I’ll admit it: I was on the “I hate the French” Bandwagon for a bit. It wasn’t because France didn’t support the US when we invaded Iraq (because I wouldn’t have either). Most likely, my distaste for France stems from jealously, as I’ve never experienced this country and its culture first hand. So I bought the stereotypes: The French are all winos, everyone eats snails, the Subway stinks, Paris is overrun with mimes, all guys wear stupid berets and run around saying “Ooh la la”, and the women never shave their underarms. Worst of all, French are weak for letting Hitler roll his tanks in (as if I’m an indignant WWII Vet or something!).
Since leaving LA almost a decade ago, I’ve adopted more of a live-and-let-live attitude, not just in regards to France and the French, but towards everything. I’m all about celebrating mankind’s similarities rather than putting folks into boxes based on arbitrary characteristics.
But it wasn’t until the Netflix Era that I realized the French are actually the new Masters of Horror. With Netflix’s suggestions and viewer comments, I was exposed to a plethora of Horror and gore that I might otherwise have never seen. I didn’t go out in search of French films, I went looking for the best Horror films, regardless of where they were produced. It just so happened that Horror movies exported from France were continuously blowing my mind. I’d like to thanks Netflix for guiding me towards this Horror goldmine, and I’d like to thanks the French for revitalizing my enthusiasm for all things terrifying. This list is my tribute to you. Viva la France!