Eyes Without a Face (1960)
This French horror film tells the story of a young girl who hides behind a mask. Her father, the town doctor, is desperately searching for a solution to her condition-- even if it means murder. The scene in which the doctor surgically excises a girl's face was extremely graphic and shocking for its time.
Les Diabolique (1955)
Another classic French horror about a wife and a mistress of sadistic school headmaster who conspire to murder him. After drowning him in a bathtub and dumping him in the school swimming pool they believe they've gotten away with the perfect crime. However, when the pool is drained the body is no where in sight. When reported sightings of the headmaster begin to whirl about the women are driven to near insanity.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, The Devil's Backbone tells the story of Carlos, a 12 year old boy who lost his father in the Spanish civil war. After being sent to an orphanage for boys he is abused by one of the workers, while at the same time he finds the place is haunted by a young boy named Santi. Carlos senses that Santi is reaching out to him and that a dark secret is being covered up.
Suspiria is the first film in Dario Argento's "The Three Mothers" trilogy. It tells the story of an Italian ballet school that is run by a coven of witches. They're less of the typical "cat and broomstick" type of witches, and more of the fanged and bloodsucking with the power to stalk you while invisible type. The use of neon colors in the movie is not only visually stunning but creates mood and atmosphere.
Deep Red (1975)
An earlier Argento film about an English musician who witnesses the murder of a famous psychic. Teaming up with a female reporter, they begin their own investigation to identify the killer. The film has many iconic moments, such as the knife-wielding marionette scene.
Let The Right One In (2008)
A Swedish horror about a young boy named Oskar who is relentlessly bullied at school. He finds a friend in a mysterious girl named Eli who helps him get revenge on those who tormented him.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
A Tale of Two Sisters is a Korean mystery/ghost film that focuses on two teenage sisters who have just returned home from their stay in a mental institution. They find little solice, however, when their evil stepmother and a ghost threaten their recovery.
Angst is a visually stunning film that is based loosely on real life events surrounding "The Vampire of Dusseldorf"-- a German serial killer who committed a series of murders and sexual assaults in 1929. The movie follows a schizophrenic man who has just been released from prison after serving 10 years for the murder of an elderly woman. Shortly after being released he feels compelled to kill again. After a failed attempt at killing a taxi driver he makes his way to a secluded home where an unwitting family falla prey to his sadistic acts.
The Orphanage (2007)
This Spanish ghost story is a frightening yet heartbreaking tale of a former orphan, Laura who along with husband Carlos and adopted son Simón move into an old house-- the former orphanage where she was raised. Shortly after moving in Simón begins to speak of 5 imaginary friends, however Laura dismisses it as an overactive imagination. When she hosts a party for the reopening of the orphanage Simón goes missing. Laura goes on a desperate mission in search for her son, though she believes him to be alive she must face her past and the spirits who still haunt the orphange to find him.