Below you will find our guide to 20 foreign horror movies to watch!

The most talked about horror movies are often made in the US, because that’s where the big budgets and actors/actresses are. But in the last 20 years a lot of non-English horror movies have been produced, so we’ve made a guide featuring 20 foreign horror movies in chronological order.

You’ll probably notice that many of these titles are familiar. That’s because they’ve been remade in Hollywood, but the original is always worth watching as well. After all, if the original movie wasn’t amazing, then a remake would never have been made.

Just click the title to learn what kind of movie it is. Also, we’ve included a single still from the movie to tease a bit further.


I Saw the Devil (2010)

If you love serial killer and revenge movies as well as cat-and-mouse games.

South Korea, Original title: Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da

I Saw the Devil (2010)

Julia’s Eyes (2010)

If you love creepy movies and shudder at the thought of living in the dark with someone watching you.

Spain, Original title: Los ojos de Julia

Julia’s Eyes

Dead Snow (2009)

If you love nazi gore and horror comedy with a Nordic twist.

Norway, Original title: Død Snø

Dead Snow

Let the Right One In (2008)

If you love slowburning vampire movies where the vampires don’t sparkle in daylight.

Sweden, Original title: Låt den rätte komma in

Låt den rätte komma in

Martyrs (2008)

If you don’t have too delicate nerves, and want to see the original instead of the American remake from 2015.

France, Original title: Martyrs

Martyrs 2009


REC (2007)

If you love zombie-ish movies and sitting on the edge of your seat for most of the movie.

Spain, Original title: [REC]


Inside (2007)

If you’re not squeamish – or pregnant – but do love “home alone when there’s a knock on the door”-movies.

France, Original title: À l’intérieur

À l’intérieur


The Orphanage (2007)

If you love intense and sinister movies with creepy kids.

Spain, Original title: El orfanato

El orphanato


Cold Prey (2006)

If you love Friday the 13th and kick-ass female leads who won’t tolerate bullshit!

Norway, Original title: Fritt vilt

Cold Prey

The Host (2006)

If you love monster movies with crazy (and funny) family members.

South Korea, Original title: Gwoemul

Gwoemul - The Host

Them (2006)

If you’re about to shit yourself at the thought of vacationing in a secluded cabin.

France/Romania, Original title: Ils

Ils - Them

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

If you love fairytales during war time and imaginative monsters.

Winner of 3 Academy Awards, and one of those foreign horror movies that helped launch the career of a director. In this case, a director who is now considered one of the best – and most sought after – in the world: Guillermo del Toro.

Spain/Mexico, Original title: El laberinto del fauno

El laberinto del fauno

High Tension / Switchblade Romance (2003)

If you love the typical 80s slasher movies with a serial killer chasing women – but with a twist…

France, Original title: Haute Tension

High Tension / Switchblade Romance

At Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

If you love tragic-dramatic horror movies that’ll creep up on you.

South Korea, Original title: Janghwa, Hongryeon

A Tale of Two Sisters / Janghwa, Hongryeon


Oldboy (2003)

If you love very bloody revenge movies!

South Korea, Original title: Oldeuboi

Oldboy (2003)

The Eye (2002)

If you love psychological horror movies.

Hong Kong, Original title: Gin gwai

The Eye - Gin gwai


The Grudge (2002)

If you love horror movies with creepy, screaming, black-tongued kids! Oh, and ghoulish girls with lots of black hair…

Japan, Original title: Ju-on

Ju-on - The Grudge


The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

If you love a good old fashioned ghost horror movie during war time.

Mexico, Original title: El espinazo del diablo

El espinazo del diablo

Audition (1999)

If you love gross torture movies with people eating other people’s vomit, pinning needles in eyes etc. I think you get the picture…

Japan, Original title: Ôdishon

Audition - Ôdishon

The Ring (1998)

If you love ghosts crawling out of televisions – and with lots of long, black hair…

Possibly one of the most famous foreign horror movies!

Japan, Original title: Ringu

Ringu - The Ring

I usually keep up-to-date with all the horror news, and make sure Heaven of Horror share the best and latest trailers for upcoming horror movies. I love all kinds of horror. My love affair started when I watched 'Poltergeist' alone around the age of 10. I slept like a baby that night and I haven't stopped watching horror movies since. The crazy slasher stuff isn't really for me, but hey, to each their own. I guess I just like to be scared and get jump scares, more than being disgusted and laughing at the grotesque. Also, Korean and Spanish horror movies made within the past 10-15 years are among my absolute favorites.
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