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Originally posted by Johnius
reply to post by GorehoundLarry
Seen much of the recent European fare lately?
"Also, horror films can be inspired by political events at the time."= Frontier(s)
Some of the best 'pure' horror in the last 15 years has come out of Europe:
Funny Games (original)
Man Bites Dog (my favorite recent horror besides Frontier(s))
I agree almost all of recent Hollywood horror has been a cash-grab with little effort towards originality (more gory does not equal more original, Hollywood if your listening...Hostel, Turista...).
The Japanese horror of the mid/late 90's was very original (Ringu, Uzumaki (Spirals), Versus...), even if it did not always succeed at being 'scary', they at least made the effort to be different (before all the sequels and rip-offs). Even the Guinea Pig series (which I hated and have been unable to sit fully through - a series EXACTLY like the OP discusses) is now being copied in the States (ie. the Requiem series) in vileness for the sake of vileness.
Shoot me a list of your top 5, I'm always looking for (quality) new horror, and you seem to know your stuff. If you have not seen 'Behind the Mask: The Rise of Vernon Fidler' yet, you should. Similar in sensibility to Scream but independent and shot cinema verte style - low gore but still fun-scary.
p.s. I'd give you a star but I don't know how