The Best Made For TV Horror Films.

by emertens | created - 22 Sep 2011 | updated - 14 Mar 2016 | Public

Some personal favorites.

As of August the 17th 2012, I cannot post (or reply to) comments anymore, because I don't have, nor do I want, a Facebook account.

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1. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

In a small Southern town, a wrongfully-killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him from beyond the grave.

Director: Frank De Felitta | Stars: Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith

Votes: 4,116

2. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 53,321

3. Ghostwatch (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Manning | Stars: Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith, Craig Charles

Votes: 2,341

4. Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)

PG | 187 min | Horror

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia

Votes: 17,033

5. The Vampyr: A Soap Opera (1992 TV Movie)

Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In 1793 London, vampire Ripley [Omar Ebrahim] is chased through a maze of abandoned waterfront warehouses. He falls through a broken floor and lies dormant in the city's icy catacombs until... See full synopsis »

Directors: Nigel Finch, Robert Chevara | Stars: Omar Ebrahim, Philip Salmon, Winston, China Gordon

Votes: 29

6. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)
Episode: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)

120 min | Drama

In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Rudolph Cartier | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Yvonne Mitchell, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 416

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a British television adaptation of the novel of the same name by George Orwell, originally broadcast on BBC Television in December 1954. The production proved to be hugely controversial, with questions asked in Parliament and many viewer complaints over its supposed subversive nature and horrific content. In a 2000 poll of industry experts conducted by the British Film Institute to determine the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four was ranked in seventy-third position.

7. Schalcken the Painter (1979 TV Movie)

68 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Can Schalcken save his love, Rose, from the clutches of a ghastly suitor before it is too late?

Director: Leslie Megahey | Stars: Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denham, Cheryl Kennedy, John Justin

Votes: 256

8. The Day of the Triffids (1981– )

50 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over.

Stars: John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne, Jonathan Newth

Votes: 1,643

9. Sommarens tolv månader (1988 TV Movie)

130 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Two construction workers are offered an unusual contract. Great pay, but they don't know where they're going or what they are supposed to build. They are brought to a place with 12 months of summer.

Director: Richard Hobert | Stars: Hans Mosesson, Bergljót Arnadóttir, Victoria Möllerström-Hjelm, Göran Stangertz

Votes: 170

10. Frankenstein: The True Story (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 185 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour

Votes: 1,157

11. They Nest (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 92 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

A Maine island becomes infested with lethal insects that root inside their victims, while a local doctor battles the bugs and incorrigible locals that don't believe him.

Director: Ellory Elkayem | Stars: Thomas Calabro, Dean Stockwell, John Savage, Kristen Dalton

Votes: 1,532

12. 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.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen, George Gaynes

Votes: 4,443

13. 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.

Directors: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Larry Sulkis | Stars: John Carpenter, Tom Arnold, Tobe Hooper, Robert Carradine

Votes: 6,107

14. A Warning to the Curious (1972 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herington, John Kearney

Votes: 784

15. Kraft Mystery Theater (1959– )
Episode: House of Mystery (1961)

56 min | Mystery

A young couple go to check out a house they're thinking of buying. A somewhat mysterious woman tells the couple several stories of the fates that befell the house's previous owners.

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Nanette Newman, Maurice Kaufmann

Votes: 123

First screened in 1961 as a second feature in British cinemas, it later turned up on American Television as an episode of "Kraft Mystery Theater" (1960)

16. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Michael Hordern, Ambrose Coghill, George Woodbridge, Nora Gordon

Votes: 808

17. Blackout (1985 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A police officer suspects that a local husband and father who has recently undergone facial surgery because of injuries received in a car accident is in reality the same man who committed a... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Keith Carradine, Kathleen Quinlan, Richard Widmark, Michael Beck

Votes: 674

18. Crawlspace (1972 TV Movie)

74 min | Horror, Thriller

A childless middle-age couple adopt a troubled youth they find living in their crawlspace and attempt to get him to rejoin society with tragic results.

Directors: John Newland, Buzz Kulik | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Teresa Wright, Tom Happer, Eugene Roche

Votes: 280

19. A Cold Night's Death (1973 TV Movie)

74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two scientists suspect that there is someone other than their research primates inhabiting their polar station.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Robert Culp, Eli Wallach, Michael C. Gwynne, Vic Perrin

Votes: 603

20. Threads (1984 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

92 Metascore

The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Votes: 8,585

21. The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton, David Daker, Pauline Moran

Votes: 3,992

22. No Night Is Too Long (2002 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Young Tim Cornish's life has begun with great promise. Blessed with extraordinary good looks, Tim enjoyed much attention and cared little of broken hearts. At University he was a favored ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Shankland | Stars: Lee Williams, Marc Warren, Mikela Jay, Emily Holmes

Votes: 2,123

Thriller

23. Moon of the Wolf (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror

After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: David Janssen, Barbara Rush, Bradford Dillman, John Beradino

Votes: 1,092

24. Count Dracula (1977 TV Movie)

150 min | Horror

The vampire count leaves his Transylvanian home to wreak havoc across the world.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon, Judi Bowker

Votes: 990

25. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980 TV Movie)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Angered that Katrina has grown fond of schoolmaster Crane, Brom Bones determines to scare off the interloper by filling his head with spooky tales of a Headless Horseman. Crane disparages ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Schellerup | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Paul Sand, Meg Foster, Laura Campbell

Votes: 504

26. The Signalman (1976 TV Short)

38 min | Drama, Horror, Short

A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Bernard Lloyd, Reginald Jessup, Carina Wyeth

Votes: 912

27. The Stone Tape (1972 TV Movie)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates

Votes: 971

28. Fortress (1985)

TV-MA | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

An Australian school teacher and her students are kidnapped. She and the children fight for their lives and try to escape from their captors.

Director: Arch Nicholson | Stars: Sean Garlick, Rachel Ward, Elaine Cusick, Laurie Moran

Votes: 2,184

29. 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.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Ed Begley Jr., E.J. André, Ann Doran, Christina Hart

Votes: 591

The third and best segment "Bobby" was remade, quite unnecessary of course, in Trilogy of Terror II (see also below).

30. The Stalls of Barchester (1971 TV Movie)

45 min | Horror

While cataloging the library of Barchester Cathedral, a scholar finds a diary detailing the events surrounding the mysterious death of an Archdeacon some 50 years earlier. The first of the BBC's famed 'A Ghost Story for Christmas'.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Robert Hardy, Clive Swift, Thelma Barlow, Will Leighton

Votes: 317

31. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Horror

A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, Barbara Anderson, William Demarest

Votes: 2,830

32. The Day After (1983 TV Movie)

Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum

Votes: 12,005

33. Night Drive (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Thriller

A housewife is stalked by a psycho after she sees him murder a highway patrol officer.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Valerie Harper, Richard Romanus, Nicholas Pryor, John Quade

Votes: 344

34. Isn't It Shocking? (1973 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

A small-town sheriff is confronted with the deaths of local senior citizens and strange goings-on in his town.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Alan Alda, Edmond O'Brien, Louise Lasser, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 235

35. Goliath Awaits (1981 TV Movie)

PG | 200 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama

During World War II, the passenger liner Goliath is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Mark Harmon, Christopher Lee, Eddie Albert, John Carradine

Votes: 819

36. The Savage Bees (1976 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The festive fun of the annual Mardi Gras celebration is brought to a halt when a swarm of African killer bees escape from a foreign freighter.

Director: Bruce Geller | Stars: Ben Johnson, Michael Parks, Paul Hecht, Gretchen Corbett

Votes: 391

37. Fear No Evil (1969 TV Movie)

Unrated | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

A psychiatrist investigates a man possessed by a spirit living in an antique mirror that can bring dead people back to life.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Louis Jourdan, Lynda Day George, Carroll O'Connor, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 138

38. Beasts (1976– )
Episode: Special Offer (1976)

Horror, Mystery

A misfit teenage checkout operator has an unrequited crush on her supermarket manager. At the same shop's cuddly cartoon mascot seems to have come alive and is causing havoc.

Director: Richard Bramall | Stars: Pauline Quirke, Geoffrey Bateman, Wensley Pithey, Ruth Goring

Votes: 50

39. Hammer House of Horror (1980)
Episode: The Two Faces of Evil (1980)

52 min | Horror

A family on holiday stop to pick up a mysterious hitch-hiker.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Anna Calder-Marshall, Gary Raymond, Paul Hawkins, Pauline Delaney

Votes: 322

40. Sticenik (1973 TV Movie)

46 min | Drama, Horror

A terrified young man is running away from the mysterious man in a black coat and a bowler hat. He finds the asylum in the nearby mental hospital, where the doctor takes care of him. However, one cannot escape from his fate.

Director: Djordje Kadijevic | Stars: Milan 'Caci' Mihailovic, Branko Plesa, Dusan Janicijevic, Toma Kuruzovic

Votes: 121

41. A Christmas Carol (2000 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

An unscrupulous loan shark who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Catherine Morshead | Stars: Ross Kemp, Warren Mitchell, Liz Smith, Michael Maloney

Votes: 296

42. The Langoliers (1995– )

PG-13 | 180 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport.

Stars: Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell, Tom Holland, Kate Maberly

Votes: 23,457

43. It (1990)

TV-14 | 192 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson

Votes: 95,250

44. Someone's Watching Me! (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A woman is being watched in her apartment by a stranger, who also calls and torments her. A cat-and-mouse game begins.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau, Charles Cyphers

Votes: 2,524

45. The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 73 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An invisible demon in the cargo hold of a jet airliner terrorizes the passengers.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Chuck Connors, Buddy Ebsen, Tammy Grimes, Lynn Loring

Votes: 642

46. The House That Would Not Die (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror

A tale of witchcraft, black magic and a haunted house in the Amish country.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Egan, Michael Anderson Jr., Kitty Winn

Votes: 519

47. Home for the Holidays (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Julie Harris

Votes: 611

48. The Night Strangler (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A reporter hunts down a 144-year old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Darren McGavin, Jo Ann Pflug, Simon Oakland, Scott Brady

Votes: 1,929

49. The Night Stalker (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Mystery

An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 4,006

50. Killdozer (1974 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A small construction crew on an island is terrorized when some strange spirit-like being takes over a large bulldozer, and goes on a killing rampage.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Clint Walker, Robert Urich, Carl Betz, Neville Brand

Votes: 1,119

51. V (1983– )

Unrated | 197 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9