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
Episode seven of Netflix’s Dahmer brings the spotlight, finally, to the hero of our story. Glenda Cleveland.
Glenda was Jeff’s neighbor. And honestly, I can’t think of a worse neighbor. A horrific stench is always coming from his apartment. He has people over, and they make a lot of noise.
While they’re dying.
If you’ll recall episode one of Dahmer ended with all of his neighbors, including Glenda, being forced to leave their homes. The whole building was declared a crime scene. They’re not given any place to go, of course.
Everyone’s got a few thousand dollars socked away for an unexpected motel stay, right?
Fortunately, Glenda was able to get a motel room. And that’s where she is when Reverend Jesse Jackson finds her.
Glenda pours out her story to Reverend Jackson. The rest of the episode consists of her dark and troubling encounters with Dahmer.
The most compelling scene, I think, is when Dahmer brings Glenda a sandwich. He’s being evicted, and he knows it’s because she’s been complaining about the smells coming out of his apartment.
He tries to pour on his little boy charm. He tells her that he got his apartment cleaned, just for her. He brings her a pulled meat sandwich as a present.
Notice I don’t say pulled pork, because I’m fairly sure it was human meat. Or, it was just drugged.
This episode just hummed with tension and rage. I was so happy to see Reverend Jackson tear into the police in the most polite way possible. I hated seeing what Glenda went through. And even though I know she lives through this horrific encounter, I held my breath the entire time she was alone with Jeff.
Dahmer is certainly not afraid to jump back and forth between the past and present. But they are careful to never do it in such a way that I felt lost. And I honestly think this was the best way to do it.
The reason for this is that it adds a level of suspense that Dahmer might have lacked without it. Suspense is something that true crime stories can lack. Especially well-known ones. We have heard this story before. We know how it ends. But in presenting the tale this way, first from one point of view and then another, it reveals sides of it that we may not have seen before.
I loved seeing the story from Glenda’s point of view. She was brave, determined, and selfless. She had every right to be furious at the way the police dismissed her concerns for years. And yet she continued to handle everything professionally. She never stopped trying to help people, even when no one else seemed to care. And for that, she is a true hero.(4 / 5)
Review: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
The second half of the 1990s was a comeback of the slasher sub-genre, thanks to Wes Craven’s Scream. It was precisely because of its success that Kevin Williamson was able to pitch the script for I Know What You Did Last Summer. An extremely loose adaption of the book of the same title, it follows a group of teenagers who drunkenly commit a hit-and-run. They decide to – what a surprise – get rid of the body to get away with it. Let’s have a look at why this film is a cult classic of its kind, shall we?
Top not atmosphere makes a big difference
I must’ve said this in one of my previous reviews but to me at least, the setting in a movie can make or break the viewing experience. In I Know What You Did Last Summer, I always found it a paradox and also highly effective that the action occurs in a fishing town with tons of open land and the sea. However, the characters feel trapped to the point of suffocating by the choices they made because, despite all the roads leading out, they always end up back there.
Their small town is living in its own little utopia with beauty pageants, firework displays, and unsurprisingly, not a single person the group can turn to for help. I thought it was really well done and it doesn’t hurt cinematography in general is beautiful.
Would the suggestions of the fans make sense?
Something that the fans of the movie have long debated is that they needed to swap the final girls of the movie, killing off Julie and making Helen the survivor. A lot of factors contribute to this. Sarah Michelle Gellar is phenomenal in her role and with all respect to Jennifer Love Hewitt, her portrayal pales a bit in comparison. Helen’s chase scene is one of the best if not the best in horror with how hard she fought for survival and how close she was to safety. On the contrary, Julie’s chip on the shoulder got on a lot of people’s nerves, mine included sometimes.
One has to think of the narrative purpose of the two characters. Julie serves as the outright goody two shoes, the one who actively fights Barry to go to the police, and the one who shows the most obvious remorse for what they’ve done. Helen is meant to be the ditsy blonde, however, throughout the movie, she’s shown to have more going on and that the incident affected her just as much even if it wasn’t so transparent.
Her endurance throughout the chase is a nice juxtaposition to the role she is meant to play, and to Julie’s scene later on (again, with all due respect, she does nothing apart from scream and run a bit) and the fact that she still dies after it gives a good gut punch that actually makes you care about these people despite their more than questionable decisions.
When it comes to the guys, I don’t actually have much to say. Barry is a classic jerk stereotype and Ray is a glaring red herring throughout the movie (I would also say Freddy Prince Jr was the weakest actor out of the four but again, I am no acting coach, just my opinion).
To sum up my thoughts on I Know What You Did Last Summer – it definitely has its flaws and asks the audience to suspend their disbelief (even for slasher standards). Regardless, it’s a staple entry of the genre and the 90s due to its atmosphere, tension-building, and for the most part decent acting. A must-have in your collection for horror buffs. No wonder it inspired a loosely based TV adaptation (its success is debatable but the thought still counts, right?)
The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine Special Live Watch Party February 10th!
The sweet putrid stench of love lingers through the air which can only mean one thing…Valentine’s Day and its annoying little winged cherub mascot, Cupid, is fast approaching. Soon, partners will be spoiling one another with extravagant bouquets of roses, heartfelt Hallmark cards, obnoxiously large teddy bears, glistening diamond jewelry, and heart-shaped candies or boxes filled with assorted mediocre chocolates. You know? Normal things couples do. I tend to prefer my chocolate boxes filled with bleeding hearts, à la ‘My Bloody Valentine’ but, beggars can’t be choosers, right? All jokes aside, Valentine’s Day is special for many couples, however, there are also many others who find themselves celebrating this day without a significant other. Luckily, Shudder, along with drive-in king Joe Bob Briggs and co-host Darcy the Mail Girl (Diana Prince) will graciously be keeping us lonely mutants’, and yes, all you horror fanatic couples’ company on Friday, February 10th as they return with The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine, premiering live at 9pm EST.
Love Spells Abound…
Back in 2021, Joe Bob and Darcy invited us to a gruesomely passionate night of spell-binding love witches and animatronic dinosaurs infused with teenage human brains during The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob Put a Spell on You. Many, including myself, were introduced to the tantalizing 70’s inspired retro throwback ‘The Love Witch’ and the graphically goofy cult classic ‘Tammy and the T-Rex’, providing the perfect viewing pleasure to mend any broken heart. While the two films for this year’s morbid love-induced special have yet to be announced, as a special treat, Briggs has announced for the first time on The Last Drive-In, he will be marrying one lucky couple during the live showing. We here at HauntedMTL are eagerly awaiting the return of the ghoulish duo so, as is tradition, we will be proudly hosting a watch party on Twitter during the broadcasting of The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and tag us @hauntedMTL as well as @shudder, @therealjoebob, and @kinky_horror to partake in this night of unholy love.
What started off as a one-time special premiering on Shudder July 13, 2018, ‘The Last Drive- In’ was originally meant to be Brigg’s swan song; one last special before hanging up the bolo tie in retirement. However, due to so many mutants, excuse me…viewers tuning in and breaking the Shudder servers, it was only natural to announce an official full season of ‘The Last Drive-In‘, which would make its explosive debut March 19, 2019. Since then, Darcy and Briggs have spawned many exclusive holiday specials, have graciously donated to many charities within the community, and have accumulated 4 seasons of ‘The Last Drive-In’, with a fifth currently in production premiering on Shudder’s 2023 schedule sometime this year, let’s hope sooner rather than later.
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