French Modern Horror

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1. 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: 16,115 | Gross: $0.01M

2. 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: 6,656 | Gross: $0.01M

3. 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: 4,665 | Gross: $0.03M

4. 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: 108,935 | Gross: $0.75M

5. Maléfique (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Four prisoners find an ancient diary in the wall of their cell which might be the key to getting out.

Director: Eric Valette | Stars: Gérald Laroche, Philippe Laudenbach, Clovis Cornillac, Dimitri Rataud

Votes: 3,533

6. 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: 63,659 | Gross: $3.68M

7. 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: 8,943 | Gross: $0.06M

8. 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: 10,960 | Gross: $0.00M

9. Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Pierre Niemans faces the threat of the apocalypse while investigating a series of ritual murders.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Jean Reno, Benoît Magimel, Christopher Lee, Camille Natta

Votes: 18,587

10. House of Voices (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 »

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Virginie Ledoyen, Lou Doillon, Catriona MacColl, Dorina Lazar

Votes: 4,197

11. 13 Tzameti (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

61 Metascore

A man takes over a dead man's task but doesn't realize the horror it entails.

Director: Géla Babluani | Stars: George Babluani, Aurélien Recoing, Pascal Bongard, Fred Ulysse

Votes: 16,200 | Gross: $0.12M

12. 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: 27,746

13. 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: 8,035

14. 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: 34,887

15. 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: 23,657

16. 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 »

Director: Franck Vestiel | Stars: Clovis Cornillac, Vimala Pons, Zohar Wexler, Sifan Shao

Votes: 6,272

17. 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: 75,779

18. Don't Look Back (2009)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A psychodrama about a photographer whose pictures tell a different story to that of her perception.

Director: Marina de Van | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci, Andrea Di Stefano, Thierry Neuvic

Votes: 6,079

19. 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: 14,576

20. 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: 3,763

21. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 5,273

22. High Lane (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

A group of friends on vacation decide to venture onto a trail high up in the mountains that has been closed for repairs. The climb proves more perilous than planned, especially as they soon... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferry | Stars: Fanny Valette, Johan Libéreau, Raphaël Lenglet, Nicolas Giraud

Votes: 6,936

23. 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: 1,332

24. Stranded (2010)

103 min | Horror, Mystery

A platoon of French soldiers on a rescue mission in North Africa confront invisible evil creatures.

Directors: Hugues Martin, Sandra Martin | Stars: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Thierry Frémont, Saïd Taghmaoui, Aurélien Wiik

Votes: 806

25. 7 Days (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.

Director: Daniel Grou | Stars: Claude Legault, Rémy Girard, Martin Dubreuil, Fanny Mallette

Votes: 6,760

26. Livid (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Fantasy, 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: 5,993

27. Alléluia (2014)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Horror, Romance

72 Metascore

Fervidly dark lovesick horror inspired by the real-life criminal duo, the Lonely Hearts Killers.

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Lola Dueñas, Laurent Lucas, Héléna Noguerra, Édith Le Merdy

Votes: 2,353 | Gross: $0.01M

28. 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: 1,811

29. Cub (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Horror

49 Metascore

Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster...and he does.

Director: Jonas Govaerts | Stars: Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Stef Aerts

Votes: 5,056

30. 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: 51,357 | Gross: $0.51M

31. Revenge (II) (2017)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

Never take your mistress on an annual guys' getaway, especially one devoted to hunting - a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.

Director: Coralie Fargeat | Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède

Votes: 28,674 | Gross: $0.10M

32. Climax (I) (2018)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Music

67 Metascore

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile

Votes: 30,105 | Gross: $0.80M



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