10 underrated horror films from the 2000s


The 2000s had been an revolutionary, however underrated time for horror motion pictures. Because the style started dabbling in found-footage flicks, remakes of international hits, and newly dubbed “torture porn,” the trade discovered itself experimenting with surprising, however worthwhile scary motion pictures earlier than the rise of arthouse horror within the 2010s.

Even so, fairly a handful of movies from this decade have nonetheless been sorely ignored and never given sufficient reward. So, because the world continues to embrace horror increasingly more, audiences ought to revisit these motion pictures from the 2000s.

Cloverfield (2008)

Though there was appreciable hype main as much as this found-footage monster film, Matt Reeves and J.J. Abrams’s Cloverfield appears to have been all however ignored by audiences as we speak. It’s an exciting movie a few group of twentysomethings making an attempt to outlive an assault by a big creature that immediately seems in New York.

The shaky camerawork could have been an excessive amount of for some audiences to deal with in theaters, however it’s nonetheless a gripping and life like blockbuster that places an entire new spin on traditional monster movies like Godzilla and King Kong.

Let the Proper One In (2008)

At a time when vampires saturated media with shiny franchises like Twilight and True Blood, this Swedish horror movie gave a contemporary, however classical imaginative and prescient of the bloodsucking creature. Let the Proper One In follows a 12-year-old boy stricken by bullies who meets a vampire masquerading as a woman his age.

What begins out as a boy looking for a childhood crush evolves right into a darkish and grotesque story about two lonely souls out for blood who discover what they want in one another, making for probably the most uncommon, however lovely vampire tales on the market.

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Drag Me To Hell

Written and directed by The Evil Lifeless’s Sam Raimi, this movie follows a financial institution mortgage officer who finds herself cursed by an previous girl after refusing to increase her mortgage. She is then given three days of never-ending torture to interrupt the hex earlier than she will get despatched to Hell for all eternity.

Just like the Evil Lifeless motion pictures, Drag Me to Hell blends horror and slapstick comedy to present viewers loads of surprising and over-the-top scares to take pleasure in. It additionally options probably the most unforgettable movie endings in trendy horror historical past, one that can ship viewers’ jaws proper all the way down to… effectively, the remaining.

The Descent (2005)

A yr after her husband and daughter die in a automotive accident, a younger girl goes spelunking in a cave together with her pals, solely to get trapped inside with a horde of monstrous “crawlers.” The success of this movie was hampered by how the U.S. minimize out its actual, miserable ending.

Regardless of this, The Descent gained a cult following for its thrilling scares, claustrophobic setting, and life like performances. It deserves to be unearthed from the pit of relative obscurity.

Reminiscences of Homicide (2003)

Park Doo-Man in "Memories of Murder."
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Lengthy earlier than Bong Joon-ho broke cinematic boundaries with Parasite, the director jump-started his profession with this movie impressed by South Korea’s first identified string of serial murders. Reminiscences of Homicide follows a pair of detectives investigating a collection of horrific slayings who resort to excessive and unjust strategies with the few sources out there to get solutions.

Like a lot of Bong’s different movies, this movie is a darkish, however satirical exploration of humanity and the way it seeks justice, even when it isn’t actual. Thus, it exhibits how evil can disguise and thrive within the chaotic normalcy of on a regular basis life, as encapsulated by its harrowing closing shot.

Daybreak of the Lifeless (2004)

Sarah Polley in "Dawn of the Dead" (2004).
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A remake of the traditional film of the identical identify, Dawn of the Dead follows a bunch of people that attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse by hiding in an deserted shopping center.

Regardless of comparisons to George A. Romero’s authentic movie, this contemporary interpretation is a singular and action-packed thrill experience that captures the chaos of the apocalypse. With Zack Snyder as director, a screenplay by James Gunn, and Sarah Polley because the lead, this zombie movie is a contemporary gem that shouldn’t be left within the grave.

2002’s Cabin Fever

Three men look terrified in Cabin Fever.
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Hostel director Eli Roth first broke out into the movie trade with this indie hit. There’s the traditional setup of 5 teenagers vacationing in a cabin within the woods, however the film unleashes an uncommon risk within the type of a flesh-eating virus that latches onto everybody it touches. Paying homage to low-budget classics like The Evil Lifeless and Evening of the Residing Lifeless, Cabin Fever is a gory and unyielding massacre that ought to fulfill die-hard horror followers.



This Spanish horror movie follows a reporter who finds herself trapped in an condo constructing in the midst of a zombie outbreak. Although this will look like simply one other found-footage movie, Rec is an exceptionally terrifying expertise because of its claustrophobic setting, shaky camerawork, and horrifying visuals.

It additionally places a singular spin on the style by having the zombie virus really be a type of demonic possession, making the film much more like a journey up and down the circles of Hell itself.

Slither (2006)

The mutated Grant in "Slither."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s James Gunn made his debut as a director with this comedic homage to horror. When an alien parasite crash-lands on Earth and infects somebody, a whole Southern city turns into the sufferer of its horrible quest to assimilate all life on the planet.

Slither will not be Gunn’s greatest work, however it nonetheless presents an entertaining movie with a comedic and heartfelt story and lots of tributes to traditional scary motion pictures that followers of the style can take pleasure in and recognize.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Ginger with blood on her lips in "Ginger Snaps."

This Canadian cult traditional follows a death-obsessed teenage lady who will get bitten by a werewolf, and her sister’s determined makes an attempt to cease her primal rampage. It’s a weird, however insightful examine of two characters who concern adolescence and see themselves torn aside by the ravages of adolescence (oh, and werewolves).

Within the years since its restricted launch, Ginger Snaps has been lauded for his supernatural evaluation of womanhood and the terrors of feminine puberty. It even spawned its personal trilogy, which exhibits that this movie has bark and chunk.

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