Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century

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21 Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century (So Far), Ranked

Admittedly there have been alot of really bad ones but there has also been an abundance of horror that both new and traditional horror fans love and are passionate about. I have based this list off of my own personal favorites as well as the reviews and comments by readers and contributors to our site.

So although its my list I have incorporated the views of others as well. As always if you have seen any of the films on this list please leave feedback in the comments. Starring Woody Harrelson it tells the story of two guys and two girls crossing across a zombie infested mid west to make their way to an amusement park and salvation from the undead. The films focus on rules of survival made it a smash hit as well as its great writing, unique characters and easily one of the best zombie cameos ever.

Zombieland is easily one of the best zombie comedies ever made. Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg and really launched him into mainstream popularity. The story is about two slackers who would rather eat donuts and sit on the couch than reach for the stars in life. When the end of the world comes they must unite to save their friends and family in very comedic style.

Just like Zombieland this movie is one of the best zombie comedies ever made. Remakes as a rule can never hold a candle to the original but Zach Snyders remake of Dawn of the Dead had homage to the original George Romero film while adding in his own elements of action and new characters to make it almost its own movie.

Sarah Polley who starred as the female lead delivered in a big kind of way and is starring in SPLICE which just hit theatres to relatively decent reviews. Directed by Toby Wilkins this film was released in an extremely limited way by MAGNET and unfortunately I think alot of you may have missed out on seeing this master piece. It is easily one of my favourite isolation horror films since The Thing.

Martyrs is one of the most disturbing films I have seen in a very long time. It starts off as a tale of revenge and within the first 5minutes absolute carnage ensues. That however is only the beginning. The film ends up taking a heavy religious tone as this story of revenge is turned on its face. The scenes in this movie are extremely hard to watch and is one of two films where I had to fast forward through a scene which was just to violent and disturbing to watch.

Although its extremely gruesome its quality writing makes it much more then a sadistic film of violence. A must see film if you have a strong stomach.

Its kind of befitting that after talking about Martyrs I mention Dead Girl. Dead Girl is about a group of students who find a woman bound in an abandoned hospital who quickly make some extremely disturbing moral choices resulting in extreme violence, moral ambiquity and one of the most disturbing and though provoking films I have seen since Martyrs.

A group of medical students head into the mountains for some camping fun and inadventantly stumble on Nazi zombies and the insane violence adn comedic zombie madness ensues. Easily one of the better foreign zombie comedies to come out in the last few years.

Starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman this one is a psychological thriller which got absolutely rave reviews from readers and critics alike. Admittedly though I was not overly impressed with this one. A couple who are ending their relationship stay in a friends house and end up being set upon by a group of strangers wearing masks.

Well written and quite disturbing The Strangers is a very dark thrill ride sure to please fans of the genre. When it comes to zombie movies REC really takes the cake. An apartment building is put under quarantine after a strange attack and absolute insanity ensues as the undead set upon a group of trapped residents including some fireman and a reporter sent out to investigate.

Reply Josh Syvertsen March 25, at The 21st century started Jan 1 , American Psycho came out April 14, So it came out during the 20th century. Thank you for saying that. Stars Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close give top-shelf performances, but the movie belongs to young Sennia Nanua as the flesh-eating yet fully sentient Melanie, who may be a forerunner of a new, unexpected step in the evolution of whatever the human race ends up becoming.

Gripping from start to finish. Deeply graphic and disturbing, yet also rich with symbolism and subtext, Raw is both as grisly and sophisticated as horror movies come. The movie also touches on gender politics and family dynamics in its tale of two sisters at a French veterinary school who awaken to the power of their own bodies as well as primal, vicious hungers neither one of them thought possible.

Raw is a movie that lives up to its name. Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, a young African-American photographer who heads to the country with his white girlfriend Alison Williams to meet her parents for the first time.

The meeting does not go well as Chris realizes that the seemingly nice yet awkward Armitages led by an excellent Catherine Keener are not what they appear to be at all. Get Out is thrilling, refreshing and a nice change of pace for the genre. International cinema has been exploring genre with great success in recent years, and this intimate yet mournful thriller, set in s Tehran during the ongoing and brutal war between Iran and Iraq, is one of the more thoughtful and unique horror movies to emerge from that creative wellspring.

Iranian politics and social mores are woven carefully into the plot, which follows a woman and her daughter who are haunted by a djinn an evil spirit that may have been unleashed when their apartment building is shelled. The metaphor of the evil set free by war is fairly on the nose, but director Babak Anvari still constructs an atmosphere of slowly ascending terror and macabre imagery.

Just when you thought the zombie genre had been utterly exhausted, someone comes along and reinvigorates it. South Korea struck again with this epic-length minutes! Despite odd moments of humor here and there, The Wailing is almost unremittingly bleak and its imagery is thoroughly unsettling.

Deliberately paced and building an atmosphere of unspeakable dread, The Wailing is a standout of Asian horror. And the final scene is a knockout. The Conjuring 2 is a rare example of a horror sequel equaling or even surpassing the original. Director James Wan once again proves himself a master at using negative space, sound or lack thereof and period detail to wring goosebumps out of even the most jaded viewer, and the deeper characterizations make the stakes that much higher as well.

A stunning feature film debut from director Robert Eggers, The Witch tells the story of a 17 th century Puritan family who are excommunicated from their village and build their own farm on the edge of a vast forest -- only to be preyed upon by an ancient, malevolent witch who lives deep in the woods. Touching on themes of religious persecution and mania, sexual awakening and humanity vs.

The Witch is classic supernatural horror. Shyamalan seems comfortable working within the lower-budget confines of the Blumhouse scream factory, and he manages to inject both a nice streak of morbid humor and enough of his trademark character touches to keep us off-balance. Essie Davis is outstanding as Amelia, a widowed mother still reeling from the loss of her husband Oskar as she does her exhausted best to raise their troubled six-year-old son Sam Noah Wiseman , who was born the night that Oskar died.

Enter the Babadook, the subject of a frightening storybook that Sam finds and an entity that is soon terrorizing mother and child. Karen Gillan Doctor Who stars as a woman who believes that an antique mirror has been responsible for the tragic history of her family, and sets out to destroy it by any means she can. The mirror, however, has other plans. With more features to his name since including Ouija: The cast is terrific, a mix of horror vets Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden and mumblecore regulars, and Sharni Vinson is outstanding as the dinner guest with a secret of her own.

A film about real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren had been in development for nearly 20 years -- outlasting Ed himself -- before finally coming to fruition in as The Conjuring.

Based on a case the Warrens investigated concerning the haunting of a family farm by a witch, the film afforded director James Wan the change to take the horror skills he had honed on his previous project, Insidious , and apply them to a larger scale Hollywood production. The result was a genuinely scary experience with plenty of atmosphere and just enough empathy for the family and the Warrens to elevate the movie about the usual shock tactics.

It was also a major box office hit, making it that rare genre entry that was enjoyed by both critics and audiences. Proposing that the standard template for a horror film is what keeps the real horrors at bay, the movie turns that formula on its head yet works it to maximum effect. With just one feature to his credit before this Down Terrace , director and co-writer Ben Wheatley hits his second film clear out of the park, fashioning it into a mash-up of gritty crime thriller and chilling Lovecraftian horror tale.

Two former British soldiers turned hit men Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley take a job in which they must kill three people -- a priest, a video archivist and a member of Parliament -- but soon find out that they have gotten involved with something far beyond their experience and understanding. The somber mood, ambiguous plot Wheatley deliberately and correctly leaves much unexplained and almost unwatchable bursts of violence come to a boil in the truly horrifying and enigmatic climax.

In pulling tricks from all eras of horror, Wan came up with something original, terrifying and entertaining — a horror ride that all fans could enjoy. Director Kim Ji-Woon A Tale of Two Sisters sends an intelligence agent Lee Byung-hun on a mission of vengeance against a sadistic serial killer Choi Min-sik in this shocking and stunningly depraved cat and mouse thriller in which all notions of morality go out the window along with numerous bloody body parts.

Kim holds it all together masterfully, creating a horrifying experience like nothing else we saw the year it came out. West is an expert at leading us along and then tightening the screws hard, and if you told me that The House of the Devil had actually come out around or so, I just might have believed you. Peli shows us almost nothing in terms of visual effects, which only heightens the experience: In an era of endless bloodsucking YA hotties, leave it to an year-old girl to create the best and eeriest vampire seen on the screen in years.

Based on a novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist and directed by fellow Swede Tomas Alfredson, this is the story of the friendship that grows between lonely, bullied year-old Oskar Kare Hedebrant and the little girl who lives in the apartment next door, Eli Lina Leandersson -- an ancient vampire inside the body of a child. The two child actors are outstanding, with Leandersson projecting an otherworldliness and weariness far beyond her years.

Credit is also due to the English-language remake by director Matt Reeves, who stayed largely faithful to the original while tweaking its meaning slightly his actors, Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee, are fine if not quite as good as the Swedish cast.

Brutal and almost unwatchable, Martyrs represented perhaps the apex of the French extreme horror movement. The ordeal she goes through is just the grand finale of a nihilistic exercise in depravity. The story is a simple, straightforward home invasion narrative, but Bertino keeps it creepy and unsettling throughout thanks to some eerie imagery and his three terrifying antagonists. In this case the threat is Mrs.

The Best Horror Films of the 21st Century

If anyone tries to tell you that the best horror movies aren’t what they used to be, you have my permission to graze their face with your open palm in a quick and painful manner. Slap them. The past few years have been tough for horror films with constant relentless torture porn (the Saw series) and teen oriented scare-less remakes (Prom Night). Despite this fact, there's still been an abundant amount of worthy horror films to be found. Ranging from action, comedy, and romantic oriented horror films, they're proof that this genre just . We look back at the Top Horror movies of the 21st Century. We all love classic horror but this is a tribute to the greats of modern horror.