13 scariest horror movies ever

In honour of Halloween, we've dug out the 13 scariest horror films of all time

In honour of Halloween, we've checked all the doors are locked, cuddled up to our favourite teddy bear and dug out the 13 scariest horror films of all time…

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

For a whole generation, Freddy Krueger was the source of more nightmares than a convent-school head nun. Ignore the ill-chosen Dennis the Menace shirt; it's all about the fire-damaged pizza complexion, the slasher glove and – here's the kicker – the fact that he only appears when you fall asleep. Anyone else fancy a late one tonight?

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The Shining (1980)

“Here’s Johnny!” All work and no play made Jack Nicholson a dull boy in Kubrick’s chilling screenplay adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a family looking after an isolated, snow-bound hotel for the winter. Most parents can sympathise with a loss of temper after discovering their child has been scrawling lipstick on the mirror. Not all of them start smashing down doors with a hatchet afterwards.

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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Yes, we know it's a remake. Yes, we think it's scarier than the Wes Craven original. No, we've not been smoking anything suspect while we cower behind the sofa. The Hills Have Eyes is jumpy, heart-in-mouthy (yes, we made that up) and horrifying in equal measures. It tells the story of a family who break down in the New Mexico desert, only to be attacked by mutants born of the Cold War nuclear testing. Whatever – it's horrific. Who said remakes were all rubbish? Yes, we probably did. We were wrong.

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The Thing (1982)

One of the most repulsive monsters in cinema history, the alien "thing" works its way through a scientific expedition in an uncompromisingly gory fashion, sparking paranoia among the survivors with its ability to imitate other lifeforms. Complete with the John Carpenter seal of dramatic tension, The Thing is a cult horror classic.

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The Omen (1976)

There’s a lesson to be learned from The Omen: if you accidentally adopt the Antichrist, try not to let on. A series of gruesome deaths befall pretty much everyone attempting to get to the bottom of young Damien’s diabolical parentage. Back in the real world, parents simply stopped naming their offspring Damien, before happily trotting off to watch the three sequels. A fourth film was released on June 6, 2006.

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