Anthology Horror

by Gymnopedies | created - 08 Jun 2018 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

An anthology film is a feature film consisting of several different short films, often tied together by only a single theme, premise, or brief interlocking event (often a turning point). Sometimes each one is directed by a different director. These are all the movies I have seen ranked from best to worst

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1. 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.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker, Daniel Massey

Votes: 4,308

2. 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.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Diana Dors

Votes: 3,298

3. Alien Zone (1978)

PG | 79 min | Horror

A man who is having an affair with a married woman is dropped off on the wrong street when going back to his hotel. He takes refuge out of the rain when an old man invites him in. He turns ... See full summary »

Director: Sharron Miller | Stars: John Ericson, Ivor Francis, Judith Novgrod, Burr DeBenning

Votes: 622

4. Tales from the Crypt (1972)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson, Geoffrey Bayldon

Votes: 8,613

5. 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.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms, Peter Cushing

Votes: 5,230

6. 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.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Neil McCallum, Ursula Howells

Votes: 4,455

7. Night Train to Terror (1985)

R | 98 min | Horror

God and Satan are on a train discussing the fate of three individuals. The stories of the people in question are told in a trio of very strange vignettes. One involves an insane asylums ... See full summary »

Directors: John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, Gregg G. Tallas | Stars: Barbara Wyler, Jamie Scoggin, Stacey Lyons, Linda Maderas

Votes: 1,814

8. Encounter with the Unknown (1972)

PG | 90 min | Horror, Mystery

Three eerie tales based on actual events are enacted in this film. First, three college students play a prank on a geeky classmate, who is accidentally shot and killed. His vengeful mother ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Thomason | Stars: Rod Serling, Robert Ginnaven, Gary Brockette, John Leslie

Votes: 440

9. Creepshow 2 (1987)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Gornick | Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John, Tom Savini

Votes: 19,970 | Gross: $14.00M

10. 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, and the third about a baseball player.

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

Votes: 7,044

11. From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Horror

In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter.

Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Vincent Price, Clu Gulager, Terry Kiser, Harry Caesar

Votes: 1,705 | Gross: $1.36M

12. 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 »

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Brett Halsey, Beverly Garland

Votes: 2,198

13. V/H/S/2 (2013)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

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.

Directors: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard | Stars: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott, Adam Wingard, Hannah Hughes

Votes: 33,693 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Mania: The Intruder (1986 TV Movie)

87 min | Horror, Thriller

Anthology of four horror stories. In "See No Evil", a murder witness is framed for the murder by the killer. In "Intruder", a man is so terrified of his wife's guard dog that he tries to ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Lynch, David M. Robertson, John Sheppard | Stars: Wayne Robson, Deryck Hazel, David Petersen, Paul McGaffey

Votes: 76

15. Ghost Stories (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Horror

68 Metascore

Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after being given a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.

Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman | Stars: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther

Votes: 24,663 | Gross: $0.14M

16. 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.

Director: Denis Héroux | Stars: Peter Cushing, Ray Milland, Joan Greenwood, Roland Culver

Votes: 997

17. Screams of a Winter Night (1979)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

An anthology in which a group of college coeds spending a winter's night in a remote cabin pass time by telling scary stories to each other.

Director: James L. Wilson | Stars: Matt Borel, Gil Glasgow, Patrick Byers, Mary Agen Cox

Votes: 407

18. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

44 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath

Votes: 30,579 | Gross: $29.50M

19. Trilogy of Terror II (1996 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

Three short tales of terror including: woman's encounter when attempting to rob a grave; the story of a woman who summons her son back from the dead; and tale of an African doll who comes to life.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Lysette Anthony, Geraint Wyn Davies, Matt Clark, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 1,279

20. 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: 5,303

21. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

82 Metascore

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 9,157

22. Terror Tract (2000)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

A real estate agent terrifies a couple with the grim fates of the previous owners of a house they're looking at.

Directors: Lance W. Dreesen, Clint Hutchison | Stars: John Ritter, David DeLuise, Allison Smith, Kim Correll

Votes: 1,580

23. The Basement (1989)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror

Four strangers are summoned to the basement of a abandoned house by a mysterious entity known only as The Sentinel. One after another, they are forced to witness heinous deeds they have yet... See full summary »

Director: Timothy O'Rawe | Stars: Dennis Driscoll, Kathleen Heidinger, David Webber, Scott Corizzi

Votes: 110

24. V/H/S (2012)

R | 116 min | Horror, Thriller

55 Metascore

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: 53,595 | Gross: $0.10M

25. Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, 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.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall

Votes: 9,703

26. Tales of Terror (1962)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage, Peter Lorre

Votes: 5,678

27. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror

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.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 74,395

28. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

GP | 102 min | Horror

55 Metascore

An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the U.K.

Director: Peter Duffell | Stars: John Bryans, John Bennett, John Malcolm, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 4,428

29. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 38,058 | Gross: $21.03M

30. Torture Garden (1967)

Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith, Beverly Adams, Peter Cushing

Votes: 2,113

31. 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: 823

32. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, David Forrester

Votes: 13,597 | Gross: $16.32M

34. Nightmares (1983)

R | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Cristina Raines, Joe Lambie, Anthony James, Clare Torao

Votes: 2,669 | Gross: $6.67M

35. Three... Extremes (2004)

R | 125 min | Horror

66 Metascore

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park | Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-Hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau

Votes: 17,799 | Gross: $0.08M

36. Tales of Halloween (2015)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror

64 Metascore

Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Hunter Smit, Cameron Easton, Caroline Williams

Votes: 10,256

37. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.

Directors: Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan | Stars: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer, Zoé De Grand Maison

Votes: 8,345

38. Screamtime (1983)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

A trilogy of three improbable stories of horror and the supernatural are combined into this low budget thriller: "That's the Way to Do It," "Dreamhouse,," and "Do You Believe in Fairies?"

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Stanley A. Long | Stars: Vincent Russo, Michael Gordon, Marie Scinto, Kevin Smith

Votes: 672

39. Tales That Witness Madness (1973)

R | 90 min | Horror

A psychiatrist tells stories of four special cases to a colleague.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Georgia Brown, Donald Houston

Votes: 1,228

40. Twists of Terror (1997 TV Movie)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

Stuck in the attic of his house, a paranoid man recounts several different tales to an unknown listener in order to explain the dangers of the world.

Director: Douglas Jackson | Stars: Jennifer Rubin, Françoise Robertson, Nick Mancuso, Joseph Ziegler

Votes: 366

41. Escapes (1986 TV Movie)

72 min | Drama, Horror

An anthology of five tales of terror, each originally produced for video. The titles are "Something's Fishy," "Coffee Break," "Who's There," "Jonah's Dream," and "Think Twice."

Director: David Steensland | Stars: Vincent Price, Todd Fulton, Jerry Grisham, Michael Patton-Hall

Votes: 167

42. XX (2017)

R | 80 min | Horror

64 Metascore

Four short horror films that are directed and written by women.

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic | Stars: Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha, Peyton Kennedy

Votes: 9,962 | Gross: $0.03M

43. 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.

Directors: Matt Cooper, Martin Kunert, David Semel | Stars: James Marsden, Amy Smart, Frederick Lawrence, Christopher Masterson

Votes: 3,487

44. Grim Prairie Tales (1990)

R | 86 min | Horror, Western

A cynical bounty hunter and a clerk traveling through the prairie rest by the campfire telling four stories of terror to each other.

Director: Wayne Coe | Stars: James Earl Jones, Brad Dourif, Will Hare, Marc McClure

Votes: 835

45. Southbound (2015)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

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.

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Patrick Horvath, Justin Martinez, Radio Silence, Chad Villella | Stars: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese

Votes: 14,532 | Gross: $0.01M

46. Future Shock (1994)

PG-13 | 98 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

Horror anthology about a psychiatrist who uses virtual reality to probe the minds of three unsuspecting patients, a paranoid woman home alone, a meek man with a roommate from hell (Paxton) and a man obsessed with his own death.

Directors: Eric Parkinson, Matt Reeves, Oley Sassone | Stars: Vivian Schilling, Martin Kove, Brion James, Sydney Lassick

Votes: 304

47. Quicksilver Highway (1997 TV Movie)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

Traveling showman Aaron Quicksilver tells horror tales: a psychotic hitchhiker falls prey to a relentless dangerously-sharp set of chattering teeth, and a human hand that comes alive.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Matt Frewer, Raphael Sbarge, Missy Crider

Votes: 2,159

48. Cat's Eye (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan

Votes: 20,978 | Gross: $13.09M