French "New Extremity" & Arthouse Horror

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1. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror

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: 63,440 | Gross: $3.68M

2. 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.

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

Votes: 75,420

3. 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.

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

Votes: 34,778

4. Rape Me (2000)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

35 Metascore

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.

Directors: Virginie Despentes, Coralie | Stars: Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot, Adama Niane

Votes: 16,084 | Gross: $0.01M

5. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

R | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

A family falls victim to a group of mutated cannibals in a desert far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 150,093 | Gross: $41.78M

6. The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

32 Metascore

A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.

Director: Martin Weisz | Stars: Daniella Alonso, Jacob Vargas, Michael Bailey Smith, Cécile Breccia

Votes: 57,658 | Gross: $20.80M

7. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror

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: 23,594

8. The Divide (2011)

R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

28 Metascore

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 33,776 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Trouble Every Day (2001)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

40 Metascore

Two American newlyweds in Paris experience a love so strong, it almost devours them.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas

Votes: 6,630 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Sombre (1998)

Not Rated | 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 »

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Marc Barbé, Elina Löwensohn, Géraldine Voillat, Coralie

Votes: 1,364

11. Demonlover (2002)

R | 129 min | Thriller, Drama, Mystery

64 Metascore

Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Connie Nielsen, Gina Gershon, Chloë Sevigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 4,397 | Gross: $0.23M

12. 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.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Martine Audrain

Votes: 18,310 | Gross: $0.05M

13. Irréversible (2002)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia

Votes: 108,415 | Gross: $0.75M

14. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 62,246 | Gross: $0.34M

15. 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: 27,689

16. In My Skin (2002)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

68 Metascore

A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.

Director: Marina de Van | Stars: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert

Votes: 4,654 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Intimacy (2001)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Mark Rylance, Kerry Fox, Susannah Harker, Alastair Galbraith

Votes: 10,511 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Glowing Eyes (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

55 Metascore

In a Parisian porn theater, a cashier, a 50-year-old man and a young projectionist are drawn into a complex love affair.

Director: Jacques Nolot | Stars: Vittoria Scognamiglio, Jacques Nolot, Sébastien Viala, Olivier Torres

Votes: 720 | Gross: $0.00M

19. A New Life (2002)

102 min | Drama, Horror

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.

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Zachary Knighton, Anna Mouglalis, Marc Barbé, Zsolt Nagy

Votes: 849

20. Ma Mère (2004)

NC-17 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

35 Metascore

When his father dies, a young man is introduced by his attractive, amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel, Emma de Caunes, Joana Preiss

Votes: 5,819 | Gross: $0.07M

21. Pola X (1999)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

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

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Guillaume Depardieu, Yekaterina Golubeva, Catherine Deneuve, Delphine Chuillot

Votes: 4,134 | Gross: $0.17M

22. The Pornographer (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 »

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jérémie Renier, Dominique Blanc, Catherine Mouchet

Votes: 2,149

23. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 50,923 | Gross: $0.51M

24. Secret Things (2002)

Unrated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

55 Metascore

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 »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau | Stars: Coralie Revel, Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont, Fabrice Deville

Votes: 4,309 | Gross: $0.10M

25. 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.

Director: Kim Chapiron | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Olivier Barthélémy, Roxane Mesquida, Nico Le Phat Tan

Votes: 8,015

26. Calvaire (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

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: 10,920 | Gross: $0.00M

27. Criminal Lovers (1999)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel. After committing a murder, a young couple on the run find refuge in a remote cottage in the woods, where they become trapped by the perverse hermit who lives there.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Natacha Régnier, Jérémie Renier, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Salim Kechiouche

Votes: 3,570 | Gross: $0.05M

28. L'Humanité (1999)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Emmanuel Schotté, Séverine Caneele, Philippe Tullier, Ghislain Ghesquère

Votes: 3,541 | Gross: $0.11M

29. 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 »

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Évelyne Dandry, François Marthouret, Marina de Van, Adrien de Van

Votes: 4,309

30. 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.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Michel Serrault, Mathieu Kassovitz, Mehdi Benoufa, Robert Gendreu

Votes: 1,843

31. Time of the Wolf (2003)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Anaïs Demoustier, Béatrice Dalle, Patrice Chéreau

Votes: 8,912 | Gross: $0.06M

32. Caché (2005)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot

Votes: 66,915 | Gross: $3.63M

33. In Their Sleep (2010)

Not Rated | 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 »

Directors: Caroline du Potet, Éric du Potet | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Arthur Dupont, Thierry Frémont, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Votes: 1,329

34. The Pack (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.

Director: Franck Richard | Stars: Yolande Moreau, Émilie Dequenne, Benjamin Biolay, Philippe Nahon

Votes: 2,005

35. The Horde (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Horror

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: 14,541

36. 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.

Director: David Morlet | Stars: Hélène de Fougerolles, Francis Renaud, Dida Diafat, Marie-Sohna Condé

Votes: 3,755

37. Livid (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.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Chloé Coulloud, Félix Moati, Jérémy Kapone, Catherine Jacob

Votes: 5,980

38. Baby Blood (1990)

R | 82 min | Horror

When a strange creature crawls into a woman's uterus she becomes a killer in order to feed the tiny terror growing within her.

Director: Alain Robak | Stars: Emmanuelle Escourrou, Christian Sinniger, Jean-François Gallotte, Roselyne Geslot

Votes: 1,288

39. Among the Living (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

Three kids skip school in order to explore an abandoned film studio lot where they catch site of a woman being dragged across the lot by a masked man.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Anne Marivin, Théo Fernandez, Francis Renaud, Zacharie Chasseriaud

Votes: 1,800



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