The capital of France is well known to movie lovers. Paris has been the setting for countless movies of every sort; just last month it featured prominently in Luc Besson's Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, and it will star again in this week's horror thriller As Above, So Below.
The found-footage scarefest takes place largely in the city's catacombs, where ossuaries hold the remains of millions of people. The cemetery is open to the public, which makes it possible for a small team of explorers to search for terrifying secrets. While the catacombs are a great location for a horror movie, enterprising filmmakers have found multiple locales in Paris that have proven to be quite unnerving, as these clips show.
One of our heroes catches the "affliction" from a young woman he meets in a Paris nightclub, which immediately causes repercussions for him and his friends on their European tour.
The Horde (2009)
Gangsters and cops fight for their lives against a zombie invasion in Paris. Really, what more do you need?
Two young women attend a rave in the catacombs of Paris, not aware that a murderous stalker is loose. Boy, those catacombs sure sound dangerous!
Final Destination (2000)
It begins -- and ends -- with a trip to Paris. We don't want to spoil the movie for you, but that finale really drives home why France is such an ideal vacation spot in the minds of young Americans. Unless, you know, you meet up with Death.
Phantom of the Opera (1998)
Dario Argento's horrifying tale, set in a Paris opera house, stars his daughter Asia Argento as a young ingenue who has a collision with an unexpected stage prop, prompting a quick trip back in time.
An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
The French have a name for it: werewolf! This sequel can't quite catch the charm of the original set in London, but it's still fun to watch for horror fanatics in large measure due to Julie Delpy's performance, which starts with a plunge off the Eiffel Tower.