2. Inside (2007)
Inside tells the story of a pregnant woman who, on Christmas Eve, must defend herself from a home invader who seeks to take her unborn baby. Taking place throughout one night and mainly in one location, Inside is exhilarating from start to finish.
Incredibly clever in the way the movie flips horror norms on their head, and how such decisions are written into the script, directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo craft a genuinely terrifying French slasher movie.
Inside is filled to the brim with action and creates a brilliant lead in Alysson Paradis’ Sarah, who is written and performed immaculately, and the co-creators craft one of the best horror villains of the 2000s in Béatrice Dalle’s La Femme, a woman with qualities that will likely haunt you in your nightmares.
Inside places you in a state of fear and leaves you there for over an hour; it’s simply unmissable.
1. Raw (2016)
When it comes to modern horror, there really is no better example than Julia Ducournau’s Raw.
Raw follows Justine (Garance Marillier), a stringent vegetarian who, after being forced to eat raw meat for the first time at a hazing ritual during her first week of veterinary school, finds that her growing hunger for meat goes a little deeper than the animals our society would ordinarily consume.
Despite it being her feature film debut, Ducournau proves that she is a natural horror director, crafting some of the most cringe-inducing horror moments you will ever see. But Raw is not just a horror movie, it is the story of a girl who wants to fit in, a film in which both sides of the story constantly improve each other throughout and make for an incredibly engaging piece of art.
With terrifying imagery, gory effects and a story that will suck you in and hurt you harder than you can imagine, Raw is truly a special French-Belgian horror film.
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