10 Best Foreign Language Horror Movies for Halloween

Some say love is the universal language of humanity, but
fear can work just as well. We’ve compiled a list of foreign language movies to
both expose viewers to foreign languages and scare their pants off. While it
may be difficult to find foreign language horror films in theaters, thanks to
streaming services like Netflix and online rentals on Amazon, watching previously
hard-to-find films are easier than ever. While it’s fun to watch classics like Scream
and I Know What You Did Last Summer come October, foreign-language
horror flicks offer different perspectives and tropes that offer surprise scares
and new imagery. From Japan to Mexico, these films offer a worldwide tour of
the scope of terror.
1. Train to Busan (Korean)
This horror zombie flick takes the medium
and amps it up to 100. Imagine being stuck on a train, and slowly each and
every person becomes infected as a zombie. Chase scenes, betrayal, and
catastrophic situations ensue, and you better bet that a cheering fest will
break out when the film says the title.
2. Audition (Japanese)
When a widower decides to date again, he
decides to use create a fake production company to use as a dating service. He becomes
enamored with a beautiful young girl, and thinks he has struck the jackpot.
However, he isn’t the only one being deceptive. Part morality tale about power
structures between men and women, part shock-horror gross out, Audition
is much more than a horror flick.
3. Raw (French)
When a vegetarian has her first
taste of meat for a hazing ritual at a veterinary school, she begins to have a
strange itchy reaction that turns into a definitive and very real craving for
the taste of flesh. She doesn’t want only animal flesh, she wants to eat human
flesh. Met with controversy over its extremely graphic content, this slow-moving
and beautifully shot movie both delights and disgusts.
4. Let the Right One In (Swedish)
A bullied 12 year old boy makes friends with a young girl in a small town in Blackeberg who turns out to be a vampire in this bleak, romantic tale. Instead of jump-scares and loud music, the movie focuses on the darker side of humanity to have a deeper spooky effect.
5. Funny Games (German)
Funny Games is a literal
home-invasion nightmare about two sadistic men who decide to tease and torture
their victims. This movie is difficult to watch and difficult to look away
from, and is a prime example of a psychological thriller.
6. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Persian)
Part comedy, part horror, this movie is a fresh take on the
genre and turns it on its head. An empowering tale of a lonely vampire who uses
her power to fight men trying to take advantage of her in a patriarchal
7. Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish)
Suitable for children, yet still totally
creepy, this fantastical movie shows what happens when a child enters a labyrinth
into the underworld. Dubbed an Alice in Wonderland for adults, the movie
uses animatronics, CGI, and impressive makeup to present a spooky, spellbinding
8. Dumplings (Chinese)
The infamous Aunt Mei, a former gynecologist, makes
dumplings that are known to have miraculous youth regenerating properties. If diners
were to know what’s inside of the dumplings, though, they may not be so keen on
eating it. A social commentary on the dark depths that people will do on the
quest for eternal youth.
9. Dogtooth (Greek)
A manipulative father wants to protect his daughters, but
ends up going too far. The compound that the girls live in appears idyllic at
first, but upon closer inspection it appears more and more like a prison. This movie
shows that no matter how good intentions are, you can still end up hurting
people in the end.
10. Black Sunday (Italian)
This one is for fans of vintage horror movies. Made in 1960,
the movie is shot in beautiful black and white, and follows a witch that was
being burnt at the stake who comes back to seek her revenge.

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