Anthologies are my absolute favorite sub-genre within the world of horror films. And as a community, we’re so lucky to have so many good ones to choose from! Whether you’re looking for multiple scares within one viewing, or a good mix of comedy and horror, here are 10 horror anthologies you absolutely must watch this Halloween:
1. TRICK R’ TREAT
Rule #1: It’s not about the rules of horror movies — it’s about the rules of Halloween! Trick r’ Treat is a brilliant anthology of four intertwined stories, all happening on Halloween night, and designed to give the rules of the evening a new dimension.
This is a comic book-inspired anthology was my gateway into horror — it includes stories directed by George Romero and written by Stephen King – already an instant classic! Not to mention, the ensemble cast is something to openly drool over.
3. CREEPSHOW 2
This is the follow-up to the above, Creepshow, and brings us some of the most memorable horror stories of all-time straight from the ink and mind of King again — Thanks for the ride, lady!
Oh my gosh, in this anthology, a child tells stories of horror to postpone a witch, played by Deborah Harry, that plans to serve him as the main course for a dinner party. Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore — yet another ensemble cast to get uber excited about!
Ahh… this one starts out with a group of misfits hired to burglarize a rundown house and retrieve a VHS collection, that end up discovering more found footage than they bargained for — of course this list is going to include 2012’s little darling of a film, it’s an absolute must watch.
This is one of those films that nobody likes, but me, but it’s also a really fun and modern anthology about classic urban legends — campy at times, goosebumps for the other ones. Also, Ron Livingston is in this, you guys!
This is a timeless classic that includes four horror/sci-fi segments, taken from the original TV show, Twilight Zone. and directed by four famous directors: John Landis, Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg and George Miller. Extra points for all of the urban legends surround the making of this film — it was haunted from the very beginning.
8. THREE… EXTREMES
Some of today’s hottest indie horror Asian directors; Takaski Miike, Fruit Chan and Park Chan-wook, came together for this trilogy of terror — the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous, balancing out the absolutely horrifying stories. This is not one for those with a weak stomach.
In this anthology, originally written by Richard Matheson, horror darling Karen Black stars in three bizarre stories about three different tormented women. This originally a movie made for TV, but then that creepy little doll took its cult status and ran with it.
10. STEPHEN KING’S CAT’S EYE
A stray cat links together three different stories in this suspenseful anthology. And although we’re dealing with another top-notch ensemble cast; Drew Barrymore and James Woods to name a few, I guarantee you’ll appreciate the movie more if you read the short stories first in Stephen King’s ‘Night Shift’.