My Top 28 Foreign Horror Films from 2000s-2010

by bigrudedogg87 | created - 10 Jan 2013 | updated - 11 Jan 2013 | Public
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1. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 60,575 | Gross: $3.68M

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

2. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 332,551 | Gross: $45.06M

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.

3. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 61,293 | Gross: $16.19M

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.

4. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 447,359 | Gross: $13.54M

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.

5. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

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: 54,830 | Gross: $0.75M

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.

6. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 233,601 | Gross: $28.64M

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.

7. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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: 146,956

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.

8. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 176,533 | Gross: $26.02M

An intense roller coaster ride.

Neil Marshall is an awesome British director. I look forward to what he has next

9. Them (2006)

R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 26,751

Creepy as hell as to what I didn't see coming at the end.

Not giving anything away. You gotta see this.

10. Sleepless (2001)

R | 117 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Max von Sydow, Stefano Dionisi, Chiara Caselli, Gabriele Lavia

Votes: 5,546

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.

11. Kansen (2004)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai | Stars: Michiko Hada, Mari Hoshino, Tae Kimura, Yôko Maki

Votes: 4,825

12. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

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: 59,220 | Gross: $0.04M

13. Dog Soldiers (2002)

R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 49,227

14. Undead (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

34 Metascore

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.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins, Lisa Cunningham

Votes: 12,030 | Gross: $0.04M

15. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror

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: 35,645 | Gross: $0.33M

16. [Rec] 2 (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

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.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Jonathan D. Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra, Ariel Casas

Votes: 61,520 | Gross: $0.03M

17. The Card Player (2004)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

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.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Stefania Rocca, Liam Cunningham, Silvio Muccino, Adalberto Maria Merli

Votes: 4,476

18. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 544,983 | Gross: $37.63M

19. Doomsday (2008)

R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

51 Metascore

A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddig, Caryn Peterson

Votes: 66,999 | Gross: $10.96M

20. The Dead (2010)

R | 105 min | Horror

59 Metascore

An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead.

Directors: Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford | Stars: Rob Freeman, Prince David Oseia, David Dontoh, Ben Crowe

Votes: 8,151

21. Mother of Tears (2007)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother).

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Cristian Solimeno, Adam James, Moran Atias

Votes: 8,000 | Gross: $0.06M

22. Antikörper (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte

Votes: 6,706

23. Rammbock (2010)

R | 63 min | Horror, Thriller

Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. Much ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin Kren | Stars: Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk, Emily Cox

Votes: 4,697

24. Junk (2000)

R | 83 min | Horror

A team of jewel-thieves fight for their lives in a zombie-infested factory.

Director: Atsushi Muroga | Stars: Nobuyuki Asano, Shû Ehara, Tate Gouta, Anthony Grow

Votes: 1,027

25. Giallo (2009)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

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.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Adrien Brody, Emmanuelle Seigner, Elsa Pataky, Robert Miano

Votes: 4,630

26. Darkness (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror

15 Metascore

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.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 17,752 | Gross: $22.16M

27. Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005 TV Movie)

Unrated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

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.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Elio Germano, Chiara Conti, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Cristina Brondo

Votes: 2,311

28. Koroshiya 1 (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 46,890 | Gross: $0.02M

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