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10 Meta Horror Movies to Watch After ‘Scream’

For cinephiles who prefer self-referential scares, these 10 movies poke fun at the audience — and themselves.


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The “Scream” franchise returned to theaters this weekend with an increasingly self-referential addition to what was already a very meta horror franchise. The fifth “Scream” movie, the first film in the franchise not to be directed by Wes Craven, is packed with references to itself and other horror movies, serving as a goldmine for diehard horror fans as well as a commentary on the genre itself.

While the original “Scream” movie made headlines to its meta nature, horror directors have been making horror movies about horror movies for decades. If “Scream” grabbed your attention, keep reading for 10 of the best meta horror movies in the genre’s canon.

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