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: Marcus Dunstan
  • 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

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

What do you think is the best horror movie of the 21st Century?


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