New Line Cinema: A Retrospective

RT picks our 25 favorite studio classics!

New Line Cinema: Thanks for giving us a great horror icon, for helping subversive filmmakers bubble up to the mainstream, and for getting some beloved fantasy books the big-screen treatment they deserved. Today, Rotten Tomatoes celebrates four decades of independent existence (they're now part of WB) by proffering our 25 studio favorites, sifting through a legacy spanning from Pink Flamingos to The Golden Compass, and all the Freddy Kruegers, Austin Powerses, and cute Hobbit children you can stuff in-between.

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25. Harold and Kumar Go to
White Castle
(2004)

Tomatometer: 71%
White Castle is vintage New Line: a bold serving of race relations, bongs, and twentysomething wish fulfillment. The sequel just racked up major box office, so what better time than now to celebrate the studio that began by distributing John Waters flicks and pushing Reefer Madness onto 1960s college campuses?
24. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Tomatometer: 71%
Like any horror series, A Nightmare on Elm Street started out strong before flaming out with endless mediocre sequels. But there were a few safe places on Elm Street: Dream Warriors, for example, snuck in good scares and compelling characters (with super powers!) without turning Freddy into self-parody.

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