Horror anthologies I've seen with the top 25 highlighted

by im_a_whammy | created - 25 Feb 2013 | updated - 12 Aug 2013 | Public

I love scary movies, and horror anthologies are my favorite of all. The following is a list of all the ones I've seen, with the top 25 being listed first. The top 25 are not in order, for it's too difficult to determine the order, but just easy enough to determine the cream of the crop.

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1. 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: 39,324 | Gross: $21.03M

My favorite horror anthology of all time. The only thing that could have made it better was some nudity, but you can't always get what you want, but it does give you what you need: lots of horrific fun. All the segments are entertaining, and when it comes to choosing the top story of the anthology, what one may find the best, another may find the weakest. I thought "Father's Day" was the weakest, but a coworker liked it the best. All in all one of the best horror anthologies of all time.

The Strongest Story: The Crate The Weakest: Father's Day (

2. 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: 76,433

Quite possibly the greatest horror anthology ever made. Definately the most imaginative when it comes to presenting the stories to the viewer. Unlike most other horror anthologies that present 3-5 stories that are pretty much independent of each other and sometimes told through the use of one top level story such as characters telling each other spooky stories, this film weaves the stories into each other so that characters and parts of one story are actually part of another. Because of the nonlinear style, it's hard to say which story is strongest and which is weakest, because this is a movie where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Strongest Story: N/A The Weakest: N/A

3. 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: 4,447

If you liked Tales from the Crypt, then you'll like this. In fact most of the stories were originally published in Tales from the Crypt comic books. All the stories are entertaining except for "This Trick'll Kill You" which I found to be a bit dissappointing.

The Strongest Story: The Neat Job The Weakest: This Trick'll Kill You

4. 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.

Director: Rusty Cundieff | Stars: Clarence Williams III, Corbin Bernsen, Joe Torry, De'aundre Bonds

Votes: 6,244 | Gross: $11.80M

A horror anthology with some urban flava. Unlike some other horror flcks where the horror comes from monsters or killer maniacs, the real horror in this movie comes from some of the real problems in the inner city that the movie touches upon, such as racism, police brutality and gang violence. Don't worry, there are still monsters and the supernatural to keep things from getting too real and heavy. I enjoyed the frame story with the funeral director telling three gang bangers his tales from the hood, and I really enjoyed David Allan Grier's perfomance in "Boys Do Get Bruised"

The Strongest Story: Boys Do Get Bruised The Weakest: Hard Core Convert

5. 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: 21,466 | Gross: $13.09M

A great movie for cat lovers! The star of the movie is a cat who makes an appearance in three different stories, with his role becoming bigger in each story so that by the third one he is the protagonist. "Quitter's, Inc." is the weak link of the three stories, but it's a tossup between the other two as which one is the best. Both "The Ledge" and "General" are great. Had they both been made as short films without the rest of the movie, I'd probably give the edge to "The Ledge", but because they weren't, I give the edge to "General", since the movie leads up to the film's climax with the cat in an epic battle. Plus how awesome is that...a cat in an epic battle?!

The Strongest Story: General The Weakest: Quitter's, Inc.

6. 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: 20,746 | Gross: $14.00M

Though not as good as the first, still a pretty damn good movie. Missing is the cinematography that gave the first one a comic book feel, but it has something the first one lacked: nudity. Sadly, no full frontal, just a pair of boobs (though technically not nudity, there's also an athletic stud in a wet skimpy speedo if you're into guys). It also has well written, interesting stories. In fact, I'd say that "The Raft" may be the best story in any of the Creepshow movies. Definately a movie worth watching if you liked the first.

The Strongest Story: The Raft The Weakest: Old Chief Wood'nhead

7. 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: 9,453

Boris Karloff hosts this horror masterpiece. Though it came out in 1963 and lacks the gore of today's horror, many horror fans will still enjoy it as it doesn't seem boring like many other old horror ficks do. The lighting and makeup is done to perfection! The dead medium in "The Drop of Water" looks just as scary as monsters made today; she is one creepy looking old bitch!

The Strongest Story: The Drop of Water The Weakest: The Telephone

8. Chillerama (2011)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

It's the closing night at the last drive-in theatre in America, and manager, Cecil Kaufman's planned to show 4 movies; films so rare, they've never been exhibited publicly on American soil, until tonight.

Directors: Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Bear McCreary, Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan | Stars: Adam Rifkin, Sarah Mutch, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye

Votes: 3,975

Though it's more comedy than horror, there is enough gore and monsters to keep horror fans entertained. Some of the moments in "Wadzilla" are laugh out loud, and a couple of the songs in "I Was a Teenage Werebear" are pretty catchy. After those two stories, the movie goes downhill a bit.

The Strongest Story: Wadzilla The Weakest: The Diary of Anne Frankenstein

9. 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 (Sir Ralph Richardson), receive visions of how they will die.

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

Votes: 8,925

If you were a fan of the show "Tales from the Crypt" that was on HBO, you should definately check out this movie. Some of the stories in this movie were also episodes of that series. Filled with twists and surprises, this movie features bad people recieving their just desserts. While difficult to determine which story is the best, it's easy to pick out the weakest: "Reflection of Death". While not bad, just not quite as good as the other four.

The Strongest Story: (4 way tie) not "Reflection of Death" The Weakest: Reflection of Death

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.

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

Votes: 4,623

In this Amicus production, a fortune teller gives a tarot card reading for 5 passengers on a train. It's not as good as some other older British horror films, but still a decent movie worth seeing.

The Strongest Story: Disembodied Hand The Weakest: Voodoo

11. 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: 14,116 | Gross: $16.32M

From the ones who brought you Creepshow comes Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. It features a young boy telling a witch three tales from the darkside. I enjoyed the first two, but the last one sucked. Definately worth checking out, because you can always skip the last story and just go to the ending. Or maybe rewatch one of the first two stories and pretend the boy retells it to the witch for the third story, and then skip to the end.

The Strongest Story: Cat from Hell The Weakest: Lover's Vow

12. 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: 5,394

13. 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: 5,535

14. From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Horror

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

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

Votes: 1,750 | Gross: $1.36M

Vincent Price recounts 4 tales of former residents of a town named Oldfield. The stories are well told, and the acting great. There are also some entertaining gore scenes, but the most disturbing part about this movie is some of the material it touches upon: necrophilia, child murder, and incest. If seeing a naked woman in her 50's dolled up for her brother to give her a bath sounds like something you'd like to see, then this is definitely the movie for you!

The Strongest Story: The one about the old man who can extend life The Weakest: The one about the glass eater in the freak show

15. Deadtime Stories (1986)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A babysitting uncle tells his charges three horror stories - about a killer witch, Little Red Riding Hood and a werewolf, and "Goldi Lox" and the three bears.

Director: Jeffrey Delman | Stars: Scott Valentine, Nicole Picard, Matt Mitler, Cathryn de Prume

Votes: 1,414 | Gross: $2.75M

A sleazy uncle tells his nephew scary bedtime stories to get him to sleep so he can get back to watching his miss nude competition. The first story about the witches is visually appealing, with the scene of the dead witch being brought back to life being absolutely disgusting. The last one about Goldilocks and The Three Bears is pretty funny. Throw in a few catchy tunes (especially the opening title song) and you've got a pretty fun horror romp.

The Strongest Story: Peter and the Witches The Weakest: Little Red Runninghood

16. After Midnight (1989)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

College class, Psychology of Fear, has a new, scary teacher - you have to feel fear to understand it. One student pees himself. The scary stuff is moved to the teacher's house, where scary stories are told.

Directors: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat | Stars: Jillian McWhirter, Pamela Adlon, Ramy Zada, Judie Aronson

Votes: 1,508 | Gross: $0.08M

17. The Company of Wolves (1984)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Graham Crowden

Votes: 14,003 | Gross: $4.39M

18. 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: 1,283

I enjoyed most of the stories in this one, except for "Mel" which just seemed a bit bland and mediocre. Although confusing, my favorite was "Penny Farthing". Uncle Albert is quite creepy.

The Strongest Story: Penny Farthing The Weakest: Mel

19. 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.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Vincent Price, John Carradine, Anthony Steel, Roger Sloman

Votes: 2,686

20. 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: 7,462

21. 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: 876

22. 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: 3,530

23. 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: 31,100 | Gross: $29.50M

24. 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.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins

Votes: 2,598

25. Creepshow 3 (2006 Video)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

This second sequel to Creepshow (1982) features five new tales of horror: "Alice", "The Radio", "Call Girl", "The Professor's Wife", and "Haunted Dog".

Directors: Ana Clavell, James Glenn Dudelson | Stars: Stephanie Pettee, Roy Abramsohn, Susan Schramm, Bunny Gibson

Votes: 4,279

26. 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: 707

This movie is a collection of three stories tied together through a couple of thieves watching videos. The first story is barely worth watching, and the wrap around story is pulled off poorly. The second story starts out a bit slow, but leads up to a surprisingly good ending, with the quality carrying on through to a decent third tale.

The Strongest Story: Dreamhouse The Weakest: That's The Way To Do It

27. 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: 4,668

Solid movie from Amicus. I really liked the segment about the father who thinks his daughter is a witch.

The Strongest Story: Sweets to the Sweet The Weakest: Method for Murder

28. Two Evil Eyes (1990)

R | 120 min | Horror

61 Metascore

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.

Directors: Dario Argento, George A. Romero | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, Bingo O'Malley

Votes: 5,674 | Gross: $0.35M

29. 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: 1,590

30. Deadtime Stories: Volume 2 (2011)

R | 77 min | Horror

In this anthology of horror tales, two hikers are trapped in a cave-in, a jilted teen lover turns bad, and a man is murderously desperate to help his ailing wife.

Directors: Michael Fischa, Jeff Monahan, Matt Walsh | Stars: Aric Amendolea, Kristen Barrega, Amy Lynn Best, Carla Bianco

Votes: 488

31. Deadtime Stories: Volume 1 (2009)

Not Rated | 77 min | Horror

An anthology of three horror stories presented by George Romero. In "Quota," a pair of young lovers drive to Lovers' Leap, only to be attacked by a mysterious creature. In "Wet," a lonely ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Fischa, Jeff Monahan, Tom Savini | Stars: Tom Gregg, Jason Hoehnen, Paul Keiserling, Angel Lisboa

Votes: 460

32. 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: 1,342

33. Nightmare Alley (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

A ghoulish host relates seven macabre stories. Zombie cowboys rampage across the prairie in "A Fistful of Innards." An evil satanic rat forces a man to do its murderous bidding in "... See full summary »

Directors: Laurence Holloway, Scarlet Fry | Stars: Vincent Bocchini, Scott Boyd, Tara Carlton, Brian Carr

Votes: 93

34. Night Gallery (1969–1973)
Episode: Pilot (1969)

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.

Directors: Boris Sagal, Barry Shear, Steven Spielberg | Stars: Joan Crawford, Ossie Davis, Richard Kiley, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 1,462

35. Barrio Tales (2012)

R | 84 min | Horror

Two American teenagers in search of cheap drugs, trespass into the seedy town of Barrio, Mexico. What they find instead is a disturbed story teller and three tales filled with blood, witches and a cannibalistic taco chef.

Director: Jarret Tarnol | Stars: Alexander Aguila, Carson Aune, Adam Beesely, Maritza Brikisak

Votes: 419

36. The Macabre Pair of Shorts (1996)

76 min | Comedy, Horror

Featuring Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angelstar David Boreanaz in his first screen appearance! This anthology of comic horror tales follows a pair of snobby vampires, a psychotic mime and ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Mabbutt | Stars: Rick Benattar, David Boreanaz, Patrick Bradley, Kimber Breauxl

Votes: 111

37. The Willies (1990)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Comedy

Two brothers camping with their cousin try to frighten each other by telling stories. There are two main narrations: one involves strange happenings at an elementary school; the other, a ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Peck | Stars: Sean Astin, Jason Horst, Joshua Miller, James Karen

Votes: 1,323

A campy PG-13 horror movie about kids camping out and telling scary stories. Although there are a few short clips of urban legends at the beginning, the majority of the movie is about two tales. The first one is entertaining, but the second one about the kid obsessed with flies drags on too long. The best thing about this movie is that it has Donkeylips from "Salute Your Shorts" in it.

The Strongest Story: Bad Apples The Weakest: Flyboy

38. Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)

R | 96 min | Horror

Lovecraft visualizes 3 stories in Necronomicon: The Drowned, The Cold and Whispers, about bringing a dead wife and child back to life, extending life and aliens.

Directors: Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko, Brian Yuzna | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Tony Azito, Juan Fernández, Brian Yuzna

Votes: 5,163

39. Hood of Horror (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

A hip hop horror anthology of three tales of terror told by the Hound of Hell that revolve around the residents of an inner-city neighborhood whose actions determine where they will go in the afterlife.

Director: Stacy Title | Stars: Snoop Dogg, Daniella Alonso, Anson Mount, Hawthorne James

Votes: 2,680 | Gross: $0.33M

40. 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: 3,735

41. Chillers (1987)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror

Five passengers in a bus depot are waiting for a bus that is overdue. To pass the time, they start telling each other horror stories.

Director: Daniel Boyd | Stars: Jesse Emery, Marjorie Fitzsimmons, Laurie Pennington, Jim Wolfe

Votes: 451

Very cheesy, very low budget. The stories are lame, and the acting horrible. Yet, the whole thing is so bad, it ends up being fun. For a bad movie, it does have a couple of great songs in it. The song played at the closing credits is good enough to be in an actual 80's mainstream movie

The Strongest Story: The one with the scouts camping The Weakest: The one about the vampire newsman

42. Scary or Die (2012)

R | 94 min | Horror

The creation of filmmaker Michael Emanuel, SCARY OR DIE tells five interwoven horror stories that take place in and around the "City of Angels". A flesh-eating clown desperately trying to ... See full summary »

Directors: Bob Badway, Michael Emanuel, Igor Meglic | Stars: Bill Oberst Jr., Hali Lula Hudson, Shawn-Caulin Young, Charles Rahi Chun

Votes: 3,564

This movie is bad. Not so bad it's good, but so bad it's hard to sit through

The Strongest Story: The Crossing The Weakest: Clowned

43. 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: 3,464

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