Every countries’ horror films pale in comparison to the scariness of French horror films. However, French horror films are notoriously harsh, and they are unafraid to display copious amounts of blood and gore in their productions. France has a long history with horror, dating back to 1896 when Georges Melies directed The Haunted Castle, the first horror film. There were bats and frightening skeletons in it! The Fall of the House of Usher, directed by Jean Epstein, is one of the first horror masterpieces from the 1920s. In the 1950s, France produced two of the most acclaimed horror films of all time: Diabolique and Eyes Without a Face.
James Quandt, an art critic, coined the phrase “New French Extremity” in 2004 to condemn a new breed of French filmmakers who used explicit violence and sex in their films. While the New French Extremity does not only characterize horror films, there is no denying that this is the most popular genre for shocking people. Although New French Extremism can be polarising, it is frequently infused with social and political concerns, making its violence less gratuitous than that seen in many Hollywood films. New French Extremity movies are ready to break the terrors out with a hammer.
Horror exists to release the nightmares we attempt to keep trapped in our subconscious, and these movies are ready to break the terrors out with a hammer. Not to be outdone by the past, the New French Extremity movement, which began in the aughts with films like Martyrs and inside continued with Julia Ducournau’s 2016 Raw, set a new benchmark in cruelty. Here are some French horror movies like Baxter (1989), 3615 Code Pere Noel(1990), Delicatessen (1991), Trouble Every Day (2001), High Voltage (2003), Martyrs (2008), Grave/Raw (2016), and Revenge (2017) among others.