August 18, 2009

European horror films are better?

Thanks to the Horror Geek, I found a very interesting article about the current state of European horror films on the website of an obscure fanzine called the Wall Street Journal - maybe you've heard of it. Anyways, the author here goes into length about the difference in approach between film-makers in Europe and the United States when it comes to works about the macabre. To cut things short, here in Europe, we're not hired hands - we're artists!... or so we claim. Couple of things I find amusing here besides the long list of films debuting this year at respectable (i.e. non-genre) festivals throughout Europe: a) the author cites Alexandre Aja's High Tension as the trend-setter for modern European horrors, the cutting point if you will; and b) the article is followed by a short but very tasteful list of "classic European frights" which includes Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf (1968) and Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965). Enjoy!

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