Horror movie scores on Rotten Tomatoes that I totally agree with
RT score: 19%
My score: 15%
Critic consensus: “Jason goes to the future, but the story is still stuck in the past.”
My consensus: Everything about Jason X is ludicrous, not to mention its unintentional hilarity, making it a poor chapter in the franchise.
RT score: 83%
My score: 85%
Critic consensus: “Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to a great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.”
My consensus: PA uses the found-footage format in the vein of The Blair Witch Project, however the film uses an inventive take on the style, crafting one of the most effective horrors of the 21st century.
RT score: 86%
My score: 90%
Critic consensus: “Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up tension through a series of effective old-school scares.”
My consensus: The Conjuring is a brilliant throw-back to 70’s horror, yet has a sophisticated modern feel, with the end result being one of the most terrifying films of all time – definitely the peak of James Wan’s career.
Peeping Tom (1960)
RT score: 96%
My score: 96%
Critic consensus: “Peeping Tom is a chilling, methodical look at the psychology of a killer, and a classic work of voyeuristic cinema.”
My consensus: Peeping Tom is a poignant, tragic and horrifying look at media violence as well as being one of the finest films of the 20th century.
RT score: 89%
My score: 92%
Critic consensus: “Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, this taut and frightening film is one of the best Stephen King adaptions to date.” Take that, The Shining – this film has a higher score than you.
My consensus: The film is brilliantly crafted, tense and disturbing and James Caan is great in it – but the honour has to go to Kathy Bates – who makes psycho Annie Wilkes likable and hateable all at the same time.
RT score: 92%
My score: 95%
Critic consensus: “The blood pours freely in Argento’s candy-coloured nightmare, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.”
My consensus: Suspiria is surreal, petrifying and yet somehow hypnotic – truly the stuff nightmares are made of.
RT score: 87%
My score: 90%
Critic consensus: “Both psychological and supernatural, The Haunting is a chilling character study.”
My consensus: While tame by today’s standards, The Haunting is still goose-bump raising and realistic, complimented with a beautiful design of the house itself.
RT score: 97%
My score: 97%
Critic consensus: “Smart, original and all above terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels – and leaves a lingering sting.
My consensus: Don’t watch It Follows expecting a sleazy B-movie, expect one of the most unbearably horrifying movies – watch in the middle of the day – lights on, with friends; don’t watch alone, late at night and in the dark like I did. Oh, and once the credits roll, you’ll never want to be alone again.
RT score: 65%
My score: 61%
Critic consensus: “Aside from a shaky final act, Insidious is a very scary and very fun haunted house thrill ride.”
My consensus: Despite some creepy moments, Insidious feels more like a rollercoaster than anything, scary, but is slightly underwhelming and lacks a lingering sting.
The Exorcist (Director’s Cut)
RT score: 88%
My score: 98%
Critic consensus: “The Exorcist has withstood the test of time, and still has that renegade feel and the power to shock.”
My consensus: The Exorcist is simply one of the most petrifying films ever made – with great performances, an amazing soundtrack and imagery that will haunt you for years to come.
RT score: 8%
My score: 20%
Critic consensus: “A dim and predictable remake of an already dull slasher film, this Prom Night fails to be memorable.”
My consensus: “Prom Night is 3 things slasher films should never be; boring, forgettable and plain, bloodless kills.