“Verónica,” the new horror film from “[REC]” director Paco Plaza, has gone viral as one of the scariest offerings currently on Netflix. The film is a fictional account of an alleged true story which occured in Madrid in 1991, where a young woman died suddenly a few months after using her Ouija board.
Some viewers have claimed the film is so scary they turned it off halfway through. Whether that’s true or just hype, here are some more scary foreign horror movies to dig into on Netflix after you watch “Verónica.”
After the tragic death of their college friend, four friends embark on a hike in the Scandinavian forest, where an ancient evil lurks. “The Ritual” is a British horror offering that weaves in plenty of folk horror that will truly terrify. It’s “The Witch” meets “The Descent” in the best way possible.
Turkish horror offering “Baskin” starts off like a buddy cop film, before plunging viewers into a nightmarish world filled with brutal and unflinching violence, and bloody horrors that would make even the Cenobites from “Hellraiser” queasy.
“A Dark Song” is one of two criminally underseen Irish horror gems on this list. A grief-stricken woman enlists the help of an occulist to perform a dangerous ritual in a secluded country home. The ritual is supposed to grant them whatever they desire, but what they conjure up is darker and more dangerous than they could have ever anticipated.
There’s a good reason why Julia Ducournau’s debut film was nominated for France’s top honor, a César award. “Raw” is an unflinching look at female desire mixed with a dash of David Cronenberg’s body horror. When a strict vegetarian is forced to eat raw meat in a hazing ritual at university, it unlocks cravings she is both terrified and longing to give in to.
Before “Okja” and “Snowpiercer,” Bong Joon-ho surprised horror fans with “The Host,” a monster movie with a message. The American military creates a monster after dumping chemicals into a river in the Han River. When the monster abducts a street vendor’s daughter, he must rise to the occasion to save not only his family, but his city as well. Surprisingly touching, “The Host” remains one of the most beloved and scary monster movies in recent years.
Much has been said about “The Babadook” since it took the horror genre by storm in 2014. The Australian film helped usher in a new wave of indie horror, and its monster has become a queer icon in its own right, but “The Babadook” remains a chilling exploration of grief and motherhood that packs a serious punch. We can’t wait to see what director Jennifer Kent does next with “The Nightingale.”
Set in Iran during the 1980s, a mother and daughter find their home haunted by something more sinister than the growing threat of war after a missile strikes their apartment building. “Under The Shadow” starts off slow, but once the scares are unleashed, it becomes truly terrifying.
Lucile Hadžihalilović’s gorgeous coming-of-age tale centers on a young boy, Nicolas, who lives on an island populated solely by women and young boys. Nicolas never questions this until the day he finds a dead body in the ocean. Filled with questions that his mother ignores, Nicolas must then head to the hospital for a medical procedure. Here, he finally uncovers the truth about his surroundings and what his mother has been hiding from him his entire life.
The arrival of a stranger in a rural village kicks off a wave of mysterious and deadly illnesses that can’t be explained. When his daughter also falls ill, a skeptical police detective must seek answers about what has really invaded the village before time runs out. Alongside “The Host,” “The Wailing” is another brilliant example of why South Korean horror remains a force to be reckoned with.
“The Canal” remains a woefully underseen Irish gem that puts a new twist on ghost stories. Rupert Evans stars as a David, film archivist who uncovers a grisly secret about his family home. As dark visions begin to haunt David, his obsession with uncovering the truth about what happened in his house puts his family at risk, as history threatens to repeat itself.
Like so many of the best horror films, “The Descent” knows how much we fear what lies waiting in the dark, and pairs it perfectly with the fear of being stranded and swallowed by the vastness of nature. And it’s enough to make you never want to leave your couch again.
A hospital should be a safe haven, but in “The Void” it becomes a gateway to a nightmarish hell in this low budget Canadian indie that even H.P. Lovecraft would be proud of. A police officer and a group of patients and hospital staff find themselves trapped and haunted by a group of eerie hooded figures. They soon discover the true danger isn’t waiting for them outside, but instead is buried deep within the hospital itself, where secret experiments have unleashed something truly terrifying.
There’s a good reason why “Train to Busan” is South Korea’s highest-grossing domestic film of all time. Trapped on a speeding train, a father and his estranged daughter must figure out a way to survive as a zombie outbreak erupts all around them — both on and off of the train. Much like “The Host,” “Train to Busan” expertly blends the horror genre with compelling family drama, which doesn’t just elevates the stakes, it also (eventually) breaks your heart.
If “The Amityville Horror” taught us anything, it’s this: If your dream home is dirt cheap, something very bad happened there, and the same is true in “The Devil’s Candy.” Australian director Sean Byrne crafts a terrifying possession movie hybrid that features one truly chilling child killer, who now has his sights set on the new inhabitants of his former home.