My 13 Best French Horror Movies

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Born in Cameroon and adopted at 1 year in France. I spent all my childhood in Alsace before studying in Paris. I like to defend my beautiful country with its strengths and weaknesses. Find me on Linkedin and CV.

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If you are a horror movie lover in true meaning, you must know that the French film industry is famed for making the most shocking and disturbing French horror movies.

Planning to stream them on weekend nights?

I have selected for you my best French horror movies of all time to update your horror movies Wishlist.

Work is in progress (post updated in July 2023) ! 🙂


See Also : My 25 Best French Romantic Movies Of All Time (Personal List!)

13 Best French Horror Movies (My Selection)

Here is my personal ranking of the 13 best French horror movies with its IMDB rating.

Ranked from lowest to highest IMDb rating.

Please check the trailer before watching the complete movie (by experience) ! 😉

13. Livid (2011) – 5.7 / 10

French TranslationLivide

Summary: A woman visits a home for the elderly and discovers a dark secret.


12. Trouble Every Day (2001) – 5.9 / 10

French TranslationTrouble Every Day

Summary: Two American newlyweds in Paris experience a love so strong it becomes a form of sensual horror.


11. The Horde (2009) – 5.9 / 10

French TranslationLa horde

Summary: An end-of-the-world battle between gangsters, cops, and zombies.


10. Calvaire (2004) – 6.1 / 10

French TranslationCalvaire

Summary: A singer’s car breaks down deep in the woods where strange and horrific events occur.


9. Frontier(s) (2007) – 6.2 / 10

French TranslationFrontière(s)

Summary: A group of thieves find themselves targeted by neo-Nazis in the French countryside.


8. Revenge (2017) – 6.4 / 10

French TranslationRevenge

Summary: A young woman takes revenge on her abusive boyfriend and his friends.


7. High Tension (2003) – 6.7 / 10

French TranslationHaute tension

Summary: Two college friends are terrorized by a truck driver in the French countryside.


6. Inside (2007) – 6.7 / 10

French TranslationÀ l’intérieur

Summary: A pregnant woman is tormented by a sadistic woman who wants her unborn child.


5. Climax (2018) – 6.9 / 10

French TranslationClimax

Summary: French dancers gather for a party and descend into madness after their sangria is laced with LSD.


4. Martyrs (2008) – 7 / 10

French TranslationMartyrs

Summary: A young woman’s quest for revenge leads her into a horrific ordeal.


3. Raw (2016) – 7 / 10

French TranslationGrave

Summary: A vegetarian starts craving meat after undergoing a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school.


2. Them (2006) – 7.4 / 10

French TranslationIls

Summary: A couple is terrorized by home invaders at their secluded country home.


1. Eyes Without a Face (1960) – 7.6 / 10

French TranslationLes yeux sans visage

Summary: A surgeon causes an accident which alters his daughter’s face and goes to extremes to give her a new one.


That was all about my top 13 selections of the best French horror movies.

If you love watching thrilling movies for an extra dose of adrenaline, check out my list of the best French thriller movies of all time!

Also, I am excited to know about your best French horror movies!

Be sure to let me know about your fav choices in the comment section below.

Stay tuned for more!

— Louise

People also ask about the best French horror movies :

Which Is the No 1 Horror Movie in the World Ranking?        

The No 1 horror movie in the world could be “Alien (1979)” according to IMDb rating : 8,5/10 with 908,427 votes.

Other best horror movies all time in the world :

  • Psychose (1960) – 8,5/10
  • Shining (1980) – 8,4/10
  • The Thing (1982) – 8,2/10
  • Tumbbad (2018) – 8,2/10
  • …..

Is France Known for Horror Movies?                     

Yes, France has been known for horror movies for so long. It has a long history in horror movies that date back to 1896.

It was when the famed French director, Georges Meilies, directed an original horror movie, The Haunted Castle, in a house filled with skeletons and bats!

Please check my selections of the 13 best French horror movies to introduce yourself to the true meaning of being scary!

Why are French Horror Movies So Scary?                     

French horror movies are so scary because they combine pain, fragility, endurance, taboos, sex, and gender identities in the scariest way possible.

Most of the early French horror movies were based on original stories that created a sense of extreme fear among the streamers.

From then until now, French horror movie makers have tried to create movies closely related to life because they hit differently.

What is Considered the Best Horror Movies of All Time?

The Exorcist (1973) could be considered the best horror movie of all time.

Other worth-mentioning options include:

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • ….

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