New French Extremity

French transgressive and horror films most of which have fallen under the label of the New French Extremity.

See also: Torture porn (and their antecedents), a list this one crosses over with due to the violence in a lot of these films. Splat Pack films, movies by a more tightly-knit group of anglophone creators whose work has often been labelled as 'torture porn' even though most of their output doesn't reach the heights (depths?) of some of the films listed here. New Japanese Gore films are also extreme films create by a closely-knit ground of movie-makers.

Further reading: The 8 Most Disturbing Films of The New Wave of French Horror, The Best French Horror And Extreme Films Of The Decade and 50 Must-See French Horror Movies (this last one looking at earlier films too). This blog has reviewed a lot of them in some depth.

Others: Anatomy of Hell is flagged as porn so can't be added.

Comments: As I don't have a Facebook account I cannot interact with the new comments system, so have switched it off. I will start a thread on the message board and link it in here shortly.
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1.
Carne (1991 Short Film)
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After he thinks that his mute daughter is attacked, a butcher stabs and beats a man, which changes his whole life in a very short time. (40 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
2.
The Life of Jesus (1997)
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A social movie about life nowadays in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed... (96 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
3.
Assassin(s) (1997)
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Old professional killer Wagner seeks someone to teach what he knows as long as he is already dying, and he chooses Max... (128 mins.)
 
4.
I Stand Alone (1998)
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
5.
Sombre (1998)
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A car, following the Tour de France. Children screaming in front of the puppet show. Women, often prostitutes... (112 mins.)
 
6.
Sitcom (1998)
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The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother's discovery of his homosexuality... (85 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
7.
Class Trip (1998)
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A schoolboy Nicholas always worries about something. When he goes on a school skiing trip, all his visions and nightmares take him over. (96 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
8.
Criminal Lovers (1999)
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After a perverted impulse drives them to kill, Alice and her boyfriend, Luc, drag the body into the woods... (96 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
9.
Pola X (1999)
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A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and he begin an unusual relationship with her prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancée (134 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
10.
Humanité (1999)
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When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers. (148 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
11.
Rape Me (2000)
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Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences. (77 mins.)
“ Thelma and Louise just with unsimulated sex and a lot more violence, giving it a very, raw, chaotic and realistic feel, possibly at the expense of a story. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
12.
Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the 70s Germany, a 50 year old businessman falls in love with a 20 year old boy. (82 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
13.
The Crimson Rivers (2000)
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A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college. (106 mins.)
 
14.
With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)
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Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn. (117 mins.)
Director: Dominik Moll
 
15.
Deep in the Woods (2000)
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A group of artists, composed of the young actors Wilfried and Matthieu and the actresses Sophie, Mathilde and the dumb Jeanne... (90 mins.)
 
16.
Murderous Maids (2000)
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Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter. (94 mins.)
 
17.
Trouble Every Day (2001)
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Shane and June Brown are an American couple honeymooning in Paris in an effort to nurture their new life together... (101 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
18.
Intimacy (2001)
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A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk. (119 mins.)
 
19.
The Pornographer (2001)
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Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970's and '80's, but had put that aside for 20 years... (108 mins.)
 
20.
Children's Play (2001)
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Content with two children in an upper class French marriage, a woman finds herself faced with visions of rape... (85 mins.)
Director: Laurent Tuel
 
21.
Irreversible (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
22.
In My Skin (2002)
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A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident. (93 mins.)
Director: Marina de Van
 
23.
Secret Things (2002)
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Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine... (115 mins.)
 
24.
Porn Theater (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In a Parisian porn theater, a cashier, a 50-year-old man and a young projectionist are drawn into a complex love affair. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Nolot
 
25.
Maléfique (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In a penitentiary, four prisoners occupy a cell: Carrère, who used his company to commit a fraud and... (90 mins.)
Director: Eric Valette
 
26.
Demonlover (2002)
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Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations. (129 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
27.
A New Life (2002)
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The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape. (102 mins.)
 
28.
High Tension (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
29.
Twentynine Palms (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert... (119 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
30.
Swimming Pool (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics. (102 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
31.
Time of the Wolf (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process. (114 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
32.
Dead End (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life. (85 mins.)
 
33.
Calvaire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A singer's car breaks down deep in the woods. (88 mins.)
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
“ Belgian, but it has been linked to the NFE. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
34.
Process (2004)
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(93 mins.)
Director: C.S. Leigh
 
35.
Ma mère (2004)
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When his father dies, a young man is introduced by his attractive, amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity. (110 mins.)
 
36.
Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Pierre Niemans faces the threat of the apocalypse while investigating a series of ritual murders. (97 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
 
37.
House of Voices (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
In 1958, in the French Alp, the young servant Anna Jurin arrives in Saint Ange Orphanage to work with... (98 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
 
38.
Aquarium (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Six people wake up locked in an empty room. They are observed by a camera and loudspeaker broadcasts music on hold... (67 mins.)
 
39.
13 Tzameti (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him... (93 mins.)
Director: Géla Babluani
 
40.
Sheitan (2006)
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A group of youngsters go out to a disco late one night and accidentally run into a shepherd who has prepared himself for a night of Satanic worship. (94 mins.)
Director: Kim Chapiron
 
41.
Them (2006)
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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. (77 mins.)
“ An effective home invasion film, but it is quieter final moments in the film that really stuck with me. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
42.
Flanders (2006)
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Bruno Dumont follows up the controversial Twentynine Palms with this tale of a group of young soldiers who go off to war and experience some life-changing events. Flandres won the Grand Prix Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. (91 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
43.
Inside (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (82 mins.)
 
44.
Frontier(s) (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
 
45.
Eden Log (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A man wakes up deep inside a cave. Suffering amnesia, he has no recollection of how he came to be here... (98 mins.)
Director: Franck Vestiel
 
46.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
 
47.
Vinyan (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A couple are looking for their child who was lost in the tsunami - their search takes them to the dangerous Thai-Burmese waters, and then into the jungle, where they face unknown but horrifying dangers. (96 mins.)
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
 
48.
The Horde (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies. (90 mins.)
“ The film starts off like a grim and gritty French crime drama and rapidly transitions into a solid zombie film. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
49.
Mutants (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, a resourceful couple hides out in an isolated abandoned building. The woman is pregnant and the man is infected, slowly transforming into the kind of inhuman monster they are trying to escape. (95 mins.)
Director: David Morley
“ Crosses over with my contagious violence list. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
50.
Bluebeard (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An adaptation of the classic tale of a wealthy aristocrat with a blue beard. (80 mins.)
 
51.
In Their Sleep (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Sarah and her husband have moved to a house in the country; their son, Loic, a college student, chaffs at the isolation and a tragedy occurs... (84 mins.)
 
52.
Enter the Void (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
53.
7 Days (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter. (105 mins.)
Director: Daniel Grou
 
54.
The Pack (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
One winter morning, while driving through the desolate French countryside, traveler Charlotte picks up hitchhiker Max. Together they stop at a roadside diner, where a strange and depraved horror awaits. (84 mins.)
Director: Franck Richard
 
55.
Outside Satan (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In a village on the French Opal Coast, a drifter engages in a perplexing relationship with a young woman who has suffered abuse. (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
56.
Livid (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The suggestion that a big treasure is hidden somewhere inside Mrs Jessel's once renowned classical dance academy, will become a lure to a deadly trap for Lucie and her friends. (92 mins.)
 
57.
The Hunt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Since the dawn of time man has always hunted something or other. (74 mins.)