10 Best Italian Horror Movies

Monday, January 10 by Stephen Pomposello

If you're looking to find the 10 best Italian horror movies ever made, then you may find more than what you bargained for with these ten selections. The Italian horror genre was booming in between the 60's and the 80's with many directorial masters delivering their works of art to the big screen. From Dario Argento to Lucio Fulci, these films are a work of art like no other, with vicious amounts of gore, violence and a dreadful sense of fear which can't be found anywhere in movies today.

  1. "Suspiria." Dario Argento directs this Italian horror classic with creepy colors, music and atmospheric sets that are bound to stick with you long after the credits roll. "Suspiria" follows an American ballet student who transfers to a Munich dance school where she encounters a series of disturbing supernatural events.
  2. "Deep Red." Yet another masterpiece by Dario Argento, "Deep Red" has all the right elements to bring out the tension in you and then bring you to the edge of your seat. The plot of "Deep Red" follows a music teacher who comes face to face with a set of strange murders performed by a shadowy, hatchet-wielding figure.
  3. "Cannibal Holocaust." Often toted as perhaps the most controversial movie ever made, "Cannibal Holocaust" is a tale of four documentary filmmakers who travel to the jungles with the intent of filming tribes. Two months after their disappearance, an anthropologist is sent to investigate and discovers the lost film cans. 
  4. "The Church." Proposed as a third chapter in the "Demons" series, "The Church" is a standalone Italian horror movie that follows a pack of tourists who visits an ancient church and breaks a crypt that leads to the release of many evil spirits of slaughtered villagers from Medieval Germany. 
  5. "Zombi 2 (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters)." Cashing in on the huge success of George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead," Italian horror directo Lucio Fulci proceeded with "Zombi 2," an unofficial sequel to "Dawn of the Dead" which contains an uber gore-fest and a spectacular scene where a zombie battles a shark.
  6. "Black Sunday." Also known under the title, "The Mask of Satan," Mario Bava's debut Italian horror movie "Black Sunday" sports many moody gothic elements. Even American director Tim Burton cites it as one of his favorites. The plot revolves around a vicious witch who returns form the grave to possess the body of a gorgeous look-a-like descendant.
  7. "Demons." This Italian horror movie has the perfect atmosphere, amount of gore, energy and carnage that you would expect from such a fascinating genre. Having inspired films like Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn," the film depicts a cinema experience come to life when similar demons from a movie begin attacking the theater. 
  8. "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage." Also directed by the Italian horror master, Dario Argento, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" is centered around a writer who finds himself being stalked by an evil serial killer after he bares witness to a murderous attempt on the life of a female victim.
  9. "The Playgirls and the Vampire." This Piero Regnoli-directed Italian horror movie stars five drop dead gorgeous showgirls who find themselves trapped by a storm inside of a creepy castle. However, they're not alone as the castle's owner resides there and runs a strange laboratory in the basement.
  10. "The Beyond." Also known under the title, "Seven Doors of Death," Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond" is the second film in his unofficial "Gates of Hell" trilogy (aside from "City of the Living Dead" and "The House by the Cemetery"). The film has gained a cult status over the years due to its heavy amount of violence and gore.