by Dr-Faustus | created - 26 Nov 2018 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

A compendium of horror films and related subject-matter, with special emphasis on classic, cult, and exploitation.

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1. Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, History

This documentary delves into the art of make-up effects with the best industry legends.

Director: Kevin VanHook | Stars: Howard Berger, Rob Bottin, Josh Brolin, John Carpenter

Votes: 258

3. IMDb Originals (2015– )
Episode: 2017 Halloween Movies: The Movie (2017)

Not Rated | News

Looking for something to watch this Halloween? IMDb breaks down what to expect from this year's horror films in our horror movie parody trailer.

Votes: 45

Watch Now on IMDb (See Videos)

4. IMDbrief (2018– )
Episode: Best Halloween Screams to Stream (2018)

Not Rated | Short, News

The witching hour is upon us, gals and ghouls, so let's bask in all the spooky glory of what to watch with the Best Halloween Screams to Stream on today's IMDbrief.

Star: Alex Logan

Votes: 20

Watch Now on IMDb (See Videos)

5. The IMDb Show (2017– )
Episode: IMDb on Location: Halloween Costumes (2018)


"The IMDb Show" host Danielle Robay hits the streets to find out what movie and TV characters you should transform into for Halloween.

Star: Danielle Robay

Votes: 15

Watch Now on IMDb (See Videos)

6. Trailers from Hell (2007– )

88 min | Talk-Show

TFH is the premier showcase for a breathtakingly eclectic assortment of trailers punctuated with informative and amusing commentary by a variety of contemporary filmmakers.

Stars: Arnold Leibovit, Joe Dante, James Brown, John Landis

Votes: 50

Free Viewing | Trailers from Hell: Official Site

7. The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004)

TV-14 | 223 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror

Film-makers, performers, genre authorities and selected high-profile fans count down the most chilling moments in cinematic history. Not just from horror films, but from such thrillers as ... See full summary »

Stars: Keiko Agena, Krista Allen, David Arquette, Clive Barker

Votes: 927

8. 13 Scarier Movie Moments (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary, Horror

13 more scary moments are counted down.

Stars: G.J. Echternkamp, Michael J. Hein, William Lustig, Scott Mantz

Votes: 24

9. Eli Roth's History of Horror (2018)

TV-MA | 296 min | Documentary, Horror

An in-depth look at the history and pop cultural significance of horror films.

Stars: Eli Roth, Greg Nicotero, Rob Zombie, Alan Maxson

Votes: 1,083

Wikipedia: Horror film.

10. A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010– )

177 min | Documentary

Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond.

Stars: Mark Gatiss, John Carpenter, Michael Roberts, Barbara Steele

Votes: 679

Wikipedia: A History of Horror

Wikipedia: Horror fiction.

11. Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Actor, writer and life-long horror film aficionado Mark Gatiss follows his 'A History of Horror' with this exploration of European horror cinema. Including interviews with directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro amongst others.

Director: John Das | Stars: Mark Gatiss, Dario Argento, Fabrizio Bava, Annette Chaton

Votes: 329

12. Post Mortem with Mick Garris (2009– )

30 min | Talk-Show

Filmmaker/Author Mick Garris dives deep into the devious minds of the greatest filmmakers and creators of horror cinema.

Stars: Mick Garris, Rick Baker, Roger Corman, Wes Craven

Votes: 51

13. 100 Years of Horror (1996– )

Unrated | 343 min | Documentary, Horror

Clips from Horror Films.

Stars: Christopher Lee, Roger Corman, Hugh Hefner, Fred Olen Ray

Votes: 343

14. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

A look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre from the very beginning.

Director: Xavier Burgin | Stars: Meosha Bean, Ashlee Blackwell, Robin R. Means Coleman, William Crain

Votes: 909

15. Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary, Horror

An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

Director: Andrew Monument | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter

Votes: 2,563

16. The American Nightmare (2000)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Horror

An examination into the nature of 1960s-'70s horror films, the artists involved, and how they reflected contemporary society.

Director: Adam Simon | Stars: George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, David Cronenberg

Votes: 1,823

17. American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.

Director: Elijah Drenner | Stars: Robert Forster, Eric Schaefer, Eddie Muller, John Landis

Votes: 2,197 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Something Wicked This Way Comes (2018)


SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES is a project that examines horror culture and filmmaking in the New England area. Through the stories of industry professionals, filmmakers, and actors, it ... See full summary »

Directors: Jessica Barnthouse, Stacy Buchanan | Stars: Mike Aloisi, Brad Anderson, Pete Goldfinger, David Gregory

19. Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

A look at several legendary 'exploitation' film-makers from the golden days of drive-in movies, and how they had a lasting effect on the movie landscape in general.

Director: Ray Greene | Stars: F.X. Feeney, Maila Nurmi, Michael Copner, Samuel Z. Arkoff

Votes: 526

20. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History

A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Roger Corman, John Landis, Pete Tombs, Mark Holcomb

Votes: 1,525

21. Movie Magic (1994– )

30 min | Documentary, Short, History

Documentary series dealing with every aspect of special effects in movies, from low-budget make-up to multi-million-dollar computer-generated graphics. The clear presentation includes ... See full summary »

Stars: James Cameron, Richard Edlund, Rick Baker, Ken Ralston

Votes: 143

22. Blood and Guts with Scott Ian (2012– )

Biography, Comedy, Horror

Celebrating the art and pure awesomeness of monster makeup and gore effects, Scott Ian has teamed up with the Nerdist Channel to bring you "Blood and Guts," showcasing a behind-the-scenes ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Ian, Tom Woodruff Jr., Chris Gallaher, Alec Gillis

Votes: 23

23. Monsters Among Us (2015– )

371 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Monsters. Ghosts. Zombies. From horror movies to Halloween, we see the creatures that go bump in the night everywhere, but where did they come from? The primal fears of our ancestors fueled... See full summary »

Stars: Coby Batty, Morgan Stone Smith, James Christopher Crooke, Mister Lobo

Votes: 39

24. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)


Every October, James Rolfe reviews horror movies, whether it be the old-school silent-era monster classics, the golden-age Universal horror films from the '30s, '40s and '50s, the grotesque... See full summary »

Stars: James Rolfe, Mike Matei, Antonio Piluso, Kieran Fallon

Votes: 1,769

Free Viewing | Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Official Site

25. Creature Designers - The Frankenstein Complex (2015)

107 min | Documentary

From King Kong to Avatar, from Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings, movie creatures have never been more popular as they are today. Yet the art of creating monsters for the big screen is as old as cinema itself.

Directors: Gilles Penso, Alexandre Poncet | Stars: Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Guillermo del Toro, Mick Garris

Votes: 358

26. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 77,647 | Gross: $10.00M

27. I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

This documentary explores the incredible life of Merian C. Cooper, from his time as a soldier and pilot in three different wars, to his exploits in Hollywood, as a director, producer and cinematic innovator.

Directors: Christopher Bird, Kevin Brownlow | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Merian C. Cooper, David Strohmaier, James D'Arc

Votes: 200

28. RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World' (2005 Video)

159 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at the genesis, production, and legacy of King Kong, one of the most influential films ever made.

Stars: Rick Baker, Craig Barron, Rudy Behlmer, Daniel Bennett

Votes: 204

29. Long Live the King (2016)

66 min | Documentary

A feature documentary about the enduring appeal of the character King Kong, and how he has inspired so many of the great filmmakers and artists since 1933.

Directors: Frank Dietz, Trish Geiger | Stars: Brent Armstrong, Mark F. Berry, Bob Burns, David Colton

Votes: 82

30. The Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills (2006 Video)

118 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

A look behind the scenes at Cortlandt Hull's "The Witch's Dungeon," a movie-themed Halloween attraction in Bristol, Connecticut -- now the longest-running show of its type in the United States.

Director: Dennis Vincent | Stars: Forrest J. Ackerman, Karen Allen, Ricou Browning, Bob Burns

Votes: 24

31. MonsterKids: The Impact of Things that Go Bump in the Night (2017)

51 min | Documentary

A new documentary that explores the positive fascination with Classic Monsters.

Director: James-Michael Roddy | Stars: Julie Adams, Erik Preston

32. Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy (2005 Video)

53 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about the great 1940s horror movie producer Val Lewton, featured on the 2005 DVD release "The Val Lewton Horror Collection."

Director: Constantine Nasr | Stars: James Cromwell, William Friedkin, Steve Jones, Steve Haberman

Votes: 237

Wikipedia: Val Lewton.

34. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

80 Metascore

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 41,279

Wikipedia: Freaks.

35. Schlitzie: One of Us (2018)

60 min | Documentary

Schlitzie: One of Us is a love letter to the 4-foot-tall performer, who was born with microcephaly, and made his most notable cultural impact via the 1932 classic film Freaks. The Ramones ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Belgard | Stars: Naomi Grossman, Mat Fraser, Wallace Ford, Rose Siggins

Wikipedia: Schlitzie.

36. Tod Browning and Lon Chaney (2000 TV Short)

26 min | Documentary, Short

A celebration of one of the most amazing partnership in the history of cinema, the miraculous pairing of Tod Browning, the tormented filmmaker and Lon Chaney, the king of make up and ... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Preyale | Stars: Emmanuel Barrouyer, Tod Browning, Lon Chaney, Patrick Floersheim

Votes: 6

37. Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary, Biography

Lon Chaney, the silent movie star and makeup artist, renowned for his various characterizations and celebrated for his horror films, becomes the subject of this documentary.

Director: Kevin Brownlow | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Forrest J. Ackerman, Michael F. Blake, Teresa Blake

Votes: 373

Wikipedia: Lon Chaney Sr.

38. London After Midnight (1927)

Passed | 69 min | Horror

The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires?

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Percy Williams

Votes: 1,164 | Gross: $0.52M

39. Lon Chaney After Midnight (2010)

6 min | Documentary, Short

Documents the real and imagined history of the production of the 1927 MGM Silent Film, 'London After Midnight.' This Mockumentary Short, utilizes rare stills, reenactments, and multi media ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Morrill | Stars: Warren Burton, Jonathan Morrill

40. The Unknown (1927)

Unrated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz

Votes: 7,010 | Gross: $0.41M

41. Universal Horror (1998 TV Movie)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

A documentary examining the early days of horror films, particularly those crafted at Universal Studios during the 1930s.

Director: Kevin Brownlow | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Christopher Adamson, John Augur, Ray Bradbury

Votes: 567

42. Coming Soon (1982 Video)

55 min | Documentary, Horror, Sci-Fi

Scenes and trailers from fifty of Universal's greatest horror films.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Acquanetta, John Agar, Louise Allbritton

Votes: 164

43. Dracula (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

After a naive real estate agent succumbs to the will of Count Dracula, the two head to London where the vampire sleeps in his coffin by day and searches for potential victims by night.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 45,233

44. Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography