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Movies Like 'Scream' to Watch Next

If you're looking for more frighteningly fun slasher films like 'Scream,' here are 10 movies to watch next.

Katie Song
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Ghostface in 'Scream'

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Inspired by real-life events of the Gainesville Ripper, Screamrevitalized the slasher genre with a satirical and comedic twist on some of horror's most classic films. Between the pizza orders, boyfriends, and prank calls, Scream features some of the slasher genre's best kills, twists, and bits.

Directed by Wes Craven, director of the popular horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream follows a group of high school students who become the targets of a masked killer in the costume known as Ghostface. Taunted by seemingly harmless phone calls, the group of friends struggle to determine who the caller and killer are as they continue to get picked off one by one. 

The film was most notably self-aware for its time and genre, featuring a group of characters who are well aware of horror film tropes and clichés. Also distinct in its casting of already well-known actors (a choice few horror films had made up to this point), Scream went on to become a successful franchise, with four sequel films that have come out to date. An untitled sixth Scream film is slated to be released March 31, 2023. 

The original film stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, and Drew Barrymore. Inspired by writer Kevin Williamson's own love for horror films, Scream is also known to be influenced by horror films such as Halloween(1978) and Friday the 13th(1980).

If you're looking for more frighteningly fun films like Scream, here are 10 movies to watch next, ranked by Metascore.


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Jamie Lee Curtis (left) in 'Halloween'

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Halloween (1978)

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of Jamie Lee Curtis and catchy (but creepy) movie scores
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Runtime: 91 minutes

Marking the film debut of iconicized horror queen Curtis, this 1978 slasher film tells the story of mental patient Michael Myers (Nick Castle) who was sent to a sanitarium after he was found to have murdered his teenage sister on Halloween night when he was only 6 years old. Fifteen years later, he escapes and returns to his hometown where he stalks Laurie Strode (Curtis), a charismatic girl-next-door type high schooler who must battle for her own life when babysitting on Halloween night. The film was so successful upon its release that it launched a 13-film franchise. Most notably, a direct sequel trilogy was released in 2018, starring Curtis as Strode again. The final film of this series, Halloween Ends, was released Oct. 14.

"Halloween is the fountainhead. Few have been able to match the level of craft and psychological depth on display here. Halloween is a landmark, and a legitimately enduring classic." — Josh Larsen, Larsen On Film


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Sissy Spacek in 'Carrie'

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Carrie (1976)

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of prom night and pig's blood
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Runtime: 98 minutes

Adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name, this 1976 supernatural horror film follows Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a shy 16-year-old who is constantly made fun of and bullied at school. When an especially degrading prank is pulled on Carrie on prom night, the quiet teen finds she has abilities that are stronger and deadlier than anything anyone in the town has seen. The film was critically acclaimed (notable for a horror film) and received two Academy Award nominations that year for Best Actress for Spacek and Best Supporting Actress for Piper Laurie, who plays Carrie's religious and dysfunctional mother Margaret.

"This is a truly throat-grabbing horror movie, sporting a handful of pitch-perfect set-pieces, not to mention one of the few examples of effective split-screen." — Tom Huddleston, Time Out London


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'It Follows'

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It Follows 

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of psychological horror films and one-night stands
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Runtime: 100 minutes

This 2014 horror film follows Jay (Maika Monroe), a young woman who is being followed by a mysterious supernatural entity after having sex with her new boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary). Jay learns that the only way to evade the murderous entity is to pass it on to another person through intercourse. Once the entity kills its targeted victim, the previous person to have passed it on becomes the next target. What ensues is a race against time (and sex) as Jay and her friends try to find a way to stop the entity and break the deadly chain. It's an interesting twist on the theory (brought up in Scream) that only characters who are virgins are able to survive killers.

"A first-rate horror movie, It Follows adds a new monster to the pantheon and has a refreshing, unpretentious sense that a meaningful subtext doesn't undercut spookiness." — Kim Newman, Empire


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'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Metascore: 78
Best for: Fans of slashers and power tools
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Runtime: 83 minutes

Based and shot in central Texas, this slasher film stars a relatively unknown cast who play a group of friends that find themselves in a fight for their lives against a family of cannibals. Loosely inspired by real events, the film dishes out grisly murders, disturbing concepts, and groteque costuming. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is known for originating now popular elements of the slasher genre, such as using power tools as murder weapons and identifying the killer as a large, faceless figure. Despite being banned in several countries in response to protests of its violence, the film was largely successful in the box office and has earned its reputation as one of the most influential slasher films of its time.

"A black-humored, unflinching look at the Ugly American at his psychotic worst. And Tobe Hooper is at his best as a writer and director here." — Chris Parcellin, Film Threat


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'A Nightmare on Elm Street'

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of Craven and sweet dreams
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Runtime: 91 minutes

This 1984 supernatural slasher film chronicles a group of friends who find themselves being haunted by the same nightmare in which they're chased by a disfigured man with a blade-glove for a hand. However, despite being a dream, anything that hurts them in their slumber simultaneously hurts them in the real world as well. As the teens struggle to outrun the man and avoid their dreams, they discover that there is something deeper and darker behind their nightmares than their parents and townspeople have let on. Also directed by Craven, A Nightmare on Elm Street deals with topics of teenage morality that any Scream fan will appreciate.

"Nightmare's skill wasn't that it invented such associations but that it refined them in uniquely disturbing ways." — Nick Schager, Slant


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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in 'Candyman'

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Candyman (2021)

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and art installations
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Runtime: 91 minutes

A direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name, Candyman follows Anthony McCoy (Abdul-Mateen II), an artist who lives in Chicago and slowly becomes obsessed with a tragic incident involving a killing spree and a kidnapped baby in the housing projects Cabrini-Green. In doing his research, Anthony learns about the urban legend of the Candyman, a tortured spirit of a homeless man with a hook for a hand who will appear should you say his name five times to a mirror. Ridden with strange visions and frightening apparitions, Anthony works to uncover the mysteries behind these legends as friends around him begin to die gruesome deaths.

"While the movie could be a notch scarier, the unsettling imagery and slow build to chaos make me want another movie by this director stat." — Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post


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Chris Hemsworth in 'The Cabin in the Woods'

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The Cabin in the Woods

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of Bradley Whitford and simulation conspiracy theories
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Runtime: 95 minutes

This 2012 horror comedy film chronicles a group of college students who vacation at an isolated cabin riddled with controlled factors and deadly monsters. While the group of friends are shocked when their trip turns into a real-life horror film, an underground laboratory surveys and controls the cabin in the hopes of completing a mysterious ritual in which success can only be achieved should there be one lone survivor. The Cabin in the Woods puts an original spin on the classic slasher, not unlike that of Scream, with a more modern and meta approach that is worth the watch for fun-loving horror fans.

"A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps." — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post


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Jessica Rothe in 'Happy Death Day'

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Happy Death Day 

Metascore: 58
Best for: Fans of Groundhog Dayand birthday cupcakes
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Runtime: 96 minutes

This 2017 comedy slasher film follows university student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) who wakes up on her birthday in the dorm room of Carter Davis (Israel Broussard) after a night of partying. Going about her day as usual, Tree doesn't notice anything strange until a mysterious masked figure dressed as the school's creepy baby mascot follows her to a party and kills her. And then she wakes up yet again in Carter's room the morning of her birthday. Known as the film where Scream meets Groundhog Day, Happy Death Day is a time loop story just as much as it is an homage to the modernization of slashers.

"Director Christopher Landon keeps the energy levels so peppy and the twists coming so unflaggingly, you barely have time to lodge any complaints." — Tim Robey, The Telegraph


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Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in 'Final Destination 5'

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Final Destination 5

Metascore: 50
Best for: Fans of suspension bridges and acupuncture
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Runtime: 92 minutes

This 2011 supernatural horror film is the fifth and final installment of the Final Destinationfilm series, but it's actually the story that starts it all (a prequel) and the top-rated film of the franchise. This iteration of the franchise follows a group of colleagues on a company retreat who are saved by a premonition that a suspension bridge they were about to cross was going to collapse. Despite making it out alive, death comes back to haunt each and every one of the survivors, everyone dying in an even more horrific fashion than originally destined.

"Director Steven Quale does come up with a few genuinely creepy moments of Hitchcockian edge-of-your-seat suspense and a few very inventive deaths." — Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer


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Cary Elwes in 'Saw'

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Saw

Metascore: 46
Best for: Fans of James Wan and miniature tricycles
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Runtime: 103 minutes

This 2004 psychological horror film and feature directorial debut of famed horror director Wan tells the story of the mysterious Jigsaw Killer, a serial murderer who hand-picks his victims and puts them to the test of his deadly games. Each game challenges the victim to inflict pain upon themselves in torturous and strategic ways, punishing them for the sins they commit. The main story follows Jigsaw's latest victims who find themselves in a decrepit bathroom, ordered to kill the other in order to save their families. Perhaps the darkest horror movie on this list, Saw delivers its own twisted take on the slasher genre, bringing audiences to its deeper, more malicious level.

"Wan's debut feature is a twisted, squirm-inducingly nasty bit of work, which isn't a criticism because that's exactly what he and cowriter Leigh Whannell had in mind." — Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide Magazine