Best French Horror Movies

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1. Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

90 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 24,534 | Gross: $0.05M

2. 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: 3,582

3. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 58,687

4. 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: 6,329

5. The Grapes of Death (1978)

R | 85 min | Horror

A young woman discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Marie-Georges Pascal, Félix Marten, Serge Marquand, Mirella Rancelot

Votes: 1,992

6. Blood and Roses (1960)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Alberto Bonucci

Votes: 1,047

7. Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1971)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror

During summer break, two bored Catholic schoolgirls vow to become Satanists and play a series of increasingly dangerous and morbid games.

Director: Joël Séria | Stars: Jeanne Goupil, Catherine Wagener, Bernard Dhéran, Gérard Darrieu

Votes: 1,958

8. 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: 24,165

9. The Hands of Orlac (1960)

95 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A pianist who loses his hands in a plane crash receives the transplanted hands of an executed criminal but his new hands have the murderous tendencies of their previous owner.

Director: Edmond T. Gréville | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Dany Carrel, Christopher Lee, Lucile Saint-Simon

Votes: 356

10. The Tenant (1976)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 36,386 | Gross: $1.92M

11. 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: 4,246

12. Demoniac (1957)

101 min | Crime, Drama

Gervais and his friend Bernard, two prisoners of war, manage to escape from the camp where they are held. Bernard is determined to take refuge with Hélène, his war grandmother, a woman with... See full summary »

Director: Luis Saslavsky | Stars: François Périer, Micheline Presle, Jeanne Moreau, Madeleine Robinson

Votes: 55

13. 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: 1,399

14. They Came Back (2004)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Fantasy

The lives of the residents of a small French town are changed when thousands of the recently dead inexplicably come back to life and try to integrate themselves into society that has changed for them.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Géraldine Pailhas, Jonathan Zaccaï, Frédéric Pierrot, Victor Garrivier

Votes: 2,693

15. Experiment in Evil (1959 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will...

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Teddy Bilis, Sylviane Margollé, Jean Bertho

Votes: 923

16. Shock Treatment (1973)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Doctors at a rejuvenation clinic discover a formula that will prevent aging. However, it involves harvesting the blood and body parts of young men, a process that the doctors aren't particularly averse to.

Director: Alain Jessua | Stars: Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Robert Hirsch, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 969

17. Man with the Transplanted Brain (1971)

80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Professor Marcilly is a famed brain specialist who, following in-depth and extended research work, is now able to perform brain transplant surgery. One day, he finds himself in the presence... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Doniol-Valcroze | Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 39

18. Faceless (1987)

98 min | Horror, Thriller

When model Barbara Hallen disappears in France, her father's private detective traces her steps to a private plastic surgery clinic run by Dr.Flamand.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Helmut Berger, Brigitte Lahaie, Telly Savalas, Christopher Mitchum

Votes: 1,180

19. 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: 35,612

20. Deep in the Woods (2000)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of young actors stay overnight in their host's castle only to be hunted by a serial killer.

Director: Lionel Delplanque | Stars: Marie Trintignant, Suzanne MacAleese, Maud Buquet, Alexia Stresi

Votes: 2,363 | Gross: $0.06M

21. 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: 8,195

22. 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: 77,912

23. 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: 6,851 | Gross: $0.01M

24. 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: 28,097

25. Vidocq (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Paris, 1830: Vidocq is killed by a mirror masked man. A thief turned investigator, he was working on a case of men hit by lightning, burning up. A beautiful woman was involved. After Vidocq's death, his biographer tries to solve the case.

Director: Pitof | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, Inés Sastre, André Dussollier

Votes: 20,569

26. 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: 19,041 | Gross: $0.05M

27. 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: 14,766

28. Class Trip (1998)

96 min | Drama, Mystery

A schoolboy Nicholas always worries about something. When he goes on a school skiing trip, all his visions and nightmares take him over.

Director: Claude Miller | Stars: Clément van den Bergh, Emmanuelle Bercot, Yves Verhoeven, Lokman Nalcakan

Votes: 1,372

29. The Iron Rose (1973)

TV-MA | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror

A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey, Mireille Dargent

Votes: 1,553

30. Spirits of the Dead (1968)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Anthology film from three European directors based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe: a cruel princess haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man haunted by his double, and an alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.

Directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp

Votes: 5,253

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31. Fascination (1979)

Not Rated | 80 min | Horror

A runaway criminal breaks into an eerie chateau, taking its two frightened chambermaids hostage. As night falls, a group of mysterious aristocratic women arrive and the criminal begins to realize the women are hiding a sinister secret.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Franca Maï, Brigitte Lahaie, Jean-Marie Lemaire, Fanny Magier

Votes: 2,321

32. Baxter (1989)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family.

Director: Jérôme Boivin | Stars: Lise Delamare, Jean Mercure, Jacques Spiesser, Catherine Ferran

Votes: 1,753

33. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 19,081 | Gross: $0.25M

34. 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: 6,129

35. Vinyan (2008)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A couple are looking for their child who was lost in the tsunami - their search takes them to the dangerous Thai-Burmese waters, and then into the jungle, where they face unknown but horrifying dangers.

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Rufus Sewell, Petch Osathanugrah, Julie Dreyfus

Votes: 5,316

36. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

72 Metascore

A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 22,218 | Gross: $1.11M

37. Caged (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of medical aid workers in Kosovo are kidnapped by a Serbian gang of organ traffickers.

Director: Yann Gozlan | Stars: Zoé Félix, Eric Savin, Arié Elmaleh, Ivan Franek

Votes: 1,966

38. 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: 4,769 | Gross: $0.03M

39. The Monk (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars. After becoming a friar himself, he becomes an unrivaled ... See full summary »

Director: Dominik Moll | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Déborah François, Joséphine Japy, Sergi López

Votes: 3,599 | Gross: $0.01M

40. 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: 2,021

41. 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: 55,839 | Gross: $0.63M

42. Red Nights (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

During the reign of the first emperor of China, an ingenious torturer concocted an elixir that paralyzed its victim's limbs, while increasing the sensitivity of their nerve endings tenfold.... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Carbon, Laurent Courtiaud | Stars: Frédérique Bel, Carrie Ng, Carole Brana, Stephen Wong Cheung-Hing

Votes: 520

43. 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: 5,409

44. 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: 2,876 | Gross: $0.08M

45. 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: 64,905 | Gross: $3.68M



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