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Special Post: Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(76-100)


Who says there are not good horror films anymore?  This decade(2000-2009) produced some of the best horror films of all time, and many other memorable ones sure to become classics someday.  The notion that there are no good horror films anymore lies in fault due to Hollywood passing over many of these films in favor of lesser quality flicks that only aim to make money and appease the moronic general public.  Be it as it may, these films are getting the recognition they deserve in this blog, which is the least I could do.  Now here I gave you numbers 76 through 100…

100. Wilderness

Wilderness is one of the lesser-known films on this list, but that speaks nothing ill of the horror we are given in this Michael J. Basset(Death Watch, Solomon Kane) written/directed revenge flick about a group of wayward prison teens sent on a bonding trip to an isolated island, only to suffer at the hands of someone killing them off for a crime they committed years earlier.  With an awesome setting, good atmosphere, and a nowhere-to-run scenario, Basset provides lots of tension and great gory kills in this simple and engaging film centering on one of my favorite elements…revenge.  Read my full review for this film here: Wilderness

99. The Strangers

– A film claiming not to be a pseudo-remake of the very similar French horror film Them(Ils), The Strangers gives us the apparently “true” story about a couple struggling not only through their marriage, but the fact that they are being harassed by a group of masked individuals outside their home.  The first half of the film is superbly executed and gives us nothing more than “what-you-don’t-see-is-scary” atmospheric horror, which turns up the burners when the “strangers” make their way into the couple’s home.  While the film lost some steam by abandoning the feel of the first half and gong for a more exciting approach, we still get a positive entry into the slasher genre with The StrangersRead my full review for this film here: The Strangers

98. The Ruins

The Ruins gives us a unique killer that we had not seen in the genre for decades…plants.  Following a group of young adults who venture into the wrong ancient Mayan temple, they are forced to make highly tense decisions that will either result in a lot of pain, or certain death.  The story is a simple one and focuses on one location, but good direction and positive writing make The Ruins a surprisingly unique film for a wide-release Hollywood project.  Read my full review for this film here: The Ruins

97. Quarantine

– Hollywood’s shameless remaking of awesome foreign films hit an all-time low when this remake of Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero’s REC gave little credit to the original film, but nonetheless the brothers duo John/Drew Dowdle executed this remake to potential and gave us solid horror that while unoriginal still managed to deliver some good scares.  Following the same plot and nearly verbatim scenes, Quarantine is basically REC in English, which thanks to Plaza/Balaguero hard work is a positive template that made this an easy success.  Read my full review for this film here: Quarantine

96. I Sell The Dead

– Experienced FX man turned writer/director Glenn McQuaid gave us this fun tale about a grave robber(Dominic Monaghan; Lord of the Rings trilogy)) on death role telling his life tale to the only person who cares to hear it, the priest(Ron Perlman; Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army) assigned to read him his last rites.  Told in the past and present, I Sell The Dead gives us a fun visual presentation displaying the lows and highs of grave robbing, as well as the horror that ensues when  you “rob” the wrong grave.  Giving us a unique story with fun execution, we are given an enjoyable watch in I Sell The DeadRead my full review for this film here: I Sell The Dead

95. Saw VI

– Fans of the Saw series were given a fresh breath after the barely mediocre Saw V with new director Kevin Gruetert’s Saw VI.  Continuing the usual Saw antics, we follow Jigsaw take on the insurance industry(BEFORE “Obamacare“) and their shady tactics and loop holes by giving them a taste of their own medicine.  If you know me then you know I love revenge themes in horror, and we are given an awesome revenge tale about a family seeking vengeance against the insurance agency who’s policy left their father/husband with a death sentence, with Jigsaw allowing the family to execute a death sentence of their own.  With awesome kills and that ever-present moral complex, Saw VI returned the franchise to the positives and gave fans what they wanted to see.  Read my full review for this film here: Saw VI

94. The House of the Devil

The House of the Devil is writer/director Ti West’s homeage to the fright films of the 70s and 80s with his unique cinematography that remarkably comes off as if it were actually shot in the 70s or 80s thanks to its dark and gloomy nature.  This slow-building watch gives us a 70s/80s storyline involving a college student who accepts a shady babysitting job resulting with a first-hand experience of devil-worshipping horror.  Fans of the creepy films of decades ago can watch and reminisce as The House of the Devil gives us horror that we are never given anymore, except from Ti West.  Read my full review for this film here: The House of the Devil

93. Pandorum

– Sadly we did not receive as many horror/sci-fi films last decade as I would have liked to see, but thankfully we received some positive efforts in Moon, District 9, and Pandorum.  Director Christian Alvart gives us a beautifully shot film with sets and atmosphere comparable to Alien and Event Horizon, and Travis Milloy’s story kicks in the horror early and never relents throughout its 108 minute runtime.  The creatures in the film are awesome to watch, and come bearing gifts of live-action gore and good carnage, resulting in one of the better horror/sci-fi films of recent time.  Read my full review for this film here: Pandorum

92. Severance

– Christopher Smith’s sophomore effort, Severance gives us a unique take on the horror/comedy sub-genre by giving us a fun storyline involving a sales team taking a weekend-long “regrouping” trip and suffering terrible consequences when they travel to the wrong neck of the woods.  With execution reminiscent of TV show “The Office”, we get some good laughs in Severance, as well as fun gore in this simple yet zany UK horror film.  Read my full review for this film here: Severance

91. Thirst

– South Korean phenom director Park Chan-wook gave us his first full-length feature horror film in Thirst, his gothic tale of a self-sacrificing priest-turned-vampire who slowly succumbs to his enjoyment of the sins of the flesh.  Beautifully shot and containing fantastic performances by all, Thirst gives us a positive vampire tale that only suffers from its slow-story and long runtime.  Read my full review for this film here: Thirst

90. American Psycho

– Before he was Batman Christian Bale made himself a leading man as Patrick Bateman in Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Eason Ellis’ novel, “American Psycho”.  Most of the genre’s serial killers come from broken or lonely households, but few come from a white-collar setting as Bateman does, a corporate executive hacking up bodies during his off-hours.  Bale delivers a tremendous performance as this true American psycho, and Harron gives us fantastic kill scenes that go well with the film’s well-written story.  Read my full review for this film here: American Psycho

89. Session 9

– Brad Anderson(The Machinist, Transsiberian, Vanishing on 7th Street)’s debut horror film, Session 9 is rated much higher on most other lists, and despite my feelings that this psychological/supernatural horror film is slightly overrated, it is still an effective experience for horror fans.  We follow a group of contracted workers removing asbestos from an old mental facility, which thanks to awesome sets and good atmosphere provides good spooks and chills.  The story is complex, and keeps the viewer engaged until its shocking and satisfying climax, a fantastic debut horror film for one of the genre’s better directors.  Read my full review for this film here: Session 9

88. I Am Legend

I Am Legend is the third remake of Richard Matheson’s novel after The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth, this time giving us a modern day take on the old tale of a man living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by vampires.  Will Smith gives a positive performance as Robert Neville, who spends day in and day out trying to develop a cure for the vampires, all while battling the vampires for food and shelter.  We are given lots of good action tense scenes, with my only gripe against the film being that the vampires came to us completely in CGI form, a tactic that kept this from being a truly amazing watch.  Read my full review for this film here: I Am Legend

87. Pulse

Pulse(Kairo) gives us an interesting take on the supernatural sub-genre by being one of the first films to include the internet as the basis for its horror.  We follow a group of Japanese students who investigate the mysterious deaths of their friends linked to a website promising them a chance to interact with the dead.  Social commentary weighs in heavy during this well-written film, which comes equipped with high quality scares thanks to writer/director Kiroshi Kurosawa’s great execution of both his story and his direction.  Read my full review for this film here: Pulse

86. Vacancy

– Hungarian director Nimrod Antal(Predators, Kontroll) made his American debut with this film, and thanks to his execution this very simple yet well-written film about a couple(Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale) picking the wrong remote motel to spend the night in a high tension-filled watch from the get-go.  Mark L. Smith’s screenplay is tight and spaces each of the film’s developments at just the right time, making this Hollywood sleeper one of the more under-appreciated horror films of recent time.  Read my full review for this film here: Vacancy

85. 1408

– Based on a Stephen King short story, 1408 gives us the creepy story of a novelist who’s fame comes as a result of debunking haunted sites around the world, and gets more than he bargained for when he tries to debunk a haunted hotel with a dark past.  Giving us a positive psychological horror experience doused with plenty of creepy scenes and complimented by Mikael Hafstrom’s superb cinematography, 1408 is a star-studded Hollywood film that gives us more horror than expected.  Read my full review for this film here: 1408

84. 30 Days of Night

– The live-action adaptation of the popular graphic novel series of the same name, 30 Days of Night introduces an interesting premise for the vampire sub-genre in that it centers around an Alaskan town experiencing 30 straight days of darkness, the perfect killing atmosphere for a group of roving vampires descending upon the town.  Filled with lots of high quality vampire action aided by awesome sets and dark atmosphere, David Slade(Hard Candy, Eclipse) gives us a fast-moving horror film that despite topping nearly two hours in length manages to keep the tension high and viewer interest high as well.  Read my full review for this film here: 30 Days of Night

83. Slither

– Adam Gunn’s Slither comes off as an unofficial remake of the 1986 classic Night of the Creeps, delivering 80s-esque horror antics complimented by tremendous live-action FX and good laughs as well.  It is very rare in this day and age that we get such awesome no-brainer horror flicks, and Slither is a reminder that we still have filmmakers out there looking to give us “the goods” in a fun and enjoyable package.  Read my full review for this film here: Slither

82. The Last House on the Left(remake)

– The obvious remake of Wes Craven’s debut classic, The Last House on the Left added a modern spin to virtually the same exploitation story about a group of rapists seeking refuge from the rapist’s parents, which sets off a vengeful assault from the parents.  Not nearly as hard hitting as the original, this remake surprised me in that it kept enough of the original storyline’s harshest scenes to provide a shocking and still hard hitting watch, especially for a wide-release Hollywood film.  Read my full review for this film here: The Last House on the Left(remake)

81. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is one of the most unique entries on this list because it is the only horror film I’ve ever seen to come off as a horror version of the television show “Law & Order”.  Based on a true story that occurred in Germany, we witness the trial of a priest blamed for the death of a young woman who he believed was possessed by a demon and ultimately died in his care.  This positive story comes with good possession action thanks to Scott Derrickson’s direction, which resulted in good chills and a memorable film.  Read my full review for this film here: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

80. Eden Lake

Eden Lake was one of the few films from last decade to truly shock me, and that is due to its strong subject matter involving a group of young teenagers playing a deadly game with a young adult couple on a romantic weekend getaway.  Writer/director James Watkins does a great job at infuriating the viewer with the heinous acts the teenagers commit against the couple, forcing them to retreat and eventually fight back against insurmountable odds.  Staying true to the infuriating form presented in this watch, Eden Lake concludes with a horrific climax sure to leave a purposely placed sour taste in the viewer’s mouth.  Read my full review for this film here: Eden Lake

79. Mirrors

– Alexandre Aja(High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes remake, Piranha 3D)’s remake of the South Korean film Into The Mirror, Mirrors provides a unique form of horror in that the horror comes in the form of something found in anyone’s home or workplace…mirrors.  Coming with captivating sets and perfect spooky atmosphere, we follow Kiefer Sutherland(The Lost Boys, Flatliners) in a Bauer-esque role where he must uncover the horror behind the supernatural entity consuming the mirrors if he wants to safe him and those close to him from impending doom.  Aja does a fantastic job executing the horror provided by the film’s sweet plot, and delivers one of the spookier efforts of last decade.  Read my full review for this film here: Mirrors

78. The Midnight Meat Train

– This adaptation of Clive Barker(Hellraiser, Nightbreed)’s short story comes with some of the greatest kills seen last decade, positively executed by director Ryuhei Kitamura(Versus, Alive) and delivered by none other than actor Vinnie Jones(Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).  Delivered in dark fashion with shadowy sets and gloomy cinematography, The Midnight Meat Train not only delivers the utmost in kills and zany gore, but comes with a harrowing tale about a young photographer capturing photos of New York City’s after-midnight hours, which leads him down a dangerous investigation of a butcher by day butchering people by night, leading up to a horrific conclusion from the mind of Clive Barker.  Read my full review for this film here: The Midnight Meat Train

77. The Lost

The Lost, an adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s novel of the same name, gives us one of the best serial killers of last decade in Ray Pye( Mark Senter; Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever), a psychopath from a young age who inserts crushed beer cans into his boots to appear taller.  Delivering a great story complimented with good execution from Chris Sivertson and great performances from all involved, The Lost gives us good horror that comes in a hard-to-watch package at times thanks to Mark Senter’s perfect persona of Ray Pye, sure to please even the hardest fans of serial-killer films.  Read my full review for this film here: The Lost

76. The Grudge

– The obvious remake of Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on: The Grudge, we are given a faithful adaptation that delivers some of the best usage of that all-too-common vengeful ghost element, perfectly executed by none other than Takashi Shimizu himself, directing this remake of his own film.  While this film does not give me goosebumps like it did the first time I viewed it, The Grudge delivers some of the best scenes of horror from the past decade, and comes with perfect atmosphere thanks to Shimizu’s dark and gloomy cinematography and atmosphere.  Read my full review for this film here: The Grudge

Before January 15th 2011 this series of posts contained the Top 50 Horror Movies of the Decade, it is now the Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade.

Thanks for reading.

The Rest of the Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(1-25)

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(26-50)

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(51-75)

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(Honorable Mentions)

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  1. Lisa
    January 4, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I think the complaint about there being no good horror movies is that “gore” or “grit” don’t necessarily make something horrifying. Gross, sure. Scary? Not so much.

    • January 4, 2010 at 1:50 am

      Yeah for the most part gore and grit are not “scary” unless executed properly. However, gore and grit are great if you never scare anymore(like me).

    • Tasha
      January 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      i agreee 100%!!!

      • January 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        Thanks Tasha, I am glad you read this entry and hope that you read the other entries for my top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade. If you haven’t already, the links are towards the bottom of the page.

  2. January 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Great to see someone finally put BEHIND THE MASK on a top horror list. This one seemed to be pretty underrated here and nice to see it get a mention.

    AUDITION totally freaked me out with that scene and now most films try to replicate but just make it torture porn where that scene was something very different.

    Great list.

    • January 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks man. Behind the Mask was a surprisingly creative film, I love what it did for the slasher fans. And Audition is just classic Miike, gotta love the guy hah.

  3. Matt
    January 29, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Nice compilation! I checked out a few that you suggested and they were phenomenal. I’m doing the whole list so make sure to finish it up!

    • January 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Matt, I’m glad that you not only checked out the list but are checking out the films as well. We may not agree on each of them, but I am sure that you will find horror joy in at least 75% of them. Keep in touch, let me know what you think of the rest of the films as you get to them.

      • Matt
        January 31, 2011 at 1:44 am

        I only see 75 movies will the other 25 be out soon. So far you have picked out some wicked movies so I’m interested in the top 25. BTW Severance was great. Triangle too. I just watched that Triangle two days ago after I checked out this list, and for a moment I thought it was going to be a boring Bermuda Triangle movie. It ended up twisted. What I like about this list is it’s not all mainstream horror. Some is but a lot of these seriously went under the radar.

  4. Jimmy
    March 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Superb list, been looking for a comprehensive list that doesn’t stick to just Hollywood pulp. Recommending it to horror fanatic friends whenever I can 🙂

    • March 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks Jimmy. I appreciate you spreading the word, and I’m glad you also look for the non-Hollywood horror out there. Hopefully someday Hollywood gets the hint and gives some of these lesser filmmakers a chance to do their thing, it worked for Neil Marshall.

  5. March 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Thanks so much for this. I keep looking for horror lists of the decade but can only find top tens or the most part whereas you have gone to the effort of doing 100. You absolute legend. Incidentally I am currently running a 100 greatest films countdown over at my site with a couple of collaborators if you fancy checking it out –
    http://filmhistoryasalist.com/
    Thanks again for this.

    • March 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed my effort, and it is a never-ending effort given I shall keep updating the list if I come across films worthy of inclusion. I appreciate your input, and I will definitely check out your countdown as well.

  6. owen
    May 16, 2011 at 1:30 am

    mirrors should be way higher on the list…scared the sh*t out of me

    • May 16, 2011 at 3:40 am

      I enjoyed it too, very much so. I just feel that the films above it are better, that is all. Some of them have less horror, naturally, but the overall outcome IMO rated them higher than Mirrors. Glad you checked out my list, be sure and give me any other feedback you have in mind over my related lists.

  7. February 8, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Really? The Ruins? I found it mediocre at best.

    • February 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

      It was not amazing but I did enjoy it and felt that it provided good horror in an unconventional format given the antagonist was a plant. Some of these older Top 10 lists will need to be updated a bit as I am constantly trying to come across horror films that went “under the radar” back then and may be good enough to make the list, so I will be updating it soon if I find such films.

  8. Samantha
    March 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    this comment is about the movie pulse; yes it is a very good movie! but it was not the first movie that had the whole internet horror thing. feardotcom actually was 🙂 its a good movie too

    • March 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      I am glad you read my post Samantha but I must inform you that Pulse did in fact do the “internet horror thing” before FeardotCom. The Pulse I am referring to is the original Japanese version, also titled Kairo (which I mentioned in the review), not the US remake that debuted in 2006. The original Pulse that I mentioned in my list debuted in 2001, and FeardotCom debuted a year later in 2002, making it not possible to have done the “internet horror thing” before Pulse.

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