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Banshee Chapter – USA, 2013

‘The experiments are over. The terror has begun.’ Banshee Chapter – aka The Banshee Chapter – is a 2013 science fiction horror film and the directorial debut of Blair Erickson, who also provided the screenplay. It stars Ted Levine, Katia Winter and Michael McMillian.   The film… Read More ›

The Maze – USA, 1953

‘How much horror can you take?’ The Maze is a 1953 US horror film shot in 3-D starring Richard Carlson and Hillary Brooke. Directed by William Cameron Menzies (Invaders from Mars), it was distributed by Allied Artists Pictures. This was the second 3-D film designed and directed by William Cameron… Read More ›

Lokis – Poland, 1970

Lokis Rękopis profesora Wittembacha (often called simply Lokis) is a 1970 Polish horror film directed by Janusz Majewski. It stars Józef Duriasz, Edmund Fetting, Gustaw Lutkiewicz, Małgorzata Braunek, Zofia Mrozowska and Hanna Stankówna. An emotionally withdrawn cleric, Professor Wittembach (Edmund… Read More ›

The Raven – rock album by Lou Reed

The Raven is the nineteenth solo album by Lou Reed. It is a concept album released in 2003 recounting the short stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe through word and song. In addition to Reed, the album features a number of guest vocalists including Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Antony Hegarty, Steve… Read More ›

Leptirica – Yugoslavia, 1973

Also known as She-Butterfly and The Moth (and indeed Лептирица in the original Serbian cyrillic), Leptirica (“Butterfly”) is a 1973 Yugoslavian horror TV movie based on the story After Ninety Years (1880) written by Serbian writer Milovan Glišić. Leptirica was the first Serbian horror film. It was filmed in the village of Zelinje, close… Read More ›

The Fly – USA, 1958

‘The fly with the head of a man… and the man with the head of a fly!’ The Fly is a 1958 American science fiction horror film directed by Kurt Neumann. The screenplay was written by James Clavell (his first), from the short story “The Fly”… Read More ›

The Avenging Conscience

The Avenging Conscience: or “Thou Shalt Not Kill” is a 1914 U.S. horror film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film is based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” and the poem “Annabel Lee“. A young man (Henry B. Walthall) falls in… Read More ›

Kissed – Canada, 1996

Kissed is a 1996 Canadian film, directed and co-written by Lynne Stopkewich, based on Barbara Gowdy’s short story “We So Seldom Look On Love”. The film stars Molly Parker as Sandra Larson, a young woman whose fixation on death leads her to study embalming at a mortuary school, where… Read More ›

The Sealed Room – USA, 1909

The Sealed Room is an eleven-minute American film released in 1909. Directed by D.W. Griffith, the film’s cast included Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Henry B. Walthall, Mary Pickford, and Mack Sennett. The film was also known as The Sealed Door. The plot, by screenwriter Frank E. Woods, is based on the… Read More ›

Silver Bullet – USA, 1985

Silver Bullet is a 1985 American supernatural horror film based on the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf. King adapted the screenplay himself. The film was directed by Dan Attias and produced by Dino De Laurentiis (King Kong). Artist Berni Wrightson illustrated… Read More ›

The Black Cat – Italy, 1981

The Black Cat is a 1981 Italian horror film – released as Black Cat (Gatto Nero) in Italy – directed by Lucio Fulci (Don’t Torture a Duckling, Zombie Flesh Eaters, The New York Ripper) from a screenplay co-written by Biagio Proietti (I racconti fantastici di… Read More ›

The Shout – UK, 1978

The Shout is a 1978 British horror film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, based on a short story by Robert Graves, adapted for the screen by Michael Austin. A mysterious travelling man (Alan Bates) invades the lives of a young couple, played by… Read More ›

Re-Animator – USA, 1985

Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror feature film based on the H. P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West–Reanimator.” Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the first film in the Re-Animator series. The film become a cult film, driven by… Read More ›

Cat People – USA, 1942

‘Lovely Woman…Giant Killer Cat…The Same “Person”! Its Super-Sensational!’ Cat People is a 1942 American horror film produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur (I Walked with a Zombie; Night of the Demon; The Comedy of Terrors). DeWitt Bodeen wrote… Read More ›

Rawhead Rex – Ireland/UK, 1986

‘He’s pure evil. Pure power. Pure terror.’ Rawhead Red – also promoted as RawHeadRex – is a 1986 British-Irish supernatural horror film directed by George Pavlou from a screenplay by Clive Barker (Hellraiser). The film is about a monstrous pagan god’s bloody rampage through the Irish countryside and is… Read More ›

Blood and Roses – France, 1960

Blood and Roses (French: Et mourir de plaisir) is a 1960 vampire film directed by Roger Vadim based upon the novella Carmilla (1872) by Irish writer Joseph Sheridan le Fanu. The locale was shifted from 19th century Styria to 20th century Italy. Cast and characters: Mel Ferrer as Leopoldo De Karnstein Elsa Martinelli as… Read More ›

The Pit and the Pendulum – USA, 1961

‘The greatest terror tale ever told!’ The Pit and the Pendulum is a 1961 American horror feature film directed by Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. The screenplay by Richard Matheson was based on Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story of the same name. Set in 16th century… Read More ›

The Queen of Spades (1949)

The Queen of Spades (1949) is a fantasy–horror film directed by Thorold Dickinson based on a short story of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. It stars Anton Walbrook, Edith Evans and Yvonne Mitchell. Although Evans and Mitchell were both experienced stage… Read More ›