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15 Best Horror Movie Taglines

Some of the greatest Horror Movie taglines ever.

By Tim Janson     October 26, 2010


The 15 Best Horror Movie Taglines
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Appearing on posters or in film trailers, movie taglines are designed to give film fans that one catchphrase that producer’s hope will stick in their memories. The best ones can go down in pop culture history and the worst ones can make a bad picture even more laughable. In honor of Halloween, we have put together our list of the 15 best and worst taglines in horror film history. We’ve culled 80 years of history to come up with our list. We’ll start with the best today and finish with the worst tomorrow. Be sure to leave a comment on some of your best and worst picks as well.
 
15. The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is...they're dead. Night of the Creeps (1986)
 

Best Horror Movie Taglines

Some of the best taglines for horror films are those that can be humorous and effective at the same time. This 1986 film about teenagers infected with creepy crawlies that turn them into zombies has become a cult favorite. The tagline lets you know you’re dealing with the undead but also that it’s tongue-in-cheek.
 
14. Where shopping can cost you an arm and a leg. Chopping Mall (1986)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
Most of our best taglines come from films that are generally regarded as good films. Chopping Mall, a dreadful film about mall security robots that go berserk killing customers, has a great tagline. It’s funny--a great pun--but still lets you know it’s a horror movie.
 
13. Warning! The Monster Demands a Mate! The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
James Whale’s sequel is one of those rare films that improves upon the original. The tagline tells us that the monster that we believed destroyed in the 1931 original film is back…and now he’s aching for some female companionship. A great tagline in an era where they were mostly superfluous and silly.
 
12. Get a Load of Chucky! Seed of Chucky (2004)
 

Best Horror Movie Taglines

Admittedly the tagline to the fifth film in the Child’s Play horror series could just as easily have shown up on our worst tagline list. But it’s a fun play on a common phrase with a sexual double entendre at that.
 
11. The Lucky Ones Died First. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
Another Wes Craven film makes the list. Short and sweet and incredibly powerful. It tells you that there is a fate worse than death coming to some unfortunate people. And if you’ve seen the original film about a family of inbred cannibals, you know the tagline is also 100% accurate.
 
10. The Night HE Came Home! Halloween (1978)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
Straightforward and to the point. Putting HE in all caps serves to emphasize how significant and menacing HE (Michael Myers) is. This tagline for John Carpenter’s seminal slasher film is magnificent in its simplicity.
 
9. Man is The Warmest Place to Hide. The Thing (1982)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic played up the horror aspect of the alien organism that can imitate other life forms. This tagline is terrifying as it lets us know that this creature can invade our bodies and is the perfect hiding place.
 
8. Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas...Army of Darkness (1993)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
Again, here is an example of a tagline that tells you everything you need to know about the film and does so with a wry grin. A fitting tagline for the third part of the gory and often hilarious Evil Dead Trilogy starring Bruce Campbell.
 
7. To avoid fainting, keep on repeating...it's only a movie, it's only a movie. The Last House on the Left (1972)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
In some cases, a horror film tagline may actually be as scary as the movie. That’s certainly the case with Wes Craven’s gruesome shocker of revenge. This tagline is one of the most foreboding ever written and played a huge role in enticing people to see the film.
 
6. Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Go Back Into the Water Jaws 2 (1978)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
Wow! Talk about nailing it with one simple line. Jaws (1975) caused millions of people all over the world to avoid water…even if it was their local lake or pond. And yes, after three years when we had finally got the nerve to dip our feet in the ocean again, along comes the sequel with another man-eating great white shark. The movie was awful. The tagline, immortal.
 
5. When There’s No More Room in Hell the Dead Will Walk the Earth Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
This tagline says it all. It conveys the idea that zombies have taken over the entire world and this is no longer just a tiny outbreak in a rural town. It also hypothesizes that the plague is truly something made of evil rather than caused by a meteorite or something man made. It’s the perfect tagline for George A. Romero’s second, and greatest, zombie film.
 
4. Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid! The Fly (1986)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
Truly one of the great taglines of all time. This simple five word phrase has become part of American culture lexicon, uttered over and over again in films, TV shows, and by the average guy on the street who may never have even seen the David Cronenberg Sci-fi/horror film where Jeff Goldblum has his DNA crossed with a housefly to create one of the most famous creature images in history.
 
3. Herbert West has a very good head on his shoulders...and another one in a dish on his desk. Re-animator (1985)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
This tagline tells you so much about the film based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story. We have the main character’s name, we know he’s very smart, we know he likes to remove body parts, we know it has a sense of humor, and we can surmise it’s going to be a gore-fest.
 
2. They’re here! Poltergeist (1982)

Best Horror Movie Taglines

 
The shortest tagline on this list and one of the best. Those two words have become staples in pop culture. Say those two words and people immediately know you are referring to Tobe Hooper’s 1982 chiller about a suburban family terrorized by spirits. Beyond that it has become the phrase we commonly use when any unwanted guests arrive.
 
1. In Space, No One Can Here you Scream. Alien (1979)
 

Best Horror Movie Taglines

This tagline not only tells us that the film is set in space, but also conveys the sense of utter fear and helplessness. No one can hear you scream so no one is going to come to save you. Ridley Scott’s 1979 is the yardstick by which all other sci-fi horror films are judged.
 
Stay tuned tomorrow when we break down the Worst Horror Movie Taglines.

 

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raa2001 10/26/2010 1:15:29 AM

Poltergeist scared the shit out of me when I was a kid and I love it! Hence why my avatar is the creature from Poltergeist :)

JarrodSarafin 10/26/2010 2:48:28 AM

Definitely agree on Poltergeist being an awesome classic and its tagline being superb. Great job on this one, Tim because these taglines are true classics. Personally, I'd put Jaws 2's one higher up...probably in 3rd or 4th place because it was so great that it's been quoted in other productions out of Hollywood the past 25 years. For me, it's truly a decent tagline... "Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Go Back Into the Water" for exactly what you said. The first film traumatized so many people that the sequel took full advantage in the promotion.

And as cheesy as it sounds, I need to bring up another sequel...Predators 2. While it holds NO candle to McTiernan's classic romp...the sequel's tagline always had me laughing... "He's in town with a few days to kill."

That should be "IT" not "He", 20th Century Fox but still...a great tagline for the Predator sequel at the time.

 

ultrazilla2000 10/26/2010 3:40:43 AM

Jaws 2 was "awful"?  It may not have been as good as the original, but it was hardly awful!  Sure you're not confusing it with Jaws The Revenge?

jppintar326 10/26/2010 5:28:31 AM

Jaws 2 is better than you remember.  I think Jaws 3D (or Jaws 3 to anybody who didn't  see it in theaters)was boring.  Jaws The Revenge was stupid.  Stupid is better than boring anyday.  Remember Jaws The Revenge had "This time, it's personal" as a tagline.  

I believe it was Return of the Living Dead 2 that  had the tagline:  "Just when you thought it was safe to be dead." 

EagleManiac 10/26/2010 5:29:53 AM

Alien dfinitely deserves the top spot! Quite possibly the greatest horror sci-fi film ever made and one of the best movies ever made as well! It sets the standard for what is expected in sci-fi as well as horror, and no other "alien", with the lone exception going to "the thing" from The Thing, seems more realistic and scary! I absolutely love this movie!

Poltergeist also scared the crap out of me when I saw it back in 1982. Such a peaceful setting, wonderful family, and nice neighborhood, and incredible evil lurking in that house! And it made toy clowns seem so maniacal!

audioslave69 10/26/2010 5:52:36 AM

The Poltergeist movies scared me a lot as a kid so much i can't remember them at all, i think i kind off block them and locked them deep inside along with "IT" stupid clown...

Jaws made me scared of going into the swimming pool too :(, i know its pathetic but hey i was like 5 or 6 when i saw those movies.

ashamel 10/26/2010 6:15:17 AM

 There is no competition for worst tagline. Hellraiser 2: It will tear your soul apart... again.

redhairs99 10/26/2010 6:26:20 AM

Jarrod, I loved that Pedator 2 tag line!  It should definitely be on this list.

I also agree that Jaws 2 was far from awful.  Sure, it's not as good as the original, but it's still a good watch.  And that tag line should be a bit higher up too.

And Alien definitely deserves that top spot.  Awesome tag line for an Awesome film!

Hobbs 10/26/2010 7:12:43 AM

I never heard of most of those and I'm a movie guy like the rest of you.  Alien should be number 1 without a doubt.

samurai1138 10/26/2010 7:16:08 AM

"We'll Tear Your Soul Apart". Seriously, where is Hellraiser on this list?

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