The ten Finest Overseas Slasher Motion pictures12 min read

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Horror Lists Foreign Slashers
By  · Printed on October third, 2023

October is outlined in Webster’s Dictionary as “31 days of horror.” Don’t hassle wanting it up; it’s true. Most individuals take that to imply highlighting one horror film a day, however right here at FSR, we’ve taken that up a spooky notch or 9 by celebrating every day with a high ten checklist. This text highlighting our ten favourite international slashers is a part of our ongoing collection, 31 Days of Horror Lists.

Hollywood could also be house to the largest and most well-known movie-making neighborhood on the earth, however that doesn’t imply each model, style, and many others. was born there. Musicals and documentaries? Hollywood. Horror movies and comedies? Thanks, France. Nonetheless, whereas Georges Méliès might have shot the primary horror film (a brief, nevertheless it counts!), Hollywood and the USA as a complete can lay declare to the creation of the slasher.

What precisely constitutes a slasher? Definitions range, however the core components come down to a couple issues — one, the majority of the movie ought to unfold over a short while body, like one evening or a weekend; B, the movie ought to concentrate on the sufferer pool and/or the killer whereas retaining police involvement to a minimal; and three, the occasions ought to happen in a comparatively small geographical space like a campground, a giant home, or a neighborhood. There’s room for flexibility right here, however a slasher ought to meet not less than two of these three standards. (That stated, artwork is in the end subjective!)

Whereas the U.S. produces extra slashers than each different nation mixed, these international lands haven’t precisely been sitting idly on their fingers. For this checklist we’re taking a look at international slashers, movies made exterior of the U.S. that also convey the products with their kills, killers, and set-pieces. Preserve studying for a have a look at the ten finest/our ten favourite international slashers as ranked by Chris “The Night time Man Cometh” CoffelBrad “Gory George” Gullickson, Meg “The Bloody Mountie” Shields, Jacob “The Taint Torturer” Trussell, and me,

10. Chilly Prey 2 (2008, Norway)

Cold Prey Two

Whereas slashers are rising in reputation exterior the U.S., the variety of international slasher sequels continues to be ridiculously low. Credit score the standard and success of 2006’s Chilly Prey then for incomes not one however two follow-ups. Whereas that first film units its horror towards stark, wintry landscapes, the follow-up delivers the very best Halloween II (1981) riff on the market as the only real survivor is dropped at a hospital instantly after the occasions of the primary movie. the good Ingrid Bolsø Berdal returns and, like Laurie Strode earlier than her, is pressured to maintain combating because the killer picks up the place he left off all through the hospital’s darkish hallways and rooms. Don’t be fast to dismiss it as a Halloween II carbon copy, although, because the chilly locale, Berdal’s broken character, and a few bloody carnage guarantee Chilly Prey 2 delivers a sequel practically as nice as the primary. (Rob Hunter)

9. Cub (2014, Belgium)


A gaggle of younger scouts go tenting within the woods, and solely one of many boys suspects the native legend of a feral youngster dwelling among the many bushes is perhaps true. Director/co-writer Jonas Govaerts units up a well-known sufficient premise with characters each likable and despicable amid the potential sufferer pool earlier than unleashing some sudden terrors. Violence each bodily and emotional cuts deep with an anti-bullying theme enjoying heavy beneath the floor, however as soon as hell crashes the campground all bets are off as to who will survive the evening. I’ll admit to being a little bit iffy on the ultimate moments, however all the pieces as much as that time brings the products from the kills to the attractive cinematography to a pulsating rating by Steve Moore. This can be a slasher with a bit extra up its sleeve than easy stabbings and slashings, and it hits good. (Rob Hunter)

8. Grave Robbers (1989, Mexico)

Grave Robbers

A gaggle of younger grave robbers by accident awaken an historical satanic killer once they rob the flawed grave in one of many extra appropriately named international slashers, Grave Robbers. After stretching his legs with just a few killings, the now-awake Satanist units out to convey the top of occasions by discovering a virgin and impregnating her with the seed of the Antichrist. Rubén Galindo Jr.’s Mexican slasher is a splatter deal with with fingers bursting from chests, a number of ax pictures to the face, a grisly decapitation, and maybe my favourite depiction of a hand being chopped off. It additionally incorporates a transfer straight out of the ebook of MacGyver with a personality fixing a broken-down Dodge truck by grabbing a rock and wildly smashing the engine. The right midnight film for many who imagine useless individuals haven’t any proper taking their valuables with them to the subsequent life. (Chris Coffel)

7. Stagefright (1987, Italy)

Stage Fright

If you happen to aren’t on board with Michele Soavi’s Stagefright by the point a person in a large owl masks breaks out right into a balletic dance routine, I don’t understand how else to promote you on this film. It’s a foolish and audacious slasher with gory results and a pulsating synth rating from one in all Dario Argento’s best proteges. However Soavi’s reference to Argento begs the query: ought to this really be thought of a giallo movie? Arguably, by no means, as a result of Soavi’s film shares much more commonalities with the American slashers of the Eighties, than the garrote-driven pressure prominently featured in Italian giallos. Stagefright has a gimmicky set-up, eye-catching masks, and a killer with nearly supernatural power, so it’s no marvel that our large unhealthy owl man appears lower from the identical slasher fabric as Jason Voorhees, relatively than any black-gloved killer you’ll discover in Argento’s physique of labor. (Jacob Trussell)

6. Lake Bodom (2016, Finland)

Lake Bodom

Taneli Mustonen‘s Lake Bodom will not be Finland’s first horror movie — that honor most likely belongs to 1952’s The White Reindeer — nevertheless it’s positively among the many nation’s finest (and one in all solely a handful of slashers too). A gaggle of associates head to a campsite that noticed a quadruple killing over half a century prior, a killing that has by no means been solved, however whereas they’re hoping to seek out the reality it’d simply come at the price of their very own lives. Sorry, it’s going to come at the price of their very own lives. Impressed by the real-life unsolved murder of three teenagers tenting on the lake’s shore in 1960, the movie makes use of that as a jumping-off level that leads right into a slasher fueled as a lot by a twisty plot as it’s by the kills. Add in some engaging cinematography and strong sensible results, and you’ve got a slasher effectively value your time. (Rob Hunter)

5. Excessive Rigidity (2003, France)

High Tension

Alexandre Aja makes gnarly motion pictures, and Excessive Rigidity is perhaps his gnarliest. Marie with the concrete noticed, Alex on the receiving finish of it. It’s a picture that burns into your creativeness. The risk is as actual as any horror film risk may be, and Aja delights within the chase. Excessive Rigidity begins as one factor and ends as one other. The primary time you watch, the flip might put you off. It might do the alternative. Regardless of the case, it’s how the movie sits inside you years later that issues. It’s the friendship eviscerated, the psychologies shattered, and the meat and blood left on the flooring and partitions that refuse to scab over your reminiscence. (Brad Gullickson)

4. Chilly Prey (2006, Norway)

Cold Prey

5 associates head up a mountain for a snowboarding journey, however just one will make it again down alive. Why? As a result of poor selections land them in a giant, deserted lodge that’s now house to a hulking madman intent on eradicating the pesky guests. Roar Uthaug‘s characteristic debut — can we pause to sing the praises of this man’s mother and father for giving him this identify? — is as pitch-perfect a slasher as you’ll discover anyplace delivering thrilling set-pieces, suspenseful kills, and a terrific pairing between Ingrid Bolsø Berdal‘s hero and Rune Melby‘s murderous mountain man. An enormous a part of the movie’s enchantment, and one thing that helps it stand other than a crowded discipline, is the snowy, high-altitude setting. The blankets of white make for an atypical however welcome location for a slaughter and battle for survival, and whereas removed from obligatory, the movie’s temporary bookends add simply sufficient mad pathos to the killer’s backstory. The movie went on to see two sequels and a wholesome filmmaking profession for our pal Roar whose newest hit, Troll (2022), lately earned its personal sequel coming quickly to Netflix. (Rob Hunter)

3. Chilly Hell (2017, Austria)

Cold Hell

The idea of the “ultimate lady” stems from the slasher subgenre and refers back to the final protagonist standing, the one who lastly defeats the killer (till the inevitable sequel) the place everybody else fails. They most frequently battle again on the finish in a single kind or the opposite, nevertheless it’s normally a defensive battle or one counting on traps of some kind. Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s Chilly Hell as a substitute asks, what if the ultimate lady was a badass fighter who really pursues the killer as a substitute of ready for them to assault? It’s a easy however good setup, and the result’s an exhilarating journey. Özge (Violetta Schurawlow) is an immigrant in Vienna who witnesses a serial killer’s newest kill, sees the police to be ineffective, and decides to take the bastard down herself. Brutal fights, chases, and a shocked killer elevate the heart beat for this tight, ninety-minute thrill journey. (Rob Hunter)

2. Angst (1983, Austria)


Improbably lodged on the intersection of slapstick comedy and snuff movie, Angst can be on the high of this checklist if extra of the cowards within the Movie Faculty Rejects voting physique had seen it. [Editor’s note: Chris Coffel and Brad Gullickson are the cowards being called out here by Meg.] Whereas Gerald Kargl’s unhinged dash of a horror movie is definitely not for the faint of coronary heart, it’s simply the very best film that received aggressively banned in Europe in 1983. So there’s that. (Enjoyable truth: Angst didn’t safe American distribution till 2015 as a result of apparently, it’s “upsetting” and “immoral” to make a film a few man who actually desires to kill and fuck as many individuals as attainable, ideally in that order). Starring skilled freak Erwin Leder because the unnamed psychopath (largely accepted to be a unfastened interpretation of real-life serial killer Werner Kniesek), Angst’s unhinged real-time narrative is simply outdone by Zbigniew Rybczyński’s relentlessly kinetic cinematography, which hovers someplace between Russian Ark and “The Shocking Adventures of Sir Digby Rooster Caesar.” Solely the Austrians may have made a movie like this, they usually’ve been awfully quiet recently… possibly we must always test on them. (Meg Shields)

1. Dream House (2010, Hong Kong)


There are millions of horror movies on the market, however by some means Pang Ho-cheung‘s good and bloody Dream House has managed to high two of this 12 months’s lists. The second is coming later this month, however for now we’re speaking international slashers, and there are none higher than this grotesque, gut-wrenching, and sadly topical hack and slash from Hong Kong. Josie Ho performs a younger lady who’s been working her ass off for years within the hope of shopping for her first house, a condominium to be shared along with her long-suffering mother and father, however when she’s screwed over by grasping assholes she slips and does what any one in all us would — she begins slaughtering anybody she finds within the constructing.

Not like most slashers, international or in any other case, Dream House stays targeted on Ho’s character leaving the victims to enter the movie solely to be slaughtered in more and more violent and gory methods. Not like the meta strategy of one thing like Behind the Masks (2006) or the straight go to with a madman that’s Angst, our time spent with a killer right here is time spent with a human being in misery. We are able to’t assist however really feel for her and sympathize with the trend and helplessness, and whereas it by no means excuses her habits — once more, she is fucking brutal — it makes her relatable in methods most slasher killers may by no means hope to be. And that makes the horror all of the extra palpable and affecting. (Rob Hunter)

As you may see, our horror tastes haven’t any geographical boundaries. Preserve studying extra 31 Days of Horror Lists to see what different strains we’re completely happy to cross.

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Movie Faculty Rejects since earlier than you had been born, which is bizarre seeing as he is so rattling younger. He is our Chief Movie Critic and Affiliate Editor and lists ‘Broadcast Information’ as his favourite movie of all time. Be at liberty to say hello if you happen to see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.

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