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

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We continue our list of the 20 best all-time Italian horror films with our top 5:

5. Black Sunday (1960)

Black Sunday 1960

IMDB Rating 7.3/10

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

Obviously, we’ve seen this kind of story countless times, but Bava knows how to make it really cool. The black-and-white cinematography gives the movie the ultimate Gothic feeling. But more than that, Barbara Steele makes the movie what it is. With pale skin, jet-black hair, and bulging eyes, she seems the perfect person to play a witch (or the witch’s descendant).

4. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Cannibal Holocaust 1980
IMDB Rating 6.0/10
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Deodato’s reviled cannibal shocker is still just as nasty as it always was but retains it’s power and has garnered a reputation as something of a ground breaker thanks to it’s film without a film sequence that was name dropped as an influence for ‘The Blair Witch project’ weather or not thats true or not, Deodato conjured up some neat tricks to make the viewer believe what they were seeing could be real indeed. Pure exploitation and nothing more, take out the animal violence which is not needed & totally wrong and Cannibal Holocaust is actually a very good film indeed as it delivers exactly what it promises, not many horror films have the decency to do that. Highlight, The cannibals exacting revenge on our intrepid film makers.

3. Zombie (1979)

Zombie 1979
IMDB Rating 6.9/10

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver

That man Fulci again, this time he locates most of the zombie mayhem to a carribean island and takes the undead mythos back to it’s haitian roots. Slow paced and quite dull for the first half an hour but once the dead rise in a show stopping, neck ripping graveyard sequence mid-way through it’s a no holds barred exquisite exercise in guts & grue. Highlight, Fulci’s most famous scene as a woman gets her eye gouged out on a wooden splinter, nice.

2. Suspiria (1977)

Best Italian Horror Movies Suspiria
IMDB Rating 7.5/10
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Argento’s finest hour doesn’t suit everybody’s taste but there is no denying that it’s probably the closest anyone had come to putting a visual nightmare on screen so beautifully and disturbingly. Only David Lynch has come close since and even he can’t top Goblins extremely creepy and intense score. Highlight, the Music of course.

1. The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond 1981
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

The don corleone of Italian horror, lucio fulci designed movies that were cheap, disturbing and gorey as hell, the Beyond is unquestionably his most extravagent movie, blending gothic imagery with gore set pieces as nasty as anything that had been put on celluloid to that date. Highlight, Spiders eating a man’s face off in extreme close-up.

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