If you’re looking for a film to give you the willies au Français, look no further--this is your list of the best French horror movies. You might not recognize a lot of these films if you're new to French cinema, but that's probably a good thing if you need some fresh horror content in your life.
A few highlights from this list of French horror movies include In Their Sleep in which a young couple living in an isolated country house wakes up one night to find themselves being terrorized by hooded assailants, The Horde, a non-traditional crime flick where gangsters and cops battle each with zombies thrown in the mix, and the truly disturbing Inside. There are lots of horror films about kidnapped children, but leave it to the French to make a film about a woman trying to keep her child from being kidnapped…while still in the womb. You have to take a peek at Inside.
Which of the films on this French horror movies list sends you screaming from the TV room? Join our other users and give the most scream-inducing movies on this list a thumbs up, or tell us what gives you creeps in the comments below.
Directed by: Pascal LaugierMartyrs is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It was first screened during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Marché du Film, and the film's French release was on 3... more
Directed by: Julien Maury, Alexandre BustilloInside is a 2007 French horror film directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, starring Alysson Paradis and Béatrice Dalle. It was written by co-director Bustillo, and is the first feature film... more
Directed by: Alexandre AjaHigh Tension is a 2003 French psychological suspense and slasher film that was later released in 2004 in the UK and 2005 in the US and Canada. The film, directed by Alexandre Aja, stars Cécile de... more
Directed by: Xavier GensFrontier(s) is a 2007 French horror film written and directed by Xavier Gens and stars Estelle Lefébure, Samuel Le Bihan and Aurélien Wiik.... more
MutantsFrancis Renaud, Patrick Vo
Directed by: David MorletMutants is a French science-fiction horror film based on a screenplay from Louis-Paul Desanges and David Morlet It was directed by French filmmaker David Morlet and stars Hélène de Fougerolles, Dida... more
Directed by: Gaspar NoéIrréversible is a 2002 French mystery thriller film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel. The film employs a non-linear narrative and... more
Directed by: Xavier Palud, David MoreauThem is a 2006 French-Romanian horror film directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud. According to a title card at the beginning of the film it is "based on real events." Olivia Bonamy plays... more
Directed by: Franck KhalfounManiac is a 2012 crime,horror and thriller film written by Alexandre Aja, C.A. Rosenberg and Gregory Levasseur and directed by Franck Khalfoun.... more
Directed by: Marina de VanIn My Skin is a 2002 New French Extremity film written by, directed by, and starring Marina de Van. It details the downward mental spiral of Esther, a woman who engages in increasingly destructive... more
Directed by: Georges FranjuEyes Without a Face is a 1960 French-Italian horror film adaptation of Jean Redon's novel, directed by Georges Franju, and starring Pierre Brasseur and Alida Valli. During the film's production,... more
Directed by: Henri-Georges ClouzotLes Diaboliques, released as Diabolique in the United States and variously translated as The Devils or The Fiends, is a 1955 French black-and-white psychological thriller feature film directed by... more
Directed by: Paul VerhoevenElle is a 2016 French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian. A businesswoman, Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert), is raped in her home by... more
Directed by: Claire DenisTrouble Every Day is a 2001 French erotic horror film directed by Claire Denis and written by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau. It stars Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle and Alex Descas. The... more
RawGarance Marillier, Ella Rumpf
Directed by: Julia DucournauRaw is a 2016 French-Belgian horror film directed by Julia Ducournau. When a young vegetarian named Justine (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste... more
Directed by: Alexandre AjaO2 is a 2021 French survival thriller film directed by Alexandre Aja. A woman wakes up inside a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there and must escape before her air runs out.... more
Directed by: Fabrice Du WelzCalvaire is a 2004 Belgian psychological horror film directed by Fabrice Du Welz, starring Laurent Lucas, Philippe Nahon and Jackie Berroyer.... more
In Their Sleep
The HordeAndrei Panin, Maksim Sukhanov
Directed by: Andrei ProshkinThe Horde is a 2012 historical film directed by Andrei Proshkin and written by Yury Arabov. The film is a highly fictionalised narrative of how Saint Alexius healed Taidula Khatun, the mother of the... more
DemoniaBrett Halsey, Carla Cassola
Directed by: Lucio Fulci
DEMONIA aka: THE DEMON, is a 1967 French Film, which looks like it's an ITALIAN Film, due to the fact - i guess - that anything remotely, concerning Demons, and Possession, in European Films, is immediately expected, or assumed to be an Italian Movie, since they seemed to have cornered the Demonic Possession market, after Linda Blair, spewed out her first bucket of French Pea Soup, but alas, this surprisingly compelling French Film is due to the fact, that it has an awesome performance in it, by - that same Year's, 1967 Casino Royale girl -- Dalai Lavi. She is accused of being either a witch, or a possessed, amoral young woman, named: ' Pirri,' who gets in, and under the skin, of everyone, in her tiny, ignorant, Catholic Village...there's one outstanding scene - about 6 or 7 years before, The Exorcist, where - in a local Catholic Church, she turns herself, upside-down, and does that ' spider-crawl-walk,' on all fours, foam drooling from her mouth, which is filmed so realistically, the glorious B & W photography, doesn't hurt the effect either, in fact it actually adds to it, and gives it a semi-documentary-real-life-shoot, of a contained person, who is actually possessed.....!!!...Should have been a much, much, bigger hit, when it came out, but I guess in the Summer of Love, before the real possessed demonic children of Satan himself - Charles Manson, there just wasn't much of a demand for ' rabid-like-young-women, crawling around on their hands and feet...!!...A real, true Glenn's Scream Gem...!....I highly recommend it...!!....Oh, and by the way, Dalai considered it was the best film, she ever made, and I for one, couldn't agree more...!!!...Thanks for reading....
Les Frisson Du VampiresMarie-Pierre Castel, Jacques Robiolles
Directed by: Jean RollinLe Frisson des Vampires is a 1971 film directed by Jean Rollin. It is his third vampire movie.... more
Baby BloodJean-François Gallotte, Christian Sinniger
Directed by: Alain RobakBaby Blood is a French horror film directed and co-written by Alain Robak. The film is about a pregnant woman named Yanka whose womb invaded by a parasite. The organism transforms her fetus into a... more