French Modern Horror

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1. 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: 43,865 | Gross: $0.80M

2. Irreversible (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: 114,808 | Gross: $0.75M

3. 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: 79,565

4. 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: 33,016 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Marianne (2019– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Horror

Emma, a famous and successful French horror writer, is forced to return to her hometown after the woman who haunted her dreams fifteen years ago begins to re-appear. The work she writes is ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoire Du Bois, Lucie Boujenah, Tiphaine Daviot, Ralph Amoussou

Votes: 9,904

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: 65,703 | Gross: $3.68M

7. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

A young woman, 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: 56,269 | Gross: $0.51M

8. 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: 36,220

9. Baise-moi (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: 16,490 | Gross: $0.01M

10. The Returned (2012– )

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The Returned opens in a small mountain community which is rocked to its core when several local people who are presumed dead suddenly re-appear at their homes. Despite having passed away ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Frédéric Pierrot, Céline Sallette

Votes: 19,092

11. 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: 24,511

12. 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: 9,513 | Gross: $0.06M

13. The Crimson Rivers (2000)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès, Dominique Sanda

Votes: 56,549 | Gross: $0.63M

14. 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: 28,368

15. 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: 7,005 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Évolution (2015)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

The only residents of young Nicholas' sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic | Stars: Marta Blanc, Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Votes: 5,933

17. Satan (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: 8,287

18. The Girl from Nowhere (2012)

91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Michel, a retired math teacher, has lived alone since his wife's death & occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he comes across Dora, a young ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau | Stars: Virginie Legeay, Claude Morel, Lise Bellynck, Anne Berry

Votes: 655

19. 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: 5,479

20. 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: 11,312 | Gross: $0.00M

21. 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: 6,282

22. 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: 14,877

23. 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: 19,232

24. 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: 7,187

25. 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: 6,264

26. Baby Blood (1990)

R | 88 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: 1,447

27. 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: 4,844 | Gross: $0.03M

28. 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: 2,486 | Gross: $0.01M

29. 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: 7,010

30. 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: 16,499 | Gross: $0.12M

31. House of Voices (2004)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In 1958, in the French Alps, a young servant, Anna Jurin, arrives at Saint Ange Orphanage to work with Helena while the orphans are moved to new families. Anna, who is secretly pregnant, ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 4,287

32. 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: 3,845

33. 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: 1,910

34. Cold Ground (2017)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The lucky ones freeze to death.

Director: Fabien Delage | Stars: Doug Rand, Philip Schurer, Gala Besson, Maura Tillay

Votes: 2,153

35. Sombre (1998)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Horror

A sexually frustrated serial killer takes a liking to a woman he comes across.

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

Votes: 1,445

36. Au-delà des murs (2016– )

156 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Lisa inherits an abandoned house from an unknown benefactor. On her first night in the house, after hearing noises, she knocks a hole in the wall and crawls through to discover an inescapable, infinite, labyrinthine "house."

Stars: Veerle Baetens, François Deblock, Geraldine Chaplin, Cédric Lechapelier

Votes: 810

37. 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: 6,361

38. 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: 3,610

39. 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: 887

40. Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)

Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

Several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark.

Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire | Stars: Aure Atika, Guillaume Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Gil Alma

Votes: 2,907 | Gross: $0.08M

41. 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: 1,366

42. Prey (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

PREY tells the story of Nathan (BEAU TRAVAIL'S Gregoire Colin) who is at a countryside retreat for a Fall family reunion that he expects to be particularly stormy. Claire, his wife, has to ... See full summary »

Director: Antoine Blossier | Stars: Grégoire Colin, François Levantal, Fred Ulysse, Joseph Malerba

Votes: 855

43. Therapy (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Jane and Simon are two young police officers leading a routine investigation following the discovery of hidden video equipment in an abandoned house by a night watchman. But the first ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan Ambrosioni | Stars: Nathan Ambrosioni, Thierry Azzopardi, Vanessa Azzopardi, Luna Belan

Votes: 208

44. Le masque de la Méduse (2009)

75 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A modern-day version of the Greek mythological tale of the Gorgon.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Simone Rollin, Bernard Charnacé, Sabine Lenoël, Thomas Smith

Votes: 87

45. 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: 831

46. Cruel (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Horror