When you think of classic horror films, chances are American movies are the first to come to mind. But that doesn’t mean other countries don’t have their own unique take on horror. British filmmakers have been creating entertaining horror movies for decades…including some classic old black and white favorites. Planning on moving to an isolated English village anytime soon? Be sure to check out these must-watch British horror films before you do!
Village of the Damned (1959)
It doesn’t get much better than this classic British movie about a small English village that produces some very odd children with glowing eyes and strange powers…after the whole village mysteriously goes to sleep one day and all the women discover that they are pregnant soon after.
I, Monster (1971)
British horror legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star in this take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. A doctor experiments with a drug that is supposed to release your inhibitions. Instead, the drugs release his dark and deadly alter ego.
The Day of the Triffids (1962)
Most of the earth’s population is blinded after observing a strange meteor shower. A London man whose sight is spared because his eyes were bandaged discovers that the world is now being taken over by space aliens in the form of mobile, flesh-eating plants.
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
A group of paranormal investigators go to the creepy Belasco House (aka Hell House) to determine if there’s life after death. The house is supposedly haunted by malevolent spirits, but the team soon makes some surprising discoveries about the house and its deceased owner.
Straw Dogs (1971)
Dustin Hoffman plays an American mathematician named David who finds himself very much the outsider when he moves to the remote part of Cornwall where his British wife is from. The rough men of the village start doing some nasty stuff to poor David and his wife…does he have the nerve to stand up to them?
The Devils (1971)
This Ken Russell film is based on the true life story of a 17th century priest who was executed for witchcraft after a series of supposed “possessions” occurred. Turns out a twisted (in more ways than one) nun has a lot to do with the accusations against him. This notorious film originally got an X rating for some pretty graphic content.
The Reptile (1966)
A husband and wife inherit a house in a village in Cornwall where the residents are dying from a mysterious “Black Death.” The curious newcomer digs up some corpses and discovers that they all have bite wounds on the neck. What sort of strange creature is attacking the locals?