Nightmares tap into our subconscious and scare us based on our feelings, which is why fear knows no language barriers. So, while the world's cultures are blaringly different, our terrors are universal. The world of foreign horror cinema is also extensive and terrifying, and a plethora of American scary movies have actually been remakes of international flicks, including The Ring
, The Grudge
and Let the Right One In
. And the usual consensus is that the original is scarier.
Go beyond our national borders and check out what frightens the rest of the world. Here are the top five scariest foreign films.
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