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Hidden Horrors

Current Version: July 2019 (5th 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. The ranking is the same as on the full ranked list, but also excludes films with less than 3 nominations. This list can also be found on iCheckMovies and IMDb. (still in the process of gathering reviews for this page)

Horrors of the Black Museum

1. (0) Horrors of the Black Museum

Arthur Crabtree

1959 / UK / 93m / 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

Murders in the Zoo

2. (+3) 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


“Murders in the Zoo is by no means a flawless horror-comedy film, bumping around between two tones with impunity and with nowhere near the grace or atmosphere as the amiable Doctor X from a few reviews back. However, Atwill and Burke make the movie’s moments of horror truly memorable set pieces and demonstrate how true human predators can operate outside cages. The rest, thankfully, will fade.” – Danny Reid, Pre-Code

Macabre

3. (-1) 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

House of Horrors

4. (+8) 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


“A distinctly minor film, but in a bargain-basement way it toys with some interesting themes: the root causes of victimhood, the nature of power, and the price of outsourcing your dirty work to somebody else… Kosleck doesn’t disappoint in this film; as always his soft, accented voice works as a perfect counterpoint to his razor-sharp gaze, which can convey anger or madness — or both. Rondo Hatton doesn’t get top billing either, but this movie was designed as a vehicle for him and his peculiar physiognomy. Hatton suffered from a glandular condition called acromegaly, the symptoms of which weren’t apparent until he was well into adulthood. The condition gradually altered the shape of his head and distorted his body and facial features, giving him a coarse, brutal appearance.” – Michael Popham, The Horror Incorporated Project

Der Student von Prag

5. (+3) 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

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

6. (+3) 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

Weird Woman

7. (+84) 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


“A borderline horror-esque hour of Lon Chaney Jr being harrassed and looking troubled, as all the Inner Sanctum films were. This one was scripted by Brenda Weisberg from the novel Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber, and if that sounds familiar, well, perhaps you’ve read it, or perhaps you’ve seen the more famous British adaptation called Night of the Eagle from the 1960s. Which is best? Well, the British film probably, but that’s not to say the American version is without interest. It does tend to eschew the supernatural explanation after spending almost all of the running time relying on it for thrills, but is fairly enjoyable nonetheless.” – Graeme Clark, The Spinning Image

Before I Hang

8. (-1) 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

The Dark Eyes of London

9. (-5) 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


“Up to now, the most popular screen grotesqueries have had a certain lightness of touch; when Quasimodo, for instance, was beaten by knouts in the cathedral square, the camera mercifully averted its lens, or gave the streaming blood the merest glance, purely for verificative purposes. Not so “The Human Monster,” in which not only is Wilfred Walter more unglamorous than even Charles Laughton as the hunchback, but is totally blind in the bargain. Consequently, his homicidal technique is the more deliberative and, so to speak, stately, giving the camera plenty of time to dwell with sadistic relish on the more recherché details of his method of doing his victims in.” – B. R. Crisler, The New York Times

The Man Who Changed His Mind

10. (0) 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 Maze

11. (+65) 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


“Like many of the films from the golden age of 3-D, The Maze doesn’t rely on its 3-D effects to tell its story. In fact, it’s just as effective of a story when watched in two dimensions as it is in three. The Maze was directed by William Cameron Menzies (whose claim to fame was his stunning use of color as the production designer for Gone with the Wind, but he also directed the legendary Invaders from Mars), and his use of the technology is more textural and layering than gimmicky… The castle is a perfect setting for a horror film, with its long hallways, arching doorways and sweeping staircases, and the environment only adds to the excitement.” – James Jay Edwards, FilmFracture

J'accuse!

12. (-1) 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

The Return of Count Yorga

13. (+51) 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


“The Return of Count Yorga isn’t really a sequel but a re-working of the original film on a higher budget and with better production values. It thus has a more polished look and a touch more wit… Whether The Return of Count Yorga is a better film than Count Yorga, Vampire really is a matter of personal taste. In my youth I do remember enjoying it more, for its slicker production values, for its small but memorable moments of humour, and for that Manson-like attack on the house, which stayed with me for some years and still plays every bit as well as I remember.” – Slarek, Cine Outsider

Omnibus: Whistle and I'll Come to You

14. (+7) 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

El vampiro

15. (+1) 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

La llorona

16. (+1) 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


“Adapted to the screen by two legendary figures of early Mexican cinema, Carlos Noriega Hope (of “Santa” fame) and Fernando De Fuentes (who would become a famous filmmaker on his own right), “La Llorona” is based on a story by A. Guzmán Aguilera which is essentially the narrative of the two most famous variations on the legend of “La Llorona”, framed by a modern tale of mystery and horror, making technically a collection of three stories linked by the legend… [it] may not be the best horror movie of the 30s, but as the very origin of the Mexican tradition of horror film-making (and one of Mexico’s first talkies) is of great interest and importance.” – J. Luis Rivera, W-Cinema

Voodoo Man

17. (-3) Voodoo Man

William Beaudine

1944 / USA / 62m / 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

Le viol du vampire

18. (0) Le viol du vampire

Jean Rollin

1968 / France / 95m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Solange Pradel, Bernard Letrou, Ariane Sapriel, Eric Yan, Jacqueline Sieger, Catherine Deville, Ursule Pauly, Nicole Romain, Marquis Polho, Don Burhans


“The film is not really about anything, it is a series of abstract images, vaguely strung together with vampiric imagery that isn’t of the traditional stripe. This film is about atmosphere, more than perhaps any other film I’ve ever seen. It is incomparable in style and in substance, and yet feels quite at home in his filmography… Jean Rollin was a filmmaker for whom his work became an extension of himself. His films are all somewhat similar because he shot what he knew and what he felt. The chaos of late ’60s France made a huge impression on Rollin, and the abstract nature of The Rape of the Vampire reflects this chaos and puts it to the screen in a unique way that marries violence with eroticism in the very French tradition of the Grand Guignol.” – Charlie Hobbs, ScreenAnarchy

La vergine di Norimberga

19. (+3) La vergine di Norimberga

Antonio Margheriti

1963 / Italy / 84m / 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


“Directed with a knowing hand by Antonio Margheriti, La Vergine di Norimberga is undoubtedly among the filmmaker’s finest work. This delirious dreamscape to the Cinema of Sadism is infused with gothic atmosphere and a ubiquitous sense of dread from start to finish. Along with the best works of Mario Bava and Riccardo Freda, La Vergine di Norimberga epitomises and legitimises the stellar reputation of Italy’s “Golden Age” of horror output in the 1960s. An under-appreciated classic, it is also a high watermark for genre films concerned with thematising Nazi atrocities.” – Christopher Dietrich, KinoEye

The Mask

20. (+4) 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

Strangler of the Swamp

21. (+4) 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!

El barón del terror

22. (+1) 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


“Brainiac is delirious, sordid monster fun for ‘undiscriminating audiences.’ Its only practical function is to be able to say “I saw The Brainiac last night,” just to see which of your friends wants to hear more and which suddenly hurry away whenever you approach. Then again, it’s no trashier than any number of gory and cheap American movies of the 1950s… Viewers undeterred by those considerations will be floored by Urueta’s use of tacky, overly bright rear-projected stills to represent all exteriors not shot on interior sets. Like the best of American Z-filmmaking, Brainiac seems to take place in some unused broom closet of the imagination.” – Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant

The Monster

23. (+6) 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

Miss Muerte

24. (+7) 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

Zibahkhana

25. (+5) 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


““Hell’s Ground” is being touted as ‘Pakistan’s first gore’ movie, and while it certainly offers more blood and guts than the original “Saw,” it is still relatively tame by Herschel Gordon Lewis standards or the recent American remake. It is surprisingly effective, with the cultural perspective adding spice to the mix (the well to do teens speak English, for example, until adrenaline reduces them to their native tongue; Baby’s mother is ostensibly seeking a wife for her son). In addition to the “Saw” like shot compositions, Khan uses plenty of visual and aural Lollywood references and even a few animated asides. The acting is above average for the genre, with Baby a unique treat.” – Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

La horripilante bestia humana

26. (+8) 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


“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

Misterios de ultratumba

27. (+5) 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

El espejo de la bruja

28. (+5) 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


“The general mood and the visual style of “The Witch’s Mirror” is probably influenced by the old Universal horror-films and legendary tales by the ones like Edgar Allan Poe, and its gothic-mood has many similarities to the films by Mario Bava from the same era. The very imaginative and clever visual tricks in the film are not necessarily that hard to achieve and are occasionally dated, but they do work very well for the movie and for the black & white cinematography. Flowers are withered for no reason, the piano is playing the favourite tune of the late Elena by itself, the wind is blowing and the mood is restless and spooky. Some optical tricks (like superimposing) are surprisingly good, and filmmakers have used their best imagination to create the illusion with the mirror, the essential object in the film. The movie has almost as much fantasy elements as it has horror, and together they create a pretty effective little flick.” – Jari Kovalainen, DVD Compare

Eye of the Cat

29. (+6) Eye of the Cat

David Lowell Rich

1969 / USA / 102m / Col / Crime | IMDb
Michael Sarrazin, Gayle Hunnicutt, Eleanor Parker, Tim Henry, Laurence Naismith, Jennifer Leak, Linden Chiles, Mark Herron, Annabelle Garth, Tullia


“Why this nifty little thriller is so forgotten and nowhere to be found today is a mystery. It’s really a rather intriguing, if sometimes uneven, attempt at mixing Hitchcockian suspense with the kind of supernatural theater of the macabre one might associate with an old episode of Night GalleryEye of the Cat was one of the earliest films to exploit the subtle malevolence and flagrant creep-out factor of packs of animals. A trend that blossomed into a full-blown horror sub-genre in the ’70s” – Ken Anderson, Dreams Are What Le Cinema Is For…

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly

30. (+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

House of Mortal Sin

31. (+7) 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


“Directed by horror auteur Pete Walker, you can almost smell the 1970′s emanating from the screen, a musty smell of cigarette smoke, cheap perfume and Silvikrin hairspray. Walker was known for his more subversive take on British horror which was a few steps ahead of the gothic Hammer ouvre in the way he commented on religion, politics and censorship of the arts. Susan Penhaligon makes a stunningly sexy heroine with her blend of seventies naivety and easy sexuality and plays well opposite an excellent Anthony Sharp as the sexually frustrated priest… On the whole, this is not one of Pete Walker’s best but has enough interesting qualities to make it a worthwhile option for a late-night movie screening.” – Richard Gladman, Classic Horror Campaign

Cannibal Girls

32. (+4) Cannibal Girls

Ivan Reitman

1973 / Canada / 84m / Col / Cannibal | IMDb
Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Ronald Ulrich, Randall Carpenter, Bonnie Neilson, Mira Pawluk, Bob McHeady, Alan Gordon, Allan Price, Earl Pomerantz


“Another classic Canadian horror delivers some laughs, a bit of blood, and a trio of beautiful and dangerous women, straight from the mind of Ivan Reitman… Within the first few moments of Cannibal Girls, you get a very good understanding of what lies ahead. A couple decide to make out in the woods, in the winter because it is Canada you know. A creepy figure emerges from the bush, brandishes a pickax and eliminates the man before tearing open the woman’s shirt to expose her breasts. The rest of the film plays out in pretty much the same way. Just throw in a little comic relief with Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin and you have a perfect example of Canadian exploitation.” – Will Brownridge, The Film Reel

Cult of the Cobra

33. (+26) 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

La maldición de la Llorona

34. (+115) La maldición de la Llorona

Rafael Baledón

1963 / Mexico / 80m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Rosa Arenas, Abel Salazar, Rita Macedo, Carlos López Moctezuma, Enrique Lucero, Mario Sevilla, Julissa, Roy Fletcher, Arturo Corona


“The film lasts a mere eighty minutes and, with the possible exception of a fight scene between two men that feels more at home in one of the popular lucha libre films of the time, not a moment is wasted. Though there is nothing original at all about it (in addition to its murderous title character, it has a crippled manservant and a madman in the attic), the film is so tightly constructed, the narrative moved along so propulsively, and the experience of watching it so consistently and thrillingly strange, that it rises above the also-rans to become a minor classic of its genre.” – Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You

I lunghi capelli della morte

35. (new) I lunghi capelli della morte

Antonio Margheriti

1964 / Italy / 96m / Col / Gothic | IMDb
Barbara Steele, George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska, Umberto Raho, Laura Nucci, Giuliano Raffaelli, Nello Pazzafini, Jeffrey Darcey


“The tension between peasant superstition, religious power, and the purely self-serving rule of the corrupt aristocracy makes an interesting backdrop that, while never really explored, figures in the finale as revenge is served. The rest is about the beauty of figures that float through the atmosphere of Margheriti’s sets and locations and the mesmerizing presence of Steele, whose scary beauty is delicate and vulnerable yet feral and fierce. She is equally compelling as the innocent maiden of the opening scenes, the seductress in the castle, and the avenging dark angel of her wronged mother.” – Sean Axmaker, Parallax View

S&man

36. (+3) 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

El retorno del Hombre-Lobo

37. (+5) El retorno del Hombre-Lobo

Paul Naschy

1981 / Spain / 92m / Col / Werewolf | IMDb
Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar, Azucena Hernández, Beatriz Elorrieta, Rafael Hernández, Pepe Ruiz, Ricardo Palacios, Tito García, David Rocha


“Visually the film is a real treat. Pulling triple duties and directing his werewolf for the first time, Naschy bathes the film with gorgeous lighting and visual effects that really help to drench the production in a gothic atmosphere to the extent of the very best of Mario Bava and Terence Fisher… more than just a tribute to the classic gothic horror films of the 1960s and 70s, it is a genuine competitor with them – Naschy fills the film with some amazing imagery and atmosphere that has rarely been matched. While the script lifts many ideas from Werewolf Shadow, it is different enough to be interesting and more successful than some of the other “original” horror films on which he worked.” – Timothy Young, Mondo Esoterica

L'assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora

38. (+6) L’assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora

Luigi Cozzi

1975 / Italy / 90m / 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

The Velvet Vampire

39. (new) 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


“Given the genre (horror) and the budget (extremely low), it may seem perverse to say that Stephanie Rothman’s 1971 film is among the best women’s films ever made, but so it is—a highly intelligent, deftly poetic reimagining of the vampire myth, with the theme of fatal sexuality transferred to a female character. The vampire is neither an aggressor nor a seductress, but an abstract figure of polymorphous sensuality: her “victims” choose her, and they range from a would-be rapist to a liberated (and wittily parodied) southern California couple.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

La marca del Hombre-lobo

40. (+3) 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


“The look of this movie is striking, and even lacking the nudity and gore of the later films in the Daninsky cycle, this still generates a marvelous ambiance of menace. The filmmakers make good use of the locations, which are richly decorated by the prop department, and they cover for any deficiencies with a striking use of colored lighting. The whole thing plays as if Terence Fisher and Mario Bava had had their genes spliced and their mutant progeny had turned its attention on the Universal-style monster rally… Even given the movie’s reliance on werewolf action–a given in any Naschy werewolf picture–there’s an otherness to this movie that eludes most of Naschy’s other films and turns the “blender” quality of its construction into a kind of dream logic.” – Christianne Benedict, Krell Laboratories

La orgía de los muertos

41. (new) 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


“Anyone wanting an introduction to seventies Euro-horror could do a lot worse than Orgy Of The Dead, which manages to encapsulate almost all of the themes that dominated that very strange sub-genre of film. Set in an unidentified 19th century European village, the action features some highly suspect aristocrats, much running around in secret passages, sex, violence, and lots and lots of highly exploitable elements that ultimately prove to have little if anything to do with the plot. First and foremost amongst these is Mr Euro-Horror himself, Paul Naschy, aka Jacinto Molina, stepping away from his endless portrayals of werewolves to play Igor the necrophiliac.” – Liz Kingsley, And You Call Yourself a Scientist!

A Night to Dismember

42. (+108) A Night to Dismember

Doris Wishman

1983 / USA / 69m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Samantha Fox, Diane Cummins, Saul Meth, Miriam Meth, William Szarka, Chris Smith, Dee Cummins, Larry Hunter, Mary Lomay, Rita Rogers


“What would you do if you had a completed film “in the can,” so to speak, but a disgruntled lab worker at the processing facility where it was being developed set fire to the place and destroyed 40% of your movie, leaving you with just over an hour of usable footage, all from various unrelated segments of your flick?… Well, that’s what happened to B-movie auteur Doris Wishman in 1982… I’m not going to claim that Wishman accidentally found greatness with the end product here, that dire circumstances proved to be an act of serendipity that resulted in an unheralded horror masterpiece. There’s a reason A Night to Dismember isn’t regarded as a slasher classic — it’s just not very good. But it certainly should be seen by any true B-movie aficionado. The fact that it even exists is a testament to Doris Wishman’s sheer determination and/or desperation — probably both.” – Ryan C., Trash Film Guru

Witchcraft

43. (new) 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


“Another choice film from the late Don Sharp, Witchcraft was made the year after the gaudily effective Kiss of the Vampire, and despite working in black and white and with a less exciting cast, Sharp pulls off another minor genre miracle with this cool little film… Lon Chaney Jr has a small role as Amy’s father Morgan, but Witchcraft isn’t driven by star-power; Harry Spalding’s script rigorously develops the idea of the past catching up with the present, and Sharp brings ingenious touches to the material… Older horror fans complain about the lack of story in recent films; Witch Craft would be a good place for a younger fan to start.” – Eddie B, Film Authority

Mo

44. (+2) 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

Gou yeung yi sang

45. (+3) 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


“The direction is assured, the photography quite stylish, and the performances, for the most part, are pretty solid (Simon Yam Tat-wah’s edgy portrayal of Lam is delirious – equally terrifying and hilarious), so why am I so hesitant to recommend Dr. Lamb? For starters, its taboo combination of graphic sex and violence is sure to upset all but the most jaded of viewers, and its inclusion of campy humor into the grisly proceedings will most likely alienate the arthouse crowd who embraced the not entirely dissimilar Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Ultimately, it’s the exploitation crowd who will flock to Dr. Lamb, and they won’t be disappointed, for it does deliver a number of jolting, effective, and totally outrageous set pieces” – Joey O’Bryan, Austin Chronicle

Mahal

46. (new) Mahal

Kamal Amrohi

1949 / India / 165m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, M. Kumar, Vijayalaxmi, Kanu Roy, S. Nazir, Eruch Tarapore, Sheela Naik, Leela Pandey, Neelam


Death Weekend

47. (+3) 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


“Death Weekend is a solid home invasion movie that utilizes all the classic tropes and falls into all the same traps that you’ve come to know and love. Home invasion movies always seem to have opportunities where the hostages can just, I don’t know, make a phone call, perhaps to the local authorities. But then I guess there’d be no movie… Still, director William Fruet (and producer Ivan Reitman!) created something entertaining and fun, albeit with just a minimal amount of sleaze. It doesn’t have any big surprises or twists, but a guy does get lit on fire. That’s always a good time.” – Annie Choi, Bleeding Skull

Raat

48. (+5) Raat

Ram Gopal Varma

1992 / India / 127m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Revathy, Rohini Hattangadi, Om Puri, Anant Nag, Sushant, Jaya Mathur, Master Atit, Tej Sapru, C.V.L., Nirmalamma


“Chances are you haven’t heard of Raat or seen it in your video stores. Whatever the case may be, this indianized version of “The Exorcist” is a slick, well-acted horror flick, a genre you don´t get to see very much in India… The film is reminiscent of many films like Kaun, Aks and even English films like Stir of Echoes and The Sixth Sense… Raat may not be flawless but has enough style, performance power and tight directed sequences for one not to forget. The deadly camerawork and background music make it a must own for fans of the genre and those that have followed up on Ram Gopal Varma’s works.” – Akshay Shah, Planet Bollywood

The Burning Moon

49. (+3) 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!

Ranpo jigoku

50. (+8) 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


“Rampo’s short stories, like those of Edgar Allan Poe, the American mystery writer from whom he took his non-de-plume, lend themselves incredibly well to cinematic treatment in that they are driven by imagery rather than plot… All the best then that the omnibus movie Rampo Noir sees two of Japanese cinema’s most extreme and visually expressive cinematic reprobates [Akio Jissôji and Hisayasu Satô] reintegrated into the fold, as well as welcoming in two newcomers to the movie world who have cut their teeth in their own respective fields within the image industry… Rampo Noir is a reminder of many of the things that attracted many of us to Japanese exploitation cinema in the first place: its unabashed eroticism, its remarkable visual inventiveness, and its willingness to plunge into the dark realms that so many other movies fail to explore.” – Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye

Santa Claws

51. (+4) Santa Claws

John Russo

1996 / USA / 83m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Debbie Rochon, Grant Cramer, John Mowod, Dawn Michelucci, Savannah Calhoun, Marilyn Eastman, Julie Wallace Deklavon, Christopher Boyle, Terri Lewandowski, Ed Lewandowski


“John A. Russo has written and directed one of the best ‘whack-job stalker’ movies that I have seen. This movie is fairly gory but has more nudity than a Larry Flynt hot tub party, which is the films biggest saving grace. A light hearted Christmas soundtrack being played while our killer does his dirty work while wearing a Santa Clause suit is a great added touch. This one will be enjoyed by fans of horror, fans of humor and fans of naked chicks alike. Did someone say stocking stuffer?” – The Cryptkeeper, Buried.com

Vaastu Shastra

52. (+5) Vaastu Shastra

Sourabh Usha Narang

2004 / India / 106m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Vicky Ahuja, J.D. Chakravarthi, Ahsaas Channa, Peeya Rai Chowdhary, Zakir Hussain, Rasika Joshi, Purab Kohli, Bansaree Madhani, Meghna Malik, Rafiqa


“This is a severely scary film, and certainly not for the faint of heart. First time director Sourabh Usha Narang has skillfully manipulated sound and cinematography to great effect, and sincerely ensured a large part of his audience sleep with the lights on… Most of the productions originating from Ram Gopal Varma’s Factory these days are slickly made and cleverly edited, but this substantially raises the bar. From bizarre transitions to surreal angles, the cinematography is ingenuous, and complemented by some inspired editing. There are several shots where characters converse while the camera lingers elsewhere, triggering off a flood of ‘oh, then this must mean…’ thoughts in your then-hyperactive subconscious.” – Raja Sen, Rediff.com

Ye ban ge sheng

53. (+51) Ye ban ge sheng

Weibang Ma-Xu

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


“Besides having a great story, Song at Midnight is also a visual treat. Ma-Xu was a not only a fan of Tod Browning’s Universal monster films, he was also an admirer of German universal_style_thumbexpressionism, most notably the works of Fritz Lang and Robert Wiene. Ma-Xu put together a film heavy with gothic atmosphere and haunting images. Ma-Xu sets the mood from the very beginning, by introducing the audience to the cobweb infested theater at night, and having a mysterious man lurking in the shadows. From that point on the scene is set and what follows truly comes from an artistic mind.” – Kimberly J.M. Wilson, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Black Moon

54. (+41) Black Moon

Roy William Neill

1934 / USA / 68m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Dorothy Burgess, Cora Sue Collins, Arnold Korff, Clarence Muse, Eleanor Wesselhoeft, Madame Sul-Te-Wan, Laurence Criner, Lumsden Hare


“Dorothy Burgess excels in the role of Nita, with her ominous looks and wild-eyed dancing. Neill and cinematographer Joseph August bring a great sense of dread to the proceedings, and the shadowy camerawork is film noirish in its execution (pardon the pun). BLACK MOON isn’t particularly scary, but has enough good moments to qualify as horror. It’s an obscure title that’s rarely seen today, and is worth going out of your way to find, especially for Golden Age horror completests.” – Gary Loggins, Cracked Rear Viewer

The Flying Serpent

55. (+51) The Flying Serpent

Sam Newfield

1946 / USA / 59m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
George Zucco, Ralph Lewis, Hope Kramer, Eddie Acuff, Wheaton Chambers, James Metcalf, Henry Hall, Milton Kibbee, Budd Buster, Terry Frost


The Devil Bat was a big hit for PRC and The Flying Serpent more or less follows the same basic outline. Unlike that flick, The Flying Serpent is relatively low on chills and chuckles and takes itself very seriously. The special effects aren’t bad for the time (and budget), although you can see the marionette strings that holds the monster up sometimes. Zucco is OK in the lead but he’s no Bela Lugosi, whose wonderfully hammy performance made Devil Bat the classic that it is. He does seem pretty convincing while giving Quetzalcoatl his little pep talks though. I have a soft spot in my heart for these Poverty Row horror movies from the 40’s… The serpent attack scenes were a lot of fun and the scant 58 minute running time flew by.” – Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

The Fall of the House of Usher

56. (+34) The Fall of the House of Usher

Ivan Barnett

1949 / UK / 70m / BW / Psychological | IMDb
Gwen Watford, Kay Tendeter, Irving Steen, Vernon Charles, Connie Goodwin, Gavin Lee, Keith Lorraine, Lucy Pavey, Tony Powell-Bristow, Robert Wolard


“Here’s an obscure Edgar Allan Poe adaptation from England that was made more than a decade before the more famous Roger Corman production. Fans of Poe may be a bit divided on it as it’s not really faithful to the source material. And while it’s not exactly good or anything, it’s an interesting enough curio piece that at least has a handful of atmospheric moments… The opening sequence where a bunch of old men sit around telling each other spooky tales is pretty cool though. (It was probably the inspiration for Ghost Story.) But other than that, The Fall of the House of Usher is only worth a look if you absolutely HAVE to see every Poe movie ever made.” – Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

Ouanga

57. (new) Ouanga

George Terwilliger

1936 / USA / 56m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Fredi Washington, Philip Brandon, Marie Paxton, Sheldon Leonard, Winifred Harris, Babe Joyce, George Spink, Sidney Easton


Condemned to Live

58. (new) Condemned to Live

Frank R. Strayer

1935 / USA / 67m / BW / Vampire | IMDb
Ralph Morgan, Pedro de Cordoba, Maxine Doyle, Russell Gleason, Mischa Auer, Lucy Beaumont, Carl Stockdale, Barbara Bedford, Robert Frazer, Ferdinand Schumann-Heink


La main du diable

59. (+41) 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


“What makes La Main du diable such a particularly dark and disturbing film is the genuine sensation of terror that comes through the performances, especially that of its lead actor, Pierre Fresnay. In the opening and closing segments of the film, Fresnay appears like a man possessed, a man who genuinely believes he has the Devil on his back and knows that he is about to lose the one thing dearest to him, his soul. […] The expressionistic set design and lighting work to create a mood of unrelenting oppression and lurking demonic menace, which is at its most intense in the chilling opening sequence and dramatic denouement.” – James Travers, Films de France

Pillow of Death

60. (new) Pillow of Death

Wallace Fox

1945 / USA / 66m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Edward Bromberg, Rosalind Ivan, Clara Blandick, George Cleveland, Wilton Graff, Bernard Thomas, Fern Emmett


Der Student von Prag

61. (new) Der Student von Prag

Arthur Robison

1935 / Germany / 87m / BW / Drama | IMDb
Anton Walbrook, Theodor Loos, Dorothea Wieck, Erich Fiedler, Edna Greyff, Karl Hellmer, Volker von Collande, Fritz Genschow, Elsa Wagner, Miliza Korjus


Yotsuya kaidan

62. (new) Yotsuya kaidan

Shirô Toyoda

1965 / Japan / 105m / Col / Jidaigeki | IMDb
Tatsuya Nakadai, Mariko Okada, Junko Ikeuchi, Mayumi Ôzora, Keiko Awaji, Eitarô Ozawa, Masao Mishima, Mikijirô Hira, Eijirô Tôno, Yasushi Nagata


The Clairvoyant

63. (+18) 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


“In his posthumous memoir, screenwriter Charles Bennett claimed that the script was actually based on a series of strange experiences he had following World War 1. According to Bennett, he grew increasingly superstitious when the war ended and his imagination started working overtime. He began believing he could cause terrible things to happen just by being in the same room with someone after bearing witnesses to multiple tragedies that he felt personally responsible for… The personal nature of the script bolsters the film’s interesting pedigree making it a unique curio that fans of classic horror and suspense should appreciate.” – Kimberly Lindbergs, TCM’s Movie Morlocks

Bowery at Midnight

64. (new) Bowery at Midnight

Wallace Fox

1942 / USA / 61m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay, Tom Neal, Vince Barnett, Anna Hope, John Berkes, J. Farrell MacDonald, Dave O’Brien, Lucille Vance


Buppha Rahtree

65. (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


“It’s almost as if director Yuthlert Sippapak (Killer Tattoo) filmed three separate movies; a romantic drama, a comedy and a supernatural horror, and edited them together in post production. And guess what? It works!… This movie has real scares, I kid you not. Buppah’s make-up bears more of a resemblance to a deadite then to the typical J-horror vengeful spook, and forget the whole crawling slowly towards her victim business… Buppah skips merrily, and quickly towards her terrified targets. The movie also appeases the gore junkies with a gooey little hacksaw scene, and finishes off with a particularly macabre ending.” – Jon Condit, Dread Central

The Monster Maker

66. (+19) The Monster Maker

Sam Newfield

1944 / USA / 62m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
J. Carrol Naish, Ralph Morgan, Tala Birell, Wanda McKay, Terry Frost, Glenn Strange, Alexander Pollard, Sam Flint, Ace the Wonder Dog


“In 1944, legendary B-movie director Sam Newfield (known primarily for quick-made westerns such as The Terror of Tiny Town) introduced the world to Dr. Igor Markoff in The Monster Maker. Often overshadowed by more popular movie madmen, Dr. Markoff is every bit as diabolical and devious as his contemporaries… [The film] also marks the first credited musical score by the most prolific B-movie composer of all time, Albert Glasser. Glasser’s score adds a ton of depth to the film without making it sound like it’s taking itself too seriously… Despite the obvious flaws that make The Monster Maker look like it was made quickly and cheaply, it is an entertaining film. The story is original, the actors are skilled and the film is as well made as a low-budget B-movie can be. And there’s a guy in a gorilla suit.” – James Jay Edwards, FilmFracture

The Bat

67. (-7) The Bat

Roland West

1926 / USA / 86m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
George Beranger, Charles Herzinger, Emily Fitzroy, Louise Fazenda, Arthur Housman, Robert McKim, Jack Pickford, Jewel Carmen, Sôjin Kamiyama, Tullio Carminati


“[Director] West is most often brought up today as a possible culprit in the suspicious 1935 death of Thelma Todd. However, in the twenties, he was considered a top director who could fill a theater. The Bat is the movie that made that reputation and it is also considered the prototype for Old Dark House movies… What West did was bring in the atmospheric shadows and sets of the stylish German cinema and combine them with the chills and humor. I should note that West claimed sole credit for these German touches, declaring that he was making this sort of thing before [the Ufa production company] ever existed. I find that less than believable, to say the least… It’s worth seeing for its historical importance and to enjoy the antics of Emily Fitzroy, Louise Fazenda and Arthur Housman.” – Fritzi Kramer, Movies Silently

Dance of the Damned

68. (+57) Dance of the Damned

Katt Shea

1989 / USA / 82m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Starr Andreeff, Cyril O’Reilly, Debbie Nassar, Maria Ford, Athena Worthy, Tom Ruben, Chuck Rhee, J. Bartell, Paisley Yankolovich, Eric Coplin


“In many respects this might have been a play rather than a film, which is one of its strengths and whilst starting with a level of exploitation quickly finds its feet as an excellent drama… this is not a film for those looking for pure horror, as it really isn’t, this is an intelligent film that explores humanity and despair. It is one that you will have to really search out but is well worth the effort and shows just how good a low budget film can be if the correct script and actors are used.” – A. Boylan, Taliesin Meets The Vampires

Aswang

69. (-6) 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


“It’s a fun movie, but it’s nothing really original or innovative. Borrowing liberally from “The Shining”, “The Evil Dead”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Psycho”, and adding a pinch of Filipino horror to the mix, it’s still pretty odd, mostly due to the subject matter, but also due to the strain of very black humor on display, with a few moments (mamma hanging from a window by her very long tongue) garnering chuckles, proving that the people behind this at least know how to have fun. There’s also some nice gore, a few genuinely suspenseful moments, a good enough score by Ken Brahmstedt (dig the weird electronic effects), an interesting subplot, and a fitting, bleak conclusion.” – Joseph Howell, Talk of Horrors

The Monster and the Girl

70. (+35) 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 Monster and the Girl is definitely one of the strangest pictures ever made. And when one hears what the plot is, one expects it to be one of the worst films ever made. Surprisingly, Monster turns out to be a fairly effective and entertaining little “B” flick – and not one that gets by just on camp value… Stuart Heisler’s direction is lively and totally committed; his work gives no sign that he is not approaching this story with total seriousness, and he’s aided by good atmospheric contributions from Victor Milner.” – Craig Butler, AllMovie

The Flesh Eaters

71. (+30) 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

Prey

72. (+45) Prey

Norman J. Warren

1978 / UK / 78m / Col / Science Fiction | IMDb
Barry Stokes, Sally Faulkner, Glory Annen, Sandy Chinney, Eddie Stacey, Jerry Crampton


“The behind-the-scenes story on 1977’s “Prey” is extraordinary, with the picture conceived, shot, and released in a matter of months, delivering a sci- fi/horror tale with the minimum of second thoughts, basically committing to the screen anything that was conjured during production. It’s important to remember such creative speed while watching the feature, with the low-budget endeavor often struggling to find things to do between scenes that advance the story. “Prey” is minor, but director Norman J. Warren does what he can with his frightening creative challenge, preserving a few provocative ideas screenwriter Max Cuff inserts into the work.” – Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

Thundercrack!

73. (new) Thundercrack!

Curt McDowell

1975 / USA / 160m / Col / Adult | IMDb
Marion Eaton, Melinda McDowell, George Kuchar, Mookie Blodgett, Ken Scudder, Bernie Boyle, Mark Ellinger, Laurie Hendricks, Moira Benson, Virginia Giritlian


Feng shui

74. (new) Feng shui

Chito S. Roño

2004 / Philippines / 117m / Col / Haunted House | IMDb
Kris Aquino, Jay Manalo, Lotlot De Leon, Ilonah Jean, John Manalo, Julianne Gomez, Ernesto Sto. Tomas, Cherry Pie Picache, Noni Buencamino, Jenny Miller


Dead Man's Eyes

75. (+66) Dead Man’s Eyes

Reginald Le Borg

1944 / USA / 64m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
Lon Chaney Jr., Acquanetta, Jean Parker, Paul Kelly, Thomas Gomez, Jonathan Hale, Edward Fielding, George Meeker, Pierre Watkin, Eddie Dunn


“The Inner Sanctum Mysteries that Chaney, Jr. starred in between 1943-45 have historically been thought of as inferior to his better known work, though Universal’s 2006 release of all six movies in a single collection reveals them to be fun and fast-paced even if you do consider them simple and routine mysteries… They are tidy little hour-long “B” pictures each linked by Lon Chaney, Jr. and enhanced by familiar supporting players throughout the series. Because of Chaney and the dark subject material they’re marketed as horror movies, but they are mostly and mainly mystery films. While none of them approaches the top echelon of either genre, each is entertaining and Dead Man’s Eyes–either despite or because of its being one of the most routine–is my own favorite by a slight margin.” – Cliff Aliperti, Immortal Ephemera

Calling Dr. Death

76. (new) Calling Dr. Death

Reginald Le Borg

1943 / USA / 63m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Lon Chaney Jr., Patricia Morison, J. Carrol Naish, David Bruce, Ramsay Ames, Fay Helm, Holmes Herbert, Alec Craig, Frederick Giermann, Lisa Golm


The Frozen Ghost

77. (new) The Frozen Ghost

Harold Young

1945 / USA / 61m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Milburn Stone, Douglass Dumbrille, Martin Kosleck, Elena Verdugo, Tala Birell, Arthur Hohl


Strange Confession

78. (new) Strange Confession

John Hoffman

1945 / USA / 62m / BW / Crime | IMDb
Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Carrol Naish, Milburn Stone, Lloyd Bridges, Addison Richards, Mary Gordon, George Chandler, Gregory Marshall, Wilton Graff


O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixío

79. (new) O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixío

José Mojica Marins

1968 / Brazil / 80m / Col / Anthology | IMDb
Luís Sérgio Person, Vany Miller, Mário Lima, Verônica Krimann, Rosalvo Caçador, Paula Ramos, Tony Cardi, Esmeralda Ruchel, Messias de Melo, Leila de Oliveira


The Devil Commands

80. (+19) 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


“With its mix of sci-fi and horror elements, THE DEVIL COMMANDS is a unique little film. Karloff is great as usual, showing us a kind man who gradually becomes a physical wreck, driven to madness by the time it’s all over. Although the film lacks great character support, Revere is still quite intense, and at least we get to see the deadpan acting of Kenneth MacDonald (yup,from all those “Three Stooges” shorts) as a sheriff very suspicious of Blair. With a sitting circle of dead people in large metal helmets, and electrical special effects overhead, the sci-fi aspects are visually impressive, and Dmytryk uses shadowy lighting to hide the limited sets and build gloomy atmosphere.” – George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In

House of the Black Death

81. (new) House of the Black Death

Harold Daniels

1965 / USA / 89m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Andrea King, Tom Drake, Dolores Faith, Sabrina, Jerome Thor, Sherwood Keith, Catherine Petty, George Mitchell


The Boneyard

82. (-7) 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

Zombies on Broadway

83. (+3) Zombies on Broadway

Gordon Douglas

1945 / USA / 69m / BW / Zombie | IMDb
Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Bela Lugosi, Anne Jeffreys, Sheldon Leonard, Frank Jenks, Russell Hopton, Joseph Vitale, Ian Wolfe, Louis Jean Heydt


“Notable enough for being a bit more entertaining than the typical 40’s horror comedy, Zombies on Broadway becomes even more worthy of attention in light of the ongoing rivalry in those days between RKO and Universal as producers of fright films. Universal was by far the more conservative production house, and although RKO’s horror movies weren’t always necessarily better, they were invariably bolder and more innovative. And so consider Zombies on Broadway, which injected RKO’s in-house Abbott and Costello wannabes into a parodic take on I Walked with a Zombie, three years before Universal famously spoofed their own monster lineup in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.” – Scott Ashlin, 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

A Warning to the Curious

84. (+29) 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

Soulmate

85. (new) Soulmate

Axelle Carolyn

2013 / UK / 104m / Col / Romance | IMDb
Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers, Nick Brimble, Emma Cleasby, Guy Armitage, Rebecca Kiser, Amelia Tyler, Felix Coles, Anubis


La donna del lago

86. (new) La donna del lago

Luigi Bazzoni & Franco Rossellini

1965 / Italy / 82m / BW / Giallo | IMDb
Peter Baldwin, Salvo Randone, Valentina Cortese, Pia Lindström, Pier Giovanni Anchisi, Ennio Balbo, Anna Maria Gherardi, Bruno Scipioni, Mario Laurentini, Vittorio Duse


Organ

87. (new) Organ

Kei Fujiwara

1996 / Japan / 110m / Col / Body Horror | IMDb
Kei Fujiwara, Kimihiko Hasegawa, Natsuyo Kanahama, Kenji Nasa, Ryu Okubo, Tojima Shozo, Shun Sugata


Phantom of the Rue Morgue

88. (-16) Phantom of the Rue Morgue

Roy Del Ruth

1954 / USA / 83m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Karl Malden, Claude Dauphin, Patricia Medina, Steve Forrest, Allyn Ann McLerie, Anthony Caruso, Veola Vonn, Dolores Dorn, Merv Griffin, Paul Richards


“Laced with humor, ghoulishness, bloodshed, and melancholy, it’s quite unfaithful to the plot of Poe’s original story; however, these qualities effuse throughout the Poe canon, making Phantom of the Rue Morgue a fine tonal fit for the author’s work. It may have been hatched as a studio inevitability after the success of [the previous year’s] House of Wax, but the film is well-realized with strong performances (particularly from Malden, who goes from lovelorn to deranged within one scene) and a handsomely mounted production.” – Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!

Mo tai

89. (-7) 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


“For the remainder, I’ll just give the highlights. The demon is now inside Boby, which eventually gets transferred to Kwo Wei, who immediately takes on the generic automaton gaze and deliberate walk. There’s dog attacks, there’s dog eating, there’s maid raping, there’s near drowning, there transsexual masturbation, there’s worm eating, there’s a dude being crushed by a room (yes, I mean exactly that) and yes, there’s more slimy demon-sex. A lot of this is done with the accompaniment of some wicked 1980s video game-esque sound effects that make you nostalgic for that Atari system. There are also a couple of signature Hong-Kong-ish battle scenes that don’t make any logical sense, but are really great to watch.” – Zombie-A-GoGo

5 tombe per un medium

90. (new) 5 tombe per un medium

Massimo Pupillo

1965 / Italy / 87m / BW / Zombie | IMDb
Barbara Steele, Walter Brandi, Mirella Maravidi, Alfredo Rizzo, Riccardo Garrone, Luciano Pigozzi, Ennio Balbo, Steve Robinson, Lewis Czerny, Peter Sarto


The Face of Marble

91. (+48) The Face of Marble

William Beaudine

1946 / USA / 72m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
John Carradine, Claudia Drake, Robert Shayne, Maris Wrixon, Willie Best, Thomas E. Jackson, Rosa Rey, Neal Burns, Donald Kerr, Allan Ray


The Face of Marble has the look of a classic Universal or Hammer horror film. It’s dark, gritty and very spooky. The locations are perfect for a film of its type, from the sprawling gothic beach home where most of the action takes place to the Frankenstein-esque laboratory where the scientists do their thing… All of the visual aspects of the film come together to give it an unforgettable mood that, with the lights turned off, could raise a few goose-bumps in even the most desensitized horror fan. William Beaudrine’s work runs the gamut from utterly ridiculous crossover films to family-oriented television, but The Face of Marble is probably his most genuinely scary film. Plot holes and unanswered questions aside, the tight little film about science and superstition will not disappoint anyone who invests a little over an hour into watching.” – James Jay Edwards, FilmFracture

Más negro que la noche

92. (+17) Más negro que la noche

Carlos Enrique Taboada

1975 / Mexico / 96m / Col / Haunted House | IMDb
Claudia Islas, Susana Dosamantes, Helena Rojo, Lucía Méndez, Julián Pastor, Alicia Palacios, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Tamara Garina, Enrique Pontón


“The story in “Más negro que la noche” may be simplistic, even clichéd; however, Taboada’s film seems to be constructed with one single idea in mind: atmosphere. Atmosphere is the key word in “Más negro que la noche”, which showcases a masterful use of lighting and camera-work to create an effectively ominous atmosphere of dread that begins to surround the four main characters. Stylish and elegant, Taboada’s borrowing of Giallo elements does not limit merely to plot devices, but also to the striking visual style… which shows a more than obvious influence from Mario Bava. In the film, Taboada once again excels in his visual narrative, which is fluid and dynamic, developing the story at a nice pace.” – J. Luis Rivera, W-Cinema

Uncle Silas

93. (-6) 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

El hombre y el monstruo

94. (new) El hombre y el monstruo

Rafael Baledón

1959 / Mexico / 78m / BW / Werewolf | IMDb
Enrique Rambal, Abel Salazar, Martha Roth, Ofelia Guilmáin, Ana Laura Baledon, José Chávez, Maricarmen Vela, Carlos Suárez, Anita Blanch


La notte dei diavoli

95. (+12) 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


“Based on the same story that formed the basis of the last segment of Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath: Tolstoy’s “The Wurdulak”… The Night of the Devils may not be quite as visually captivating as Bava’s take on the material, but it’s still a powerfully creepy tale, and director Ferroni gives the story a very unique style. The pacing is a bit on the slow side, but that’s not necessarily a complaint; this is a textbook slow burn punctuated by moments of shocking violence and unsettling imagery.” – Jason Coffman, Film Monthly

Vec vidjeno

96. (new) 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


“Along with ANGST (1983) and HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1986), this is one of the 80’s most effective attempts at looking at a psychopathic killer through more insightful eyes. You won’t find loads of on-screen gore here, nor will you find reactionary scares or visual shocks in the expected slasher-killer frequency. This is a deliberately-paced portrait of a deranged mind that builds slowly as a character-driven drama before suddenly erupting into violence when it nears its disturbing conclusion. Another point of interest, aside from revelatory performances from several actors I’d never even heard of before, is a plot that manages to give viewers glimpses inside the political and social climate of Belgrade in both the pre and post WWII-era and the impoverished, though more liberated, early ’70s era.” – Justin McKinney, The Bloody Pit of Horror

Kaidan Kasane-ga-fuchi

97. (new) Kaidan Kasane-ga-fuchi

Nobuo Nakagawa

1957 / Japan / 66m / BW / Jidaigeki | IMDb
Katsuko Wakasugi, Takashi Wada, Noriko Kitazawa, Tetsurô Tanba, Kikuko Hanaoka, Sumiko Abe, Akira Nakamura, Unpei Yokoyama, Fumiko Miyata, Chisako Hara


The Lady and the Monster

98. (+25) The Lady and the Monster

George Sherman

1944 / USA / 86m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Vera Ralston, Richard Arlen, Erich von Stroheim, Helen Vinson, Mary Nash, Sidney Blackmer, Janet Martin, William Henry, Charles Cane, Juanita Quigley


“The first film adaptation of Kurt Siodmak’s influential novel Donovan’s Brain features, for the first time on screen, a disembodied brain asserting its influence on people around it. Well shot and directed for second-tier studio Republic in a gothic noir style, and good acting from Erich von Stroheim and Richard Arlen. Unfortunately the script doesn’t live up to its source material and the film contains ghastly wooden acting from Czechoslovakian ice-skater-turned-studio-boss’-girlfriend Eva Hruba Ralston in her first feature role… There are some very nice pans and tracking shots of the lab, experimental low-angle shots and of course the wonderfully expressionistic lighting of the DP Alton creates a very claustrophobic and moody atmosphere.” – Janne Wass, Scifist

Bulshinjiok

99. (new) Bulshinjiok

Yong-Joo Lee & Lee Yong-ju

2009 / South Korea / 112m / Col / Mystery | IMDb
Young-nam Jang, Bo-yeon Kim, Chang-jik Lee, Hie-kyung Moon, Sang-mi Nam, Ji-eun Oh, Ryu Seung-Ryong, Eun-kyung Shim, Eun-Kyung Shin


Blood of Dracula

100. (-38) Blood of Dracula

Herbert L. Strock

1957 / USA / 69m / BW / Vampire | IMDb
Sandra Harrison, Louise Lewis, Gail Ganley, Jerry Blaine, Heather Ames, Malcolm Atterbury, Mary Adams, Thomas Browne Henry, Don Devlin, Jean Dean


“This really should’ve been called I Was a Teenage Vampire. Unfortunately, the folks at AIP chickened out. It’s the third in the series, and while it isn’t quite in the same league as I Was a Teenage Werewolf or I Was a Teenage Frankenstein; it still has its moments. The film is essentially a remake of I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Instead of Michael Landon getting hypnotized by a deranged doctor into becoming a werewolf, we get a mousy chick (Sandra Harrison) getting hypnotized by a deranged doctor (Louise Lewis) into becoming a vampire. Other than that, it’s the same damn thing. There’s even a funny rock song (called “Puppy Love”) in there for no good reason whatsoever.” – Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

La torre de los siete jorobados

101. (new) 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

Qu mo jing cha

102. (new) Qu mo jing cha

Wei Tung

1990 / Hong Kong / 87m / Col / Martial Arts | IMDb
Ching-Ying Lam, Kiu Wai Miu, Wilson Lam, Mei-Wah Wong, Michiko Nishiwaki, Ma Wu, Billy Chow, Chi-leung Chan, Woon Ling Hau, Yuk-Hang Wong


The Mad Ghoul

103. (-25) The Mad Ghoul

James P. Hogan

1943 / USA / 65m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, David Bruce, George Zucco, Charles McGraw, Robert Armstrong, Milburn Stone, Rose Hobart, Andrew Tombes, Addison Richards


“This is a pretty neat little horror picture that’s raised several notches by the presence of George Zucco as the openly lecherous mad scientist who turns David Bruce into the title monster—as much for a shot at leading lady Evelyn Ankers (he wants to teach her how to read “the book of life”) as for the good of science. The results are actually pretty grisly for its era—and the Mad Ghoul looks alarmingly like a George Romero zombie… An unnamed British critic is said to have reviewed the film by noting, “To be a ghoul would be disconcerting enough. To be a mad ghoul must be the height of personal embarassment.”” – Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress

Bride of the Gorilla

104. (new) Bride of the Gorilla

Curt Siodmak

1951 / USA / 70m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Barbara Payton, Lon Chaney Jr., Raymond Burr, Tom Conway, Paul Cavanagh, Gisela Werbisek, Carol Varga, Paul Maxey, Woody Strode, Martin Garralaga


Joyû-rei

105. (-7) Joyû-rei

Hideo Nakata

1996 / Japan / 75m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Yûrei Yanagi, Yasuyo Shirashima, Kei Ishibashi, Ren Ohsugi, Takanori Kikuchi, SABU, Reita Serizawa, Akira Hibino, Hirofumi Kobayashi, Dan Li


Ring wasn’t just effortlessly scary – it didn’t come out of nowhere. Hideo Nakata had already been trying out how to scare audiences with a ghost girl all the way through Ghost Actress, which makes it an interesting watch. Strangely, the ghost is seen many more times than in Ring – here she’s more active, more vocal and more hands on!… well-acted, atmospheric, occasionally creepy, but a little too brief at 73 minutes – you’re left wanting more story, including a better reason for the haunting. But it’s a lively precursor to the terrifying Ring-cycle” – Mark Hodgson, Black Hole DVD Reviews

Curse of the Undead

106. (new) Curse of the Undead

Edward Dein

1959 / USA / 79m / BW / Vampire | IMDb
Eric Fleming, Michael Pate, Kathleen Crowley, John Hoyt, Bruce Gordon, Edward Binns, Jimmy Murphy, Helen Kleeb, Jay Adler, Eddie Parker


The Boogie Man Will Get You

107. (new) The Boogie Man Will Get You

Lew Landers

1942 / USA / 66m / BW / Comedy | IMDb
Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Max ‘Slapsie Maxie’ Rosenbloom, Larry Parks, Jeff Donnell


Three Cases of Murder

108. (new) 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


“This unusual British film seems to have gone relatively unnoticed by numerous horror film historians and if it does warrant a mention it’s usually dismissed without much afterthought. But with a cast that includes Orson Welles and a segment directed by one of Britain’s first female directors (Wendy Toye), THREE CASES OF MURDER stands out as a wonderful example of early British horror cinema that rivals the highly acclaimed anthology DEAD OF NIGHT (1945)… George More O’Ferrall supposedly directed [the third] segment but in Peter Bogdanovich‘s acclaimed book This Is Orson Welles he credits Welles with co-directing the dream sequences and I have no reason to doubt him.” – Kimberly Lindbergs, TCM’s Movie Morlocks

Terror Is a Man

109. (-36) Terror Is a Man

Gerardo de Leon

1959 / Philippines / 89m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen, Richard Derr, Oscar Kesse, Lilia Duran, Peyton Keesee, Flory Carlos


“A horror film which prefigures the signature Hemisphere style of putting a deeply eccentric spin on tired and shopworn premises. It was quite successful in the Philippines, but initially failed miserably enough at the American box office… the reissue [in 1964 as Blood Creature] made so much money that Romero spent the rest of the decade spinning it off into a loosely organized series of increasingly sex-crazed and blood-soaked horror flicks set on Terror Is a Man’s imaginary Blood Island… On the technical side, Terror Is a Man is one of the most beautifully shot movies I’ve seen in quite some time. This is probably the film’s most remarkable feature, seeing as one hardly expects first-rate cinematography from a 40-plus-year-old horror flick made in the Philippines!” – Scott Ashlin, 1000 Misspent Hours

Cementerio del terror

110. (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


“A strange sort of cross between John Carpenter’s Halloween (what with the unstoppable killing machine and the obsessed doctor on his trail) and Bob Clarke’s Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (with the dopey teens, the black mass, and the zombies), Ruben Galindo Jr.’s Cemetery Of Terror is a reasonably well paced horror film with some nice atmosphere, some cool locations, and towards the end of the movie, some nice zombie action. It’s also very much a product of the eighties and as such, it’s pretty dated… Stiglitz is fun in the lead role and while he’ll never be considered a great actor by any stretch he does a good job playing the obsessed doctor and seems to have no problem hamming it up when the script requires it. The rest of the cast is pretty awful, but it adds to the fun of the film” – Ian Jane, DVD Talk

Long Pigs

111. (new) Long Pigs

Nathan Hynes & Chris Power

2007 / Canada / 81m / Col / Found Footage | IMDb
Anthony Alviano, Jean-Marc Fontaine, Paul Fowles, Shane Harbinson, Roger King, Kelly McIntosh, Brad Mittelman, John Terranova, Vik Sahay, Barbara Walsh


El jorobado de la Morgue

112. (+28) 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


“Far gorier than you might expect, The Hunchback Of The Morgue isn’t really breaking any new ground and it borrows heavily from the Hammer and Universal films that came before it, but it’s still a lot of fun and plenty atmospheric. Aguirre’s direction is strong as he keeps the movie going at a very brisk pace but manages to do so without sacrificing important character development bits which make Gotho [the hunchback] a very sympathetic lead. Naschy does quite well in the part, keeping in character and not often straying from the ‘hunchback stance’ that he manages to maintain quite convincingly throughout the film. The script, co-written by Naschy as Jacinto Molina, is lean and to the point but it manages to give us a few characters to care about aside from Gotho” – Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

Supernatural

113. (new) Supernatural

Victor Halperin

1933 / USA / 65m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
Carole Lombard, Alan Dinehart, Vivienne Osborne, Randolph Scott, H.B. Warner, Beryl Mercer, William Farnum, Willard Robertson, George Burr Macannan, Lyman Williams


Schatten - Eine nächtliche Halluzination

114. (new) Schatten – Eine nächtliche Halluzination

Arthur Robison

1923 / Germany / 90m / BW / Drama | IMDb
Alexander Granach, Max Gülstorff, Lilli Herder, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Kortner, Karl Platen, Fritz Rasp, Eugen Rex, Ferdinand von Alten, Gustav von Wangenheim


Pulgasari

115. (-23) Pulgasari

Sang-ok Shin

1985 / North Korea / 95m / Col / Monster | IMDb
Chang Son Hui, Ham Gi Sop, Jong-uk Ri, Gwon Ri, Gyong-ae Yu, Hye-chol Ro, Sang-hun Tae, Gi-chon Kim, In-chol Ri, Riyonun Ri


“Would you believe that Kim Jong-il, the “Great Leader” of North Korea… once had a director from another country kidnapped and held prisoner in North Korea for years in order to make a make a Marxist propaganda film in the guise of a giant monster movie?… it’s kind of hard to really rate Pulgasari because it’s not all that good yet it most definitely carries with it a sense of morbid fascination, especially if you know the backstory. It’s still definitely worth seeking out although as more of a curiosity than anything else. The circumstances behind the film make it almost a must see for geo-political junkies as conclusive evidence of just how nuts the Great Leader of North Korea is and the giant monster aspect makes it worth a look for fans of the genre like myself.” – Foywonder, Dread Central

Di yu wu men

116. (new) Di yu wu men

Hark Tsui

1980 / Hong Kong / 90m / Col / Martial Arts | IMDb
Norman Chu, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong, Kwok Choi Hon, Mo-lin Cheung, Fung Fung, Chih Hung Ling, Tin Sang Lung, Kei Mai, Yung-sheng Pan


El libro de piedra

117. (+12) El libro de piedra

Carlos Enrique Taboada

1969 / Mexico / 99m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Marga López, Joaquín Cordero, Norma Lazareno, Aldo Monti, Lucy Buj, Rafael Llamas, Ada Carrasco, Lilia Castillo, Manuel Dondé, Jorge Mateos


“The Book of Stone carries the echoes of an MR James story with its premise of ancient evil and suggested rather than depicted horror… Bit by bit the story unravels, piling on one little disturbing incident after another, till it places itself firmly in the realm of the supernatural. [The statue] ‘Hugo’ is revealed to have a sinister history and will resist all attempts made to uproot him from his pedestal. Even here, there is far more reliance on the play of light and shadow (cinematographer Ignacio Torres), and juxtaposition of circumstance than any elaborate flashy effect.” – Suresh S, Un-kvlt Site

Veerana

118. (new) Veerana

Shyam Ramsay & Tulsi Ramsay

1988 / India / 135m / Col / Musical | IMDb
Hemant Birje, Jasmin, Sahila Chaddha, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Satish Shah, Vijayendra Ghatge, Gulshan Grover, Rama Vij, Rajesh Vivek, Vijay Arora


The Alchemist Cookbook

119. (new) The Alchemist Cookbook

Joel Potrykus

2016 / USA / 82m / Col / Mystery | IMDb
Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom, Fiji


The Bat Whispers

120. (-37) 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

The Terror

121. (-52) The Terror

Roy Del Ruth

1928 / USA / 85m / BW / Mystery | IMDb
May McAvoy, Louise Fazenda, Edward Everett Horton, Alec B. Francis, Matthew Betz, Holmes Herbert, Otto Hoffman, Joseph W. Girard, John Miljan, Frank Austin


“The first talkie horror film was also the second ‘all-talking’ motion picture from Warner Bros — director Roy Del Ruth’s The Terror (1928), a stage-bound adaptation of Edgar Wallace’s play regarding a haunted house terrorized by a homicidal asylum escapee. The film’s many ads capitalized on the new feature of sound (creaking doors, howling wind, organ music), heard with the Vitaphone sound-on-disc process: “It will thrill you! Grip you! Set you into tremors of awe. HEAR this creepy tale of mystery – the baffling story of a detective’s great triumph. With voices and shadows that will rack your nerves and make you like it. Come, hear them talk in this Vitaphone production of the play that has gripped London for over 3 years.”” – Tim Dirks, AMC FilmSite

Escalofrío

122. (new) 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


“Asking us to enjoy the very elements that it uses to set us at unease, its cannibal witches may be disguised as scantly clad seductresses and shadows from a murky past but they’re out to eat you just the same – your spirit, your sanity, your sense of identity. At the same time, its subversive story, careful direction, and commendable performances make it an unflinching expose of corruption – breakdowns of mind, and spirit reflected by ravishments of the flesh. While gothic in atmosphere, even approaching the surreal in terms of its lush, decrepit setting, a lurking sense of brutality throbs beneath the surface of even the quieter moments in this movie, the suggestion of suspense throbbing beneath even the most innocent dialogue and character development. Undeniably surreal, intensely sexual, and unsettlingly beautiful in its depiction of practices and behaviors that should make us queasy, Puerto exhibits an impressive ability to make the terrible desirable and the repulsive seductive.” – William P. Simmons, DVD Drive-In

Silent Night, Zombie Night

123. (new) Silent Night, Zombie Night

Sean Cain

2009 / USA / 83m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Jack Forcinito, Andy Hopper, Nadine Stenovitch, Lew Temple, Vernon Wells, Felissa Rose, Timothy Muskatell, Luke Y. Thompson, Sara Tomko, Ricardo Gray


Home for the Holidays

124. (new) Home for the Holidays

John Llewellyn Moxey

1972 / USA / 73m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Jill Haworth, Julie Harris, Eleanor Parker, Walter Brennan, John Fink, Med Flory


Haunts

125. (-45) Haunts

Herb Freed

1977 / USA / 97m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
May Britt, Cameron Mitchell, Aldo Ray, William Gray Espy, Ben Hammer, E.J. André, Kendall Jackson, Susan Nohr, Robert Hippard, Don Dolan


“As soon as I saw the blank black screen, emulsion lines, and scratches, I knew Haunts was going to be good… With a combination of tame-yet-uncomfortable subject matter (no gore, no nudity, no explicit sex) and capable filmmaking from Herb Freed (Graduation Day), Haunts kicked out its low-budget limitations for world class uneasiness. The tight editing, quiet atmosphere, and “real” acting (most people seem to be playing themselves), worked in tandem with the grittiness of the film stock; a nice example of the whole slightly inching above the sum. I could’ve done without some of the padding, as the film tended to drag a bit towards the end, but overall, I was surprisingly taken. And a little scared.” – Joseph A. Ziemba, Bleeding Skull!

El grito de la muerte

126. (new) El grito de la muerte

Fernando Méndez

1959 / Mexico / 72m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Gastón Santos, María Duval, Pedro de Aguillón, Carlos Ancira, Carolina Barret, Antonio Raxel, Hortensia Santoveña, Quintín Bulnes


Pathogen

127. (new) Pathogen

Emily Hagins

2006 / USA / 68m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Rose Kent-McGlew, Alec Herskowitz, Tiger Darrow, Tony Vespe, Alex Schroeder, Estrella Gonzales, Amanda Haight, Rebecca Elliott, Jose Ramirez, Jessica Cargill


Satanico Pandemonium: La Sexorcista

128. (new) Satanico Pandemonium: La Sexorcista

Gilberto Martínez Solares

1975 / Mexico / 89m / Col / Exploitation | IMDb
Enrique Rocha, Cecilia Pezet, Delia Magaña, Clemencia Colin, Sandra Torres, Adarene San Martin, Patricia Alban, Yayoi Tokawa, Amparo Fustenberg, Paula Aack


Gidam

129. (new) Gidam

Beom-sik Jeong & Sik Jung

2007 / South Korea / 98m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Choi Jae-Hwan, Mu-song Jeon, Jin-an Jeong, Ku Jin, Bo-kyeong Kim, Eung-soo Kim, Tae-woo Kim, Ju-yeon Ko, Ho-seok Kong, Dong-kyu Lee


El fantasma del convento

130. (-11) El fantasma del convento

Fernando de Fuentes

1934 / Mexico / 85m / BW / Haunted House | IMDb
Enrique del Campo, Marta Roel, Carlos Villatoro, Paco Martínez, Victorio Blanco, Francisco Lugo, Beltrán de Heredia, Agustín González, José Ignacio Rocha


“As so many other horror films are, El fantasma del convento is essentially a morality tale. Adulterous couple Cristina (Roel) and Alfonso (del Campo) become lost one night while attempting to find a good make out spot. Enter a bizarre guide of sorts – is it ever wise to follow a stranger in a horror film? – who leads the pair to a foreboding monastery… don’t let a little predictability deter you from seeing this beautifully shot and eerie film. For those of you who are fans of Matthew Lewis’ 1796 horror novel, The Monk, you will certainly see the book’s influence in the film.” – Geoff Fogleman, Bloody Disgusting

Plaga zombie: Zona mutante

131. (new) Plaga zombie: Zona mutante

Pablo Parés & Hernán Sáez

2001 / Argentina / 101m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Berta Muñiz, Pablo Parés, Hernán Sáez, Paulo Soria, Esteban Podetti, Sebastian Tabany, Alejandro Nagy, Daniel de la Vega, Gabriel Grieco, Nicanor Loreti


Luther the Geek

132. (-67) 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


“A geek, as defined in “Luther the Geek,” is a disturbed carnival sideshow performer who bites the heads off snakes and chickens, usually for a reward that helps to calm urges of alcoholism and drug addiction… [the film] plays around with the nightmarish vocation, transporting a Depression-era celebration of the macabre to a slightly more modern setting, with writer/director Carlton J. Albright creating a slasher-type event with a truly disturbing murderer. It’s a weird movie, but one that owns its strangeness through a commitment to character and unusual encounters between the (clucking) hunter and his understandably confused prey.” – Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

3615 code Père Noël

133. (new) 3615 code Père Noël

René Manzor

1989 / France / 87m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Brigitte Fossey, Louis Ducreux, Patrick Floersheim, Alain Lalanne, François-Eric Gendron, Stéphane Legros, Franck Capillery, Nicole Raucher, Gédéon, Charles de Feral


Muñecos infernales

134. (-4) 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


“The diminutive death-dealers carve an astonishingly creepy presence here; and are among the most unforgettable of the Mexi-horror canon. Played by either midgets or small children, the performers all wear what look like wax masks. These facial appliances never move when they breathe, so there’s a realism that adds to the eeriness of these calculating doll monsters creeping towards their victims with poisonous needles ready to pierce your flesh… Aside from some goofy moments here and there, Alazraki’s picture does a surprisingly good job of building suspense; and delivering frighteningly spooky creatures in the form of the macabre countenance of the killer dolls. If you haven’t seen it, fans of the genre are in for a treat” – Brian Bankston, Cool Ass Cinema

The Bells

135. (new) The Bells

James Young

1926 / USA / 68m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
Lionel Barrymore, Caroline Frances Cooke, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Lorimer Johnston, Eddie Phillips, Lola Todd, Laura La Varnie, Boris Karloff, E. Alyn Warren


The Strange Door

136. (new) The Strange Door

Joseph Pevney

1951 / USA / 81m / BW / Gothic | IMDb
Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest, Richard Wyler, William Cottrell, Alan Napier, Morgan Farley, Paul Cavanagh, Michael Pate


Shojo no harawata

137. (new) 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


“Like most Japanese films of this genre, Entrails of a Virgin is chocked full of female degradation and uncomfortable rape scenes. However, what’s unique this time around is that in addition to slaughtering people, it’s the mud monster doing the majority of the perverse acts. That’s right. The monster is sexually-frustrated and endowed like, well, a monster. In fact, one of the more charming scenes involves an impaling with said monstrous member. You can’t go wrong there. With all the strange scenes of gore that are sprinkled throughout the film’s erotic themes, it sort of resembles an episode of HBO’s “Real Sex,” if it were filmed on the set of Evil Dead.” – Dustin Wilmes, Passport Cinema

Lovers Lane

138. (new) Lovers Lane

Jon Steven Ward

2000 / USA / 90m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Diedre Kilgore, Carter Roy, Brian Allemand, Jori Wanquist, Matt Riedy, Richard Sanders, Suzanne Bouchard, Jon Steven Ward, Ed Bailey, Erin J. Dean


Boy Meets Girl

139. (new) Boy Meets Girl

Ray Brady

1994 / UK / 93m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Tim Poole, Danielle Sanderson, Margot Steinberg, Susan Warren, Nathalie Khanna, Myuki Smith Khanna, Pierre Smith Khanna, Georgina Whitbourne, Robert Haynes, John Reid


Kowai onna

140. (new) Kowai onna

Keita Amemiya & Takuji Suzuki & Keisuke Toyoshima

2006 / Japan / 107m / Col / Anthology | IMDb
Noriko Nakagoshi, Yûko Kobayashi, Riko Suzuki, Miharu Morina, Yayoi Okuyama, Kaori Fuseya, Aiko Chisaka, Hisayo Ebine, Atsuko Abe, Harumi Yazawa


Blood Bath

141. (new) Blood Bath

Jack Hill & Stephanie Rothman

1966 / USA / 62m / BW / Vampire | IMDb
William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, Lori Saunders, Sandra Knight, Karl Schanzer, Biff Elliot, Sid Haig, Jonathan Haze, Fred Thompson, David Ackles


The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

142. (-30) The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

Edward L. Cahn

1959 / USA / 70m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Eduard Franz, Valerie French, Grant Richards, Henry Daniell, Lumsden Hare, Frank Gerstle, Paul Wexler, Howard Wendell, Paul Cavanagh


“THE FOUR SKULLS OF JONATHAN DRAKE is a real cheapie with soundstage-bound sets (the whole show takes place in two different darkly lit houses), but a moody, creepy little thriller at that. Somewhat resembling a 1950s William Castle effort (especially a sequence with four floating skulls) veteran workman director Edward L. Cahn is able to cram enough thrills into 70 minutes, and the cast does a decent job with the material. Wrinkly Daniell makes a really creepy villain, and as a witch doctor, is able to perform some nasty things (the head shrinking is pretty graphic for the time) in his dungeon-like basement.” – George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In

Frankenstein - 1970

143. (-77) Frankenstein – 1970

Howard W. Koch

1958 / USA / 83m / BW / Science Fiction | IMDb
Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Don ‘Red’ Barry, Charlotte Austin, Irwin Berke, Rudolph Anders, Norbert Schiller, John Dennis, Mike Lane


“Hardly a great film, Frankenstein 1970 remains somewhat underrated. While Karloff indeed chews a lot of pork, he enjoys his role. Additionally, it has an intriguing pulp premise. The descendant of the original Baron Victor Frankenstein, horribly scarred as a holocaust victim, rents out the famous castle to a schlock Hollywood film crew in order to raise cash for the equipment necessary to carry on his ancestor’s experiments… Despite the film that surrounds him, Karloff gives a tour de force performance and for that reason alone, Frankenstein 1970 is enjoyably unremarkable, which is something that can be said for the bulk of the actor’s late film work.” – Alfred Eaker, alfredeaker.com

Noita palaa elämään

144. (new) Noita palaa elämään

Roland af Hällström

1952 / Finland / 80m / BW / Witchcraft | IMDb
Mirja Mane, Toivo Mäkelä, Hillevi Lagerstam, Sakari Jurkka, Helge Herala, Aku Korhonen, Rakel Laakso, Elna Hellman, Elsa Turakainen, Elli Ylimaa


Seizure

145. (-74) Seizure

Oliver Stone

1974 / Canada / 98m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Jonathan Frid, Martine Beswick, Joseph Sirola, Christina Pickles, Hervé Villechaize, Anne Meacham, Roger De Koven, Troy Donahue, Mary Woronov, Richard Cox


“As a number of noted American filmmakers had roots in low budget genre productions (look at the Roger Corman school for numerous examples), it’s not surprising that young New York-born Vietnam vet Oliver Stone’s maiden directorial effort would be in horror… It was obvious that Stone and company were trying to make something a bit smarter than the average monster or slasher film, resulting in an oddball and at times crude piece of filmmaking with far out editing techniques… Produced independently and shot entirely on location in what must have been a very cold Ontario, Canada, SEIZURE’s casting is what makes it easily approachable and easy to watch, even when it comes off like an hallucinatory-induced episode of “Night Gallery”.” – George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In

The Magician

146. (new) 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

Necronomicon - Geträumte Sünden

147. (-37) 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


“Elegantly photographed, intelligently edited, and filled with mesmerising performances, “Succubus” gives us a taste of just what Franco is capable of when blessed with a professional crew and cast — the direction is superlative; the script (co-written by Franco with the film’s producer [who also acts in the film], Pier A. Caminnecci), is a complex amalgamation of surreal scenarios suffused with allusions to classic literature and Franco’s favourite film-makers (everyone from Kafka to Frankenstein). The musical score ranges from cocktail lounge jazz to classical — often blended seamlessly. It’s ahead of its time, predating Mario Bava’s equally classy “Lisa and The Devil” (1973), and even looking ahead to contemporary works such as David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” (2002).” – Blackgloves, Horrorview

Der Golem

148. (-81) 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

Alraune

149. (new) Alraune

Arthur Maria Rabenalt

1952 / West Germany / 92m / BW / Drama | IMDb
Hildegard Knef, Erich von Stroheim, Karlheinz Böhm, Harry Meyen, Rolf Henniger, Harry Halm, Hans Cossy, Gardy Brombacher, Trude Hesterberg, Julia Koschka


Khun krabii hiiroh

150. (new) Khun krabii hiiroh

Taweewat Wantha

2004 / Thailand / 95m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Suthep Po-ngam, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Phintusuda Tunphairao, Lena Christensen, Andrew Biggs, Naowarat Yuktanan, Somlek Sakdikul, Peud Blackcat, Chatchai Doroman, Kittikorn Liasirikun