Recommend some Good Foreign Horror Films?

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  1. Larry Talbot

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    In another thead I asked for recommendations about good ghost stories and I got a lot of excellent suggestions. Two of the movies I'd never heard of - Waikan and The Eye - were Japanese, and I realize I may be neglecting foreign horror/supernatural flicks. So do you have any recommendations along those lines? I'm looking for intelligent, spooky, supernatural stuff (like Ringu) more than straight out gore (although some gore is fine - I loved Tell Me Something.) Any foreign horror films you might recommend?
     
  2. Lew Crippen

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    ·The Vanishing: this is truly satisfying Dutch/French film directed by George Sluizer and not to be confused with a later U.S. remake.
    ·Kwaidan: four short vignettes, not a single film. They are all quite stylized, some more so than others. Based on Japanese folk stories and well told by Masaki Kobayashi.
    ·Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein, both by Paul Morrissey and although both are technically U.S. films both were made entirely in Italy. These are also stylized films.
    ·Dead Ringers: assuming that you consider Canada a foreign country. You can add a good many of David Cronenberg’s other films to the list. It sort of depends on your definition of foreign.
    ·Nosferatu: the classic silent vampire film of 1922 by F.W. Marnau.
    ·Vampyr: another silent classic, this one by Carl Dreyer.
    ·Drácula: this time watch the Spanish version with Carlos Villarías and Lupita Tovar. Made at the same time (they shot at night), using the same sets as the Bella Lugosi version, this is a bit longer and has the more satisfying ending.

    This ought to get you started.
     
  3. Rex Bachmann

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    Larry Talbot wrote (post #1):

     
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    Two recent Spanish horror films I would recommend.

    The Devils Backbone which is out on R1 DVD (great picture and sound). The director also did another horror film called Cronos which I think is being released soon as well.

    The Nameless, which is out in Japan and in Spain. Both versions carry English subtitles.
     
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    One of my favorite foreign horror films is Tales of the Unusual from Japan. Only one of the 4 vignettes really qualifies as horror, the rest are more along the lines of a Twilight Zone episode. Still, it's a great, entertaining movie. I picked it up on an R3 DVD, and have watched it several times.
     
  6. Sean Campbell

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    I'll second Kwaidan. While I wouldn't consider it chilling, it's still an excellent movie and the Criterion DVD looks fantastic.
    I'd also suggest Onibaba, which is another spooky Japanese flick. An English subtitled region 2 edition is available from Japan.
     
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    Two more low on the gore Japanese recommendations for yahs.

    Kairo(aka Pulse)(2001)(dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
    Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)(directed by Takashi Shimizu)
    These are both available via import DVD.
     
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    Already mentioned, but I would highly recommend Kwaidan and Devil's Backbone.
     
  9. Peter M Fitzgerald

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    I second the motion on the following:

    BLACK SUNDAY
    BLACK SABBATH
    BARON BLOOD
    LISA & THE DEVIL
    EYES WITHOUT A FACE
    KWAIDAN
    NOSFERATU (either the 1922 or 1979 versions, both are fine)

    Here are some further titles I'd recommend:

    ANATOMY (2000-German)
    KILL, BABY, KILL (1966-Italian, another from Mario Bava)
    CASTLE OF BLOOD (1964-Italian)
    THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH (1964-Italian)
    THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG (1963-Italian)
    TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1973-Spanish)
    A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987-Hong Kong)
    MR. VAMPIRE (1986-Hong Kong)
    YOKAI MONSTERS: ALONG WITH GHOST (1969-Japanese)
    GHOST ACTRESS (1996-Japanese, aka "DON'T LOOK UP")
    SPIRAL (2000-Japanese, aka "UZUMAKI")
    VIY, OR SPIRIT OF EVIL (1967-Russian)
     
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    If you don't have a weak stomach, Takashi Miike's Audition.

    Also, I second recommendations for Franju's Eyes Without a Face and Kiyoshi's Kairo. I'd also recommend a couple other another Kiyoshi Kurosawa movies, Cure and Seance.
     
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    The Eye is coming to DVD very soon. It's actually from Hong Kong, rather than Japan. Very creepy film and worth checking out for those interested in Asian horror flicks.
     
  12. Richard Hardbattle

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    Most of the above are great recommendations, but can I also sugest:

    Deep Red
    Suspiria
    Tenebrae
    Opera
    (all Italian Argento masterpieces)

    Also - If you liked "The Nameless" - the directors new movie called "The Darkness" is one of the best foreign genre movies of recent years...... and although filmed in Spain, the original cast all speak English.

    Can't really go wrong with any of these.


    Rich
     
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    I thought The Eye was very weak on the horror and average at best. I'd agree on Lew's rec's, as well as most of the Bava picks, Dario Argento, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, especially Cure which I think is the best horror movie since The Shining.

    Others:
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (another silent German classic)
    Twitch of the Death Nerve (Mario Bava film not mentioned above)
    The Bird With the Crystal Plummage (Dario Argento not mentioned)

    Films by Lucio Fulci (a hit and miss director for me, some of his stuff I REALLY like, and some is unwatchable.)

    Zombie
    The House By The Cemetary (my favorite)
    New York Ripper
    Don't Torture A Duckling

    David Cronenberg

    Shivers (my favorite)
    Rabid
    The Brood
    Scanners

    Michael Powell

    Peeping Tom
     
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    Nosferatu (1922)

    Black Sunday (1960)

    Suspiria (1977)

    Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)

    A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)




    ps. Larry Talbot, an apt name for a horror film fan. [​IMG]
     
  15. Ralph Jenkins

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    If you enjoyed Ring, then other films by Hideo Nakata might be a good choice. Dark Water (being released in the UK in late October) is another ghost story similar to Ring; in it, a divorcing mom moves into an old apartment building with her daughter, where strange events begin to occur (telling more would be a spoiler). The movie's epilogue is weak, but up until that point, I consider it to be nearly on par with Ring. Nakata's Chaos is also good, but it's not really a horror film.

    Juon (The Grudge) is also worth a look. To date, this series consists of two made-for-TV movies and two theatrical features. Beware the second made-for-TV movie, which only has a running time of approx. 70 minutes and includes about 30 mins. of recycled footage from the first part. The theatrical features have a slicker, more professional look about them (i.e, they benefited from a higher budget) but the first made-for-TV movie actually has some of the best shocks. The story (if you can call it that) is about two ghosts (a little boy and his mother) who haunt a house in Japan, cursing any new tenants who move in. All of the films in this series are very episodic and non-linear.
     
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    The following foreign classics all get VERY high recommendation from me:

    ASIAN

    Kairo
    Uzumaki
    Evil Dead Trap
    Audition
    Onibaba
    Cure
    The Happiness of the Katakuris
    Phone
    Dark Water
    The Ring Virus
    The Untold Story
    The Eye
    Ju-On

    Those are the very best I've seen, but in all honesty, any Asian horror would be good to seek out, as they are making the absolute best horror being made today!

    EUROHORROR

    Suspiria
    The Wicker Man
    Dellamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man)
    Lisa and the Devil
    The Vanishing
    Man Bites Dog
    The Nameless (aka Los Sin Nombre)
    Tenebre
    Phenomena
    Opera
    The Stendhal Syndrome
    City of the Living Dead
    New York Ripper
    Lizard in a Woman's Skin
    Black Sabbath
    Dog Soldiers
    Thesis
    Demons
    The Whip and the Body

    CANADIAN

    EVERY David Cronenberg film
    Black Christmas
    Ginger Snaps

    I adore foreign horror, so this is hardly every one of them that I love, but these are among the very best.
     
  17. Larry Talbot

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    I'm so happy with the many suggestions this thread has recieved! I'll have my hands full trying to track them all down...Some titles aren't listed at Netflix, so I'll try the local independent rental shops (Portland area.) Thanks again, everyone!
     
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    Lucio Fulci -

    Zombie
    City of the Living Dead (aka The Gates of Hell)
    The Beyond
    New York Ripper
    House By the Cemetery

    Dario Argento -

    Deep Red
    Tenebre
    Suspiria
    Phenomena
    Opera
    Sleepless

    Mario Bava -

    Blood and Black Lace
    Hatchet for the Honeymoon
    Twitch of the Death Nerve (aka Bay of Blood)
    Shock

    Umberto Lenzi -

    Cannibal Ferox
    Nightmare City
    Eaten Alive

    Others -

    Tombs of the Blind Dead
    Cannibal Apocalypse
    The Living Dead Girl
    The Demoniacs
    Exorcism
    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
    House on the Edge of the Park
    Cannibal Holocaust
    Jungle Holocaust
    Macabre
    A Blade in the Dark
    Demons
    Demons 2
    Le Locataire (The Tenant)
     

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