Top 10 Italian Horror Films


The Top Ten

1 Suspiria

One of the best horror movies ever made in general. This movie really scared me. The music, the colours, the sets and fairytale-esque simplicity of the film will stay with you forever. - Alexandr

2 Black Sunday

Black Sunday aka The Mask of Satan is the debut film of the original master of Italian horror cinema; Mario Bava. Containing an incredibly Gothic mood which stemmed strait from Bava's imagination, this film has been cited among Director Tim Burton's favourites, and its influence can still be seen throughout many obscure works from mainly European directors. - Alexandr

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3 The Beyond

The plot is fairly complicated, but not essential; Fulci's main intention was to create a hell on earth of grotesque, but strangely beautiful imagery, and obliterate any horror standards which had been set beforehand. This he does to great avail, and The Beyond should be considered as one of the greatest horror movies ever made, period. - Alexandr

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4 Cannibal Holocaust

Billed as 'The Most Controversial Movie ever Made', this is one movie which actually lives up to its reputation. The final twenty or so minutes are among the most horrifying you will ever witness. - Alexandr

5 Tenebre

Tenebre is in most ways a typical giallo: visually extremely stylish, with imaginative, sometimes stunning cinematography... Mysterious, gruesome murders, often in picturesque locations; at the end, the identity of the murderer is disclosed in a scene destined to terrify and surprise. - Alexandr

6 Zombi 2

Cashing in on the success of Dawn of the Dead, Fulci's gore-fest contains a scene with a zombie fighting a shark and an infamous eyeball-meets-splinter encounter, and has become a classic in its own right. - Alexandr

7 Demons

With a tagline that great, as well as the coupling of cinema legends Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava, how could this film not be on the list? It's atmospheric, energetic, gory and has influenced a number of films, such as Robert Rodriguez' entertaining masterpiece: From Dusk Till Dawn. - Alexandr

8 Phenomena
9 Deep Red

This is considered by some as Argento's true masterpiece, and its not hard to see why. The tension he creates is enough to literally put the viewer on the edge of their seat, and way in which the mystery is unraveled has the power to enthrall even those uninitiated with the director's work. - Alexandr

10 Black Sabbath

The Contenders

11 Salo
12 Opera

Often referred to as Argento's last truly great film, this is perhaps also one of his most personal; a love letter to the musical genre which has been prominent in most of his work. - Alexandr

Dario Argento was always the best when it came to Italian horror cinema! Truly creative! Visionary in every sense of the word! Masterful eye for colour, lighting and sound. Opera was just one of many! His films will always be loved and NEVER forgotten. J Counsell

13 Don't Torture a Duckling
14 Kill, Baby Kill
15 The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
16 Blood & Black Lace

This is perhaps the purest Giallo ever made, containing all of the essential ingredients which make up the sub-genre: beautiful victims, a hidden killer, an intricate musical score and mystery and suspense. This is a somewhat forgotten must-see for all fans of Italian horror. - Alexandr

17 Four Flies on Grey Velvet
18 City of the Living Dead

Just the weirdest atmosphere - unique!

19 The New York Ripper
20 The Torturer
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