(List) The 20 Best Italian Horror Films of All Time

(List) Top 20 Italian Horror Films – Page 2

We continue our list of great Italian Horror films with 15 more classics:

15. Nightmare City (1980)

Nightmare City 1980
IMDB Rating 5.7/10
An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside. (92 mins.)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Francisco Rabal
A long time before ’28 days later’ Umberto Lenzi had already entertained the living dead as more than just shambling snails as Nightmare city admirably details with it’s hordes of flesh hungry 100 metre runners. The film moves along as fast as the zeds with it’s cast of italian b movie favourites including the superb Hugo Stiglitz being despatched as quickly as you can say ‘you got red on you’ Silly, zany and brilliant all in equal measure, check it out, i’m sure someone told Danny Boyle. Highlight, The Zombies arrival by plane (They’ve learned to fly planes?)


14. Cemetery Man (1994)

Cemetery Man 1994
IMDB Rating 7.3/10
Director: Michele Soavi
Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox
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Soavi’s Zombie love story loosely based on the comic book ‘Dylan Dog’ has more ideas than it knows what to do with but as a piece of work it is stunning to look at and Despite it’s flaws immensely entertaining as Rupert Everett tries desperately hard to keep the dead in their graves whilst maintaining his sanity, his love life with a dead woman who keeps coming back to life and a friend who is in love with a severed head. It’s framed like a beautiful painting, has the mood of a surreal porno and is probably the last great italian horror movie. Highlight, The snow globe.


13. Inferno (1980)

Inferno 1980
IMDB Rating 6.7/10
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi

Argento’s second part of his three mothers trilogy is long and not as satisfying as Suspiria but still retains moments of brilliance aswell as some intense violence. almost like a collection of short stories as each new character is despatched every 20 minutes or so in extremely inventive ways. Argento took his symphony of terror idea and in some ways made it more nightmare-like (if that was possible) Highlight, The underwater scene

12. The House by the Cemetery (1981)

The House by the Cemetery 1981
IMDB Rating 6.2/10
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza

Another Fulci Zombie classic, this time locating all the action to an old dark house with something nasty in the cellar. Another film that sluggishly starts but builds up to a great last half hour where Fulci lets loose his make-up department and all hell breaks loose. Again not going to win any awards for cinematic bravery but it does what it says on the tin, god bless Fulci, Highlight, The frantic Last 15 minutes.

11. StageFright: Aquarius (1987)

Stagefright Aquarius 1987
IMDB Rating 6.9/10
Director: Michael Soavi
Stars: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Domenico Fiore, Robert Gligorov

Michele Soavi’s Slasher doesn’t really bring anything new to the genre but provides a rather beautiful and grissly sheen to the whole affair and his owl-head killer is a rather unique and strangley disturbing figurehead. Schooled by Argento in the art of cranking up tension, this film has always been greatly under appreciated, watch it, it’s good, very good. Highlight, Every scene with the Killer.


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