With Halloween now just a week away, I thought that for today’s installment of “From Streams to Screams,” we should focus our attention on some of the incredible horror movies that have come out of numerous countries from around the world. From Japan to New Zealand to Ireland, Italy, China, France, Turkey, Australia, and many more, it’s always great to experience how other cultures celebrate our favorite genre through the artistry of filmmaking.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 26 fantastic international fright flicks available to stream through platforms such as Netflix, Shudder, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu, and Tubi TV, just in time for All Hallows’ Eve.
The Beyond (Streaming on Shudder)
In this gore classic, a woman inherits a hotel built over an entrance to Hell.
Baskin (Streaming on Hulu)
Policemen (Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu) face a night of horror in a subterranean labyrinth after answering a distress call.
Pulse (Streaming on Tubi TV)
Japanese teens investigate a series of suicides linked to a sinister website promising visitors the opportunity to reach the dead.
Timecrimes (Streaming on Shudder)
A man finds himself stuck in a terrifying time loop after witnessing a murder in director Nacho Vigalondo's (V/H/S VIRAL) critically-acclaimed trip to the Twilight Zone.
Raw (Streaming on Netflix)
Forced to eat raw meat during a hazing ritual at her veterinary school, a young vegetarian develops an overpowering hunger for flesh in all its forms.
Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Streaming on Shudder)
A bullied boy and his tormentors discover a creature while doing school-mandated community service.
The Canal (Streaming on Amazon Prime & Shudder)
A man who suspects his wife is cheating on him begins having nightmarish visions of an evil presence that he believes inhabits his house.
Ravenous (Streaming on Netflix)
As a zombie plague ravages their rural Quebec town, a scrappy band of survivors join forces to flee the infected hordes in this quiet thriller.
The Host (Streaming on Tubi TV & Shudder)
In this crossover Korean horror hit, a giant mutant sea monster terrorizes Seoul.
The Forest of the Lost Souls (Streaming on Amazon Prime)
Two strangers meet in a forest notorious for suicides and decide to learn more about each other. Soon it becomes clear that one of them is there for a much more disturbing reason, and is actually a psychotic killer there to prey upon others and end their sorrow for them.
Train to Busan (Streaming on Netflix)
Zombies are rampaging. What was to be a quiet train ride just became their only ticket for survival.
Blood and Black Lace (Streaming on Shudder)
A masked killer terrorizes a chic fashion house in Mario Bava’s seminal giallo.
Wake Wood (Streaming on Amazon Prime)
The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter.
Penumbra (Streaming on Hulu)
Marga is a highly motivated, arrogant and successful businesswoman on assignment in Buenos Aires — a city she hates and whose people she loathes. While in the Argentina capital on a day the whole population is waiting to view a rare solar eclipse, she must also find a new tenant for her family's decrepit apartment. Rapidly losing her patience waiting for one applicant she runs into the mysterious Jorge lurking outside the front door of the place who informs her that he has a client willing to pay four times what she is asking in rent. There's one catch — the paperwork must be signed immediately. As greedy Marga waits to complete the transaction several of Jorge's associates suspiciously appear at the apartment ready to strip the wallpaper. And what's behind the décor signals a startling fate worse than death -- or should that be life!
The Wailing (Streaming on Netflix)
When a mysterious disease leads to death and chaos in a mountain village, a policeman with an infected daughter consults a powerful shaman.
Opera (Streaming on Amazon Prime)
When a young opera singer takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi's Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces the diva to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will the woman's recurring nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings?
High Tension (Streaming on Shudder)
Two best friends’ quiet weekend turns into an endless night of horror in this French horror breakthrough.
Grabbers (Streaming on Hulu)
In this comic sci-fi thriller, the inhabitants of a small island discover they must get drunk in order to survive an invasion of bloodsucking aliens.
Mexico Barbaro (Streaming on Netflix)
Mexico: land of beauty and culture, cuisine and history. And in these eight stories, blood-curdling mortal terror.
The Black Cat (Streaming on Shudder & Amazon Prime)
An evil feline causes a series of gruesome deaths in a small town.
The Windmill (Streaming on Netflix)
Seeking shelter near a historic windmill, a group of tourists falls prey to a bloodthirsty miller from legend who’s in league with the devil.
Bad Taste (Streaming on Amazon Prime)
The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast food chain.
Veronica (Streaming on Shudder)
In 1991 Madrid, after holding a séance at school, a teen girl minding her younger siblings at home suspects an evil force has entered their apartment.
Citadel (Streaming on Vudu & Shudder)
An agoraphobic man enlists a renegade priest to save his daughter from an evil gang.
Killing Ground (Streaming on Netflix)
An idyllic camping trip to an isolated beach turns into a harrowing ordeal after a young couple discovers an abandoned tent and a lost child.
Dark Water (Streaming on Shudder)
In the midst of a divorce, Yoshimi moves with her daughter Ikuko into a shabby apartment to start a new life. But there’s something strange about this building. The water leaking from the ceiling that doesn’t seem to have any natural source, and then other creepy H20-hauntings occur. What supernatural secrets does this building hold?
Looking for more ways to get into the spooky spirit this October? Check here to read all of our 2018 special features celebrating the Halloween season!