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

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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.  It’s the least I could do.  Now here I gave you numbers 51 through 75…

75. Three…Extremes

– We all love horror anthologies, especially when each of the film’s provided comes from a directing icon.  Takashi Miike(Audition), Park Chan-Wook(Thirst, Oldboy), and Fruit Chan(Durian Durian, Dumplings) each deliver a horrific tale relative to the brand of horror/film they are known for, with each entry delivering awesome results.  We receive storylines including a woman who eats dumplings containing a special ingredient to stay young, a director thrown in a harrowing situation where he must make life and death decisions, and a young woman still trapped in the horrible events she went through as a child.  Each coming with superb direction, Three…Extremes is a champion anthology for fans of Asian horror cinema.  Read my full review for this film here: Three…Extremes

74. Antichrist

– Much like The Human Centipede, asshole Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist received lost of buzz due to its controversial subject matter, which focuses on a couple who relocate to an isolated cabin to recover from the recent loss of their child.  The surrounding forest inhabits many dark forces of pagan relation, and we are subsequently given one of the craziest performances of all time from Charlotte Gainsburg as the wife who goes completely insane in Trier’s misogynistic tale of guilt and punishment.  Beautifully shot and painfully(literally) well executed, we are thrown into the hell that our characters have created for themselves, which comes with high amounts of symbolism that if true to how I see it…makes Antichrist one of the most genius films on this list.  Read my full review for this film here: Antichrist

73. Memories of Murder

– Before giving us one of the best monster movies ever in The Host, South Korean writer/director Joon-ho Bong gave us one of the best serial-killer movies of all time with Memories of Murder.  Actually based on a real story(unlike most horror films claiming so), we are given a well-told and intricate story starring Kang-ho Song as one of the real life detectives who’s unethical and brash investigation tactics kept his team one step behind the sadistic killer who eluded police in the mid 80s and left harrowing chaos in his wake.  The film moves slow and takes its time, but the story delivers positive results and Joon-ho Bong’s fantastic cinematography and direction keep the viewer engaged and horrified throughout the film’s two hour runtime.  Read my full review for this film here: Memories of Murder

72. Zombieland

– Cashing in on the popularity of zombies in pop culture, Zombieland debuted as the American answer to Shaun of the Dead, and despite me not personally enjoying this film very much I admit that it delivers a fun package of zombies and laughs.  Director Ruben Fleischer gives us a visually engaging watch consisting of video game antics and unique sets yet to be used in the zombie sub-genre(carnival scenes), and some moderate gore that should have come in heavier dosage but was enough to sustain a zombie fan’s enjoyment.  We are given a unique storyline consisting of fun characters and an original take on the zombie sub-genre, which also comes with possibly the greatest celebrity cameo of all time.  Read my full review for this film here: Zombieland

71. The Gravedancers

– Definitely the most memorable film of the first After Dark Horrorfest, The Gravedancers was an utterly surprising film that despite a low-budget, no-name director(Mike Mendez), and no-name actors managed to provide some awesome high quality horror.  One of the few films on this list to give me goose bumps, this well-told ghost story involving a group of drunk friends who dance on graves and suffer vengeful consequences gave us incredible looking/executed ghosts that surpass anything nearly all big-budget films have tried to scare us with.  The film has its budget-related faults, but in the end The Gravedancers gives us true unrelenting horror, and that is what matters most on this list.  Read my full review for this film here: The Gravedancers

70. Saw IV

– The first Saw film that was not “great”, Saw IV managed to still deliver good results thanks to Darren Lynn Bousman(Saw II, Saw III, Repo! The Genetic Opera)’s ever-positive direction and an intricate screenplay from Feast writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.  Following the Saw template, we are given more awesome traps and Jigsaw antics, which come complimented with an awesome revenge story that once again forces viewers to put themselves in the shoes of the protagonist.  Forced to weigh judgment on the many moral-complex scenarios provided, viewers are then thrown for a loop when the film’s unpredictable(as always in this series) climax is unfolded.  Read my full review for this film here: Saw IV

69. The Cell

– Director Tarsem Singh(The Fall) gives us a visual masterpiece in The Cell, which thanks to good writing and an awesome performance from the vastly underrated Vincent D’Onofrio(“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) gives us a fantastic psychological horror as well.  The mediocre Jennifer Lopez(Anaconda) and Vince Vaughn give surprisingly good performances as well, but it is the film’s unique storyline regarding a social worker(Lopez) convinced by an FBI agent(Vaughn) to engage in an experimental procedure in which she will enter the mind of a comatose serial killer to find where he has hidden his last victim that makes this such a unique and worthwhile horror film.  Read my full review for this film here: The Cell

68. The Human Centipede(First Sequence)

– One of the most hyped, if not THE most hyped horror film of last decade, The Human Centipede provided insane horror by delivering exactly what its title hints at…a human centipede.  Centering around a group of unfortunate pawns in a German doctor’s sick experiment, we watch horror unlike anything I have ever seen in the genre, and with favorable results.  Dieter Laser is fantastic as Dr. Heiter, and director Tom Six executes his insane screenplay with guts and good shock-value, giving us a horror film viewers will never forget…just ask Roger Ebert about that.  Read my full review for this film here: The Human Centipede(First Sequence)

67. Cold Prey 2

– The obvious sequel to Norwegian slasher film Cold Prey, Cold Prey 2 continues the slasher mayhem as our lead, Jannicke, is taken to a nearby hospital to be treated and investigated by police over the murder of her friends.  When the killer is brought to the hospital and revived by doctors, all hell breaks loose and results in the Norwegian version of Halloween II, just with a different and unique killer.  A perfectly written screenplay gives us constant developments and well-written tension, which comes complimented by a fantastic debut directing effort from Mats Stenberg, who perfectly executes the horror and gives us not only memorable kills, but one of the slasher genre’s sweetest killers to date.

66. The Children

– The modern day version of Who Can Kill A Child?, Tom Shankland(w Delta z)’s The Children forces viewers to ask that very question thanks to an awesome story involving an airborne virus causing children to turn violent against those who brought them into this world.  Including horrific scenes that I never expecting to see involving children, this film has guts and gives us a nice taste of the horror that children can deliver when they take advantage of the fact their parents will not hurt them.  Well shot with beautiful visuals, The Children is a treat to watch, and gives us a killer we seldom see in the genre.  Read my full review for this film here: The Children

65. Silent Hill

– Continuing the trend started by Resident Evil, we were given another adaptation of a popular horror video game in Silent Hill.  With awesome spooky atmosphere and plenty of thrills and chills to satisfy those unfamiliar with the game, Silent Hill delivers great horror with its numerous creatures and horrific sequences sure to deliver enjoyment to all who view this piece.  The film paces well thanks to a positive screenplay and Christophe Gans’ always-positive direction, making Silent Hill one of the better horror video game adaptations.  Read my full review for this film here: Silent Hill

64. Saw III

– The one that should have ended the series, Saw III was the last “great” Saw film, and delivered high tension throughout thanks to awesome twists and turns and a high-stakes multiple-person game put on by the well-crafted Jigsaw.  Darren Lynn Bousman returns his directing excellence to this film, and his awesome execution complimented by Saw-creator Leigh Whannell’s screenplay are the reason behind this film’s heart-pounding third act, which was aimed to put an end to the Jigsaw saga in awesome fashion.  Read my full review for this film here: Saw III

63. Resident Evil: Apocalypse

– The most action packed entry in the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Apocalypse takes off right from the get-go with great zombie action and firepower to match it.  The cheeze reigns high in this high intensity watch with great gore, lots of one-liners, and camera work that left me referring to this film as “the Matrix of the horror genre”.  To make matters even cooler we get a very well executed Nemesis thrown into the mix, and Mila Jovovich dishes the goods once again in awesome fashion.  Read my full review for this film here: Resident Evil: Apocalypse

62. Bubba Ho-tep

Bubba Ho-tep has to be the smoothest horror film on this list, and that is thanks much to Don Cascorelli’s awesome screenplay which comes equipped with gut-busting dialogue delivered by the one and only Bruce Campbell.  I can honestly say that I have never seen a horror film with a plot like this one, which involves an elderly Elvis spending the rest of his days in a nursing home accompanied by a black man claiming to be JFK, both of whom are forced to fight off a resurrected mummy preying on the nursing home’s residents.  Once things get going the laughs never stop, and never does the awesomeness that is Bubba Ho-tep. Read my full review for this film here: Bubba Ho-tep

61. Death Note: The Last Name

Death Note: The Last Name picks up right where the incredible first entry left off, this time paring up Light and L’s great minds together in an attempt to finally catch the elusive murderous vigilante Kira, which only raises the conflict and the tension.  Numerous twist and turns abound in this watch, and we once again are witness to the awesome cat and mouse mind game between the two fighters of evil until the film’s harrowing and very satisfying climax. Read my full review for this film here: Death Note: The Last Name

60. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

– Guillermo del Toro(Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Mimic, Blade II, Cronos) continued his awesome Hellboy saga with this very positive sequel to the well-received Hellboy, this time delivering a bit more drama and personal conflict for Hellboy, but still delivering enough horror for a good watch.  Once again del Toro delivers awesome visuals and intense action-packed fight scenes, giving this film a Lord of the Rings feel and once again giving us that lovable evil-fighting demon we call Hellboy.  Read my full review for this film here: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

59. Land of the Dead

– Horror icon George A. Romero(Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead) broke from his zombie silence and gave us the fourth installment to his “Dead” series, and with awesome results.  He stays true to the sub-genre he made famous by giving us SLOW MOVING zombies, lots of gore, and plenty of headshots.  I believe this flick had the most zombie deaths out of all of his “Dead” films, and the cameo by Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright was great.  Plus who can forget iconic actor Dennis Hopper, who has spent nearly 6 decades in film, uttering the line: “zombies man…they freak me out.”. Read my full review for this film here: Land of the Dead

58. Resident Evil

– Probably the most well known horror video game of all time, it was no surprise that this film came to be, and thankfully it was a positive experience.  Full of gore, zombies, guns, a “licker”, and an interesting plot, this was a surprising film from the mediocre Paul W. S. Anderson(Event Horizon, AVP: Alien vs. Predator) who’s multiple positive elements resulted in a well-paced action-packed no-brainer for us to enjoy. Read my full review for this film here: Resident Evil

57. Cabin Fever

– Eli Roth(Hostel, Hostel II) made his name in the horror scene with this film, a great shout-out to the campy 80s flicks we grew up loving.  With an interesting plot involving a flesh eating disease and the partying group of friends who unfortunately contract it, this flick did a lot with very little.  We get plenty of gore and humor from this flick, and aided by great direction it is a very enjoyable watch.  Plus Rider Strong(“Boy Meets World”) is in it.  Who’da thunk? Read my full review for this film here: Cabin Fever

56. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

– Troma Entertainment made a name for themselves by putting out insanely cheezy independent films, and it’s a marvel that still to this day they are doing just that.  This flick gives a very interesting twist to the zombie sub-genre by using none other than…zombie chickens?  Yes, that’s right, ZOMBIE CHICKENS!  Sounds cheezy, and it is.  Director Lloyd Kaufman(The Toxic Avenger series) uses his usual tactics of throwing in lots of gore and cheezy dialogue, and the cast even breaks into song on a few occasions.  This is one of those flicks you will never forget, and I’m sure I don’t have to explain why. Read my full review for this film here: Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

55. My Name Is Bruce

– If you are a real horror fan, you know all about Bruce Campbell.  One of the only actors to never be swayed by the Hollywood spotlight, he parodies himself in this flick which stars himself and is directed by…well…himself.  With numerous shout-outs to his B-movie career and the crappy films he has done since he donned his chainsaw and S-Mart uniform, this is an awesome watch that could have a million sequels and I would love every single one.  Plus Ted Raimi plays three characters in this film, and almost all of them die. Read my full review for this film here: My Name Is Bruce

54. The Host

– I love monster flicks, so naturally this film from Joon Ho-bong appealed to me given we rarely get films like this nowadays.  With awesome special effects and one of the coolest scenes in all of horror history, the epic scene at the Han River, this flick is a great watch that delivers incredible action from the get-go.  We get an awesome creature and some of the coolest vengeance carnage I have seen in a while, all from a hapless and dysfunctional South Korean family.  Did I mention this flick also produces a few good laughs? Read my full review for this film here: The Host

53. Lightning Bug

Lightning Bug is a film that complete snuck in under the radar in 2004, which is a shame given how awesome and unique this watch is.  Horror fans are given a story involving a young man struggling to achieve his dream of becoming an elite horror FX maestro, a dream job for all of us horror fans and an idea that allows you to be enveloped into the film.  This perfectly crafted story-driven film brings in a heavy amount of drama and conflict, delivered mostly thanks to a great performance from Kevin Gage(Amusement, Laid To Rest).  The film may move slow, but Lightning Bug delivers good horror and a feel-good story for anyone who has grown up with a love for the genre and live-action FX.  Read my full review for this film here: Lightning Bug

52. Saw II

– Fresh off the success of Saw, Saw II had a lot riding on it.  Would the Saw franchise be a bust, or would filmmakers give us another great flick?  Despite what usually happens to sequels, Darren Lynn Bousman-directed film delivered a solid follow-up to one of the decade’s best films.  It gave us everything the first did but with more characters and even more creative elements thrown into the storyline, which naturally once again delivers a climax that you never see coming.  Saw II made director Darren Lynn Bousman’s career, and I thank the franchise for giving us one of horror’s new premier directors. Read my full review for this film here: Saw II

51. Identity

– One of the coolest psychological thrillers I’ve seen, this flick gave us an interesting story that was told in awesome fashion.  A serial killer on the eve of his execution bares a strong connection to a group of strangers all sharing the same birthday who under drastic circumstances are stranded at the same hotel, and with murderous results.  The intensity is high, the kills are sweet, and great execution and story keeps us guessing to the very end…until the epic twist makes you feel silly for never guessing it.  Read my full review for this film here: Identity

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(76-100)

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(Honorable Mentions)

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  2. Chris

    I definitely would have left Silent Hill off of that list. It may have been one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The script was just horrific. The one part that replays in my mind is when the cop is pointing the gun at the monster and telling it to freeze. I just felt it could have been smarter than it was.

  3. johnofthedead

    I will for sure say that the actress portraying the officer was horrible, and her dialogue didn’t help her. Regardless I rated the films on the horror they provided, with all other tidbits taking second place or lower on the pedestal. I never really played the Silent Hill games, and I’ve always been curious if it would have affected how I rated the film. Thanks for reading and giving your in put Chris, I appreciate it. Let me know what other films you would have left off of the list, if any.

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