5 international horror films you must see

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  • 5 international horror films you must see
  • World Movies admin
  • November 7, 2013

It’s that time of year again. Halloween is almost upon us and the streets are soon to be flooded with witches, ghouls and the odd Miley Cyrus look a-like.

For those who prefer the darker side of All Hallows’ Eve, it’s all tricks and no treats as World Movies presents a horror double-up that goes where very few films have gone before.

WM Halloween Horror brings you the gut-wrenching horror hits The Human Centipede and The Human Centipede II back-to-back for the first time ever on Australian television this Thursday 31 October from 8.30pm.

To get your heart thumping and your spine tingling, we’ve pulled together some of our other favourite international horror films that are sure to cause you a few sleepless nights.

THE ORPHANAGE (Spain, 2007)
This is quite simply one of the scariest ‚Äòchild-horror’ movies you will ever see. The story begins as a woman along with her husband and son, Simon, move back to the orphanage where she was raised. All seems normal until Simon begins telling tales of his imaginary friends and a frightening masked child is spotted. When Simon disappears, it soon becomes clear that the house belies a disturbing past. Be warned: the masks used in the film will haunt your dreams for weeks.

JU-ON THE GRUDGE (Japan, 2002)
There’s no doubt about it – no one does supernatural horror quite like the Japanese. With some clever editing and eerie,disorientating sound effects, director Takashi Shimizu has created more tension and frights than most filmmakers can with a mountain of gore. The film centres on a remote house where a vengeful husband killed his family before committing suicide. Some of the most iconic and skin-crawling scenes of modern horror result as the man’s murdered wife and child set about bearing a vengeful grudge to all those who enter the house.

SUSPIRIA (Italy, 1977)

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why Suspira is so creepy and unsettling; it simply needs to be experienced to be understood. The film follows a newcomer’s arrival to a seemingly normal distinguished ballet academy. Things quickly take and the story takes on a surreal nightmare-like quality as she realises there is something sinister and supernatural at play. The film’s twisted and hallucinatory images will stay with you long after it ends.

NOSFERATU (Germany, 1922)
This silent classic may not seem terrifying by today’s slasher standards, but its nightmarish black and white treatment of the traditional Dracula tale has left Nosferatu as perhaps the most famous German horror film of all time. Less frightening than haunting, Max Schreck’s immortal performance allows this eerie expressionist film to slowly develop a persistent atmosphere of dread and decay.

(Spain, 2007)
You may have seen its high budget English language remake Quarantine, but do not to miss this minimal film that manages to perfectly blend a high level of realism with nerve-shattering tension. Using the ‚Äòfound footage’ format, Rec centres on a television reporter and her cameraman as they follow some emergency workers to a seemingly typical call. Things quickly disintegrate as they realise there is something truly terrifying inside and the government seals off the building, leaving the group trapped within.

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