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Added by Zenn on 27 Jul 2012 02:10
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La Nouvelle Vague du Film d'Horreur à la Français

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People who added this item 529 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Inside (2007)
So far, this is my absolute favorite AND one of my favorite horror movies of the last decade; simple, elegant and effective.
Actually, this movie could be the main reason 'cause I still want to 'explore' this 'movement'!

I also wrote about it in my 1st list: "(some) Underrated and Overrated Movies from 2000 to 2011"

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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.2
"Calvaire" doesn't want to be anguishing or scary, it want to be weird, even disturbing possibly.
While the first part of the movie is alienating showing the bleak, squalid, world the main character live in, the second half of the movie start dropping some weird shit in front of the viewer, but without really exceeding; whenever the contents of the scenes start being really morbid the camera soften up the mood, being more discrete.
There are really nice scenes and moments in this movie, it's well shot and it has a really cool cinematography. It pays homage to decades of horror movies without becoming too obvious or derivative (unlike many other movies on this list).
"Calvaire" is an interesting movie; it's not thrilling, it's not even really disturbing (well, I guess, for some people, it'll be), but it's effective and very well done.
Thanks to its plot - as realistic as unexplained - its rhythm, its characters and its setting, it comes out as a weird, surprising movie.
It has some lengthiness, and that's not really a good thing to say, especially considering that it's actually pretty short (about 80 minutes), but it's never really too much to handle, and the movie is one of the most interesting on this list.

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People who added this item 684 Average listal rating (462 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
High Tension (2003)
Probably one of the best known movies in this list, it has nothing really new or brilliant to say, but it works and it's nice the way it plays with "stereotypical solutions"; not exactly refreshing, but quite enjoyable!

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People who added this item 896 Average listal rating (552 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Martyrs (2008)
"Martyrs" was another little 'hit' for this movement.
It features a brilliant beginnig; the all first part actually works very well...too bad for the ending segment!
The basic idea is good, but I didn't really appreciate the way it developed it, the all 'torture' sequence is also pretty boring and the ending comes out rushed and simplistic. It's cool though, it could have been better, way better, but it's cool and also has some very nice touches.

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People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 5.6
Satan (2006)
I'm not really sure what to think about this movie...it feels like something that exists only thank to Vincent Cassel, and it also feels like that was the only reason it was shot in the first place!
The movie works thanks to Cassel's devilish character and few sick scenes; the last part of the movie is sure something.
Unfortunately the all thing is far from being original, but it's a funny black tale!
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 4.8
The Pack (2010)
"La Meute" and "Calvaire" shares an attitude: they don't want you to follow everything it's happening, they want you to be as confused as their main characters\victims.
While "Calvaire" was all about showing a fucked-up reality and some seriously fucked-up characters, using kind of a 'Lynchan' directing and storytelling; "La Meute" is more of a splatter and it digs in a vaster horror-background.
Too bad the storytelling ends up being a little messy; the plot got few holes and ambiguous elements that undermine the all operation.
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"Frontiere(s)" try a little too hard, too obviously and too openly to be "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and it's all in vane; it ends up resulting predictable in a lot of its passages.
BUT: it looks pretty nice after all! It features a nice, dirty, cinematography and a cool 'trendy' editing.
It sure won't blow you away, but it manages to stay enjoyable for most of its duration.

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People who added this item 301 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Them (2006)
The all "based on real events" thing is always effective with the viewers!
It makes them want to watch a movie and, sometimes (pretty often), it helps giving the movie more credit than it would probably deserve.
Fact is: I don't really care about it.
"Ils" is a kind of wack. It has some nice moments but it's way too long and repetitive, it started boring me pretty soon.

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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
I was really enjoying "Malefique", in fact, I was enjoying it so much that, when it came to its ending, I was so disappointed I hated it!
The movie creates a very nice mood, the prison's cell in wich the (nice) characters are forced to coexist becomes almost immediately intimate and they start to appear like a twisted, grotesque family in a pretty funny way. Too bad it doesn't last very long!
With the way it develops the plot and its entire last part, "Malefique" manages to lose everything, making the all movie kind of pointless.

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Earlier this year I started watching movie from this so called "French Horror Nouvelle Vague"; even if I didn't actually like every movie I saw so far, I thought this was an interesting movement, they're nicely playing with genres and the movies are usually nicely shot and edited.

These are the movies I watched so far, from best to worst (imho of course!), and the ones I've got ready to watch; I'd like to discover more titles, so: Suggestions are mandatory!

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