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Anthologies – Bite-Sized Scares

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Dead of Night (1945)

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer

Writers: Various 

Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver

Story: An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Other Films In Series: None.

Tales of Terror (1962)

Directors: Roger Corman

Writers: Edgar Allan Poe (original stories), Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Stars: Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre

Story: Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

Other Films In Series: None.


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Black Sabbath (1963)

Directors: Mario Bava

Writers: Aleksei Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov & Guy de Maupassant (original stories), Marcello Fondato (screenplay)

Stars: Michèle Mercier,  Lidia Alfonsi,  Boris Karloff

Story: A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a family in the countryside trying to destroy a particularly vicious line of vampires; and a 1900-era nurse who makes a fateful decision while preparing the corpse of one of her patients - an elderly medium who died during a seance.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The House that Dripped Blood (1971)

Directors: Peter Duffell

Writers: Robert Bloch

Stars: John Bryans, John Bennett, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing 

Story: An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK.

Other Films In Series: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Torture Garden (1967), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1974)

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Asylum (1972)

Directors: Roy Ward Baker

Writers: Robert Bloch

Stars: Barbara Parkins,  Richard Todd,  Sylvia Syms

Story: In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.

Other Films In Series: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1974)

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Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Directors: Freddie Francis

Writers: Milton Subotsky (screenplay), Al Feldstein (stories)

Stars: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson

Story: Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

Other Films In Series: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Asylum (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1974)

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The Vault of Horror (1973)

Directors: Roy Ward Baker

Writers: Al Feldstein & William M. Gaines (original stories), Milton Subotsky (screenplay)

Stars: Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker, Dawn Addams 

Story: An anthology of five horror stories shared by five men trapped in the basement of an office building.  

Other Films In Series: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), From Beyond the Grave (1974)

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Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Directors: Dan Curtis

Writers: William F. Nolan (teleplay), Richard Matheson (story)

Stars: Karen Black,  Robert Burton,  John Karlen

Story: Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Other Films In Series: Trilogy of Terror II (1996)


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Creepshow (1982)

Directors: George A. Romero

Writers: Stephen King

Stars: Hal Holbrook,  Leslie Nielsen,  Adrienne Barbeau

Story: An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Other Films In Series: Creepshow 2 (1987), Creepshow III (2007)

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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg

Writers: Various

Stars: Dan Aykroyd,  Albert Brooks,  Vic Morrow

Story: Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series The Twilight Zone (1959).

Other Films In Series: None.

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Cat’s Eye (1985)

Directors: Lewis Teague

Writers: Stephen King

Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King

Story: A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

Directors: John Harrison

Writers: Various 

Stars: Debbie Harry,  Matthew Lawrence,  Christian Slater

Story: A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Two Evil Eyes (1990)

Directors: Dario Argento, George A. Romero

Writers: Edgar Allan Poe (original stories), Dario Argento & George A. Romero (screenplay)

Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada

Story: Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Tales from the Hood (1995) 

Directors: Rusty Cundieff

Writers: Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott

Stars: Clarence Williams III,  Corbin Bernsen,  Joe Torry

Story: A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.

Other Films In Series: Tales from the Hood 2 (2018), Tales from the Hood 3 (2020)

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Three… Extremes (2004)

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park

Writers: Haruko Fukushima, Bun Saikou, Pik Wah Lee, Chan-wook Park

Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa

Story: An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.  

Other Films In Series: Dumplings (2004)

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Trick 'r Treat (2007)

Directors: Michael Dougherty

Writers: Michael Dougherty

Stars: Anna Paquin,  Brian Cox,  Dylan Baker

Story: Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Other Films In Series: None.

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V/H/S (2012)

Directors: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg

Writers: Various

Stars: Calvin Reeder,  Lane Hughes,  Adam Wingard

Story: When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

Other Films In Series: V/H/S/2 (2013), V/H/S: Viral (2014), V/H/S/94 (2021) 

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Mexico Barbaro (2014)

Directors: Various

Writers: Various

Stars: Adrián Aguirre, Dulce Alexa, Leslie Arce

Story: Eight Mexican directors unite to bring tales of the most brutally terrifying Mexican traditions and legends to vividly shocking life.

Other Films In Series: México Bárbaro II (2017)

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Tales of Halloween (2015)

Directors: Various 

Writers: Various 

Stars: Adrienne Barbeau,  Hunter Smit,  Cameron Easton

Story: Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. 

Other Films In Series: None.

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Southbound (2015)

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence

Writers: Various 

Stars: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic

Story: Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Ghost Stories (2017)

Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

Stars: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse

Story: Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after being given a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.

Other Films In Series: None.

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