These are the BEST rated Halloween films on Rotten Tomatoes

24 October 2018, 14:49 | Updated: 24 October 2018, 14:58

By Ciara Butterworth

Wondering what movie to watch this Halloween? Tired of the same ol' boring movies? Take a look at this list of all the highest rated horror movies on Rotten Tomatoes and be prepared to scream.

Ah, Halloween. The most magical time of the year. It’s a time when horror fans unite to celebrate the gore, the paranormal and the just plain weird. But what classifies as a good horror movie? There’s no genre that faces as much scepticism and subjectivity, and yet the critics at Rotten Tomatoes have managed to reach a consensus on a few of the all-time greats.

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We’ve compiled a list of their highest-rated Halloween films for you to dig your teeth into over the spooky season. Don’t say we never treat you.

Best Rated Horror Movies
According to critics, these are the best rated horror movies you need to watch right now. Picture: RADiUS-TWC/Universal Pictures/Lionsgate

1) Get Out – 99% Rating

If you haven’t heard about this movie yet then where have you been? Achieving an immense 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Get Out’ has now established itself as one of the highest grossing horror movies of all time.

What's it about? A young interracial couple take their relationship to the next level when they visit the girlfriend’s parents. From the moment they arrive, the parents are more than welcoming of their daughter’s boyfriend, but as the weekend progresses, a series of disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. Seriously, it's one of the most incredible films you'll ever see.


2) Let The Right One In – 98% Rating

The ‘Twilight’ series will forever be in our hearts as the ultimate teen vampire love story, but ‘Let The Right One In’ brings something completely original – and much, much darker – to the table.

Oskar, a fragile 12-year-old boy meets a young girl called Eli, who only comes out at night and is seemingly unaffected by the sub-zero temperatures in Sweden. Spoiler – she’s a vampire. Eventually, Eli shares her darkest secret with Oskar, revealing her connection to a string of bloody local murders. With the vampire elements of the film removed, this is essentially a sweet pre-teen love story. But don’t be fooled – this movie is also deeply disturbing.


3) A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014) – 96% Rating

Another vampire movie, but we doubt you’ve ever seen one like this before. A young female vampire in a black veil roams a run-down Iranian district at night called Bad City, preying on men who disrespect women.

Don’t let the movie title mislead you, this girl does more than just walk – sometimes she skateboards, and sometimes she literally tears men’s throats out.


4) Carrie (1976) – 93% Rating

Chloë Grace Moretz may have bossed it as ‘Carrie’ in the 2013 remake, but the movie itself could never replicate the success of the 1976 original, which is why Rotten Tomatoes has given the classic a respectable 93% rating.

An adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel, Carrie White is a withdrawn teen who unleashes her telekinetic powers on her classmates after being humiliated at her senior prom. There will most definitely be blood. And someone may or may not end up stabbed to death.


5) It Follows – 97% Rating

After a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, a teen finds out that she’s fallen victim to a sexually-transmitted evil and is now being followed by a demonic figure. The only way to get rid of it is to have consenting sex with someone else and pass the burden on to them. A sort of viral sex chain letter, if you will.

Honestly, didn't Scream teach us anything? First rule of a horror movie? Don't have sex! If this movie isn’t enough to promote teen abstinence, then we don’t know what will.


6) The Loved Ones (2012) – 98% Rating

Transcending the ‘torture-porn’ genre, ‘The Loved Ones’ tells the story of a popular male teen who declines an invite to the prom by fellow student and outcast Lola. What Brent doesn’t realise is that Lola is a deranged lunatic, exacerbated by her doting but equally demented father.

Together, the pair kidnap Brent and re-create the prom at her house in an act of gruesome revenge. Using a variety of lethal weapons, the mental and physical torture inflicted on defenceless Brent leaves us to wonder how much more this poor boy could possibly endure. Just say yes to your prom invite kids.


7) Night Of The Living Dead (1968) – 97% Rating

The movie that started it all. ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ is the horror movie that launched the zombie sub-genre, becoming one of the most influential horror movies to date.

A group of people barricade themselves in a farmhouse in an attempt to shield themselves from the crowds of flesh-eating monsters. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but wherever you’ve seen it, it happened here first.


8) The Babadook – 98% Rating

When a young mother reads aloud a mysterious pop-up book to her six-year-old son titled ‘The Babadook’, she soon realises what damage has been done. The tall, top hat-wearing creature described in the book begins to creep beyond the pages, tormenting the mother and son.

With a production budget of just $2,000,000, the movie grossed over five times that at the box office and attains a remarkable 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


9) A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) – 97% Rating

“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…” Wes Craven’s ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ was undoubtedly one of the most defining horror movies of the 80s. The remake was released in 2010, but it wasn’t as well-received among critics. In fairness to the original, it’s a hard one to live up to, which is why Rotten Tomatoes gives it an impressive 97% rating.

A group of teens are terrorised by the evil Freddy Krueger, who kills his victims by entering their dreams. It’s enough to keep you awake at night. Don't even get us started on that bath tub scene!


10) Drag Me To Hell (2009) – 92% Rating

A loan officer evicts an old woman from her home and in turn becomes the unfortunate recipient of an ancient curse, turning her life into a living hell. Not quite your average horror movie, prepare to scream and then laugh, roll your eyes once or twice and then scream some more. And then cry. And then scream again.


11) The Witch (2015) – 91% Rating

This low-budget horror has divided audiences since its release, but also maintains a surprisingly high rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

After a family are excommunicated from their New England Puritan plantation, they move to a remote farm to rebuild their lives. Shortly after, their infant child disappears which in turn causes a psychological unravelling as paranormal forces threaten to break them. Unlike most horrors that feature a supernatural protagonist, this creature doesn’t waste any time revealing itself.


12) The Cabin In The Woods (2012) – 91% Rating

‘The Cabin In The Woods’ is often considered one of the best horror films of the past decade and clearly the critics. The story centres around a group of five young adults who head to a remote cabin where an array of horrors await them. This seemingly predictable horror is more than what meets the eye.

The good news: it stars Chris Hemsworth and Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams.

The bad news: it's TERRIFYING.


13) Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – 99% Rating

An oldie but a goodie, ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ boasts an outstanding 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the highest rated horrors on the site.

A young couple move into an apartment only to be surrounded by strange neighbours and unexplainable occurrences. When the wife mysteriously becomes pregnant, she grows uncontrollably paranoid about the conception and safety of her unborn child… and so she should be.


14) Halloween (1978) – 93% Rating

Would any Halloween-themed movie compilation be complete without mentioning the iconic ‘Halloween’?

As the story goes, fifteen years after stabbing his sister to death on Halloween night, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to his hometown to wreak havoc and kill again. And if one instalment isn’t enough for you, well then you’re in luck because the franchise boasts an impressive 11 movies in total – including the 2018 flick which sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her iconic role for a final confrontation with Mr. Myers, which is kind of a big deal.