Topping such classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Exorcist, a recent poll in SFX magazine has placed Halloween in the top spot of the most frightening movie ever!
Made in 1978, and (so far) spawning seven sequels, John Carpenter's chilling film stars Jamie Lee Curtis as a baby sitter pursued by classic horror icon, Michael Myers (read our review of the film here).
Steve O'Brien, news editor of the magazine says:
"Halloween works because of its absolute simplicity and the conviction its makers put into it. And it was directed by a man who knew the power of cinema, of editing, of music"
Zombies feature in second place in the list, thanks to George A Romero's original low-budget Night of the Living Dead and appear again at number 16 with Romero's sequel Dawn of the Dead.
Robert Wise (he went on to make The Sound of Music two years later!) takes third place on the list with his 1963 film, The Haunting.
What is interesting about this list (and alarming for horror fans) is that with the exception of Japanese film Ringu at number 7, no film featured was made in the last 22 years. The 70s was the scariest decade for cinema-goers with 8 titles in the list, followed by the 60s with 5 films.
There are three titles from the 80s (American Werewolf, Evil Dead and The Shining), two from the 50s (Peeping Tom and Les Yeux Sans Visage) and 1935's Bride of Frankenstein rounds off the list coming in at number 6.
1. Halloween (1978)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. The Haunting (1963)
4. Psycho (1960)
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
6. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
7. Ringu (1998)
8. The Exorcist (1973)
9. Alien (1979)
10. The Shining (1980)
11. The Wicker Man (1973)
12. The Evil Dead (1982)
13. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
14. Les Yeux Sans Visage (1959)
15. Suspiria (1977)
16. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
17. Peeping Tom (1959)
18. Don't Look Now (1973)
19. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
20. The Devil Rides Out (1968)