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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.

From Hammer horror to American gothic, these unnerving films show how cinema has revelled in showing us our darkest fears.

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The Brood
The Brood
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The 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.

The Beast
The Beast
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The Beast

Comedy197598 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

Audition
Audition
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Audition

Horror1999115 minsDirector: Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike burst to international prominence with this deeply disturbing tale of a deadly young woman who turns the tables on her middle-aged suitor.

The Devil's Backbone
The Devil's Backbone
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The Devil's Backbone

Horror2001108 minsDirector: Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro’s elegant and chilling ghost story, set in an orphanage for victims of the Spanish Civil War, which is haunted by the spectre of young boy.

City of the Living Dead
City of the Living Dead
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City of the Living Dead

Horror198093 minsDirector: Lucio Fulci

Lucio Fulci’s sensationally gory zombie horror finds undead hordes overtaking a sleepy New England town, with only a reporter and a local psychic to stop them.

The Black Panther
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The Black Panther

Drama197797 minsDirector: Ian Merrick

Gripping crime drama charts the killing spree which Donald Neilson, aka the Black Panther, perpetrated across England during the mid-70s.

The Company of Wolves
The Company of Wolves
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The Company of Wolves

Fantasy198495 minsDirector: Neil Jordan

Angela Carter and Neil Jordan's magical, radical take on Little Red Riding Hood.

The Devil Rides Out
The Devil Rides Out
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The Devil Rides Out

Horror196795 minsDirector: Terence Fisher

Dennis Wheatley's occult tale is given the Hammer treatment.

Countess Dracula
Countess Dracula
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Countess Dracula

Horror197094 minsDirector: Peter Sasdy

An ageing countess finds that if she bathes in the blood of virgins her youth is restored.

Eyes without a Face
Eyes without a Face
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Eyes 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.

The Ghoul
The Ghoul
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The Ghoul

Horror193380 minsDirector: T. Hayes Hunter

The occupants of an old house are menaced by a dead - and very angry - Egyptologist.

The Grapes of Death
The Grapes of Death
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The Grapes of Death

Horror197891 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

A woman visiting Roublès deep in France’s winemaking country discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies.

Kwaidan
Kwaidan
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Kwaidan

Horror1964183 minsDirector: Masaki Kobayashi

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

Hands of the Ripper
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Hands of the Ripper

Horror197185 minsDirector: Peter Sasdy

In Edwardian London, a series of gruesome murders match those of the Whitechapel Ripper, revealing an unlikely suspect.

Haunters of the Deep
Haunters of the Deep
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Haunters of the Deep

Children's198461 minsDirector: Andrew Bogle

A ghostly boy returns from the grave to warn against reopening 'The Devil's Mine' in this spooky drama.

Peeping Tom
Peeping Tom
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Peeping Tom

Drama1960101 minsDirector: Michael Powell

Michael Powell’s dark, disturbing, once controversial tale of a shy camera technician who films women as he kills them is now rightly deemed a classic

The Iron Rose
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The Iron Rose

Drama197380 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

A pair of lovers have a tryst in a vacant tomb, but then find themselves unable to escape from the graves and crypts of the massive cemetery.

Lips of Blood
Lips of Blood
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Lips of Blood

Horror197587 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

Jean Rollin’s hauntingly poetic horror about a man trying to solve the riddle of a tormenting childhood memory.

The Reflecting Skin
The Reflecting Skin
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The Reflecting Skin

Horror199096 minsDirector: Philip Ridley

Stunningly photographed drama about a young American boy caught up in the nightmare of a sinister rural community.

The Man from Nowhere
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The Man from Nowhere

Children's197659 minsDirector: James Hill

Victorian orphan Alice Harvey - arriving to live at her great uncle's spooky house - is frightened by a mysterious, dark-clad intruder.

The Man Who Changed His Mind
The Man Who Changed His Mind
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The Man Who Changed His Mind

Horror193663 minsDirector: Robert Stevenson

Boris Karloff stars as Dr. Laurence, a scientist who has devised a way to put one person’s mind into another’s body.

The Living Dead Girl
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The Living Dead Girl

Horror198390 minsDirector: Jean Rollin

When toxic waste spill disturbs her grave, a deceased girl comes alive to walk the earth again in Jean Rollin's macabre tale of zombie carnage.

Nosferatu
Nosferatu
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Nosferatu

Horror192289 minsDirector: F.W. Murnau

This influential Dracula adaptation contains some of the most famous images of expressionist film, with a new score by Hammer composer James Bernard.

Night of the Hunted
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Night 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.

The Mask of Satan
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The Mask of Satan

Horror196086 minsDirector: Mario Bava

Italian horror classic from acclaimed Italian horror auteur Mario Bava, about a beautiful witch Asa (Barbara Steele) who rises from her grave to take revenge upon her enemies.

The Nude Vampire
The Nude Vampire
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The 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.

One of the Missing
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One of the Missing

War196827 minsDirector: Tony Scott

A nightmarish, Gothic American tale directed by a 24-year-old Tony Scott.

Nosferatu the Vampyre
Nosferatu the Vampyre
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Nosferatu 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.

The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher
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The Fall of the House of Usher

Animation & Artists Moving Image198016 minsDirector: Jan Svankmajer

The first of Švankmajer's 'tactile experiments', the subject chosen partly because the title was on an official list of 'approved' texts. In this version there are no humans, just a brief glimpse of a live raven as the camera roams around an eerie derelict house.

The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope
The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope
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The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope

Animation & Artists Moving Image198315 minsDirector: Jan Svankmajer

Švankmajer's second adaptation of the work of Edgar Allan Poe, in which a prisoner is forced to undergo trials of torture.

Fascination
Fascination
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Fascination

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

The Shout
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The Shout

Drama197883 minsDirector: Jerzy Skolimowski

Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize was awarded to this unnerving drama about a man who claims to be able to kill people with a ‘terror shout’ learned from an Aboriginal shaman.

The Beyond
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The Beyond

Horror198184 minsDirector: Lucio Fulci

Lucio Fulci's Italian zombie-horror classic about a New Orleans hotel built upon one of the seven gateways to Hell.

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Period drama192591 minsDirector: Rupert Julian

'Man of a thousand faces' Lon Chaney stars in the first version of Gaston Leroux's oft-filmed novel.

Requiem for a Vampire
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Requiem for a Vampire

197287 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.

Shiver of the Vampires
Shiver of the Vampires
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Shiver 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.

Quatermass and the Pit
Quatermass and the Pit
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Quatermass and the Pit

Horror196794 minsDirector: Roy Ward Baker

One of Britain’s finest sci-fi films, based on Nigel Kneale’s masterful script, about the discovery of ancient alien craft beneath central London.

Twins of Evil
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Twins of Evil

Period drama197187 minsDirector: John Hough

Chilling vampire horror from Hammer in which a pair of innocent twins come under the influence of the evil Count Karnstein.

To Have and to Hold
To Have and to Hold
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To Have and to Hold

Drama200013 minsDirector: John Hardwick

A woman finds that death will not part her from her deceased lover.

Symptoms
Symptoms
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Symptoms

Drama197491 minsDirector: José R. Larraz

The official British Palme d'Or entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, Symptoms is a sophisticated modern gothic horror film exploring the themes of sexual repression and psychosis.

Out of the Darkness
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Out of the Darkness

Children's198568 minsDirector: John Krish

A ghostly drama of the Derbyshire plague village of Eyam, as unquiet spirits of the long dead make contact with the living.

The Body Beneath
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The Body Beneath

Horror197082 minsDirector: Andy Milligan

Vampires rampage around Hampstead in a strange, bloody cult horror by low-budget sex-gore auteur Andy Milligan.

Vampire Circus
Vampire Circus
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Vampire Circus

Period drama197194 minsDirector: Robert Young

A dying vampire swears vengeance on the townsfolk who killed him. The promise seems to have been realized when, years later, plague arrives.

Plan 9 from Outer Space
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Plan 9 from Outer Space

Horror195878 minsDirector: Edward D. Wood Jr

Notoriously dubbed one of the worst films ever made, this deranged 50s sci-fi remains a hilarious and extraordinary example of outsider cinema.