I’m such a huge horror fan, if you asked me to choose my 10 favorite genre films of the 2000s (so far), the task would literally be torturous. No matter how solid my choices, I’d toss and turn all night, lamenting the films that didn’t make the list. Still, I love Top 10 lists, so I’m pleased to present this one from our friends at WhatCulture: 10 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s!
While these might not be my personal Top 10, I’ve seen them all and can attest to their quality and ability to deliver top-notch thrills with intelligent scripting and fabulous production. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Did your favorite horror movie of the 2000s (so far) make the list?
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If you can’t stream, the 10 best horror movies of the Century are listed below the video, along with trailers, reviews (when we have them), and synopses. Enjoy!
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Session 9 (2001, Directed by Brad Anderson)
Official Synopsis: A tale of terror when a group of asbestos removal workers start work in an abandoned insane asylum. The complex of buildings looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing … abandoned, deteriorating. The residents of Danvers, Massachusetts steer well clear of the place. But Danvers State Mental Hospital, closed down for 15 years, is about to receive five new visitors…
Let the Right One In (2008, Directed by Tomas Alfredson) [Featured Image]
Official Synopsis: When Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a sensitive, bullied 12-year-old boy living with his mother in suburban Sweden, meets his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli (Lina Leandersson), they strike up a friendship. Initially reserved with each other, Oskar and Eli slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary young girl. Eventually, Eli shares her dark, macabre secret with Oskar, revealing her connection to a string of bloody local murders.
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Ginger Snaps (2001, Directed by John Fawcett)
Official Synopsis: The story of two outcast sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), in the mindless suburban town of Bailey Downs. On the night of Ginger’s first period, she is savagely attacked by a wild creature. Ginger’s wounds miraculously heal but something is not quite right. Now Brigitte must save her sister and save herself.
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Trick ‘r Treat (2009, Directed by Michael Dougherty)
Official Synopsis: Interwoven stories demonstrate that some traditions are best not forgotten as the residents (Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker) of a small-town face real ghosts and goblins on Halloween. Tales of terror reveal the consequences of extinguishing a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight and a grumpy hermit’s encounter with a sinister trick-or-treater.
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Shutter (2004, Directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom)
Official Synopsis: After hitting a young woman with her car, Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee) and her photographer boyfriend, Tun (Ananda Everingham), begin seeing a shadowy figure haunting the background of Tun’s photographs. Concerned that the figure is the vengeful spirit of the young woman from the accident, Jane does some research and soon discovers that the girl was named Natre (Achita Sikamana) and had been a classmate of Tun’s. As the haunting continues, Jane uncovers a shocking secret.
The Descent (2007, Directed by Neil Marshall)
Official Synopsis: A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh.
The Mist (2007, Directed by Frank Darabont)
Official Synopsis: After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice.
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Martyrs (2008, Directed by Pascal Laugier)
Official Synopsis: Lucie is found wandering the streets bruised and bloodied. Unable to say who did this to her, she’s placed in a hospital where she meets Anna, another abused young girl. Fifteen years later, with Anna’s help, Lucie sets out to get revenge.
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[REC] (2007, Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza)
Official Synopsis: A reporter (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman record the horrifying outbreak of a disease that turns humans into vicious cannibals.
Inside (2007, Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury)
Official Synopsis: Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.