10 Best Horror Movies of the 2000's
Scary stories have been around since the dawn of man. With the advent of film, scary stories have evolved into an entire culture unto itself. While most people only like a good scare during Halloween, there are others who want to be scared year round! The following is a list of the scariest horror movies of 2000's.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
If you haven't seen this movie, you're in for a treat! A couple discovers that they are not alone in their suburban home. What is scariest about this movie is that the director relies on the viewers imagination to create the horror: instead of showing the audience what is lurking behind the door, we create the monster ourselves (which is almost always more terrifying!).
30 Days of Night (2007)
I'm not typically a fan of vampire movies, HOWEVER, this one was more frightening than any vampire movie I have ever seen. Set in Alaska, a band of very frightening, sharp toothed, evil vampires descend on the small town of Barrow. The town is in darkness for 65 days. This makes it the perfect town for sun hating, blood drinking vampires.
Cabin in the Woods
When I first saw previews for this movie I thought, "Ugh...another teen slasher film...no thanks". But my cousin (who also loves horror) would not stop bugging me to go see it. I finally gave in and boy was I glad I did! This is one of the smartest, interesting films I have seen in a long time. It is a must see if you are a fan of horror because there are nods to so many other cult classics your head will spin.
The Ring (2002)
After seeing this movie I didn't put a vhs in the player for 6 months. A mysterious video tape is making the rounds in rainy Seattle, and if you are unfortunate enough to view this film you'll die in 7 days. This film had themes, cinematography, and camera moves never before seen in a horror movie.
The Others (2001)
A dark, period piece, this film has one of those twist endings that you just never see coming (at least I didn't!). This film encapsulates the height of spiritualism, when seances were the "in thing". It stars Nicole Kidman as a strict widow raising her two children in an old, gloomy mansion.
Anytime you throw kids into a horror movie, you know it's going to be a creepy adventure. A family moves into a house and strange things start to happen. Their oldest son falls into a coma with no identifiable medical reason. As the story progresses, the family history unfolds, revealing a dark past and a frightening legacy.
The Descent (2005)
As a woman, I am always excited to see an all girl cast in horror films (girl power!). This film is about a group of friends who go caving and get trapped. Because caves are typically a fairly desolate place you would think they were alone down there. You would be wrong. They are mercilessly pursued by a species of disgusting....things.
Ethan Hawke has really made a come back with his career. In Sinister, he stars as a father, husband and a true crime writer. He's not content, however, with just reading about the alleged crimes. He likes to move into the home where the crimes were commited to do his writing (and brings his wife and 2 small children along for the ride). This film was very disturbing and I'll admit I had trouble sleeping.
28 Days Later (2002)
Although the actors never come right out and say that there has been a zombie outbreak...there's been a zombie outbreak. People have been infected with a virus that causes rage. In past zombie movies, zombies seemed pretty easy to get away from. Not in this movie. These zombies are lightning fast and pretty smart.
The Mist (2007)
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, The Mist is a stressful movie with great characters. A strange mist has rolled into town and has brought with it horrible creatures. The story mainly focuses on the relationship of a man and his young son. The end of this movie might make you want to punch your t.v. so you might want to strap yourself down before you watch it (just in case).
Although there are many wonderful horror movies of the 2000's, these are my favorites. They do more than just provide entertainment: they make you feel something. So the next time a storm is rolling in, grab the remote and settle in for a fun ride. Just make sure you check under your bed before you go to sleep!