For those who live and breathe horror films, they perfectly know and understand that some of the best horror movies ever made were produced by European Cinema. There is just something different about horror flicks that countries like Spain or Italy or France produce compared to your typical run of the mill Hollywood spook fests that make it better.
From the 1960 French classic Eyes Without a Face to 28 Days Later, Europe has been a constant when it came to the genre. So since Halloween is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to help you in expanding your horror movie library. Here are some of the best European horror movies ever made both past and present that you can watch (hopefully not alone).
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
This film is a reverse Tommy Wiseau where Adrian Țofei directs, writes, and stars as Adrian, an aspiring filmmaker who has an unhealthy obsession with Anne Hathaway. The man goes down deep the rabbit hole by luring and trapping aspiring actresses to his supposed set to make demo scenes so he can entice Anne Hathaway to star in his movie. The film isn’t as bloody as one might think, but Adrian’s psychosis and creepiness makes up for it a lot.
The Night Eats the World (2018)
After falling asleep waiting for his ex-girlfriend’s party to end so he could get his stuff back, Sam, played by Anders Danielsen Lie wakes up to a world where zombies now littered the streets of Paris and slowly realizes that he is one of the very few who survived this mysterious end of the world catastrophe.
The End? (2017)
Fabled filmmakers like Umberto Lenzi (Man from the Deep River) and Lucio Fulci (City of the Living Dead, The Beyond) were some of the main proponents why zombie flicks have become what they are today and it seems like Daniele Misischia is following in their footsteps with his 2017 zombie thriller with the film’s protagonist, Claudio played by Alessandro Roja watches helplessly as the world goes down into a cesspool of undead chaos while being stuck inside an elevator.
Let the Right One In (2008)
Forget the US remake, this is the real deal. Kåre Hedebrant plays Oskar, a bullied twelve year-old boy who lives in suburban Sweden with his mother Yvonne, and befriends their mysterious neighbor Eli, played by Lina Leandersson. Oskar starts to notice that Eli is no ordinary girl and soon becomes privy to her dark secret that has bloody implications.
The House With Laughing Windows (1976)
Stefano, played by Lino Capolicchio is a young restorer employed by a Mayor of a small village near Ferrara, Italy to restore an old church fresco. The man slowly learns the history behind the mural and its artist as the story progresses and saying that its disturbing is an understatement. The film has phenomenal cinematography and amazing acting but is pretty much an unknown sans giallo enthusiasts.
The benchmark for vampire films even to this day. Count Orlok played by the legendary actor Max Schreck is a far cry away from the twinkly Edward Cullen or the dreamy Salvatore brothers that every teenage girl fantasize about. The 1922 German classic is a silent film inspired by Bram Stroker’s Dracula and is about Thomas and Ellen Hutter, a young couple who travels to Transylvania to do business and has their world turned upside down by the grisly Count Orlok.