New French Extremityby Mighty_Emperor | created - 13 Mar 2012 | updated - 09 Dec 2013 | Public
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)
40 min | Short, Crime, Drama
After a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, a butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him.
2. The Life of Jesus (1997)
96 min | Drama, Romance
A social movie about current life in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They pass away time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their ... See full summary »
3. Assassin(s) (1997)
128 min | Drama, Crime
Old professional killer Wagner seeks someone to teach what he knows as long as he is already dying, and he chooses Max, young and passionless thief to be his successor.
4. I Stand Alone (1998)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 15,728 | Gross: $0.05M
5. Sombre (1998)
112 min | Drama, Horror
A car, following the Tour de France. Children screaming in front of the puppet show. Women, often prostitutes, trying to scream as they are being strangled. Then he will meet Claire, the ... See full summary »
6. Sitcom (1998)
Unrated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother's discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister's suicide attempt and sado-masochist ... See full summary »
7. La classe de neige (1998)
96 min | Drama, Mystery
A schoolboy Nicholas always worries about something. When he goes on a school skiing trip, all his visions and nightmares take him over.
8. Les amants criminels (1999)
96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a perverted impulse drives them to kill, Alice and her boyfriend, Luc, drag the body into the woods, only to find themselves hopelessly lost - much like the fairy-tale plight of ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,346 | Gross: $0.05M
9. Pola X (1999)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance
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
Votes: 3,808 | Gross: $0.17M
10. Humanité (1999)
141 min | Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 3,136 | Gross: $0.11M
11. Rape Me (2000)
Unrated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 15,333 | Gross: $0.01M
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.
14. With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn.
Votes: 8,846 | Gross: $3.82M
15. Promenons-nous dans les bois (2000)
R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of artists, composed of the young actors Wilfried and Matthieu and the actresses Sophie, Mathilde and the dumb Jeanne, is hired by a millionaire, Axel de Fersen, to present a ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,200 | Gross: $0.06M
16. Murderous Maids (2000)
94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter.
Votes: 1,084 | Gross: $0.23M
18. Intimacy (2001)
R | 119 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 9,916 | Gross: $0.10M
19. Le pornographe (2001)
Unrated | 108 min | Drama
Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970s and '80s, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas, born of the '60s counter-culture, had elevated the entire genre. ... See full summary »
20. Un jeu d'enfants (2001)
85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Content with two children in an upper class French marriage, a woman finds herself faced with visions of rape, violence and the supernatural. Her husband, a successful businessman also ... See full summary »
21. Irreversible (2002)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 96,396 | Gross: $0.75M
23. Choses secrètes (2002)
Unrated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,954 | Gross: $0.10M
24. Porn Theater (2002)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
In a Parisian porn theater, a cashier, a 50-year-old man and a young projectionist are drawn into a complex love affair.
Votes: 694 | Gross: $0.00M
25. Maléfique (2002)
90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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 »
27. La vie nouvelle (2002)
102 min | Drama
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.
28. High Tension (2003)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 59,169 | Gross: $3.68M
29. Twentynine Palms (2003)
Unrated | 119 min | Drama
David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a... See full summary »
Votes: 3,726 | Gross: $0.05M
30. Swimming Pool (2003)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 37,294 | Gross: $10.11M
31. Time of the Wolf (2003)
R | 114 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 8,150 | Gross: $0.06M
32. Dead End (I) (2003)
R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
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.
33. Calvaire (2004)
Not Rated | 88 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 10,196 | Gross: $0.00M
Belgian, but it has been linked to the NFE.
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Pierre Niemans faces the threat of the apocalypse while investigating a series of ritual murders.
37. Saint Ange (2004)
R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
In 1958, in the French Alp, the young servant Anna Jurin arrives in Saint Ange Orphanage to work with Helena while the orphans moved to new families with the administrator Francard. Anna, ... See full summary »
38. Aquarium (2004)
67 min | Horror, Thriller
Six people wake up locked in an empty room. They are observed by a camera and loudspeaker broadcasts music on hold. After meeting, they try to find a way out, but the only possible outcome ... See full summary »
40. Sheitan (2006)
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A group of youngsters go out to a disco on Christmas Eve and accidentally run into a shepherd who has prepared himself for a night of pure insanity.
41. Them (2006)
R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
An effective home invasion film, but it is quieter final moments in the film that really stuck with me.
42. Flandres (2006)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance, War
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.
Votes: 2,457 | Gross: $0.02M
43. Inside (2007)
R | 82 min | Horror
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.
44. Frontier(s) (2007)
Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
45. Eden Log (2007)
R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man wakes up deep inside a cave. Suffering amnesia, he has no recollection of how he came to be here or of what happened to the man whose body he finds beside him. Tailed by a mysterious ... See full summary »
46. Martyrs (2008)
R | 99 min | Horror
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.
47. Vinyan (2008)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
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.
48. La horde (2009)
Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Horror
An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies.
The film starts off like a grim and gritty French crime drama and rapidly transitions into a solid zombie film.
49. Mutants (2009)
R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Crosses over with my contagious violence list.
51. Dans ton sommeil (2010)
84 min | Horror, Thriller
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. A year later, Sarah lives alone in the house; ... See full summary »
52. Enter the Void (2009)
Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy
A French 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.
Votes: 52,910 | Gross: $0.34M
54. La meute (2010)
R | 84 min | Horror
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.
56. Livide (2011)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror
The suggestion of a big treasure hidden somewhere inside Mrs Jessel's once renowned classical dance academy will become an irresistible lure to a fiendish trap for Lucie and her friends.