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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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.

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Fantasy2021128 minsDirector: Anita Rocha da Silveira

Electrifying genre-bending horror about a gang of marauding vigilantes who target women they deem to be sinful.

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All My Friends Hate MeAll My Friends Hate Me

Comedy202294 minsDirector: Andrew Gaynord

A deliciously dark comedy about social paranoia that will have you joyfully squirming in your seat.

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Full Circle: The Haunting of JuliaFull Circle: The Haunting of Julia

Horror197897 minsDirector: Richard Loncraine

Mia Farrow plays a bereaved mother haunted by the spirit of a child in this supernatural chiller.

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The AppointmentThe Appointment

Horror198189 minsDirector: Lindsey C. Vickers

An evil and enigmatic entity throws a family into turmoil in Lindsey C. Vickers' much sought-after cult horror.

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Enys MenEnys Men

Horror202291 minsDirector: Mark Jenkin

Mark Jenkin follows Bait with this chilling, endlessly mysterious folk horror tale, beautifully shot on grainy 16mm.

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Luz: The Flower of EvilLuz: The Flower of Evil

Horror2019104 minsDirector: Juan Diego Escobar Alzate

A small farming community is rocked by the arrival of a mysterious young boy, in Juan Diego Escobar Alzate’s harrowing yet beautiful mix of folk horror, acid western and dark arthouse.

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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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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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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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Cold Eyes of FearCold Eyes of Fear

Drama197292 minsDirector: Enzo G. Castellari

Fernando Rey (The French Connection) stars in this tense and stylish home-invasion thriller, with a discordant jazz score from the great Ennio Morricone.

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She Dies TomorrowShe Dies Tomorrow

Drama202084 minsDirector: Amy Seimetz

Amy knows she's going to die tomorrow and her fear is contagious.

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Dead of Night (aka Deathdream)Dead of Night (aka Deathdream)

Drama197888 minsDirector: Bob Clark

A soldier killed in the Vietnam War returns home on the night of his death in Bob Clark’s deft blend of searing political allegory and wicked grindhouse thrills.

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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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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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Horror200494 minsDirector: Fabrice du Welz

An exceptionally creepy Belgian horror, in which a travelling entertainer is taken in by a local who nurtures a dangerous obsession.

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Haute TensionHaute Tension

Horror200393 minsDirector: Alexandre Aja

Alexandre Aja defined a new breed of horror by bringing the American slasher format into French cinema.

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Born of FireBorn of Fire

Fantasy198684 minsDirector: Jamil Dehlavi

Peter Firth stars as a musician haunted by visions of a mystical nemesis, in this bold and poetic horror with stunning visuals.

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Horror1964102 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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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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Eyes without a FaceEyes without a Face

Horror195990 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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The UntamedThe Untamed

Fantasy201698 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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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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A Dark SongA Dark Song

Drama2016100 minsDirector: Liam Gavin

Steve Oram and Catherine Walker excel in this occult chamber piece about a grieving mother attempting to contact her deceased child.

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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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Anthology1964183 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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Horror192289 minsSilentDirector: F.W. Murnau

This influential Dracula adaptation contains some of the most famous images of expressionist film, and remains shocking and stylish after 100 years.

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Horror198790 minsDirector: Michele Soavi

Dario Argento's protégé, Michele Soavi, made his directorial debut with this deliriously stylish slasher opus.

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The ChurchThe Church

Horror1989102 minsDirector: Michele Soavi

A librarian discovers an ancient evil lurking underneath a cathedral, in this spectacular gothic horror co-written and produced by Dario Argento.

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The SectThe Sect

Horror1991117 minsDirector: Michele Soavi

Michele Soavi's delirious and surreal satanic horror follows a teacher drawn into the schemes of an evil cult.

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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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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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