Rayzor’s Top 50 Italian Horror Films (2021 Edition)

Back in 2019, I did a list of my Top 25 Italian Horror films.  It is very different, well there are 25 more movie and a bunch of weird movies.  I know this will stir up problems, but I do not like Cannibal Holocaust at all.  Not because of its graphic nature, I just don’t think it is as great or revered as some people say it is.  I guess I just prefer movies like Cannibal Ferox or Eaten Alive.  I think these are less about shock value and more about, oddly, story telling and gore.  In Cannibal Holocaust, I just absolutely hated the film crew and honestly, happy they got what they got.

Looking at the list, you’ll notice Fulci movies are littered throughout the list, I love Fulci and this is my personal list, personal favorites.  But there are so many great movies listed below.  I also feel, I am just hitting the tip of the iceberg.  In total, i have now seen 56 Italian horror films and the bottom few didn’t sit well with me, but as the list goes on, the titles get better and better.  Enjoy the list and I would love to hear how many you have seen in the comments on social media.

50. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
49. Night Killer (1990)
48. The Sect (1991)
47. Zombie 3 (1988)
46. The Psychic (1977)
45. Hell of the Living Dead (1980)
44. Witchery (1988)
43. Demons 3: The Ogre (1988)
42. Absurd (1981)
41. The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)
40. Aenigma (1987)
39. The Wax Mask (1997)
38. Mother of Tears (2007)
37. Beyond the Darkness (1979)
36. Manhattan Baby (1982)
35. Stage Fright (1987)
34. Lisa and the Devil (1973)
33. Beyond the Door (1974)
32. Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971)
31. All the Colors of the Dark (1972)
30. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
29. Doctor Butcher MD (1980)
28. Cannibal Ferox (1981)
27. Phenomena (1986)
26. What Have You Done to Solange (1972)
25. A Blade in the Dark (1983)
24. The New York Ripper (1982)
23. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1972)
22. Contamination (1980)
21. Burial Ground (1981)
20. Opera (1987)
19. Nightmare City (1980)
18. Torso (1973)
17. Eaten Alive (1980)
16. Tenebrae (1982)
15. The Chruch (1989)
14. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)
13. Anthropophagus (1980)
12. Don’t Toture a Duckling (1972)
11. Suspiria (1977)
10. Deep Red (1975)
9. Demons (1985)
8. Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)
7. Shock (1977)
6. Demons 2 (1986)
5. Zombi (1979)
4. A Bay of Blood (1971)
3. Inferno (1980)
2. City of the Living Dead (1980)
1.The Beyond (1981)

Usually this list would have a bunch of images from each movie.  But, I decided to just drop the list in there and make it a list.  You will either check these movie out, or you wont.  So many of these are currently streaming on Prime Video, Shudder and Tubi.  When going in to watching Italian horror, you have to remember, there is dubbing and usually a good amount of gore and creative kills.  Some of these are simply ridiculous, but ultimately great horror fun.  If you’re a main streamer or a horror snob, leave.  This isn’t for you.  Italian horror is an acquired taste and not for everyone.

Thanks to anyone who reads this article and I hope you got something out of this.  It sometimes takes an open mind to look pass Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees.  If you’ve seen 10% of these and enjoyed a couple, keep going.  There really is something for everyone in the Italian horror genre.

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About Ray Marek III 580 Articles
I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)