British Horror Films

  • The Ghoul

    The Ghoul (1933) is a British horror film starring Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, and Ralph Richardson, making his film debut.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1936 British film produced and directed by George King. The film features actor Tod Slaughter in one of his most famous roles as the barber Sweeney Todd.
  • Dead Of Night

    Dead of Night (1945) is a British portmanteau horror film (a gothic or horror anthology) made by Ealing Studios; the individual stories were directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer. The film stars Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers and Michael Redgrave.
  • The Monkeys Paw

    The Monkey's Paw is a 1948 British horror film directed by Norman Lee and starring Milton Rosmer, Michael Martin Harvey, Joan Seton and Megs Jenkins. A magic Monkey's Paw grants its owner three wishes before a disaster befalls them. It is based on the 1902 story The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs. The screenplay was written by Norman Lee and Barbara Toy.
  • Horrors Of The Black Museum

    Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) is a British horror film starring Michael Gough and directed by Arthur Crabtree.
    It was the first film in what film critic David Pirie dubbed Anglo-Amalgamated's "Sadian trilogy" (the other two being Circus of Horrors and Peeping Tom), with an emphasis on sadism, cruelty and violence (with sexual undertones), in contrast to the supernatural horror of the Hammer films of the same era.
  • Peeping Tom

    Peeping Tom is a 1960 British thriller film directed by Michael Powell and written by the World War II cryptographer and polymath Leo Marks. The title derives from the slang expression 'peeping Tom' describing a voyeur. The film revolves around a serial killer who murders women while using a portable movie camera to record their dying expressions of terror.
  • Doctor Blood's Coffin

    Doctor Blood's Coffin is a 1961 British horror film directed by Sidney J. Furie.
  • The Haunting

    The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn. The film, about a small group of people invited to stay at a haunted house by a paranormal investigator, is often cited as one of the most frightening films ever made.
  • The Masque Of The Red Death

    The Masque of the Red Death is a 1964 British horror film starring Vincent Price in a tale about a prince who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while merrymaking in a lonely castle with his jaded courtiers.
  • Dr Terrors House Of Horrors

    Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky, and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. It was the first in a series of anthology films from Amicus and was followed by Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1973), Tales That Witness Madness (1974), which wa
  • The Plague Of The Zombies

    The Plague of the Zombies (1966) Hammer Horror film directed by John Gilling which stars André Morell, John Carson, Jacqueline Pearce, Brook Williams and Michael Ripper. The film's imagery influenced many later films in the zombie genre.
  • Eye Of The Devil

    Eye of the Devil is a 1966 British crime/horror film with occult and supernatural themes directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Deborah Kerr and David Niven. The film is set in rural France and was filmed at the Château de Hautefort and in England. Eye of the Devil is based on the novel Day of the Arrow by Robin Estridge and was initially titled Thirteen
  • The Frozen Dead

    The Frozen Dead is a 1966 British science fiction horror film directed by Herbert J. Leder and starring Dana Andrews, Anna Palk and Philip Gilbert.[1] In this film, a Nazi scientist plans to revive a number of frozen Nazi leaders
  • Torture Garden

    Torture Garden is a 1967 British horror film made by Amicus Productions. It was directed by Freddie Francis and scripted by Robert Bloch. It stars Burgess Meredith, Jack Palance, Michael Ripper, Beverly Adams, Peter Cushing, Maurice Denham, Ursula Howells, Michael Bryant and Barbara Ewing. The score was a collaboration between Hammer horror regulars James Bernard and Don Banks.
  • The House That Dripped Blood

    The House That Dripped Blood is a 1970 British horror anthology film directed by Peter Duffell and distributed by Amicus Productions. It stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Nyree Dawn Porter, Denholm Elliott, and Jon Pertwee. The film is a collection of four short stories, all originally written and subsequently scripted by Robert Bloch, linked by the protagonist of each story's association with the eponymous building.
  • Incense For The Damned

    Incense for the Damned (also released as Bloodsuckers, Freedom Seeker and Doctors Wear Scarlet) is a 1970 British horror film starring Patrick Macnee, Patrick Mower and Peter Cushing.
  • I, Monster

    I, Monster is a 1971 British horror film directed by Stephen Weeks (his feature debut) for Amicus Productions. It is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with the main characters' names changed to Dr. Charles Marlowe and Mr. Edward Blake.
  • Tales From The Crypt

    Tales from the Crypt is a 1972 British horror film, directed by Freddie Francis. It is an anthology film consisting of five separate segments, based on stories from EC Comics. Only two of the stories, however, are actually from EC's Tales from the Crypt.
  • The Fiend

    The Fiend is a 1972 British serial killer horror film, directed by Robert Hartford-Davis and starring Ann Todd, Tony Beckley and Patrick Magee. The film is set against a background of religious fanaticism and, as with other films directed by Hartford-Davis, also includes elements of the sexploitation genre of the early 1970s.
  • Asylum

    Asylum is a 1972 British horror film made by Amicus Productions.[1] The film was directed by Roy Ward Baker, produced by Milton Subotsky, and scripted by Robert Bloch
  • The Vault Of Horror

    The Vault of Horror is a British anthology horror film made in 1973 by Amicus Productions. Like the 1972 Amicus film Tales from the Crypt, it is based on stories from the EC Comics series written by Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines. The film was directed by Roy Ward Baker, and filmed on location and at Twickenham Studios.
  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man is a 1973 British horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and Britt Ekland
  • The Awakening

    The Awakening is a 1980 British horror film. It is the debut film of director Mike Newell, who had previously worked extensively in television. The Awakening is the third film version of Bram Stoker's 1903 novel The Jewel of Seven Stars,
  • Gothic

    Gothic is a 1986 British horror film directed by Ken Russell, starring Gabriel Byrne as Lord Byron, Julian Sands as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Natasha Richardson as Mary Shelley, Myriam Cyr as Claire Clairmont – Mary Shelley's half-sister – and Timothy Spall as Dr John William Polidori
  • Edge Of Sanity

    Edge of Sanity is a 1989 British horror film, directed by Gérard Kikoïne and starring Anthony Perkins, that is a portrayal of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with aspects of Jack the Ripper.
  • The Reflecting Skin

    The Reflecting Skin is a 1990 British horror film written and directed by Philip Ridley and stars Jeremy Cooper, Viggo Mortensen, and Lindsay Duncan. The film follows a young child growing up in rural Idaho in the 1950s.
  • Lighthouse

    Lighthouse is a 1999 British horror film directed by (Simon Hunter). The film follows survivors of a shipwreck being preyed on by an escaped psychotic convict who beheads his victims. It was shot in Cornwall for the main locations (lighthouse, beaches rockshores), and Hastings in East Sussex.
  • Ripper

    Ripper is a 2001 Canadian-British horror film, directed by John Eyres. The film stars A. J. Cook and Bruce Payne. It was written and produced by John A. Curtis and Evan Tylor and by production companies Prophecy Entertainment and Studio Eight Productions.
  • Long Time Dead

    Long Time Dead is a 2002 thriller horror film set in the United Kingdom in which a group of college students experiment with an Ouija board and inadvertently summon a djinn - an Arabic spirit of fire. The film stars Joe Absolom, Lukas Haas and Tom Bell. It was the directorial debut of Swindon-born Marcus Adams.
  • Dog Soldiers

    Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall, and starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham.
  • 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later is a 2002 British zombie horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, and Christopher Eccleston. The plot depicts the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus and focuses upon the struggle of four survivors to cope with the destruction of the life they once knew.
  • The Dark

    The Dark is a 2005 horror film, based on the novel Sheep by Simon Maginn
  • The Descent

    The Descent is a 2005 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film follows six women who, having entered an unmapped cave system, become trapped and are hunted by troglofaunal flesh-eating humanoids.
  • Outpost

    Outpost is a 2008 British horror film, directed by Steve Barker and written by Rae Brunton, about a rough group of experienced mercenaries who find themselves fighting for their lives after being hired to take a mysterious businessman into the woods to locate a WWII-era military bunker.
  • Eden Lake

    Eden Lake is a 2008 British thriller film written and directed by James Watkins and starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender and Jack O'Connell.
  • Colin

    Colin is a 2008 British zombie film written and directed by Marc Price. After a successful run in a number of film festivals, it went on to be shown at Cannes in 2009. Applauded for its success despite its low budget, the total cost of production was reportedly £45.
  • Dread

    Dread is a 2009 British horror film directed and written by Anthony DiBlasi and starring Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Evans and Hanne Steen, based on the short story of the same name by Clive Barker. The story was originally published in 1984 in volume two of Barker's Books of Blood short story collections.
  • Kill List

    Kill List is a 2011 British horror film directed by Ben Wheatley, co-written and co-edited with Amy Jump, and starring Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, and MyAnna Buring.
  • A Night In The Woods

    A Night in the Woods is a 2011 British found footage horror film written and directed by Richard Parry. The film premiered at the United Kingdom film festival Fright Fest in August 2011. A Night in the Woods was produced by Vertigo Films and stars Anna Skellern, Scoot McNairy, and Andrew Hawley.
  • The Woman In Black

    The Woman in Black is a 2012 British horror film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, and is based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, and Liz White.
  • Airborne

    Airborne is a 2012 horror film written by Paul Chronnell and directed by Dominic Burns.
  • Storage 24

    Storage 24 is a 2012 British sci-fi/horror film, directed by Johannes Roberts.
  • The Quiet Ones

    The Quiet Ones is a British Hammer horror film directed by John Pogue. The film has a projected release date of April 10, 2014 in the United Kingdom and April 25, 2014 in the United States. The film stars Jared Harris as a college professor attempting to create a poltergeist. The film is being marketed as being based upon a true story.