Horror Films At Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival is known for its surprisingly variety of genres. Even those films that don’t go on to win the Palme D’Or are often propelled to commercial and critical success after debuting at the festival. A number of scary movies have gained cult followings after first appearing at Cannes. Here are just a few of the best that you might want to go binge-watch right now!

If you’re a fan of older horror movies with a knack for the thrill ride, then look no further than the 1972 Alfred Hitchcock films (one of his last), Frenzy. Everyone likes a good murder mystery, but not all can be so playful and comical as the cult classic, Clue. Frenzy follows a man who was accused of a string of crimes he did not commit, while the real “necktie” killer was still on the loose.

Most horror fans are in love with The Evil Dead. If you love horror movies, then this is one you can’t overlook. This is especially true if you want to get into Ash vs Evil Dead, a 2015 TV show currently about to embark on its third season. Both the movie and its sequels were directed by Sam Raimi, and are a whole lot of fun–even if they’re not the scariest viewing experiences of your life.

The 2002 film Irréversible is noteworthy for a number of reasons, but will leave you literally awestruck because of graphic violence and rape. Although it has been criticized for these reasons, seasoned veterans of the horror genre probably won’t mind the strong content–even though it will certainly be a jarring experience all the same. If you love the genre, then this isn’t a film you should let pass you by.

Inside is a 2007 French film that doesn’t shy away from blood and gore, and it will leave you seriously creeped out. A word to the wise: do not watch this movie if you are, or might become, pregnant. It isn’t difficult to imagine that a lot of people probably had nightmares for a long time after this movie was released. You’ll never look at a pair of scissors the same way. Even so, this film comes strongly recommended.

If you’re in the mood for something a little bit more ridiculous than the typical horror fare, then look no further than Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber, a 2010 showing. It’s about a tire that has the ability to think, psychic connections, and likes to kill.

You can’t really escape cannibalism if you’re a fan of the horror genre. Scary movies tend to fall back upon subject matter that not only scares us, but also disgusts us. We Are What We Are is a 2013 film about a family that enjoys the taste of flesh. The movie also explores certain cultural aspects of religion that might not make sense to everyone.

It Follows was a 2014 film not everyone could get into, but it was fun for what it was. Although it didn’t mark the most cleverly crafted screenplay in the genre, it did take a noticeable glance to what worked well in the past while working its way into the present. The terror in this film was without body or form to everyone but those marked, and it found its victims after they had sex. Naturally, the movie “follows” a bunch of teenage kids as they try to avoid getting slaughtered by the unfortunate curse.