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?
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.