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10 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s

The 2000s were a time of growth and exploration in the horror genre.

By Amanda SPublished 5 years ago 5 min read

The 2000s were the beginning of second rise of horror movies. The 1990s had been a rough period where identity and stories were still being figured out. The 2000s were taking those stories and perfecting the use of scares, emotions, and characters. Here are the best 10 of the 2000s.

10. Jeepers Creepers (2001).

WARNING: Victor Salva is a convicted pedophile. If this makes you uncomfortable, please pass this by. Directed by and Written by Victor Salva. Starring Gina Phillips, Justin Long, and Jonathan Beck.

The Plot: A brother and sister are traveling home for spring break. They almost get hurt when a truck gets aggressive behind them. A while later, they see the driver dropping a suspiciously body-shaped object down a chute. They decide to investigate closer and that's when everything goes off the rails for them.

Why You Should See It: This film uses a lot of techniques to scare the viewer. There are the visuals, the music, and a feeling of being hopelessly chased. The monster has a great design and also has an intense presence. The twist at the end leaves the question of the monster's motivation and targeting into question. This is the best in the series.

9. Repo! The Genetic Opera (2009).

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Written by Terrance Zdunich and Darren Smith. Starring Alexa Vega, Bill Mosely, and Paul Sorvino.

The Plot: In the not too distance future, organ failure reached an all time high. GeneCo was there to save humanity, for a price. Shilo is our main character, a young woman with a blood disorder. After going to her mother's grave, she ends up learning about a harsh world.

Why You Should See It: A lot of the songs are really good. The best usually involve the GraveRobber. The character designs are excellent, especially Pavi Largo. There's a lot of gross moments and everything seems to be covered by a layer of filth. This movie is so easy to get into.

8. Cloverfield (2008).

Directed by Matt Reeves. Written by Drew Goddard. Starring Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, and Odette Yustman.

The Plot: There's a lot of drama at Rob's going away party. Thankfully, Hud is there to capture every second of it. An earthquake sends them all scattering into the streets. When they go out, there is nothing but chaos and a strong military presence. There is a monster in the city and avoiding it is going to be hard.

Why You Should See It: A fair warning, the camera work can be a bit rough. Its effective if you don't have a sensitive stomach though. This is a really good monster movie that's almost along the lines of Godzilla. The character relations also add some tension and emotion to the story. I just really enjoy this movie, I saw it twice in theater.

7. REC (2007).

Directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza. Written by Paco Plaza, Luiz A. Bendejo, and Juame Balaguero. Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terrazo, and Pablo Rosso.

The Plot: A reporter and her cameraman are shadowing the fire department for a puff piece. They follow a call to an apartment for an old woman. But there is something very wrong with her and other people in the building.

Why You Should See It: This movie takes an interesting look at zombies. I certainly didn't expect where they were going. The acting is solid and they had a good backdrop for the movie. Especially when the building goes into quarantine and there's no known escape. The entire ending is so good and the American remake just didn't do it justice.

6. Zombieland (2009).

Directed by Ruben Fleischer. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone.

The Plot: The zombie apocalypse is a real rough time. A nerd, a redneck, a scam artist, and her little sister end up traveling together. They're heading to an alleged safe place in California. They just have to avoid the hundreds of hungry zombies along the way.

Why You Should See It: There are some scary moments, but this movie is mostly humor. All of the characters have little quirks and traits that make them fun. The best character is Tallahasse, by far. He's the most entertaining and has probably the most developed backstory of the four characters. It's definitely a movie that anyone can enjoy.

5. The Devil's Rejects (2005).

Written and Directed by Rob Zombie. Starring Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, and Sheri Moon Zombie.

The Plot: A few months after the first movie's story, the cops take on the Firefly Household. Baby, Otis, and Captain Spaulding manage to escape from the gunfire. They need to avoid the cops and try to find some kind of safety.

Why You Should See It: This is the best Rob Zombie movie. It's the most grounded with the best story line. Sid Haig is really delightful and actually has the chance to do things. This movie isn't as gore-intense as the first movie. There's a lot better technical use of visuals, sound, and emotion. The ending scenes is the best use of visual and music.

4. Shaun of the Dead (2004).

Directed by Edgar Wright. Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Bill Nighy.

The Plot: Two working class losers are trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. They come up with a plan and try to gather their loved ones. Hi-jinks ensue and nothing ever seems to go right.

Why You Should See It: This is a really good horror comedy. Everyone involved are excellent comedic actors. So there's definitely no problem with the comedy. I was surprised in how good the horror was. There's one scene that really grossed me out when I was younger. Nick Frost is really the star of the movie and Simon Pegg is a great straight man with emotional moments.

3. Hostel : Part 2 (2007).

Written and Directed by Eli Roth. Starring Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, and Bijou Phillips.

The Plot: Three American art students are invited to Slovakia by a nude model from one of their classes. They stay in a hostel and enjoy a local celebration. And then it happens; they are each kidnapped to be auctioned off to rich businessmen.

Why You Should See It: Part 2 is much better than the first one, there I said it. It seems gay instead of homophobic, which is a step up. We can also root for these characters. The ending is also much more satisfying. There's a lot more style in the sets and the kills. Slovakia also looked like somewhere you would actually want to go.

2. Paranormal Activity (2007).

Directed and Written by Oren Peli. Starring Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat.

The Plot: A young couple moves into a new house. They start to notice some weird things going on and Micah decides to put cameras up to catch what is happening. The focus of the haunting seems to be on Katie. As the activity intensifies, so does the tension between the couple.

Why You Should See It: This movie really started a fun time in paranormal horror and found footage movies. Also, making these movies was super cheap. The story is simple enough. The scares are great, almost always successful on me. There's not any gore and its pretty safe for a new horror viewer.

1. Saw (2004).

Directed by James Wan. Written by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Starring Cary Elwes, Tobin Bell, and Danny Glover.

The Plot: Two strangers awaken in a disgusting bathroom with their legs chained to the wall. They have been taken by the serial killer, Jigsaw. He puts his victims in traps to test their desire to live. They have to figure out how to escape before the clock runs down.

Why You Should See It: Saw was the movie that brought horror back. It's scary, plot driven, and pretty gross. The gore is tame compared to how the movies will go. The story is interesting and the twist is a genuine shock. I was really fascinated by the traps.

I'm only one decade away from the end of this series and it's been a lot of fun! Trying to rank movies that I've watched has been an experience, and I know not everyone agrees with me. But it's fun! I hope you enjoyed this.

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