37 horror films that will actually scare you this Halloween

We count down the films that will genuinely spook you out this Halloween

Jacob Stolworthy
Sunday 24 October 2021 13:08
Us trailer Christmas Day

For filmmakers, horror is one of the toughest genres to get right.

Mastering a scare is something that only the most gifted of directors can manage, and there are a lot of films out that that fall very short when trying to terrify their audience.

Those that do deliver, though, succeed with aplomb: John Carpenter, George Romero and Get Out director Jordan Peele to name but a few.

For those on the hunt for scares, it can be quite hard out there, but fret no more – we’ve compiled the scariest horror films on offer, ranging from German Expressionist films from the 1920s to indie smash hit, Hereditary.

Below, we rank all the horror films that will genuinely scare you – click through the gallery to see what made the cut.

Other galleries you might like:

21 actors who took their roles so seriously it out of hand

37 best film twists of all time

37 actors who almost died on set

49 best closing lines in movies

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

View comments