The 2000s were a tough year for the horror genre. Bombarded with remakes and parodies, it looked like a lost cause for all horror lovers. While the 90s saw a meta rise in this genre, with ‘Silence of the Lambs’ (1991), ‘The Blair Witch Project’ (1999), ‘The Sixth Sense’ (1999) and ‘Misery’ (1990) bringing this genre to the mainstream circuit, the 2000s seemed to have mellowed down, with audience accepting the new era of superhero flicks. However, some directors, with the keen eye of an artist, managed to reinvent this ironically endearing genre by introducing a more comprehensive touch into reality.
For this list, I have taken into account the films with extensively deal with horror and its disturbingly satisfying elements. I am not taking horror parodies ‘Scary Movie’ (2000), ‘Shaun of the Dead’ (2004) and ‘Zombieland’ (2009), as they deserve a list of their own. Honourable mentions – ‘The Descent’ (2005), ‘The Others’ (2001), ‘The Orphanage’ (2007), ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (2004), ‘The Mist’ (2007). Although these movies are brilliant in their own right, the picks of this list redefined the horror genre and marked a stamp of brilliant achievement in the new decade. So, here is the list of top horror movies of the 2000s.
12. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
A morality tale, ‘Drag Me to Hell’ follows the events of loan officer Christine Brown, after she refuses an extension to an old gipsy woman. Marred with supernatural curses, the film traces her attempts to elevate herself from the breaking point of the horrible curse. The comeback of director Sam Raimi, the film holds the classic elements and themes the director played upon in his initial projects such as the ‘Evil Dead’ series. With a time limit set, the clock ticks and the viewers get uneasy and queasy Based on a script Raimi created with his brother Ivan Raimi during the filming process of the ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy, the film brought back all the quintessential elements of a Sam Raimi directorial venture and is a perfect watch for horror enthusiast.
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11. Battle Royale (2000)