Whether you're in the mood for campy killings, extreme brutality, or just some good old fashioned suspense, here is a list of films that will fulfill your horror needs... (Films listed in a timeline of release)
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The Most Dangerous Game
An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers. (63 mins.)
“ Based off the classic short story by Richard Connell, THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME is a thriller that was shot at the same time as KING KONG (1933) - and even on the same island with the same cast and crew. The film is an early thriller that has, to some sense, become the archtype for slasher movie formulas; a psychotic killer stalking unsuspecting travelers. While movies like THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) and THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) are extremely different in story, they share the same basic premise of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. ” - captaincracker
Murders in the Rue Morgue
A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments. (61 mins.)
“ Right after he played the titular role of DRACULA (1931), Bela Lugosi starred in this extremely early model of the slasher film - it features a man who kidnaps women, experiments on them, and ultimately they die. One of the death scenes - where a young woman is stabbed to death in the street and tied to a cross beam - remains one of the most unsettling images of early cinema. ” - captaincracker
Thirteen women who were schoolmates send to a swami for their horoscopes. Little do they realize that Ursula... (73 mins.)
“ Considered the first ancestor to the modern slasher film - a group of people commit a crime and are subsequently punished as a result.
Co-stars actress Peg Entwistle, who famously committed suicide by jumping off the "H" of the Hollywood sign. ” - captaincracker
Mystery of the Wax Museum
The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor. (77 mins.)
“ The original "wax museum" movie that would be remade as HOUSE OF WAX in 1953, and would strongly influence TOURIST TRAP (1979) and HOUSE OF WAX (2005).
MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM was believed to be a lost film, until it was recovered in the late 1960s. ” - captaincracker
The Leopard Man
A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy new Mexico town. (66 mins.)
“ Produced by Val Lewton, the legendary B-horror movie producer responsible for CAT PEOPLE (1942); the black leopard used in THE LEOPARD MAN is the same one used in CAT PEOPLE - his name is Dynamite. ” - captaincracker
The Seventh Victim
A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance. (71 mins.)
“ Produced by Val Lewton, the legendary B-horror movie producer.
One of the film's supporting actors, Erford Gage, would die two years later in World War II while fighting to liberate the Philippines. ” - captaincracker
And Then There Were None
Ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer? (97 mins.)
“ Although Agatha Christie's famous novel TEN LITTLE INDIANS was the origin of the story, this film is actually based on her play "TEN LITTLE INDIANS" - the stories are almost identical with the exception of who lives in the end and who the killer is. ” - captaincracker
House of Wax
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
“ A remake of THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933).
HOUSE OF WAX is the first 3-D movie produced by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was filmed on their back-lot in 1953 and some of the sets still stand to this day. Ironically, although it was filmed in 3-D, director André De Toth was blind in one eye. ” - captaincracker
Man in the Attic
After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper. (82 mins.)
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
“ Based on the novel SHE WHO WAS NO MORE by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. DIABOLIQUE (also known as THE DEVILS) has become one of the most celebrated thrillers of all time, with an ending that has been recognized by man scholars as one of the greatest endings in cinematic history.
The indisputable French classic that inspired Alfred Hitchcock to make PSYCHO. It is rumored that Hitchock himself tried to buy the original rights to Boileau and Narcejac's novel, but Henri-Georges Clouzot beat him to it. ” - captaincracker
The Bad Seed
A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
“ Often considered one of the scariest thrillers of the 1950's, THE BAD SEED took the idea of a "Nuclear Family" and flipped it on it's head, delivering a well acted fight-fest that continues to shock audiences over half a century after it's original release. The film was based on the Broadway production, "THE BAD SEED", which ran for 334 performances in 1954.
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Nancy Kelly for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Eileen Heckart for Best Supporting Actress, Patty McCormack for her chilling performance of Best Supporting Actress, and Harold Rosson for Best Black and White Cinematography. ” - captaincracker
The Bloody Brood
Two beatniks get their kicks by dealing drugs and violence. (80 mins.)
A Bucket of Blood
A frustrated and talentless artist finds acclaim for a plaster covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. Soon the desire for more praise leads to an increasingly deadly series of works. (66 mins.)
“ Roger Corman's camp classic was shot in just 5 days, yet remains inspirational to the likes of Herschell Gordon Lewis and Lucio Fulci.
The film's cult status allowed a musical production to begin in 2009. A BUCKET OF BLOOD: THE MUSICAL was produced by Chicago's Annoyance Theater. ” - captaincracker
Eyes Without a Face
A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face. (90 mins.)
“ One of the first films of the French New Wave, EYES WITHOUT A FACE was the first (and only) horror film directed by Georges Franju. In 1937, Franju and fellow film scholar Henri Langlois opened the Cinematheque Française, an establishment that would become the headquarters of the French New Wave down the road. The French New Wave has become recognized as one of the most important film movements of the 20th century.
Reportedly, the mask Christiane Génessier (Edith Scob) wears in this film inspired John Carpenter and Deborah Hill to give psychopath Michael Myers a white, emotionless mask in HALLOWEEN (1978). ” - captaincracker
A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. (101 mins.)
“ Often considered the grandfather to the modern splatter and slasher film. Its influence can be seen in movies SCREAM 4 (2011), among dozens of others. The idea of a disturbed young man seeking pleasure in killing beautiful woman was ahead of its time - the subject would become increasingly popular through the 1970's and 1980's with movies like MANIAC (1980), DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE (1980), DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE (1980), THE NEW YORK RIPPER (1982), and nearly ever giallo film ever produced.
Apparently a young Julie Andrews was going to star as Vivian (which eventually went to Moira Shearer) until director Michael Powell dismissed her as being "too famous." ” - captaincracker
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Often considered the grandfather to the modern slasher film, although this movie is still a mystery crime thriller. John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, and others continue to site this film as the influence to their films - HALLOWEEN (1978) and SCREAM (1996) both reference PSYCHO, while THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) is inspired by the same true story of Ed Gein.
Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to Robert Bloch's PSYCHO novel anonymously, and then bought as many copies as possible to keep the ending a secret. After the start of the film, no audience members would be allowed in late due to the ending being such a high profile secret. This would also be Hitchcock's last film shot in black and white. ” - captaincracker
The Virgin Spring
A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
“ The movie that Wes Craven based THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and it's own 2009 remake on.
Considered a classic by film historians, THE VIRGIN SPRING won the 1961 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, giving Ingmar Bergman a much-deserved Oscar. ” - captaincracker
The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California. (87 mins.)
“ While there are obvious references in HOMICIDAL to Alfred Hitchcock's mega-hit PSYCHO (1960), this film has been able to gain a fanbase of its own, and its brutal and bizarre themes helped to spawn some knock-offs of its own.
At the time of 1960 when HOMICIDAL was produced, themes of transsexuality were rare in American-made movies. This marks one of the first movies that blatantly has a transsexual character. ” - captaincracker
An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down. (67 mins.)
“ Recognized as the original splatter film, and it's worldwide success would start a genre of violent exploitation films. The movie was made for under $50,000, yet made millions for its creator and associates.
When the United Kingdom ratings system released their "video nasties" list of banned films in the early 80's, BLOOD FEAST was the oldest title on the list. ” - captaincracker
When her husband John has a heart attack while out in a rowboat on the lake, Louise Haloran throws his... (75 mins.)
“ One of Francis Ford Coppola's earliest works and his first credited role as a director. While assisting Roger Corman on THE YOUNG RACERS (1963), Coppola was given the opportunity by Corman to use the same sets, crew, and cast as his film if he were able to work around his shooting schedule.
Influences of this film can be seen in TWITCH OF DEATH NERVE, among other giallos. ” - captaincracker
A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings. (86 mins.)
“ Recognized as the original giallo film, and it's worldwide success (especially in Italy and the United States) would start a genre of violent mystery films. The giallo films are considered Italy's longest running cinema movement.
This film would mark the final black and white production done by legendary Italian director Mario Bava. ” - captaincracker
Women are being tortured to death with various torture devices in the dungeon of an old castle by a deformed, hooded, holocaust survivor. (84 mins.)
“ Originally titled LA VERGINE DI NORIMBERGA and also known as THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG. This film stars film icon Christopher Lee in one of his earliest leading roles.
The movie plays on several controversial themes, including the idea of turning a holocaust survivor into a demented serial killer. The film also rides on the success of Herschell Gordon-Lewis' BLOOD FEAST, which started the splatter film craze. ” - captaincracker
An American painter has an affair with a bar owner is a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane. (86 mins.)
“ Not to be confused with the more famous 1980 film by William Luztig, MANIAC. This movie was released by Hammer Film Productions, the legendary B-movie production house that released dozens upon dozens of films in the 1960s and 1970s. ” - captaincracker
“ One of the original giallo films and one of the most influential in it's genre, the giallo film.
The film's opening sequence was re-shot at the demands of American distributors, where the tracking shots of models would be replaced with macabre images. ” - captaincracker
Two Thousand Maniacs!
Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War. (83 mins.)
“ The second of Herschell Gordon Lewis' splatter films, this movie was shot in just 14 days in an area of Florida that is now occupied by Disney World.
Lewis wrote a tie-in book to the film that was published and is considered a high-demand collector's item today. ” - captaincracker
Terror in the Night
A troubled teen with an undeserved criminal past is the suspect when young women start turning up around town dead and marked up with lipstick. (61 mins.)
“ Also known as TEEN-AGE STRANGLER. The film was one of the first cash-ins on the success of BLOOD FEAST (1963), but it did not achieve nearly as much attention. The movie fell into oblivion over the decades, until it was shown on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 in 1993. Since then, it has slowly gained a substantial cult following. ” - captaincracker
Bloody Pit of Horror
A photographer and his models go to an old, abandoned castle to shoot some sexy covers for horror novels... (87 mins.)
Color Me Blood Red
A crackpot artist kills various people to use their blood as his new crimson red color for his paintings. (79 mins.)
“ Herschell Gordon Lewis sites that Roger Corman's A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) was one of his main inspirations for COLOR ME BLOOD RED. ” - captaincracker
A crazed killer is on the loose in the catacombs of Venice, Italy. He stalks beautiful women, drags them to his underground lair, kills them, then stuffs them and adds them to his "collection." (83 mins.)
“ Also known as THE MONSTER OF VENICE. The film is considered one of the earliest giallo films, following in the success of THE EVIL EYE (1963) and BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964). The movie also resembles Herschell Gordon Lewis' earliest works, such as BLOOD FEAST (1963), TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964), and COLOR ME BLOOD RED (1965). ” - captaincracker
A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance. (105 mins.)
The 10th Victim
Some people like violence so much, that they decide to create a club in which human hunts are organized - members being alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead. (92 mins.)
A crazed artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire kills young women, then boils their bodies in a vat. (62 mins.)
“ BLOOD BATH was one of the exploitation films that followed in the success of BLOOD FEAST (1963), THE EVIL EYE (1963), BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964), TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964), COLOR ME BLOOD RED (1965), and THE EMBALMER (1965). It was one of the first horror movies to combine American splatter film techniques with Italian Giallo mystery. ” - captaincracker
Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences... (96 mins.)
The Gruesome Twosome
A demented, elderly woman has her mentally retarded son kill and scalp various young women to use their hair for her wig shop while a persistent coed tries to link various killings on a local Florida college campus to them. (72 mins.)
“ While Herschell Gordon Lewis' previous entries in the splatter genre are considered campy, none went for the comedic gut before THE GRUESOME TWOSOME - the film is a pure mix of comedy and gore - made years before films like MOTEL HELL (1980), STUDENT BODIES (1981), SCREAM (1996), and SCARY MOVIE (2000). ” - captaincracker
Death Laid an Egg
A love triangle develops between three people who run a high tech chicken farm. It involves Anna (who owns the farm)... (86 mins.)
The Young, the Evil and the Savage
The corpses are piling up at St. Hilda's School for Girls, leaving top cop Michael Rennie with more than the usual suspects... (98 mins.)
“ Also known as NAKED YOU DIE. One of the early giallo films. ” - captaincracker
The House That Screamed
Lilli Palmer owns and runs a school for wayward girls in France. Her absolute discipline has fostered a social order among the girls with rampant sex... (99 mins.)
“ One of the first Spanish movies to feature torture, sex, nudity, and extreme violence. It is also one of the first Spanish films to show a close-up slow-motion shot of a murder.
This movie definitely inspired several slasher films, including BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974), SUSPIRIA (1977), and THE SILENT SCREAM (1980). ” - captaincracker
A rich and lonely American widow befriends two young people whose motives become suspect. (91 mins.)
“ The first film in Umberto Lenzi's trilogy; it would be followed by SO SWEET... SO PERVERSE (1969) and A QUIET PLACE TO KILL (1970). Carroll Baker stars in all three films, as different characters. ” - captaincracker
So Sweet... So Perverse
Jean, a French businessman's life is forever changed when he overhears a brutal attack. Upon further investigation... (92 mins.)
“ The second film in Umberto Lenzi's trilogy; it is proceeded by PARANOIA (1969) and followed by A QUIET PLACE TO KILL (1970). Carroll Baker stars in all three films, as different characters. ” - captaincracker
“ Dario Argento's first directing credit is possibly the most well known giallo film in the United States, and set the standard for the giallo films that would follow throughout the 1970's.
This if the first film in Argento's "Animal Trilogy" - it would be followed by "The Cat O' Nine Tails" (1971) and "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" (1971). ” - captaincracker
5 Dolls for an August Moon
A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst. (88 mins.)
“ The idea for this giallo came after Mario Bava read Agatha Christie's "TEN LITTLE INDIANS" novel. This would be the second film based on this novel, the first one being AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945). Bava would use the same formula of people being trapped on an island with a killer in TWITCH OF DEATH NERVE (1971). ” - captaincracker
“ Also known as THE FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION. ” - captaincracker
In the Folds of the Flesh
The guests of a villa are killed off one by one by their hosts. Incest, decapitations and a cyanide bath feature amongst the other bizarre delights. (88 mins.)
“ Also known as IN THE FOLDS OF THE FLESH. Made in the time of the psychedelic drug craze, IN THE FOLDS OF THE FLESH was one of the first sleaze-filled Italian giallo films to come around. It's success would spur a sleazy and trashy kind of giallo film, one's in contrast to the higher class giallos made by Dario Argento. ” - captaincracker
A Quiet Place to Kill
A race-car driver whose life, both personal and professional, is in a rapid downfall is invited by her... (94 mins.)
“ The third film in Umberto Lenzi's trilogy; it is proceeded by PARANOIA (1969) and SO SWEET... SO PERVERSE (1969). Carroll Baker stars in all three films, as different characters. ” - captaincracker
The Wizard of Gore
A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending. (95 mins.)
“ The first film made by Herschell Gordon Lewis in three years since THE GRUESOME TWOSOME was released. The success of THE WIZARD OF GORE would lead to Lewis directing several splatter films throughout the early 1970's. ” - captaincracker
“ Also known as ASYLUM EROTICA. Was re-released in the USA under the title SLAUGHTER HOTEL. ” - captaincracker
Black Belly of the Tarantula
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife... (89 mins.)
“ Stars Claudine Auger, who starred alongside Sean Connery as his "Bond Girl" in 1965's THUNDERBALL. Auger also had a role in Mario Bava's gruesome TWITCH OF DEATH NERVE (1971). ” - captaincracker
Blade of the Ripper
An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer. (98 mins.)
“ This giallo has become one of the most sought after in the genre, largely due to it receiving critical acclaim.
The film stars George Hilton and is directed by legendary Italian exploitation director Sergio Martino. These two would also collaborate on THE BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY (1971), THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE (1971), and ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK (1972). ” - captaincracker
Blood and Lace
After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged... (87 mins.)
“ Not to be confused with BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964), the Italian giallo film by Mario Bava. This 1971 film is one of the forefront slasher films - it features a strong heroine, a tragic past, and a disfigured killer. Thought the film would fall into obscurity (largely due to it's title being so similar to Bava's film), BLOOD AND LACE does indeed pre-date BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) by three years and HALLOWEEN (1978), although it is not considered the first true American slasher movie. ” - captaincracker
The Bloodstained Butterfly
A girl is murdered in a park. The man is tried and convicted for the crime but afterwards the killings continue. (95 mins.)
“ The film stars George Hilton and is directed by legendary Italian exploitation director Sergio Martino. These two would also collaborate on BLADE OF THE RIPPER (1971), THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE (1971), and ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK (1972). ” - captaincracker
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end. (90 mins.)
“ The film stars George Hilton and is directed by legendary Italian exploitation director Sergio Martino. These two would also collaborate on BLADE OF THE RIPPER (1971), THE BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY (1971), and ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK (1972). ” - captaincracker
The Cat o' Nine Tails
A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer. (115 mins.)
“ This if the second film in Argento's "Animal Trilogy" - it was proceeded by THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) and followed by FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (1971).
Despite being one of his most successful films, this film is Dario Argento's least favorite films he directed. ” - captaincracker
Short Night of Glass Dolls
An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared. (97 mins.)
“ The film is also known as PARALYZED; SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS; and THE SHORT NIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES.
Barbara Bach, star of THE UNSEEN (1982), ALLIGATOR (1979), and "Bond Girl" of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977), has a supporting role in this film. ” - captaincracker
Death Walks on High Heels
A famed jewel thief named Rochard is slashed to death on a train. His daughter Nicole, a famous nightclub performer in Paris... (105 mins.)
“ Luciano Erocli's follow-up to FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION (1970). ” - captaincracker
The Devil with Seven Faces
The theft of jewels and mistaken identity complicate the life of Mary in this crime thriller. (90 mins.)
“ Often referred to as a "spaghetti thriller", although it has elements of a giallo film yet is not directly a true giallo thriller.
Famous giallo superstars Carroll Baker (THE SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH, among other Umberto Lenzi films) and George Hilton (BLADE OF THE RIPPER and other Sergio Martino films) star together. ” - captaincracker
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
“ "Do you feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?" Everyone knows the line from DIRTY HARRY, a film that has become one of the greatest American classics of the 1970s. While not many people see it as a slasher film, the psychopathic Scorpio Killer (Andrew Robinson) does indeed murder innocent victims through the city of San Francisco, and Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is the tough detective tracking him down; that is the basic plot for most, if not all, slasher flicks. The success of DIRTY HARRY would launch a franchise that would last until THE DEAD POOL (1988), and "Dirty" harry Callahan would become one of the most recognizable bad-ass villains in American pop-culture.
Serial killer Scorpio was loosely based on the Zodiac killer, who used to taunt police and media with notes about his crimes, in one of which he threatened to hijack a school bus full of children. The role of Harry Callahan was loosely based on real life detective David Toschi who was the chief investigator in the Zodiac case. DIRTY HARRY was filmed while the Zodiac murders were still in progress. To this day, the case remains unsolved, although other films - such as David Fincher's ZODIAC (2007) - have been made about the case. ” - captaincracker
Four Flies on Grey Velvet
A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be? (104 mins.)
“ While the movie itself was unavailable on DVD until 2009 in the United States, its soundtrack has always been available. Deep Purple was originally considered to write the soundtrack. Interestingly, James Taylor and Ringo Starr were considered for the lead role.
This if the final film in Argento's "Animal Trilogy" - it was proceeded by THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) and THE CAT O' NINE TAILS (1971). This film was also one of the first films to use the "slow motion bullet" effect, pre-dating THE MATRIX (1999) by over 25 years. ” - captaincracker
The Fifth Cord
An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation. (90 mins.)
“ Also known as EVIL FINGERS and THE FIFTH CHORD.
Franco Nero, the legendary cult star of films like DIE HARD 2 (1990) and DJANGO (1966) has the lead role in this film. ” - captaincracker
Hands of the Ripper
As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences. (85 mins.)
“ The legendary Hammer Films produced this cheesy story about the daughter of Jack the Ripper who becomes possessed by her father's demonic spirit and starts up his killing rampage once again. ” - captaincracker
The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire
In Dublin, a young woman is brutally murdered in her home by a maniac that throws acid in her face and then slits her throat with a razor... (92 mins.)
“ Artur Brauner, the German producer for THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE, saw the final cut of the film and chose not to release it in Germany, due to it lacking a high enough standard for their films, which were flourishing at the time due to German Expressionism. ” - captaincracker
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it? (104 mins.)
“ Lucio Fulci's first stab at the giallo genre was also one of his most controversial. He was put on trial for the "dog scene" where several disemboweled dogs are seen in a clinic. To prove Fulci's innocence and prevent him from going to jail, special effects artist Carlo Rambald had to testify in court and prove that the dogs were indeed props. This is the first time in cinematic history that a prop artist has had to do this. ” - captaincracker
The Mad Butcher
After being released from a mental hospital, Otto returns to his old job as a butcher. He tries to adjust to his new life... (83 mins.)
“ THE MAD BUTCHER is an odd blend of black humor and grisly gruesomeness featuring a good, although over-the-top performance, from Victor Buono, whose bulk and mild manner make for an effective psychopath. The ideas presented in THE MAD BUTCHER would be re-used in THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) and DELICASSIN (1991). ” - captaincracker
Murders in the Rue Morgue
Paris...at the turn of the century. Inspector Vidocq investigates a series of unexplained murders at a Grand Guignol-type theatre...where the players have suddenly become real-life victims. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. (87 mins.)
“ A remake of the 1932 film of the same name. ” - captaincracker
“ There are nine different versions of THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE. Some of these different edits are so poor that the story is incoherent.
As a gimmick, some theaters sold "bloodcorn" with the movie (popcorn with red dye to make it look like blood). ” - captaincracker
They Have Changed Their Face
In this allegory on capitalism, director of a known car corporation invites one of his employees to his country villa to give him the good news. He just got promoted. However, the old man is not what he seems and promotion has a price. (90 mins.)
“ The story was derived from Bram Stroker's Novel "DRACULA". ” - captaincracker
The Toy Box
When Ralph persuades his girlfriend, Donna, to participate in a bizarre party, she discovers the guests... (89 mins.)
“ This exploitation splatter movie attempted to force some of the popular European giallo genre into the mix, while also playing with themes of sadism and torture. What really differentiates THE TOY BOX is that it is a slasher-porn, and probably one of the first. While horror movies are notorious for having sex and nudity, THE TOY BOX crosses the line into the porn genre. ” - captaincracker
A Bay of Blood
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out... (84 mins.)
“ Mario Bava's influential classic that has gone on to inspire classics such as HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH, and countless other slasher films. Many fans cite this as the most important giallo film leading to the slasher craze, including Bava himself!
The movie reportedly has more alternate titles than any other film in history - among them BAY OF BLOOD and THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT PART II (which is ironic, considering the first LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT was actually released in 1972, a year after TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE). ” - captaincracker
The Zodiac Killer
The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters... (87 mins.)
“ The original film based on the infamous Zodiac serial killer that terrorized the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s and early 1970s. While the films is not entirely fact-based (as the killings were still occurring during the film's production), it captures the fear and realism of the crimes.
One of the movies made along the famous "poverty-row" section of Los Angeles. ” - captaincracker
All the Colors of the Dark
A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers. (94 mins.)
“ The film stars George Hilton and is directed by legendary Italian exploitation director Sergio Martino. These two would also collaborate on BLADE OF THE RIPPER (1971), THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE (1971), and THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE (1971). ” - captaincracker
In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum. (88 mins.)
“ One of the first horror anthologies, this one stands out because all of its stories are slasher/splatter stories. They consist of the revenge of a murdered wife; a tailor who makes a suit of human skin; a woman who questions her sanity when it appears that her brother is conspiring against her; a man who builds tiny toy robots with human heads. ” - captaincracker
“ Not to be confused with the 1963 film BLOOD FEAST, directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. ” - captaincracker
The Case of the Bloody Iris
Beautiful young model Jennifer Lansbury and her goofy friend Marilyn Ricci move into a swanky high-rise... (94 mins.)
“ THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS has some of the best red-herrings of the slasher genre. The use of red-herrings was a staple of the giallo genre. ” - captaincracker
The Crimes of the Black Cat
A blind pianist tries to figure out who is responsible for a string of murders using a black cat with its claws dipped in curare. (90 mins.)
“ Also known as SEVEN SHAWLS OF YELLOW SILK. The film is a noticeable BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964) clone. ” - captaincracker
The Dead Are Alive
A photographer on an archaeological expedition digging up Etruscan ruins in Italy begins to suspect that not all the Etruscans buried there are actually dead. (105 mins.)
A respected doctor becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders. (102 mins.)
“ Considered one of the most graphic, extreme Giallos of the 1970's, next to GIALLO A VENEZIA (1979). ” - captaincracker
Don't Torture a Duckling
A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders. (102 mins.)
“ Although A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN is Lucia Fulci's first giallo effort, DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING has come to be his most prized giallo. The director himself says it is his favorite of his films.
The film's controversial storyline was protested by the Catholic Church, giving it a limited released in Europe and no release in the United States. The film would not be available in the United States until 2002, when Anchor Bay Home Entertainment released the DVD. ” - captaincracker
The Flesh and Blood Show
Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac. (96 mins.)
“ The film originally contained a 3-D flashback sequence, but that was scrapped for the theatrical release, as the 3-D classes were too expensive. ” - captaincracker
The French Sex Murders
A prostitute in a french brothel is assassinated, the prime suspect is one of her regular clients, soon afterwards the witnesses that testified against the suspect are killed by an strange individual. (83 mins.)
“ Also known as THE PARIS SEX MURDERS and MURDER on 17th AVENUE. ” - captaincracker
Young babysitter Amanda arrives at the Lloyd residence to spend the evening looking after their young son... (87 mins.)
“ Horror fans generally consider this film to be the first movie about a babysitter being terrorized by a stranger in the house. The theme would be obviously repeated in classics like HALLOWEEN (1978), WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (1979), and WHEN A KILLER CALLS (2006). The movie also influenced other classics like BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974), SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME! (1978), and SCREAM (1996). ” - captaincracker
The Gore Gore Girls
A ditsy reporter enlists the help of a sleazy private eye to solve a series of gory killings of female strippers at a Chicago nightclub. (81 mins.)
“ This was the first and only movie Herchell Gordon Lewis submitted to the MPAA. It received an X-rating.
The movie is often attacked for being one of the most misogynistic films ever made. Others include I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978), MOTHER'S DAY (1980), PIECES (1982), and THE NEW YORK RIPPER (1982). ” - captaincracker
Knife of Ice
As a thirteen year old, Martha Caldwell witnessed the death of her parents in a terrible railway accident... (91 mins.)
“ Another giallo starring Carroll Baker, the "queen of the giallo films." ” - captaincracker
The Last House on the Left
Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts. (84 mins.)
“ Wes Craven's directorial debut and is still considered his most shocking movie, and one of the most graphic and brutal films of all time. It was submitted to the MPAA times and given an X-rating, but wanting a wider release, Craven made the necessary cuts to achieve an R-rating.
Craven's producer is Sean S. Cunningham in this film. Cunningham would direct FRIDAY THE 13TH in 1980, and Craven would direct A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in 1984. These two films launched the two biggest horror franchises of the 1980s, and in 2003 their respective killers - Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger - would "battle" in FREDDY VS. JASON. ” - captaincracker
Death Walks at Midnight
Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment... (103 mins.)
“ Also known as DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT. ” - captaincracker
My Dear Killer
A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl. (96 mins.)
“ Directed by legendary spaghetti Western director Tonino Valerii - who made classics such as DAY OF ANGER (1967) with Lee Van Cleef, A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE (1972) with James Coburn, and MY NAME IS NOBODY (1973) with Henry Fonda.
The infamous "buzz-saw" scene was shocking to the audience in 1972, and similar scenes would be recreated in many early 80's slasher films. ” - captaincracker
“ Also known as NAKED GIRL KILLED IN THE PARK. ” - captaincracker
The Red Headed Corpse
Gonzales, a Spaniard living in Istanbul, reports the disappearance of La Rossa, a beautiful woman living with a mad painter, John Ward. Convinced that Ward has killed her, Gonzales sets out to trap him. (78 mins.)
“ Alfred Hitchcock veteran Farley Granger (STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951); ROPE (1948)) stars in this shocking giallo film written and directed by Renzo Russo, also known as SWEET SPIRITS and THE SENSUOUS DOLL. ” - captaincracker
Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
A woman, a survivor of a failed murder attempt by a person dubbed "The Half-Moon Killer" by the police... (92 mins.)
“ Also Known as SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS.
This would be one of Umberto Lenzi's best known films, next to EATEN ALIVE (1980) and CANNIBAL FEROX (1981). It also would achieve infamy for being a fairly restrained (gore-less) giallo - hard to believe its from the same guys as CANNIBAL FEROX and EYEBALL (1975). ” - captaincracker
Smile Before Death
After the death of her mother under strange circumstances, a teenage girl quickly begins to suspect that her recently widowed stepfather may be involved. (85 mins.)
“ Very rare and unseen giallo film. ” - captaincracker
So Sweet, So Dead
A serial killer is on the loose. His victims are unfaithful wives and he always leaves compromising photographs at the crime scene. (95 mins.)
Straight on Till Morning
A timid, withdrawn woman meets a man she believes is finally the love of her life, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer. (96 mins.)
Two girls are driving home when their car breaks down in the country. They are kidnapped by a gang of drug-crazed hippies... (78 mins.)
What Have You Done to Solange?
A teacher who is having an affair with one of his students takes her out on a boat. They see a knife killing on shore... (103 mins.)
“ Because giallo films were so successful in the United States, the production team decided that much of the film would be shot in English, despite the accent of the actors. ” - captaincracker
Who Saw Her Die?
A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor... (90 mins.)
“ The "James Bond" giallo, as George Lazenby played Bond in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969). While Lazenby is the only actor to play James Bond and star in a giallo film, many other actresses (including Caroline Munro and Barbara Bach) were frequently seen in low budget giallo and slasher films throughout the 70's. ” - captaincracker
“ Also known as YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY. The title is a reference to Sergio Martino's earlier film BLADE IN THE DARK, which the killer sends a note with the phrase on it. ” - captaincracker
Bell from Hell
A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters... (106 mins.)
A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients. (89 mins.)
“ More commonly known as DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT.
The film was shot in 12 days on a budget of just $100,000, and has become one of the largest cult horror movies of the 1970's. ” - captaincracker
The Killing Kind
Young Terry Lambert returns home from serving a prison term for a gang-rape he was forced to participate in... (88 mins.)
“ THE KILLING KIND was made in the wake of the success of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971), focusing on similar themes about human nature.
According to director Curtis Harrington, THE KILLING KIND barely saw a release. The problematic distributors cut a deal where the film would only be screened in a few cities in the United States. Other distributors showed an interest in the film but, since no records were kept of where the movie had already been screened, it never secured further theatrical distribution. It has gained a substantial cult following since its release on DVD. ” - captaincracker
The Mansion of Madness
The inmates of an insane asylum take over the institution, imprison the doctors and staff, and then put into play their own ideas of how the place should be run. (99 mins.)
In Greece, a stewardess is murdered by a masked maniac. Suspicion falls on a drunken American playboy (George Hamilton) and a murderous gangster (Cameron Mitchell). (103 mins.)
Passi di danza su una lama di rasoio
A photographer named Kitty (Susan Scott) watched through a tourist telescope the killing of a woman through the window of a nearby house... (84 mins.)
“ Also known as DEATH CARRIES A CANE and THE TORMENTER. ” - captaincracker