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The Grand Canyon State’s Most Popular Scary Films


Mohamed Bughrara

October came up in 2022 and terrified the living daylights out of it. Some people enjoy horror films and watch them all year; others avoid them when they come on. 

Arizona’s most popular horror movie would be “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’ which came out in 2006 with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 76% and an audience score of 75%. 

Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesel), a kind, normal-looking guy, is obsessed with film slashers like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Leslie resolves to follow in his heroes’ footsteps and, ever the self-promoter, asks a documentarian (Angela Goethals) and her team to accompany him as he builds his own horrific history.

Other honorable mentions for horror movies made in Arizona include:

  • ‘Night of the Lepus’ (1972)
  • ‘Piranha 3D’ (2010)
  • ‘Eight Legged Freaks’ (2002)
  • ‘The Prophecy’ (1995)
  • ‘Kingdom of the Spiders’ (1977)
  • ‘Near Dark’ (1997)
  • ‘Frankenstein Island’ (1981)
  • ‘Creepshow 2’ (1987)