Recommended Horror Films

The ‘Recommended Horror Films’ in the following list those that we feel are better than the average genre fare.

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The Addams Family – Barry Sonnenfeld, USA, 1991

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Alligator – Lewis Teague, USA, 1980

Alone in the Dark – Jack Sholder, USA, 1982

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Alucarda aka Sisters of Satan – Juan López Moctezuma, Mexico, 1975

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American Mary – Jen and Silvia Soska, Canada, 2012

Anatomy – Stefan Ruzowitzky, Germany, 2000

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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 

Bell from Hell – Claudio Guerin Hill, Spain, 1973

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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

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Black Sabbath – Mario Bava, Italy, 1963

Black Sheep – Jonathan King, New Zealand, 2006

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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

The Burning – Tony Maylam, USA, 1981

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Cape Fear – Martin Scorsese, USA, 1991

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

Child’s Play – Tom Holland, USA, 1988

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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

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The Collector – Marcus Dunstan, USA, 2009

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

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The Crazies – Breck Eisner, USA, 2010

Cube – Vincenzo Natali, Canada, 1997 – coming soon

Damien: Omen II – Don Taylor, USA, 1978

Daybreakers – Michael and Peter Spierig, USA, 2009

Dead Ringers – David Cronenberg, 1988 – coming soon

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

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The Dead Zone – David Cronenberg, 1983

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

Dellamorte, Dellamore – Michele Soavi, Italy, 1994

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Dementia 13 – Francis Ford Coppola, USA, 1963

Deranged – Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen, Canada/USA, 1974

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The Devil’s Backbone – Guillermo del Toro, Spain/Mexico, 2001

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The Devil’s Rejects – Rob Zombie, USA, 2005

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Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde – Roy Ward Baker, UK, 1971

Donnie Darko – Richard Kelly, USA, 2001

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

Dracula: Prince of Darkness – Terence Fisher, UK, 1966

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Drag Me To Hell – Sam Raimi, USA, 2009

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

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Excision -Richard Bates, Jr, USA, 2012

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

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Fascination – Jean Rollin, France, 1979

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Feast – John Gulager, USA, 2005

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Fiend Without a Face – Arthur Crabtree, UK, 1958

Flesh for Frankenstein – Paul Morrissey, Italy, 1973

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The Fog – John Carpenter, USA, 1980

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From Beyond – Stuart Gordon, USA, 1986

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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 – Joe Dante, USA, 1984

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Hands of the Ripper – Peter Sasdy, UK, 1971

Hatchet – Adam Green, USA, 2006 – coming soon

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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

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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

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

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

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Inferno – Dario Argento, Italy 1980

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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

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It – USA, 1990

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

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Jacob’s Ladder – Adrian Lyne, USA, 1990

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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

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

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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

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

Long Weekend – Colin Eggleston, Australia, 1977

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The Loved Ones – Sean Byrne, Australia, 2009

M – Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931

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

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Maniac – Franck Khalfoun, USA, 2012

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Matango – Ishirō Honda, Japan, 1963

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The Midnight Meat Train – Ryuhei Kitamura, USA, 2009

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The Most Dangerous Game – Irving Pichel and
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Motel Hell – Kevin Connor, USA, 1980

The Mummy – Karl Freund, USA, 1932

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The Mummy – Terence Fisher, UK, 1959

My Bloody Valentine – George Mihalka, Canada, 1981

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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 Demon aka Curse of the Demon – Jacques Tourneur, UK, 1957

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

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

Nosferatu the Vampyre Werner Herzog, West Germany, 1979

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Oculus – Mike Flanagan, USA, 2013

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

Patchwork – Tyler MacIntyre, Canada/USA, 2015

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

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Planet Terror – Robert Rodriguez, USA, 2007

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Pontypool – Bruce McDonald, Canada, 2009

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The Prowler – Joseph Zito, USA, 1981

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Psycho II – Richard Franklin, USA, 1983

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Pumpkinhead – Stan Winston, USA, 1988

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

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Rabid – David Cronenberg, Canada, 1977

Ravenous – Antonia Bird, 1999

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Salem’s Lot – Tobe Hooper, USA, 1979

Santa Sangre – Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico-Italy, 1989

Sheitan aka Satan

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The Shout – Jerzy Skolimowski, UK, 1978

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

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SiREN – Gregg Bishop, USA, 2016

Sleepy Hollow – Tim Burton, USA, 1999

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

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Splinter – Toby Wilkins, USA, 2008

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StageFright – Michele Soavi, Italy, 1987

Stake Land – Jim Mickle, USA, 2010

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Starry Eyes – USA, 2014

The Stepfather (1986) coming soon

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The Strangers – Bryan Bertino, USA, 2008

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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

Terrifier – Damien Leone, USA, 2017

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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

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

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Theatre of Blood – Douglas Hickox, UK, 1973

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Tourist Trap – David Schmoeller, USA, 1979

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

Tremors – Ron Underwood, USA, 1990

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Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

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

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Twins of Evil – John Hough, UK, 1971

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

The Uninvited – USA, 1944

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders – Czechoslovakia, 1970

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Vampyres – Jose Larraz, UK, 1974

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

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

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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

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The Witch – Robert Eggers, USA-Canada, 2015

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Witchfinder General – Michael Reeves, UK, 1968

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WolfCop – Lowell Dean, Canada, 2014

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The Woman in Black – James Watkins, UK, 2012

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

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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

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Zombieland – Ruben Fleischer, USA, 2009

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