We’re going through some pretty terrible times right now and the last thing you probably need is more horrors coming your way. Having said that, if you’re a horror movie fan, some good old-fashioned chills is the perfect way to distract yourself from the horrors of reality. In the last two months of lockdown, true fans of the genre may have already watched the latest horror movies streaming online and rewatched classic horror films. Now is the perfect time to broaden your horizons and watch some foreign horror movies that are so scary that they will keep you up all night. We dare you to watch these ten Netflix films:
Conjuring Spirit (2014) – Vietnam
You can start your binge-watching with this horror film that also has elements of comedy. The story follows a detective fiction novelist, who suffers a terrible betrayal by her husband, prompting her to move to a rental apartment in an old building with her five years old son. There she encounters a spooky music box that holds a female spirit in a red dress.
Dabbe: The Possession (2013) – Turkey
The fourth movie in Hasan Karacadag’s psychotronic [email protected] series, this one explores the possession of Kübra – a young girl who is about to get married. Her old friend and psychiatrist Ebru tries to cure her but just when things start to seem normal again, they go horribly wrong, unleashing horrors upon everyone around them.
Dabbe 5: Zehr-i Cin (2014) – Turkey
The next [email protected] film focusses Dilek who starts to feel a presence of something abnormal in her house. Her husband Omer shrugs off her feelings until the situation gets out of hand and an ancient paranormal creature called Jinn puts a deadly curse on his wife. In an attempt to cure her, Omer uncovers many secrets about Dilek’s past life.
Dab6e (2015) – Turkey
The last film of the terrifying [email protected] series so far, Dab6e starts with the sudden death of a woman named Mukadder due to cerebral hemorrhage. However, her sister feels that Mukadder died due to some terrible supernatural demons of different sizes who are now out to terrorize Mukadder’s daughter who witnessed her mother’s death.
Munafik 2 (2018) – Malaysia
Part 2 of Syamsul Yusof’s supernatural horror trilogy follows Adam, a Muslim healer who is haunted by some terrifying visions. His faith is put to test when Sakinah, a poor single mom in an isolated village, is haunted by an evil spirit. Along with Abuja, a man with misleading religious teachings, he must save Sakinah from the spirit’s torment.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – Spain/Mexico
One of the most popular horror films, El Laberinto del Fauno is set in 1944 Spain, where a girl fascinated with fairy-tales is sent to live with her new stepfather. One night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of a labyrinth. He reveals that she’s a princess but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks, failing which she will never meet her real father.
Shutter (2004) – Thailand
Many horror movie fans claim that this is the scariest movie they’ve seen. It follows a young photographer named Thun and his girlfriend Jane who discover mysterious shadows in their photographs. As they investigate this strange phenomenon, they realize Thun’s best friends are being haunted as some dangerous past secrets start to unravel.
The Unborn Child (2011) – Thailand
Inspired by a true story of dead fetuses found in a Buddhist temple in Thailand, this film revolves around a woman who discovers she is pregnant. Unable to afford the care of an infant, she decides to get an abortion. But instead of feeling relief, she is haunted by a series of nightmares as the vengeful ghost of her unborn child is now out for revenge.
Train to Busan (2016) – South Korea
This zombie apocalypse film was so popular that it even got a release in Indian theatres. It follows a man named Sok-woo and his daughter Soo-ahn who board a fast train from Seoul to Busan just as the country suffers a zombie outbreak. While the train keeps moving, the passengers fight for their lives and their families against the zombies – and each other.
Under the Shadow (2016) – Iran
A BAFTA winner for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, this thrilling horror film follows the struggle of a woman named Shideh and daughter Dorsa who are trying to cope with the terrors of the war-torn Tehran during the 1980s. Meanwhile, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home and Shideh must do whatever possible to protect her daughter.
10 days, 10 films, but there’s a lot more in store for horror movie fans. Don’t forget to check our recommendations for the best horror films in Bollywood as well as some pretty intense horror movie moments of the last decade. Stay home, stay safe, and let the horrors keep you awake!