The best horror films of all time

We love scary movies. But which ones are the best ever made? Time to find out.
We’re totally obsessed with horror here at Roadshow. But which horror films are the best ever made? Here’s our top ten horror movies!

The Exorcist

Linda Blair plays a little girl who gets possessed by a demon, and as the priests called to help her begin to realise, perhaps something worse. Far worse. This film has been banned in various countries, and is a genuinely frightening look at possession, exorcism, and litres of cold pea soup. 

IT part 1

Part 2 hits soon, but part 1 took the world by storm. Based on the bestselling book by Stephen King, IT tells the story of a clown terrorising the small town of Derry, and a bunch of kids who are brave enough to fight back. The upcoming sequel follows the kids as grownups, called back to Derry to combat Pennywise the clown yet again.

The Shining

Widely regarded as one of the best films ever made, horror or otherwise, Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s The Shining is a force of nature. It features Jack Nicholson (giving the performance of a lifetime) as a man slowly going insane in a remote hotel with his wife and kid. The best part? We’re getting a sequel! Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, is based on King’s follow-up book, and charts the adventures of a fourty year old Danny Torrance, played by Ewan McGregor. 

Get Out

Jordan Peele was previously known only for comedy, and in one fell swoop he became the Alfred Hitchcock of his generation. Get Out is a gut-punch of a horror film – funny, smart, sharp and terrifying, it’s also a really clever commentary on race relations in the US.


The ultimate nineties horror flick, Scream is as much about horror as it is horror. A serial killer in a spooky mask begins stalking teens, as the teens themselves try to lean on the horror genre to figure out the killer’s next move. Scream also spawned three really great sequels!

Evil Dead 2

Evil Dead 2 is basically a bigger budget remake of the first Evil Dead, with comedy and more blood thrown in. It’s absolutely insane, it features Bruce Campbell as the iconic Ash, and it has the undead being fought with a chainsaw. What’s not to love?

The Conjuring

Not only is The Conjuring scary as hell, but it’s also a really powerful film about family. One of the things we love about The Conjuring, and it’s sequel, The Conjuring 2, is that the characters in it are completely believable. What happens when your daughter tells you she’s being attacked by a ghost? Believe her! The Conjuring is a straight up horror masterpiece.


Responsible for many a phobia of swimming in the ocean, Jaws made Stephen Spielberg’s career. What happens when a small town is terrorised by a killer shark, and what happens when the mayor is refusing to close the beaches? Jaws is a masterclass in suspense and has an absolutely killer ending.


In space, no one can hear you scream. The Alien franchise went off the rails and turned towards action pretty quickly, but the first Alien is a frightening space horror set in a claustrophobic little ship. Stalked by an invincible killing machine, a group of frightened crew members are whittled away, one by one. A masterpiece.

The Thing

What’s scarier than a monster that looks like someone you know? The Thing is set in an arctic research station, and follows a group of frightened staff as they realise there’s something in there that can adopt human form. Kurt Russell is the hero of the piece, and thanks to his fantastic performance and John Carpenter’s razor sharp direction, The Thing is basically the perfect horror movie.

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