Italian Horror (che tresh!)

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1. Satan's Rhapsody (1917)

55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A Faustian tale about an old woman who makes a pact with Mephisto to regain her youth, in return she must stay away from love. After the deal she meets two brothers who fall in love with her.

Director: Nino Oxilia | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Andrea Habay, Ugo Bazzini, Giovanni Cini

Votes: 529

2. Malombra (1942)

135 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A nineteenth-century Italian noblewoman, imprisoned in a foreboding lakeside palazzo by her uncle, comes to believe she's possessed by a long ago mistress of the manor.

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Isa Miranda, Andrea Checchi, Irasema Dilián, Gualtiero Tumiati

Votes: 123

3. Lust of the Vampire (1957)

82 min | Horror

A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava | Stars: Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo, Dario Michaelis, Wandisa Guida

Votes: 1,322

4. Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth -... See full summary »

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava | Stars: John Merivale, Didi Sullivan, Gérard Herter, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 1,054

5. Black Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 12,326

6. Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961)

Approved | 83 min | Horror, Mystery

At a girls' school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher.

Director: Paolo Heusch | Stars: Barbara Lass, Carl Schell, Curt Lowens, Maurice Marsac

Votes: 871

7. Atom Age Vampire (1960)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A stripper is horribly disfigured in a car accident. A brilliant scientist develops a treatment that restores her beauty and falls in love with her. To preserve her appearance the doctor ... See full summary »

Director: Anton Giulio Majano | Stars: Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni, Franca Parisi

Votes: 1,333

8. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

82 Metascore

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 9,281

9. The Ghost (1963)

R | 97 min | Horror

A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Elio Jotta, Harriet Medin

Votes: 971

10. Castle of Blood (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A journalist takes a bet that he can spend the night in a haunted castle on All Hallow's Eve. During his stay, he bears witness to the castle's gruesome past coming to life before him, and falls in with a beautiful female ghost.

Directors: Sergio Corbucci, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Barbara Steele, Georges Rivière, Margrete Robsahm, Arturo Dominici

Votes: 1,856

11. The Possessed (1965)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A visitor arrives in a small Italian village looking for a woman. Residents tell him that she committed suicide but there's more to the mystery than they're letting on. Meanwhile, a strange woman walks by the lake.

Directors: Luigi Bazzoni, Franco Rossellini | Stars: Peter Baldwin, Salvo Randone, Valentina Cortese, Pia Lindström

Votes: 540

12. Nightmare Castle (1965)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance.

Director: Mario Caiano | Stars: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné, Marino Masé

Votes: 2,016

13. Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966)

GP | 83 min | Horror, Mystery

A Carpathian village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl, prompting a coroner and a medical student to uncover her secrets while a witch attempts to protect the villagers.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali, Piero Lulli

Votes: 5,280

14. An Angel for Satan (1966)

90 min | Horror, Mystery

At the end of the 19th century, in a little Italian village by a lake an old statue is recovered. Soon a series of crimes start and the superstitious people of the village believe that the ... See full summary »

Director: Camillo Mastrocinque | Stars: Barbara Steele, Anthony Steffen, Claudio Gora, Mario Brega

Votes: 492

15. Spirits of the Dead (1968)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Anthology film from three European directors based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe: a cruel princess haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man haunted by his double, and an alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.

Directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp

Votes: 5,116

16. A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Géret, Gabriella Boccardo

Votes: 1,119

17. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

GP | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer and his English girlfriend are stalked by a serial killer terrorizing Rome after the former witnesses a murder attempt on a woman's life.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi

Votes: 16,047

18. The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

GP | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi

Votes: 8,697

19. The House of the Laughing Windows (1976)

110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Stefano, a young restorer, is commissioned to save a controversial mural located in the church of a small, isolated village.

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Francesca Marciano, Gianni Cavina, Giulio Pizzirani

Votes: 4,294

20. Anima persa (1977)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Bizarre events keep occurring in an old mansion in Venezia, and it's soon obvious that something mysterious is up in the attic.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Deneuve, Danilo Mattei, Anicée Alvina

Votes: 648

21. The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)

76 min | Horror

In 19th century London, a woman weds a doctor with necrophiliac tendencies, and whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances - and might be coming back from the grave to torment her successor.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng, Silvano Tranquilli, Maria Teresa Vianello

Votes: 1,084

22. The Whip and the Body (1963)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Romance

The ghost of a sadistic nobleman attempts to rekindle his romance with his terrorized, masochistic ex-lover, who is unwillingly affianced to his brother.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Daliah Lavi, Christopher Lee, Tony Kendall, Evelyn Stewart

Votes: 3,010

23. Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror

Writer Rick and his publisher Daniel Parks finally find the ideal location in Italy to shoot some photographs for Rick's Horror photo-novel when they come across an ideal spot. The ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Pupillo | Stars: Mickey Hargitay, Walter Brandi, Luisa Baratto, Ralph Zucker

Votes: 1,468

24. Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda, Evi Marandi

Votes: 4,762 | Gross: $0.25M

25. Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

Not Rated | 82 min | Mystery, Thriller

A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech, Howard Ross

Votes: 2,409

26. The Reincarnation of Isabel (1973)

Unrated | 98 min | Horror

A group of vampires keep the body of a witch in a castle cellar. They require virgin blood to resurrect her. A party of people arrive and things kick off.

Director: Renato Polselli | Stars: Mickey Hargitay, Rita Calderoni, Raul Lovecchio, Christa Barrymore

Votes: 691

27. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor's ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Wolfgang Preiss, Dany Carrel

Votes: 1,180

28. Slave of the Cannibal God (1978)

99 min | Adventure, Horror

A girl and her brother fly to New Guinea to look for a lost expedition, led by her husband, which has vanished in the great jungle.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli, Antonio Marsina

Votes: 3,476

29. Patrick Still Lives (1980)

92 min | Horror

A bedridden psycho is able to receive evil "vibrations" from hardened criminals and use them for his telekinetic powers.

Director: Mario Landi | Stars: Sacha Pitoëff, Gianni Dei, Mariangela Giordano, Carmen Russo

Votes: 534

30. Eyeball (1975)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller

A maniac killer in a red cape and hood is killing off American tourists on a tour bus by gouging out their eyeballs.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Martine Brochard, John Richardson, Ines Pellegrini, Andrés Mejuto

Votes: 1,160

31. Spasmo (1974)

R | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

Christian (Robert Hoffman) and his girlfriend are taking a walk on a deserted beach when they discover a woman's body lying. A closer look proves that she's alive. The next day Christian ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Adolfo Lastretti

Votes: 1,371



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