The Horror Anthology Film genre usually is a feature length film that has multiple short stories that exist within a larger frame or carry a common theme.
Below is a listing of ten films in this genre from the global cinema community. This list is not all encompassing nor does it endeavor to rank these as the ten best horror anthology films.
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The ABC's of Death is a horror anthology that gives 26 directors the opportunity to each direct a short based on one letter of the alphabet. The stories are incredibly varied with everything from live action to clay-mation being represented in this film.
Directors: Nacho Vigalando, Angela Bettis, and 25 more
Writers: Ant TImpson, Nacho Vigalando and 16 more
Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González, Kyra Zagorsky
Country: New Zeland and USA
Black Sabbath is a trilogy of shorts, one of which features the story of a woman who starts receiving phone calls from a past lover, whom she denounced years ago. Another tale follows the story of a Russian count who meets up with a family attempting to destroy a group of vampires. The final tale is about a nurse who takes something from a corpse which leads to disastrous results for her.
Director: Mario Bava,
Writers: Mario Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, and four others
Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff
Two Evil Eyes pairs together two horror icons, George A. Romero and Dario Argento for two tales based on Edgar Allan Poe stories. The first tale features a woman attempting to bilk her husband out of millions while he is under hypnosis. Unfortunately he dies while under the spell and the gates of limbo are opened. The second tale is about a man who murders a stray cat which only seems to whet his appetite for blood.
Directors: George A. Romero and Dario Argento
Writers: Dario Argento and George A. Romero
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada
Country: Italy and USA
The House that Dripped Blood is an anthology featuring a Scotland Yard detective investigating four tales of horror that took place in a mysterious rental house. The tales feature a wax figure, a vampire, witchcraft, and even s strangler.
Director: Peter Duffell
Writer: Robert Bloch
Stars: John Bryans, John Bennett, Christopher Lee
Tales From the Crypt features five people who are on a tour of some catacombs when they all get hopelessly lost. Eventually they cross paths with the Crypt Keeper, who tells them five tales of horror that all sound strangely familiar. Tales From the Crypt is adapted from a popular horror comic book series.
Director: Freddie Francis
Writer: Milton Subotsky
Stars: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson
Country: UK and USA
Creepshow is an anthology tale inspired by the E.C. Comics series of the 1950's. This film has everything from a father returning from the grave to finally get his birthday cake to a creature living in a crate under the steps of a college to a businessman plagued by cockroaches.
Director: George A. Romero
Writer: Stephen King
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Hal Holbrook, Adreinne Barbeau
Dead of Night is set within the frame of an architect who heads out to a remote farm for a possible job prospect. Upon arrival he meets several people who all seem familiar. He realizes they are all a part of a recurring dream of his that inevitably goes horribly wrong. The guests then start to tell their own supernatural stories.
Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
Writers: H.G. Wells, E.F. Benson, and nine more
Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver
V/H/S follows a few teens who decide to vandalize an abandoned farm house. After searching through the house they find a TV and a mysterious collection of V/H/S tapes. As they watch each successive tape they begin to understand these are not normal tapes.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, and eight more
Writers: Brad Miska, Simon Barrett, and ten more
Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard
Spirits of the Dead is adapted from three Edgar Allan Poe stories. The first story follows a rich countess who hopes to woo her cousin. When he dies due to her meddling he starts to haunt her. The second story features a cruel soldier confessing his atrocities to a priest. The third and final story is about an English actor who wants a promised Ferrari but does not want to deliver on a performance in return.
Directors: Frederico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim
Writers: Edgar Allan Poe, Malle, Fellini, and Vadim
Stars: Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon
Kwaidan features four tales from Japan's rich history of folk tales. One story is about a samurai hoping to rekindle love with his spurned wife, although she does not seem to be the same as when he first left her. Another story follows a woodsman who has his life saved with the promise he will never tell anyone what happens; eventually he forgets and tells his wife. The other two tales feature a legendary song, and a samurai haunted by the spirit of another long-dead samurai.
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Writers: Yôko Mizuki, Lafcadio Hearn
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe