New Horror Anthology Films Worth Your Time

by sanmentolabs | created - 31 Dec 2013 | updated - 31 Dec 2013 | Public

Here's a short but sweet list of some recent (last 10 years) horror anthology movies which are a cut above the typical anthology we've seen as of late.

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

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, 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: 35,316 | Gross: $0.02M

Far better than the first, the sequel simply has better stories and better execution. The story about the bizarre cult is one of the best in this collection and the only thing that bothered me about it was that muppet looking demon towards the end. Everything worked well and they had to show the muppet..

2. Horror Anthology Movie Volume 1 (2013)


A horror anthology featuring 6 new tales of terror.

Directors: Karl DeMolay, Will Frank, King Jeff, Mike Lyddon | Stars: King Jeff, Gorio, Brian Lannigan, Jessica Hanson

Votes: 44

Yes I was involved with this film, but regardless I still think it's one of the best in recent times. One great thing is that there is no lame wrap around story concocted merely to thread the stories together. Why bother with that? Why do some shlocky connecting business when it's the stories that are most important. Secondly it's the originality of the stories. No two are alike and I can guarantee you haven't seen the concepts presented on film before.

3. The Theatre Bizarre (2011)

Not Rated | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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: 3,851

The Theatre Bizarre has it's ups and downs but I did enjoy a few of the stories immensely (Mother of Toads is great except for that last shot. If you've seen it you know what I mean). The wrap around is decent enough with Udo Kier hosting a strange theatrical production for it's lone audience member.

4. Trapped Ashes (2006)

R | 105 min | Horror

Seven strangers on a Hollywood movie studio tour are trapped inside an infamous House of Horror and forced to tell their most terrifying stories to get out alive.

Directors: Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, John Gaeta, Monte Hellman, Ken Russell | Stars: Jayce Bartok, Henry Gibson, Lara Harris, Scott Lowell

Votes: 1,523

It's possible the thing I liked most about this decent horror anthology was the wrap around story! Henry Gibbons folks, Henry effin' Gibbons! And a few of the stories are quite good to boot.

5. 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: 78,047

Trick 'r Treat succeeds much like Creepshow did back in the 80's, by making a complete movie with top notch stories, wraparound and everything. There is a kind of lyrical and poetic quality about some of the episodes and the wraparound itself which sets this apart from so many horror anthology movies. Beautifully shot, well acted and well written, and guess what? They are making a another one! I am not usually big on sequels, but the same creative entities are involved so you know they are going to put some juice into the next one.

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