When looking at some truly memorable trailers throughout the history of cinema, many of them come from the horror genre. Likewise, we’ve been treated to some iconic scenes from the horror world, while some of the best actors have starred in a variety of horror classics. It’s a much-loved genre.

Even away from the movie world, scary games are also enticing. For example, console gamers adore horror-themed titles, such as Silent Hill 2 and Dead Space, while tablet and mobile gamers can’t get enough of Death Park and Pragmatic Play’s fun Day of Dead, a game that is based on Mexico’s traditional holiday that celebrates deceased loved ones. Alongside games with a horror feel, movies have therefore always appealed to audiences everywhere, although there have been some forgettable releases from the genre. Overall, though, some of the planet’s most popular movies are from the horror category. Let’s remember some of them below.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

An American supernatural slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven that first hit the screens in 1984, A Nightmare on Elm Street has gone on to become one of the most well-liked horror movies ever. Wes Craven’s intelligence is on show throughout, be it through the movie’s gripping storyline or its glorious production, while the spine-chilling visual appearance of Freddy Krueger will live long in the memories of many. If you haven’t seen A Nightmare on Elm Street yet, then you have to soon.

The Blair Witch Project

A memorable movie with a unique offering, The Blair Witch Project did divide opinion overall, but it’s impossible to deny that its amateur feel didn’t add a huge sense of originality. Full of creepy campfire scenarios, the movie did a remarkable job of keeping the viewing audience in the dark regarding who the villain was. Additionally, its video footage aspect made The Blair Witch Project feel real. With 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1999 release must’ve got something right.

The Ring

A 1998 release, this iconic creation blends the supernatural with the technology-based world we now live in to create a masterpiece. Featuring the story of a traumatized aunty who is keen to establish how her niece and her three friends died after watching a cursed videotape, what ensues is a memorable series of events that contributes to many people regarding The Ring as one of the best horror movies ever.


While many modern-day audiences might not necessarily take to Nosferatu, this 1922 production helped shape many of the horror movies we see thriving today. A true masterpiece, the gothic feel on show throughout is hard to find in another horror-themed production, while Max Schreck’s performance as the vampire is an undoubted highlight. With a score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, Nosferatu is evidently hard to fault.


A modern-day release, Us is one of Jordan Peele’s best productions. Following the story of a family vacation gone horrifyingly wrong, it’s filled with blood and gore while enabling audiences to witness the distressing struggles of a family that is coming under attack from a unit of evil doppelgängers. Us isn’t perfect but it definitely warrants a watch.


When people think of the horror genre, Psycho is a movie that inevitably springs to mind. A production that has contributed to the horror genre more than most, Psycho features a range of iconic scenes. The work of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, this 1960 classic is impossible to ignore.

Other iconic horror movies includes The Exorcist, Evil Dead II, Halloween, The Thing, The Shining, Scream, The Wicker Man, Dawn of the Dead, and An American Werewolf in London.