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Classic Horror

Tales of terror have been embraced by cinema since its birth, and horror remains one of the most popular genres in world cinema.

These unnerving films show how cinema has revelled in showing us our darkest fears.

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SuspiriaSuspiria

Horror1977101 minsDirector: Dario Argento

Dario Argento’s phantasmagoric gothic nightmare blends operatic violence, disorienting dream logic and hyper-real visuals to create a horror classic.

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The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Horror191977 minsSilentDirector: Robert Wiene

One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s expressionist nightmare shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form.

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Ring [Ringu]Ring [Ringu]

Horror199796 minsDirector: Hideo Nakata

A journalist sets out to uncover in urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, in Hideo Nakata's chilling and highly influential tale of technological terror.

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PulsePulse

Horror2001119 minsDirector: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's dark and apocalyptic J-Horror foretells how technology serves to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives.

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The BroodThe Brood

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.

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KnockingKnocking

Horror202179 minsDirector: Frida Kempff

Claustrophobic and chilling psychological thriller about a woman tormented by nocturnal noises, featuring a fierce, soul-baring central performance from Cecilia Milocco.

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ScannersScanners

Horror1980103 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

From singularly talented Canadian director David Cronenberg comes this sci-fi/horror classic about people with powerfully violent telepathic powers.

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FascinationFascination

Horror197982 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

Jean Rollin’s best-known film is the most full-blooded of his vampire tales, teeming with sex and lavishly filmed gore scenes

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The Texas Chain Saw MassacreThe Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Horror197483 minsDirector: Tobe Hooper

Unrivalled in its relentless vision of pure terror, Tobe Hooper’s horror masterpiece remains as brutal and horrific as it ever was.

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RabidRabid

Horror197691 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s classic outbreak horror introduces us to a young woman (Marilyn Chambers) who hungers for human blood after an experimental plastic surgery goes wrong.

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Eyes without a FaceEyes without a Face

Horror196090 minsDirector: Georges Franju

Georges Franju’s gorgeous, poetic horror film about a surgeon’s dark obsession with restoring his daughter’s disfigured face.

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Personal ShopperPersonal Shopper

Drama2016106 minsDirector: Olivier Assayas

Kristen Stewart reunites with Olivier Assayas to play an A-List celebrity's personal shopper, who keeps receiving strange text messages from an unknown source.

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OnibabaOnibaba

Period drama1964102 minsDirector: Kaneto Shindo

Stylish, symbolic and erotically charged Japanese horror in which the fortunes of a murderous mother-and-daughter team are upended by a strangely masked samurai.

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GwenGwen

Drama201884 minsDirector: William McGregor

A young girl tries desperately to protect her family from illness and dark outside forces in William McGregor's stark period horror.

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In FabricIn Fabric

Drama2018119 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

A beautiful blood-red dress unleashes a curse on its wearers in Peter Strickland's erotic and twisted horror.

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Battle RoyaleBattle Royale

Science Fiction2000114 minsDirector: Kenji Fukasaku

Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's magnificently twisted shocker in which tearaway teens are given three days to kill or be killed.

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House [Hausu]House [Hausu]

Horror197788 minsDirector: Nobuhiko Obayashi

An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Obayashi’s deranged fairy tale House is one of Japanese cinema’s wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature.

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SocietySociety

Horror198999 minsDirector: Brian Yuzna

A teenager uncovers an elite ritualistic society in Brian Yuzna's stomach-churning mix of body-horror and social commentary.

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Nosferatu the VampyreNosferatu the Vampyre

Horror1979107 minsDirector: Werner Herzog

English language version of Herzog’s stimulating take on the Dracula story starring Klaus Kinski, with echoes of Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu.

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Shiver of the VampiresShiver of the Vampires

Horror197095 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

Newlyweds visit their cousins at a remote rural chateau, finding them under the spell of two vampire girls.

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The UntamedThe Untamed

Horror201698 minsDirector: Amat Escalante

Amat Escalante follows Heli with a boundary-pushing, mind-blowing mix of sex, sci-fi and social drama.

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KwaidanKwaidan

Horror1964183 minsDirector: Masaki Kobayashi

This stunningly beautiful anthology of Japanese ghost stories is one of the most meticulously crafted supernatural films ever made.

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Requiem for a VampireRequiem for a Vampire

Horror197287 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

Two female fugitives hide out in a deserted castle, only to become embroiled in a plot to extend the bloodline of a horde of blood-crazed vampires.

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Woman of the DunesWoman of the Dunes

Animation & Artists Moving Image1964147 minsDirector: Hiroshi Teshigahara

Hiroshi Teshigahara's mystifying, serene and provocative fable about an entomologist who becomes trapped in a young widow’s desert shack.

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Kiss of the DamnedKiss of the Damned

Horror201295 minsDirector: Xan Cassavetes

A cool and contemporary take on the vampire myth, steeped in atmosphere and brooding contemplation.

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Night of the HuntedNight of the Hunted

Horror198091 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

Jean Rollin’s stylish and futuristically surreal horror about patients at a mysterious clinic whose memories are disintegrating.

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VampyrVampyr

Horror193273 minsDirector: Carl Th. Dreyer

The first sound-film by one of the greatest of all filmmakers, Carl Theodor Dreyer, is akin to a waking-dream; guiding the viewer on a trance-like journey between reality and the supernatural.

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The Quatermass XperimentThe Quatermass Xperiment

Horror195582 minsDirector: Val Guest

When the sole survivor from an orbital mission returns, the brilliant Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) discovers the astronaut is not quite all that he seems...

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Drama1972101 minsDirector: Robert Altman

Robert Altman's psychological horror in which a pregnant children’s author (Susannah York) suddenly begins to experience paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger.

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The Abominable SnowmanThe Abominable Snowman

Horror195785 minsDirector: Val Guest

Two men with opposing views undertake a dangerous Himalayan search for the legendary lost creature, in this typically intelligent take on the Yeti mythology from the pen of Nigel Kneale.

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The Nude VampireThe Nude Vampire

Horror196985 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

Jean Rollin’s second vampire film is a mesmerisingly surreal art-horror, short on logic but steeped in gorgeously sensual imagery.

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The CrematorThe Cremator

Comedy196896 minsDirector: Juraj Herz

This story of a professional cremator whose increasingly deranged impulses are given free reign during Prague's Nazi occupation, is a brilliantly chilling mix of Dr Strangelove and Repulsion.

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Tetsuo: The Iron ManTetsuo: The Iron Man

Fantasy198867 minsDirector: Shinya Tsukamoto

Shinya Tsukamoto's wild cyberpunk tale of a businessman's agonising transformation into a walking scrap heap is a jaggedly dehumanised vision of the future.