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Top 5 Best Horror Anthologies

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm by Jess Hicks

Being the resident horror fan here at Geek Legacy I am inclined to gush about my favorites every once in a while. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE horror anthologies. They are probably my favorite sub-genre of the many that have spawned from horror. So here is a small list of a few of my favorites.

Leave a comment below about your favorites!

5. Dead of Night (1945)

Dead of Night

This is by far the oldest anthology in my top 5 but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. In fact, this is actually probably one of the more genuinely creepy of them. Dead of Night starts off with a group of people gathered in an old house by the main character. He then tells the guests that they have all been gathered based on a dream he had. Each guest challenges the man by telling a supernatural story of their own.

Sure some of the stories are silly, like the ghostly golfer one, but otherwise this anthology really has a Twilight Zone feel to it. Particularly it’s last entry the Ventriloquist’s Dummy”, starring Michael Redgrave. I am a huge killer doll/toy stories and this one is probably one of the best I have seen. It has a darkly psychological feel that makes your skin crawl.

Dead of Night is a clear example that age does not matter when it comes to scaring the shit out of someone.

4. Black Sabbath (1963)

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath is a trilogy anthology directed and written by Mario Bava. Bava is pretty much the godfather of good Italian horror; he definitely broke open the door for the genre to really take off. The stories consist of “The Wurdulak” a vampire tale staring Boris Karloff himself, “The Drop of Water” which teaches greedy bastards not to steal from the dead and my personal favorite, “The Telephone”.

What I like most about this anthology is the variety of monster, supernatural and reality horror. Each story brings a different fright to the screen to appeal to everyone. Bava is the master of less is more tactic of storytelling. We very rarely get to see the actual frights but they are definitely lurking in the background.

Check out Black Sabbath if you are looking for a hauntingly frightening time!

3. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Houst

Ah Hammer/Amicus, how I love your Brittishy ways! For any Christopher Lee and/or Peter Cushing fans you must stop reading immediately and go seek out their Hammer/Amicus films now! Go on…I’ll wait.

Okay! Now that you are back with your new found love for British horror films let’s get started! The House That Dripped Blood is a great product of 70s horror film-making. The blood is bright red, the acting is hammy, and oh yes there is overdubbing.

This anthology is more fun than anything, it isn’t particularly scary but it will entertain you for sure. Plus…Christopher Lee!

2. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Trick r Treat

This is one of those films that gives horror fans some hope that the genre isn’t full of mediocre hacks. It’s really a sad thing that this film had so much trouble actually getting released because it is so worthwhile.

The story follows around select groups of people in this small town during Halloween night. Some stories are gruesome, some are funny, all are perfect. This is really the perfect movie to put you in a Halloween mood. Not to mention the little boy named Sam, who somehow ends up in each story, the most frighteningly adorable Pumpkinhead-esque baby of all time.

You must check this out if you haven’t already, I really can’t say enough good things about this movie.

1. Creepshow (1981)

Creepshow

In my humble opinion this is George Romero’s finest piece of work. Now now, before you jump down my throat about the “Dead” series I will say that I love them dearly (except the new ones). However, this is my favorite because it offers so much more variety for Romero to stretch his skills in. The stories are all different and follow different styles. Paired up with Stephen King’s writing it’s hard to go wrong here.

Yes, this movie is pushing two hours but you won’t feel a minute of it. Each story has such a life of its own that you will get sucked in. Each story blends humor and horror in a way that almost reminds you of Tales From the Crypt. It’s told in the style of old “Weird” and “EC” comics so you definitely get the outlandishness that only those kinds of stories can support.

To this day the final story, “They’re Creeping Up On You” sends chills down my spine. If this is the only film you watch on this list, you won’t regret it.

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