The Pianist with Ten Fingers (Piano Horror films)

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1. The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Approved | 88 min | Horror, Mystery

In a turn-of-the-century Renaissance Italian mansion, its tyrannical owner, a one-handed, wheelchair-bound pianist, with a strong belief in the occult, is murdered.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen

Votes: 2,099

2. The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

R | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An old, dying satanist arranges to transfer his soul into the body of a young concert pianist.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 2,096

3. Grand Piano (2013)

R | 90 min | Music, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under the eyes of a mysterious sniper, who will shoot and kill him if a wrong note is played.

Director: Eugenio Mira | Stars: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishé, Tamsin Egerton

Votes: 16,466 | Gross: $0.02M

4. The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny, Paul Askonas

Votes: 1,980

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Piano in the House (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Sadistic and hated theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune buys a player piano that has the power to reveal the souls of all who hear it.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Barry Morse, Joan Hackett, Don Durant, Muriel Landers

Votes: 1,311

6. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: The Satanic Piano (1985)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Struggling composer Pete Bancroft is contacted by strange Wilson Farber, who has invented a synthesizer that can read minds and may be able to help Bancroft in his career.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Michael Warren, Lisa Bonet, Philip Roth, Felice Orlandi

Votes: 166

7. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
Episode: Werewolf Concerto (1992)

Not Rated | 24 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

An Agatha Christie-style mystery sees the inhabitants of a remote hotel terrorized by rumors of a werewolf prowling the area. Not to fear, as a self-appointed werewolf hunter is amongst them. But might he have a dark secret of his own?

Director: Steve Perry | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Dennis Farina, Walter Gotell, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 499

8. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)
Episode: Firefall (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Kolchak discovers that the evil spirit of a murdered gangster who loved classical music is somehow incinerating his former enemies, while simultaneously trying to take over the body of a popular music conductor and live again.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Fred Beir, Philip Carey

Votes: 267

9. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
Episode: The Convict's Piano (1986)

TV-PG | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Ricky Frost has been wrongly convicted of murder and sent to prison, but his musical talent might see him free if he continues to play a certain piano.

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: Joe Penny, Norman Fell, Tom O'Brien, John Hancock

Votes: 138

10. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
Episode: Edward the Conqueror (1979)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Elderly marrieds Edward and Louisa discover a stray cat in their garden. It reacts so positively to Louisa's classical piano playing that she is convinced the cat is the reincarnation of ... See full summary »

Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Roald Dahl, Wendy Hiller, Joseph Cotten, Phil Brown

Votes: 165

11. Goosebumps (1995–1998)
Episode: Piano Lessons Can Be Murder (1995)

Not Rated | 22 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

When Jerry and his family move into a new house, he finds a long-abandoned piano. After deciding to take lessons, however, a ghost warns him that the music school he attends is not what it seems.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Ben Cook, Barclay Hope, Carolyn Scott, Aron Tager

Votes: 654

12. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Terror in Teakwood (1961)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A concert pianist, so obsessed by the death of an arch-rival that he desecrates his grave, announces he will play a sonata written especially for the dead man's oversized hands.

Director: Paul Henreid | Stars: Boris Karloff, Guy Rolfe, Hazel Court, Charles Aidman

Votes: 144

13. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

40 Metascore

A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 110,962 | Gross: $51.27M

14. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Passed | 93 min | Horror

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Ernst Laemmle, Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe

Votes: 15,346 | Gross: $3.75M

15. Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Music

A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains, Edgar Barrier

Votes: 5,828 | Gross: $3.49M

16. Dance Macabre (1992)

R | 97 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A dance instructor brings his dance troupe to Russia for training. What his dancers don't know, however, is that he has a dual personality, and his hidden personality is a serial killer.

Director: Greydon Clark | Stars: Robert Englund, Michelle Zeitlin, Marianna Moen, Julene Renee

Votes: 286

17. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 14,910

18. Orphan (2009)

R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder

Votes: 178,942 | Gross: $41.60M

19. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 18,314

20. The Hands of Orlac (1960)

95 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit ... See full summary »

Director: Edmond T. Gréville | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Dany Carrel, Christopher Lee, Lucile Saint-Simon

Votes: 340

21. Deep Red (1975)

R | 127 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril

Votes: 28,329

22. A Blade in the Dark (1983)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, Fabiola Toledo, Michele Soavi

Votes: 2,690

23. Hellfire (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

Gabriella finds an unfinished symphony that was written by her late uncle Octave Barron who found inspiration through murder. Thrilled by it's possibilities she hires Marius (Ben Cross) to ... See full summary »

Director: David Tausik | Stars: Ben Cross, Jennifer Burns, Beverly Garland, Doug Wert

Votes: 132

24. 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: 2,137

25. Hands of a Stranger (1962)

Passed | 85 min | Horror

A concert pianist loses his hands in a car crash, but a surgeon gives him new ones. The experimental medical procedure goes awry when the new hands drive the pianist mad.

Director: Newt Arnold | Stars: Paul Lukather, Joan Harvey, James Noah, Irish McCalla

Votes: 538

26. Reflections (1987)

102 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

Piano teacher is deeply traumatised by the events of his childhood, as well as by political oppression in his youth. Decades later, all those traumas lead to carnage.

Director: Goran Markovic | Stars: Mustafa Nadarevic, Anica Dobra, Milorad Mandic-Manda, Bogdan Diklic

Votes: 885

27. 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: Symba, Thea Trinidad, Nicholas Tucci, Hilary Greer

Votes: 1,124

28. The Walking Dead (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill

Votes: 2,143

29. Unhinged (1982)

Unrated | 79 min | Horror

Three young women who crash their car during a rainstorm are taken in by a bizarre family at their large, rural estate.

Director: Don Gronquist | Stars: Laurel Munson, Janet Penner, Sara Ansley, Virginia Settle

Votes: 1,441

30. The Demons of Ludlow (1983)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

A murderous demon lurks inside an antique piano in a picturesque coastal town.

Director: Bill Rebane | Stars: Paul von Hausen, Stephanie Cushna, Carol Perry, C. Dave Davis

Votes: 525

31. El mundo de los vampiros (1961)

83 min | Horror

A vampire uses two sisters to seek revenge from the last member of a family that persecuted the undead in Europe, but his plan is threatened by a man who knows how to destroy him with a peculiar piece of music.

Director: Alfonso Corona Blake | Stars: Guillermo Murray, Silvia Fournier, Mauricio Garcés, Erna Martha Bauman

Votes: 136

32. El hombre y el monstruo (1959)

78 min | Horror

A failed pianist sells his soul to the devil in return for his becoming the greatest musician in the world. The catch: every time he plays he turns into a horrible monster.

Director: Rafael Baledón | Stars: Enrique Rambal, Abel Salazar, Martha Roth, Ofelia Guilmáin

Votes: 210

33. Le collectionneur des cerveaux (1976 TV Movie)

93 min | Horror, Mystery

A young pianist is shocked when she witnesses a strange chess tournament with a robot. Could there be a gruesome secret behind this exhibition?

Director: Michel Subiela | Stars: Claude Jade, François Dunoyer, André Reybaz, Roger Crouzet

Votes: 228

34. Dance Macabre (1992)

R | 97 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A dance instructor brings his dance troupe to Russia for training. What his dancers don't know, however, is that he has a dual personality, and his hidden personality is a serial killer.

Director: Greydon Clark | Stars: Robert Englund, Michelle Zeitlin, Marianna Moen, Julene Renee

Votes: 286

35. The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Music

Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show's past who has an obsession with one of the production's chorus girl.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Thorley Walters

Votes: 2,582

36. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 12,878

37. Lesson Faust (1994)

97 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An ordinary man is lured into a strange puppet theatre by a map and finds himself embroiled in a production of the Faustian legend.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla, Antonin Zacpal

Votes: 3,267

38. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 8,690

39. Mad Love (1935)

Passed | 68 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

Director: Karl Freund | Stars: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive, Ted Healy

Votes: 4,042



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