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‘F’ This! – The Most Hated Films in Horror

‘F’ This! – The Most Hated Films in Horror

Recently Darren Aronofsky’s mother! was slapped with an extremely rare “F” CinemaScore from audiences. Despite the film’s initial marketing, mother! is anything but a typical Satanic Panic/hysterical woman thriller. Granted, those familiar with Aronofsky’s work should have been fully aware of what they were getting themselves into as they entered the theater. Nonetheless, it appears “general audiences” were woefully unprepared and reacted as such when given the chance to grade the film. Paramount, the company standing firmly behind the film’s release, has leaned into the controversy, but it remains to be seen if mother! can manage to shirk off the stigma of the dreaded “F”.

To put things in perspective, there have only be 19 films released in the past 31 years to have garnered the bottom-barrel score. Unsurprisingly, a majority of these films fall within the horror genre. For some titles (much like mother!), the audience reaction could come down to “misleading advertising,” by creating a sense of more generic thrills than what the filmmaker truly had in mind. Take 2006’s William Friedkin directed Bug. This was a film whose trailer could leave you to easily believe it was about, ya know…killer bugs. I remember seeing the film on opening weekend to a packed house of people, many of whom got up and left halfway through. Many of those brave souls who stuck it out to the end, let out exhausted, audible groans once the credits began to roll. Personally, I love just how batshit Bug is. I mean, “I am the super mother bug!” is way up there on the list of greatest singular moments in horror history.

While some films with an “F” CinemaScore might just be misunderstood, some are arguably well deserving of their letter grade. Below are five horror films that left audiences understandably unimpressed.

The Devil Inside (2012)

The Devil Inside featured a now infamous ending where amidst the supposed intense climax, the screen cuts to black and refers the audience to a website to find out more. So, yeah, it simply DOES NOT have an ending. Thanks to a mega-successful marketing campaign, the film made it’s money back and then some on the opening weekend. Paramount only paid a million for the rights to release the film and in the first few days it grossed $35 million. That’s great, except it meant the irate film-goers who rushed to see the flick were many, and they were very vocal as well. The above isn’t actually a clip from the movie but, instead, live audience response to the cop-out ending.

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

Writer/director Chris Siverston was hot off his adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s The Lost when he scored a big name star for his follow-up feature, I Know Who Killed Me. Lindsay Lohan was still considered a hot commodity but was quickly gaining a reputation as a wild child. Unfortunately, production began just as Lohan’s career began to crumble. Production was halted numerous times as Lohan was hospitalized for “dehydration”, an infection from surgery, and ultimately entered rehab. By the time the film was finished and released, there was hope this could be her “come back” flick. Starring as twins, one a stripper with one leg and the other a goody-goody, this was the dark turn Lohan needed to really flex her acting muscles. Apparently, though, they had atrophied.

Alone in the Dark (2005)

Uwe Boll directs a film “based on a video game” that takes very little from the source material, stars a slumming Christian Slater, and Tara Reid plays a scientist which is indicative by the fact that she wears glasses. ‘Nuff said.

The Wicker Man (2006)

Neil LaBute was an indie darling for quite some time. His first two films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors were both bleakly comic looks at the lowest depths of the male psyche. From there he slowly built up a reputation as a director to watch. When he was announced as being attached to The Wicker Man remake, I knew that if anyone could do it, he could. Perhaps, the biggest error was in casting Nicholas Cage who reportedly took on a lot of control on set. This is one of the more, er…unhinged Cage performances. While his manic mannerisms can benefit certain roles – this was not one of them. Despite being one of the worst horror remakes ever, it will forever be remembered for “the bees!”

Fear Dot Com (2002)

William Malone is a director with a strikingly unique visual style. He conjures images that seem lifted directly from one’s’ nightmares. However, all of that style doesn’t always come together in the form of a cohesive narrative. After the success of his Dark Castle remake of The House on Haunted Hill, Malone brought us Feardotcom. The plot feels reminiscent of any number of J-Horror films (which the J-horror craze hadn’t yet caught on here in the states). If you view this crazy website, you die just a few days later. The word is that the studio stepped in and created a hack-job out of Malone’s film. We may never know if Feardotcom would have been a genre classic otherwise, but what we’re left with is one nonsensical hot mess.

Sure, the list of “F” grade CinemaScores is a short one, and while films like Wolf Creek or Darkness might not deserve the distinction, it’s hard to argue for the films on this list.



  • Bart Crowe

    Glad to see Christian Slater has been able to bounce back after Alone in the Dark. He’s great on Mr. Robot and Archer but Alone in the Dark was definitely rock bottom. As for Tara Reid even Uwe Boll shit on her acting abilities and all he requires from his actors is they have a pulse and are semi-literate.

  • Gatsbyshalloween

    Whaaaa!? I like “Fear Dot Com”. Didn’t know it was a hated movie. Definitely not the greatest but not terrible…..Going to rewatch it tonight. Been awhile. See if it holds up the same as I’m thinking. Doubt it deserves an F. Now Argentos “Dracula” that deserves a fkn F.

    • MrX13

      I’ve been kind of wanting to see that Dracula from Argento, is it really that bad of a movie??

      • Kori Batchelor

        Yes. Yes it is.

      • The Drucifer

        Holy shit that movie…

      • You can check my past articles to see that I’m one Argento’s biggest fans…that said, Argento’s Dracula is a rough one to recommend on any level.

        • MrX13

          I guess the only thing to do is watch it. What bad can come from it?? Me not liking it

      • Mackey

        I like most of Argento’s movies. However, I haven’t made it all the way thru “The Stendhal Syndrome”. But, his Dracula movie is beyond bad.

        • MrX13

          Well then, I’ll ignore it

    • Forca84

      I… I like “FearDotCom” also. Yes it’s a ripoff of “The Ring”. But the cinematography is beautiful. Love the cast, the musical score, Ghost Jeanie. Christ it’s not as bad as the TV movie “Clarence” spinoff from “Its a wonderul life”.

      • Travis_Bickle

        The Ring came before feardotcom.

        • Forca84

          It’s been accused of ripping off the original film “Ringu” since it has a similar plot. I meant “Ringu”.

          • Travis_Bickle

            I know…I was breaking your balls

          • Forca84

            How sweet of you.

  • What about some of the shitty reboots and sequels that have been released? A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Texas Chainsaw 3D, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Psycho, Halloween II (2009), Friday the 13th (2009), Jason Takes Manhatten, Day of the Dead (2008), Carrie, Day of the Dead: Contagium, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Empire, The Wolfman (2010), Hellraiser: Revelations, When a Stranger Calls, Black X-Mas, ETC.

    • Demetra

      When A Stranger Calls, Black XMas, Jason Takes Manhattan are all okay in my book.

      • Uh, okay…

        • J Jett

          that really is truly god awful. LOL. such a horrible movie. 🙂

      • Really, this entire scene speaks for itself. Easily the worst of the series.

        • Creepshow

          Everybody at some point in their lives, wants to punt someone else’s boom-box into the street. That alone gets my respect.

          • So Jason Voorhees wouldn’t have just slaughtered everyone in his wake? (the fact that it’s an all around awful movie aside)

          • That whole nine minutes was pretty damn cringeworthy. I can understand liking some of these films in a “so-bad-it’s-good” way, but come on…

          • Creepshow

            Oh no, Manhattan is definitely crap. But that one scene cracks me up.

    • The chicken man

      That list is mostly very enjoyable movies. Mostly.

      • Well, you have unorthodox taste, lol

        • The chicken man

          Yes, yes I do. 🙂

    • Hayden Koutras

      because a few of these aren’t too bad. Friday the 13th 2009 was awesome in my own opinion. Carrie wasn’t
      horrible, and neither was When A Stranger Calls.

      • Friday the 13th (2009) wasn’t as bad as A New Beginning or Jason Takes Manhattan, but it certainly sucked. It was a forgettable, mediocre reboot with unimaginative kills and a Pseudo-Jason that has nothing to do with Jason, aside from the hockey mask/machete.

        The other two you mentioned are also overtly forgettable, and were unnecessary remakes made for the sake of doing it.

        • The chicken man

          Maybe you just aren’t a big horror fan.


          • I actually am. These are just awful horror films. In terms of the Friday the 13th franchise, there are a lot more good than bad (the good being Parts 1, 2, 3D, Final Chapter, 6, 7 and Freddy vs. Jason).

            Being a “horror fan” doesn’t mean saying that every single thing related to horror is good. It also isn’t saying something is good simply because it shares the name of a movie that I love (in the case of films like the abysmal Texas Chainsaw 3D).

          • The chicken man

            Opinions are like a**holes, right?


          • Meisha’s Taint

            Yes everybody eats them

          • Wes Draven

            I disagree with your opinion. I didn’t love the remake, but I thought it was one of the better of the series. Personally, I just thought thought that most of the Friday the 13th films were bad.

          • You not being a Friday the 13th fan probably affected your opinion on this. Aside from it being filled with more self-contradictions than a politician, I did not think that the reboot was a faithful or memorable entry by any stretch of the imagination. It lacked the entertainment value, creative brutal kills, ETC, that the series is known for, the killer was Jason-In-Name-Only, and it wasn’t even scary. Those are my thoughts on it.

          • Meisha’s Taint

            Many of the horror movies we love are awful that’s part of the fun!

          • In fact, I would only recommend the reboot to the very least demanding of viewers, and maybe some casual F13 fans.

      • Let me put it this way – What was actually good about them?

        • Hayden Koutras

          worded like that, i feel completely different towards the statement. the only movie i really liked from that bunch were the friday remake. the other two weren’t bad, but not great.

    • J Jett

      i can’t lie, i actually love BLACK XMAS, F13 2009, H2 2009 and i like/enjoy DAY OF THE DEAD 2008 (as a guilty pleasure) and F13: A NEW BEGINNING. but i completely understand why most of those aren’t liked by many. LOL.

      oh and i’m a huge fan of F13 parts 1-5 and the 2009 film. i hate all zombie Jason entries.

    • Jordan KO

      I like about half those movies lol. No need to defend our choices

    • Adam Wells

      I agree with all of this and don’t forget Night of the Demons.

      • Yeah, there’s a lot I left out. We could probably spend a while adding to the list, lol

  • MrX13

    Only one I saw from this list was Wicker Man and that was a horrible, horrible movie. The only good/bad part was “the bees!!”…haha.

    The others do sound like bad movies. But there are a lot of other movies that should be on the this list like: The VVitch, The Love Witch, The Innkeepers. among others

    • Garbageface

      You think The Witch, The Love Witch and The Innkeepers all deserve F’s? Huh.

      • MrX13

        I do

    • Rohan

      You don’t like the Inkeepers? What’s wrong with you?

      • CalUni

        Love The Innkeepers!

        • Creepshow

          It’s an enjoyable film, with a nice little warped ending.

          • CalUni

            I miss ‘horror’ Ti West. Was I literally the only one who thought there should have been a sequel to House of the Devil?

          • Creepshow

            I honestly need to watch that again. Saw it once, and remember not liking the ending. But I could have also been not paying full attention (beer).

      • MrX13

        It tried too hard to be scary but nothing ever happened at all. Especially the end, I was hoping for something but again nothing. There was hardly any suspense at all too, so there was nothing to keep me on the edge of my seat.

        • Rohan

          Whatcha mean my guy? It was pretty damn scary, especially at the end. The whole build up of hauntings into the finale where she ends up in the basement didn’t scare you? I was pretty damn terrified at the end.

          • MrX13

            It didn’t scare me at all. It was neat when the old guy ghost was behind her and she fell down but after that, the suspense wasn’t enough. She was trapped and that lady ghost comes at her and then that’s it.

            I don’t know, maybe I expect too much.

          • Rohan

            Well it is a simple movie, but that’s what’s most enjoyable about it to most. No huge convoluted backstory like a lot of ghost movies, just a scary ghost of a woman haunting a place.

    • Creepshow

      The Witch and The Innkeepers are not bad movies by any means. They are movies that kinda pissed people off because they weren’t scary, or even really considered horror. The same can be said about Housebound. The Innkeepers and Housebound have enjoyable goofy characters. But horror movies…they are not (same can be said about The Witch).

      • Jordan KO

        Housebound was great but I knew it was comedy.

      • Adam Wells

        I just watched The Witch and thoroughly enjoyed the authenticity. I own Housebound and watch it at least once a year and I like The Innkeepers. That’s mainly because I really appreciate Ti West as a filmmaker.

      • MrX13

        I get what you’re saying in that they are not horror movies because they’re not scary. I was really bored with both of them which makes it “a bad movie” to me.

        Housebound was good movie that I actually enjoyed.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Ha ha those are three very popular horror movies I’m not sure if they are anything less than a B rating

      The Witch is probably on top of many people’s top ten list for the past 5 years

  • Demented Daniel

    I don’t even know where to begin on this topic, as there are far too many to think of. Although, Blair Bitch comes to mind.

    • MODOK

      The original or recent one?

      The original one of course has its detractors, but it also has a lot of vocal fans. Last year’s sequel was widely panned, but I don’t know if it ever worked up the level of ridicule, controversy and outrage that other movies on this list generated.

      • Demented Daniel

        Honestly, I don’t like any of the Blair… movies. I appalled the first one actually.

        • MODOK

          The opinion on the first one really soured over the years. I obviously can’t speak for you, but I think part of the general problem is that as movies age and get copied or parodied, it’s hard to remember how good they were at the time.

          All people talk about these days is Blair Witch Project’s ending. But at least for me, it was pretty damn scary up until that point. There weren’t other movies where we had such a limited point of view and felt as helpless as the characters. (And I do give the filmmakers credit for the ambiguous ending instead of showing what probably would’ve been a shitty CGI witch.)

          It’s kind of the same with Paranormal Activity. The sequels and copycats have really taken the shine off the original. But that was probably the most scared I’d been in a theater in years.

          • Demented Daniel

            I enjoy the Paranormal Activity movies. I own them all. It’s mainly because of my girlfriend, as she is the one who got me into the whole “ghost” thing. including all of the reenactment/investigative shows.

          • Justin McGill

            The dumb characters. People with zero survival skills going out in the woods is what killed it for me. If you’re going out then you should have someone along who knows something.

          • Creepshow

            I guess Burkittsville didn’t have a Crocodile Dundee. lol

          • Joshua Tyren Reece

            Well they had a map and normally could read them. For example they found the Places they wanted to visit without any problems. And they also never wanted to stay that long in the Forest.
            Its never said directly in the (first) movie but its obvious that the problem weren’t missing survival skills but something that didnt let them out of the Forest. Even the best trained Survival Expert wouldnt escape if the (Story Logic-wise) Witch didnt want him to escape.

          • Justin McGill

            I admit its been a while.. but they’d been able to read a road map and to drive.. but camping and being out doors is a totally different skill set. and it was pretty woefully obvious, to me anyway, from the jump that they were ill equipped. Even before the supernatural elements kicked in.

          • Joshua Tyren Reece

            “The sequels and copycats have really taken the shine off the original”

            The same goes for Saw. The first one had some gory Scenes. But they made sense. It was gory when it had to be but had Characters you were into. You wanted to know what will happen to them. And the Ending was really a surprise (at least for me)
            After that I had the feeling they forgot what the Movie was all about. In Part 3 for example all what was left was walking from one room to the other to see some gory execution. I didnt care at all for the characters because they didnt matter. It was just one Gore-Porn after the other.

  • Grimphantom

    There’s a ton of them but mostly the recent ones of this year are The Mummy, Wish Upon, Bye Bye Man and Death Note.

    • Aaron Johnson

      Bye Bye Man was so horrifically bad. I was absolutely enraged watching it. It felt like 15 year olds made it.

  • James

    Bug was a superb film

  • creamofthecrop212

    Nothing gets my blood boiling more than than zombies Halloween.

    • Noel

      And his version of Halloween 2 is just so horrible. I hate how he made Laurie nothing more than a bitter, angry bitch.

      • Joshua Tyren Reece

        Well its not just her. I always had the feeling that Zombie has only ONE Character Type for all his Movies. Some white Trash/Redneck Type. And he puts that Pattern on everyone in every Movie.
        Everyone is cursing like some old Sailors. And even they would be embarrassed. Everyone is bitter and an asshole. There is almost no Char that I thought…yeah this Person is likeable.

        • Noel

          It’s his go to Character Type. It’s disappointing that he feels the need to do that so often. Kind of makes for boring characters after a while. It would be nice to have some complex characters that don’t swear more than an entire fleet of sailors.

    • Adam Wells

      The only other film I walked out of in my life, the other being Date Movie. Halloween was worse.

  • Dennis Chenier

    I’ve seen all these, except for Devil Inside, and I can see why most do get hate. Bug is actually a good movie but the false advertising was infuriating.

    • Otterlee

      Tell me what you don’t know!!!!!

  • Kaid Smith

    I liked I Know Who Killed Me… it was dumb, but still.

    • REC03

      Its weird af and i admire that.

  • Creepshow

    Aw screw it. Gonna go see “mother!” tomorrow, and see what all the hullabaloo is about. The one thing that is almost guaranteed is…I’ll probably have the entire theater to myself (good).

    • J Jett

      let me know what you think of the movie! i’m waiting until it comes up online somewhere to watch it. lol.

  • Biscoito18

    Wolf Creek was one of my favorite movies when I was a teenager. Extremely cruel and aimless. No heroes being rewarded. No villain with great plans. It’s obvious why mainstream audiences hated it. The same reasons are exactly why I love it.

  • I Am Colossus

    Geez these movies deserve that score but BUG has some really retarded criticism….that movies great…. I watched it multiple times with multiple different people….we all enjoyed it…it’s intense as fuck…psychos and junkies going crazy is super believable…don’t get the hatred….fuck em

  • corpus vile & Alone in the dark were annoying incoherent messes. The Wicker Man is so bad it’s brilliant imho

  • A.J.

    Bug isn’t a bad film. Once I realized it wasn’t about actual bugs I was still into it. The ending stuck with me for a little while afterward.

    • Matt Miller

      The ending left me hopeless. Such a great film.

  • CalUni

    Thankfully haven’t seen any of these movies except Wicker Man remake and that was more than enough. Based on your analysis I’d say Devil Inside is the most frustrating. Great to get ‘what to avoid’ as well as recommendations!

  • Elizabeth

    Feardotcom was such a disappointment. You can see the glimmers of a great movie but it was so mangled. My kingdom for a director’s cut.

    • Evan3

      Yeesh… you sell your kingdom cheap. there was a time when Fincher, Cameron, the South Park duo, and Robert Rodriguez were signed on to do a new Heavy Metal film. Now THAT would be worth a kingdom!

      • Elizabeth

        My kingdom is currently a one bedroom apartment so…

      • Elizabeth

        My kingdom is a one bedroom apartment, so…

  • Bloodkry

    Maybe do a list of bad movies that went straight to DVD. Just a thought.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      That’s one long list………..

  • Will Ft. The Roots

    Alone in the Dark might be one of the worst movies ever.

  • Matt Miller

    mother!, Bug and Wolf Creek are awesome

  • AriesSiren

    Bug was god awful.


    I still want to kill everyone that likes The Cabin in the Woods. Talk about false advertising.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      That’s kinda the idea……they trick you into thinking it’s a standard slasher but NOPE!

      That’s in my top 10 of the 2000’s for sure. Love that flick especially a stoner who is smarter than the rest of the cast about damn time!

    • False advertising how? Because it didn’t reveal the twist in the trailer? I didn’t see the trailer until just now (went in blind at the cinema) and the one I can find on Youtube actually shows far too much in my opinion.

  • Derek

    Bug was an excellent film all around. Blame the mismarketing entirely for drawing the wrong crowd. I can definitely say that most of the pg-13 cgi jumpscare horror films of the last ten years deserve the F.

    • Forca84

      Once I understood it I enjoyed “Bug” even tho it was sad as hell. It’s in my collection.

  • gold167

    Mother is convuluted nonsense – got a 1 equivalent F from me
    Bug was stupid
    Wolf creek was funny
    The rest on the list were definite throwaways

  • ClarkNova4

    Mother and Bug are Masterpieces, each in their own right.

  • Jordan KO

    Hated wicker Man when’s I saw it. Turned off Bug early in. Lost my virginity to Fear DotCom so still don’t know what happens in that. Alone in the Dark I have a burned copy somewhere, I don’t think I minded it. I know who killed I saw on the computer at release time and it was different and I liked that for Lohan but unfortunately she became a mess starting there, I’d rewatch cause I don’t remember much.

    • Evan3

      Wow! What lady was turned on by Feardotcom? And was it in the theater? At home? Do tell!

  • sliceanddice

    interesting points made about bug, which i absolutely love! Also, i think Devil inside was fine up until the last third. Also, that guys follow-up movie WER was pretty cool for folks who’ve no yet seen it.

    • Yeah, WER is pretty good actually.

      • J Jett

        WER is awesome imo!! i freaking love that movie!

        • Evan3

          Shakes head….. Shame on you JJ, Zachary and Slice. Nobody should be forced to have Wer inflicted upon them. Good Halloween prank tho!

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    great list, i have a few as well

    death note – holy what a letdown, although willem dafoe killed it as ryuk.

    silent hill revelation – my god. just, wow.

    blair witch – what were they thinking?

    poltergeist remake – fuck off, just stop

  • Satanzilla

    “Uwe Boll directs a film “based on a video game” that takes very little from the source material, stars a slumming Christian Slater, and Tara Reid plays a scientist which is indicative by the fact that she wears glasses. ‘Nuff said.”

    Actually it was “nuff said” at “Uwe Boll directs.”

  • Ima Badlady

    Kind of think Drag me to Hell deserves an F, but that’s mostly because the ending enraged me.

    • Evan3


    • Saturn

      I LOVED the ending.
      Drag Me To Hell an F? You certainly are a Badlady if you think that…..

    • I loved the ending of Drag Me to Hell, but I’m a sucker for dark endings.

      • Drool Bear

        After a while the whole barfing in the face was very comical I thought.

    • sailor monsoon

      The ending is literally the name of the film

  • Evan3

    Fantastic concept for a list, thanks Zachary!

  • Travis_Bickle

    Blair Witch 2 didn’t make the list? Could also add 31 but that’s my opinion.

  • HalesTales

    Ugh! I love Bug and Wolf Creek is one of my all time favorites. Feardotcom has nostalgic value for me since it was one of the first “modern” horror movies I saw in fourth grade. The Devil Inside really deserves that F, though.

  • Jacob Ferris

    Movies I Would Add to This List:
    Leprechaun: Origins
    A Nightmare on Elm Street (remake)
    Day of the Dead (remake)
    The Devil Inside
    The Gallows

    • Dean Rosolen

      The Devil Inside is already on the list.

  • Drool Bear

    What about Paranormal Activity? I never understood the attraction it received. Half way though the movie, both my friend and I were just so bored and couldn’t wait for it to be over so we could leave. Kept hoping something would happen to redeem itself but just never did. Then there were sequels which I never did see but again, couldn’t understand how it drew people in.

  • Drool Bear

    The Happening was probably the worst movie I ever saw. Definitely deserved and F for Fail on so many levels. Mark Wahlberg was awful, and I generally like him. He even agreed it was a bad movie. The story was stupid. The plot was lame. The whole execution was retarded. “Let’s just stay ahead of the wind” (eyeroll). God, I really wanted my money back from that turd.

  • SupernaturalCat

    My “F” list…

    All Saw and Hostel movies/sequels–even though I’ve not watched ’em all

    Belko Experiment (and/or any movie that has a plot revolving around a group of strangers inexplicably brought together for violent death and lame-o “torture porn” bullshit. This trend has been very popular in recent yrs.)

    The Strangers
    Eden Lake
    Devil’s Rejects
    Wolf Creek
    Wrong Turn, etc
    (any movies like those ↑ that have a plot that is a throwback to Texas Chainsaw Massacre i.e. crazy rural people hunting ‘sexy’ twenty-somethings YAWN fest …or any movie that writes the villains as always being unrealistically several steps ahead of the victim in every scene–that’s not ‘edgy,’ it’s just bad, dumb writing.)

    Paranormal Activity

    All Fri the 13th sequels and remakes (the original two are decent)

    All Nightmare on Elm St sequels and remakes (the original is decent)

    All Halloween sequels and remakes (the original is a masterpiece, and part 3 is interesting in an “Illuminati” framework–the rest are wholly unnecessary.)

    There would no doubt be other entries for my “F” list, but those are the highlights off the top of my head. And incidentally, William Friedkin’s Bug is an outstanding flick!

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