The book of horror

Minimalist Poe. All pit and no pendulum.

Over at Alex on Film I’ve been watching anthology horror films. This is a genre that got off to a good start but later devolved into a lot of comic-book silliness. The stuff from the ’70s and ’80s is till entertaining, but most of it doesn’t hold up that well. In recent years there have been a number of quickie-franchises specializing in what might almost be called flash-filmmaking: up to a couple of dozen shorts jammed together in one feature. These tend to be very hit and miss. Here’s the full list:

Waxworks (1924)
Dead of Night (1945)
Tales of Terror (1962)
Black Sabbath (1963)
Twice-Told Tales (1963)
Kwaidan (1965)
Torture Garden (1967)
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Asylum (1972)
The Vault of Horror (1973)
Creepshow (1982)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Cat’s Eye (1985)
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Two Evil Eyes 1990)
Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993)
Body Bags (1993)
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
P.O.E.: Poetry of Eerie (2011)
The ABCs of Death (2012)
V/H/S (2012)
P.O.E.: Project of Evil (2012)
V/H/S/2 (2013)
Dead on Appraisal (2014)
The ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

 

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