Top 10 horror movies of the past 10 years
In the world of modern horror, it is rare and difficult to be shocking. The 70s and 80s carried with it a laundry list of superb horror from Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Exorcist to Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Living up to these legendary films is no easy feat but these 10 thriller DVDs from 2000 to 2010 certainly carved their own names on the Horror Hall of Fame. You won’t see any glamorous movie stars 1950s here. In no particular order, here are our picks:
- Paranormal Activity (2007) – Just as 1960′s Psycho transformed the shower into a place of fear and death, Paranormal Activity did the same to our bedrooms. Ninety percent of all the terrifying happenings in this movie occur in the middle of the night, unbeknown to the young couple sleeping in bed. This movie basically stripped us all of the hide-under-the-covers fail-safe we turn to when freaked out by a scary movie and probably stimulated a growth in night light sales.
- The Descent (2005) – A pack of Aussie adventuring hotties get trapped in a cave while spelunking and realize, to their horror, they are being hunted by a gaggle carnivorous creatures. Probably the best thing about this movie is that the battle between human and gross, hungry thing is almost a fair one and many of these slimies get owned, and hard, by some fierce chicks. Bonus points: gore galore and a sequel that should have been dreadful but was almost as good as the first.
- 28 Weeks Later (2007) – One of the finer things in a movie buff’s life is when a sequel outshines the original, thus is the case of 28 Weeks Later. Both it and its predecessor redefined zombie folklore by asking the question, “What if zombies could run really fast?” The answer is of course, “That would suck.” The “rage virus” transforms normal people into violent, killing/eating machines and the disease spreads as fast as a wild fire, obliterating the English countryside. 28 Weeks Later shows how the U.S. Military has helped to rebuild civilization, permit reentry into the country and then accidentally unleash the virus yet again. Oops.
- The Strangers (2008) – Not since John Carpenter’s Halloween has a movie been this truly terrifying. Three masked maniacs terrorize a young couple in a house in the middle of nowhere, foiling their every attempt at escape and driving them to the brink of insanity, all in the name of good fun. Every scene is gut-wrenching and nail-biting with minimal gore. The Strangers is fueled on pure suspense and fear.
- Jeepers Creepers (2001) – Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned monster movie? Jeepers Creepers puts a pair of brother and sister twins in the sights of a ravenous, ancient creature who has been collecting victims over the decades. His purpose? To eat human body parts in efforts to regenerate his own. Yuck. This cat-and-mouse chase comes complete with shock, blood and guts yet with surprisingly little to keep you up at night.
- Cabin Fever (2002) – Director Eli Roth cultivates a tale of fear and hysteria as five college kids retreat to a cabin in the woods for a weekend. One by one, they all contract a deadly flesh-eating virus that causes them to turn against each other in desperation to survive. Funny, dark and gross, Cabin Fever is low-intensity cringe fest with ample comic relief.
- Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) – Set in 18th century France, the people of a small village are being stalked and killed by a mysterious beast some are describing as a wolf. A scientist and an American Indian set forth to solve the mystery and save the town’s people, only to be met with a shocking ending that no one sees coming. Really, it’s more exciting than it sounds with rich, witty dialogue and exquisite action sequences. A must see, if you don’t hate subtitles.
- The Crazies (2010) – A remake of George Romero’s 1973 movie, The Crazies follows the citizens of a small town who are battling a mysterious sickness that is turning people into mindless, violent psychos and killing them after a few days. The sheriff, his wife, and a few others not only have to contend with the crazies, but also the government forces attempting to contain them by any means necessary. This movie will make you jump three feet off your chair but will not get between you and a good night’s sleep.
- Jason X (2002) – Just when you thought Jason couldn’t come back from the dead even one more time, some genius decided to cryogenically freeze his body and send it aboard a spaceship. In terms of acting and plot, Jason X is one of the worst movies of any genre and any decade, but it’s just so ridiculously funny. The Jason franchise is really poking fun at itself as this point and inviting you along for the ride.
- Slither (2006) – This list would not be complete without a little alien threat to mankind. In Slither, a parasitic alien organism is body-snatching the local yokels in efforts to reproduce and pillage the planet of its resources before moving on to the next. The hilarious Nathan Fillion drives this fun, freaky romp and saves the day, making small-town sheriffs of the world look pretty cool.