The 50 Best Anthology Horror Filmsby nauru-1 | created - 30 Jan 2011 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
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)
PG | 92 min | Horror
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.
Favourite Segment: Poetic Justice
2. Dead of Night (1945)
Approved | 77 min | Horror
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.
Favourite Segment: Ventriloquist's Dummy
3. Black Sabbath (1963)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror
Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.
Favourite Segment: The Drop of Water
4. Kwaidan (1964)
Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.
Favourite Segment: The Woman of the Snow
5. Creepshow (1982)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.
Votes: 34,844 | Gross: $19.73M
Favourite Segment: Something to Tide You Over
6. Asylum (I) (1972)
PG | 88 min | Horror
In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.
Favourite Segment: Frozen Fear
7. Tales of Terror (1962)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
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.
Favourite Segment: The Black Cat
8. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
GP | 102 min | Horror
An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK.
Favourite Segment: Sweets to the Sweet
9. Twice-Told Tales (1963)
Approved | 120 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance
Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee ... See full summary »
Favourite Segment: Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
10. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Unrated | 98 min | Horror
Aboard a British train, mysterious fortune teller Dr. Schreck uses tarot cards to read the futures of five fellow passengers.
Favourite Segment: Disembodied Hand
11. From Beyond the Grave (1974)
PG | 97 min | Fantasy, Horror
An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner.
Favourite Segment: The Gatecrasher
12. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
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.
Favourite Segment: The School Bus Massacre Revisited
13. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 28,795 | Gross: $29.50M
Favourite Segment: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
Night Gallery (1969–1973)
Night Gallery (The Cemetery/Eyes/The Escape Route)
Unrated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Favourite Segment: The Cemetery
15. The Vault of Horror (1973)
R | 87 min | Horror
An anthology of five horror stories shared by five men trapped in the basement of an office building.
Favourite Segment: Drawn and Quartered
16. Saam gaang yi (2004)
R | 125 min | Horror
An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.
Votes: 17,174 | Gross: $0.08M
Favourite Segment: Cut
17. Spirits of the Dead (1968)
R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Anthology film from three European directors based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe: a cruel princess haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man haunted by his double, and a alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.
Favourite Segment: Toby Dammit
18. Trilogy of Terror (1975 TV Movie)
Unrated | 72 min | Horror, Thriller
Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.
Favourite Segment: Amelia
19. V/H/S/2 (2013)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 31,558 | Gross: $0.02M
Favourite Segment: Safe Haven
20. Torture Garden (1967)
Approved | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror
An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show.
Favourite Segment: The Man Who Collected Poe
21. Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
Approved | 94 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An anthology of three loosely connected occult tales, with ironic and romantic twists.
Favourite Segment: Second Story
22. V/H/S (2012)
R | 116 min | Thriller
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.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard | Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman
Votes: 50,499 | Gross: $0.10M
Favourte Segment: 10/31/98
23. Waxworks (1924)
Not Rated | 65 min | Fantasy, Horror
A wax museum hires a writer to give the sculptures stories. The writer imagines himself and the museum owner's daughter in the stories.
Favourite Segment: Ivan the Terrible
24. Cat's Eye (1985)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.
Votes: 19,414 | Gross: $13.09M
Favourite Segment: Quitters Inc.
25. The Monster Club (1981)
Unrated | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play their songs.
Favourite Segment: The Ghouls
26. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.
Votes: 12,619 | Gross: $16.32M
Favourite Segment: Lover's Vow
27. Dead of Night (1977 TV Movie)
76 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
This anthology tells three stories: one of time travel, one of vampires, and one of a mother wishing her drowned son back to life.
Favourite Segment: Bobby
28. Creepshow 2 (1987)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 18,257 | Gross: $14.00M
Favourite Segment: The Raft
29. Tale of Tales (2015)
R | 134 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 21,473 | Gross: $0.08M
30. Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)
Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery
Several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark.
Votes: 2,758 | Gross: $0.08M
31. Three Cases of Murder (1955)
99 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
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. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love ... See full summary »
32. Southbound (2015)
R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 12,800 | Gross: $0.01M
33. Two Evil Eyes (1990)
R | 120 min | Horror
Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.
Votes: 4,980 | Gross: $0.35M
34. See prang (2008)
120 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
4BIA is a Horror Anthology. The first segment, "Happiness" is about a lonely girl who corresponded with a stranger over hand phone text messaging and soon discovered something strange about... See full summary »
35. The Illustrated Man (1969)
PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
In 1930s, a psychotic drifter who's after the mystery woman who covered his whole body in illustrations that foresee distant future shows three of them (The Veldt, The Long Rain and The Last Night of the World) to a mesmerized traveler.
37. Body Bags (1993 TV Movie)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong. The third about a baseball player.
41. 3 Extremes II (2002)
R | 140 min | Horror, Mystery
Three constitutes an omnibus package of three short horror films made by Asian directors. "Memories," made by Kim Ji-Woon, is about a woman (Kim Hye-Soo) who disappears from the home she ... See full summary »
42. Tales from the Hood (1995)
R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 5,347 | Gross: $11.80M
44. Campfire Tales (1997)
R | 88 min | Horror
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.
46. The Uncanny (1977)
89 min | Horror
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.
47. Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)
R | 96 min | Horror
H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'. He finds it guarded by monks in an old library. He then copies some stories from... See full summary »
48. Ha phraeng (2009)
125 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Phobia 2 is composed of five short movie segments directed by five of the best directors of Thai horror films. A teenager who committed a crime goes to a sacred place for meditation and ... See full summary »
49. Ranpo jigoku (2005)
134 min | Fantasy, Horror
This four-part anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of legendary horror writer Edogawa Rampo.
50. Nightmares (1983)
R | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi