10 Foreign Horror Films That Shame Hollywood

Showing Hollywood how it's done.

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While horror fans pause for breath between the release of Rings and Annabelle 2, it’s heartening to realize that there are still movies being made that aren’t intended for an audience of rhesus monkeys. You won’t see these films in multiplexes but they’re worth seeking out because they show Hollywood how it’s done.

It used to be that true innovation in the genre came not from studio blockbusters but from cheap, independently made pictures that were free to push the envelope. Night Of The Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Halloween were all made for peanuts and helped bring horror into the modern era, but anyone looking for their modern equivalent needs to go overseas.

The horror movies pouring out of Japan, South Korea, Spain and France make Hollywood look like Hammer Films in the early 1970s, content to crank out sequel after sequel with only a few minor concessions to the changing times. If that sounds unfair, bear in mind that 2017 still has Insidious 4, Saw 8 and Jeepers Creepers 3 in store.

Instead of flocking to multiplexes for more of the same, you’re far better off scouring Netflix for each of the following.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'