The 50 Best Anthology Horror Films

Using a combination of critical acclaim, impact, and personal bias, I've constructed a list of what I might consider the best anthology horror films. For those who don't know, this involves horror movies that are segmented with several stories, often with a wraparound to connect them.
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1.
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die. (92 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ Favourite Segment: Poetic Justice ” - nauru-1
 
2.
Dead of Night (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (103 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: Ventriloquist's Dummy ” - nauru-1
 
3.
Black Sabbath (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an... (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ Favourite Segment: The Drop of Water ” - nauru-1
 
4.
Kwaidan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: The Woman of the Snow ” - nauru-1
 
5.
Creepshow (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s. (120 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: Something to Tide You Over ” - nauru-1
 
6.
Asylum (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum. (88 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ Favourite Segment: Frozen Fear ” - nauru-1
 
7.
Tales of Terror (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death. (89 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Favourite Segment: The Black Cat ” - nauru-1
 
8.
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Duffell
“ Favourite Segment: Sweets to the Sweet ” - nauru-1
 
9.
Twice-Told Tales (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"... (120 mins.)
Director: Sidney Salkow
“ Favourite Segment: Dr. Heidegger's Experiment ” - nauru-1
 
10.
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Aboard a British train, mysterious fortune teller Dr. Schreck uses tarot cards to read the futures of five fellow passengers. (98 mins.)
Director: Freddy Francis
“ Favourite Segment: Disembodied Hand ” - nauru-1
 
11.
From Beyond the Grave (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner. (97 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ Favourite Segment: The Gatecrasher ” - nauru-1
 
12.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater. (82 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: The School Bus Massacre Revisited ” - nauru-1
 
13.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series. (101 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet ” - nauru-1
 
14.
Night Gallery (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seemingly haunted painting drives a greedy man insane. A rich blind woman gets a new pair of eyes that allow her to see for only one brief ironic moment. An idyllic painting gives a Nazi war criminal in hiding some fleeting comfort. (50 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: The Cemetery ” - nauru-1
 
15.
The Vault of Horror (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An anthology of five horror stories shared by five men trapped in the basement of an office building. (87 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ Favourite Segment: Drawn and Quartered ” - nauru-1
 
16.
Three... Extremes (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors. (118 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: Cut ” - nauru-1
 
17.
Spirits of the Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three directors each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: "Toby Dammit" features a disheveled drugged... (121 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: Toby Dammit ” - nauru-1
 
18.
Trilogy of Terror (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women. (72 mins.)
Director: Dan Curtis
“ Favourite Segment: Amelia ” - nauru-1
 
19.
V/H/S/2 (2013)
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Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance. (96 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: Safe Haven ” - nauru-1
 
20.
Torture Garden (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show. (93 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ Favourite Segment: The Man Who Collected Poe ” - nauru-1
 
21.
Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An anthology of three loosely connected occult tales, with ironic and romantic twists. (94 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Favourite Segment: Second Story ” - nauru-1
 
22.
V/H/S (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. (116 mins.)
“ Favourte Segment: 10/31/98 ” - nauru-1
 
23.
Waxworks (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A wax museum hires a writer to give the sculptures stories. The writer imagines himself and the museum owner's daughter in the stories. (65 mins.)
“ Favourite Segment: Ivan the Terrible ” - nauru-1
 
24.
Cat's Eye (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror. (94 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ Favourite Segment: Quitters Inc. ” - nauru-1
 
25.
The Monster Club (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three... (104 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ Favourite Segment: The Ghouls ” - nauru-1
 
26.
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him. (93 mins.)
Director: John Harrison
“ Favourite Segment: Lover's Vow ” - nauru-1
 
27.
Dead of Night (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
This anthology tells three stories: one of time travel, one of vampires, and one of a mother wishing her drowned son back to life. (76 mins.)
Director: Dan Curtis
“ Favourite Segment: Bobby ” - nauru-1
 
28.
Creepshow 2 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Gornick
“ Favourite Segment: The Raft ” - nauru-1
 
29.
Tale of Tales (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile. (134 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
 
30.
Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark. (83 mins.)
 
31.
Three Cases of Murder (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day... (99 mins.)
 
32.
Southbound (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway. (89 mins.)
 
33.
Two Evil Eyes (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. (120 mins.)
 
34.
4bia (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
4BIA is a Horror Anthology. The first segment, "Happiness" is about a lonely girl who corresponded with... (120 mins.)
 
35.
The Illustrated Man (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny... (103 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
 
36.
From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter. (99 mins.)
Director: Jeff Burr
 
37.
Body Bags (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong... (91 mins.)
 
38.
Eerie Tales (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A demon, a reaper, and a supernatural prostitute read gothic short stories and act them out. (112 mins.)
Director: Richard Oswald
 
39.
O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three episodes: A dollmaker whose dolls are eerily human, a tale of necrophilia, and a doctor proves love is dead. (80 mins.)
 
40.
Poison (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away... (85 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
41.
3 Extremes II (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three constitutes an omnibus package of three short horror films made by Asian directors. "Memories," made by Kim Ji-Woon... (140 mins.)
 
42.
Tales from the Hood (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business. (98 mins.)
Director: Rusty Cundieff
 
43.
Terror Tract (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A real estate agent terrifies a couple with the grim fates of the previous owners of a house they're looking at. (96 mins.)
 
44.
Campfire Tales (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A group of teens entertain themselves by telling an anthology of famous urban legends with a modern twist; including make-out-point, monsters, psychopaths, and ghosts. (88 mins.)
 
45.
Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A psychiatrist tells stories of four special cases to a colleague. (90 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
 
46.
The Uncanny (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror. (89 mins.)
Director: Denis Héroux
 
47.
Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'... (96 mins.)
 
48.
Phobia 2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Phobia 2 is composed of five short movie segments directed by five of the best directors of Thai horror films... (125 mins.)
 
49.
Rampo Noir (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
This four-part anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of legendary horror writer Edogawa Rampo. (134 mins.)
 
50.
Nightmares (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
51.
After Midnight (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Horror anthology about a college professor (Zada) teaching a course called "The Psychology of Fear"... (90 mins.)
Director: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
 
52.
Strange Frequency (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Rock 'n Roll version of the Twilight Zone, with stories featuring a talent agent with an ironic curse, a homicidal hippie and the Disco Club from Hell. (120 mins.)