(Article written by Babbel.com)
With Halloween fast approaching, those of us who don’t suffer from samhainophobia (an intense and persistent fear of Halloween) may be looking forward to a good old scare. For those of you who aren’t off trick or treating, there is no better way to celebrate the ancient pagan festival than to round up some friends and settle down to a spooky Halloween film. But this year, why not branch out from the traditional Halloween classics and watch a foreign horror film?
For those of you who have exhausted the usual Halloween film list, the linguists at Babbel have compiled a roundup of some of the most popular scary films from around the world, guaranteed to give you and your friends a real fright!
- French: La Horde (2009)
The French are pretty well known for producing some seriously scary horror films and if you’re a fan of zombie films, this is the perfect Halloween film for you! Full of twists and a LOT of gore, this French horror film will have you on the edge of you seat.
- Spanish: REC (2007)
Another one for the zombie fans, this film is shot in the ‘home made’ style of films like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, and was so popular that it was followed by three sequels. If you’re not a fan of the hand held camera style of filming don’t let this put you off, you may feel relaxed for the first 5 minutes but trust us, that won’t last… prepare to be jumping out of your skin for most of the film!
- Portuguese– Blood Curse (2006)
This film depicts a family who inherit an old house in a village in rural Portugal and, as you might guess, all is not what it seems. Rather than being a blood and guts type of Halloween film, this film is all about subtle, psychological horror. Interestingly the film’s content is all based on Portuguese myths and folklore, so as well as being thoroughly creeped out, you will also be learning a little of Portugal’s mythology.
- Swedish- Let the Right One In (2008)
No Halloween film list would be complete without a vampire film. This Swedish film, based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, tells the story of a young boy living in a suburb of Stockholm who forms a dangerous friendship with a mysterious young girl. The film was so popular that in 2010 that an American remake was released called ‘Let me in’, however the horror didn’t translate it would seem… the remake was generally considered a huge disappointment and the original Swedish film remains the best.
- Russian– Night Watch (2004)
Night Watch was the first big budget Russian supernatural film, and one of the first blockbusters made after the collapse of the Soviet film industry. A fantasy thriller set in Moscow, the film was later followed with a sequel due to popularity.
- German– Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
If you’re a fan of art house cinema, then you will love this German horror film. Made in 1979 this film was a stylistic remake of Dracula that gained a cult following and remains hugely popular to this day.
- Norwegian- Cold Prey (2006)
This film centres around five teenagers who decide to take a snowboarding trip in the Norwegian mountains, it’s not long before the trip takes a very sinister turn. This film is a real tension builder and is a great change from the traditional Halloween slasher films that we tend to re-watch at Halloween.
- Portuguese- Coisa Ruim (2006)
If you are looking for more of a psychologically creepy Halloween vibe then this is your go-to film. Portugal is not known for its booming film industry (in fact there are barely any Portuguese horror films), but this is a great one. The film centres around a family who we see slowly breaking down as the supernatural forces around them pull them apart. It’s a slow burner but it creates a really unsettling and creepy atmosphere, perfect for your Halloween night in!