Best Horror Movies of All Time
We went down into the crypt, opened the coffin, and summoned the 100 best-reviewed horror films of all time. Behold — it’s RT’s Horror Countdown, a compendium of horror shows to keep your spine tingling!
Adjusted Score: 85.018%
Critics Consensus: Visually splendid and narratively satisfying, Tale of Tales packs an off-kilter wallop for mature viewers in search of something different.
Once upon a time there were three neighboring kingdoms each with a magnificent castle, from which ruled kings and queens,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.194%
Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up In the Air," TV's "Bates Motel") and Patrick Wilson (the "Insidious" films),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.201%
Critics Consensus: Grimmer and more terrifying than the 1950s take, John Carpenter's The Thing is a tense sci-fi thriller rife with compelling tension and some remarkable make-up effects.
John Carpenter's The Thing is both a remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 film of the same name and a re-adaptation... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.521%
Critics Consensus: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn't need expensive special effects to be creepy.
On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a young woman waits in vain... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.161%
Critics Consensus: Plunging viewers into the nightmarish hellscape of an apartment complex under siege, [Rec] proves that found footage can still be used as an effective delivery mechanism for sparse, economic horror.
After teaming up in 2002 for the dramatic music documentary OT: The Movie, Spanish horror specialists Jaume Balagueró (Darkness) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.277%
Critics Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.
Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.657%
Critics Consensus: Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.
A haunted house makes no secret of the fact it's not pleased with its new tenants in this independent tale... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.378%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
The young son of an American diplomat and his wife, living in London, turns out to be marked with the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.431%
Critics Consensus: Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film.
A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.77%
Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.
In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.402%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious and beautifully shot, Demon delivers a gripping -- and sadly final -- testament to the singular talent possessed by director/co-writer Marcin Wrona.
Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska, Chemo), Peter (Israeli actor Itay Tiran, Lebanon) has been... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.482%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's contribution to vampire lore contains the expected gore and social satire -- but it's also surprisingly thoughtful, and boasts a whopper of a final act.
One of horror filmmaker George Romero's many "small" 1970s films, Martin was fortunate enough to foster a cult following that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.738%
Critics Consensus: Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis' horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker's astounding make-up effects.
While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.91%
Critics Consensus: Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain -- thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.
Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happen when college... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.163%
Critics Consensus: Fright Night deftly combines thrills and humor in this ghostly tale about a man living next to a vampire.
Classic Vampire film about a teenager who learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, and no one will... [More]
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