The Horror Honeys: A History of Horror at Cannes!

A History of Horror at Cannes!

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While the Cannes Film Festival has long been known as the festival to attend if you're looking for the best in independent cinema, in truth Cannes has always been a bit of a wild card. For decades, Cannes has screened no-budget indies competing against big-name stars, as well mega-budget blockbusters that run out of competition, simply to give attendees an early opportunity to view them. As a result, more horror and sci-fi films than you are probably aware of have actually made their debut on the auspicious screens of the Cannes Film Festival.

The following are five of the best horror and sci-fi films that played to Cannes audiences. And before we begin, let us all take a moment to honor the moment #wolfcock became a Cannes-ready hashtag.

The Birds (1963)

Hitchcock's The Birds was one of the first horror films to make an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, and it did so to the usual Hitch critical acclaim. While many acknowledged that it wasn't Hitchcock's best film, The Birds still did well with audiences, and went on to an excellent box office reception in the states. Today, it is considered a horror classic, because well... it's The Birds

The City of Lost Children (1995)

Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's The City of Lost Children premiered at Cannes to oddly captivated audiences. Already beloved in their home country for their hit black comedy Delicatessen, Jenuet and Caro's grownup fairy tale starring Ron Perlman brought a touch of fantasy and horror to the festival. The City of Lost Children is one of my favorite movies of all time, and Cannes was the launching block that it sent it out into the film world.

The Fifth Element (1997)

Believe it or not, The Fifth Element wasn't a huge success, either critically or at the box office. When Luc Besson's film opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, audiences were baffled: no one was expected to see an indie/big budget sci-fi spectacle and they were pissed. It took years for The Fifth Element to garner the cult adoration it has now, but regardless of its chilly reception, Besson's film will always hold the distinction of being a Cannes opening film.

Wolfcop (2014)

Yup, that's right: Lou Garou went to Cannes. Lowell Dean's Canadian werewolf masterpiece showed to audiences at the Festival last year, and as Cannes becomes increasingly more open to all film genres (including those featuring wolf cock), it's not all that surprising. Wolfcop may not have won Palme D'Or in 2014, but I'm sure it was just an honor for Lou to flash his wolf junk in such auspicious company.

White God (2014)

In 2015, Kornél Mundruczó's White God has easily already been one of the most devastating films I've seen this year. And when the political allegory/horror film screened at Cannes in 2014, the audience reception was quite similar to mine: absolute admiration and total overwhelming sadness. The only thing that lessened the considerable blows dealt by White God was that K9 stars Luke and Body won the much-sought-after Palm Dog award.

And looked fetching in his festival finest!

Do you have a festival favorite that didn't make the list?
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