Uncommon terror – and a few laughs – links them, and they show vintage names such as Dario Argento and Hammer Films, alongside perverse visions minted much recently. Served chilled.
"Death is the basis of all horror," says David Cronenberg, who takes his place in a collection of chillers from around the world.
The Limehouse Golem
Thriller2016109 minsDirector: Juan Carlos Medina
Bill Nighy plays the arch detective investigating a series of grisly murders around the music halls of Victorian London, in this pungent Gothic mystery.
Thriller201682 minsDirector: Gareth Tunley
A British indie crime film of great style and ingenuity, executive produced by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe.
What We Do in the Shadows
Comedy201486 minsDirector: Taika Waititi
An achingly funny mockumentary about New Zealand’s hitherto unknown vampire (and werewolf) communities, from the creators of Flight of the Conchords.
Horror2017104 minsDirector: Jordan Peele
Satirical horror and astute social commentary combine in Jordan Peele’s seat-gripping suspense thriller, starring Daniel Kaaluuya.
Thriller201595 minsDirector: Jeremy Saulnier
A punk band becomes besieged in the backstage hideaway of a hideous neo-Nazi club, in this gloriously tense shocker from the director of Blue Ruin.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Horror2014101 minsDirector: Ana Lily Amirpour
If you only see one Iranian vampire western this year, make sure it’s this one. A female vampire stalks a ghost town in Ana Lily Amirpour’s arresting debut.
Horror197795 minsDirector: Dario Argento
Dario Argento’s phantasmagoric gothic nightmare blends operatic violence, disorienting dream logic and hyper-real visual to create a horror classic.
The Greasy Strangler
Comedy201693 minsDirector: Jim Hosking
A father-son love triangle unleashes the unstoppable urges of the Greasy Strangler, in this gloriously deranged hybrid of gross-out comedy and gonzo horror.
Horror1981124 minsDirector: Andrzej Zulawski
Andrzej Zulawski’s out-of-control horror masterpiece is one of cinema’s most bare-souled and open-veined accounts of a broken relationship.
Blood on Satan's Claw
Horror197096 minsDirector: Piers Haggard
Depraved sexual practices and satanic violence envelop a remote country village in this exciting period horror.
Horror197291 minsDirector: Don Sharp
The greatest zombie-biker, toad-worshipping-Satanists horror in British cinema is an undisputed cult classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.
Only Lovers Left Alive
Romance2013123 minsDirector: Jim Jarmusch
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.
Let the Right One In
Horror2008115 minsDirector: Tomas Alfredson
A twelve-year-old boy befriends a mysterious girl with a dark secret, in Tomas Alfredson’s grownup tale of childhood vampirism.
Horror1982109 minsDirector: John Carpenter
Twelve men at an Antarctic research station battle a shape-shifting alien that hides in human form, in John Carpenter’s ground-breaking sci-fi horror.
Horror195882 minsDirector: Terence Fisher
Hammer's 1958 version of Stoker's Gothic novel was the most exciting to date, boasting lavish costumes and sets, a vibrant score and red, red blood.
Night of the Living Dead
Horror196896 minsDirector: George A. Romero
Landmark film from 'zombie godfather' Romero, whose makeshift heroes fight for their lives against a new and terrifying enemy.
Horror2010104 minsDirector: Vincenzo Natali
Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are scientists who create an animal-human hybrid that develops at an alarming rate and soon grows out of control.
Shaun of the Dead
Horror200499 minsDirector: Edgar Wright
The original ‘rom-zom-com’: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the slacker mates tasked with battling a zombie apocalypse in Crouch End.
Comedy200888 minsDirector: Paul Andrew Williams
Reece Shearsmith and Andy Serkis star in this startling mixture of tense crime thriller and gore-drenched horror comedy.
Drama201582 minsDirector: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
The long-awaited second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) is a gorgeously surreal coming-of-age tale laced with bizarre body-horror.
Horror200482 minsDirector: Christopher Smith
The tube will never look the same again after this frenzied chiller about a woman trapped in the London Underground for the night, pursued by twisted killer.
Horror195988 minsDirector: Terence Fisher
Classic Hammer horror of a reanimated ancient Egyptian mummy, who returns from his tomb to seek vengeance on its desecrators.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Horror195479 minsDirector: Jack Arnold
Jack Arnold’s monster classic about the discovery of a prehistoric, amphibious Gill-man that takes a shine to a female expeditionary.
Horror193170 minsDirector: James Whale
The gothic horror that ushered in a wave of cinematic terror, starring Boris Karloff as the reconstructed monster with a human soul.
Horror197992 minsDirector: David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg’s highly disturbing horror about a woman who’s able to externalise her inner torment and manifest it into a brood of killer offspring.
Horror1980103 minsDirector: David Cronenberg
From singularly talented Canadian director David Cronenberg comes this sci-fi/horror classic about people with powerfully violent telepathic powers.
Horror197691 minsDirector: David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg’s classic bloodbath introduces us to a young woman (Marilyn Chambers) who hungers for human flesh after some plastic surgery has gone wrong.
Thriller200888 minsDirector: Mark Tonderai
A tense and terrifying motorway thriller about a man whose girlfriend is kidnapped by a malevolent trucker, directed by former Radio 1 DJ Mark Tonderai.
Horror1993103 minsDirector: Michele Soavi
Michele Soavi’s compelling concoction of anarchic Evil Dead-style horror-comedy, tragic romance and gore.
Tell Tale Heart
Horror193450 minsDirector: Brian Desmond Hurst
A madman harbours murderous thoughts about an old relative with an evil eye in this chilling Edgar Allen Poe adaptation
Dead of Night
Horror194599 minsDirector: Alberto Cavalcanti
A group of guests assembled at a country house swap uncanny and supernatural stories in this classic Ealing chiller from 1945.
Drama201589 minsDirector: Gareth Bryn
In Gareth Bryn’s subtle and haunting story of ghosts and lost souls, two young lovers are rescued by a mysterious figure in the Welsh mountains.
Drama2015102 minsDirector: Chris Crow
Based on a true story, Chris Crow’s atmospheric chamber piece follows the dark and dire fortunes of two men trapped on a lighthouse for months on end.
Horror201697 minsDirector: Michael O’Shea
Milo isn't your usual introverted, strange teenager; he also believes he's a vampire. Michael O'Shea's dark drama presents a transgressive twist on the teen vampire tale.
The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears
Horror2013102 minsDirector: Bruno Forzani
Another giallo-inspired exercise in operatic violence from Belgian duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, directors of the acclaimed Amer.