10 Italian Gothic Horror Movies

The Italian subgenres in horror are well-known and often well-loved, and for good reason. Italian gothic horror in particular is filled with creepy old castles, beautiful women, and dark secrets… perfect for a late night haunting.

Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga (1972)
Baron Blood (1972)

A young man, visiting the castle of a murderous ancestor in Austria, accidentally brings his dead relative back to life – searching for new victims.

La maschera del demonio (1960)
Black Sunday (1960)

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch’s beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl’s brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.

I vampiri (1957)
Lust of the Vampire (1957)

A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

Il mulino delle donne di pietra (1960)
Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor’s ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art.

Amanti d’oltretomba (1965)
Nightmare Castle (1965)

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance. Read on for the full horror story.

L’amante del demonio (1972)
The Devil’s Lover (1972)

Creepy tale about a sorrowful night passed in a nightmarish castle, also the house of the demon.

L’orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock (1962)
The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)

In 19th century London, a woman weds a doctor with necrophiliac tendencies, and whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances – and might be coming back from the grave to torment her successor.

La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba (1971)
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance. Read on for the full horror story.

La frusta e il corpo (1963)
The Whip and the Body (1963)

The ghost of a sadistic nobleman terrorizes his family while attempting to rekindle his romance with his masochistic ex-lover, who is married to his brother.

La dama rossa uccide sette volte (1972)
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)

When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired woman in a red cloak decimates their circle of friends. Read on for the full horror story.

Codex Mortis

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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