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Hidden Horrors

Current Version: May 2017 (3rd edition)

The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films: Introduction | #1-#100 | #101-#200 | #201-#300 | #301-#400 | #401-#500 | #501-#600 | #601-#700 | #701-#800 | #801-#900 | #901-#1000 | Full List | Sources | The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films | Top 50 Directors

This is an extra little feature to highlight some of the lesser seen films that have been nominated. I’ve excluded films with more than 1000 IMDb votes. A bit of a mixed bag here, but hopefully there are some hidden gems to be found. The ranking is exactly the same as it is in the full ranked list of nominations. This list can also be found on iCheckMovies and IMDb. There are gaps in reviews as I haven’t had time to get these yet.

Et mourir de plaisir

1. (0) Et mourir de plaisir

Roger Vadim

1960 / France / 87m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Alberto Bonucci, René-Jean Chauffard, Gabriella Farinon, Serge Marquand, Edith Peters, Nathalie Lafaurie, Carmilla Stroyberg

“In some ways, Blood and Roses strikes me as a much-belated European response to Val Lewton’s horror movies for RKO. Like the majority of those films, Blood and Roses cloaks what is fundamentally a psychological thriller in a skin of supernatural horror, and circumvents the target audience’s natural antipathy for “rational” explanations by making the validity of the supernatural manifestations the story’s central mystery. Obviously, that demands from Vadim and his collaborators a much more acute understanding of people’s mental and emotional processes than was typically displayed by horror filmmakers in this era, together with a far greater investment in character development. At a time when most fright films were simplistic stories of good vs. evil, Blood and Roses presents a startlingly mature examination of sexual neurosis and the dark side of exactly the sort of romanticism in which escapist cinema normally trades.” – Scott Ashlin, 1000 Misspent Hours

Ganja & Hess

2. (0) Ganja & Hess

Bill Gunn

1973 / USA / 110m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn, Sam Waymon, Leonard Jackson, Candece Tarpley, Richard Harrow, John Hoffmeister, Betty Barney, Mabel King

“Pieced together in a disjointed, nonlinear fashion, Ganja & Hess is a strange, heady blend of grindhouse horror and avant-garde experimentation. Writer/director Bill Gunn was apparently tasked with creating a blaxploitation vampire movie in the vein of Blacula, but he instead managed to make something that feels wholly separate from any one genre- something bizarre and beautiful and horrible and totally unexpected. It is not an easy film to follow, with its story jumping back and forth, seemingly unfinished scenes, and unstable characters, but its imagery is so potent I found myself transfixed.” – Alex Kittle, Art, Film and Over-Enthusiasm

A Warning to the Curious

3. (+2) A Warning to the Curious

Lawrence Gordon Clark

1972 / UK / 50m / Col / Mystery | IMDb
Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herrington, John Kearney, David Cargill, George Benson, Roger Milner, Gilly Fraser, David Pugh, Cyril Appleton

“A perfectly-realized ghost story with no bells and whistles, no gore, no needless filler and no special effects. Instead this offers up excellent direction, fine performances, a low-key, otherworldly score punctuated by frantic violins and stark, low-budget 16mm photography that manages to brilliantly draw the eerie supernatural elements of the story out of the everyday world.” – The Bloody Pit of Horror

Panna a netvor

4. (+2) Panna a netvor

Juraj Herz

1978 / Czechoslovakia / 83m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Zdena Studenková, Vlastimil Harapes, Václav Voska, Jana Brejchová, Zuzana Kocúriková, Josef Laufer, Milan Hein, Jan Augusta, Josef Langmiler, Vít Olmer

“[Beauty and the Beast] already lends itself well to a horror adaptation, especially considering the mysterious castle setting and the fact one of the main characters is, you know, a monster… The Beast is not a big woolly teddy bear as seen in most other versions, but instead a hideous creature with a hairy body, sharp claws, a bird-like head and a thirst for fresh warm blood. He shares his home with a variety of other strange creature servants that mostly lurk in the shadows and barely make their presence even known. Where he’s been forced to live a life of solitude and loneliness for so long, The Beast has also picked up some schizophrenic traits along the way. A whispering, nagging, persistent voice in his head… tries to tempt him back to his more animalistic ways.” – Justin McKinney, The Bloody Pit of Horror

Il mulino delle donne di pietra

5. (+4) Il mulino delle donne di pietra

Giorgio Ferroni

1960 / Italy / 95m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Wolfgang Preiss, Dany Carrel, Herbert A.E. Böhme, Liana Orfei, Marco Guglielmi, Olga Solbelli, Alberto Archetti

“These aforementioned artistic elements work in layers to create the films overall sense of mood with Hans’s hallucination sequence being a primary example. After receiving a sedative from Dr. Bohlem, Hans begins to stumble from one room to the next, putting the mill’s bizarre architecture on full display. Pavoni, in turn, fills these rooms with shadows and occasional flashes of red or blue light which adds to the chilling atmosphere. Underlying this is Innocenzi’s score which uses its central motif to build tension, and piercing high pitched arrangements to punctuate terror, as Hans begins to unravel the mystery of the Mill through a series of spectral visions. In these scenes, like many others throughout the film, the combination of visuals and sound allow the film to take on a dreamlike quality that is both ominous as well as frightening.” – Bruce Jordan, Classic-Horror

The Queen of Spades

6. (+10) The Queen of Spades

Thorold Dickinson

1949 / UK / 95m / BW / Gothic | IMDb
Anton Walbrook, Edith Evans, Yvonne Mitchell, Ronald Howard, Mary Jerrold, Anthony Dawson, Miles Malleson, Michael Medwin, Athene Seyler, Ivor Barnard

“Between the pair of them, and with Dickinson’s drive to exacerbate the melodramatic, feverish atmosphere, they make a virtue out of the small budget and limited sets, using mirrors, shadows, candelabra, religious icons and period paraphernalia to encrust the Countess’s palace and its myriad doorways, passages and rooms. The Countess’s boudoir and the ornate Russian church used in the heartstopping funeral sequence of the film are brilliant examples of their craft and they emphasise the film’s squeezing in and expansion of space, from claustrophobia to agoraphobia.”- Frank Collins, Cathode Ray Tube

El vampiro

7. (0) El vampiro

Fernando Méndez

1957 / Mexico / 95m / BW / Vampire | IMDb
Abel Salazar, Ariadna Welter, Carmen Montejo, José Luis Jiménez, Mercedes Soler, Alicia Montoya, José Chávez, Julio Daneri, Amado Zumaya, Germán Robles

“The movie is enveloped in an all pervading atmosphere of gothic fantasy: cobwebs glisten in artificial moonlight and luminescent mist enshrouds the dilapidated hacienda which is ensconced in permanent shadows. The film has a surprisingly expensive look to it. Although the turn toward horror and fantasy in fifties Mexican cinema was largely inspired by the decline of the industry, the superior production values of it’s heyday in the forties are still very much in evidence in “El Vampiro”. The film is loaded with exceptional moments of directorial brilliance and great imagination – and the camera often moves with a Bava or Argento-like mind of it’s own.” – Blackgloves, Horrorview

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly

8. (+7) Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly

Freddie Francis

1970 / UK / 102m / Col / Black Comedy | IMDb
Michael Bryant, Ursula Howells, Pat Heywood, Howard Trevor, Vanessa Howard, Robert Swann, Imogen Hassall, Michael Ripper, Hugh Armstrong

“Girly is not the nightmarish blur of sex, color, and violence one would expect judging by the poster. Instead, it is a slow, psychological meditation, a playful look into the disturbing details of suppressed sexuality, morbid isolation, and the notion of insanity by proxy. We are led into a world fully contained within a decaying mansion, but we aren’t met with a parade of bloody horrors and gleefully violent imagery; instead, we are witness to a coy, clever game of cat and mouse, where no action or emotion is ever true. Comically depraved actions and lustful yearnings hidden behind a strange veil of morality are commonplace.” – James Merolla

Kitchen Sink

9. (+1) Kitchen Sink

Alison Maclean

1989 / New Zealand / 14m / Col / Surrealism | IMDb
Theresa Healey, Peter Tait, Annagretta Christian

“The relationship that developed between the woman and the man/monster was reminiscent of myths and fairy tales. Containing almost no dialogue, KITCHEN SINK presented the story as a dreamlike succession of events. Cleverly structured, the film returned again and again to a few motifs – hair, water, eye and razor – reminiscent of early surrealist films such as Un Chien Andalou. These images, reinforced by an eerie soundtrack, had a gut-level impact on audiences, who gasped, laughed, and screamed.” – Roger Horrocks, Film in Aotearoa New Zealand

Kyôfu kikei ningen: Edogawa Rampo zenshû

10. (+2) Kyôfu kikei ningen: Edogawa Rampo zenshû

Teruo Ishii

1969 / Japan / 99m / Col / Exploitation | IMDb
Teruo Yoshida, Yukie Kagawa, Teruko Yumi, Mitsuko Aoi, Michiko Kobata, Yumiko Katayama, Kei Kiyama, Reiko Mikasa, Miki Obana, Michi Tanaka

“Visually the film is breathtaking. Ishii, a director known for revelling in the erotic, violent and bizarre, is on top form in this quirky tale. While the scripting weaves an incredibly intricate and unconventional narrative, the look and feel of the film follows suit. There are some spectacular scenes on offer. The cinematography is just mind-blowing; the colours gaudy and luscious, which makes the whole thing just pop. Ishii also adds in a psychedelic flavour with some innovative editing techniques- also applying light filters in a couple of scenes to build on this factor.” – Kat Ellinger, The Gore Splattered Corner

Misterios de ultratumba

11. (+2) Misterios de ultratumba

Fernando Méndez

1959 / Mexico / 82m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Gastón Santos, Rafael Bertrand, Mapita Cortés, Carlos Ancira, Carolina Barret, Luis Aragón, Beatriz Aguirre, Antonio Raxel, J. Portillo, Abel Salazar

“Mexican director Fernando Méndez crafts astoundingly atmospheric visuals and writer Ramón Obón spins a dizzyingly suspenseful story, both creating an unforgettable film with The Black Pit of Dr. M. The visuals of the long halls of the arcane mental hospital, the dense fog, the Doctor’s villa and the dark shadows will strike you first. There are certain shots that are framed to perfection, including one scene that features the starkly back-lit gallows, which rival any of the classic Universal horror films for their gothic mystique. Secondly, you will notice that the story of intrigue builds upon itself and never leaves a dull moment. Not only that, but time is adequately taken to properly develop the characters as the story unfolds. While the gorgeously gothic visuals help grab your attention and establish the dark mood of the film, it’s the compounding storyline that keeps building that really sets this masterpiece apart.” – Sarah E. Jahier, Fatally Yours’ Horror Reviews

The Stone Tape

12. (+2) The Stone Tape

Peter Sasdy

1972 / UK / 90m / Col / Haunted House | IMDb
Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates, Reginald Marsh, Tom Chadbon, John Forgeham, Philip Trewinnard, James Cosmo, Neil Wilson

“It is a genuinely scary and affecting piece of work, and applying rational thought to the ghost makes it more terrifying, not less. The Stone Tape continues to work because it does such a good job of raising questions to which we still don’t know the answers, even if our recording and computing equipment has changed beyond recognition. The fear of the inexplicable remains, and Jane Asher finds something malevolent recorded in the stone that defies our understanding. The feeling at the end of watching is that the surface of the stone has only just been scratched. Who knows what memories are locked up in the walls that surround us?” – Aliya Whiteley, Den of Geek

Valkoinen peura

13. (+7) Valkoinen peura

Erik Blomberg

1952 / Finland / 74m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman, Jouni Tapiola, Arvo Lehesmaa

“When it comes to sex or death, The White Reindeer’s American and European contemporaries generally traipse in darkness; in this rare collaboration, a husband-and-wife team managed to make daylight more terrifying. By endowing its fairy tale gimmick with the fruits of documentary filmmaking, The White Reindeer neutralizes the usual kill-the-monster anxieties that loom over 50s gothic, instead giving grandeur and melancholy to its feminist subtext by burying it – as countless other stories must be buried – in the frozen wilderness.” – Steve MacFarlane, Not Coming

The Fall of the House of Usher

14. (+4) The Fall of the House of Usher

James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber

1928 / USA / 13m / BW / Surrealism | IMDb
Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, Melville Webber

“What was theoretical in Epstein’s The Three-Sided Mirror is here freer, more lucid and ethereal, and from its first image of a visitor with busy fingers wading through a tangle of trees and branches to the final orgy of poetic destruction, the director intensely considers the push-pull relationship between life and art—the precarious soul-suck between the two and the chaos their battle risks. When Debucourt’s Usher looks at his painting, he is both staring at the visage of his elusive wife’s representation and the audience itself. Epstein treats celluloid not unlike Usher’s canvas—a delicate, fragile thing to draw on (slow or fast, sometimes twice, thrice, four times over)—and to look at the screen of this film is to witness a portal into a complex, heretofore unknown dimension of cinematic representation.” – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

La campana del infierno

15. (+6) La campana del infierno

Claudio Guerín

1973 / Spain / 106m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Renaud Verley, Viveca Lindfors, Alfredo Mayo, Maribel Martín, Nuria Gimeno, Christina von Blanc, Saturno Cerra, Nicole Vesperini, Erasmo Pascual, Antonio Puga

“With a screenplay by Santiago Moncada, the character of John is ambiguous, as we never really know much about his past, how insane he really is and how much of what happens on screen is actually in his mind. But what A BELL FROM HELL may lack in logical contrivance is made up for in style and uniqueness. Even though it owes a bit to Hammer Films’ psychological horrors of the 1960s, the surrealist visions of Louis Bunuel, and the macabre writings of Edgar Allan Poe, the film has a number of clever shocks and a perversity about it that makes it fascinating to watch […] The camera is planted in the most unusual places, boasting some very inventive shots, and the film’s persistent ambiance of sexual and murderous tension, performed by a stellar international cast, makes this one of the genre’s finest of the 1970s.” – George Reis, DVD Drive-In

Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan

16. (+6) Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan

Nobuo Nakagawa

1959 / Japan / 76m / Col / Jidaigeki | IMDb
Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi, Shuntarô Emi, Ryûzaburô Nakamura, Junko Ikeuchi, Jun ôtomo, Hiroshi Hayashi, Shinjirô Asano, Arata Shibata

“Along with the masterful camerawork, the film’s lighting and music play an integral role in selling the dreadful feeling that permeates the entire film. The final moments are scored with traditional Japanese music that grows in driving intensity with the images on-screen, culminating in a stunning, powerful ending that perfectly caps off the film. The violence is surprisingly graphic and still very effective, over fifty years after release. No US film would have ever gotten away with the stuff they do in this film, and as such it feels like a more recent film than 1959. The violence is nothing compared with later films of course, but given the time, it’s incredible. The Ghost of Yotsuya is an amazing, haunting, wonderful horror film that fans of the genre should definitely not miss. It is proof that horror films can be artful and grotesque simultaneously.” – Will Kouf, Silver Emulsion

L'orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock

17. (+6) L’orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock

Riccardo Freda

1962 / Italy / 88m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng, Silvano Tranquilli, Maria Teresa Vianello, Harriet Medin, Al Christianson, Evar Simpson, Nat Harley, Neil Robinson, Howard Nelson Rubien

“Raptus, the alternative title of Riccardo Freda’s L’Orribile segreto del dottor Hichcock (The Horrible Secret of Dr Hichcock, Italy, 1962) is certainly apt, as its effect on individuals attracted to the macabre is not unlike a rapture or delirium of cinematic pleasure. The atmospheric visuals of Riccardo Freda’s masterpiece of sexual alienation and necrophilia stands without precedent in the Golden Age of Italian Horror that virtually seized the Roman film industry from 1956 to 1966. With more than a nod to the literary influences of Ann Radcliffe and the 19th Century that informed them, L’Orribile segreto del dottor Hichcock is a catalogue of Victorian repressions regarding desire and death, the marriage bed and the grave.” – David Del Valle, Kinoeye

Cuadecuc, vampir

18. (+6) Cuadecuc, vampir

Pere Portabella

1971 / Spain / 67m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, Jack Taylor

“Vampir-Cuadecuc was made in and around the shooting of Jesús “Jess” Franco’s Count Dracula in 1970. An avant-garde ‘making-of’ is perhaps the best description of the film because it utilises material from within and around the other production in order to retell the story in question in its own inimitable style. Director Pere Portabella could be described as an experimental filmmaker – he was outside of the mainstream by political necessity during the dictatorship – which makes him an odd pairing with the more ‘commercial’ (to be polite) Jess Franco (although he nonetheless also had his own run-ins with the regime’s censors). But Portabella’s repurposing and reimagining of the elements at Franco’s disposal creates something genuinely (and appropriately) otherworldly.” – Rebecca Naughten, EyeForFilm.co.uk

The Signalman

19. (+6) The Signalman

Lawrence Gordon Clark

1976 / UK / 37m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Denholm Elliott, Bernard Lloyd, Reginald Jessup, Carina Wyeth

“Apparently inspired by both the Clayton Tunnel collision of 1961 and the Dickens’ first-hand experience of Staplehurst rail crash four years later, The Signalman is without question one of the strongest films in the [BBC] Ghost Story series and remains today of the finest of all televisual tales of the supernatural. The story was adapted by Andrew Davies – who was later to pen such luminary television works as A Very Peculiar Practice, House of Cards and a number of adaptations of literary classics, including two Dickens novels – and benefits greatly from being faithful to the source story, right down to the period formality of the dialogue.” – Slarek, Cine Outsider

Horrors of the Black Museum

20. (+19) Horrors of the Black Museum

Arthur Crabtree

1959 / UK / 95m / BW / Crime | IMDb
Michael Gough, June Cunningham, Graham Curnow, Shirley Anne Field, Geoffrey Keen, Gerald Anderson, John Warwick, Beatrice Varley, Austin Trevor, Malou Pantera

“The film is considered the first of what is known as the Sadian trilogy, along with Circus Of Horrors and Peeping Tom, films dealing with sadistic murder and psychology as opposed to Hammer’s more gothic and fantastic output of the same period. It’s probably the weakest of the three films, but, that said, it’s still an interesting and enjoyable movie and worth watching. Interestingly the role of Bancroft was intended for Vincent Price, but he proved too expensive. The film was also originally released in “Hypno-vista”, a William Castle style gimmick, and the film began with 15 minutes of psychologist Emile Franchel explaining hypnotism and including a woman having needles inserted through the skin of her arm while under hypnosis.” – Mark Satchwill, Classic Horror Campaign

Mo

21. (+5) Mo

Chih-Hung Kuei

1983 / Hong Kong / 105m / Col / Martial Arts | IMDb
Somjai Boomsong, Tien-Chu Chin, Phillip Ko, You-hsing Lai, Wai Lam, Hak Shun Leung, Chih Tai Lin, Xiaoyen Lin, Chun Liu, Han-yuan Ma

“The Boxer’s Omen is a hell of an experience and it should really be right up there with the likes of Evil Dead 2, Hausu, Phantasm, Suspiria, and anything Jodorowsky made, but it’s still relatively obscure. Director Kuei Chih-Hung’s filmography is made up mostly of crime-thrillers, but his 70s/80s work consists of sick horrors like brutal Snakesploitation shocker The Killer Snakes (1975), Corpse Mania (1981) and Bewitched (1981), which I was surprised to find that The Boxer’s Omen was actually a sequel to. There is a strong visual flair throughout the movie, especially during the more magical scenes that enhance the surrealism and make you believe in what you’re seeing — even if what you’re seeing is clearly a cheap rubber spider biting into somebody’s face.” – Chris Purdie, Mondo Exploito

Schalcken the Painter

22. (+5) Schalcken the Painter

Leslie Megahey

1979 / UK / 68m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denham, Cheryl Kennedy, John Justin, Anne Tirard, Anthony Sharp, Val Penny, Roy Evans, Eric Francis, Charles Gray

“First aired on the BBC on 23rd December 1979, Leslie Mehagey’s Schalcken the Painter is lush, weird, postmodern and creepy. Based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1839 ghost story, both works craft an unsettling fiction around real 17th-century Dutch painters, Godfried Schalcken and his tutor, Gerrit Dou. Pitching his script as an arts lecture that morphs into a horror story, Megahey plays with Le Fanu’s use of historical figures by presenting the film as a documentary, a trick aided by its screening as part of the arts series Omnibus. The film meticulously recreates the interiors made famous by the Dutch masters, lifting them from the gallery wall, and having our protagonists inhabit them.” – Stephanie King, Electric Sheep Magazine

The Man Who Changed His Mind

23. (+23) The Man Who Changed His Mind

Robert Stevenson

1936 / UK / 66m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Boris Karloff, John Loder, Anna Lee, Frank Cellier, Donald Calthrop, Cecil Parker, Lyn Harding

““The Man Who Changed His Mind” is perhaps one of the most intense horror films from the 1930s that I’ve come across. From the first time Boris Karloff’s chain-smoking mad scientist crosses paths with Anna Lee’s brilliant and independent-minded surgeon, you know things are going to end badly for more than one of the film’s characters. But even with that knowledge, you’re not going to guess how badly and for whom until the story is all but done unfolding. Even after nearly 75 years, this is a horror film that countless modern-day filmmakers need to study and emulate’ their films would be far better for it.” – Steve Miller, Shades of Gray

The Brotherhood of Satan

24. (+10) The Brotherhood of Satan

Bernard McEveety

1971 / UK / 92m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri, Charles Robinson, Alvy Moore, Helene Winston, Joyce Easton, Debi Storm, Jeff Williams

““TBOS” starts off odd & disquieting with a couple of kids turning toys into real weapons and for a short while you might not understand what the hell is going on but trust me…give the film a little time to work it’s way into your head and you won’t be able to take your eyes off of the screen. McEveety’s direction paints every scene with an ambiance of dread & despair from the first frame on & after you get your bearings that dread jumps off of the screen and into your soul. It’s a seriously unnerving atmosphere that he’s created and it really gets to you after awhile.” – Victor De Leon, Vic’s Movie Den

Carodejuv ucen

25. (+6) Carodejuv ucen

Karel Zeman

1978 / Czechoslovakia / 73m / Col / Fantasy | IMDb
Ludek Munzar, Jaroslav Moucka

“The atmospheric energy that continues throughout the film relates from the contrast between the innocent boy, Krabat, who confronts life with humor and a whistle, and the bloodthirsty sorcerer who has designs on the lives of his apprentices. This energy is created through very simple drawings – be it dark clouds, the silhouette of the mill, or the evil look of crow that turns out to be a masked magician. The imagery is simple, the figures spindly – there is no question of this being reality. Nevertheless, the atmosphere remains tight and the hand-made quality is as noticeable as it is absent in so many current 3D productions.” – Tamar Baumgarten-Noort, Schnitt Online

Next of Kin

26. (+6) Next of Kin

Tony Williams

1982 / Australia / 89m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott, Gerda Nicolson, Charles McCallum, Bernadette Gibson, Robert Ratti, Tommy Dysart, Debra Lawrance, Simon Thorpe

“All of the best horror films have an element of ambiguity. And that is not a generalized sweeping statement, look at any list of great horror films and you will always find the true greats such as The Haunting or The Innocents in the top 10. What makes Next of Kin different and, dare I say, so very intriguing, is how very sane our hero appears to be… Depending on how well you deal with being kept in the dark, this could be an uncovered masterpiece or a forgettable exercise of undeniably impressive direction. Irritation with the ending rises in direct proportion of how invested you are in the film as a whole, which really is a most unfortunate ultimatum.” – Stephen Hill, HorrorNews.net

Der Student von Prag

27. (+15) Der Student von Prag

Henrik Galeen

1926 / Germany / 110m / BW / Drama | IMDb
Conrad Veidt, Elizza La Porta, Fritz Alberti, Agnes Esterhazy, Ferdinand von Alten, Werner Krauss, Erich Kober, Max Maximilian

“Superior [to the 1913] version, thanks to some moody direction by Henrik Galeen (who was involved in either a writing or directorial capacities in an astonishing number of German horror movies, such as both versions of THE GOLEM, WAXWORKS, ALRAUNE and NOSFERATU) and a fine, powerful performance from Conrad Veidt, who may actually have been the finest horror actor of the silents and is here reunited with his CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI co-star Werner Krauss… there’s a real power in the growing horror of the story, and the final sequences in which Veidt is stalked by himself are absolutely chilling. In a sense, there’s no other horror movie out there quite like this one” – Dave Sindelar, Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings

La maldición de la Llorona

28. (+17) La maldición de la Llorona

Rafael Baledón

1963 / Mexico / 74m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Rosa Arenas, Abel Salazar, Rita Macedo, Carlos López Moctezuma, Enrique Lucero, Mario Sevilla, Julissa, Roy Fletcher, Arturo Corona, Armando Acosta

L'assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora

29. (+14) L’assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora

Luigi Cozzi

1975 / Italy / 86m / Col / Giallo | IMDb
George Hilton, Antoine Saint-John, Femi Benussi, Cristina Galbó, Eduardo Fajardo, Tere Velázquez, Alessio Orano, Dario Griachi, Luigi Antonio Guerra, Carla Mancini

“Cozzi brings an experimental edge to the film with his off-kilter visual style and repeatedly cross-cuts between parallel actions, contrasting a murder with a party, a frenetic chase sequence with a slow-burning police interrogation, a passionate sex scene with an horrific rape. The cat-and-mouse finale is all the more interesting because Cozzi forgoes the usual Dario Argento suspense mechanisms and instead mounts the action as believably awkward, ugly and slow. Luciana Schiratti’s art direction combines well with the photography by Riccardo Pallotini to conjure one of the best looking giallo films while outstanding ensemble performances make the most out of the suspenseful script.” – Andrew Pragasam, The Spinning Image

Temnye vody

30. (+5) Temnye vody

Mariano Baino

1993 / Russia / 94m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Louise Salter, Venera Simmons, Mariya Kapnist, Lubov Snegur, Alvina Skarga, Valeriy Bassel, Pavel Sokolov, Anna Rose Phipps, Tanya Dobrovolskaya, Valeriy Kopaev

“That was weird. Those were the first words that spilled out of my mouth as the end credits rolled on Dark Waters, a British/Italian/Russian co-production filmed in post-Soviet Ukraine. Directed and co-written by Mariano Baino, Dark Waters is a singular experience. Steeped in Lovecraftian influence, the film can be dizzying, even maddening, to watch. However, with the captivating direction and surprisingly engaging story, Dark Waters may actually be worth your time. It is not, however, a film for the feeble-minded… in order to enjoy it, it really needs to be taken as a whole – the dizzying story embraced and experienced. If you’re willing to enter that kind of mindset, that kind of half-fantasy world, Dark Waters has the potential to be understood not only as a creepy religious horror, but as a fine addition to Lovecraftian filmmaking.” – Julia Merriam, Classic-Horror.com

Omnibus: Whistle and I'll Come to You

31. (+5) Omnibus: Whistle and I’ll Come to You

Jonathan Miller

1968 / USA / 42m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Michael Hordern, Ambrose Coghill, George Woodbridge, Nora Gordon, Freda Dowie

“To a modern audience, who have come to expect a big twist at the end of their ghost stories and are accustomed to being told loudly through music and editing when it’s time to feel scared, the more subtle and uncluttered narrative of Whistle and I’ll Come to You may at first glance feel a little primitive. But this simplicity allows Miller and Horden the scope they need to develop the film as a character study, with Dick Bush’s immaculately framed camera observing [the protagonist] Parkins with almost microscopic precision… With the pared-down plot and only one major character, [Miller] is able to really get inside Parkins’ head, using his lead actor and some striking locations to create an unnerving sense of a disrupted normality in which undefined dangers are stalking us even in daylight.” – Slarek, Cine Outsider

The Mad Doctor

32. (+5) The Mad Doctor

David Hand

1933 / USA / 7m / BW / Haunted House | IMDb
Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney

“Mickey Mouse started out as a mischievous, somewhat anarchic character, more in the mode of Woody Woodpecker or Daffy Duck than the mellow suburban everymouse he became in the 1940s… When 1933’s “The Mad Doctor” was released, some theaters considered it too scary and gruesome for children. That’s not just because of the scenes of Mickey falling down tunnels, or walking up staircases that turn out to be coffins filled with animated skeletons. No, what’s really disturbing in “The Mad Doctor” are the images of Mickey’s dog Pluto being terrorized by the bearded maniac of the short’s title — with no rescue in sight, unless his master wakes from this awful dream.” – Noel Murray, The Dissolve

El espejo de la bruja

33. (+29) El espejo de la bruja

Chano Urueta

1962 / Mexico / 75m / Col / Witchcraft | IMDb
Rosa Arenas, Armando Calvo, Isabela Corona, Dina de Marco, Carlos Nieto, Alfredo Wally Barrón

La semana del asesino

34. (+4) La semana del asesino

Eloy de la Iglesia

1973 / Spain / 90m / Col / Cannibal | IMDb
Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen, Eusebio Poncela, Charly Bravo, Fernando Sánchez Polack, Goyo Lebrero, Vicky Lagos, Ismael Merlo, Rafael Hernández, José Franco

“Eloy de la Iglesia’s film has very little in common with Umberto Lenzi’s jungle excursions, or even one of Jason Vorhees’ stalk and slash trips to Crystal Lake, and is more comparable to John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Though Marcos’ decent into madness isn’t as easy to believe as Hitchcock and Polanski’s better creations, the film still has an uncanny ability to deeply disturb. Though the plot isn’t terribly intricate… and the camera work could charitably be referred to as ‘minimalist’, the filthy set design, buyable performances, and greasy atmosphere grindhouse their way under the skin and stay there pretty effectively.” – Gabriel Powers, DVDActive

Miss Muerte

35. (+5) Miss Muerte

Jesús Franco

1966 / Spain / 86m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Estella Blain, Mabel Karr, Howard Vernon, Fernando Montes, Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui, Cris Huerta, Alberto Bourbón, Lucía Prado, Guy Mairesse

“Many viewers will be coerced into pinching themselves to remember this is a Franco film. Beautifully shot in stunning black-and-white, Franco beautifully composes each shot into a tableau of light and shadow, creating an eerie atmosphere throughout the feature. This is a stunningly beautiful film, filled with luscious outdoor sequences and great suspense setpieces (the capture of Nadia in an abandoned theater is one of Franco’s best)… As with many Franco films, jazz is an important element. Not only is the film’s soundtrack made up primarily of catchy little jazz ditties and horn-driven melodies, the film’s climax is an experimental jazz piece laid onto film: frenetic, wild, and outrageous.” – Casey Scott, DVD Drive-In

Ye ban ge sheng

36. (+34) Ye ban ge sheng

Weibang Ma-Xu

1937 / China / 113m / BW / Drama | IMDb
Menghe Gu, Ping Hu, Shan Jin, Chau-shui Yee, Wenzhu Zhou

La torre de los siete jorobados

37. (+17) La torre de los siete jorobados

Edgar Neville

1944 / Spain / 85m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Antonio Casal, Isabel de Pomés, Guillermo Marín, Félix de Pomés, Julia Lajos, Julia Pachelo, Manolita Morán, Antonio Riquelme, José Franco, Manuel Miranda

“Neville’s film is not exactly good, but it certainly is fascinating. In many ways it’s like a rather corny Universal horror movie of the ’30s (featuring a few performances that would show even Lugosi in an impressive light); but no Hollywood film-maker – with the possible exception of Whale or Browning – would pepper a plot with such delightful nonsense (the ghost of Napoleon turns up at one point) and grotesquerie. The Spanish taste for the fantastic, the bizarre and the surreal is much in evidence, and one is left breathless by the sheer audacity of the ludicrous plot. It can, of course, be seen as an allegory on the state of the nation after the Civil War, but is best viewed as weird but wonderful wackiness.” – GA, Time Out London

Before I Hang

38. (+41) Before I Hang

Nick Grinde

1940 / USA / 62m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett, Edward Van Sloan, Ben Taggart, Pedro de Cordoba, Wright Kramer, Bertram Marburgh, Don Beddoe, Robert Fiske

“The mechanical zest with which Director Nick Grinde usually manages to obscure script deficencies in films of this genre is conspicuously absent in “Before I Die.” But if you’re taken in by reels and reels of test tubes, mechanical hearts and other scientific gadgets, or the brooding atmosphere provoked through the use of murky photography, then “Before I Hang” should prove to be moderately entertaining. It’s strictly a one-man show—Mr. Karloff’s as far as performances go, but Pedro de Cordoba manages to get, off a pretty good imitation of a piano maestro.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

J'accuse!

39. (+41) J’accuse!

Abel Gance

1938 / France / 104m / BW / War | IMDb
Victor Francen, Line Noro, Marie Lou, Jean-Max, Paul Amiot, Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcel Delaître, Renée Devillers, Romuald Joubé, André Nox

“This is a powerful film that leaves quite an impression. Gance told the French government that the film could be used as a recruiting tool, so they allowed him to film at the front (he captured part of the Battle of St. Mihiel) and the footage was used in the movie. He was also able to use soldiers on leave as extras in the climactic scene where the dead come back to life. Most of the men used in this scene were in the army and were tragically killed weeks later. Still, they had seen battle in the trenches of France and you can tell by the looks on their faces that they weren’t acting so much as reacting to what they had experienced.” – John Sinnott, DVD Talk

La main du diable

40. (+8) La main du diable

Maurice Tourneur

1943 / France / 78m / BW / Drama | IMDb
Pierre Fresnay, Josseline Gaël, Noël Roquevert, Guillaume de Sax, Palau, Pierre Larquey, André Gabriello, Antoine Balpêtré, Marcelle Rexiane, André Varennes

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

41. (+17) I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

Herbert L. Strock

1957 / USA / 74m / BW / Exploitation | IMDb
Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton, Gary Conway, George Lynn, John Cliff, Marshall Bradford, Claudia Bryar, Angela Blake, Russ Whiteman

“Like I Was a Teenage Werewolf, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein taps into a metaphor about teenage dissatisfaction. As in Teenage Werewolf, the monster comes to represent alienated adolescence and Whit Bissell is again cast as a calculating and manipulative scientist/authority figure. It is amusing to see that in this film Frankenstein is no longer traditionally a scientist with misguided intentions, he is utterly ruthless from the outset. I Was a Teenage Frankenstein is played considerably more tongue-in-cheek than Teenage Werewolf and emerges as the better of the two films as a result.” – Richard Scheib, Moria – The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review

Un tranquillo posto di campagna

42. (+8) Un tranquillo posto di campagna

Elio Petri

1968 / Italy / 106m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Géret, Gabriella Boccardo, Madeleine Damien, Valerio Ruggeri, Rita Calderoni, Renato Menegotto, Arnaldo Momo, Sara Momo

La horripilante bestia humana

43. (+18) La horripilante bestia humana

René Cardona

1969 / Mexico / 81m / Col / Splatter | IMDb
José Elías Moreno, Carlos López Moctezuma, Armando Silvestre, Norma Lazareno, Agustín Martínez Solares, Javier Rizo, Gerardo Zepeda, Noelia Noel, Gina Morett, Anna Levine

“In the traditional sense of the word, “Apes” isn’t a very good movie… However, as a slice of cinematic trash, the thing succeeds. The gore and nudity, whilst crudely done, has a certain low rent charm, as does the poor dubbing. It also thankfully moves at a pretty reasonable pace, rarely if ever slowing down and more often then not adding in something to keep your interest. The influence it takes from low rent horror from the 40’s and 50’s is also noticeable, as apart from the aforementioned exploitable elements, has a naive sense of unpretentious fun. Really, that’s the best way to describe this movie” – Joseph Howell, Talk of Horrors

Grip of the Strangler

44. (+7) Grip of the Strangler

Robert Day

1958 / UK / 78m / BW / Crime | IMDb
Boris Karloff, Jean Kent, Elizabeth Allan, Anthony Dawson, Vera Day, Tim Turner, Diane Aubrey, Max Brimmell, Leslie Perrins, Jessica Cairns

“It’s not a big budget film, but you largely wouldn’t know it. Director Robert Day started his career as a cinematographer and clearly learned how to use shadows, fog and lighting to keep the audience from noticing any economies in set design and art direction. The professionalism of the cast helps a good deal too… Kent is clearly at home in her showy part, even though it is unfortunately smaller than it could have been. Karloff is nothing less than brilliant, conveying the admixture of desire and repression, rage and sadness present in his character. This is not a widely-known film outside of the horror film buff community. But it has captured some important supporters, most notably The Criterion Collection, who have made a pristine print available” – Keith Humphreys, Washington Monthly

Thirst

45. (+22) Thirst

Rod Hardy

1979 / Australia / 93m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Chantal Contouri, Shirley Cameron, Max Phipps, Henry Silva, Rod Mullinar, David Hemmings, Rosie Sturgess, Robert Thompson, Walter Pym, Amanda Muggleton

The Silent Scream

46. (+6) The Silent Scream

Denny Harris

1979 / USA / 87m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Rebecca Balding, Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber, Barbara Steele, Steve Doubet, Brad Rearden, John Widelock, Jack Stryker, Thelma Pelish, Tina Tyler

“While not the bloodiest ’80’s slasher piece, The Silent Scream offers genuine tension with a distinctive and offbeat feel. There’s plenty of atmosphere for a small budget (but well-produced) ’80’s horror flick and a few stylishly shot, memorable scenes that will stick with you… Not so much a horror story as a thriller about a seriously dysfunctional family, The Silent Scream’s plot falls a bit short in that it misses out on some chances to include more twists and turns, but it’s still a good ride for nostalgic ’80’s horror fans.” – Pamela De Graff, 366 Weird Movies

Der Golem

47. (+29) Der Golem

Henrik Galeen & Paul Wegener

1915 / Germany / 60m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen, Lyda Salmonova, Rudolf Blümner, Robert A. Dietrich, Carl Ebert, Jakob Tiedtke

“Wegener’s first version of The Golem was released in January 1915… The story was updated to the present day, when an antique dealer (Rudolf Bluemner) resurrects the Golem and it falls in love with his daughter Jessica (Salmonova). Spurned by Jessica, the monster goes on a rampage but is destroyed when the life-giving amulet is torn from its chest and it falls from a high tower. How it compares to the 1920 version we can only guess, as there are barely four minutes of the earlier film in existence today. The Golem was a great success in Germany, and was released America under the title The Monster of Fate. We can assume that Fate wasn’t on the Monster’s side as the USA declared war on Germany the same week and the film sank into oblivion.” – Bob the Caretaker, The Devil’s Manor

Elves

48. (+29) Elves

Jeffrey Mandel

1989 / USA / 89m / Col / Monster | IMDb
Dan Haggerty, Julie Austin, Deanna Lund, Borah Silver, Mansell Rivers-Bland, Christopher Graham, Laura Lichstein, Stacey Dye, Winter Monk, Jeff Austin

“Elves is an incredibly tasteless movie, finding all sorts of ways to offend as many viewers as possible. It’s so perversely twisted, one can’t help but find affection for it on that level. Those looking for anti-Christmas films and are willing to tolerate some really cheap filmmaking will find it amusing, and they certainly could do a lot worse. It’s not surprising that there’s an undercurrent of black humor in this movie. After all, how could anyone take seriously a movie that includes (and not limited to) Nazis, ex-Nazis, nudity, rape, incest, children spouting four lettered words, urination, and drowning a cat in a toilet? No, having all of this material in a story hardly leaves any room for taking things seriously. The movie is so absurd, it becomes fascinating. ” – Keith Bailey, The Unknown Movies

The Werewolf

49. (+4) The Werewolf

Fred F. Sears

1956 / USA / 79m / BW / Werewolf | IMDb
Steven Ritch, Don Megowan, Joyce Holden, Eleanore Tanin, Kim Charney, Harry Lauter, Larry J. Blake, Ken Christy, James Gavin, S. John Launer

Lèvres de sang

50. (+28) Lèvres de sang

Jean Rollin

1975 / France / 88m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Jean-Loup Philippe, Annie Belle, Natalie Perrey, Martine Grimaud, Catherine Castel, Marie-Pierre Castel, Hélène Maguin, Anita Berglund, Claudine Beccarie, Béatrice Harnois

The Boneyard

51. (+6) The Boneyard

James Cummins

1991 / USA / 98m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Ed Nelson, Deborah Rose, Norman Fell, James Eustermann, Denise Young, Willie Stratford Jr., Phyllis Diller, Robert Yun Ju Ahn, Rick Brophy, Sallie Middleton Kaltreider

“The Boneyard has its share of guilty pleasures, though never quite equals the sum of its better, more inventive parts… James Cummins’ helming is capable enough, the orchestral score atmospheric, and although the special effects are pretty poor, the characters are genuinely quirky and the plotting has some eclectic turns that put one in mind of Peter Jackson’s Braindead — not too many movies can boast zombies, splatter, Phyllis Diller, a fat psychic, and a gigantic zombie poodle – for which this is worth the price alone. Don’t take The Boneyard seriously, don’t think about it too closely, just sit back, crack open a beer, dig in and enjoy.” – Doc Obrero, Sex Gore Mutants

Morgiana

52. (+7) Morgiana

Juraj Herz

1972 / Czechoslovakia / 100m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Iva Janzurová, Josef Abrhám, Nina Divísková, Petr Cepek, Josef Somr, Jirí Kodet, Jirí Lír, Ivan Palúch, Zuzana Fisárková, Marie Drahokoupilová

Yôkai hantâ: Hiruko

53. (+12) Yôkai hantâ: Hiruko

Shin’ya Tsukamoto

1991 / Japan / 89m / Col / Comedy | IMDb
Kenji Sawada, Masaki Kudou, Hideo Murota, Naoto Takenaka, Megumi Ueno, Bang-ho Cho, Ken Mitsuishi, Imari Tsuji, Kimiko Yo

“Hiruko is not a perfect film but it is an awful lot of fun, a surprisingly effective popcorn film from a man known best for his grim visions of humanity. Hieda sports the director’s trademark fishing hat throughout the film and is clearly a stand in for Tsukamoto to live out all of his childhood fantasies. It’s got pretty much everything you could want: likeable lead characters, bizarre secondary roles, a wealth of splat-stick humor, one of the more bizarre movie monsters you’ll ever come across, fountains of blood, surprisingly effective special effects and a legitimate dose of fear and suspense.” – Todd Brown, Screen Anarchy

S&man

54. (+10) S&man

J.T. Petty

2006 / USA / 84m / Col / Found Footage | IMDb
Elizabeth Cartier, Carol J. Clover, Debbie D, Freddie Dingo, Michelle Glick, Julie Katz, Erik Marcisak, Carlina Salemi, Fred Vogel, Bill Zebub

“Many horror films, especially the slasher, are staged as implicit wars of the sexes, with have-nots viciously murdering the haves, giving release to those who might resent their place in the social pecking order of things. S&Man stresses that the creation of these movies logically serves an even more intimate catharsis for the director… Taking off from Carol Clover’s influential Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, S&Man acknowledges that both genders are getting something out of these films—that the victim/killer relationship (or director/actress) is more complicated and mutually rewarding… The film is onto something here—a working-class view of the symbiotic relationship between director and actress in the film business and its parallel with the fantasies of the viewers.” – Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

The Man They Could Not Hang

55. (+37) The Man They Could Not Hang

Nick Grinde

1939 / USA / 64m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor, Don Beddoe, Ann Doran, Joe De Stefani, Charles Trowbridge, Byron Foulger, Dick Curtis

“The Man They Could Not Hang is a crime drama with dark horror elements; the only thing keeping it from being a complete murder mystery is the fact that the murderer is not a mystery at all. Truth be told, the movie follows a pretty predictable path. Nevertheless, the screenplay, adapted by Karl Brown… drips with tension and suspense… Although Dr. Savaard is one of Karloff’s least sympathetic characters, his performance is both subtle and melodramatic, and the audience still finds itself wanting to root for him, even when he makes the jump from hero to villain for the second half of the movie. It may not have been as big of a hit as some of his other films, but The Man They Could Not Hang helped to transform Boris Karloff from horror icon to legitimate movie star.” – James Jay Edwards, FilmFracture

The Maze

56. (+38) The Maze

William Cameron Menzies

1953 / USA / 80m / BW / Gothic | IMDb
Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery, Michael Pate, John Dodsworth, Hillary Brooke, Stanley Fraser, Lilian Bond, Owen McGiveney, Robin Hughes

Gospodin oformitel

57. (+11) Gospodin oformitel

Oleg Teptsov

1989 / Soviet Union / 109m / Col / Mystery | IMDb
Viktor Avilov, Anna Demyanenko, Mikhail Kozakov, Ivan Krasko, Vadim Lobanov, Valentina Malakhiyeva, Konstantin Lukashov

“Very loosely based on the novella “Grey Automobile” by Alexander Grin, it’s an eerie, tragic tale of an artist whose desire to capture something divine and immortal through his art ends up being his undoing. Having watched the film several times now, I’m still quite haunted by the saturated colors and imagery, gorgeous pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg sets… Mister Designer is the kind of movie that gets under your skin. Every moment in the film is screen-shot worthy and the soundtrack [by Sergey Kuryokhin] is repeatedly enjoyable, but it’s all those elements combined that create the tense, tragic and beautiful atmosphere” – Tanya, Cinema Midnight

The Flesh Eaters

58. (+11) The Flesh Eaters

Jack Curtis

1964 / USA / 87m / Col / Exploitation | IMDb
Martin Kosleck, Byron Sanders, Barbara Wilkin, Rita Morley, Ray Tudor, Christopher Drake, Darby Nelson, Rita Floyd, Warren Houston, Barbara Wilson

“The Flesh Eaters is exactly why people subject themselves to bad sci-fi films… This is a camp film of the highest order. A pilot, an alcoholic actress, and her personal assistant become stranded on an island with a mysterious Udo Kier-like scientist. All hope of escape seems lost however, when they discover that the waters around them are home to some ‘strange glowing things’ that like to feed on human flesh. Featuring some of the sharpest Z-grade dialogue this side of Ed Wood Jr. and an utterly absurd “suspense sequence” about traversing a two-foot span of rocks that simply has to be seen to be believed, this is the epitome of a bad drive-in picture. Simply put, I laughed from beginning to end, and loved every damn second of it.” – Adam Lemke, DVDBeaver.com

Escalofrío

59. (+12) Escalofrío

Carlos Puerto

1978 / Spain / 82m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Ángel Aranda, Sandra Alberti, Mariana Karr, José María Guillén, Manuel Pereiro, Luis Barboo, José Pagán, Isidro Luengo, Ascensión Moreno, Carlos Castellano

The Child

60. (+76) The Child

Robert Voskanian

1977 / USA / 82m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Laurel Barnett, Rosalie Cole, Frank Janson, Richard Hanners, Ruth Ballan, Slosson Bing Jong, Rod Medigovich, Wendell Hudiburg, Chris Tieken, Ralph Lucas

“The movie is a peculiar combination of horror themes, a mash-up of many styles and ideas. What starts looking like a standard supernaturally possessed child film evolves into a non-traditional zombie film… Director Robert Voskanian’s and writer Ralph Lucas’ portfolios are much thinner than that of executive producer Novak and this could be the reason for the strange direction the story takes and some of the apparent filmmaking anomalies seemingly intentionally present in this movie. These quirks are what make the film stand out and enrich it with an element of quaint rather than having detrimental repercussions.” – Pazuzu Iscariot, Horror Extreme

The Witch Who Came from the Sea

61. (+82) The Witch Who Came from the Sea

Matt Cimber

1976 / USA / 83m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Vanessa Brown, Peggy Feury, Jean Pierre Camps, Mark Livingston, Rick Jason, Stafford Morgan, Richard Kennedy, George ‘Buck’ Flower

“On one level, The Witch Who Came from the Sea may be seen as pure camp, an unseemly mix of weird sex scenes and over the top pop psychobabble. But it’s obvious that screenwriter Robert Thom (Perkins’ ex-husband, who evidently wrote the film for her, which may explain their divorce) has something considerably more literate and indeed literary on his mind. The film’s constant allusions and outright references to sea mythology and the recurrent use of castration, not to mention the film’s title, may lead lovers of Bulfinch’s Mythology to review information on Venus. There’s a somewhat desultory ambience to the film which only feeds into its often hallucinatory feeling.” – Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com

Murders in the Zoo

62. (new) Murders in the Zoo

A. Edward Sutherland

1933 / USA / 62m / BW / Crime | IMDb
Charles Ruggles, Lionel Atwill, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott, John Lodge, Kathleen Burke, Harry Beresford

Private Parts

63. (+10) Private Parts

Paul Bartel

1972 / USA / 87m / Col / Comedy | IMDb
Ayn Ruymen, Lucille Benson, John Ventantonio, Laurie Main, Stanley Livingston, Charles Woolf, Ann Gibbs, Len Travis, Dorothy Neumann, Gene Simms

“A psycho-thriller featuring every possible sexual perversion… instead of becoming a standard whodunnit, the film is more interested in exploring the morally curdled characters and capturing the creepiness of lowlife hotels… most prominent is George, a photographer (with a Brady Bunch perm) who fills his lonely nights by taking lurid photos of lovers in the park. Although he has an intense interest in Cheryl’s budding sexuality, George can’t seem to relate directly to flesh and blood. Instead, he peeps at her from an adjoinlng room and then digs out his Betty Blow-Up doll, fills her from the faucet, attaches a photo of Cheryl to the doll’s face, and then injects a hypo of his own blood into the clear plastic plaything. I can’t come close to doing this severely sicko concept justice. Bartel pulls it off brilliantly, and the viewer takes it in with a disturbing fascination.” – Steven Puchalski, Shock Cinema

La ville des pirates

64. (+10) La ville des pirates

Raoul Ruiz

1983 / France / 111m / Col / Surrealism | IMDb
Hugues Quester, Anne Alvaro, Melvil Poupaud, André Engel, Joío Bénard da Costa, Clarisse Dole, André Gomes

“For all that is apparently illogical or esoteric — or both — in Rúiz’s film, there is, lurking somewhere between the images and Jorge Arriagada’s orchestral score, a coherent and completely overwhelming emotional feeling. Searching for a key to the film’s ultimate meaning one can pick out symbols of a lost childhood, of adventure stories, of the crimes of fascism in Europe and Latin America, and the homicidal in sexuality. But, as in any film by Rúiz, these symbols are more like musical notes in a composition than they are a puzzle of implications.” – Jon Auman, Screen Slate

Hasta el viento tiene miedo

65. (+10) Hasta el viento tiene miedo

Carlos Enrique Taboada

1968 / Mexico / 88m / Col / Mystery | IMDb
Marga López, Maricruz Olivier, Alicia Bonet, Norma Lazareno, Renata Seydel, Elizabeth Dupeyrón, Rita Sabre Marroquín, Irma Castillón, Rafael Llamas, Sadi Dupeyrón

Strangler of the Swamp

66. (+39) Strangler of the Swamp

Frank Wisbar

1946 / USA / 59m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Rosemary La Planche, Robert Barrat, Blake Edwards, Charles Middleton, Effie Laird, Nolan Leary, Frank Conlan, Therese Lyon, Virginia Farmer

“While the film’s sparse setting is no doubt a result of its limited budget, director Wisbar makes it a strength by infusing it with an overbearing gloominess. This is actually a remake of his own film, Fahrmann Maria, and he ports the gothic leanings of his native Germany over in this translation. While it’s not as overtly stylish and expressionist as early German horror, Strangler of the Swamp is bathed in shadows, mist, and moonlight and feels like a spectral dream not unlike The Vampyr. The persistent presence of the ferry recalls Charon and the River Styx, and it’s almost as if viewers are transported to a dismal underworld inhabited by the sprits of the living and the dead.” – Brett Gallman, Oh the Horror!

The Devil Commands

67. (+40) The Devil Commands

Edward Dmytryk

1941 / USA / 65m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Boris Karloff, Richard Fiske, Amanda Duff, Anne Revere, Cy Schindell, Dorothy Adams, Walter Baldwin, Kenneth MacDonald, Shirley Warde

Night Monster

68. (new) Night Monster

Ford Beebe

1942 / USA / 73m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson, Irene Hervey, Ralph Morgan, Don Porter, Nils Asther, Fay Helm, Frank Reicher, Doris Lloyd

La marca del Hombre-lobo

69. (+63) La marca del Hombre-lobo

Enrique López Eguiluz

1968 / Spain / 88m / Col / Werewolf | IMDb
Paul Naschy, Dyanik Zurakowska, Manuel Manzaneque, Aurora de Alba, Julián Ugarte, José Nieto, Carlos Casaravilla, Ángel Menéndez, Antonio Jiménez Escribano, Rafael Alcántara

Schloß Vogeloed

70. (+58) Schloß Vogeloed

F.W. Murnau

1921 / Germany / 75m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Arnold Korff, Lulu Kyser-Korff, Lothar Mehnert, Paul Hartmann, Paul Bildt, Olga Tschechowa, Victor Bluetner, Hermann Vallentin, Julius Falkenstein, Robert Leffler

“Murnau only worked in cinema for a short time, but he was immensely prolific and had already directed nine films before “Nosferatu” premiered, most of which are now considered lost. “Schloss Vogelöd”… is the earliest surviving of the director’s works from that period, and seems to promise an interesting proto-expressionistic sketch of the ground-breaking shadow land of nightmares and dreams conjured up only a year later in “Nosferatu” and “Phantom” (1922). At a sprightly 82 minutes and broken up into five short acts, this mystery story, based on a German novel of the period by Rudolf Stratz, shows a skilled filmmaker still working very much within the set parameters of the day, but occasionally coming up with amazing shots or essaying hesitant, early versions of striking ideas that would later find their full flowering and be transformed in other, more innovative films from later in his career.” – Black Gloves, Horrorview.com

Macabre

71. (+11) Macabre

William Castle

1958 / USA / 72m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White, Jacqueline Scott, Susan Morrow, Philip Tonge, Jonathan Kidd, Dorothy Morris, Howard Hoffman, Ellen Corby

“Macabre is deservedly well known for its audacious advertising campaign (the old insurance policy if you die of fright slant)… At heart, Macabre is much more of a suspenser — albeit not one that’s as nail-biting as it wants to be… Still, Macabre has a few good setpieces that, through surprise and shock, do manage to produce a decent number of chills. Castle’s direction is competent, but not inspired enough; he benefits from fine assistance from cinematographer Carl Guthrie. While not as good as one wants it to be, Macabre has enough high points to make it worth a look.” – Craig Butler, AllMovie

Man Made Monster

72. (new) Man Made Monster

George Waggner

1941 / USA / 59m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel, Frank Albertson, Samuel S. Hinds, William B. Davidson, Ben Taggart, Constance Bergen, Ivan Miller, Chester Gan

The Magician

73. (+12) The Magician

Rex Ingram

1926 / USA / 83m / BW / Fantasy | IMDb
Alice Terry, Paul Wegener, Iván Petrovich, Firmin Gémier, Gladys Hamer, Henry Wilson, Hubert I. Stowitts

“Mr. Ingram again shows his genius in bolstering up the interest in scenes by his imagination and his keen attention to detail. The accuracy of the little ideas in this film is enough to make one marvel. One appreciates that a story might be dull and ordinary, but in Mr. Ingram’s hands it appears on the screen with subtlety, polish and spark. Except the setting of the Sorcerer’s Castle, everything in this picture is exactly as it should be… There are sequences that are so diverting that they make a short story in themselves… Paul Wegener, with good make-up, gives a restrained but thoroughly effective performance as the blood-hunting Dr. Haddo.” – Mordaunt Hall, New York Times

Ranpo jigoku

74. (+10) Ranpo jigoku

Akio Jissoji & Atsushi Kaneko & Hisayasu Sato & Suguru Takeuchi

2005 / USA / 134m / Col / Anthology | IMDb
Tadanobu Asano, Yûko Daike, Chisako Hara, Masami Horiuchi, Mikako Ichikawa, Hanae Kan, Ryûhei Matsuda, Kaiji Moriyama, Tomoya Nakamura, Hiroki Narimiya

Gou yeung yi sang

75. (+12) Gou yeung yi sang

Danny Lee & Hin Sing ‘Billy’ Tang

1992 / Hong Kong / 89m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Danny Lee, Simon Yam, Kent Cheng, Pik Yu Chung, Si Man Hui, Eric Kei, Emily Kwan, Hoi-Shan Lai, King-Kong Lam, Siu-Ming Lau

House of Mortal Sin

76. (+12) House of Mortal Sin

Pete Walker

1976 / UK / 104m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Anthony Sharp, Susan Penhaligon, Stephanie Beacham, Norman Eshley, Sheila Keith, Hilda Barry, Stewart Bevan, Julia McCarthy, John Yule, Bill Kerr

Demons of the Mind

77. (+12) Demons of the Mind

Peter Sykes

1972 / USA / 89m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Robert Hardy, Shane Briant, Gillian Hills, Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Jones, Patrick Magee, Kenneth J. Warren, Michael Hordern, Robert Brown, Virginia Wetherell

“Originally conceived as a psychological lycanthrope project, DEMONS OF THE MIND is an unusual, progressive later-day Hammer film that still manages to keep a foot in the gothic realm… Often undeservedly overlooked in the annals of Hammer fandom, DEMONS OF THE MIND prospers from an excellent cast, despite an awkward performance by Hardy as the Baron… Sykes has a great sense of gothic flare, and for a film dealing with insanity, incest, rape and murder, it has an almost fairy-tale, poetic ambiance to it (the scattering of rose pedals over the various female victims is an ingenious touch).” – George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In

La notte dei diavoli

78. (new) La notte dei diavoli

Giorgio Ferroni

1972 / Italy / 91m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Gianni Garko, Agostina Belli, Roberto Maldera, Cinzia De Carolis, Teresa Gimpera, Bill Vanders, Umberto Raho, Luis Suárez, Sabrina Tamborra, Rosita Torosh

La nuit des traquées

79. (+11) La nuit des traquées

Jean Rollin

1980 / France / 87m / Col / Mystery | IMDb
Brigitte Lahaie, Vincent Gardère, Dominique Journet, Bernard Papineau, Rachel Mhas, Cathy Stewart, Natalie Perrey, Christiane Farina, élodie Delage, Jean Hérel

“Having watched La Nuit des traquées (Night of the Hunted, 1980) on several occasions, it is increasingly difficult for me to place it within the larger whole of director Jean Rollin’s work. There are no vampires, no decaying cemeteries and no castles in ruins. Sexuality is once again a key aspect of the film, but it is presented in a manner far removed from his other films. And though La Nuit des traquées is overall different than his better-known productions, it possesses a wonderful and wonderfully disconcerting charm of its own. In tandem with its bizarre storyline, the film offers a largely unique meditation on the importance and yet fictional nature of human memory.” – Gary D. Rhodes, Kinoeye

La vampire nue

80. (+16) La vampire nue

Jean Rollin

1970 / France / 90m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Maurice Lemaître, Caroline Cartier, Ly Lestrong, Bernard Musson, Jean Aron, Ursule Pauly, Catherine Castel, Marie-Pierre Castel, Michel Delahaye, Pascal Fardoulis

“Though the pacing of The Nude Vampire is still recognizably Rollin-esque, this film may prove easier for newcomers to swallow as its story veers from one oddball element to the next. Leopardskin fabrics, party masks, and lots of teasing partial skin shots set this one firmly in 1970, and as a mod French art film gone berserk, it’s plenty of fun. Rollin mixes the sci-fi and gothic elements together without really trying to scare anyone, but his poetic touch keeps the entire enterprise from becoming a nasty collision of contrasting styles. The actors aren’t required to do much beyond wandering around and acting as clotheshorses, but the limited Martin makes a reasonable enough protagonist whose past causes him to slowly unravel as the film unspools.” – Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

The Velvet Vampire

81. (+67) The Velvet Vampire

Stephanie Rothman

1971 / UK / 80m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Michael Blodgett, Sherry Miles, Celeste Yarnall, Gene Shane, Jerry Daniels, Sandy Ward, Paul Prokop, Chris Woodley, Robert Tessier

Lisa, Lisa

82. (+17) Lisa, Lisa

Frederick R. Friedel

1974 / USA / 65m / Col / Exploitation | IMDb
Leslie Lee, Jack Canon, Ray Green, Frederick R. Friedel, Douglas Powers, Frank Jones, Carol Miller, George J. Monaghan, Smith Hart, Scott Smith

Cult of the Cobra

83. (new) Cult of the Cobra

Francis D. Lyon

1955 / USA / 82m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Marshall Thompson, Kathleen Hughes, William Reynolds, Jack Kelly, Myrna Hansen, David Janssen, Leonard Strong, James Dobson

“There’s something extremely haunting about this story of a group of young American soldiers who have survived the horrors of war and yet, when the clouds of strife are lifted, find themselves stalked and cut-down on home turf by a mysterious, evil and (naturally) foreign killer… The cast and the vaguely derivative (but compelling) screenplay work overtime. Russell Metty, the cinematographer, especially delivers the goods. Metty, who shot most of Douglas Sirk’s great melodramas and, lest we forget, Orson Welles’s “Touch Of Evil”, contributes marvelous lighting and some really effective cobra point of view shots.” – Greg Klymkiw, Daily Film Dose

El espanto surge de la tumba

84. (+14) El espanto surge de la tumba

Carlos Aured

1973 / Spain / 95m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Paul Naschy, Emma Cohen, Víctor Alcázar, Helga Liné, Cristina Suriani, Betsabé Ruiz, Luis Ciges, Julio Peña, María José Cantudo, Juan Cazalilla

The Black Cat

85. (new) The Black Cat

Albert S. Rogell

1941 / USA / 70m / BW / Comedy | IMDb
Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Broderick Crawford, Bela Lugosi, Anne Gwynne, Gladys Cooper, Gale Sondergaard, Cecilia Loftus, Claire Dodd, John Eldredge

Raat

86. (new) Raat

Ram Gopal Varma

1992 / India / 128m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Revathy, Rohini Hattangadi, Om Puri, Anant Nag, Sushant, Jaya Mathur, Master Atit, Tej Sapru, C.V.L., Nirmalamma

Voodoo Man

87. (new) Voodoo Man

William Beaudine

1944 / USA / 61m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Zucco, Wanda McKay, Louise Currie, Tod Andrews, Ellen Hall, Terry Walker, Mary Currier, Claire James

“With Voodoo Man audiences get a glimpse of what the meta-minded future would hold for fans of horror. It’s tongue-in-cheek to be sure, but the thrills are there throughout. Most of the horror; however, is undercut by the humorous antics and comments of the cops who, ultimately, bring about the end of Voodoo Man’s reign… But pay no mind to them. The real focus of Voodoo Man is Lugosi who, in 1944, was churning out some pretty strong performances. The Hungarian-American actor, famous for his performance in the original 1931 version of Dracula, struggled to find his way through the shadowed corners of his career… His role in Voodoo Man might not have helped any of his struggles BUT, as a low grade thriller, his contribution to the thriller does enough to make it worthy of 60-minutes of your time.” – Loron Hays, Reel Reviews

La vie nouvelle

88. (+12) La vie nouvelle

Philippe Grandrieux

2002 / France / 102m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Zachary Knighton, Anna Mouglalis, Marc Barbé, Zsolt Nagy, Raoul Dantec, Vladimir Zintov, Georgi Kadurin, Simona Huelsemann, Salvador Gueorguiev, Ivan Velichkov

Uncle Silas

89. (+12) Uncle Silas

Charles Frank

1947 / UK / 103m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Jean Simmons, Katina Paxinou, Derrick De Marney, Derek Bond, Sophie Stewart, Esmond Knight, Reginald Tate, Manning Whiley, Marjorie Rhodes, John Laurie

“It’s not a horror movie, but by tapping in to its strong Gothic roots, and by shooting several of the scenes with a gloomy and forbidding atmosphere, it has the feel of a horror movie on occasion; there are spooky cobweb-filled passages and a frightening face in the window just for starters. It also has fine performances from all, with special mention going to Katina Paxinou, whose hard-drinking French governess character is unsettlingly creepy. It takes a while to get rolling, and some of the pacing is awkward, but it builds up to a truly satisfying climax.” – Dave Sindelar, Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings

Psychos in Love

90. (+13) Psychos in Love

Gorman Bechard

1987 / USA / 88m / Col / Comedy | IMDb
Carmine Capobianco, Patti Chambers, Carla Bragoli, Carrie Gordon, Angela Nicholas, Debi Thibeault, Cecelia Wilde, Robert Suttile, Lum Chang Pang, Danny Noyes

El jorobado de la Morgue

91. (+13) El jorobado de la Morgue

Javier Aguirre

1973 / Spain / 87m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Víctor Alcázar, María Elena Arpón, Manuel de Blas, Antonio Pica, Kino Pueyo, Adolfo Thous, Ángel Menéndez, Fernando Sotuela

House of Horrors

92. (new) House of Horrors

Jean Yarbrough

1946 / USA / 65m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
Rondo Hatton, Robert Lowery, Virginia Grey, Bill Goodwin, Martin Kosleck, Alan Napier, Howard Freeman, Virginia Christine, Joan Shawlee

La femme qui se poudre

93. (+13) La femme qui se poudre

Patrick Bokanowski

1972 / France / 18m / Col / Surrealism | IMDb
Jean-Jacques Choul, Jacques Delbosc d’Auzon, Claus-Dieter Reents, Nadine Roussial

Vec vidjeno

94. (+14) Vec vidjeno

Goran Markovic

1987 / Yugoslavia / 102m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Mustafa Nadarevic, Anica Dobra, Milorad Mandic, Bogdan Diklic, Dusan Kostovski, Gordana Gadzic, Vladimir Jevtovic, Petar Bozovic, Mihajlo-Bata Paskaljevic, Vesna Trivalic

Weird Woman

95. (new) Weird Woman

Reginald Le Borg

1944 / USA / 63m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Gwynne, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Morgan, Elisabeth Risdon, Lois Collier, Harry Hayden, Elizabeth Russell, Phil Brown, Kay Harding

Krysar

96. (+14) Krysar

Jirí Barta

1986 / Czechoslovakia / 53m / Col / Fantasy | IMDb
Oldrich Kaiser, Jirí Lábus, Michal Pavlícek, Vilém Cok

“One of cinema’s most memorable achievements. The strange world Barta manifests to the viewer in Krysar is both dark and astonishing. Other than the rats which invade the town, the film is performed exclusively by puppets moved by means of stop motion animation. While these puppets are sometimes roughly carved, they are all well conceived and remarkably affecting. Many exude a peculiar cruelty, and most are, at least, vaguely sinister… Even the world beyond the town is different from our own. Barta has set Hamelin before grim painted backdrops which constantly remind the viewer that he is an observer of events which are occurring on a stage, not in some distant land. The effect the director achieves with these various devices is at once visually remarkable and surprisingly affecting.” – Keith Allen, Movierapture

El barón del terror

97. (new) El barón del terror

Chano Urueta

1962 / Mexico / 77m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Abel Salazar, Ariadna Welter, David Silva, Germán Robles, Luis Aragón, Mauricio Garcés, Ofelia Guilmáin, René Cardona, Rubén Rojo, Carlos Nieto

Count Dracula

98. (new) Count Dracula

Philip Saville

1977 / UK / 150m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon, Judi Bowker, Jack Shepherd, Mark Burns, Bosco Hogan, Richard Barnes, Ann Queensberry, George Raistrick

Zibahkhana

99. (+10) Zibahkhana

Omar Khan

2007 / Pakistan / 77m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Kunwar Ali Roshan, Rooshanie Ejaz, Rubya Chaudhry, Haider Raza, Osman Khalid Butt, Rehan, Najma Malik, Sultan Billa, Salim Meraj, Razia Malik

Play for Today: Penda's Fen

100. (+11) Play for Today: Penda’s Fen

Alan Clarke

1974 / UK / 90m / Col / Drama | IMDb
Spencer Banks, John Atkinson, Georgine Anderson, Ron Smerczak, Ian Hogg, Jennie Heslewood, Graham Leaman, Christopher Douglas, John Richmond, Ivor Roberts

“Rudkin’s drama, appearing a year after Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, is often hailed as a watermark of British horror. But its real peers are eldritch TV thrillers such as Jonathan Miller’s adaptation of an MR James story Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968), Alan Garner’s The Owl Service (1969-1970) and Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape (1972)… deeply layered, rich in sexual and mythological motifs, trusting the audience to have the patience and intelligence to engage with its handling of complex theological, historical and political ideas, it also migrates beyond the social-realist templates of the majority of screen and stage productions in the early 1970s – the West Country has never looked so Aztec” – Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian

La llorona

101. (+11) La llorona

Ramón Peón

1933 / Mexico / 73m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Ramón Pereda, Virginia Zurí, Carlos Orellana, Adriana Lamar, Alberto Martí, Esperanza del Real, Paco Martínez, María Luisa Zea, Alfredo del Diestro, Conchita Gentil Arcos

Veneno para las hadas

102. (new) Veneno para las hadas

Carlos Enrique Taboada

1984 / Mexico / 90m / Col / Drama | IMDb
Ana Patricia Rojo, Elsa María Gutiérrez, Leonor Llausás, Carmen Stein, María Santander, Ernesto Schwartz, Rocío Lazcano, Blanca Lidia Muñoz, Sergio Bustamante, Lilia Aragón

Def by Temptation

103. (+10) Def by Temptation

James Bond III

1990 / USA / 95m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
James Bond III, Kadeem Hardison, Bill Nunn, Samuel L. Jackson, Minnie Gentry, Rony Clanton, Steven Van Cleef, John Canada Terrell, Guy Davis, Cynthia Bond

“Def by Temptation combines the vampire and demon succubus mythologies, an all-black cast, and some solid performances… The seams of the film’s tiny budget and bargain-basement special effects show, but Def by Temptation is effective and fun and benefits greatly from Spike Lee cinematographer Ernest Dickerson’s direction of photography… The film’s original title, Temptation, was nonsensically punched up by Troma with some misused 1990 hip-hop slang… but what can you do? Bond III, a former child actor, appears to have been scarred by his sole directorial effort. Though the movie made a small profit, Bond has neither acted in nor directed any film since.” – Dr. Mystery, Decapitated Zombie Vampire Bloodbath

Cathy's Curse

104. (+10) Cathy’s Curse

Eddy Matalon

1977 / France / 88m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Alan Scarfe, Beverly Murray, Randi Allen, Dorothy Davis, Mary Morter, Roy Witham, Bryce Allen, Sonny Forbes, Robert V. Girolami, Renée Girard

The Dark Eyes of London

105. (new) The Dark Eyes of London

Walter Summers

1939 / UK / 76m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
Bela Lugosi, Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Edmon Ryan, Wilfred Walter, Alexander Field

Crooked House

106. (+9) Crooked House

Damon Thomas

2008 / UK / 90m / Col / Haunted House | IMDb
Lee Ingleby, Mark Gatiss, Derren Brown, Beth Goddard, Vanessa Havell, Philip Jackson, Andy Nyman, Ian Hallard, Julian Rhind-Tutt, John Arthur

Le chaudron infernal

107. (+9) Le chaudron infernal

Georges Méliès

1903 / France / 2m / BW / Fantasy | IMDb
Georges Méliès

“This is one of Melies’s more impressive trick films, not so much because of the complexity of the special effects, but because the hand-tinted color is particularly vivid, and there’s an authentically eerie air to the proceedings, especially when the three spirits manifest themselves. There’s not really much of a story, and what there is is a bit muddled in the final moments; I suspect that the spirits may be taking revenge on the devils, but it looks like some action is lost in the splices. This may be one of Melies’s most pronounced forays into horror.” – Dave Sindelar, Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings

Lost Hearts

108. (+9) Lost Hearts

Lawrence Gordon Clark

1973 / UK / 35m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Simon Gipps-Kent, Joseph O’Conor, James Mellor, Susan Richards, Christopher Davis, Michelle Foster, Roger Milner

“It all feels quaintly old-fashioned and, by modern standards at least, not particularly threatening, with the ghosts standing on the periphery, their intentions teasingly uncertain… It’s later, when the spectral Giovanni enters Stephen’s room at night, that their presence takes an altogether more sinister turn, with a seemingly hypnotised Stephen pulled from his slumber by the eerie drone and jangle of the hurdy-gurdy that the mortal Giovanni once treasured. It’s genuinely unnerving sequence that builds to a splendidly handled (and quite graphic) shock revelation, the full implications of which only become clear in the scenes that follow.” – Slarek, Cine Outsider

Necronomicon - Geträumte Sünden

109. (+10) Necronomicon – Geträumte Sünden

Jesús Franco

1967 / West Germany / 84m / Col / Surrealism | IMDb
Janine Reynaud, Jack Taylor, Adrian Hoven, Howard Vernon, Nathalie Nort, Michel Lemoine, Pier A. Caminnecci, Américo Coimbra, Lina De Wolf, Eva Brauner

Cheuuat gaawn chim

110. (new) Cheuuat gaawn chim

Tiwa Moeithaisong

2009 / Thailand / 90m / Col / Splatter | IMDb
Mai Charoenpura, Rattanaballang Tohssawat, Wiradit Srimalai, Atitaya Shindejanichakul, Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon, Somlek Sakdikul, Chaiyot Tushsanasuwan, Shiny Khunthong, Somchat Prachathai, Thanatorn Oudsahakul

The Mask

111. (+19) The Mask

Julian Roffman

1961 / Canada / 83m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker, Anne Collings, Martin Lavut, Leo Leyden, Norman Ettlinger, Bill Brydon, Jim Moran, Eleanor Beecroft

“The strange aspect of the movie is that there is a very schizophrenic feeling it gives off. While the non-3D sequences are somewhat tame (while still being expertly shot in stark black and white by cinematographer Herbert S. Alpert), the 3D sequences are quite brilliantly directed and shot, almost as if they were created by an entirely different crew. They have this cerebral and surrealist vibe to them, something akin to the best aspects of Georges Franju, FW Murnau, Dali, and William Caste put in a blender, that results in a beautiful fever dream (literally) captured on celluloid… the strength of the film and the reason that people should continue watching The Mask despite its shortcomings — beyond its importance in Canadian cinematic history — lies in these scenes.” – Joe Yanick, Diabolique Magazine

Muñecos infernales

112. (new) Muñecos infernales

Benito Alazraki

1961 / Mexico / 81m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Elvira Quintana, Ramón Gay, Roberto G. Rivera, Quintín Bulnes, Nora Veryán, Luis Aragón, Alfonso Arnold, Jorge Mondragón, Salvador Lozano, Margarita Villegas

Docteur Jekyll et les femmes

113. (+8) Docteur Jekyll et les femmes

Walerian Borowczyk

1981 / France / 92m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Udo Kier, Marina Pierro, Patrick Magee, Gérard Zalcberg, Howard Vernon, Clément Harari, Jean Mylonas, Eugene Braun Munk, Louis Colla, Catherine Coste

“The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osbourne comes at a time in Borowczyk’s career that marks a very definite turning point from prolific working artist to his later works as a hired hand scratching to bring his own influence to his products. As such, the film is familiar as his work, and at the same time feels a bit strained to fit the expectations put upon him to fit the new paradigm in which he was working. The result is a horror film, of sorts, that places male sexuality and virility on the chopping block in favor of the overarching carnal drives of the human animal. To some it will be a revelatory, intense viewing; while to others it will some across as overindulgent twaddle. Frankly, both are reasonable interpretations, which is what makes the film so remarkable.” – Charlie Hobbs, ScreenAnarchy

Zirneklis

114. (+10) Zirneklis

Vasili Mass

1991 / Latvia / 98m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Romualds Ancans, Aurelija Anuzhite, Saulius Balandis, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Mirdza Martinsone, Algirdas Paulavicius

The Mad Magician

115. (new) The Mad Magician

John Brahm

1954 / USA / 72m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, John Emery, Donald Randolph, Lenita Lane, Patrick O’Neal, Jay Novello

The Monster

116. (+7) The Monster

Roland West

1925 / USA / 86m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley, Johnny Arthur, Charles Sellon, Walter James, Knute Erickson, George Austin, Edward McWade, Ethel Wales

“The Monster is the precursor for the tongue-in-cheek old-dark-house-with-malevolent-horror-star-as-host movie… The Monster is an oddity in the way it uses star Chaney. Chaney’s body of work goes a considerable distance in debunking his reputation as a “horror” actor. The few horror films Chaney appeared in are more aptly described as bizarre, densely psychological melodramas. The Monster, however, could serve as a prototype for a genre celebrity in a B-movie parody… The Monster is not great cinema, its not the best West, best Chaney, or best Old Dark House movie (James Whale would deliver that seven years later), but it is silent pulp and, in the right mindset, it can take you back to the days of milk duds and acne.” – Alfred Eaker, 366 Weird Movies

Dead Men Walk

117. (new) Dead Men Walk

Sam Newfield

1943 / USA / 64m / BW / Vampire | IMDb
George Zucco, Mary Carlisle, Nedrick Young, Dwight Frye, Fern Emmett, Robert Strange, Hal Price, Sam Flint

Return to Glennascaul

118. (+4) Return to Glennascaul

Hilton Edwards

1953 / Ireland / 23m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Michael Laurence, Shelah Richards, Helena Hughes, John Dunne, Isobel Couser, Ann Clery, Orson Welles

Three Cases of Murder

119. (+6) Three Cases of Murder

David Eady & George More O’Ferrall & Wendy Toye & Orson Welles

1955 / UK / 99m / BW / Anthology | IMDb
Orson Welles, John Gregson, Elizabeth Sellars, Emrys Jones, Alan Badel, André Morell, Hugh Pryse, Leueen MacGrath, Eddie Byrne, Helen Cherry

There's Nothing Out There

120. (+6) There’s Nothing Out There

Rolfe Kanefsky

1991 / USA / 91m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Craig Peck, Wendy Bednarz, Mark Collver, Bonnie Bowers, John Carhart III, Claudia Flores, Jeff Dachis, Lisa Grant, Sissy Frye, Cyrus Voris

The Ape Man

121. (new) The Ape Man

William Beaudine

1943 / USA / 64m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford, Henry Hall, Minerva Urecal, Emil Van Horn, J. Farrell MacDonald, Wheeler Oakman, Ralph Littlefield, Jack Mulhall

La vergine di Norimberga

122. (new) La vergine di Norimberga

Antonio Margheriti

1963 / Italy / 83m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Rossana Podestà, Georges Rivière, Christopher Lee, Jim Dolen, Anny Degli Uberti, Luigi Severini, Luciana Milone, Lucile Saint-Simon, Patrick Walton, Consalvo Dell’Arti

Zhong gui

123. (+4) Zhong gui

Chuan Yang

1983 / Hong Kong / 85m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Norman Chu, Phillip Ko, Maria Jo, Yung Wang, Mi Tien, Kar-Man Wai, Hsin Nan Hung, Man-Biu Bak, Ling-Chi Fu, Erik Chan Ka Kei

Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe

124. (+5) Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe

Ulli Lommel

1973 / West Germany / 82m / Col / Crime | IMDb
Kurt Raab, Jeff Roden, Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven, Wolfgang Schenck, Brigitte Mira, Rainer Hauer, Barbara Bertram, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Heinrich Giskes

““Tenderness of the Wolves” may be about the least erotic vampire movie ever made, which is, I suspect, the intention of Mr. Lommel and his associates. The movie deals in sleaziness—physical and emotional—of such intensity that second-rateness becomes virtually the subject of the film as well as its style. This is not to say the film is sloppy. It is beautifully and enthusiastically performed and it doesn’t contain a single superfluous or redundant camera movement. Like Mr. Fassbinder’s own early films, “Tenderness of the Wolves” is cryptic, tough-talking and swaggering in the manner of someone who means to shock his elders.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times

Witchcraft

125. (+6) Witchcraft

Don Sharp

1964 / UK / 79m / Col / Witchcraft | IMDb
Lon Chaney Jr., Jack Hedley, Jill Dixon, Viola Keats, Marie Ney, David Weston, Diane Clare, Yvette Rees, Barry Linehan, Victor Brooks

O Ritual dos Sádicos

126. (+7) O Ritual dos Sádicos

José Mojica Marins

1970 / Brazil / 93m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
José Mojica Marins, Ângelo Assunçío, Ronaldo Beibe, Andreia Bryan, Joío Callegaro, Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias, Maurice Capovila, José Carlos, Maria Cristina, Emília Duarte

Al final del espectro

127. (new) Al final del espectro

Juan Felipe Orozco

2006 / Colombia / 92m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Noëlle Schonwald, Julieth Restrepo, Silvia De Dios, Manuel José Chávez, Carlos Serrato, Kepa Amuchastegui, Juan Pablo Aristizabal, Esteban Duperly

Cementerio del terror

128. (new) Cementerio del terror

Rubén Galindo Jr.

1985 / Mexico / 88m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Hugo Stiglitz, José Gómez Parcero, Bety Robles, Leo Villanueva, Raúl Meraz, René Cardona III, Servando Manzetti, Andrés García Jr., María Rebeca, César Adrian Sanchez

Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro

129. (+6) Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro

Umberto Lenzi

1975 / Italy / 100m / Col / Giallo | IMDb
Martine Brochard, John Richardson, Ines Pellegrini, Andrés Mejuto, Mirta Miller, Daniele Vargas, George Rigaud, Silvia Solar, Raf Baldassarre, José María Blanco

“I’d put this Giallo right next to Sergio Martino’s awesome Torso. Both films are not the most masterfully told mysteries, but they do present all the wonderfully exploitive elements I discussed earlier with a great deal of flair. If someone had never seen a Giallo before, I would recommend this one as a great starter course. It’s got an impressive collection of gorgeous women to be victimized, bloody and stylized murders that make excellent use of red, green and blue lighting gels (especially a kill that takes place in a haunted house ride), a suspenseful score from Bruno Nicolai and lots of beautiful Spanish scenery. I wouldn’t compare it to the classics of Bava or Argento, but it’s one fun, trashy little Giallo.” – Michael Monterastelli, CHUD.com

Screamplay

130. (new) Screamplay

Rufus Butler Seder

1985 / USA / 90m / BW / Comedy | IMDb
Rufus Butler Seder, Eugene Seder, Cheryl Hirshman, James McCann, Clif Sears, Johanna Wagner, Lonny McDougall, George Kuchar, Basil J. Bova, George Cordeiro

Horror Hospital

131. (+6) Horror Hospital

Antony Balch

1973 / UK / 85m / Col / Black Comedy | IMDb
Michael Gough, Robin Askwith, Vanessa Shaw, Ellen Pollock, Dennis Price, Skip Martin, Kurt Christian, Barbara Wendy, Kenneth Benda, Martin Grace

The Return of Count Yorga

132. (+6) The Return of Count Yorga

Bob Kelljan

1971 / USA / 97m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Robert Quarry, Mariette Hartley, Roger Perry, George Macready, Walter Brooke, Philip Frame, Yvonne Wilder, Tom Toner, Rudy De Luca, Edward Walsh

Nelle pieghe della carne

133. (+6) Nelle pieghe della carne

Sergio Bergonzelli

1970 / Italy / 88m / Col / Giallo | IMDb
Eleonora Rossi Drago, Pier Angeli, Fernando Sancho, Alfredo Mayo, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, María Rosa Sclauzero, Víctor Alcázar, Giancarlo Sisti, Gaetano Imbró, Luciano Catenacci

Straight on Till Morning

134. (+6) Straight on Till Morning

Peter Collinson

1972 / UK / 96m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Rita Tushingham, Shane Briant, James Bolam, Katya Wyeth, Annie Ross, Tom Bell, Claire Kelly, Harold Berens, John Clive, Tommy Godfrey

Deadtime Stories

135. (+9) Deadtime Stories

Jeffrey Delman

1986 / USA / 93m / Col / Anthology | IMDb
Scott Valentine, Nicole Picard, Matt Mitler, Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo, Kathy Fleig, Phyllis Craig, Michael Mesmer, Brian DePersia, Kevin Hannon

The Burning Moon

136. (+5) The Burning Moon

Olaf Ittenbach

1992 / Germany / 86m / Col / Splatter | IMDb
Beate Neumeyer, Bernd Muggenthaler, Ellen Fischer, Alfons Sigllechner, Barbara Woderschek, Helmut Neumeyer, Andrea Arbter, Herbert Holzapfel, Thomas Deby, Karl-Heinz Nebbe

“There are moments in The Burning Moon (such as when you watch a man get ruthlessly bludgeoned to death) that convince you that you’re watching pure misanthropy committed to VHS tape. Moments like this (and there are hordes of others) are responsible for giving Olaf Ittenbach’s shot-on-video opus its infamous, blood-caked reputation; that it comes from Germany–home to other such nefarious, snuffy fare such as Nekromantik–only shades its reputation even more. However, other moments (such as a lunatic’s fantasy about frolicking through fields with a dog) feel like such calculated, absurd brilliance that you can’t help but somehow be entertained by a movie that often makes you question how much of the production budget was dedicated to fuelling its director’s coke habit.” – Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!

La orgía de los muertos

137. (+10) La orgía de los muertos

José Luis Merino

1973 / Spain / 91m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Stelvio Rosi, Maria Pia Conte, Dyanik Zurakowska, Pasquale Basile, Gérard Tichy, Aurora de Alba, Eleonora Vargas, José Cárdenas, Giuliana Garavaglia, Carla Mancini

Shojo no harawata

138. (+8) Shojo no harawata

Kazuo ‘Gaira’ Komizu

1986 / Japan / 72m / Col / Splatter | IMDb
Saeko Kizuki, Naomi Hagio, Megumi Kawashima, Osamu Tsuruoka, Daiki Katô, Hideki Takahashi, Kazuhiko Goda

Psychic Killer

139. (+11) Psychic Killer

Ray Danton

1975 / USA / 89m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Paul Burke, Jim Hutton, Julie Adams, Nehemiah Persoff, Neville Brand, Aldo Ray, Whit Bissell, Rod Cameron, Della Reese, Mary Charlotte Wilcox

To All a Goodnight

140. (new) To All a Goodnight

David Hess

1980 / USA / 90m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile, William Lauer, Judith Bridges, Kiva Lawrence, West Buchanan, Sam Shamshak, Angela Bath, Denise Stearns

“Famously incompetent on many technical levels, To All a Goodnight will never be cited as anyone’s idea of good cinema; however, it’s loaded to the gills with that naive charm found in so many slasher films before the ground rules had really been set. Eccentric dialogue, bizarre hairstyles, a surplus of varied kill scenes, a baffling cameo by porn legend Harry Reems as an airplane pilot (a role you’d see Robert Kerman doing had this been an Italian film), and wildly random lighting and day-for-night shifts make it a great party film if you’re with the right crowd, and any killer Santa film by definition has to be tons of fun around Christmas time.” – Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

The Clairvoyant

141. (new) The Clairvoyant

Maurice Elvey

1934 / UK / 81m / BW / Psychological | IMDb
Claude Rains, Fay Wray, Mary Clare, Ben Field, Jane Baxter, Athole Stewart, C. Denier Warren

Death Weekend

142. (new) Death Weekend

William Fruet

1976 / Canada / 87m / Col / Rape and Revenge | IMDb
Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata, Richard Ayres, Kyle Edwards, Don Granberry, Ed McNamara, Michael Kirby, Richard Donat, Denver Mattson

Play for Today: Robin Redbreast

143. (new) Play for Today: Robin Redbreast

James MacTaggart

1970 / UK / 76m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Anna Cropper, Amanda Walker, Julian Holloway, Freda Bamford, Bernard Hepton, Andy Bradford, Cyril Cross, Robin Wentworth

“Robin Redbreast is a damnably chilling affair. Norah is an intriguing character, one who plays against type and smashes taboos with almost every action. From pre-marital sex, to smoking when pregnant, she portrays the anguished femininity of a post hippie fallout. Cropper is remarkable; strong and confident, yet vulnerable and helpless at the same time. Much in the same way as The Wicker Man is an elaborate game, littered with clues; Robin Redbreast is equally filled with oblique moments of partial exposition. Norah is provided with several sly nods as to what the residents have in store for her, but she misses almost every one.” – Colin McCracken, Diabolique Magazine

Buppha Rahtree

144. (new) Buppha Rahtree

Yuthlert Sippapak

2003 / Thailand / 109m / Col / Comedy | IMDb
Laila Boonyasak, Krit Sripoomseth, Chompunoot Piyapane, Sirisin Siripornsmathikul, Ampon Rattanawong, Somjai Sukjai, Sayan Meungjarern, Mr. Nicolas, Somlek Sakdikul, Siriporn Samatikul

Aswang

145. (new) Aswang

Wrye Martin & Barry Poltermann

1994 / USA / 82m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Norman Moses, Tina Ona Paukstelis, John Kishline, Flora Coker, Victor Delorenzo, Mildred Nierras, Jamie Jacobs Anderson, Daniel Demarco, John Garekis, Lee Worrell

Luther the Geek

146. (new) Luther the Geek

Carlton J. Albright

1990 / USA / 80m / Col / Splatter | IMDb
Edward Terry, Joan Roth, Stacy Haiduk, Thomas Mills, Jerry Clarke, Tom Brittingham, Carlton Williams, ‘Chicken’ Klabunde, Gil Rogers, Karen Maurise

The Monster and the Girl

147. (new) The Monster and the Girl

Stuart Heisler

1941 / USA / 65m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia, Onslow Stevens, George Zucco, Rod Cameron, Phillip Terry, Marc Lawrence, Gerald Mohr

The Bat Whispers

148. (new) The Bat Whispers

Roland West

1930 / USA / 83m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, DeWitt Jennings, Sidney D’Albrook, S.E. Jennings, Grayce Hampton, Maude Eburne, Spencer Charters, Una Merkel

“Roland West’s talkie remake of his own 1926 silent film The Bat is by far the best movie adaptation of the stock spoof horror play set in a creepy mansion where masked menace lurks. It’s also a superior mystery chiller in its own right. Sure, it’s a dusty antique by today’s standards, but the impressively surreal imagery is highly unusual for the period and well worth a look. Using remarkable special effects and miniature sets, the fluid camera darts about as much as the titular caped criminal for a fun combination of screams and laughs.” – Alan Jones, Radio Times

Spasmo

149. (new) Spasmo

Umberto Lenzi

1974 / Italy / 94m / Col / Giallo | IMDb
Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Adolfo Lastretti, Monica Monet, Guido Alberti, Mario Erpichini, Franco Silva, Maria Pia Conte, Luigi Antonio Guerra

Mo tai

150. (new) Mo tai

Hung-Chuen Lau

1983 / Hong Kong / 84m / Col / Exploitation | IMDb
Eddie Chan, Yung-chang Chin, Pak-Kwong Ho, Dan Lau, Sai-gang Lau, San Leung, Pui-pui Liu, Hsiu-ling Lu, Sha-fei Ouyang, Mung-Kwong Tsui