Horror has been a sort of win-win genre in the States for over 30 years now, as slasher films and cheap gorefests have shown incredible stability at the box office. It isn't a surprise that studios were quick to do away with press screenings for the genre, since it typically performs well regardless of how critics respond. Though, not every horror film made in Hollywood is successful, and the market is often a bit flooded by too much product, but generally they're a safe bet.

The same hasn't been true for horror in the Netherlands. Since the 1992 disappointment of Rudolf van den Berg's The Johnsons, the Dutch haven't been too keen on producing films in the genre ... until now. After more than a decade, horror is making a comeback in the Netherlands, punctuated by a few special premieres at the upcoming Dutch Film Festival (Sept. 27-Oct. 6). The highlights of the series, called "Nederhorror and other strange phenomena", are Erwin van den Eshof's teenage slasher pic Doodeind (Deadend), Sl8n8 (Slaughter Night) and Horizonica. Van den Berg, whose last film was a romance starring Burt Reynolds and Julie Christie, is also returning to the genre with Exhibition, which goes into production later this year.

We'll have to wait and see if the Dutch will try exporting their new horror films to the States. While Asian horror is popular mostly in terms of being remade into Hollywood versions, European horror has a slightly better chance of getting released in the U.S., if it can follow in the footsteps of High Tension(which sold well because it was easily dubbed) and The Descent (which is British, and thus had no language issues). The last big attempt to break the American market, Dick Maas' Down, which starred Naomie Watts and was an English-language remake of Maas' The Lift, ended up going straight to video, and received little interest. Earlier this year, it was being reported that Quentin Tarantino is thinking about remakingDoodeind (likely as producer, not director), so maybe he can help bring a wave of interest.
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