“Vermines”, the little French horror film that goes up, up, up…

Terrifying spiders, a resounding success… Released on December 27, “Vermines” surprises by filling the theaters. After “Animal Kingdom”, the fantasy made in France enjoys great popularity among young people.

“Vermin” could break the box office record for a French horror film. Photo My Box Films/Tandem

By Samuel Douhaire

Published on January 9, 2024 at 1:20 p.m.

Updated on January 9, 2024 at 3:33 p.m.

lhe school holidays have boosted movie theater attendance in early 2024. If the boxes of Wonka, with Timothée Chalamet, or Three Musketeers: Milady, with the François Civil-Vincent Cassel-Pio Marmaï-Romain Duris quartet, were predictable, the good beginning of the path of Vermin It is a happy surprise.

This story, taken to its maximum, of a group of young people trapped in a building on the outskirts of Paris infested with particularly aggressive spiders, has already attracted 151,000 people in twelve days of operation. With nearly 20,000 admissions (advances included) on its opening day, Sébastien Vaniček’s compelling debut feature even achieved the best start for a French horror film since let’s wander through the forest, by Lionel Delplanque, twenty-four years ago. Word of mouth is excellent, Vermin it could even reach 300,000 spectators at the end of its run.

This result, which is not foreseen, is also good news for genre films made in France. Because Vermin It also attracts those under 26 years of age, an audience very fond of American horror franchises such as Prestidigitation either The Nonna, but who, until then, tended to avoid French productions, no matter how successful they were (to give just one example, the equally creepy grasshoppers of CloudJust Philippot’s very good debut film, attracted less than 45,000 spectators in 2021.

Enough to give wings to other producers and distributors who until now have been very cautious. During the promotional campaign of animal Kingdom, Last September, Studio Canal did everything possible to hide the fantastic dimension of Thomas Cailley’s second feature film, supposedly prohibitive, preferring to highlight the father-son relationship through the duo Romain Duris-Paul Kircher. But the first viewers were equally seduced by the mutant creatures imagined by the director and, thanks to word of mouth, the film surpassed one million admissions…

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