Five international films to revisit in the spirit of Halloween
(Photo courtesy of Next Entertainment World) “Train to Busan” was released on July 22, 2016.
Imagine this: it’s Halloween night. The popcorn is busted, the lights are out, and you and your friends are doing the hardest thing imaginable – trying to find the right horror movie to watch.
Between Redbox, Netflix, Hulu, and all the other streaming services you own, you can’t decide what to watch. You obviously want something scary, but you also want something with a good story, something worth watching on Halloween night.
Whether you’re looking for a paranormal movie or a monster movie among us, here are five international movies to meet all your horror needs:
“The Ring” (1998): horror, thriller
Criticizing modern technology, this Japanese film follows a journalist investigating the mystery of a vengeful spirit and a cursed videotape that kills viewers seven days after watching it.
Those looking for a movie with supernatural aspects and the occasional dread will find this movie satisfies that urge. What sets this classic film apart is that it is one of the first of its kind, taking the archetype of the vengeful spirit and inserting it into a modern setting where technology allows a deadly curse to spread. like a virus.
“Raw” (2016): horror, drama, gore
This French film follows a young veterinary student who tastes meat for the first time and gradually develops a desire to taste human flesh.
What sets this film apart is its deep symbolism and depiction of violence and sexuality on a college campus. An erotic, sensual and unique take on horror, those looking for a movie with gore and violence are bound to be more than a little nauseous after watching this movie.
“Orphan” (2009): horror, thriller
A co-production between the United States, Canada, Germany and France, this film follows the adoption by a couple of a nine-year-old girl from an orphanage, following the death of their unborn daughter.
An interesting take on the child murderer archetype, this movie is for those looking to watch a movie that has less to do with ghosts and spirits and more to do with the monsters among us. While this film has been criticized for its portrayal and meanness of an adopted child, it aptly describes a parent’s biggest fear – living with and raising a monster.
“The Ritual” (2017): Horror, Mystery, Psychological
This British film follows four men who embark on a hike in memory of their late friend. As the four roam the forests of northern Sweden, they realize that they’re not the only ones wandering the woods.
What sets this film apart is its use of heartbreak, pain, and trauma to reflect on the character’s own fears in a setting where physical horror lurks. Those looking to watch a movie with horrors, both real and supernatural, will easily find themselves immersed in and just as terrified watching this movie.
“Train to Busan” (2016): horror, action
This South Korean film follows a group of passengers taking the train from Seoul to Busan trying to survive as the zombie apocalypse erupts in the country.
What sets this film apart is its exceptional lineup of characters and critiques of modern society. This action packed version of the zombie genre will definitely put you on the edge of your seat, if not because of the story, then certainly because of the zombies.
Finding a horror movie to watch on Halloween night doesn’t have to be difficult, sometimes you just need to broaden your horizons and look beyond the tongue. These films prove that fear is not only an emotion, but also a universal language shared among all cultures and all peoples. After all, on Halloween you should fear zombies, murderers, and the supernatural, not subtitles.