My Top 28 Foreign Horror Films from 2000s-2010

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1.
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
“ My first non-American/English horror movie,
seeing in the theater back in the summer of 2005.

Despite it's English dubbing in some parts, which
I didn't really mind and was already use to it
after watching many Italian horror films from
the past on vhs and dvd.

It was a neat experience to see a
French horror film in a American movie theater
because at that time it was years since they
shown horror movies from other countries
that were dubbed for mainstream U.S. cinema.

Usually these Foreign European type of films are
shown only in the big cities before being
released on dvd and not a theater near you.


I never had the chance to see any Italian
horror-thrillers from Dario Argento or Lucio Fulci
or Sergio Martino at the time when they're
films were being released in the United States.
To indoor theaters and drive-in theaters all
over America. Which was a shame for me,
wasn't born yet until the Italian cinema
starting to suffer business in the late 80s.
(Guess I ruin that, hahaha bad joke)
I really hope someday the Italian cinema
will rise again.

But with High Tension I enjoyed it so much and
the ending was nuts for me which I didn't see
coming. Philippe Nahon played a very realistic,
creepy serial killer/rapist/necrophilic,
that ever I seen in horror film history. It was the
first time I ever saw him and he scared the *beep*
out of me because he made us believed that
he was actually nuts and pure evil. He was
so nasty, perverted, brutal and dirty as if
you can almost smell him.

It was like damn, this man could act and
I wondered what films he was in before this.
So I looked on his filmography on here and
it seems he has been in alot of stuff in his
lifetime. An accomplish actor at that.

I still haven't seen the other films that
features him in I Stand Alone, Irreversible,
The Pack and The Ordeal. Which hopefully
someday I can check those out.
Since this film he was enough to become one
of my favorite French actors and he belongs
in the world of horror film fame.

The sad thing about High Tension, is after it's
opening weekend, it only lasted a week and
died quickly at the box office.
I was just greatful to catch it for the second
time that week before being it was taken out of the
theater. I guess people at that time or maybe
still, don't show love for European cinema or
appreciate it for what it is like very few of us do.

I think French director Alexandre Aja is
very talented as well as his co-writer
and best friend Gregory Levasseur.
The future of horror should be in they're
palms. They did an awesome job with
the remake of the Wes Craven classic
The Hills Have Eyes and Mirrors.
Piranha remake was okay, it was
entertaining for tits and gore but at
times it didn't feel like an Alexandre Aja film.

I hope these guys get the chance to
come up with something of they're own
original vision again and get out of the
Hollywood remake trend soon. Hopefully
they will make new horror films from
they're country France again since they're
debut with Haute Tension and even in
America two.

I also have to mention that the gore
make up and effects were top notch
because they brought out Italian EFX
legend Giannetto De Rossi aboard
to do the work. Rossi, who worked
on alot of the Lucio Fulci movies,
back in the day. It was great
to see his name in the credits
on the big screen. I was like damn,
Giannetto De Rossi, Zombie, The House by
the Cemetery and The Beyond.
It can't get any better than this.
This film is what the defind of
old school horror is.


I thought maybe this would have been a
new turn for Euro-Horror to raise up in the
spotlight again, which in some cases it has
but not as much as in a theater near
you these days.

Everyone is entitled to they're opinion
but I could care less what they say.

This film is *beep* awesome and
one of the best horror films of 2005.
(released in 2003 in it's native country)
Four stars ” - bigrudedogg87
 
2.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ My first European horror film from the UK,
seeing in the theater and it was fantastic.

The movie scared the hell out of me when
I first saw it and still gives me the creeps
each time I watch it because something
like this probably could happen.
With all the *beep* that people, the government
are *beep* around with and trying to play God.
Just hope *beep* doesn't hit the fan one day.

As a long time major zombie movie fan,
this was a scary approach to the zombie
character. Which the zombies are not
really zombies but more zombie-like infected
crazed humans that just want to tear you apart
in fast motion.

Italian director Umberto Lenzi was the first
to do something like that with his zombies
in Nightmare City aka City of the Walking Dead
1980, which the they ran but used weapons
as well. It it actually the first running zombie
film. But his zombies were more infected with
toxic radiation as opposed to Danny Boyle's
zombies being infected with a deadly rabid virus.

Then Dan O'Bannon brought out the sub-genre
again with 1985's Return of the Living Dead
with his zombies being re-animated from toxic
gas and made them run. In more humor fashion
but still had it's dark moments.


Danny Boyle was the one to revisit this
sub-genre again but in a more extreme
intense and scary fashion.

One of the best horror films of 2003.


I look forward to see more 28 Days films
in the future. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
3.
Wolf Creek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
“ One of the most brutal and disturbing slasher
films to come out from the down under.

John Jarratt played the sadistic villain
Mick Taylor so well, that he made us
hate him so much that you almost liked
him because of witt and dark humor.
Based on the real life Australian serial killer
Ivan Milat aka The Backpacker Killer.

The film was terrific and considered
a favorite of mine. As well as one of
the best horror flicks of 2005 along
with High Tension, The Devil's Rejects,
House of Wax, White Noise, Saw 2
and Land of the Dead in my opinion.

Looking forward to seeing the sequel
and what Aussie director Greg Mclean
has for us next. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
4.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ A hilarious horror-comedy with
the take on the classic zombie.

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost,
you guys are *beep* geniuses, you dudes
rock! Hopefully will see a sequel to Shaun?
I hope someday.

They're other films Hot Fuzz and Paul
I really enjoyed as well.
Keep the comedies coming, guys. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
5.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
“ Very eerie ghost story made from Spain from fame
visionary Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.
Set in the 1930s, during the Spanish Civil War.

This really film gave me the creeps and made
me imagined seeing that little ghost boy in my
dark hall way. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
6.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan. (100 mins.)
“ Just as intense and awesome as the first
one but more fast paced and more gore.

This time directed by Spanish fame director
Juan Carlos Fesnadillo and he does deliver
the goods. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
7.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
“ Almost similar to 28 Days Later but with
a more Religious twist to it and holds it
well in my opinion.

Very intense and scary Spanish
horror-zombie-thriller.

The film was actually remade as Quarantine
and I thought it was pretty good
and just as eerie as the original film.

I actually saw Quarantine first in the
theater before Rec was even released
in the States. I'm sure as many of us did.
Plus I never even heard of Rec at the
time Quarantine was released. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
8.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ An intense roller coaster ride.

Neil Marshall is an awesome British director.
I look forward to what he has next ” - bigrudedogg87
 
9.
Them (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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.)
“ Creepy as hell as to what I didn't
see coming at the end.

Not giving anything away.
You gotta see this. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
10.
Sleepless (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An elderly and retired police detective and a young amateur sleuth team up to find a serial killer whom has resumed a killing spree in Turin, Italy after a 17-year hiatus. (117 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ This Argento film was pretty good.
Sort of his return to the old style giallo/slasher
films that made him famous from the 70s
and 80s that started with his animal trilogy and
Deep Red. It's too bad that this one didn't
made it to the big screens in America.

Italian horror films had died out in the late 80s
but the Italian master of horror is mostly the
only one that is still at it. Wheather good or bad,
the man is still doing his thing and I give him
much respect for it.

Sleepless may not be no Suspiria or Deep
Red or Opera but it's pretty damn descent.
Maybe that's just me.

Lamberto Bava once in a while, directs
something but nothing much comes
from him these days.

I have not seen the Italian horror flick
from 2006 called The Last House in the
Woods from director Gabriele Albanesi
I don't know, I heard some bad stuff
about it. Maybe someday I might check
that one out. Who knows.

Even Michele Soavi, who's made some
pretty good horror films in the past.
He hasn't done any horror lately since
his 1994 cult film Cemetery Man. I hope
someday he will return to surpise us with
something and hits U.S. theaters everywhere. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
11.
Infection (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient. (98 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
 
12.
Dead Snow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. (90 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
 
13.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
 
14.
Undead (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out. (104 mins.)
 
15.
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
16.
[Rec] 2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building. (85 mins.)
 
17.
The Card Player (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpol agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam. (103 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
18.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
19.
Doomsday (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race. (108 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
 
20.
The Dead (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead. (105 mins.)
 
21.
Mother of Tears (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother). (102 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
22.
Antibodies (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop... (127 mins.)
 
23.
Rammbock (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace... (63 mins.)
Director: Marvin Kren
 
24.
Junk (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A team of jewel-thieves fight for their lives in a zombie-infested factory. (83 mins.)
Director: Atsushi Muroga
 
25.
Giallo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
In Italy, a woman fears her sister may have been kidnapped. Inspector Enzo Avolfi fears it's worse. They team up to rescue her from a sadistic killer known only as Yellow. (92 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
26.
Darkness (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A teenage girl moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family. (88 mins.)
 
27.
Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A college film student, obsessed with the works of Alfred Hitchcock, investigates a murder committed in the apartment building across from his and suspects that his seductive neighbor hired a girlfriend to commit the deed. (93 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
28.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike