Halloween Horror Movies: 10 Best Horror Anthologies

Stacy Buchanan

With Halloween just around the corner we all have an extra excuse to partake in even more horror movies. Admittedly do we really need  an excuse like Halloween to watch some fantastic horror movies?

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:


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.


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!

5. V/H/S

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.


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.


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’.


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      1. Marc Millard October 6, 2012 at 12:49 am

        I thought Campfire Tales was great too! So you are not alone. But agreed that Trick R Treat is NUMBER ONE!

      2. SebastianMichaelis October 6, 2012 at 1:23 am

        Have seen all except VH/S. An excellent list. I’ll assume that if you were to add an 11th movie, it would have to be Vault of Horror.

      3. Laura Chitwood Lee October 6, 2012 at 4:38 am

        I’m a sucker for horror anthologies. Hey. . . . you wanna see something really scary? 😉

      4. Andreas Port October 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        There a lot better horroranthologys: the offspring, scary or die, tales from the crypt, the theatre bizzare, body bags, little deaths, terror tract…

      5. Mike Jones October 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

        Hi, there. Liked the list, but regarding the “urban legends” surrounding Twilight Zone the movie, those aren’t legends — three people were killed during the making of that film — actor Vic Morrow, and two little kids (who shouldn’t have been working that night). Director John Landis went on trial, and was found not guilty, but it definitely stopped his career.

      6. Bob B October 11, 2012 at 12:17 am

        Tales from the Hood was surprisingly good.

      7. DirtyGirl October 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        Nice list Stacy. I always enjoy a good anthology! :)

      8. Alexis Gaudin October 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        trilogy of terror: doll zuni

      9. Gerald Bacon October 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        Scared the sh** out of me when I was little

        • Jeff Yukon French
          Jeff Yukon French October 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

          same here

        • Monique Mullin October 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

          me too. No more sleep. lol

        • Steve Sabbai
          Steve Sabbai October 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm

          Still scares me.

      10. Sylvia Purr October 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm


      11. Melissa Ring October 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        Oh I hated/loved that frikin doll!!!

      12. Younes Touhafi October 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm


      13. Loretta June White Harris October 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        I just watched this. I laughed me ass off but when i was small it scared the crap out of me.

      14. Mark Comeau October 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        V/H/S? Awful.

      15. Nick Jensen October 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

        How young are you people? I remember laughing my arse off, watching this on USA network.

      16. Ben Reyes October 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        My mom HATES that Zuni doll.

      17. Julie Crank October 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

        Still scares the crap outta me!!! I hate that thing!!

      18. Earl Dixon October 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        Loved that movie

      19. Justin Stacy October 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        Sadly you forgot all the Amicus films of the 70’s.

      20. Feisty Vs Tree October 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        This movie is why I don’t like scary movies.til this day..smh

      21. TheMisfit Melissa October 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        Tales From The Crypt, Black Sabbath, After Midnight and Nightmares should be on this list instead of VHS and Campfire Tales.

      22. Joseph Felix Gregory October 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        how can something so small so plastic be so deadly? any on of you guys remember the ending? I do!

      23. Dave October 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm

        Not a bad list but V/H/S is downright awful. Nothing good about it at all.

      24. Hannah Housley October 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        It is a long weird title!

      25. David Michael Brandt October 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        One of my elementary school girl friends’ dad was a producer on that film and she’d bring “He Who Cannot Be Killed” to school every now and then back in the mid 70’s. I wanted that prop so bad.

      26. Samuel Brault-Gauvin October 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        UPCOMING HORROR FILM -> Entity of the Night Movie / L’Entité de la Nuit – Le Film

      27. Adam Roddis October 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        Same story, different year.

      28. Tim Bearden October 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

        VHS 2 was the good one! And where’s Terror Tract? Its got John Ritter!

      29. Roland Mueller October 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        It was scary.

      30. Rob Smith October 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm

        I slept with my eyes open for a week when I saw this movies as a kid

      31. Marcus Moore October 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

        Oh look its Chief Keef.

      32. Eric Smiles October 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        That scared the hell out of me back in the day. *shivers*

      33. Kimberly Law October 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        That doll scared the crap out of me the ending was the best part .

      34. Derek Smith October 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        Oh wow now this is a helluva awesome list..glad 2 see “Three Extremes” getting some Love..another good one thats not on the list is “ABC’s Of Death”!!

      35. Dale Twigg October 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        Same here Gerald. Specially the end when she is on the phone.

      36. Victoria Carnovale October 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        That creepy little dude is trouble!!!!

      37. Nichelle DeMann Bernert October 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        I just found Trilogy of Terror in the $5 bin at Walmart! Was so excited! That doll freaked me out when I was a kid!

      38. Nick Nitro October 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        Dolls Graveyard?

      39. Jennifer Lynn King Wallace October 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        That was Trilogy of Terror !

      40. Steven October 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

        Tales From The Hood, Terror Tract or Trailer Park of Terror

      41. Jeremy Woodworth October 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        chucky may have been scary but this lil black doll was 10 times as vicious and scary. He even had a spear!

      42. Mitzi Zombiegurl Hobbs October 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        Great list

      43. Suzzette Yvonne Devine October 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        Ooga Booga

      44. Damien Thorn October 21, 2013 at 1:37 am

        trilogy of terror?

      45. Sean O'Donnell October 21, 2013 at 6:38 am

        I’m watching VHS now and its like a bad film school project, really awful.

      46. Amberlynn Johnson October 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

        Nightmares for years because of this movie!

      47. Liz Liv October 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

        Lolol i remember that movie

      48. changeling69 October 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        Now it sure seems like Halloween’s getting nearer with these piccies up there:)

      49. changeling69 October 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        I’m sure she does:):)

      50. bob April 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        in what film where the dialogue spoken by a woman in a bridal gowns says “You could still love me” over and over

      51. DK August 29, 2014 at 1:12 am

        NO mention of Amicus here?!?!?! Not one?!?!?!?! They did a great deal to popularize horror anthology films from the 60s through the early 70s… there’s nothing on the original post list older than 1981.

        “Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors”
        “Torture Garden”
        “The House that Dripped Blood”
        “Tales From the Crypt”
        “Vault of Horror”
        “From Beyond the Grave”

        Several of these were written by Robert Bloch.

        “Tales That Witness Madness” (World Film Services, but frequently mischaracterized as an Amicus production) was also from this period.
        “The Uncanny” (Rank) dates from 1977.

        Perhaps the more contemporary “Theatre Bizarre” (2012) should have been mentioned also.

      52. greg garner December 4, 2015 at 12:47 am

        Trick R’ Treat is the most overrated horror film of modern times. The aesthetics are great……I loved the use of light and color, and the music is phenomenal. The way they weave the stories together is effective, too. But as nice as those things are, the stories themselves are pathetically weak. Werewolf orgies?…….the Howling series, alone, had done those to death by the early 80’s. Poisoning an ugly kid and then watching him puke his guts out for five solid minutes? Not scary, but not funny, either. The opening sequence, with the young couple and the jack o’lantern, could have been something, but it was too short and uninvolved. The strongest part-where the kids play the practical joke on the little misfit girl-was okay, but still less than it might have been in the hands of more talented people.

        I don’t mean any disrespect, but the way that people describe Trick R’ Treat……is pretty much the way I ENVISIONED the movie, before I actually SAW it. It’s not terrible, but it’s nowhere near as good as what people claim, either. A movie like this simply cannot withstand stories that are this anemic.