Oh! The subtitles! Over a month of only foreign Horror films. We’re glad it’s over, but we’re glad we persevered. Now, this list is compiled of Horror flicks created by filmmakers outside of the United States. If your favorite movie didn’t make it on the list, sorry. But not too sorry. We probably have it in mind for another listy list. Check out our previous list, diving into Psychological Horror.
Whether you’re into the blood and guts, or are looking to feel alive from Horrifying tales on the screen, keep reading. Many fans of Horror we’ve talked to aren’t ready to give foreign films a shot, they’re too much work, and the culture can be different. But let us tell you…start with these:
- Train to Busan (2016) South Korea (Tubi, Netflix, Amazon Prime–Shudder)
- The Ritual (2017) The UK (Netflix Original)
- The Babadook (2014) Australia (Amazon Prime–IFC Films Unlimited)
- I Remember You (2017) Iceland (Netflix)
- Martyrs (2008) France
- Bedevilled (2011) Korea (Tubi, Amazon Prime)
15. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Guillermo del Toro creates a tale of paranormal ecstasy wrapped in solitude. Watch this tale of abandonment and primal fear in this flick about an orphanage taken by overwhelming dread. The acting is on point, not artsy, but poetic in nature. Watch this if you’re looking for a fresh take on a ghost story.
14. Frontier(s) (2007)
France (Amazon Prime/Tubi)
Xavier Gens winds us through a grisly story of a group of rebels finding themselves in a messed up situation. Think Rob Zombie had a baby with Rob Schmidt, the director of Wrong Turn.
13. We Are What We Are (2013)
France (Amazon Prime/Tubi)
Now here we go…Our Horror jollies have been rocked after viewing this piece. Dread seeps through each possible crack. We follow a family with many secrets in this Jim Mickle movie. Be prepared to look at your parents a little differently after this one.
12. The Wailing (2016)
Korea (Amazon Prime-Shudder/Tubi)
Oh, the sweet blend of Horror and Comedy. Paranormal in nature, you won’t expect where this one will take you. Na Hong-jin understands the perfect balance of craziness mixed with normalcy in this movie about a police officer unravelling the town’s current big mystery. And boy, this gets darker than we expected.
11. Tumbbad (2018)
India (Amazon Prime)
What a story! And what a message! A piece all too familiar, this burrowing of greed in our hearts, the breakdown and cycle of our actions. A display of the ever pertinent circle of the ego and it’s effects on the people who look up to us. Rahi Anil Barve took a long six years, the time worth it. Not only is the story in this one good, but the visual and audio components make for a pleasurable watch. This is a story we could all be reminded of every once in a while.
10. A Dark Song (2016)
Ireland/UK (Amazon Prime–IFC Films Unlimited)
The lengths a mother will go to…well, just watch it. Not only are moral concerns obliterated here, but the blood-fest, horrifying ending will leave you hangin’, mouth wide open. It’s slow to start, but Liam Gavin will keep you watching.
9. Climax (2018)
France/Belgium (Amazon Prime)
Ho, ho, ho…what a RIDE! Follow a group of performers as they party, ingesting an unknown substance, sh** hits the fan. All Hell breaks loose in this Gaspar Noé piece. Calling all A24 fans! You won’t expect each revelation, and it’s even loosely based on a true story from the 90s.
8. I Saw the Devil (2010)
Korea (Amazon Prime–Monsters and Nightmares)
Don’t watch this one alone. You’ve gotta have at least a couple people with you. A great movie night pick for ADULTS without weak bellies. Just cut it on and roll with the punches. You’ll love it. There’s NO WAY you’ll guess what’s going on. And the ride, oh, what fun!! Kim Jee-woon is an entertainer like you wouldn’t believe.
7. The Killing of A Sacred Deer (2017)
Ireland/UK (Amazon Prime)
Georgios Lanthimos knows how to build a story. Watch Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman’s characters try to regain control over their lives as Barry Keoghan’s character seeps inside, unsettling moment after another. Another A24 film, it picks up pretty well. Be warned: this is not a film for the faint of heart. Actually, you can heed this warning for the rest of the films going forward. Ha.
6. Parasite (2019)
Bong Joon-ho just took home four Academy Awards for this masterpiece. We follow a couple families as their lives intertwine in the most odd of ways. Human survival and tough social concerns are battled here. We must say, we were left a little dry mouthed as the film came to a close, but it has grown on us, like a parasite. The tact shines over time, what an accomplishment in the Horror film industry.
5. Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse (2017)
Germany/Austria (Amazon Prime)
Slow and artsy, this one. A metaphoric, seamless debut by Lukas Feigelfeld is guaranteed to hold you breathless. This isn’t a film to just watch an put away, moving onto the next one. We really don’t want to tell you anything else about the plot, but just pay attention from the get go. Every scene, every frame, the audience should be aware: Feigelfeld is certainly trying to tell us something. The clarity on this film didn’t come for days. Enjoy!
4. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
Austria (Amazon Prime/Tubi)
Watch as a set of twin boys try to get to the bottom of the intruder they think has taken their mother’s place following a facial surgery. The camera is taken into consideration here, and the acting is decent. Truly heartbreaking. We only cried for a couple weeks after watching this one, and it still pops in our head every once in a while. This one’s fine to watch alone, and we’d recommend this for any Momma’s out there who want to be scared to death. Literally.
3. Julia’s Eyes (2010)
Spain (Amazon Prime–IFC Films Unlimited)
This one took our number one Foreign Horror spot for the longest time. This isn’t just a story about Julia, but goes further, digging into the sockets of ourselves we don’t share with others. Brilliant, Guillem Morales, thank you. Follow Julia, as she battles with the terms of losing her eyesight, and watch as everything falls apart. Watch for little hits along the way! Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are a foced to be reckoned with.
2. Raw (2016)
The woman of Horror, behold Julia Ducournau. She’s created a horrifying story with hints to social commentary. Human emotions hardly discussed are shouted here, as we follow a young girl and her sister on their quest of self discovery. but there’s a catch. Something’s going on with them that’s not quite right.
- Inside (2007) France
- Here Comes the Devil (2012) Spain (Amazon Prime–Shudder)
- Audition (2001) Japan (Amazon Prime–Shudder)
- The Orphanage (2007) Spain
- Baskin (2015) Turkey (Hulu, Amazon Prime–IFC Films Unlimited)
1.5) The Skin I Live In (2011)
This multi-genre masterpiece starring the ever handsome Antonio Banderas deserves so much more attention, especially with the developments in the social constructs of today. It’s relevant and bloody scary. Pedro Almodóvar Caballero isn’t afraid to tell this story, we applaud him.
1) What We Become (2016)
Danish (Amazon Prime–IFC Films Unlimited)
The piece that takes the cake. The most accessible on this list, just like Summer of 84. We follow a family merely trying to survive an outbreak of some sort of sickness. This beauty steals the number one spot purely on relevance. It’s terrifying. With the virus nicknamed the “Kung-Flu” running rampant, this film directed by Bo Mikkelsen is all too close to reality. Check it out. Like, now.
What do you think of our list? Which goodies did we miss? Do you completely disagree with any of our selections? Tell us in the comments below! What list should we put together next?
PARZZ1VAL: How to Connect
Wheel of Time, What Might Be
Episode three of Wheel of Time was easily my favorite so far. It’s dramatic, dark, and speaks to the growing concerns about evil invading the world.
Let’s begin with Nynaeve. After showing little to no progress, Liandrin thinks she’s ready to go through the Trial of The Arches. This is an initiation that all Aes Sedai have to go through to become a sister. It’s dangerous, not totally understood, and doesn’t have a great survival rate.
One would think some cooler heads would prevail and not let the very new person do this so early. Especially since Nynaeve seems to have some issues with impulse control.
But she goes into the trial, seeing first a scene from her childhood where her parents are attacked.
The point is to walk back through the arches, leaving her family behind. This she does, but doesn’t look very happy about it. Her second trial involves finding herself back in Two Rivers, where a horrible plague has ripped through the people. Again, she has to walk away from the people that she cares about and come back to reality.
The third test is a little more tricky. It appears that Nynaeve comes back covered in blood, with no memories of what happened.
Terrified, she runs from the castle only to find Lan waiting for her.
In the real world, where Liandrin and the others are waiting for her, she simply never returns.
This shakes Liandrin. She decides she’s done holding Mat against his will, and lets him leave. Excited, but also smelling a trap, he takes Min with him.
Still not sure why she had him to start with, but I guess it’s cool that she let him go.
Meanwhile, Rand is working with a familiar face at his hospital. It’s Logain, who we might remember as the false dragon from season one.
Rand would love some advice about channeling as a man. But it appears that Logain might really have lost his mind.
My favorite scene in the episode was the one involving Perrin and Lady Suroth. This scene was perfect.
First off, the character design for Lady Suroth was just perfect. Without moving more than a hand and the crook of her mouth, she manages to be terrifying.
The massively scary nails help, as does the headdress that is both beautiful and reminiscent of an insect. The sort of insect that seems likely to bite and lay eggs under the skin of a victim.
Her absolute authority was terrifying. Uno certainly learned that.
What was more scary, of course, was who was standing next to her. Does she think she’s the one in charge? Or is she perfectly clear on where stands?
What didn’t work
One thing that I don’t love about this season is, unfortunately, not likely to change. It’s true in the books, and it’s true in the show.
The ensemble cast structure doesn’t work for me.
It fractures the story in too many directions. It’s too busy, there’s too much going on. At the same time, there isn’t enough going on with individual characters for me to establish an interest in all of them.
I care what’s happening with Egwene and Nynaeve. I care what’s happening with Perrin.
I don’t care as much about Rand right now. And she wasn’t as involved in this episode, but I don’t care about what Moiraine is going through either.
That could be because the world is coming to an end and they’re refusing to be team players. But maybe that’s just me.
Overall, this was a fun episode. It feels like pieces are being put into place. The characters are getting ready for something big. Something that we can only see the beginnings of.
Something that they clearly don’t think they’re ready for.(3.5 / 5)
American Horror Story Delicate, Multiply Thy Pain
American Horror Story Delicate began last night, Killer Queens. And it was, well, a complicated episode. This makes sense because this season is about a complicated topic.
Just in case you didn’t know, this whole season is based on the novel Delicate Condition by Danielle Valentine. If you haven’t read it yet, you should.
Anna Victoria Alcott is an actress who just got her big break. She was in a horror movie that no one can stop talking about.
Except Anna herself. Because this career success couldn’t have come at a worse time. She and her husband Dex are in the middle of the difficult IVF process. It’s expensive, time-consuming and painful. Ironically, so is trying to win an Oscar.
But Anna has other things to worry about. Someone is messing with her. Several women are watching her in public. Worse, someone appears to be getting into her home, slashing notes she leaves for Dex, and removing her vital IVF medication from the fridge so it spoils. Her calendar is hacked to move her doctor appointments around so she misses them. Worst of all, someone broke into her home and crawled into bed with her.
Of course, no one takes any of these concerns seriously. Her agent, Siobhan, is focusing on getting her an Oscar. Her husband, Dex, doesn’t seem to give a shit about her except for when it comes to having a baby. He’s frequently dismissive of her concerns and only seems to want her around when it’s convenient for him. He goes so far as to kick her out of his show opening because she’s on edge.
You know, maybe because she’s clearly being stalked by someone who is trying to keep her from having a baby.
AHS Asylum had a lot of dark and important things to say about mental health care in America. AHS Coven had a lot of dark and important things to say about race and gender relationships.
Last season, AHS NYC wasn’t so subtle. Yes, there was a killer. But the real historical horror of the AIDs epidemic in the 80s was the focus of the season. And that worked very well.
This season, the story is clearly about female body autonomy. Anna is a woman struggling with so many issues that modern women face. The balance between our careers and our families. Feeling like growing old is the most unforgivable thing a woman can do. And of course, the fact that our bodies often feel like they don’t belong to us.
I was also pleased to see some AHS alumni. Denis O’Hare as Dr. Hill was delightful. Leslie Grossman and Billie Lourd will be involved soon, and they never bring anything less than their A-game.
This episode also did something I never thought could happen. It managed to scare me with a calendar notification. That was a special moment for me as a horror fan and calendar-obsessed person.
What didn’t work
Here are some things I didn’t love. First off, the main character Anna is a pushover. She can’t say no to Dex, Talia, Dr. Hill, or Siobhan. No one gets a no from this woman!
Anna didn’t act like that in the book. She stood up to everyone all the time, it was great. She wasn’t getting any support, but she was advocating for herself! That was such an important part of her character, and I’m sad to see that she’s lost that here.
I also hate the changes made to Siobhan and Talia. Now, please understand that this isn’t me complaining that the book was different. That’s not my point. Siobhan was a kind, loving woman who supported her best friend even while dying of cancer. Talia was a smart, business-oriented woman who was still kind. She was trying to start a family with her transgender husband, and bonded with Anna over their IVF journeys. These were vital characters in the story.
I feel like they’ve been railroaded.
All that being said, this was a decent start to AHS Delicate. It’s not the best start of a season we’ve had. But it’s okay. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season is going to bring. (4 / 5)
Wheel of Time, Strangers and Friends
Episode two of Wheel of Time, widened the divide between the show and the books. Things are happening out of order, people are acting out of character. Whether this is to the detriment of the show, however, has yet to be determined.
One character missing from episode one was Rand. You know, our main character. But we finally catch up with him now.
He’s living in a city with a woman named Selene. They don’t have what I’d call a super healthy relationship. She spends a bit too much time talking about her ex.
Yes, for those of you who didn’t read the books, this is going to be important.
Rand is also working at an insane asylum. He’s kind and patent with his charges, but not all of his fellow caregivers are.
Meanwhile, Lan and Moiraine are recovering form their Fade attack from last episode. Rather than taking the time to actually heal, Moiraine decides to head out to find Rand. Her team comes with her, which seems to really bother her.
While that little hissy fit is taking place, Nynaeve is causing issues. Not by anything she’s doing, but by what she’s not doing. As none of the regular novice teacher have been able to get her to use the One Power, Liandrin offers to try. No one, including me, is thrilled with this. But, the Aes Sedai are desperate. They know that The Dark One is around, and they need Nynaeve to be ready. So, they let the person who’s driven other students to their deaths and actively committed multiple hate crimes take over.
What could go wrong?
The special effects in this episode were really well done. I especially liked the dead fade nailed to the wall.
I was also pleased with the introduction of Elayne. Ceara Coveney is playing her, and doing a fine job. She’s warm, kind and sweet. I am thrilled that she’s around.
One of the greatest things about Wheel of Time is the friendships between the characters. Rand, Perrin, Mat, Nynaeve and Egwene legitimately care about each other. Elayne seems to care for Egwene right away. I really love that.
What didn’t work
One thing that bothered me in this episode, and frankly the last episode, was Liandrin keeping Mat in prison. I feel like this wasn’t adequately explained. Why does she have him? How did she trap him? What in the hell is she trying to get from him? Perhaps I simply missed something, and please let me know in the comments if this is the case. But it feels like some poor writing to me.
I also don’t love how Moiraine is portrayed in this episode. Really, in this season so far.
I get that she’s never exactly been a warm person. She’s not personable, open, or kind. Some (most) fans of the book would likely agree that she’s kind of a bitch.
But she’s not a bitch for no reason. She certainly isn’t the sort to lash out at the people who love her because she’s in pain. And that’s what she’s doing through this episode. She’s taking her pain out on Lan. And that’s just out of character for her.
It feels very much like a lot is being skipped over from the Wheel of Time books. But, so far at least, I don’t feel like anything vital has been missed. It feels more like the story is being streamlined.
Yes, I understand how this might go horribly wrong. I think we’ve all seen that. But as of right now, the changes make sense for the switch in mediums.
Now, let’s see if it stays that way.
(3 / 5)