Blair Witch meets Night of the Living Dead in this Spanish zombie flick. What [Rec] lacks in psychological depth it more than compensates for in sheer, roller-coaster terror.
The film was remade in the U.S. as Quarantine, which earned $41 million worldwide.
This Belgian feature pays direct homage to the giallo films of Dario Argento and others that many cite as the twisted source of the new European horror. Directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani cut out Argento’s humor but leave Amer engorged with sexual tension.
'Let the Right One In' (2008)
This Swedish vampire film that helped start the Euro Horror wave is still one of the best of the bunch. Thomas Alfredson’s plays down the story’s supernatural elements in favor of grim realism and a chilling Bergman-esque angst towards death, sexuality and growing up.
For horror fans in the era of Twilight — a franchise that took out all the violence and eroticism and made horror suitable for the PG-13 crowd — Let the Right One In was a revelation.
'Let Me In' (2010)
A surprisingly good remake of the Swedish thriller Let the Right One In, Let Me In gets the cold touch of dread and despair that made the Swedish original so chilling. As 12-year-old vamp Chloe Grace Moretz shows she can do more than just Kick-Ass. The film earned $12 million domestically.
'High Tension' (2003)
The most commercially successful of the new French chillers, High Tension is a return to the gory but brainy slasher pixs of the 1970s including Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Hostel meets Haneke in this physically and psychologically disturbing film that many are hailing as the future of the horror genre. French director Pascal Laugier slices off any remnants of humor, irony and hope in his original, technically brilliant take on the bloody revenge story. Gruesome and grim.
French directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury use their considerable technical skill to a very nasty end. The deceptively simple set up — pregnant woman attack by unstoppable psychopath — never descends into parody, thanks to the powerful performances of Alysson Paradis as the knocked-up victim and the crazy, scissor-wielding maniac Beatrice Dalle.
'The Human Centipede' (2009)
Dutch helmer Tom Six’s connect-the-body-parts horror goes where few American splatter films would dare. The premise is absurd but Six, unlike U.S. practitioners of torture porn, takes the whole procedure as seriously as the tag line: 100% medically accurate.
'Dead Snow' (2009)
Nazi zombies: a genre concept so perfect it’s shocking no one thought of it before. Don’t expect anything highbrow from Norwegian Tommy Wirkola’s splatterfest. This is straight-up scary fun as the undead SS rise to feed on Scandinavian skiers. Features one of the best tag lines of all time: Eins, Zwei, Die!
Domestic box office is down 20 percent in the U.S. as "Sex Tape" goes limp and, for the first time since 2001, no film crosses $300 million. Laments one studio executive, “I wish I worked at Netflix.” Read More