Eight European horror films to make you tremble

Rat King by Petri Kotwica, 2012

In Rat King, available on VoD from 4 April (Men on the Edge collection), Petri Kotwica brings us a thriller that skilfully combines the virtual with reality. The film follows Juri, a boy addicted to online gaming. After meeting up with Niki, a friend he made online, he discovers a strange tattoo on his arm and when he puts it into a search bar, he stumbles across a frightening game...which instantly enthrals him. 

Berberian Sound Studio by Peter Strickland, 2012

Berberian Sound is one of Italy’s murkiest post-production studios, which specialises in making soundtracks for the goriest of horror films. Gilderoy, a British sound engineer, is hired by a horror film maestro, but finds himself in a hostile world. Gilderoy gets lost in a weird spiral of acoustic and personal chaos. The second feature film from the British director will be released on VoD on 4 October (Films Premium collection).

Morse by Tomas Alfredson, 2008

Based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s best seller, Morse follows the romantic, shadowy love affair between a boy obsessed with macabre stories and a sweet but bloodthirsty vampire. A film that had great success in cinemas, Morse is a mix of social metaphor, mystic fairy tale and the pure entertainment of horror films. 

Gone by Mattias Olsson and Henrik JP Åkesson, 2011

Gone,another film of this genre to be featured in Men on the Edge from 4 April, follows a woman (Sofia Ledarp)  who decides to leave everything behind to go and live in the north of Sweden. Her trip turns into a nightmare when she is kidnapped: a man imprisons her in a cellar in the middle of the woods, and she only has herself to get out of the mess she finds herself in... 

Goodnight Mommy by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, 2015

In the middle of summer in a country house, two young twins wait for their mother to return. When she comes home, her face covered in bandages following an operation, the children are not convinced it is really her... Goodnight Mommy first terrified audiences at the Venice Film Festival before scaring the daylights out of festivalgoers around the world.

The Horde by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher, 2009

The Horde, which premiered in an advance screening at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, pits gangsters and their police foes against a group of bloodthirsty zombies in a bleak Paris suburb.

Citadel by Ciaran Foy, 2013

Tommy, a father who became agoraphobic after his wife was slaughtered, teams up with a priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a band of violent neighbourhood youths. In order to break free from his fears Tommy has to confront his demons and return to the place he fears most. The director respects the codes of the horror genre in this, his first feature film, which is already available on video on demand here.

REC by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2007-2014

Already classics of the Spanish film industry, these horror films take place in a building which has been strangely contaminated...not recommended for those of a nervous disposition! 

01 April 2016, by Cineuropa