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Old October 28 2009, 05:24 AM   #1
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Best Horror Films of the Decade

I'm always on the lookout for a genuinely scary film. Here are some of my favorites. Tell me what your favorites are.

The Descent (2006) - in my top 10 films overall, probably the scariest movie I've ever seen
28 Days Later (2002) - I love this movie and watch it a lot.
May (2003) - creepy and original
Cabin Fever (2003)
Paranormal Activity (2007) - a lot better than I would have thought. I HATED Blair Witch
From Hell (2001) - I have a fascination with Jack the Ripper, sue me
The Last House on the Left (2009) - no critical acclaim, but I thought it was really good
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
The Ruins (2008) - underrated

Honorable Mentions:

28 Weeks Later
Trick 'r Treat (2008)
Hostel (2006)
Wrong Turn (2003)
Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Saw (2004) - the acting really grates on my nerves on repeat viewings
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Old October 28 2009, 07:49 AM   #2
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Re: Best Horror Films of the Decade

The Mist
28 Days Later
Dawn of the Dead
30 Days Of Night
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Old October 28 2009, 07:57 AM   #3
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Re: Best Horror Films of the Decade

For me, The Descent is numero uno. I'll also give props to 28 Days/Weeks Later and Trick 'r Treat, which I actually got to see at a theatrical screening a couple months ago at a horror film festival.

Oh, and at that same festival, I saw a British film called The Children, which I felt was effectively freaky and scary -- not sure if I'd call it one of the best of the decade, but I thought it was pretty good.

Oh, and didn't Paranormal Activity come out this year, not 2007? Unless maybe it's release has been delayed for a while, like with Trick 'r Treat. I may go see Paranormal Activity, I'm not sure... I've kind of been fearing that it'll turn out to be like another Blair Witch Project, which I didn't find scary at all.
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Old October 28 2009, 10:31 AM   #4
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Re: Best Horror Films of the Decade

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I'm always on the lookout for a genuinely scary film. Here are some of my favorites. Tell me what your favorites are.

The Descent (2006) - in my top 10 films overall, probably the scariest movie I've ever seen
28 Days Later (2002) - I love this movie and watch it a lot.
May (2003) - creepy and original
Cabin Fever (2003)
Paranormal Activity (2007) - a lot better than I would have thought. I HATED Blair Witch
From Hell (2001) - I have a fascination with Jack the Ripper, sue me
The Last House on the Left (2009) - no critical acclaim, but I thought it was really good
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
The Ruins (2008) - underrated

Honorable Mentions:

28 Weeks Later
Trick 'r Treat (2008)
Hostel (2006)
Wrong Turn (2003)
Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Saw (2004) - the acting really grates on my nerves on repeat viewings
"The Descent" is a truly GREAT horror film. I'd have to add "Dog Soldiers", although it's part action/horror, just like the one film that inspired it - "Aliens".

As for the Saw and Hostel drivel - I am just not into torture porn, so, no.
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Old October 28 2009, 11:20 AM   #5
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As far as I'm concerned, the best horror film of the decade is "Rec".
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Old October 28 2009, 01:51 PM   #6
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Blair Witch, Grudge, Others, Ring, High Tension, Descent, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead... I don't consider the "SAW" franchise to be traditional horror but I love those movies. It's like a tightly written tv mini-series with clues and foreshadowings and cameo characters becoming important in the next movie, it's great stuff. It's not torture porn at all it actually has a story.
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Old October 28 2009, 02:47 PM   #7
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Re: Best Horror Films of the Decade

A lot of mine are European, I think they are making the best horror films over the past several years.

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The Children
Eden Lake
Timecrimes
Inside
Trick R' Treat
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Old October 28 2009, 03:48 PM   #8
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I forgot to mention The Orphanage... what a great movie.
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Old November 14 2009, 11:53 PM   #9
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Wes Craven's 1989 horror film Shocker. I could never understand why their was never a sequel for this great horror movie when Stepfather, Troll, Leprechaun and the likes get an undeserved second and it most movies a third chance for failure. This movie is a cult classic.
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Old November 15 2009, 12:02 AM   #10
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Another Wes Craven horror movie, People Under the Stairs. Ving Rhames breakout role for me. Sorry I just noticed this decade 2000, my mistake.

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Old November 15 2009, 12:17 AM   #11
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Re: Best Horror Films of the Decade

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I forgot to mention The Orphanage... what a great movie.
Thank you. I came into this thread just to mention that and leave. Not that my opinion matters much as I don't watch a lot of horror films.

And while it may not count as a horror film per se, the Pale Man segment of Pan's Labyrinth was sheer genius and IMHO quite unsettling.

I think I'll also throw in Antichrist. I just found that a deeply uncomfortable viewing experience, though I'm sure one's mileage varies here.
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Old November 15 2009, 12:34 AM   #12
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I think I'll also throw in Antichrist. I just found that a deeply uncomfortable viewing experience, though I'm sure one's mileage varies here.
I'll second that. It found it disturbing. I was glad I watched it but I don't know if I would recommend it to just anyone. That highly stylized opening sequence was beautiful though.
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Old November 15 2009, 01:10 AM   #13
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Re: Best Horror Films of the Decade

No particular order:

Orphan
Saw 1-3
Hostel 1 & 2
Dawn of the Dead
From Hell
28 Days Later
30 Days of Night
The Ring
Halloween
The Devil's Rejects
Wolf Creek
The Hills Have Eyes
High Tension
Wrong Turn
The Mist
Cloverfield
Pandorum

I tried watching The Descent, but I just couldn't get into it. It's always gets high praise so I'm going to give it another shot one day. I'm also curious about Drag Me to Hell. It seemed to do pretty well this past summer but I didn't go see it. Also curious about Paranormal Activity.
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Old November 15 2009, 01:18 AM   #14
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Old November 15 2009, 01:38 AM   #15
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The Mist
Dawn of the Dead
28 days later

On the lighter side of things, Bubba Ho-Tep is all kinds of greatness.
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