rated horror department.

Starring Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Aaron Stanford, and Emilie de Ravin, "The Hills Have Eyes" has been on the receiving end of some high praise from the horror sites, and it opens this Friday.

More insights from this year’s WonderCon, as we were treated to a trio of upcoming horror flicks: "The Hills Have Eyes," "The Omen," and "Silent Hill."

One of the day’s biggest panels kicked off with an appearance by frightmaster Wes Craven, who sat down with three stars of his upcoming remake…of his own 1977 classic, "The Hills Have Eyes" — Vinessa Shaw, Aaron Stanford, and Dan Byrd. As with the original, this remake tells the story of a suburban family whose car breaks down on a road trip through the desert, who find themselves battling for survival with a band of unsocialized, murderous hill people.

The 1977 "Hills" was scripted and directed by Craven himself, who now takes a producing credit and leaves the direction and screenplay adaptation to Alexandre Aja. Aja’s French axe-murderer thriller "High Tension" established him last year in the confidences of gore-hounds, and Craven’s repeated endorsements at the panel suggest that the master is very happy indeed with his successor.

After fielding questions (Craven revealed he’d approved dailies remotely during production while on the set of his own thriller, "Red Eye") the panel presented a short scene from "Hills;" short, but the rolling soundtrack, dim atmosphere and, oh yeah, that freaky scary guy that pops up out of nowhere all made the scene incredibly tense. The clip, however, was upstaged by a question from the audience as a fan asked Craven himself for her money back from watching 2005’s "Cursed."

Craven took it in stride, advising her to watch the "Cursed" DVD "to see the movie that [he] made." Then he slyly plotted her demise.

Vinessa Shaw talks about "The Hills Have Eyes"

Aaron Stanford (AKA "X2‘s" Pyro) at the "Hills" panel

Director John Moore came out next to talk about another horror remake: his summer thriller, "The Omen." A trailer screened: a simple pan slowly moving through an empty playground, coming to rest on a young boy on a swing. An EVIL young boy on a swing, that is. It was simple, but effective; see it here.

Moore also presented a few more hilarious teaser trailers (in one, a little girl playing inside hears a noise, wanders to the window and drops her dolly in shock as she sees the ground outside littered with dead birds; in another, a man sits on his porch with his family, constructing cross after cross as his wife nails them frantically to their house).

We were also treated to preview a scene from "The Omen," which has updated the ages and political standing of evil little Damien’s parents to reflect a younger, more upwardly mobile (and professionally hungry) couple than the original. Moore played the birthday party scene (so similar to that in the original that the word "homage" was thrown around), perhaps one of the most notorious parts of the original "Omen," in which a nanny joyfully hangs herself in front of a lavish birthday celebration.

With Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles as the tortured, horrified parents, creepy little newcomer Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick as Damien, and an appearance by Mia Farrow as Mrs. Baylock, Moore’s "Omen" just may succeed with a wide audience where the previous four installments ("The Omen" (1976), "Damien: Omen II" (1978), "The Final Conflict" (1981) and "Omen IV: The Awakening" (1991)) had grown increasingly campy and diluted.

Last but not least, actress Deborah Kara Unger arrived to introduce a clip from "Silent Hill," an upcoming thriller based on the bone-chilling video game of the same name. Gore fans will be pleased; of the entire day’s panel, this was the first clip preceded by a warning to parents to shield the eyes of their children, and was it ever warranted. In this clip, central character Rose (Radha Mitchell) is fleeing an unseen terror along with a class full of children and women; one woman falls behind, and is caught by a deadly creature; gasps ensue as the audience collectively recoils in visceral disgust. If that sounds like your kind of thing, this movie is for you.

There’s been a bona-fide explosion of new movie trailers over the past week or two … but this is the only one I’ve watched more than once, because I’m a desperately sick horror junkie. Hardcore gorehounds are obviously familiar with Wes Craven‘s classic "The Hills Have Eyes," and now comes the very first trailer for the remake by "High Tension" director Alexandre Aja. And it’s pretty darn cool.

"The story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carters soon realize the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family… and they are the prey."

Scheduled for release (with an R rating, thank the horror gods) on March 10th, the new-fangled "Hills Have Eyes" stars Aaron Stanford, Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Emilie de Ravin, and a bunch of mega-mutated murderers. Can’t wait.

Also just hitting the internets earlier today is the all-new trailer for Screen Gems’ PG-13 remake of "When a Stranger Calls," which you can see right here.

This one’s a re-do of the classic "Have you checked on the children?" story, only instead of Carol Kane and Charles Durning, we got Camilla Belle and Brian Geraghty. Simon West, the man behind "Con Air," "The General’s Daughter," and "Tomb Raider," is in the director’s chair for this remake, which opens on February 3rd.

So there you are: Trailers for two new remakes of two 70s horror flicks. And now you have at least two months in which to rent the originals. Don’t forget!

OK, so it’s only a little piece of news about a simple little poster, but for some reason I’m feeling pretty psyched about the upcoming remake of "The Hills Have Eyes," hence my geekery regarding the brand-new one-sheet posted over at the Fangoria website.

Remake of the (rather brilliant, IMO) horror flick from Wes Craven, the new "Hills" is being directed by the crazy Frenchman behind the wonderfully nasty "High Tension." The flick’s about a family of average Joe & Jane suburbanites who find themselves hopelessly lost in the desert … and wind up on the receiving end of some truly horrific antics once a family of mutated inbreds converge upon their broken-down camper.

Starring in the "hard-R" horror story are Kathleen Quinlan, Ted Levine, Aaron Stanford, Vinessa Shaw, and Emilie de Ravin, aka "the amazingly gorgeous Aussie babe from "Lost."

Check out Eyes on the Hills for movie updates. "The Hills Have Eyes" hits theaters, courtesy of Fox Searchlight, on March 10th.

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