Weinberg's List: 50 Best Horror Films (2000 -- 2009)

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Weinberg's List: 50 Best Horror Films (2000 -- 2009)
This idea began, as all great ideas do these days, as a discussion over the Twitter wires. At first the question was this: "What is the best horror film of the last ten years?"

I received dozens of great responses, but was distracted by an entertainingly civil argument with several people over whether or not Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth qualifies as a horror film. (I say it does, which is kind of a spoiler. Let's just say Pan's Labyrinth made my Top 10.) So with the assistance of the Twitter gallery (and the inestimable help of my pal @williambgoss), I offer a completely subjective (yet hopefully intelligent) list:


The Top 50 Horror Films, 2000 to 2009


Countdown: 50 - 41


50. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006): "Bringing a quietly artistic taste of teenaged sexual politics to a sub-genre that's generally disinterested in anything resembling brains or subtext, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is what we call a 'thinking man's slasher flick.'" -- full review

49. The Devil's Chair (2007): "If you're someone who's sitting down for a full-bore extra-gooey horror flick like The Devil's Chair, you can take comfort in the fact that you're being manipulated by some storytellers who love the same flicks you do." -- full review

48. The Broken (2008): "Even if you do figure out where the horror is coming from well before the characters do, you'll probably be quite pleased that it's not just the same ol' slasher stuff." -- full review

47. Dark Water (2005): "Slow-paced yet never boring, sober and serious, but certainly not drab. The settings, New York's dilapidated Roosevelt Island and one startlingly huge apartment complex, are pitch-perfect: gothic, domineering, and quietly unpleasant." -- full review

46. Splinter (2008): "There's nothing all that new about the plot of Splinter, but I don't think I've ever seen a monster that works quite like this one. And I'd like to see some more." -- full review

45. Hatchet (2006): "The guys who grew up worshiping at the altar of Myers, Voorhees, and Krueger are now old enough to make their own horror movies. And a few of those movies are really quite entertaining. Hatchet is one of 'em." -- full review

44. The Others (2001): "Simply a fantastic campfire tale of a movie, delivered with impeccable style and solid sense of outright creepiness." -- full review

43. The Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001): "Proof positive that Hollywood doesn't own exclusive rights to the 'Enjoyable B-Movie.'" -- full review

42. Cloverfield (2008): "If Cloverfield was inspired by 9/11 the way the original Gojira was inspired by the decimation of Hiroshima -- I guess each culture tries to defeat its fears (and painful memories) through artistic expression. Plus, monsters usually 'work' as a pretty entertaining metaphor." -- full review

41. Isolation (2005): "Does not know the meaning of the phrase 'comic relief,' and I found it a refreshing change of pace to squirm through a proudly disturbing little horror nugget without being subjected to ironic self-mocking and/or pointlessly desperate 'jokey' material." -- full review

Countdown: 40 - 31

40. 30 Days of Night (2007): "A blissfully mean-spirited and aggressively creepy terror tale, and one that's not content to simply rest on its one good concept." -- full review

39. The Signal (2007): "Wedged into this wonderfully bleak misadventure is a story about a few characters you actually care about -- and that really does help a whole lot." -- full review

38. Dance of the Dead (2008): "It's fast and funny, sick and sweet, geeky and gory. Basically, a whole lot of fun." -- full review

37. Open Water (2003): "Has the feel of someone's home video footage, and by the time the truly terrifying moments of Shark Encounter kicks in, you'll be stunned to see how involved you are in what still feels like 'home video footage.'" -- full review

36. Slither (2006): "There is a distinct sub-genre of horror flicks that aim to balance William Castle-style creepiness with a self-aware sense of snark, and Slither manages to deliver cheery chuckles and bloody bedlam in equal measure." -- full review

35. Paranormal Activity (2007): "The horror genre sees a fresh coat of paint applied to an impressively old-fashioned ghost story, resulting in a low-budget winner that every horror geek should try to check out." -- full review

34. Grace (2009): "Covers the three essential bases of indie horror: It's scary, it's smart, and it pushes a few boundaries." -- full review

33. The Midnight Meat Train (2008): "Manages to maintain the sly sense of dread that permeates the best of Barker's horror tales." -- full review

32. Dog Soldiers (2002): "It's great to see an import like this make such a big splash with horror fans. We're a patient lot, and we really do get so little to cheer about." -- full review

31. The Burrowers (2008): "Goes the extra mile by asserting that the 'extinction' of the old west may have had some decidedly nasty repercussions on a biological level." -- full review

Countdown: 30 - 21

30. Sauna (2008): "A crisp, creepy and very effective period-piece horror tale that deals with the demarcation of the national boundaries between Russia and Sweden. Yeah, so it's not exactly Scream 4." -- full review

29. The Children (2008): "A solid balance between set-up, conflict, and horrific execution; surprisingly crisp work in the departments of score, editing, and cinematography; and an admirable focus on keeping the threat both vague and urgent." -- full review

28. The Living and the Dead (2006): "Bizarre, chilling and strangely hypnotic." -- full review

27. Dawn of the Dead (2004): "It's fair to say that Romero's Dawn will never be surpassed, and that's probably true. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a spiffy new souped-up version, given that it's delivered in winning style." -- full review

26. The Loved Ones (2009): "Works as both a 'scream 'n' squeal' style horror flick, but it also presents a crafty little 'race against the clock' sort of kidnapping thriller." -- full review

25. Carriers (2009): "A consistently challenging and almost pervasively downbeat story about how it's not the nerves or the eyesight that's the last to go: It's the humanity." -- full review

24. Hostel (2005) // Hostel Part 2 (2007): "In addition to being 'about' nasty jolts, bare breasts, and goopy gore, the Hostel flicks are also about the ways in which we use the bodies of other people, and how it's rarely done in a wholesome or unselfish fashion." -- full review // full review

23. The Ruins (2008): "An impressively harsh, unexpectedly dark, and admirably expeditious little terror tale. And it's better than the book." -- full review
 
22. Teeth (2007): "Offers enough meaty subtext to fill three semesters and it does so in a shocking, humorous and strangely compassionate fashion." -- full review

21. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003): [My review has been lost to the sands of time, but this is a seriously creepy Korean flick that was later remade as The Uninvited. See it!]

Countdown: 20 - 11

20. The Mist (2007): "Darabont clearly feels no shame in delivering a white-knuckle monster movie, but he's smart enough to do so in a crafty, creepy, and literate fashion." -- full review

19. High Tension (2003): "Proves to be quite the dastardly dark and entertaining jolt-fest ... if, of course, you don't mind your 'cat & mouse' thrillers a little on the 'outlandishly gory' side." -- full review

18. Shaun of the Dead (2004): [I never officially reviewed this movie, but it doesn't really matter. We all love it.]

17. Grindhouse (2007): "The full Grindhouse experience is sort of like a gigantic ice cream sundae for old-school genre film enthusiasts." -- full review

16. Saw (2004): "A cult classic waiting to happen for those who like their horror movies dark, smart, twisted and hard." -- full review

15. Trick 'r Treat (2007): "This nifty little anthology may have lost out on its theatrical release, but at least it can take solace in the fact that it'll be re-played on countless October evenings." -- full review

14. 28 Days Later (2002) // 28 Weeks Later (2007) [Yes, another 2-in-1 semi-cheat on my part, but both films are quite bleakly entertaining in appreciably different ways.] -- full review // full review

13. The Devil's Backbone (2001): "As a metaphor for Spain's war scars, as a rumination on the true definition of what a ghost really is, and as an effortlessly entertaining story about friendship, loyalty, and guilt - this movie simply resonates with satisfying ideas." -- full review

12. The House of the Devil (2009): "For those who have fond memories of low-key '70s devil chillers that focused on mood and atmosphere over sex and splatter, I'm betting this flick will go down quite smoothly." -- full review

11. The Descent (2005): "The second half of The Descent is packed with slick surprises, shocking jolts, gruesome gore, and intermittently unbearable tension." -- full review

Countdown: 10 - 1

10. Martyrs (2008): "May be one of the most ferocious horror films ever made -- but Martyrs is also quite effectively chilling and consistently disturbing ... frankly I think it's one of the most fascinating pieces of 'hardcore' horror cinema you'd ever want to see." -- full review

09. The Host (2006): "A smart, funny, creepy, and frequently exciting monster epic packed with strong effects, solid action scenes, several colorful characters, and (best of all) a whole lot of random chompings." -- full review

08. [REC] (2007) // [REC] 2 (2009): [My last 2-in-1 cheat, but c'mon. These two go together like a skull and crossbones.] -- full review // full review

07. The Orphanage (2007): "Strikes a fantastic balance between well-earned chills and strangely heart-touching emotion. (And what an ending!)" -- full review

06. Let the Right One In (2008): "Not only does this fantastic little import add a lot of new color to the "vampire flick," but it also turns out to be one of the strangest, stickiest, and (yes) sweetest horror movies I've seen in ten years." -- full review

05. Frailty (2001): "Works in a dark, gothic, and joyously hypnotic style - one that's painfully absent from most modern horror flicks" -- full review

04. Inside (2007): "Unrelenting, brutal and stunningly violent. It's also very well-crafted, powerful, creepy and scary on a murky primal level." -- full review

03. May (2002): "It's hard to say which is more impressive: that May deftly juggles gruesome horror, bizarrely touching romance, pitch black humor and heart-wrenching tragedy with nary a misstep - or that everything on display is presented courtesy of a filmmaker working on his first feature film." -- full review

02. Session 9 (2001): [Another old review that seems to have disappeared, so here's one, improv-style: one of the best "haunted building" movies I've ever seen, and it just gets better with repeat viewings. Great cast, vibe, script, style, etc. I adore this flick, and I know several horror buffs who feel the same way.]

01. Pan's Labyrinth (2006): Yep, not only do I consider it a horror film, but it's also one of the most interesting, challenging, and insightful ones I've ever seen. Call it a dark fantasy, an off-kilter adventure, a wartime coming-of-age tale, or a straightforward dramatic piece if you like (it's all those things), but I'd still call Pan's Labyrinth a beautiful piece of horror cinema, a magical genre mash-up that can be savored like truly fine art. But is also scary and has monsters.


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Niels MatthijsApril 4, 2011 5:56 PM

Lists are awesome. There's some cool stuff in there, it might inspire me to construct a list of my own. You're a little short on Asian stuff though ;)

J HurtadoApril 4, 2011 5:57 PM

This is a brave undertaking. I don't know that I could even name 50 horror films I've liked in the last 10 years. I think that probably by 35 or so, it would morph into a "least bad" list. Certainly I don't agree with a few choices in here, but I haven't seen many of them either.

J HurtadoApril 4, 2011 6:01 PM

There is a noticeable dearth of Asian horror on the list.

Charles WebbApril 4, 2011 6:13 PM

Thanks for putting this together, Scott, although I'd have to agree with Josh that I feel like there are far less than 50 "good" (or even enjoyable" horror movies from this decade.

Joshua ChaplinskyApril 4, 2011 6:14 PM

My personal list would contain Sheitan and Calvaire. Also enjoyed the never released Poughkeepsie Tapes.

Paul Brian McCoyApril 4, 2011 7:23 PM

I would swap out a few of these with The Cottage, Severance, and Pontypool, for sure. And maybe Dead Snow.

Paul Brian McCoyApril 4, 2011 7:28 PM

Meant to add that this a pretty exhaustive and easily defended list. The only real issue I would have would be with some of the ordering. Otherwise, great job!

inor86April 4, 2011 7:54 PM

J Futardo: If you haven't seen 50 good horror-movies from the last decade, then you haven't seen enough horror-movies from the last decade. This list is only scratching the surface of a great decade for horror, especially for Europe and Asia.

max404April 4, 2011 8:05 PM

The fucking remake of dark water????? And no Kairo? What a poor list. Regardless of taste

zetobeltApril 4, 2011 8:17 PM

For a list of "Best Horror Films", you're missing a lot of asian films. Sorry, but a true "Best Horrors Films" List should be full of them.

https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawm7rpbMxOjQFz7s1eLAztUJTdZcflyxwPkApril 4, 2011 10:48 PM

You describe Inside as very well-crafted, despite the many preposterous sequences including a police officer dragging a prisoner into a home where gunfire is heard. Yes it's violent and gory, but it doesn't make any sense.


And you rate Inside higher than the vastly superior Martyrs, a contemporary masterpiece that gives an intelligent motivation to the horrific actions on display, something so often missing in genre films.


Pascal Laugier's vision, articulated in the DVD's behind-the-scenes documentary, rivals anything the makers of Inside managed to accomplish, their sole motivation seems to have been how much gore can we include. Martyrs has a fraction of the gore but still affects me months after I saw it.


Interesting list though, many titles I will need to check out.

Peter MartinApril 4, 2011 11:05 PM

For the folks complaining about the dearth of Asian titles: name your 10 favorites! What's missing?

max404 lists KAIRO (aka PULSE), which is one of my faves too. I prefer the original DARK WATER, plus the original THE EYE. Also: KOMA, RAHTREE: FLOWER OF THE NIGHT, SUICIDE CLUB, DORM, MY SCARY GIRL, and INNER SENSES. So that's 9 for me.

Ben UmsteadApril 4, 2011 11:22 PM

It's quite fun to see lists like this pop up on Twitch. I'm tempted to suggest we do it more often, then again what I'd really like to suggest is using something like this to get the Twitch-o-meter back in gear.

At any rate I'm in agreement with the others so far, in that it is a fairly well done list, intelligently done, yes indeed Scott, though I was left scratching my head at the lack of Asian offerings. Perhaps you just haven't seen the films Peter and others are starting to mention, or else you vehemently despise them, which is all right too, we can't all like Asian horror...

As for me, I can't imagine making a list without Kiyoshi Kurosawa. KAIRO would absolutely be my number one. It isn't just the scariest film I've seen of the last decade, it is the scariest film I've seen from any decade thus far.

swampthingApril 5, 2011 1:44 AM

Not a bad list. I would include Shutter as it augured the rise of Thai horror cinema. Trick r' Treat I found a mediocre anthology; Grindhouse was tedious.
I would also work Eden Lake into the list somehow, and maybe the horror animation Fears of the Dark because a couple of the things in it stayed with me.

If it went to 2010 would definitely include Hong Kong's Dream Home in the top 20.

swampthingApril 5, 2011 5:32 AM

Also Marebito from Shimizu.

James DennisApril 5, 2011 5:55 AM

Good call on Eden Lake - I'd have it in my top 10. Plus Chris Smith's Triangle somewhere, Blood River if you can call it a horror (I do). I agree on Pontypool too, also would be in my top 10.

I totally agree with some, and vehemently disagree with other, but hey that's what these things are for!

Niels MatthijsApril 5, 2011 6:08 AM

Rather than scrap/add titles, I'll just add my 50 here. I tried to stay as close to the core of the genre (so no Pop Skull, Versus, Tsuburo no Gara, Vinyan and Eden Log) to make it a list of films that are primarly interested in the horror part of the film:

01. Martyrs
02. À l'Intérieur
03. Rampo Noir
04. Calvaire
05. Tôkyô Zankoku Keisatsu (Tokyo Gore Police)
06. [Rec], [Rec] 2
07. Haze
08. Ils
09. Cheuat Gon Chim (Meat Grinder)
10. Trouble Every Day
11. Akumu Tantei 1 & 2 (Nightmare Detective)
12. Visions of Suffering
13. Frontière(s)
14. Hyn Huet Ching Nin (New Blood)
15. Haute Tension
16. Gin Gwai (The Eye)
17. No-Do
18. 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Laters
19. Saint Ange
20. Brøken, The
21. Eden Lake
22. Chung Oi (In Love With The Dead)
23. Halloween II
24. Necromentia
25. Midnight Meat Train, The
26. Linkeroever
27. Orfanato, El
28. Planet Terror
29. Sauna
30. Saw I & III
31. Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken (Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl)
32. Suay Laak Sai (Sick Nurses)
33. Seventh Moon
34. Sei Mong Se Jun (Ab-normal Beauty)
35. Reeds, The
36. Alone
37. Acolytes
38. Children, The
39. See Prang (Phobia) & Haa Phraeng (Phobia 2)
40. Gurotesuku
41. Feast
42. Bunhongsin (The Red Shoes)
43. Darkness
44. Collector, The
45. Ju-on 2
46. Mutants
47. Kollegiet
48. Ekusute (Hair Extensions)
49. Descent, The
50. Black Sheep

claus von bulowApril 5, 2011 8:00 AM

That is a much better list, yes. Think I agree on your top 2, and glad to see Calvaire and Trouble Every Day getting some love.

SeasonsApril 5, 2011 8:05 AM

Thanks for all the tips! I've added some to my wanna see-list

As for english spoken films I would aslo add EDEN LAKE and TRIANGLE, and continue with THE ORPHAN, FROZEN, and BAGHEAD.

As for asian horror I would add EGG., RINGU 1 & 2 and NOROI.

And from norway NABOER.

M@rcApril 5, 2011 8:23 AM

I agree, I like Niels' list much better. Any list containing The Burrowers or Dance of the Dead I can't take seriously, although there are alot of good picks in there of course. But it's all a matter of taste.

Niels MatthijsApril 5, 2011 8:36 AM

"Better" is always in the eye of the beholder. I think Weinberg's list is great too, giving lots of love to a lot of great genre flicks that missed my list simply because 50 isn't enough :)

kaijujuApril 5, 2011 9:20 AM

I'm loving all these recommendations. There's so much I missed, and others that I wasn't fond of upon first viewing but I'm considering taking another stab at.

My top ten, in order from my top pick.

Hostel
28 Weeks Later
Mulberry Street
The Devil's Rejects
Cloverfield
REC
The Children
The Descent
Shaun of the Dead
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

swampthingApril 5, 2011 10:23 AM

Nice list!

https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawl2NfwyQSdRLMwdWf9EcrI3AScYAPE9OP4April 5, 2011 1:09 PM

Wow, you've omitted a ton of classics.

Ginger Snaps
Three Extremes...
Suicide Club
Wolf Creek
The Hills Have Eyes(much better remake than Dawn of the Dead)
The Devil's Rejects(far more deserving than either Hostel)
Eden Lake
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Shutter
A Serbian Film
Deadgirl(far better zombie movie than Dance of the Dead)
Love Object
Dead Birds
Dread
The Ring(better than the remake of Dark Water)
Ichi the Killer
Dead End
Imprint
American Psycho

(how are the Ruins, Dance of the Dead, either Hostel, Open Water, Dark Water, Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, Carriers, Grace, the Devil's Chair, 30 Days of Night, and a few others on here?)

hayabusaApril 5, 2011 1:38 PM

Personal favorites top-25:
01. A Tale of Two Sisters (South Korea)
02. High Tension (France)
03. The Call of Cthulhu (2005) (USA)
04. Let The Right One In (Sweden)
05. The Others (USA)
06. Martyrs (France, Canada)
07. Pulse (Kairo) (Japan)
08. Shutter (2004) (Thailand)
09. Saw (USA)
10. The Ring (2002) (USA)
11. [REC] + [REC] 2 (Spain)
12. Epitaph (South Korea)
13. The Devil's Backbone (Spain, Mexico)
14. Slither (Canada, USA)
15. Art of the Devil 2 (2005) (Thailand)
16. R-Point (South Korea)
17. Into the Mirror (2003) (South Korea)
18. The Descent (UK)
19. Dead Snow (Norway)
20. Severance(UK, Germany)
21. Dark Water (Japan)
22. 28 Days Later (UK)
23. Spiral (Japan)
24. Rampo Noir (Japan)
25. Exte: Hair Extensions (Japan)

edeteinApril 5, 2011 1:41 PM

Those are two classic films! A must for any legitimate Horror list of that decade.

edeteinApril 5, 2011 1:53 PM

So many of the lists have Ichi The Killer and Behind the Mask omitted. I am quite stunned as those two films would definitely be in my top 10 or 15. I would also include Audition though it is sometimes listed as 1999 but I see a few sites listing its theatrical release date in Japan as March 3rd, 2000.

edeteinApril 5, 2011 1:58 PM

Oh, I am referring to Trouble Every Day and Calvaire. On a side note, these two films, tragically, have no blu-ray editions on the entire planet! How tragic is that?

Joshua ChaplinskyApril 5, 2011 2:04 PM

Naboer, totally. If we are considering that a horror flick, it's way up on my list.

edeteinApril 5, 2011 2:26 PM

Speaking of Kurosawa, could we consider Doppelganger as a horror film? I love that Kurosawa film! Kairo is definitely great and should be included in a list of last decade.

claus von bulowApril 5, 2011 3:00 PM

Yeah, it sucks. Would like to see pretty much all Claire Denis' films get a blu-ray release.

J HurtadoApril 5, 2011 4:16 PM

I've never considered Ichi the Killer a horror film. Audition is a horror film, but Ichi is something else. What that is, I'm not sure.

edeteinApril 5, 2011 5:51 PM

That is an interesting assessment. I would actually argue the opposite where Audition could perhaps more fall under a thriller and I was almost hesitant to qualify Audition as a Horror film. Ichi the Killer is "something else" for sure and I think that the horror genre would be the closest subset of cinema that could contain it. When is Criterion going to pick up the rights for Ichi the Killer already?

thoughtatworkApril 5, 2011 10:07 PM

thanks for this post, I've been trying to find good horror flicks for a long time now. I think I'll watch The Ruins tonight.

KaneApril 5, 2011 10:34 PM

A lot of great choices here. And I'm definitely going to seek out the ones I haven't seen. But if I compiled a list like this, I'd include Fritt Vilt aka Cold Prey 1 & 2. As far as throwback slashers go, I liked these two films a lot.

thoughtatworkApril 6, 2011 12:55 AM

hopefully never, because Ichi is an incomprehensible, pointless hackjob of a film.

just my two cents on that one

thoughtatworkApril 6, 2011 12:58 AM

I must say, I'm glad that Session 9 has such cult cred. It is a very good film, despite the overall "b" production feel and that asshole from CSI.

James DennisApril 6, 2011 7:50 AM

Frozen - absolutely.

light_keeperApril 6, 2011 4:24 PM

There are not even 10 good horror movies in the last 10 years.

J HurtadoApril 7, 2011 11:53 AM

I just noticed that Drag Me to Hell isn't on this list. I think that is a mistake.

J HurtadoApril 8, 2011 2:09 PM

Tucker and Dale was 2009, right? That should be on the list, too.

mikael.blomqvist.88April 10, 2011 3:02 PM

This is my top 50 list, note that I have not yet seen "Let the right one in" nor "Tucker and Dale vs Evil". I was also thinking of including "Battle Royale" but wasnt sure if it would classify as Horror. Anyway, here it is, from best to least best:

Shaun of the Dead
Pan's Labyrinth
28 Days Later
A Tale of Two Sisters
The Mist
The Others
The Devil's backbone
Eden Lake
The Ring
Saw
High Tension
The Devil's Rejects
The Hills Have Eyes
Coraline
[Rec]
Planet Terror
The Orphanage
Cloverfield
Martyrs
Splinter
Trick 'r Treat
Zombieland
Silent Hill
Noroi the Curse
Lake Mungo
The Descent
The Midnight Meat Train
The Children
Dawn of the Dead
The Eye
Ginger Snaps
Drag Me to Hell
Pontypool
Dark Water
Triangle
The Loved Ones
Orphan
The Ruins
The House of the Devil
I am Legend
Pulse
Behind The Mask
Gui si (Silk)
Ils
Shutter
Ekusute
Inside
Slither
Session 9
Frailty

BillApril 10, 2011 10:27 PM

I don't trust any list that includes the very disappointing "The Others". The only scary part of this movie is the running time. Now if you want a truly scary horror movie one should watch and enjoy "Drag Me To Hell".

chewerdubApril 13, 2011 9:05 PM

Here's my list. Seriously "Jesus Camp" should be everyone's number one.... Evangelical Christians are scarier and more f**ked up than any horror movie will ever be. Here goes:
1. Sheitan
2. Inside (À l'intérieur)
3. Martyrs
4. Taxidermia
5. Let The Right One In
6. Wolf Creek
7. Cabin Fever
8. Audition
9. The Descent
10. [REC]
11. The Host
12. Pan's Labyrinth
13. Them (Ils)
14. Deadgirl
15. Frontier(s)
16. A Serbian Film
17. 28 Days Later
18. Tokyo Gore Police
19. Slither
20. The Collector
21. Amer
22. Sauna
23. Hostel
24. Thirst
25. High Tension (Haute Tension)
26. The Ruins
27. The Devil's Backbone
28. Rovdyr
29. Fear(s) Of The Dark
30. Cold Prey (Fritt Vilt)
31. Blood Creek
32. 30 Days Of Night
33. Nightmare Detective
34. Tokyo Zombie
35. Mutants
36. Eden Log
37. Splinter
38. The Cottage
39. Mum & Dad
40. Teeth
41. Lake Mungo
42. The House Of The Devil
43. The Woods
44. Grotesque
45. Meat Grinder
46. X-Cross
47. Meatball Machine
48. Dead Birds
49. Trick 'R Treat
50. Jeepers Creepers

sitenoiseApril 13, 2011 10:09 PM

2007 - [Rec]
2008 - Let the Right One In
2005 - Next Door … aka Naboer
2005 - Noriko's Dinner Table
2009 - Possessed … aka Bulsinjiok
2008 - Vinyan
2006 - Bug
2007 - The Chair
2002 - Dark Water
2003 - Dead End
2008 - Death Bell
2005 - The Descent
2006 - Five Across the Eyes
2009 - Grace
2003 - High Tension … aka Haute tension
2007 - Hostel 2 … aka
2000 - Ju-on: The Curse … aka Ju-on
2003 - Ju-on: The Grudge
2009 - Missing … aka Sil Jong
2001 - Pulse … aka Kairo
2005 - The Red Shoes … aka Bunhongsin
2007 - The Signal
2005 - Strange Circus
2004 - The Uncertain Guest … aka Habitante incierto, El
2003 - The Uninvited … aka 4 Inyong shiktak

Todd BrownApril 13, 2011 10:15 PM

Nice to see Naboer getting some love in here ... it's a great film and totally under appreciated.

studog888May 15, 2011 4:10 PM

good lists but some silly suggestions, i dunno about fifty but ill give it a go....
1. the ugly (nobody seemed to pick up on this)
2.a serbian film
3. marytrs
4.red white and blue
5.switchblade romance (its a better title!)
6.frontiers
7.insideous
8.28 days later
9.silent house
10.eden lake
11.antichrist....dont ask me, i just love it
12.the girl next door ...not the elisha cutbert one
13.inside
14.the ordeal
15.the descent
16.house of a 1000 corpses...amazing use of imagination
17.tale of two sisters...not and i repeat not the uninvited
18.funny games us
19.may
20.pans labyrinth
21.rec and rec 2 ...both equally amazing
22.paranormal activity
23.hostel part 2 purely for the bath seen, i couldnt watch, it still haunts me now
24.wolf creek
25.let the right one in ...the remake was awful, i dont care what anyone says
26.ringu
27.cabin fever
28.life and death of a porno gang
29.hatchet
30.i saw the devil
that it for the time being

i realise that the ugly was 1997 but people were putting audition which was 1999, plus its so good it deserves it
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interestingmicrobesAugust 16, 2011 10:53 PM

It's funny to think that the best horror films in the past 10 years for me aren't local at all - American horror has fallen by the wayside. We get the umpteenth Saw or Final Destination and the French give us Martyrs and Inside. Audition, Let the Right One In, [Rec], A Tale of Two Sisters. There are exceptions (Session 9 is a personal favorite of mine) but by and large, its been disappointing for a long time. Some of my favorites of all time can be found at http://www.filmcrave.com/list_genre_movie.php?genre=Horror

VampireLordSeptember 28, 2011 3:44 AM

Congratulations, cool list! You listed a lot of my favorites. I always thought that Pan's Labyrinth was fantasy and not horror but I guess is a matter of opinion.
Most of my favorites are in here http://www.besthorrormovielist.com/ be aware they only list top horror. No B-Movies.

LianaOctober 30, 2011 4:02 PM

Peter -- "For the folks complaining about the dearth of Asian titles: name your 10 favorites! What's missing?"

A multitude of Asian horror film titles are missing. I can easily name more than ten which I've greatly enjoyed over the years, most of which have not even been mentioned by previous posters.

Odishon
Bakjwi
Hanyo (1960 version is slightly better than the 2010 version, but they're both great)
Noroi
Kyua
Yeogo goedam (it's a series; some are better than others, but overall, quite strong)
Hitori kakurenbo: Gekijo-ban
Ju-on
Rinne
Gin Gwai
Teketeke
Faet
Okaruto
Ringu
Du saram-yida
Shibuya Kaidan (it's a double feature containing the first film and its sequel)
Kansen
Seuseung-ui eunhye
Kimyo na sakasu
Sam gang yi
Darah
Kuchisake-onna

...and so on.