5 Must-See European Horror Films

REC

REC – Spain (2007)

Martyrs

Martyrs – France (2008)

The_Orphanage

The Orphanage – Spain (2007)

5 Must-See European Horror Films

Horror movies are some of the most gripping of cinema when well-delivered. When both the story and the acting are credible, viewers get to truly feel the protagonists’ anguish and fear. Celebrating the airing of Trapped, a Dutch horror film about a woman being stalked by an unknown man, Eurochannel has selected five European horror movies everybody should watch.

REC – Spain (2007)

One of the most famous European horror films of recent years, REC became a successful franchise, spanning three sequels and getting a Hollywood adaptation. In the movie, a reporter and her cameraman cover a firefighter intervention in an apartment building in Barcelona. As the situation escalates after some of the building's occupants show animalistic and murderous behavior, they find themselves confined inside the perilous building.

REC was a commercial and critical success; it is now recognized as one of the early successes, and one of the best films in the found footage genre. The movie also won numerous awards, including the Silver Screen Award at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2008. For her role, Manuela Velasco won the Goya Award for Best Actress.

Martyrs – France (2008)

This 2008 psychological horror drama premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Marché du Film and was subject to a mixed reception because of its violence. In the movie, a young woman ventures on a quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child. The journey leads her and a friend, who was also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Martyrs collected seven awards in the horror and fantasy film festival circuit including the Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Gold at the 2009 Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival.

The Orphanage – Spain (2007)

Director Juan Antonio Bayona didn’t expect the success of his debut film. For The Orphanage, the director asked his long-time friend, Academy Award-winning director, Guillermo del Toro, to help in the production. The result is one of the most memorable European horrors of recent years.

In the movie, starring Belén Rueda as Laura, a woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for disabled children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

The Orphanage premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and received critical acclaim from audiences in its native Spain, winning seven Goya awards.

Nosferatu – Germany (1922)

One memorable piece of art, Nosferatu will always be remembered as the ultimate European horror movie. Directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok, Nosferatu. This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows the intertwined lives of a young estate agent and Count Orlok, a quirky Transylvanian millionaire who is looking to purchase a house in Germany. . . but the count also represents a plague of death and sickness.

Bram Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.

Opera – Italy (1987)

Written and directed by Dario Argento, one of the leading figures of the Italian giallo film movement, this movie became one of the director’s most famous. Starring Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini, and Ian Charleson, the plot focuses on a young soprano (portrayed by Marsillach) involved in a series of murders being committed inside an opera house by a masked assailant.

 

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Nosferatu

Nosferatu – Germany (1922)

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