Definition of horror show in English:

horror show


  • 1A film or play intended to entertain by arousing feelings of horror or fear.

    ‘a big-budget Hollywood horror show’
    • ‘Shot in washed-out 16 mm with post-sync sound, the grainy photography and dubbed voices recall the style of a late-night Filipino horror show.’
    • ‘If it's comparisons you're looking for, there is much more in common between Quatermass 2 and today's number one sci-fi / horror show The X-Files.’
    • ‘When those kids put on the horror show to end all horror shows for one of their substitute teachers, watch it and tell me you couldn't help but get the giggles.’
    • ‘Gregory and nearly everything in his horror show look like flashbacks to early '90s video game graphics.’
    • ‘His cult spoof horror show is the inspiration for a fund-raising day featuring a host of celebrities from the TV soaps, stage and screen and sport.’
    • ‘They were large intimidating black metalic ships with markings on their dorsal wings, like something out of a sci-fi horror show.’
    • ‘In other words, this new version of The Stepford Wives has been transformed from a geeky horror show into a wacky comedy.’
    • ‘At an open-air market in the city of Kisangani, flies swarm around severed goat heads, stacked up like a scene from a horror show.’
    • ‘Based upon the novel by Harry Harrison, Soylent Green is a little bit detective mystery, a little bit sci-fi freak show, and a little bit horror show.’
    1. 1.1informal A situation that is very unpleasant or difficult to deal with.
      ‘making the new system operational at all will be a bureaucratic horror show’
      • ‘The farm bill is a horror show.’
      • ‘The economic horror show was met by a national political nightmare.’
      • ‘McKie presented his findings of his first eight weeks in office and in many respects it came across as a horror show.’
      • ‘If the president would find the gumption to intervene in the war, this horror show would stop immediately.’
      • ‘Judge Hatch watched in awe as the perfect, fairy-tale couple became a horror show.’
      • ‘Inputting all these names and numbers into this immature system has been something of a horror show.’
      • ‘At the studio, facing its third owner in 13 years, change has been something of a horror show.’
      • ‘Public opinion, even good public opinion, will never stop a horror show, or solve a problem.’
      • ‘When he signed on as head of sales and marketing, the airline was a horror show.’
    2. 1.2informal A very poor performance.
      ‘City had to improve after last week's horror show against Wimbledon’
      • ‘Burnley owe their home fans a sparkling performance this weekend to make up for their horror show at Gillingham.’
      • ‘This is gruesomely appropriate because Woodward's men produced their very own 80-minute horror show and the tour has undoubtedly hit the rocks.’
      • ‘The second period was a near horror show for the Blues as they were pegged back by a Vauxhall side in search of a winner.’
      • ‘Dismal defence, particularly in the first-half when they missed 19 tackles, was the prime cause of the Huntington Stadium horror show.’
      • ‘The Blackburn Rovers boss saw his side collapse to a 4-0 defeat in an Anfield horror show that sucked them further into a fight for Premiership survival.’
      • ‘The angry York City manager ordered his team in for extra training today after last night's horror show at home to Blackpool.’
      • ‘The former Wales international was not helped by another lacklustre display by the Welsh forwards as they produced a repeat of the horror show against Ireland.’
      • ‘There was not one single sign of the quality Sam Allardyce has assembled in his squad during Saturday's horror show.’
      • ‘It brought about a horrendous series of performances in the autumn and a horror show against the Italians in week one of the Six Nations.’
      • ‘But to blame Boyeson for such a horror show from the Clarets would be churlish, because even a goal down an equaliser never looked on the cards.’