The “omnibus” horror film – a feature length collection of cinematic horror stories – is one of the most beloved and respected horror movie genres for many reasons; but most importantly, horror is often very effective in concentrated doses (just check out our excellent short film collection for some great examples), especially with a storyline that's designed to set up one good shock or twist, saving the writer the effort of milking more scares out of a single tale. The field is overflowing with some landmark films, including the timeless 1945 classic Dead of Night (still creepy and funny after all these years); Roger Corman's Poe collection Tales of Terror; a ton of cool flicks like From Beyond the Grave from UK studio Amicus; EC Comics-inspired films like the original Tales from the Crypt (actually another Amicus film) and George Romero's Creepshow; made-for-TV faves like Trilogy of Terror; and stylish international chills like Mario Bava's Black Sunday, Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan and the Poe-inspired Spirits of the Dead. After a brief dry spell when short-form horror migrated to episodic TV and the internet (with FEARnet's own Drew Daywalt pioneering the field of web-based short horror), the feature-length anthology has picked up steam again, with recent arrivals like The Theatre Bizarre and Little Deaths, and new shockers V/H/S and The ABCs of Death scoring big on this year's festival circuit.
Time will tell if these latest entries stack up against their mighty predecessors, but one 21st century omnibus film that pretty much landed instant cult-classic status is Michael Dougherty's supreme Trick R Treat... which, in case you didn't catch our reminder, FEARnet will be screening round-the-clock this Halloween. So I'm guessing you've probably seen most of the films listed above. But do you have any idea of how many other horror anthologies have been made over the years? The list is probably in the triple-digits, and includes not only some seldom-seen gems, but quite a few obscure flicks that are, frankly, probably best left buried. But I'm an equal-opportunity cinema gravedigger, and I've been busy with my trusty shovel lately. Below are ten more obscure omnibus films that stood out of the pile for one reason or another... either for their surprising creativity, or just straight-up WTF wackiness.