For Halloween: the International Studies Horror Filmfest 2021

October 4, 2021

This year’s International Studies Horror Filmfest — our annual Halloween spectacular — is once again offered virtually.

Get your snacks in order and prepare to be horrified! If you’ve got creaky floors, or a loud water heater, we won’t judge you for wanting somebody’s hand to hold while you watch.

The movies are available through Kanopy and Alexander Street streaming movie services, which means you can watch them at your leisure — any day or time. Log in with your U-M credentials to view critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, and more.

We’ve included links to the promotional trailers, so you can get a quick feel for each movie. They’re from around the world, but each one is subtitled in English.

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In — Swedish — 1 hr 54 mins

In this romantic horror film, a bullied 12-year-old boy develops a friendship with a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night. There was an American remake of this movie, but this is the original. Watch the trailer.

Bacurau

Bacurau — Portuguese, filmed in Brazil — 2 hrs 11 mins

In this thriller mystery, Bacurau — a (fictional) small town in Brazil — disappears from maps and GPS after its elderly matriarch dies. Residents see a UFO-shaped drone flying overhead.  Watch the trailer.

Dead Friend

Dead Friend, or The Ghost — Korean — 1 hr 35 mins

This horror film is set in a high school, where a bright young student loses her memory. Her old friends mysteriously die one by one, her memory starts returning, and she investigates. Watch the trailer. (The trailer doesn’t have English subtitles.)

Dogtooth

Dogtooth — Greek — 1 hr 37 mins

In this violent drama, parents keep their three children ignorant of the world outside their fenced compound, keeping them in a perpetual childhood well into adulthood. This movie is definitely 10+ on the vicious scale! Watch the trailer.

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