World Horror Cinema: France
By Sam Reeve
My rating: 7/10
Today is the first post for World Horror Cinema. If you missed the announcement from last week, I’ll be sharing and reviewing a different country’s horror movie each and every day in October. That’s right – 31 different countries, with a whole lot of subtitles and plenty of scares.
To kick things off, I bring you this heavily atmospheric and unsettling collection of animated shorts. Six different artists worked on Peur(s) du noir, each one in their own style, creating an array of black and white tales fit for Hallow’s Eve. The film is light on the scares for sure, so you can watch this one with the lights out, but from the opening credits (with great music), it got me in the Halloween spirit.
A teenage boy with an affinity for collecting strange insects meets the wrong girl at college. A village where people go missing and a young boy is haunted. A little Japanese girl has terrible nightmares. A man seeks refuge in a dark house, but finds no rest. These tales are spliced with two others, the first being a monologue of a woman talking about her fears, and second showing a man with vicious dogs who sics them on passersby.
The trailer below will give you a good idea of what you’re getting into, showing clips from each of the segments. The full movie below is subtitled in both English and Chinese (and you can’t turn it off), so it’s slightly annoying but still worth watching. If you’ve seen Peur(s) du noir or end up watching it, let us know what you think in the comments below.