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TOP HORROR MOVIES of 2000-2009 --Part One

  • Jan 12, 2010
In response to Woopak's list of horror flix of the decade I offer my own, also off the top of my head and (as usual) NOT in order of preference. I wish I could say that I have seen as many of the Asian films as he has, but alas I have not. You will notice that my list does show my preference for horror comedy and for independent, low budget films. Enjoy!
Donnie Darko Director's Cut (front)
Argue if you must that this science fiction, but to me it's dark, mind-bending, funny and yes, a little bit horrifying--at least if you're afraid of giant, grotesque rabbits.
Slither (Widescreen Edition) (2006)
A wonderful homage to the flix of the fifties in which Michael Rooker learns the hard way that you should never pester ANYTHING that crawls out of a meterorite.
This would make a really nice double feature with END OF THE LINE.
Ginger Snaps
Forget all that suff you've read about how this flick is a metaphor for puberty--it's a great werewolf flick from creative friends in the frozen north...which just so happens to be a metaphor for puberty.
Let The Right One In
Need a romantic vampire flick with some bite?
District 9
A brilliant film that works on two levels; on one is a mindless science fiction/horror flick, and the other is drawing comparisions between persecution suffered by the film's aliens and the apartheid the film's writer/director witnessed growing up in South Africa.
She Creature
A beautifully filmed tale of a mermaid who's held captive and put on display in a freak show, only to be stolen by a greedy man who plans to take her to America. Once on board ship he learns just how dangerous she can be.
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Aliens come lookin' fer some southern barbecue.
See the full review, "NIGHT FEEDERS--Good Ol' Boys In A Heap of Trouble!".
Poster for the film.
Spanish film about what happpens when a two man TV news crew and the residents of an apartment house are unexpectedly sealed off from the rest of the world.
The next logical step in the evolution of the TV reality game show from Maurice Devereaux. Contestants vie for huge prize money (and their lives) against a group of wacky weirdos aremed with axes and chainsaws.
See the full review, ""Super Fine" Super Fun".
Session 9
Asbestos removal proves problematic at a deserted psychiatric institution.
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Would you accept an invitation to a "muder" party if you found it lying in the street on Halloween? Our hapless hero does, and it does not go well.
See the full review, "Still Life as Performance Art".
Dog Soldiers
Werewolves and dogfaces square off in somewhere in Great Britain.
Shadow of the Vampire
What if Max Schreck (the actor who starred in NOSFERATU) wasn't really an actor at all but a vampire PRETENDING to be an actor pretending to be a vampire?
A truly sick, sad film you'll never forget.
The Orphanage
A woman returns to the place she grew up and unwittingly sets free un evil spirit. Much more than a conventional ghost story.
The Machinist
Christian Bale loses touch with reality, and over 90 lbs.
The Call of Cthulhu
One of the best adaptations ever made by the HPL Appreciation Society as if it were a silent movie produced during Lovecraft's lifetime.
See the full review, "When Cthulhu Calls You'd Better Answer!".
The Ordeal (Calvaire)
This isn't just DELIVERENCE with a Belgian accent.
Zodiac - The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special
The best treatment of the subject with a nice performance by Robert Downey Jr.
Hard Candy
An unforgetable film about a child molester who picks up the wrong victim.
The Host
Modern Korean monster movie with a completely different take on things.
Audition (Unrated) (Dir Sub)
This one is unnerving.
The Other Side
A man breaks out of hell in search of his girlriend--only to be pursued by three demon bounty hunters. Low budget indie that is much better than it sounds
A young couple on a camping trip are taken hostage by a gun toting thug and his girl friend, but that's the least of their worries--all 4 wind up trapped inside an isolated gas station, their lives endangered by a bizarre parasite.

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January 17, 2010
I won't even waste my time pointing out that the director of "Donnie Darko" resents his film being called a horror film or ask why "Oldboy" is considered a horror film instead of a martial arts thriller, and instead compliment you on a great list... even if our ideas about what fits into what genre don't mesh. ; )
January 19, 2010
In order for the director of DONNIE DARKO to resent having his film called a horror film I must not be the only one doing it.
January 19, 2010
Yeah, you and the ad executives at Fox have something in common it seems. Scary. ; )
January 19, 2010
Oh, );-P
January 19, 2010
Yeah, and they were conservative Fox executives too.
January 19, 2010
Who you callin' conservative Willis?!
January 19, 2010
20th Century Fox and their affiliate companies. : )
January 19, 2010
Just so long as it's not me.
January 19, 2010
LOL! Not even on Halloween could you pull that off!
January 19, 2010
Not would I want to try! I'd scare myself!!
January 14, 2010
I dunno, while Oldboy is certainly awesome, I really can't call it a horror film.

Now, if you're going for crazy Asian psychodramas, you can't really beat Audition. Though it's iffy on 2000 status, I'd say it counts.
January 14, 2010
It's from the 90s. I checked to make sure. I'm pretty loose about what I'll include in horror, and OLDBOY is certainly HORRIFIC which is close enough for me.
January 14, 2010
Wikipedia shows different release dates, oddly with 1999 for Canada and 2000 for Japan. I'd be inclined to go with the release date for the country of its origin. It was also included in other Best of the Decade lists, cause grey areas are awesome like that.

Kiri kiri kiri.
January 14, 2010
Didn't research it that carefully. Just typed in "Audition", looked at Wikipedia, and read "...released 1999" Didn't bother to click onto the body of the entry. Since Woopak had left it off his list that sort of added to my feeling it was of the earlier decade.
January 13, 2010
I thought this was going to be full of B-horror movies (you are QUEENBFLIX, afterall :P), but was pleasantly surprised to see some mainstream ones that I've seen before.  Great list, Karen!
January 13, 2010
Good is good. There will be more familiar names on Part Two.
January 13, 2010
Great list - I haven't seen all of them since my wife hates horror and I try not to watch it on my own. :-) District 9, REC and The Orphanage were all first class. I also liked The Ring which really got to me.
January 13, 2010
Have you seen the original Japanese version RINGU?
January 14, 2010
I have - but I saw the US one first. Ringu was pretty intense stuff.
January 13, 2010
Hi QueenB. I am ashamed to admit that the only film I saw was Hard Candy. That movie was pretty shocking. It is hard to imagine that the same Ellen Page was the tough teen in that flick. I see that you titled your list Part 1. So do any of the Underworld flicks and maybe Van Helsing make your list (I am partial to Kate Beckinsdale)?
January 13, 2010
I'm afraid not. HARD CANDY was wild wan't it? I imagine it had a lot of men squirming in their seats.
January 13, 2010
Haven't seen # 21 and 13 yet. I found it interesting that you saw THE MACHINIST as a horror movie. Nice list, Karen!
January 13, 2010
Meets my requirements. You've got to get off your butt and see MURDER PARTY. I need to know what you think of it.
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