Adam 12

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The greatest horror movies of all-time hit the screen in this week’s 12-Inch Poll. Because when you love horror, it’s always Spooky Season.


Just a few days ago, I shared a list of what I believe to be the 12 best modern horror movies. And the Poll a few weeks ago had you voting for the greatest horror movie villains. You’ll see some of those baddies show their faces–masked or otherwise–in this week’s Poll. But I’m casting a wider net this time around, and going back much further than just the last few years or so. In fact, there’s nine decades of horror cinema represented in the list below.


Usually for an exercise like this, I’m making a list of 12. Because I’m Adam 12. That’s the bit; that’s my thing. But as I started to list favorite horror films of mine and horror films that are widely regarded as all-time greats, I began to realize that 12 wasn’t going to cut it. So I took the 1 and the 2 and I flipped ’em around and ended up with a list of 21 horror films spanning almost ninety years of big-screen scares. Let’s see what made the cut.


The Greatest Horror Movies: 12-Inch Poll

A disclaimer, of sorts, to start with. “Scary” is relative. So don’t expect to find every movie on my list to terrify you. For example, I started with the original Dracula from 1931 starring Bela Lugosi. Does it pack in the scares today, in 2022? Of course not. But it sure as hell did when it debuted and it’s a classic that deserves its due. What I’d like you to do is scroll through my list, consider each film for both its place in the horror cannon and its place in your heart, and vote for the one you think is the greatest. And if a favorite of yours didn’t make the cut, let me know on the ROCK 92.9 Facebook or Twitter.


  • Dracula (1931)

  • The Wolf Man (1941)

  • The Blob (1958)

  • Psycho (1960)

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)

  • Rosemary's Baby (1968)

  • The Exorcist (1973)

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

  • Jaws (1975)

  • Suspiria (1977)

  • Halloween (1978)

  • Alien (1979)

  • The Shining (1980)

  • Friday the 13th (1980)

  • An American Werewolf in London (1981)

  • Poltergeist (1982)

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  • Scream (1996)

  • The Ring (2002)

  • It Follows (2017)