It’s Halloween, and what pairs better with the ultimate ‘fright night’ than a scary movie? Perhaps a horror flick involving a roof. If you're on the prowl for a spooky movie where a roof plays an indispensable — yet uncredited — role, RSP has you covered.
Listed are 13 scary movies that prominently feature roofs in at least one scene, listed chronologically by year of release:
The Exorcist (1973)
In one of the most iconic scenes of the movie, Father Karras falls down a flight of stairs and dies on the pavement after being possessed by the demon Pazuzu and throwing himself out of Regan's bedroom window on the roof.
The Omen (1976)
Damien's nanny hangs herself from the roof of a mansion during his birthday party, shouting, "It's all for you, Damien!" before jumping.
The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrance chases his son Danny through a hedge maze in the snow, but Danny manages to escape by retracing his steps and hiding behind a snow-covered roof.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Nancy has a nightmare where she sees Freddy Krueger on the roof of her school, scraping his claws on the metal pipes and taunting her.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Clarice Starling tracks down Buffalo Bill in his basement, where he has a well with a woman trapped inside. She finds a hole in the ceiling that leads to the roof, where she sees a moth fluttering.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Cole Sear reveals to his psychologist Malcolm Crowe that he can see dead people and tells him about a ghost he saw on the roof of his school who showed him how he died by falling off.
The Ring (2002)
Rachel Keller watches a videotape that curses her to die in seven days. She sees a series of disturbing images, including a woman jumping off a cliff and landing on a roof.
The Grudge (2004)
Karen Davis encounters the vengeful ghost of Kayako Saeki in the attic of a haunted house, where she sees her crawling down from the roof and attacking her.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Katie Featherston becomes possessed by a demon and drags her boyfriend, Micah Sloat, out of their bedroom and up to the roof, where she kills him off-screen.
The Conjuring (2013)
Ed and Lorraine Warren investigate a haunted farmhouse, where they find a secret passage to the roof that was used by an accused witch named Bathsheba Sherman to hang herself and curse the land.
The Losers' Club confronts Pennywise, the clown in a sewer, where he takes the form of their fears. He appears as Georgie Denbrough, who was killed by him while playing with a paper boat on the street. He taunts his brother Bill by saying, "You'll float too," and pointing to the roof, where he shows him Georgie's corpse.
Charlie Graham suffers from an allergic reaction and sticks her head out of the car window to breathe but is decapitated by a telephone pole. Her brother Peter drives home in shock and leaves her body in the car. The next morning, her headless corpse is shown on the roof of the car.
Dani Ardor travels to Sweden with her boyfriend Christian and his friends to attend a midsummer festival in a remote commune. She witnesses a ritual where two elderly members of the cult jump off a cliff and land on a wooden roof, splattering their blood and brains.