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The Best Italian Horror Movies

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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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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario 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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    The Beyond

    David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr

    Released1981

    Directed byLucio 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 because...  more

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    Deep Red

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    Tenebre

    Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon

    Released1982

    Directed byDario Argento

    Tenebre (aka Tenebrae) is a 1982 Italian giallo film directed by Dario Argento. An American author in Rome promoting his latest murder-mystery novel becomes embroiled in the search for a serial...  more
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    Zombie

    Lucio Fulci, Richard Johnson

    Released1979

    Directed byLucio 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 Zombies,...  more

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    City of the Living Dead

    Lucio Fulci, Christopher George

    Released1980

    Directed byLucio 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 the...  more

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    Blood and Black Lace

    Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok

    Released1964

    Directed byMario 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 Bartok....  more
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    Black Sabbath

    Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier

    Released1963

    Directed byMario Bava

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    Inferno

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    The House by the Cemetery

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    The Curch (La Chiesa)

    Hugh Quarshie, Tomas Arana

    Released1989

    Directed byMichele Soavi

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    StageFright: Aquarius

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    Beyond the Darkness

    Cinzia Monreale, Kieran Canter

    Released1979

    Directed byJoe 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 to...  more
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    Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror

    Gianluigi Chirizzi, Mariangela Giordano

    Released1981

    Directed byAndrea 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....  more
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    Cemetery Man

    Rupert Everett, Anna Falchi

    Released1994

    Directed byMichele 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 Romoli and based...  more
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    Kill Baby, Kill

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    Castle of Blood

    Barbara Steele, Benito Stefanelli

    Released1964

    Directed byAntonio 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 Death,...  more
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    Cannibal Holocaust

    Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi

    Released1980

    Directed byRuggero 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 Giorgio...  more

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    Nightmare Castle

    Barbara Steele, William Campbell

    Released1965

    Directed byMario 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 Ennio...  more
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    Cannibal Apocalypse

    John Saxon, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

    Released1980

    Directed byAntonio Margheriti

    Cannibal Apocalypse is a 1980 zombie horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti, written by Margheriti and Dardano Sacchetti, and starring John Saxon....  more
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    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

    Arthur Kennedy, Anita Colby

    Released1974

    Directed byJorge 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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    Demonia

    Brett Halsey, Carla Cassola

    Released1990

    Directed byLucio Fulci

    Demonia is a 1990 Italian horror film co-written and directed by Lucio Fulci....  more
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    The House of the Laughing Windows

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    Nightmare City

    Mel Ferrer, Francisco Rabal

    Released1980

    Directed byUmberto 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 by...  more
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