If you are looking for something new to watch thats goes beyond the American-style horror films, then these are some of the best horror and thriller international films you should be watching…
Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
A Non-Resident Indian and his wife decide to stay in his ancestral home, without taking into consideration the multiple warning about the haunted area. Soon, inexplicable occurrences cause him to call a psychiatrist in order to find answers and solve a mystery. This plot is not new to the horror genre, but the actors’ outstanding performances made this movie stand out. As suspense unfolds gradually, the protagonist deals with twists and turns to unfold the mysteries that this phycological thriller (with a bit of comedy) has to offer.
13B: Fear Has a New Address (2009)
Director Vikram K. Kumar has been praised for his movie since he weaves magic in getting the attention of the audience and dragging them to the edge-of-the-seat each scene. It follows a man as he experiences a supernatural occurrence at his newly purchased apartment when he notices something odd on a TV show, a mysterious show that mirrors and reveals what will happen in the protagonist’s family’s life that day. Some even say that this movie should have a Hollywood remake
Suspiria, director Dario Argento’s masterpiece, tells the story of an American ballet student who travels to Europe to attend a prestigious German ballet academy only to realize that the school is not a simple academy but is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders. Several mysterious student disappearances make Susy Banyon feel like something is messed up and so she begins her own investigation to uncover the dark secrets of the academy.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Two sisters return from the hospital after an extended illness with their father to an imposing, rural, Korean-Gothic house, but it seems that their stepmother is not so happy with their return. Days pass by and tension between the three women only grows thicker, relationships in the household have deteriorated leading to open hostility and mind games. A mind-blowing and truth is revealed about the tragic events that happened while the girls were stuck in the hospital. As the protagonists try to put the pieces together, you will be amazed when the puzzle starts to become diabolically clever.
The Wailing (2016)
Some movies have a coherent plot that is told in a non-straightforward fashion, a plot open to several interpretations: this is The Wailing. When a mysterious stranger moves to a small village in South Korea, the village becomes plagued by sickness. The policeman begins an investigation trying to find the possible origin of such sickness, and some suspect it’s connected to the arrival of this new stranger. The issue gets personal when the daughter of a policeman starts to show signs of the sickness, now he must figure out who to trust and who to avoid, trying to solve the mystery as soon as possible in order to save his daughter.
REC managed to become one of the best «found footage» horror movies as it keeps the audience immersed in the story and also terrified by it. The crew of a TV show called While You Sleep, are making a documentary about firemen. As reporter Angela interviews the firemen, an unexpected call-out is reported and the crew «lucky» enough are able to accompany the fireman. As they all go into the dark and spooky apartment complex, they discover there is an infection that is turning people into rabid killing machines; as soon as this news reaches the outside world, the government decided to quarantine the building.
Sleep Tight (2011)
You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home, but are you truly safe? The film deals with Cesar a lone man being incapable of happiness who works as a concierge on an apartment building both day and night. Clara is a cheerful young woman living in one of the apartments, naive enough to become Cesar’s prey but when her boyfriend arrives at the building the events go wrong and things get messed up. This film teaches us that not all monsters are devils or supernatural creatures.
Viy is based on a horror novella by Nikolai Gogol, tells the story of a young priest who is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. Having to spend three nights alone with the corpse, only his faith can protect him. The film might seem slow at first, with a fairytale atmosphere, one must commit to the story as the drama takes time to build up. Viy was praised for its outstanding cinematography with a very vibrant feel throughout, eerie music that creates a unique atmosphere as it dwells you into a surreal haunting world.
Cargo 200 (2007)
Not entirely a horror film, but more into the thriller and drama side, a film that promises to take your nerves to the edge it has been described as the most controversial film of director Aleksey Balabanov. The events take place in 1984 Soviet Union on a small and depressing industrial town. A daughter of a big-shot government officer is kidnapped by a demented policeman who falls in love with her in a very perverted and twisted way.
Martyrs provides an impressive look in the darker depths of the human condition as it follows the story of a young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. A film filled with borderline horror, keeping its crude and a definite assault to the gut with extremely graphic scenes so be prepared.
When 20 people walked out of RAW in Paris last year at its first screening it was not because of a terrible script or bad acting, but because it is one of the most intense and graphically explicit films to come out of the European state. RAW tells the disturbing story of an incredibly bright and socially awkward young woman studying to be a vegetarian. As she attends to vet school, she develops a bizarre and intense craving for raw flesh.