Top Ten Horror Taglines

Posted: October 2, 2015 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in Lists

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson

I like to watch a lot of horror movies in October to get into the Halloween spirit, but for whatever reason that’s never really translated to this site. This year, I’ve decided to change that. Every Friday in the Month of October, I’ll be posting a new horror themed top ten list, starting with my favourite horror taglines.

I’m not sure why, but horror movies seem to have some of the most awesome taglines of all-time. This list is all about honouring the most chilling, most memorable, and most enticing taglines the genre has to offer.

10. “Oh yes, there will be blood”, from Saw II


A running theme in this list is simplicity. I love when a tagline can really elegantly communicate a lot about the film with minimal effort. This understated promise for Saw II does just that while also signifying the direction the gore filled sequels would eventually go.

9. “Herbert West has a very good head on his soldiers…and another one on his desk”, from Re-Animator


This tagline does a great job telling you something about the movie (namely that it deals with a scientist experimenting with body parts) while also showing off the film’s sick sense of humour. Fun stuff.

8. “They’re Here”, from Poltergeist (1982)


Who are they? Where did they come from? What are they going to do? So many questions brought on with just two words. No wonder the line became iconic.

7. “When there is no more room in Hell the dead will walk the earth”, from Dawn of the Dead (1978)


This is a tagline that not only reveals that the dead are walking among the living, but really stresses the apocalyptic nature of the larger scale sequel to George A. Romero’s original classic Night of the Living Dead. The way the narrator says the line in the trailer is also really awesome.

6. “He’ll tear your soul apart”, from Hellraiser


I think I mostly like this one because it sounds like it could be a Slayer lyric. Terrifying and to the point.

5. “The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 92”, from Suspiria


This tagline is actually kind of confusing. It implies the film is 104 minutes, but it’s actually only 92. So, it’s essentially saying that the entirety of the film is scarier than just the last 12 minutes, which is to be expected. Whatever, it still sounds cool.

4. “To avoid fainting, keep repeating: “It’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie…”, from The Last House on the Left (1972)


I really don’t like this movie, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is one hell of a tagline, one which makes announces the film as uncompromising, brutal, and authentic. Not only that, but The Last House on the Left also has a second fantastic tagline; “Mari, 17, is dying. Even for her the worst is yet to come.”

3. “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”, from The Fly (1986)


There are all sorts of silly, B-movie-esque taglines they could have used to sell this Cronenberg masterpiece, most of which would certainly draw attention to the original 1958 film. Instead, the marketing team opted for this very effective tagline which quite simply declares this isn’t going to be some goofy fun.

2. “Who will survive and what will be left of them?”, from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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In the realm of brutal and uncompromising taglines, they don’t get any better than this gem for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Not only does it establish the life or death stakes of the film, but the line also hints at the levels of depravity on display. Put simply, you know the characters are going to be fucked up.

1. “In space no one can hear you scream”, from Alien

alienThis is a perfect tagline. At a glance, it doesn’t even seem overtly threatening. But the line does speak to the film’s horror and sense of isolation. And yet, it tells you  nothing about the film’s plot or characters. There’s still a lot of mystery. It’s not just a great horror tagline, but the greatest tagline for any film ever made.

  1. table9mutant says:

    Great choices! The Dawn of the Dead one just topped my top ten horror quotes post so that’s obviously my favorite. But I adore that Re-Animator tagline! And, of course, Aliens. :-)

  2. alysonkrier says:

    Awesome post! Alien really does have one of the best taglines of all time. And Poltergeist’s is so simple and perfect. A couple honorable mentions: “And remember, the next scream you hear may be your own!” -The Birds “Sometimes dead is better.” -Pet Sematary and “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.” -Jaws 2 :)

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