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The Best Italian Horror Movies 

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Updated April 4, 2020 890 votes 177 voters 6.8k views 30 items

List Rules Vote for the scariest Italian horror movies, or simply vote for the films you enjoyed the most.

For those looking for a terrifying film that isn't the same old American stuff, check out this list of the best Italian horror movies. Whether it's a movie featuring cannibals, zombies, or something supernatural, you'll definitely find something you love on this ranked Italian horror movie list.

From The Beyond, in which a woman inherits an old house built over the entrance to hell, to Suspiria, about a ballet academy concealing sinister supernatural doings, this list of Italian horror movies is great for those of you who know nothing about Italian cinema. Or if you're ready to be terrified check out Kill Baby, Kill in which a village is haunted by the murderous ghost… of a little girl.

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Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

Released: 1977

Directed by: Dario Argento

Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an ...more

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David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr, Catriona MacColl

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

The Beyond is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. The second film in Fulci's unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy, The Beyond has gained a cult following over the decades, in part ...more

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#433 of 816 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #40 of 151 The Best Zombie Movies of All Time

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Lucio Fulci, Richard Johnson, Tisa Farrow

Released: 1979

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

Zombi 2 is a 1979 Italian zombie film directed by Lucio Fulci. The film has also been released under the titles Sanguella, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombie, Gli Ultimi Zombi, Woodoo, L'Enfer de ...more

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#339 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #113 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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Lucio Fulci, Christopher George, Catriona MacColl

Released: 1980

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

City of the Living Dead is a 1980 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It is the first installment of the unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy which also includes The Beyond and The House by ...more

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#447 of 816 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #100 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina

Released: 1963

Directed by: Mario Bava

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Black Sabbath is a 1963 Italian-French horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film is centered on three separate tales that have an introduction and conclusion from Boris Karloff. The film ...more
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The House by the Cemetery
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StageFright: Aquarius
Blood and Black Lace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Italian Horror Movies
Glenn Ghoul added Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Franco Ressel

Released: 1964

Directed by: Mario Bava

Blood and Black Lace is a 1964 Italian thriller film directed by Mario Bava. Bava co-wrote the screenplay with Giuseppe Barilla and Marcello Fondato. The film stars Cameron Mitchell and Eva ...more
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Rupert Everett, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Released: 1994

Directed by: Michele Soavi

Cemetery Man is a 1994 Italian-French-German comedy horror film directed by Michele Soavi and starring Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro and Anna Falchi. It was written by Gianni ...more

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Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Ruggero Deodato

Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian cannibal film directed by Ruggero Deodato from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici, starring Carl Gabriel Yorke, Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, and Luca ...more

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Kill Baby, Kill
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abyx added The Curch (La Chiesa) Hugh Quarshie, Tomas Arana, Evan Feodor Chaliapin Jr.

Released: 1989

Directed by: Michele Soavi

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Cinzia Monreale, Kieran Canter, Franca Stoppi

Released: 1979

Directed by: Joe D'Amato

Buio Omega is a 1979 Italian horror/exploitation film directed by Joe D'Amato. This film remains controversial in many countries today, notably Australia, where it has been banned since 1992 due ...more
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Arthur Kennedy, Anita Colby, Ray Lovelock

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jorge Grau

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and Don't Open the Window, is a 1974 Spanish-Italian horror film written and directed by Jorge Grau and starring Ray ...more

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John Saxon, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Elizabeth Turner

Released: 1980

Directed by: Antonio Margheriti

Cannibal Apocalypse is a 1980 zombie horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti, written by Margheriti and Dardano Sacchetti, and starring John Saxon.
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The House of the Laughing Windows
Castle of Blood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Italian Horror Movies
Glenn Ghoul added Barbara Steele, Benito Stefanelli, Salvo Randone

Released: 1964

Directed by: Antonio Margheriti, Sergio Corbucci

Castle of Blood is a 1964 Italian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti, using the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson. This film is also known as Coffin of Terror, Danse macabre, Dimensions in ...more
Nightmare Castle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Italian Horror Movies
Glenn Ghoul added Barbara Steele, William Campbell, Paul Muller

Released: 1965

Directed by: Mario Caiano, Jack Hill

Nightmare Castle is a 1965 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Caiano credited as Allen Grünewald. The film stars Barbara Steele in dual lead roles, and its music was composed by ...more
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Gianluigi Chirizzi, Mariangela Giordano, Karin Well

Released: 1981

Directed by: Andrea Bianchi

Burial Ground is an Italian grindhouse zombie movie directed by Andrea Bianchi. It is one of several films released under the alternate title of Zombie 3.
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Mel Ferrer, Francisco Rabal, Hugo Stiglitz

Released: 1980

Directed by: Umberto Lenzi

Nightmare City is a 1980 Italian-Spanish zombie film directed by Umberto Lenzi. The film stars Hugo Stiglitz as a television news reporter who witnesses the collapse of order in a city overrun ...more
The Mother of Tears is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Italian Horror Movies
Glenn Ghoul added Asia Argento, Moran Atias, Udo Kier

Released: 2007

Directed by: Dario Argento

The Mother of Tears is a 2007 Italian-American supernatural horror film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Moran Atias, Udo Kier and Coralina ...more
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abyx added The Devil's Daughter / The Sect (La Setta) Kelly Curtis, Herbert Lom, Mariangela Giordano

Released: 1991

Directed by: Michele Soavi

The Devil's Daughter also known as The Sect (La Setta) is an italian horror movie from the year 1991. It tells us a story about a lonely kindergarten teacher that discovers a secret well in the basement of her house. Soon after she finds herself being followed by a murderous Satanic cult.