Essential Horror Films


This page consists of two sections: ‘Essential’ horror films and ‘Recommended’ horror films.

The films in the ‘Essential’ first section, are important in terms of their global impact on the horror movie genre, either for their box office draw, artistic merit, cult credibility, or simple shock value.

This selection has been compiled from a wide range of choices by critics and fans worldwide and does not just reflect the opinions of individual Horrorpedia editors or contributors.

Many of these movies are not without flaws and the list is not meant to be a ‘best of’, or fully comprehensive; it simply offers a snapshot of significant fright films to seek out if you have not yet seen them.

The ‘Recommended’ films in the second section are those that we recommend as being better than the average genre fare.

Both listings are ongoing works-in-progress, subject to amendments…


28 Days Later is a 2002 British zombie horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland, and the film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, and Christopher Eccleston.


A critical and commercial success, the film is credited with reinvigorating the zombie sub-genre [read more]


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30 Days of Night is a 2007 American horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. The film is directed by David Slade and stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, and Danny Huston. The story focuses on an Alaskan town beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long polar night [read more]


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The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a 1971 British horror film starring Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Terry-Thomas and Hugh Griffith. The screenplay was written by James Whiton and William Goldstein, with additional uncredited scripting by director Robert Fuest. Its art deco sets, dark humour and knowing performance by Price have made the film and its sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again cult classics. The character of Dr. Phibes is inspired by the Biblical ten plagues of Ancient Egypt from the Old Testament for the methodology of his murderous spree [read more].


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Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. Dan O’Bannon wrote the screenplay from a story he had written with Ronald Shusett, drawing influence from previous works of science fiction and horror. The film’s title refers to its primary antagonist: a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship.

Alien garnered both critical acclaim and box office success … It has remained highly praised in subsequent decades, being inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2002 for historical preservation as a film which is “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” [read more]



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American Psycho is a 2000 American-Canadian black comedy psychological thriller-horror film co-written and directed by Mary Harron (The Moth Diaries), based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel of the same name.

The film received generally positive reviews and was a financial success, with critics mainly praising the screenplay and Christian Bale’s performance. It has now achieved cult status, any initial controversy surrounding it giving way to an appreciation of the film’s satirical qualities [read more] American-Psycho-Blu-ray

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An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 American comedy horror film written and directed by John Landis. It stars David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne.

Two young Americans, David Kessler (Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Dunne) are on a backpacking holiday in England. Following an awkwardly tense visit to a village pub, The Slaughtered Lamb, the pair venture deep into the moors at night.

They are attacked by a werewolf, which results in Jack’s death and David being taken to a London hospital. Through apparitions of his dead friend and disturbing dream sequences, David becomes informed that he is a werewolf and will transform at the next full moon [read more]

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Anatomy is a 2000 German horror film written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky that stars Franka Potente. The film enjoyed a huge box office success in Germany, and Columbia Pictures released the film’s English-dubbed version in the United States theatrically.

Paula (Franka Potente) is overjoyed to be offered a place on an anatomy course taught by a celebrated professor. But when she attends her first class she is shocked to discover the corpse of a student acquaintance lying on the slab in front of her. In addition to this, as the term continues, she can’t help noticing the large number of students who are mysteriously disappearing and sets out to investigate [read more]

 is a 1999 Japanese psychological horror film directed by Takashi Miike and starring Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina. It is based on a Ryu Murakami novel of the same title. Over the years, the film has developed a cult following.


For its unflinching graphic content, Audition has been likened to the film adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery and Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses. However, the torture scene in the movie is very brief, and only a few shots show the actual torture, focusing more on Asami’s sadistic enjoyment of it [read more]


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The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a 2016 British-American horror film directed by André Øvredal (Trollhunter) from a screenplay by Ian B. Goldberg (Dead of Summer) and Richard Naing. It stars Brian Cox (Trick ‘r TreatThe RingManhunter), Emile Hirsch and Ophelia Lovibond.

In small-town Virginia, police are called to a gruesome crime scene where a family has been massacred in their own house. In the basement, an even more disturbing discovery is made: the partially buried corpse of a nude woman [read more]


The Babadook is a 2014 Australian horror film written and directed by Jennifer Kent for Causeway Films. It stars Essie Davis, Hayley McElhinney, and Daniel Hanshall. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, held in Utah, in January 2014 and has received mostly favourable reviews since.


Six years after the death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her “out-of-control” six-year-old Samuel – a son she finds difficult to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about [read more]


A Bay of Blood is a 1971 Italian giallo horror thriller film directed by Mario Bava (Lisa and the Devil; Black Sabbath; Black Sunday) The film stars Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, and Laura Betti.

The story details the simultaneous murderous activities of several different characters as they each attempt to remove any human obstacles that stand in the way of an inheritance.

Easily Bava’s most intensely violent film, its emphasis on graphically bloody murder set pieces was a huge influence on the slasher film sub-genre that would follow a decade later [read more].


Bell from Hell is a 1973 Spanish horror film directed by Claudio Guerin Hill. It stars Renaud Verley, Viveca Lindfors, and Alfredo Mayo.


A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters, who had him declared insane in order to steal his inheritance [read more]


The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho; Frenzy), loosely based on the 1952 story “The Birds” by Daphne du Maurier.


Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) is a young, wealthy socialite who meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), a lawyer, in a San Francisco bird shop. Brenner wants to purchase a pair of lovebirds for his sister’s eleventh birthday, and pretends to mistake Daniels for a salesperson, which infuriates her.

Nevertheless, intrigued by him, she finds the address of his home in Bodega Bay, California. She purchases a pair of lovebirds and reaches his house by sneaking across the small harbour in a motorboat, leaving the birds and a note. As she is heading back across the bay, a seagull swoops down and inflicts a cut on her head [read more]


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The Black Cat is a 1934 American horror film that became Universal Pictures’ biggest box office hit of the year. It was the first of eight movies to pair actors Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Edgar G. Ulmer directed the film; Peter Ruric (better known as pulp writer “Paul Cain”) wrote the screenplay.


It was part of a boom in horror following the release of Dracula and Frankenstein in 1931. The film exploited the popularity of Poe, as well as a sudden public interest in psychiatry. It has little to do with Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat”. The film – and by extension, the character of Hjalmar Poelzig – draws inspiration from the life of infamous British occultist Aleister Crowley [read more]


Black Christmas – also released as Silent Night, Evil Night – is a 1974 Canadian slasher horror film directed by Bob Clark (Murder By Decree) from a screenplay by A. Roy Moore.

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The film follows a group of college students who must face a deranged serial killer lurking in their sorority house. The movie was inspired by an urban legend called “The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs”, but was also largely based on a series of murders that took place in Quebec, around Christmas time. It is generally considered to be one of the first North American slasher films [read more].

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Black Sunday – also known as The Mask of Satan and Revenge of the Vampire – is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava. It stars Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici and Ivo Garrani.

It was Bava’s official directorial debut. Based very loosely on Nikolai Gogol’s short story “Viy”, the narrative concerns a vampire-witch who is put to death by her own brother, only to return 200 years later to feed on her descendants.

By the social standards of the 1960s, Black Sunday was considered unusually gruesome, and was banned in the UK until 1968 because of its violence. In the U.S., some of the gore was censored… [read more]


Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky (mother!) and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis.

The film received critical praise upon its release, particularly for Portman’s performance and Aronofsky’s direction, and was a very significant box office success, grossing $329 million worldwide. The film received five Academy Award nominations and Portman won the Best Actress award… [read more]

The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American horror film written and directed by Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick. It uses the narrative device of purporting to be ‘found footage’ filmed by it’s three main characters; although this was already a well-used technique, it has since become one of the most imitated techniques in the horror genre. [read more]


Blood and Black Lace is a 1964 Italian giallo horror thriller film co-written and directed by Mario Bava. The story concerns the stalking and brutal murders of various scantily-clad fashion models, committed by a masked killer in a desperate attempt to obtain a scandal-revealing diary.

The film is generally considered one of the earliest and most influential of all gialli, and served as a stylistic template for the “body count” slasher films of the 1980’s [read more]

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Blood Feast is a 1963 American splatter horror film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. It concerns a psychopathic food caterer named Fuad Ramses who kills people so that he can include their body parts in his meals and perform sacrifices to his “Egyptian goddess” Ishtar.

Blood Feast is generally considered the first splatter movie, and despite its amateurish production values, is notable for its groundbreaking depictions of on-screen gore [read more]

The Blood on Satan’s Claw is a 1970 British supernatural folk horror film made by Tigon British Film Productions and directed by Piers Haggard (Quatermass TV serial [1979]; Venom [1981]) from a screenplay by Robert Wynne-Simmons. Released in January 1971, it was promoted as Blood on Satan’s Claw and was also issued in the US as Satan’s Skin [read more]

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a 1992 American Gothic horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola (Dementia 13), based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. The film stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder as Mina Harker, Anthony Hopkins as Professor Abraham Van Helsing, and Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker.

The film was greeted by a generally positive critical reception and was a box office hit [read more]


Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, and the first sequel to Frankenstein (1931). It was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of his mate and Mary Shelley, Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein, and Ernest Thesiger as Doctor Septimus Pretorius.


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Universal took a surprisingly long time to bring Frankenstein and his creation back to the big screen, especially considering their reputation for quickly cottoning on to a good thing and releasing as many sequels as the audience could stomach [read more].


A Bucket of Blood is a 1959 American comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman. It stars Dick Miller and was set in beatnik culture. The film, produced on a $50,000 budget for American International Pictures, was shot in five days, and shares many of the low-budget filmmaking aesthetics commonly associated with Corman’s work.


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Written by Charles B. Griffith, the film is a darkly comic satire about a young waiter at a Bohemian café who is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor when he accidentally kills his landlady’s cat and covers its body in clay to hide the evidence. When he is pressured to create similar work, he becomes murderous [read more]

The Cabin in the Woods is a 2011 American horror film directed and co-written by Drew Goddard and co-written and produced by Joss Whedon.

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Having worked together previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Goddard and Whedon, wrote the screenplay in three days, describing it as an attempt to “revitalise” the slasher film genre [read more]

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari – is a 1920 silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and is often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era.


The film used stylized sets, with abstract, jagged buildings painted on canvas backdrops and flats. These unique sets gave off somewhat of a theatrical sense. To add to this strange style, the actors used an unrealistic technique that exhibited jerky and dancelike movements. This movie is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema [read more]


Candyman is a 1992 American horror film starring Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd and Xander Berkeley. It was directed by Bernard Rose and is based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker, though the film’s scenario is switched from England to the Cabrini–Green public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side.



The film was met with critical acclaim and was a box office success [read more]


Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian cannibal film directed by Ruggero Deodato (House on the Edge of the Park) from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici. It was filmed in the Amazonian rainforest with real indigenous tribes interacting with American and Italian actors and follows on from the director and scriptwriter’s Last Cannibal World (1976).



Led by New York-based anthropologist Harold Monroe (Kerman), a team is assembled to search for a missing film crew who had ventured deep into the Amazonian rainforest to film a documentary about tribes still practicing cannibalism [read more]


Carnival of Souls is a 1962 independent horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000, the film did not gain widespread attention when originally released; today, however, it is a cult classic.



Set to an organ score by Gene Moore, Carnival of Souls relies more on atmosphere than on special effects to create a mood of unease and foreboding. It has been cited as an important influence on the films of both David Lynch and George A. Romero [read more]


Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film directed by Brian De Palma (SistersThe FuryDressed to Kill) from a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King.

It was the first of several Stephen King novels to be made into movies for screen and TV: it also introduced young stars who would later be famous, except for Piper Laurie, who had already made several films.

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The movie was a major success for United Artists, grossing $33.8 million at the US box office, on a budget of $1.8 million. It received a mostly positive response from critics [read more]




Cat People is a 1942 American horror film produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur (I Walked with a ZombieNight of the Demon; The Comedy of Terrors). DeWitt Bodeen wrote the original screenplay which was based on Val Lewton’s short story The Bagheeta published in 1930.



A young Serbian woman, Irena, who believes herself to be a descendant of a race of people who turn into cats when sexually aroused… [read more]

The Changeling is a 1980 Canadian horror film directed by Peter Medak and starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere (Scott’s real-life wife). The story is based upon events that writer Russell Hunter said he experienced while he was living in the Henry Treat Rogers Mansion of Denver, Colorado.

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Months after the death of his wife and child in a car accident, composer John Russell (George S. Scott) retires to an old mansion which has been unoccupied for years. But John’s hopes of peace and quiet prove unfulfilled, as he finds himself regularly disturbed by a strange and uncanny presence which haunts the house [read more]


Communion is a 1976 American slasher horror film directed by Alfred Sole from a screenplay co-written with Rosemary Ritvo. It stars Linda Miller, Paula Sheppard, and Brooke Shields. The film was released theatrically three different times under a different title: first as Communion in 1976; as Alice, Sweet Alice in 1978; and as Holy Terror in 1981. [read more]



The Conjuring is a 2013 supernatural horror film directed by James Wan (Insidious; Saw) from a screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes. It was produced by New Line Cinema.


Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators, asked to the assist the Perron family (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor), who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971 [read more]

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Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 American Universal monster horror film directed by Jack Arnold (It Came from Outer Space; Tarantula; The Incredible Shrinking Man) from a screenplay by Harry Essex (Man Made Monster; Octaman) and Arthur A. Ross.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon is a quintessential monster movie and in many respects, Universal’s last hurrah from the Golden Age. The plot is fairly slim, which goes in its favour, a scientific research party re-awaking a hideous beast from a very long sleep and the requisite kidnapping of a damsel (Julie Adams). The creature, unimaginatively called ‘Gillman’ is a classic of Hollywood design, both recognisable and alien. [read more]

Cronos is a 1993 Mexican vampire horror film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak; Pan’s Labyrinth; The Devil’s Backbone), and starring veteran Argentine actor Federico Luppi and American actor Ron Perlman. Cronos is del Toro’s first feature film, and the first of several films on which he collaborated with Luppi and Perlman.

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Cronos is a modern-day vampire film which re-works the ancient themes of fear and desire. Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) is an antique dealer who, with his granddaughter Aurora, discovers a mysterious scarab-like object at the base of an old statue. The statue’s previous owner was a 16th century alchemist who seeked eternal life and the object turns out to be the Cronos which grants the user eternal life in exchange for blood [read more].

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Dark Water – 仄暗い水の底から – Honogurai Mizu no soko kara – literally “From the bottom of Dark Water” – is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata (Ghost Theatre; The ComplexRing and its sequel) from a screenplay by Yoshihiro Nakamura and Kenichi Suzuki. It is based on Floating Water, a short story by Koji Suzuki.


The plot follows a divorced mother who moves into a rundown apartment with her daughter, and experiences supernatural occurrences including a mysterious water leak from the floor above… [read more]

Daughters of Darkness is a 1971 Belgian-French-German erotic vampire horror film directed by Harry Kümel (Malpertuis) from a screenplay co-written with Pierre Drouot.

A recently married young couple, Stefan (John Karlen) and Valerie (Danielle Ouimet), are on their honeymoon. They check into a grand hotel in Ostend, Belgium. A mysterious Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Báthory (Delphine Seyrig), arrives and he middle-aged concierge swears that he saw her at the same hotel when he was a little boy [read more]


Dawn of the Dead is a 1978 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero’s Living Dead series but contains no characters or settings from Night of the Living Dead, and shows in a larger scale the zombie plague’s apocalyptic effects on society.

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In the film, a plague of unknown origin has caused the reanimation of the dead, who prey on human flesh, which subsequently causes mass hysteria… [read more]

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Dead of Night is a 1945 British portmanteau horror film made by Ealing Studios; the individual stories were directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer. Director Martin Scorsese placed Dead of Night on his list of the 11 scariest horror films of all time.

Dead of Night stands out from British films of the 1940s when few horror films were being produced in the country (horror films had been strongly discouraged from production in Britain during the war), and it had an influence on subsequent films in the genre [read more].


Deathdream is a 1972 Canadian horror film produced and directed by Bob Clark (Black ChristmasMurder By Decree) from a screenplay by Alan Ormsby. The plot was inspired by the W.W. Jacobs short story The Monkey’s Paw.


The film stars Richard Backus, John Marley and Lynn Carlin. A young Tom Savini handled the special effects makeup [read more]


Deep Red – original title: Profondo rosso; also known as The Hatchet Murders – is a 1975 Italian giallo thriller film, directed by Dario Argento and co-written by Argento and Bernardino Zapponi.


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It was produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento, and the film’s score was composed and performed by prog rock band Goblin [read more]


Dellamorte Dellamore – aka Cemetery Man – is a 1994 comedy horror film directed by Michele Soavi. A co-production of Italy, France, and Germany, the screenplay by Gianni Romoli was based on the 1991 novel by Tiziano Sclavi. Sclavi is also the author of the comic Dylan Dog, which covers similar themes and whose protagonist is self-evidently a Rupert Everett lookalike.


The film stars Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, and Anna Falchi. The story concerns the beleaguered caretaker of a small Italian cemetery, who searches for love while defending the town from zombies… [read more]


Deranged is a 1974 Canadian-American horror film written and directed by Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen. It was produced by Bob Clark (Black Christmas; Murder By Decree).


You’ve got to hand it to Wisconsin necrophile, cannibal and murderer Ed Gein – his insanity-soaked criminal exploits have inspired a lot of films over the years, including Psycho (1960).


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But the early 1970s, in particular, were a great time for Gein-flavoured movies, possibly because it was the first time his twisted crimes could be more explicitly explored. Thus we had the likes of Three on a MeathookThe Texas Chain Saw Massacre … and Deranged, the film that came closest to telling the real story until more recent biopics [read more]

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The Descent is a 2005 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film follows six women who, having entered an unmapped cave system, become trapped and are hunted by blood-thirsty human hybrids lurking within.


After the huge critical and commercial success of Neil Marshall’s debut effort, 2002’s Dog Soldiers, everybody waited expectantly to give him a polite ripple of applause for his follow-up but not to push his luck. Much eating of head-wear followed when it was clear that Marshall had at least equalled his efforts and had pushed himself and his team yet further, filming a low-budget horror film with a small cast in a near to pitch-black environment. [read more]


The Devil Rides Out is a 1968 British Hammer horror film, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. It was written by American writer Richard Matheson and directed by Terence Fisher (The Curse of Frankenstein; Dracula; The Mummy). In the US, it was retitled The Devil’s Bride.


The powers of good are pitted against the forces of evil as the aristocratic Duc de Richelieu (Lee) wrestles with the charming but deadly Satanist, Mocata (Grey), for the soul of his friend, Simon Aron (Mower), who has been associating with Mocata and his coven. Set in 1920’s England, the Duc and his friend, Rex van Rijn (Greene), soon find more and more evidence of ritual sacrifice, black magic, and the Dark Arts [read more]

The Devil’s Backbone (Spain/Mexico, 2001)


Diabolique (France, 1955)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1931 American horror film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March.

The film is an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), the Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a man who takes a potion which turns him from a mild-mannered man of science into a homicidal maniac. March’s performance has been much lauded, and earned him his first Academy Award [read more]


Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British supernatural horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent), and starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham.

A squad of six regular British Army soldiers is dropped into the Scottish Highlands. Expecting to carry out a training mission against an SAS unit, they only find their savaged remains. The single survivor, Captain Ryan, makes cryptic references to what attacked them… [read more]

Don’t Look Now – aka A Venezia… un dicembre rosso shocking – is a 1973 British/Italian horror film directed by Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth). It was adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier. It stars Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.

While Don’t Look Now observes many conventions of the thriller genre, its primary focus is on the psychology of grief, and the effect the death of a child can have on a relationship. Its emotionally convincing depiction of grief is often singled out as a trait not usually present in films featuring supernatural plot elements [read more]

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Dracula is a 1931 horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as the title character. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, which in turn is based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Made only thirty-four years after the publication of Bram Stoker‘s novel, Tod Browning’s film is, for all its faults, still used as a benchmark of not only Dracula and vampire films but all films in the horror genre [read more]

Dracula aka Horror or Dracula (1958)


Drag Me To Hell (USA, 2009)


Dressed to Kill – Brian De Palma, USA, 1980


Eden Lake (UK, 2008)

Eraserhead is a 1977 American surrealist film and the first feature film by David Lynch, who wrote, produced and directed.

Eraserhead polarized and baffled many critics and filmgoers, but has become a cult classic. In 2004, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Lynch has called it a “dream of dark and troubling things” and his “most spiritual movie.” [read more]

The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, USA, 1981) / Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, USA, 1987)

The Exorcist – William Friedkin, USA, 1973

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Eyes Without a Face


The Fly – David Cronenberg, USA, 1986

Frankenstein – James Whale, USA, 1931


Friday the 13th – Sean S. Cunnigham, USA, 1980


Fright Night – Tom Holland, USA, 1985

Funny Games – coming soon


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The Grudge aka Ju-On (Japan, 2004) coming soon


Halloween (USA, 1978)


The Haunting – Robert Wise, 1963

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Häxan aka Witchcraft Through the Ages (Sweden/Denmark, 1922)



Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

High Tension aka Switchblade Romance


The Hills Have Eyes – Wes Craven, USA, 1977


The Host – Joon Ho Bong, South Korea, 2006


Hour of the Wolf aka Vargtimmen – Sweden, 1968

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House aka Hausu – Nobuhiko Obayashi, Japan, 1977


The House of the Devil is a 2009 American horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West (The Sacrament; The Innkeepers; The Roost).

The plot concerns a young college student (Donahue) who is hired as a babysitter at an isolated house and is soon caught up in bizarre and dangerous events as she fights for her life. The film combines elements of both the slasher film and haunted house sub-genres while using the “satanic panic” of the 1980s as a central plot element [read more].


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House of Usher aka The Fall of the House of Usher – Roger Corman, USA, 1960


The Howling (Joe Dante, USA, 1981)

I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a 1958 science fiction horror film, produced and directed by Gene Fowler Jr. from a screenplay by Louis Vittes. It stars Tom Tryon and Gloria Talbott (The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll). [read more]


I Walked With a Zombie (USA, 1943)

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The Incredible Shrinking Man (USA)



The Innocents (UK, 1961)

Inside (France, 2007)

Interview with the Vampire (Neil Jordan, 1994) – coming soon


Insidious is a 2010 American independent psychological horror film written by Leigh Whannell, directed by James Wan (Saw), and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Barbara Hershey.



The story centers on a couple whose son inexplicably enters a comatose state and becomes a vessel for ghosts in an astral dimension who want to inhabit his body, in order to live once again. The film took $97,009,150 at the worldwide box office on a budget of $1.5 million [read more]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (USA, 1956)

The Invisible Man (USA, 1933)


Island of Lost Souls (USA, 1932)

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It Follows

Jaws – USA, 1975

King Kong – USA, 1933


Kuroneko – Japan, 1968


Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, Japan, 1964)

The Last House on the Left – Wes Craven, USA, 1972


Let Sleeping Corpses Lie aka Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue

Let the Right One In – Sweden, 2008

Mad Love aka The Hands of Orlac – USA, 1935


Martin (1976)

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Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008)

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)



The Mist

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

The Nameless (Spain, 1999)

Night of the Demon (UK, 1957)


Night of the Eagle aka Burn Witch, Burn (UK, 1962)


Night of the Living Dead – George A. Romero, USA, 1968

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A Nightmare on Elm Street – Wes Craven, USA, 1984


Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

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The Old Dark House (1932)




The Omen (1976)


Onibaba (Japan, 1964)


Opera aka Terror at the Opera (Italy, 1987)

The Orphanage (2007)

The Orphanage (Spain, 2007)

The Others (Alejandro Amenábar, 2001) coming soon

Paranormal Activity – Oren Peli, 2007



Peeping Tom


Pet Sematary (Mary Lambert, USA, 1989)


Phantasm – Don Coscarelli, USA, 1979


The Phantom of the Opera – Rupert Julian, USA, 1925

Poltergeist – Tobe Hooper, USA, 1982

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Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1960

Quatermass and the Pit – Roy Ward Baker, UK, 1967


The Raven (USA, 1935)

Re-Animator (USA, 1985)

[REC] coming soon

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Repulsion – Roman Polanski, UK, 1965

Ring – Japan, 1998

The Ring – USA, 2002


The Rocky Horror Picture Show – coming soon

Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, USA, 1968)

Saw – coming soon

Scream (Wes Craven, USA, 1996)

Session 9 is a 2001 American psychological horror film, directed by Brad Anderson from a screenplay by Anderson and Stephen Gevedon.

The plot focuses on the growing tension within an asbestos removal crew working at an abandoned mental asylum, which is paralleled by the gradual revelation of a former patient’s disturbed past through recorded audio tapes of the patient’s hypnotherapy sessions [read more]

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Se7en – David Fincher, USA

Shaun of the Dead – UK, 2004


The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)

Shivers aka They Came from Within (David Cronenberg, Canada, 1975)

The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, USA, 1991)


Sisters – Brian De Palma, USA, 1973

The Sixth Sense – M. Night Shyamalan, 1999 – coming soon

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Sleepy Hollow (USA, 1999)

Son of Frankenstein (USA, 1939)


Suspiria (Dario Argento, Italy, 1977)


A Tale of Two Sisters (South Korea, 2003)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, USA, 1974)


Them! (1954)




The Thing – John Carpenter, USA, 1982


Thirst (South Korea, 2009)

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The Tomb of Ligeia (USA, 1964)

Vampyr (1932)

The Vanishing (1988) coming soon


Videodrome (David Cronenberg, Canada, 1983)


Village of the Damned is a 1960 British science fiction horror film by German director Wolf Rilla. The film is adapted from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) by John Wyndham (Web).

A sequel, Children of the Damned (1963), followed, as did a remake by John Carpenter, also titled Village of the Damned (1995) [read more]


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Viy (USSR, 1967)

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, USA, 1962) coming soon

White Zombie 2

White Zombie (USA, 1932)


Who Can Kill a Child? (Spain, 1975)


The Wicker Man (UK, 1973)


Wolf Creek (Greg McLean, Australia, 2005)


The Wolf Man (USA, 1941)


Young Frankenstein – USA, 1974



Recommended Horror Movies:

The following horror films may not be ‘must-see’, however they are recommended as well-worth watching:


The Addams Family – Barry Sonnenfeld, USA, 1991


Alligator – Lewis Teague, USA, 1980

Alone in the Dark – Jack Sholder, USA, 1982


Alucarda – Mexico, 1975




American Mary – Jen and Silvia Soska, Canada, 2012

Asylum – Roy Ward Baker, UK, 1972

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Basket Case – Frank Henenlotter, USA, 1982

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms – Eugène Lourié, USA, 1953

The Beyond – Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1981 

Beyond the Darkness (Joe D'Amato, 1979)

Beyond the Darkness – Aristide Massaccesi [as Joe D’Amato], Italy, 1979

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Black Magic 2 aka Revenge of the Zombies – Ho Meng-Hua, Hong Kong, 1976


Black Sabbath – Mario Bava, Italy, 1963

Black Sheep – Jonathan King, New Zealand, 2006

The Blob – Irwin S. Yeaworth, USA, 1958


The Blob – Chuck Russell, USA, 1988

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Blood for Dracula – Paul Morrissey, Italy, 1974

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The Brides of Dracula (Terence Fisher, UK, 1960)

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The Brood – David Cronenberg, Canada, 1979

Bubba Ho-Tep – Don Coscarelli, USA, 2002

The Burning – Tony Maylam, USA, 1981


Cape Fear – Martin Scorsese, USA, 1991


The Cat and the Canary – Elliott Nugent, USA, 1939

Child’s Play – Tom Holland, USA, 1988


A Christmas Horror Story – Steven Hoban, Grant Harvey and Brett Sullivan, USA, 2015

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The City of the Dead – John Llewellyn Moxey, UK, 1960

City of the Living Dead – Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1980


The Collector – Marcus Dunstan, USA, 2009

The Crazies – George A. Romero, USA, 1973 – coming soon


The Crazies – Breck Eisner, USA, 2010

Cube – Vincenzo Natali, Canada, 1997 – coming soon

Damien: Omen II – Don Taylor, USA, 1978

Dark Night of the Scarecrow – Frank De Felitta, USA, 1981

Daybreakers – Michael and Peter Spierig, USA, 2009

Dead Ringers – David Cronenberg, 1988 – coming soon


Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead – Tommy Wirkola, Norway, 2014


The Dead Zone – David Cronenberg, 1983

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Death Line aka Raw Meat – Gary Sherman, UK, 1972


Dementia 13 – Francis Ford Coppola, 1963


The Devil’s Rejects (2005)


Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde – 1971

Donnie Darko – Richard Kelly, USA, 2001

Don’t Breathe – Fede Alavrez, USA, 2016

Don’t Torture a Duckling – Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1972

Dracula: Prince of Darkness – UK, 1966 – coming soon


Dream Home – Pang Ho-cheung, Hong, Kong, 2010

Duel – Steven Spielberg, USA, 1971

Event Horizon – Paul W. S. Anderson, USA, 1997

Evil Dead – Fede Alvarez, USA, 2013

The Evil in Us – Jason William Lee, USA, 2016

The Evil Within – Andrew Getty, 2017


Excision -Richard Bates, Jr, USA, 2012

 The Faculty – 1998 – coming soon

The Fall of the House of Usher – Jean Epstein, USA, 1928

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Fascination – Jean Rollin, France, 1979


Feast – John Gulager, USA, 2005

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Fiend Without a Face – Arthur Crabtree, UK, 1958

Flesh for Frankenstein – Paul Morrissey, 1973


The Fog is a 1980 horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also co-wrote the screenplay and composed the music for the film. It stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins and Janet Leigh.

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The film tells the story of a strange, glowing fog that sweeps in over a small coastal town in California, bringing with it the vengeful ghosts of mariners who were killed in a shipwreck there exactly 100 years earlier [read more]

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man – Roy William Neill, USA, 1943 – coming soon

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From Beyond – Stuart Gordon, USA, 1986


From Dusk Till Dawn – Robert Rodriguez, USA, 1996

Frontier(s) – Xavier Gens, France, 2007

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God Told Me To aka Demon – Larry Cohen, USA, 1976

Grabbers – Jon Wright, Ireland-UK, 2016

Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch – Joe Dante, USA, 1984 – coming soon


Hands of the Ripper – Peter Sasdy, UK, 1971

Hatchet – Adam Green, USA, 2006 – coming soon


The Hills Have Eyes – Alexandre Aja, USA, 2006

The Hitcher – Robert Harmon, USA, 1986 – coming soon

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Horror Express – Eugenio Martin, UK-Spain, 1972

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Hostel – Eli Roth, USA, 2005


House of Wax – USA, 1953

The House on Haunted Hill – William Castle, USA, 1959 – coming soon

Humanoids from the Deep – Barbara Peeters, USA, 1980

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – William Dieterle, USA, 1939

I Bury the Living – Albert Band, USA, 1958

I Drink Your Blood – David Durston, USA, 1971


I Saw the Devil – Kim Ji-woon, South Korea, 2011


In the Mouth of Madness – John Carpenter, USA, 1995


Inferno – Dario Argento, Italy 1980


Insidious – James Wan, USA, 2010

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Philip Kaufman, USA, 1978

Isle of the Dead – Mark Robson, USA, 1945


It – USA, 1990



It Came from Outer Space – Jack Arnold, USA, 1953


Jacob’s Ladder – Adrian Lyne, USA, 1990


Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI – Tom McLoughlin, USA, 1986

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Jeepers Creepers – Victor Salva, USA, 2011

Jennifer’s Body – Karyn Kusama, USA, 2009

John Dies At the End – Don Coscarelli, USA, 2012

Kairo (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 2001) coming soon

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Kill List – Ben Wheatley, UK, 2011

Kong: Skull Island – USA, 2017

Laid to Rest – Robert Hall, USA, 2009


The Lair of the White Worm – Ken Russell, UK, 1988


Land of the Dead – George A. Romero, USA, 2005

The Legend of Hell House – John Hough, UK, 1973

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death – John D. Hancock, USA, 1971

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Lisa and the Devil – Mario Bava, Italy, 1972

The Little Shop of Horrors – Roger Corman, USA, 1960


A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin – Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1971

Long Weekend – Colin Eggleston, Australia, 1977


The Loved Ones – Sean Byrne, Australia, 2009

M – Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931


Man Bites Dog – Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, Belgium, 1992


Maniac – Franck Khalfoun, USA, 2012


Matango – Ishirō Honda, Japan, 1963


The Midnight Meat Train – Ryuhei Kitamura, USA, 2009


The Most Dangerous Game (1932)


Motel Hell – Kevin Connor, USA, 1980

The Mummy – Karl Freund, USA, 1932


The Mummy – Terence Fisher, UK, 1959

My Bloody Valentine – George Mihalka, Canada, 1981


Mystery of the Wax Museum – Michael Curtiz, USA, 1933

Near Dark – Kathryn Bigelow, USA, 1987 – coming soon

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Night of the Creeps – Fred Dekker, USA, 1986

Night of the Living Dead – Tom Savini, USA, 1990


A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – Chuck Russell, USA, 1987

Nosferatu the Vampyre Werner Herzog, West Germany, 1979


Oculus – Mike Flanagan, USA, 2013

Ouija: Origin of Evil – Mike Flanagan, USA, 2016

Patchwork is a 2015 Canadian-American comedy horror film directed by Tyler MacIntyre from a screenplay co-written with Chris Lee Hill (Tragedy Girls). It stars Tory Stolper, Tracey Fairaway and Maria Blasucci.

Three young women go out partying one night and find themselves Frankensteined together in one body. Now they must put aside their differences so they can find who did this and exact revenge! [read more]

Piranha – Joe Dante, USA, 1978



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The Pit and the Pendulum – Roger Corman, USA, 1961

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The Plague of the Zombies – John Gilling, UK, 1966


Planet Terror – Robert Rodriguez, USA, 2007

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Pontypool – Bruce McDonald, Canada, 2009


The Prowler – Joseph Zito, USA, 1981


Psycho II – Richard Franklin, USA, 1983

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Pumpkinhead – Stan Winston, USA, 1988


Q aka Q: The Winged Serpent – Larry Cohen, USA, 1982


Rabid – David Cronenberg, Canada, 1977

Ravenous – Antonia Bird, 1999

Razorback – Australia, 1984


Salem’s Lot – Tobe Hooper, USA, 1979

Santa Sangre – Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico-Italy, 1989

Sheitan aka Satan


The Shout – Jerzy Skolimowski, UK, 1978

Silent Hill – Christophe Gans, USA, 2006 – coming soon


SiREN – Gregg Bishop, USA, 2016

Slither – James Gunn, USA, 2006

Shutter – Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Thailand, 2004

Society – Brian Yuzna, USA, 1989

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Spider Baby – Jack Hill, USA, 1964

Spiral – Japan, 2000


Splinter – Toby Wilkins, USA, 2008


StageFright – Michele Soavi, Italy, 1987

Stake Land – Jim Mickle, USA, 2010


Starry Eyes – USA, 2014

The Stepfather (1986) coming soon


The Strangers – Bryan Bertino, USA, 2008


Street Trash – J. Michael Muro, USA, 1987

Tarantula – Jack Arnold, USA, 1955

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Taste the Blood of Dracula – Peter Sasdy, UK, 1969

Teeth – Mitchell Lichtenstein, USA, 2007

The Tenant – Roman Polanski, France, 1976

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 – Tobe Hooper, USA, 1986

The Thing from Another World – Christian Nyby, USA, 1951

This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse – Jose Mojica Marins, Brazil, 1967

Tombs of the Blind Dead

Tombs of the Blind Dead – Amando De Ossorio, Spain, 1971

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Theatre of Blood – Douglas Hickox, UK, 1973


Tourist Trap – David Schmoeller, USA, 1979

Train to Busan – Sang-ho Yeon, South Korea, 2016

Tremors – Ron Underwood, USA, 1990


Trick ‘r Treat (2007)


Tucker and Dale vs Evil – Eli Craig, Canada, 2010


Twins of Evil – John Hough, UK, 1971


Two Thousand Maniacs! – Herschell Gordon Lewis, USA, 1964

The Uninvited – USA, 1944

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders – Czechoslovakia, 1970


Vampyres – Jose Larraz, UK, 1974

The Void – Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, Canada, 2016

Wake in Fright aka Outback – Ted Kotcheff, Australia, 1971


WΔZ aka The Killing Gene – Tom Shankland, UK, 2007

What Have You Done to Solange? – Massimo Dallamano, Italy-West Germany, 1971

Whistle and I’ll Come To You – Jonathan Miller, 1968, UK

White Coffin aka Ataúd Blanco: El Juego Diabólico – Daniel de la Vega, Argentina, 2016


The Witch – Robert Eggers, USA-Canada, 2015


Witchfinder General – Michael Reeves, UK, 1968


WolfCop – Lowell Dean, Canada, 2014


The Woman in Black – James Watkins, UK, 2012

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead – Kiah Roache-Turner, Australia, 2014


World War Z – Marc Forster, USA, 2013

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X aka X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes – Roger Corman, USA, 1963

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You’re Next – Adam Wingard, USA, 2011

Zombie Flesh Eaters aka Zombie – Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1979


Zombieland – Ruben Fleischer, USA, 2009



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2 replies

  1. What a great list! I should definitely watch some I haven’t watched yet. And among new horrors, I’d mention The Conjuring 2. Yes, there are quite ordinary horror tricks in this movie such as inverted crosses, monsters in a tent and doors closing right behind your nose. But the plot and beautiful shooting cover these small flaws.


  2. Great list, definitely fun to look at. Here’s some 90’s tidbits I’m sharing: Night Breed (1990), Pale Blood (1990), The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)


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