a list of the best foreign horror-thriller movies

by ilias_tzaz | created - 12 Feb 2012 | updated - 01 Feb 2015 | Public

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1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 47,485

2. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

7.1
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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.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 67,765

3. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror

6.8
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Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot

Votes: 32,253

4. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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44 Metascore

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik, Patrick Ligardes, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 22,099

5. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.8
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42 Metascore

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 59,582 | Gross: $3.68M

6. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 61,035

7. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Horror

7.8
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67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 84,511 | Gross: $0.13M

8. Kokuhaku (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 29,747

9. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 130,598 | Gross: $7.16M

10. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 144,167

11. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 53,342 | Gross: $0.75M

12. Cronos (1993)

R | 94 min | Horror

6.7
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70 Metascore

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 22,487 | Gross: $0.62M

13. Gin gwai (2002)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.7
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66 Metascore

A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Angelica Lee, Chutcha Rujinanon, Lawrence Chou, Jinda Duangtoy

Votes: 26,044 | Gross: $0.50M

14. Los cronocrímenes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.2
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68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 48,187 | Gross: $0.04M

15. Tesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 30,782

16. Funny Games (1997)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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69 Metascore

Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering

Votes: 50,927

17. Shutter (II) (2004)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool

Votes: 34,949

18. Alone (I) (2007)

105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.6
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Deceased Siamese twin returns to haunt surviving sister

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Marsha Wattanapanich, Vittaya Wasukraipaisan, Rachanu Boonchuduang, Hatairat Egereff

Votes: 4,455

19. Linkeroever (2008)

102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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When Marie moves into her boyfriend's apartment, she uncovers a disturbing mystery.

Director: Pieter Van Hees | Stars: Eline Kuppens, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sien Eggers, Marilou Mermans

Votes: 2,120

20. Ha phraeng (2009)

125 min | Horror

6.9
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Phobia 2 is composed of five short movie segments directed by five of the best directors of Thai horror films. A teenager who committed a crime goes to a sacred place for meditation and ... See full summary »

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Visute Poolvoralaks, Paween Purikitpanya, Songyos Sugmakanan, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Jirayu La-ongmanee, Ray MacDonald, Chumphorn Thepphithak, Apasiri Nitibhon

Votes: 1,682

21. See prang (2008)

120 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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4BIA is a Horror Anthology. The first segment, "Happiness" is about a lonely girl who corresponded with a stranger over hand phone text messaging and soon discovered something strange about... See full summary »

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Paween Purikitpanya, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Maneerat Kham-uan, Witawat Singlampong, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Chon Wachananon

Votes: 2,427

22. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.7
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48 Metascore

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa

Votes: 34,988 | Gross: $0.33M

23. Fritt vilt (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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Jannicke, Morten Tobias, Eirik, Mikal and Ingunn are on a snowboarding vacation in Jotunheimen. They are forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel when Morten Tobias breaks his leg and ... See full summary »

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen

Votes: 15,042

24. Cold Prey 2 (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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Jannicke wakes up in the hospital. All of her friends are dead. As she walks through the dark corridors, she thinks she is left alone. But the nightmare isn't over yet.

Director: Mats Stenberg | Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik, Kim Arne Hagen, Johanna Mørck

Votes: 7,433

25. El habitante incierto (2004)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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In the dark corridors of Félix's house, an intruder is hiding. Is he real, or is he a manifestation inside the obscure maze of his mind?

Director: Guillem Morales | Stars: Andoni Gracia, Mónica López, Francesc Garrido, Agustí Villaronga

Votes: 4,673

26. Them (2006)

R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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60 Metascore

Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud | Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca, Maria Roman

Votes: 26,329

27. Los ojos de Julia (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.

Director: Guillem Morales | Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui, Francesc Orella

Votes: 26,069

28. Saam gaang yi (2004)

R | 125 min | Horror

7.0
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66 Metascore

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park | Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau

Votes: 16,988 | Gross: $0.08M

29. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror

6.3
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54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 60,329 | Gross: $16.19M

30. Maléfique (2002)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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In a penitentiary, four prisoners occupy a cell: Carrère, who used his company to commit a fraud and was betrayed by his wife; the drag Marcus and his protégée, the intellectually disabled ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Valette | Stars: Gérald Laroche, Philippe Laudenbach, Clovis Cornillac, Dimitri Rataud

Votes: 3,367

31. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

6.3
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61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 58,513 | Gross: $0.04M

32. Sint (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

5.6
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A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes, Caro Lenssen, Huub Stapel

Votes: 7,598

33. La horde (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Horror

5.9
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An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies.

Directors: Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher | Stars: Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 13,975

34. Doghouse (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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A group of men, heading to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce, soon discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.

Director: Jake West | Stars: Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke, Emil Marwa, Lee Ingleby

Votes: 19,486

35. La casa muda (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

5.4
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The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house, which hides an ... See full summary »

Director: Gustavo Hernández | Stars: Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso, María Salazar

Votes: 6,879

36. Calvaire (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

6.2
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52 Metascore

Marc, a traveling entertainer, is on his way home for Christmas when his van brakes in the middle of a jerkwater town with some strange inhabitans.

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Laurent Lucas, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigny, Jean-Luc Couchard

Votes: 10,267 | Gross: $0.00M

37. Rovdyr (2008)

78 min | Horror

5.1
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The summer of 1974, four young people are all ambushed and left unconscious. They wake up deep in the woods with no one around but the sound of a hunting horn.

Director: Patrik Syversen | Stars: Henriette Bruusgaard, Jørn Bjørn Fuller Gee, Lasse Valdal, Nini Bull Robsahm

Votes: 3,592

38. Skjult (2009)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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Painful memories arise when Kai Koss goes back to his childhood home after 19 years and inherits his dead mother's house.

Director: Pål Øie | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Marko Iversen Kanic

Votes: 2,568

39. Naboer (2005)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Julia Schacht, Anna Bache-Wiig

Votes: 7,872

40. Villmark (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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The crew of the TV show "Real TV" with controlling boss Gunnar on the front line will soon begin production of a reality show for which participants are selected to survive in the ... See full summary »

Director: Pål Øie | Stars: Bjørn Floberg, Kristoffer Joner, Eva Röse, Sampda Sharma

Votes: 4,761

41. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 65,070 | Gross: $0.01M

42. Mientras duermes (2011)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan, Petra Martínez

Votes: 29,660

43. The Hidden Face (2011)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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Shattered by the unexpected news, an aspiring orchestra conductor is puzzled by his girlfriend's mysterious and seemingly inexplicable case of disappearance.

Director: Andrés Baiz | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Martina García, María Soledad Rodríguez, Jose Luis Garcia

Votes: 26,414

44. Hell (2011)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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In the not too distant future, people struggle to survive their greatest enemy, the sun.

Director: Tim Fehlbaum | Stars: Lilo Baur, Marco Calamandrei, Lisa Vicari, Lars Eidinger

Votes: 10,898

45. Sennentuntschi (2010)

110 min | Horror, Mystery

6.5
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Three lonely herdsmen starved of female companionship creates the girl of their dreams, from a broom, some straw and a few rags. The creation - Sennentuntschi, lives and breathe to cook, clean and look after the three.

Director: Michael Steiner | Stars: Roxane Mesquida, Nicholas Ofczarek, Andrea Zogg, Carlos Leal

Votes: 2,357

46. Hansel and Gretel (2007)

TV-14 | 117 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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After meeting an mysterious girl on an dark stretch of road, a young salesman is invited to a beautiful house with bizarre secrets and no way to escape.

Director: Pil-sung Yim | Stars: Jeong-myeong Cheon, Eun Won-jae, Eun-kyung Shim, Ji-hee Jin

Votes: 3,753

47. La casa del fin de los tiempos (2013)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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Dulce is a mother of two who experiences terrifying encounters with apparitions inside her old house, a place where a tragedy occurs. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home to decipher the mystery that has tormented her for so long.

Director: Alejandro Hidalgo | Stars: Miguel Angel Pacheco, Rosmel Bustamante, Adriana Calzadilla, Simona Chirinos

Votes: 5,508

48. Witching and Bitching (2013)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.4
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73 Metascore

On the run from the Police, a gang of armed robbers finds a safe haven in a secluded village crammed with witches, only to encounter the bizarre, the unexpected and the occult.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang

Votes: 11,204