Below we have collated 100 great horror films guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit. Now, this list is not necessarily meant to represent the greatest horror movies ever made. There are absolute masterpieces in here for sure, but there’s also examples of horror at its trashiest (and most fun). So, whether your tipple is haunted houses, slashers, zombies, vampires, or television sets that abduct your kids, we’re sure you’ll find something here to make your Halloween that much spookier!
Directed by F.W. Murnau. Starring Max Schreck.
Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Directed by Rupert Julian. Starring Lon Chaney.
Directed by Tod Browning. Starring Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan.
Directed by James Whale. Starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye.
Directed by Tod Browning. Starring Wallace Ford, Leila Hymas.
The Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Directed by Erie C. Kenton. Starring Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff.
The Mummy (1932)
Directed by Karl Freund. Starring Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, Edward Van Sloan.
The Invisible Man (1933)
Directed by James Whale. Starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Una O’Connor.
The Black Cat (1934)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Directed by James Whale. Starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester, Valerie Hobson, Una O’Connor.
The Raven (1935)
Directed by Lew Landers. Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Directed by Rowland V. Lee. Starring Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Dwight Frye.
The Wolf Man (1941)
Directed by George Waggner. Starring Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Bela Lugosi.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Directed by Jack Arnold. Starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams.
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Directed by Don Siegel. Starring Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Starring Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Christopher Lee.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Directed by William Castle. Starring Vincent Price.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles.
Village of the Damned (1960)
Directed by Wolf Rilla. Starring George Sanders, Barbara Shelley.
The Innocents (1961)
Directed by Jack Clayton. Starring Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Directed by Herk Harvey. Starring Candace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger.
The Birds (1963)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Rod Taylor, TIppi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright.
The Haunting (1963)
Directed by Robert Wise. Starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn.
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Starring Christopher Lee, Charles Gray.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Directed by George A. Romero. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Directed by Robert Fuest. Starring Vincent Price, Joseph Cotton, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas.
A Bay of Blood (1971)
Directed by Mario Bava. Starring Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli.
Wake in Fright (1971)
Directed by Ted Kotcheff. Starring Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Raffety, Jack Thompson.
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland.
The Exorcist (1973)
Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Jason Miller.
The Wicker Man (1973)
Directed by Robin Hardy. Starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland.
Black Christmas (1974)
Directed by Bob Clark. Starring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Andrea Martin.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper. Starring Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hanson, Edwin Neal.
Deep Red (1975)
Directed by Dario Argento. Starring David Hemmings.
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss.
Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Nancy Allen.
The Omen (1976)
Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Directed by Charles B. Pierce. Starring Ben Johnson.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace.
The Sentinel (1977)
Directed by Michael Winner. Starring Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam, John Carradine, Eli Wallach.
Directed by Dario Argento. Starring Jessica Harper, Udo Kier.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Directed by George A. Romero. Starring David Emge, Ken Foree.
Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Directed by Philip Kaufman. Starring Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright.
Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz.
The Changeling (1980)
Directed by Peter Medak. Starring George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Trish Van Devere, Jean Marsh.
The Fog (1980)
Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Hal Holbrook, John Houseman.
Friday the 13th (1980)
Directed by Sean S. Cunningham. Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon.
The Shining (1980)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Directed by John Landis. Starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Directed by Sam Raimi. Starring Bruce Campbell.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Directed by Steve Miner. Starring Amy Steel, Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer.
The Howling (1981)
Directed by Joe Dante. Starring Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Slim Pickens.
Road Games (1981)
Directed by Richard Franklin. Starring Stacey Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis.
Directed by George A. Romero. Starring Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, E.G. Marshall, Ted Danson, Ed Harris.
The Entity (1982)
Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Starring Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver.
Directed by Tobe Hooper. Starring Jo Beth Williams, Craig T. Nelson.
Directed by Dario Argento. Starring Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon.
The Thing (1982)
Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur.
Directed by Lewis Teague. Starring Dee Wallace.
Directed by Richard Franklin. Starring Anthony Perkins, Meg Tilly, Vera Miles, Dennis Franz.
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Directed by Robert Hiltzik. Starring Felissa Rose.
Directed by Joe Dante. Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman, Judge Reinhold, Dick Miller.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Directed by Wes Craven. Starring John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund.
Directed by James Cameron. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Carrie Henn.
The Fly (1986)
Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz.
The Hitcher (1986)
Directed by Robert Harmon. Starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The Lost Boys (1987)
Directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman.
Near Dark (1987)
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Starring Adrian Pasdar, Lance Henriksen, Jenny Wright, Bill Paxton.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Directed by Chuck Russell. Starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Craig Wasson.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Directed by Tony Randel. Starring Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Doug Bradley.
Child’s Play 2 (1990)
Directed by John Lafia. Starring Brad Dourif, Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham.
The Exorcist III (1990)
Directed by William Peter Blatty. Starring George C. Scott, Brad Dourif, Ed Flanders, Jason Miller, Scott Wilson, Nicol Williamson.
Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth.
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, Brandon Adams.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes, Richard E. Grant.
Directed by Bernard Rose. Starring Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Sam Neill, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover, Charlton Heston.
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon.
Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Drew Barrymore, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osmont, Olivia Williams.
Directed by Bill Paxton. Starring Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe.
High Tension (2003)
Directed by Alexandre Aja. Starring Cecile de France, Maiwenn.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Directed by Rob Zombie. Starring Sid Haig, Bill Mosely, Sheri Moon Zombie, Karen Black, Michael J. Pollard, Walton Goggins.
The Descent (2005)
Directed by Neil Marshall. Starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza.
The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Directed by Rob Zombie. Starring Sid Haig, Bill Mosely, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe.
The Mist (2007)
Directed by Frank Darabont. Starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden.
Trick r Treat (2007)
Directed by Michael Dougherty. Starring Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox.
Let the Right One In (2008)
Directed by Tomas Alfredson. Starring Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson.
The Conjuring (2013)
Directed by James Wan. Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lily Taylor.
The Babadook (2014)
Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman.
The Witch (2015)
Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Ralph Ineson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Dickie.
Get Out (2017)
Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener.
Directed by Andy Muschietti. Starring Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard.
Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff.
Directed by David Gordon Green. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton.