Top 10: French Horror Movies

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Writing this top 10 list is a pleasure for me as I am a HUGE French horror fan. It started years ago when I discovered gore horror and Alexandre Aja’s genius. And so, when I tasted the extreme French cinema, I couldn’t stop watching movies like these listed below. I will not give you a history lecture about how the French cinematography was created and how it developed, because you have Wikipedia for this. I am here to deliver titles of the most memorable and disturbing films made by French psychos. So sit still and let’s go!

10. The Horde (Le Horde) (2009)

Director: Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher
Writer:Arnaud Bordas, Yannick Dahan
Cast: Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney

One thing I can’t stand in horror movies – Slow and dumb zombies! But don’t worry, in this bloody horror you will see only exciting and extreme zombie scenes. A downfall of The Horde is the screenplay though. The lines get a little bit annoying between flesh feasts.

9. High Lane (Vertige) (2009)

Director: Abel Ferry
Writer: Johanne Bernard, Louis-Paul Desanges
Cast: Fanny Valette, Johan Libereau

I remember waiting for this movie quite a long time as I expected something like Wrong Turn and although I didn’t care for any of the characters it was a good watch. Give High Lane a go and you will get suspense, gore and survival horror.

8. Livid (Livide) (2011)

Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Writer: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Cast:Chloe Coulloud, Felix Moati, Jeremy Kapone

Beautiful mystery horror film with a great ending. I recommend not watching the trailer of Livid and just watch the movie, go with the flow. This way you will not expect anything which makes it a better watch. Read the review of Livid here

7. Irreversible (2002)

Director: Gaspar Noe
Writer:Gaspar Noe
Cast: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel

If there are any movies that change lives then Irreversible is one of them. After a good spinning session at the beginning of the movie it will get only worse. The infamous rape scene and head smash look so real you will never forget it.

6. Them (Ils) (2006)

Director: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Writer:David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Cast: Olivia Bonamy, Michael Cohen, Adriana Mocca

Them is an Excellent French movie to watch in the middle of the night with no lights on. I guarantee you will be paranoid after seeing this suspense film with an amazing ending. Should I mention the movie was inspired by true events? Yup.

5. Frontier(s) (Frontiere(s)) (2007)

Director: Xavier Gens
Writer:Xavier Gens
Cast: Karina Testa, Aurelian Wiik, Patrick Ligardes

Frontiere(s) was so controversially brutal that cinemas near me didn’t want to screen it, which made it even more desirable. I couldn’t wait to watch it and, indeed, there was a LOT of blood. A splendid horror for the extreme gore fans.

4. Mutants (2009)

Director: David Morlet
Writer:David Morlet, Louis-Paul Desanges
Cast: Helene de Fougerolles, Francis Renaud, Dida Diafat

Judging from the title I expected something like “The Hills Have Eyes” where the “mutated” or deformed people would kill tourists and then eat them. Mutants turned out to be a lot deeper film with a great concept and storyline.

3. Inside (A l’interieur) (2008)

Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Writer:Alexandre Bustillo
Cast: Beatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nathalie Roussel

Never mess around with mothers to be! Something that France got us used to, controversy and intensity in its violence. Inside is a powerful revenge movie with magnificent acting and gore scenes.

2. High Tension (Switchblade Romance/Haute Tension) (2003)

Director: Alexandre Aja
Writer: Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur
Cast: Cecile De France, Maiwenn, Philippe Nahon

Utterly mind-blowing horror fest about an obsession and sick fantasies. High Tension aka Switchblade Romance is a French horror film that was probably THE movie that made the gore fun and entertaining.
*sigh* “Switchblade Romance” what a GREAT and OUTSTANDING horror title!


1. Martyrs (2008)

Director: Pascal Laugier
Writer: Pascal Laugier
Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi, Catherine Begin

“Martyrs” is probably the biggest mind f*uck you will ever see. Something that starts as a fun, brutal revenge movie develops into a depressing, message carrying intense and overwhelming horror story. After watching Martyrs I needed to spend some time alone to think about humanity.

So there you go! This is my top 10 French horror movie list. If you have some thoughts about the list or you don’t agree with it, please share!

11 Responses to Top 10: French Horror Movies

  1. says:

    Livid was very good.

  2. Rahul Pardeshi says:

    Martyr is awesome,

    I have one question, when people make an horror movies list, then why they include non-horror movies in it, I mean doesn’t horror means Ghosts movies and which is not related to human etc, means something like soul and magical things happening, i will say when human kill human its not horror and when ghost fights with humans then its horror, If its not like this then what is the special word for such only movies. for eg. I will say Hostel is not an Horror movie, and Insidious or Dead silence is horror movies.

  3. Stevie Wayne says:

    Great List, Although I would have listed Them as a suspense thriller rather than a horror. Livid is amazing though!

  4. cinebres says:

    Snuff Films :

  5. Billy says:

    how about actual descriptions of the movies? Horrible reviews.

  6. Kareem Fouad says:

    I’ve watched “Them”, “Martyrs” and “Inside”. 
    The thing about french horror is that there is no limitations, nothing is as expected and everything can get worse than fiction.

    • Have you seen The Tall Man? It was made by the director of Martyrs and you could totally feel the same video of genre switch in the movie, brill! Yet needs to be reviewed. Thanks for the comment!

  7. Chris C says:

    Good list! non of them included on a list Ive just done!

    5 Underrated French Language Horror Movies

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