Horror anthologies

by Maggi_E | created - 05 Apr 2016 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

All of the horror anthology TV-series and films I've seen. I've given a short review, including if they're worth watching or not, and how scary they are.

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1. Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)

Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

Several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark.

Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire | Stars: Aure Atika, Guillaume Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Gil Alma

Votes: 2,835 | Gross: $0.08M

Beautiful and artistic, with a few spectacular segments. Well worth watching Slightly scary

2. 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: 10,210

A few chuckles and interesting premises. Not really worth watching Not really scary

3. Fear Itself (2008–2009)

TV-14 | 43 min | Horror

A television series broken down into thirteen separate sixty-minute films from premiere horror writers and directors.

Stars: Margherita Donato, Valerie White, Clifton Collins Jr., Briana Evigan

Votes: 3,955

Not much to hate, but not much to love either. Very meh. Nothing is memorable. Some episodes are kind of worth watching, as they are entertaining. In that case I recommend only seeing Eater, Community, Skin and Bones, Something With Bite. However, you can totally live without seeing any of them. Not really scary.

4. Masters of Horror (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 60 min | Horror

Anchor Bay has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, "Masters of Horror". For the first time, the foremost names in the horror... See full summary »

Stars: Karen Elizabeth Austin, J. Winston Carroll, Miho Ninagawa, Anthony Harrison

Votes: 10,624

Kind of a mixed bag. Some of them are absolutely amazing! It's kind of obvious when watching which ones are forgettable or bad so you can just skip them. A must see! Pretty scary.

5. 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: 1,693 | Gross: $1.36M

Very forgettable and sub-par. Not worth watching. Not really scary.

6. 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: 30,467 | Gross: $29.50M

This is quite cheesy. I'm not against that sort of horror, I can enjoy it, but this one doesn't hit the mark at all. Only the final segment is worth watching. it is hilarious and quite well made. One segment is worth watching! Not scary at all.

7. Phobia 2 (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 »

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Visute Poolvoralaks, Paween Purikitpanya, Songyos Sugmakanan, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Jirayu La-ongmanee, Ray MacDonald, Chumphorn Thepphithak, Apasiri Nitibhon

Votes: 2,009

Forgettable, most are so-so at best. Not really worth watching. A bit scary.

8. 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: 33,537 | Gross: $0.02M

I disliked it a lot. Maybe I was disappointed since I loved the first one. Not worth watching. A little scary.

9. Phobia (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 »

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Paween Purikitpanya, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Maneerat Kham-uan, Witawat Singlampong, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Chon Wachananon

Votes: 2,703

A mixed bag. First and final segments are worth watching. Especially the last one, since it was quite scary! Worth watching. Pretty scary.

10. 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: 17,754 | Gross: $0.08M

Well made, and overall quite good, just nothing that really stands out for me personally. Worth watching. Pretty scary.

11. 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: 20,863 | Gross: $13.09M

Two of the segments are based on Stephen King short stories. You're way better off just reading them.. Not really worth watching. Not really scary.

12. 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: 37,858 | Gross: $21.03M

Thinking of this makes me smile. Most of them are just funny and cheesy (but well made and some quite clever!), a few of them are a little scary also. There is one that is absolutely disgusting and terrifying (if you dislike creepy-crawlies). Very entertaining. Well worth watching. A little scary.

13. The Theatre Bizarre (2011)

Not Rated | 114 min | Horror

Down a seedy city street in her neighborhood, young Enola Penny is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees that the front door is slightly ajar and ... See full summary »

Directors: Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Jeremy Kasten, Tom Savini, Richard Stanley | Stars: Udo Kier, Virginia Newcomb, Amanda Marquardt, Amelia Gotham

Votes: 3,686

Tries hard to be edgy and interesting. But kind of falls flat and feels just pointless. Pretty at times, but pointless. Not really worth watching. A little scary.

14. 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: 53,354 | Gross: $0.10M

Oh yes! I love this! I was terrified through most of it (although it in retrospect failed to deliver on some scares). Very interesting and new premises. High quality, only one segment disappointed. A must-see! Quite scary!

15. 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: 13,531 | Gross: $16.32M

Eh. Meh. It has a certain charm, and is somewhat well-made for its' time, but that's all. Not really worth watching A little scary

16. 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: 19,849 | Gross: $14.00M

Not at all as good as the first one. A lot less interesting, and doesn't really have any charm. Not worth watching. A little scary.

17. 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: 74,211

Very well-made and entertaining! Keeps you interested with a lot of variation. Well worth watching. A little scary.

18. Unholy Women (2006)

107 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Unholy Women (Kowai onna), is a composite of three unrelated half-hour horror movies. The first segment, "Rattle Rattle", tells the story of a young woman who is pursued by an evil ... See full summary »

Directors: Keita Amemiya, Takuji Suzuki, Keisuke Toyoshima | Stars: Noriko Nakagoshi, Yûko Kobayashi, Riko Suzuki, Miharu Morina

Votes: 545

Hm. Interesting. Worth watching for the middle segment that is very strange and scary. Never seen anything like it, I wasn't quite sure what to feel when watching it (in a positive way). The first segment is ok, pretty entertaining and visually appealing. The last segment is boring and can be skipped. Well worth watching. A little scary.

19. Zoo (2005)

120 min | Horror

Hiroshi Ando aka "Zoo"

Synopsis.....This collection of shocking, unpredictable stories feature the first screen adaptation of the number one young author of his generation, Otsuichi. Working... See full synopsis »

Directors: Ryu Kaneda, Masaki Adachi, Hiroshi Ando, Komiya Masatetsu, Junpei Mizusaki | Stars: Patrick Harlan, Yui Ichikawa, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Ryôko Kobayashi

Votes: 467

Very strange, quite interesting. Some pretty gruesome imagery in the first segment. I don't really remember it much though. Have to rewatch it! Worth watching. Pretty scary.

20. Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

From the people that brought you Steve Niles' Remains and Dead Souls comes a terrifying new anthology film based on the human senses...

Directors: Eric England, Nick Everhart, Emily Hagins, Jesse Holland, Miko Hughes, Andy Mitton | Stars: Thea Trinidad, Symba, Nicholas Tucci, Ox Baker

Votes: 1,115

Playful and fun. All of the segments are pretty solid and entertaining. Lacks in horror, unfortunately. Not that memorable, if feels a bit rushed. I wanted more substance. But on the other hand, if you just want some fun and kind of inventive segments then maybe this is for you. Worth watching. A little scary.

21. 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: 14,414 | Gross: $0.01M

22. 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: 9,856 | Gross: $0.03M

23. V/H/S Viral (2014)

R | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

A Los Angeles police chase sends a fame-obsessed man on a wild ride to save his girlfriend from a cybernetic terror.

Directors: Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Todd Lincoln, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Patrick Lawrie, Emilia Ares, Celia K. Milius, Steve Berens

Votes: 13,863 | Gross: $0.00M



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