Today I am back, tackling the best horror movies from the 2000’s to the 2010’s. I LOVE spooky films from this decade. It was so hard to choose only five. If you wish to see my lists for the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, click the corresponding year. Here are some of my favourites, that range from slashers to animated flicks to paranormal stories. Let’s get into it!
1.) House Of 1,000 Corpses
This film birthed my love for Rob Zombie as a director. I remember watching it for the first time as a teenager with my best friend. The title itself felt very confronting to me back then. Released in 2003, this story follows two couples that are travelling by car, when an empty fuel tank and flat tire leads them down a terror-riddled road to the House of 1000 Corpses. They soon meet a cast of twisted individuals who, with each slash of a throat or stab through the chest, add bodies to their sick human menagerie. It’s here, that we are introduced to the three monsters themselves: Captain Spaulding, Otis and Baby (played by Sheri Moon – Rob Zombie’s actual wife). Each one is more deranged than the last. Be prepared, this movie is intense and extremely violent. There is scalping, burning, skinning and more. I am a huge Captain Spaulding fan (Rest in Peace Sid Haig). His scenes are everything (see below). I love The Devil’s Rejects but not as much as its predecessor and I have not seen Three From Hell yet. The Firefly trilogy definitely isn’t for everybody but it sure is for me!
This is the best animated horror movie and you cannot change my mind. I love The Nightmare Before Christmas but it’s nowhere near as scary as this 2009 film. While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning), discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family, try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her real parents and life. The visuals, the songs, the strange characters, the evil Beldam and more, make this a huge favourite of mine. I have watched it over ten times and saw it twice in theatres. Just know, this flick is not for children. Once you realise that the Other Mother wants her “daughter” to sew buttons in the place of her eyes, you’ll see it’s more for adults. Lastly, I want to mention how much I love Other Father’s song (see below). I sing it all the time. I also live for soundtrack.
3.) Trick r Treat
I cannot believe I only watched 2007’s Trick r Treat for the first time last year. I absolutely loved it and it’s 100% the best Halloween movie! On October 31st, a few people face their worst nightmares, as their paths cross one another. These include a couple that blow out a Jack-O-Lantern, a serial killer, a college girl and a few errant teens. What do all these stories have in common? A cute little trickster named Sam, wearing an orange jumpsuit and burlap sack as a mask. For just one night a year, he patrols the streets to ensure the rules of Halloween are kept. If they are broken, he exacts bloody and fatal retribution. It’s fun, festive and all sorts of creepy. You must check it out if you haven’t already! I heard a sequel is in the works and I am here for it.
4.) Wrong Turn
You may be surprised to see 2003’s Wrong Turn on this list. I wanted to include it because I believe it’s a great film for those new to horror. The remake was recently released in 2021 but I’m a sucker for the original. Friends Jessie and Carly are traveling with pals Scott, Evan and Francine, when they undergo car trouble in West Virginia. Moments later, motorist Chris, crashes into their disabled vehicle. Stranded, the friends discover that they’re being stalked by a horde of backwoods cannibals (Saw Tooth, One Eye & Three Finger). The woodsmen are hungry and fierce, and they’ll be eating well unless Jessie and her pals can outsmart them. It’s very violent, suspenseful and all-round, a fun slasher. It reminded me of 70’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The cannibals were so quirky, it almost felt comedic at times. If you want me to rank/review this franchise, let me know.
5.) Black Swan
Last, but certainly not least, we have Darren Aronofsky’s: Black Swan, which was released in 2010. It’s a psychological horror with plenty of twists, turns and brilliant acting. Natalie Portman earned the Academy Award for Best Actress hands down. It follows Nina, whose passion for the dance of ballet rules every facet of her life. When the company’s artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. However, she has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis). While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina’s dark side begins to emerge. I’ve watched this film multiple times. There are so many layers and messages to it. I’m such a fan of the body horror and psychosis that takes over our protagonist. I have to say, it’s a perfect movie.
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you agree with my list? Which horror movies are your favourites from the early 2,000’s?
Peace & Love xoxo