ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

It was hard to pick the 50 best horror movies since 2000, possibly even harder than choosing the 50 greatest horror movie classics of the 20th Century. At least with the 20th Century, there are more acknowledged classics; you're less likely to get destroyed by other horror fans with the weight of history behind your choices. Still, sometimes you have to make a choice and play the game...

How Many Great Horror Movies Have Been Made Since 2000?

There are more than 50 great horror movies made since the year 2000. In fact, I'll let you in on a secret; I totally cheated. For each of the fifty, I've added three 'related' horror movies, films that can be grouped with that Top 50 pick thematically, or that just make required viewing for the modern horror fan. Check out the 50 best horror movies of the 21st Century, and another, additional 150 you should really be scaring yourself silly with.

1. Final Destination

Released: 2000

Director: James Wong

Modern horror theme: Teens in Peril

Related horror movies since 2000: Cherry Falls, Valentine, Sorority Row


2. Ginger Snaps

Released: 2000

Director: John Fawcett

Modern horror theme: Howlin' at the Moon

Related horror movies since 2000: Dog Soldiers, Howl, Cub


3. Audition

Released: 2000

Director: Takashi Miike

Modern horror theme: Japanese Sadism

Related horror movies since 2000: Ichi the Killer, Battle Royale, Gozu


4. Jeepers Creepers

Released: 2001

Director: Victor Salva

Modern horror theme: Hell on the Road

Related horror movies since 2000: Wrong Turn, Dead End, Hush


5. Irreversible

Released: 2002

Director: Gaspar Noe

Modern horror theme: New French Extremity

Related horror movies since 2000: In My Skin, Fat Girl, Ma mère

6. Dark Water

Released: 2002

Director: Hideo Nakata

Modern horror theme: Vengeful Asian Girls

Related horror movies since 2000: The Grudge, The Eye, Shutter

7. Haute Tension

Released: 2003

Director: Alexandre Aja

Modern horror theme: Blood-soaked women

Related horror movies since 2000: Frontiers, Ils, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane


8. Oldboy

Released: 2003

Director: Park Chan-Wook

Modern horror theme: Korean Carnage

Related horror movies since 2000: A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil, Thirst


9. Saw

Released: 2004

Director: James Wan & Leigh Whannell

Modern horror theme: Exquisite Torture

Related horror movies since 2000: The Killing Gene, Les Sept Jours du talion, 5150 Rue des Ormes


10. Dawn of the Dead

Released: 2004

Director: Zack Snyder

Modern horror theme: BRAIINNNSSS!

Related horror movies since 2000: 28 Days Later, Land of the Dead, Survival of the Dead

11. The Descent

Released: 2005

Director: Neil Marshall

Modern horror theme: Monsters in the Dark

Related horror movies since 2000: REC, As Above, So Below, The Hallow


12. Hostel

Released: 2005

Director: Eli Roth

Modern horror theme: Gorenography

Related horror movies since 2000: The Green Inferno, Cabin Fever, Hostel II


13. Antikörper

Released: 2005

Director: Christian Alvart

Modern horror theme: Suffer Little Children

Related horror movies since 2000: Big Bad Wolves, Die Behandlung, Prisoners


14. Wolf Creek

Released: 2005

Director: Greg McLean

Modern horror theme: Horror in Oz

Related horror movies since 2000: Dying Breed, The Snowtown Murders, Lake Mungo


15. The Devil’s Rejects

Released: 2005

Director: Rob Zombie

Modern horror theme: The Madness of Rob Zombie

Related horror movies since 2000: Rob Zombie's Halloween, Lords of Salem, House of 1000 Corpses

16. 30 Days of Night

Released: 2007

Director: David Slade

Modern horror theme: Horror on Ice

Related horror movies since 2000: Dead Snow, The Last Winter, Cold Prey

17. Eden Lake

Released: 2008

Director: James Watkins

Modern horror theme: Y'all ain't from around here, are ya?

Related horror movies since 2000: Inbred, White Settlers, Territories

18. Inside

Released: 2008

Director: Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo

Modern horror theme: Francophone freakout

Related horror movies since 2000: Calvaire, Sheitan, Trouble Every Day


19. The Strangers

Released: 2008

Director: Bryan Bertino

Modern horror theme: Home Invasion

Related horror movies since 2000: Tiger House, Sleep Tight, Panic Room, Intruders


20. The Ruins

Released: 2008

Director: Carter Smith

Modern horror theme: Horror on Holiday

Related horror movies since 2000: Donkey Punch, Black Rock, Sightseers


21. Martyrs

Released: 2009

Director: Pascal Laugier

Modern horror theme: Utter despair

Related horror movies since 2000: The Nameless, Anatomy of Hell, Requiem for a Dream


22. Orphan

Released: 2009

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Modern horror theme: Killer Kids

Related horror movies since 2000: The Children, Let the Right One In, Identity


23. Paranormal Activity

Released: 2009

Director: Oren Peli

Modern horror theme: Ghouls & Ghosts

Related horror movies since 2000: Session 9, Thir13en Ghosts, The Others


24. Drag Me to Hell

Released: 2009

Director: Sam Raimi

Modern horror theme: Women With Supernatural Grudges

Related horror movies since 2000: Jennifer's Body, Ava's Possessions, Savaged


25. Splinter

Released: 2010

Director: Toby Wilkins

Modern horror theme: Creature Feature

Related horror movies since 2000: Cloverfield, The Mist, Trollhunter


26. The Collector

Released: 2010

Director:

Modern horror theme: Ingenious Evil

Related horror movies since 2000: 13 Sins, Cheap Thrills, 13 Cameras


27. The Loved Ones

Released: 2010

Director: Sean Byrne

Modern horror theme: A Party You'll Never Wanna Leave

Related horror movies since 2000: Estranged, The Invitation, The Sacrament


28. House of the Devil

Released: 2010

Director: Ti West

Modern horror theme: Hell is Empty and All Devils Are Here

Related horror movies since 2000: Here Comes the Devil, Heartless, Devil

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29. A Serbian Film

Released: 2010

Director: Srdjan Spasojevic

Modern horror theme: Ultraviolence

Related horror movies since 2000: Antichrist, August Underground, Grotesque


30. Julia’s Eyes

Released: 2010

Director: Guillem Morales

Modern horror theme: Sensory Deprivation

Related horror movies since 2000: Hush, Blindness, Don't Breathe

31. The Human Centipede

Released: 2010

Director: Tom Six

Modern horror theme: Unnecessary Surgery

Related horror movies since 2000: The Human Centipede II, Splice, Turistas


32. Kidnapped

Released: 2010

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas

Modern horror theme: Hostile Hostages

Related horror movies since 2000: Para Elisa, The Woman, The Call


33. You’re Next

Released: 2011

Director: Adam Wingard

Modern horror theme: Fierce Final Girl

Related horror movies since 2000: Kristy, Bound to Vengeance, P2


34. Kill List

Released: 2011

Director: Ben Wheatley

Modern horror theme: Sweet Revenge

Related horror movies since 2000: Blue Ruin, Dead Man's Shoes, Harry Brown, Bedevilled


35. Cabin in the Woods

Released: 2012

Director: Drew Goddard

Modern horror theme: Mega Meta

Related horror movies since 2000: The Last Horror Movie, Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Lesley Vernon, Seed of Chucky


36. Excision

Released: 2012

Director: Richard Bates Jr

Modern horror theme: Not Your Pixie Dream Girl

Related horror movies since 2000: May, American Mary, February, Felt


37. Sinister

Released: 2012

Director: Scott Derickson

Modern horror theme: Bighitters from Blumhouse

Related horror movies since 2000: The Conjuring, Insidious, The Purge


38. Chained

Released: 2012

Director: Jennifer Lynch

Modern horror theme: Depravity & Degradation

Related horror movies since 2000: The Seasoning House, Deadgirl, Das Experiment


39. Evil Dead

Released: 2013

Director: Fede Alvarez

Modern horror theme: Undead gore

Related horror movies since 2000: We Are Still Here, Wyrmwood, Zombieland


40. 100 Bloody Acres

Released: 2013

Director: Cameron & Colin Cairnes

Modern horror theme: Hilarious Horror

Related horror movies since 2000: Stitches, Severance, Body


41. Berberian Sound Studio

Released: 2013

Director: Peter Strickland

Modern horror theme: Artsy Scares

Related horror movies since 2000: The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears, Amer, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Linkeroever


42. Housebound

Released: 2014

Director: Gerard Johnstone

Modern horror theme: Killer Kiwi Comedy

Related horror movies since 2000: Deathgasm, Black Sheep, What We Do In The Shadows


43. Let Us Prey

Released: 2014

Director: Brian O'Malley

Modern horror theme: Work is a Nightmare

Related horror movies since 2000: Last Shift, Bloodsucking Bastards, Cooties


44. The Babadook

Released: 2014

Director: Jennifer Kent

Modern horror theme: Through the Eyes of a Child

Related horror movies since 2000: Fragile, The Orphanage, The Devil's Backbone, Bereavement


45. The Taking of Deborah Logan

Released: 2014

Director: Adam Robitel

Modern horror theme: Possession With a Twist

Related horror movies since 2000: The Possession of Michael King, The Last Exorcism, Exeter


46. Baskin

Released: 2015

Director: Can Evrenol

Modern horror theme: Mindfuck Madness

Related horror movies since 2000: Uzumaki, Visitor Q, Imprint


47. Ich Seh, Ich Seh

Released: 2015

Director: Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala

Modern horror theme: Mommy Issues

Related horror movies since 2000: Frailty, Triangle, Mama


48. It Follows

Released: 2015

Director: David Robert Mitchell

Modern horror theme: Sexual Paranoia

Related horror movies since 2000: Teeth, Contracted, Hard Candy


49. The Final Girls

Released: 2015

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Modern horror theme: For the Love of the Genre

Related horror movies since 2000: Shaun of the Dead, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, Diary of the Dead


50. The Witch

Released: 2016

Director: Robert Eggers

Modern horror theme: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Related horror movies since 2000: Heretiks, Witching & Bitching, Starry Eyes


BONUS: The ABCs of Death

Released: 2013

Director: Various

Modern horror theme: Awesome Anthologies

Related horror movies since 2000: Trick 'R Treat, V/H/S, ABCs of Death 2

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