I guarantee you may disagree on its placement. If you start drama on this blog over its ranking, I will not be pleased. This is all in fun people, just enjoy it!
Ellen Page's best work, hands down. She plays 14 year-old Hayley Stark who attracts 32 year-old Jeff Kohlver through the internet. In a nutshell, its a psychological thriller that gives an example of what "To Catch A Predator" would be like had it had any balls. It's horrifying, thrilling, and puts men everywhere into a very squeamish position for a good chunk of the film.
24) GINGER SNAPS
It's female empowering and the first attempt in years to bring something new to the Werewolf genre (suck it Jacob). It's a dandy Canadian indie flick that shows the results of getting your menstrual period and transforming into a werewolf at the same time. The acting is wonderful, the film isn't cookie cutter, and the fact that its two girls carrying the entire film always warms my heart :D
23) THE DEVIL'S REJECTS
You can hate Rob Zombie for the abortion he created with the Halloween series, but he can make one hell of an exploitation film. His second installment of films with the lil' ol Firefly family is friggen fantastic. It's a wonderful tribute to the films of yesteryear and somehow...someway...he makes you root for the bad guys.
22) DAWN OF THE DEAD
I know I'm going to get some slack for ranking this so low, but I feel that because it's a remake (especially of a Romero film) you already have a base to work with rather than starting from scratch...so I expect you to do something good. This is the best remake of the decade and one hell of a zombie film...I just wish they didn't run ;)
The release date is speculated but it's my blog, my rules. I saw this when I was 12 and I'll admit I only rented it because Rob Zombie said on TV it was the only film to scare him in a while. I figured he was more desensitized than I was and I took his word. That f'ing bag...that's all I'm going to say.
20) FUNNY GAMES
Michael Haneke brings us a scene-by-scene remake of his 1997 film and scares the living daylights out of us all. Naomi Watts is fabulous and good God, I've never been more freaked out about men in white since A Clockwork Orange. The film was fantastic and they gave us probably the best movie posters in a long while.
19) AMERICAN PSYCHO
Patrick Bateman, the things I would do to you...One of the most intelligent films made in the decade, this one showcases Christian Bale's best acting chops since Swing Kids. It's horrifying, clever, original, and has the same heart as the original Psycho. It's a definite cult classic and makes you question what Grandma's plastic couch is really all about.
18) DOG SOLDIERS
I've always believed that the Werewolf is the most neglected of the "monster-mash" classic creatures. This film brought them back in a big way. Combining military flicks and horror flicks normally seem to create a recipe for disaster, but the Brits have proved us wrong with this film and it is one to not be missed.
Who knew Bill Paxton was such a creep, man? Who knew Matthew McConaughey could do something other than drugs? This film jumps right into it literally within the first 5 minutes when a guy blows his brains out. Don't let the cast list fool you, this film is provocative as hell and really REALLY creepy.
It took me a while to finally see this film because it was one that I definitely judged by its cover. After I finally bit the bullet and rented the flick, I was kicking myself for waiting so long to watch it. This is a quirky little horror film that you best not know anything about going into it. The less you know, the more insane the film is to sit through.
If you aren't a fan of violence, gore, or more violence...this film may not be for you. As far as violence is concerned, this makes the torture videos terrorists film look like The Little Engine That Could. Honestly, the French are some sick puppies.
Try to remember way back when...before it became the never ending franchise. Think back to when we all had haunting visions of a puppet on a bicycle and little red riding hogs. Think back to when the thought of the reverse bear trap or the barbed wire were completely original and horrifying...You can do it. Remember...try to remember!
13) HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
If you didn't know any better, you'd think this film was pulled right out of the 1970's. Ti West's perfect example of a horror throwback is a perfect showcase of everything we know and love about the era that perfected the horror film.
12) HIGH TENSION
I watched this film with a friend of mine super late at night, and never more in my life have I felt so...strange after watching a film. It wasn't that I was scared or disturbed, I just felt a bit off. I still try to wrap my head around the initial impact this film brought to me, but it was quite off-putting. I loved every second of it though. The film is anything but typical and once again...The French are some sick puppies.
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10) THE MIST
Stephen King knows how to freak us out, and this film is no exception. People are the most afraid when they are helpless and completely out of touch with what is really going on. We fear, what we do not understand. The film is fantastic and not only creates a monster film, but makes us really wonder what happens to society when fear takes over. I don't care what anyone says...I LOVE THE ENDING
09) BATTLE ROYALE
This film isn't so much horror as it is just an all-out gorefest. J-Horror creeps me out 85% more than American horror and this film truly takes the cake for freaking me out. It's another one of those films that is better witnessed rather than told about, but let me tell you...it's intense.
08) TRICK R TREAT
Three absolutely amazing tales intertwining on Halloween night and giving us the cutest and most loveable horror character EVER. It's creepy, clever, entertaining, and just amazing. I have nothing bad to say about it, at all. It's very original and the three stories are very interesting. Just watching the three all wrap together gives an awesome sensation of the mind. I'm obsessed with this film. OBSESSED.
07) THE RING
This is another film that you really need to think back to a time where the film hadn't been parodied up the ying yang and completely made parody. When it came out, this film was the first in a while to really freak people the frick out. It's all anyone could talk about, and people left theatres waiting phone calls to warn them of their week coming demise. Samara is horrifying and that damn tape still gives me nightmares. I think its the nail through the nail thing...*shudders*
06) SESSION 9
Brad Anderson, you are a friggen genius. This film is IMO probably the best example of a psychological horror film that exists. It's a complete mind fuck and one hell of a film. If you haven't seen it, you've done yourself a grave disservice and should be ashamed. Go watch it now, it will change your life...okay maybe not but you'll seriously enjoy it.
05) 28 DAYS LATER...
There was a Zombie drought in the 90's and it took a little British import to completely change the rules of the zombie and completely revamp the genre. Infected, zombie, undead, whatever they are...this film is why Zombies run and make a bloody stinkin' mess. The film is breathtakingly shot and intelligent as hell, not to mention Cillian Murphy is a freaking sexpot.04) THE DESCENT
You know those slumber parties girls have where they sit around and gossip and cheer each other up? This movie isn't about those kind of women. When tough times come they find a more life threatening / exhilarating / horrifying way to push past the pain. Holy. Mother. Of. God. That's all I can say. That's all there is to say. I have never been so freaking scared in the theatres in my life. Granted I was a little young to be seeing this film, but screw it. I am traumatized. This film was insane even before the cannibalistic little buggers showed up.
03) SHAUN OF THE DEAD
To keep it simple: It's THE greatest zombie comedy if not horror comedy ever created. A film that, when I watch it, I cant really find something wrong with it. Not only is it a brilliantly hilarious film that helped introduce Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright to the world, but its a good zombie movie in its own right. The characters are loveable, the storyline is honest, and the results are absolute perfection
What a thrill ride. This is the film BWP and Cloverfield want to be when they grow up. The entire film is seen through the camera lens and it puts the audience member right into the horrifying action. It doesn't feel as if you're watching footage, you feel as if you're in the film which makes it all the more horrific. The ending is fantastic and the entire film will literally keep you on the edge of your seat.
01) LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Come on. Did you honestly think I was going to pick anything else? LTROI is the most morbidly beautiful, aesthetically breathtacking, horrifyingly cute, and endearingly macabre film ever created. The film is absolutely perfect. There are a few films that I will say has "nothing wrong with them" and this is one of them. Carried by two of the most impressive child actors to ever breathe, we see the awkward tortured love story of two adolscent children. Oskar, who is constantly picked on by bullies but dreams of his violent revenge finds a friend in the dead-on vampire persona Eli. Eli isn't effected by the harsh cold, smells weird, only comes out at night, and never claims to have a gender or an age. The relationship between the two is something to be desired, mostly because it's real. The story is haunting, the film is beautiful, and the score is absolutely earth shattering. You don't need a ton of blood, gore, or jump scares to make a quilty horror film, and this is the shining example of it. This film is EASILY the best horror film of the decade and I'd easily put it on my top 5 film list for the decade.