The 9 best horror movies ever made

From bumps in the night to creature features, here are the movies that turn your dreams to nightmares

Here are the most nerve-shredding horror films ever made...

Breathing new life into the slasher flick, Wes Craven's hip, wicked horror smashes the fourth wall as Ghostface slashes self-aware teens to shreds. 


Released: 1996

In space, no one can hear you scream... but they can probably make out the sound of you crapping yourself. Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror house is a spine-shredding excerise in tension. 


Released: 1979

The reason that Jaws haunts you long after the credits roll? Simple. One viewing and this beastly great white can potentially ruin every trip to the beach for the rest of your life.

7. jaws

Released: 1975

The original stalk-and-slash that made Jamie Lee Curtis film's first scream queen. Boogeymen don't get anymore brutal than Michael Meyers.

6. halloween

Released: 1978

William Friedkin's seminal tale of demonic possession remains a head-messing fright fest. 40-odd years on, it's still super unsettling.

5. The Exorcist

Released: 1973

Awkward and upsetting in equal measure, Ari Aster's twisted debut horror effort is beyond harrowing. Also, the score is astonishing. 

4. hereditary

Released: 2018

Dealing in dread, distrust and some of the best practical effects ever, John Carpenter's chilling sci-fi horror is a disgusting wound of a movie.

3. the thing

Released: 1982

Does what it says on the tin. Namely, treat you to 83 minutes of rusty, revving blades and horrendous onscreen slaughter. 

2. the texas chainsaw massacre

Released: 1974

"Heeeeeeeere's number one!" Kubrick's masterwork squeezes a career-best performance from Jack Nicholson as the unhinged caretaker of the Overlook Hotel.

1. the shining

Released: 1980

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