20 Fantastic German Horror Films You Must See Before You Die

Deutschland making horror fans proud.

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Arguably no country did more to shape the face of early horror movies than Germany. The country has been a vital contributor to the history of cinema right from the beginning, hitting the ground running when the first cinema for a paying audience in the world was opened in 1895 in Berlin.

It wasn't until the 1920s, though, that German horror - and German Expressionism - hit its creative stride. During this time, a stable of German actors, writers and directors pushed Expressionism to international acclaim. And while the country's primary contributions to the genre lie in its early years, the story of German horror movies extends all the way up to the present day.

With that being said, this list today will be shining a light on some of Germany's greatest offerings to the horror genre - well-known horror films both old and new, underground Eurosleaze and many other underrated and undiscovered gems. Horror flicks for adventurous viewers who aren't afraid of subtitles (or dubbed voice acting).

These films and their stories range from an obsessed fangirl who's far worse (and more violent) than the weirdo in Eminem's Stan video to a kinky couple who like to get frisky with rotting cadavers - and they're all very much worth your time.

Minor and gruesome spoilers ahead.  


Jesse Gumbarge is editor and chief blogger at JarvisCity.com - He loves old-school horror films and starting pointless debates. You can reach out at: JesseGumbarge@JarvisCity.com