Definition of spine-chiller in US English:



  • A story or movie that inspires terror and excitement.

    ‘this animated museum depicts scenes from Stoker's spine-chiller Dracula’
    • ‘The Ancient Greeks could tell a fine spine-chiller.’
    • ‘But my spine-chiller craving demands something more along the lines of The Others or The Uninvited.’
    • ‘Some spine-chiller set pieces are effective, but, as with the original, the concept is too silly and disorganised to cast a lasting spell.’
    • ‘The vicar of Cloughton, near Scarborough, admits he has pulled no punches with his historical spine-chiller The Shadowmancer, which starts with a graphic description of the drowning of an entire ship's crew.’



/ˈspaɪn ˌtʃɪlər//ˈspīn ˌCHilər/