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Global Horror and Monster Cinema: Horror Anthology Films

This is a resource guide for academic research in the global horror and monster cinema field of study.

Introduction to Horror Anthology Films

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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ABC's Death

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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

Year: 2012

Country: New Zeland and USA

Black Sabbath

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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

Year: 1963

Country: Italy

Two Evil Eyes

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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

Year: 1990

Country: Italy and USA

The House that Dripped Blood

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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

Year: 1971

Country: UK

Tales from the Crypt

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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

Year: 1972

Country: UK and USA


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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

Year:  1982

Country: USA

Dead of Night

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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

Year: 1945

Country: UK

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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

Year: 2012

Country: USA 

Spirits of the Dead

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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

Year: 1968

Country: Italy


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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

Year: 1964

Country: Japan


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