Michael Haneke, a German film director and screenwriter, made this film and then remade it in 2007 with an American cast and crew.
In the 1920s, German Horror-Cinema had a promising start. The German Expressionists embraced horror to broaden the scope of filmmaking.
But then came the 1930s, when during the Nazi regime, not a single horror film was created.After WWII, horror cinema in Germany had nearly gone. People flocked to the cinemas to escape their bleak post-war reality by viewing innocuous films set in lovely countryside or mountains.
But as time progressed, the desire for horror seeped into the minds of German filmmakers. Finally, some films were made in the 1960s and 1970s, although significantly less than in the United States, Japan, Italy, or the United Kingdom.
Since the 1980s, a new wave of German splatter (Jörg Buttgereit, Olaf Ittenbach) has developed, and since the 1990s, several German Horror-Productions have even aimed at popular audiences.Since 2010, several aspirational small productions have promised a new age of good German horror.
(The Samurai, The Nightmare, Homesick, Hagazussa, etc.) (This, I believe, is reflected in the list.) Nowadays, big studios still don’t dare to make horror films; therefore, there’s a rush of amateur productions from the splatter- and gore scenes to compensate.
The following list strives to be as comprehensive as possible. Please let me know if you know of any movies that aren’t on the list.
“Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari” (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
“Das Cabinet des Doktor Caligari,” widely recognized as one of the first horror films, was scripted by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz, both of whom had returned from World War I profoundly disheartened. They regarded this film as a vehicle for expressionism, so they crafted a dark story about a deranged performer who employs a sleepwalker to perpetrate different crimes.
The film is widely recognized as one of the greatest instances of German expressionism, and the plot is supposed to represent a critique of the state’s omnipotence. Watch it and make your own decision.
“Der Bunker” (The Bunker)
The most current film on this list, “Der Bunker,” debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015. If some of the movies I’ve described earlier gave you goosebumps, this one shouldn’t be too awful because it’s classified as a horror-comedy.
The plot revolves around an unknown student renting a room in a remote property for a relaxing holiday. However, his journey quickly turns far from calm when he finds that the chamber is a bunker and that his host family requires him to do various strange activities.
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grains “(Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror)
The whole title is really “Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grains” (Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror), so there’s no mistaking how terrifying this picture is. Even though we’re accustomed to seeing high-definition movies on the large screen, the clothes, make-up, and settings still impact modern viewers and give us goosebumps.
The film is based on Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” Although an excellent source of inspiration, Stoker’s family was not pleased and sued the filmmakers for violating copyright rules. Stoker’s wife even filed a lawsuit against the company. Regardless, the film is still regarded as a horror genre classic and is widely credited with popularising several vampire cliches.
“Funny Games” was named one of the scariest horror movies you’ve never seen by Rolling Stone, so you know you’re in for some real shivers when you watch it.
Michael Haneke, a German film director and screenwriter, made this film and then remade it in 2007 with an American cast and crew. The film has been lauded for its constant breaching of the fourth wall, heightening the creepiness factor by involving the viewer in the adversaries’ activities. This film contains some graphic violence and is classified as R, so viewers should use caution.