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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

When one excludes the pioneering Frankenstein (1920) and Malombra (1942), Italian horror cinema starts with the 1957 I vampiri by Riccardo Freda. Further 20th century developments include film directors Antonio Margheriti, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Lucio Fulci and the screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi. Notable title include Black Sunday (1960), The Whip and the Body (1963) and Castle of Blood (1964).

Periodicals such Amarcord magazine have paid attention to Italian genres such as the giallo, explotation, nunsploitation, and actresses such as the British Barbara Steele.

The genre is documented in Immoral Tales: European Sex & Horror Movies 1956-1984 (1994), a book about European horror film in general, but in which Italy is well represented.


Italian gothic horror

I Vampiri, Black Sunday and La Danza Macabra are also part of the Italian gothic horror sub-genre.

List of films

in ordine cronologico-alfabetico (parziale)

Periodo "Muto"

Anni Cinquanta

Anni Sessanta

Anni Settanta

Anni Ottanta

Anni Novanta

Anni Duemila

Further reading

See also

The 'A' list

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