The Dissolve's "The 30 Best American Independent Horror Films"

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"From independent professional producers like Roger Corman to intrepid first-timers (and sometimes only-timers) assembling a small crew and making a movie on their own terms, American independent filmmaking has a long, honorable tradition of low-budget scares. In time for Halloween and in conjunction with a month devoted to American independent horror, The Dissolve decided to determine the 30 best examples of this tradition. Some are clever, some scary, some unpredictable; most are some combination of all three. That’s what happens when a genre that values the bizarre finds filmmakers forced by limited resources to get imaginative." - Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson, Matt Singer, Scott Tobias

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  1. 1 new

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    1974, in 13 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Halloween

    1978, in 14 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Night of the Living Dead

    1968, in 19 top lists Check
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    Evil Dead II

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Blair Witch Project

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
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    Near Dark

    1987, in 7 top lists Check
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    Eraserhead

    1977, in 17 top lists Check
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    Martin

    1978, in 3 top lists Check
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    Dawn of the Dead

    1978, in 14 top lists Check
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    1984, in 6 top lists Check
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    Re-Animator

    1985, in 4 top lists Check
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    It Follows

    2014, in 3 top lists Check
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    Carnival of Souls

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
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    Sisters

    1972, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    2011, in 4 top lists Check
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    Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told

    1967, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Stepfather

    1987, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Howling

    1981, in 1 top list Check
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    The House of the Devil

    2009, in 3 top lists Check
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    Friday the 13th

    1980, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Masque of the Red Death

    1964, in 2 top lists Check
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    May

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
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    Phantasm

    1979, in 2 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    Insidious

    2010, in 1 top list Check
  25. 25 new

    The Devil's Rejects

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    1986, in 5 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    Ganja & Hess

    1973 — a.k.a. Black Evil, in 0 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    Session 9

    2001, in 3 top lists Check
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    Nadja

    1994, in 1 top list Check
  30. 30 new

    Sleepaway Camp

    1983, in 1 top list Check
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