[31 Days of Halloween] Day 25: Best Post-2000 Horror Film

Best Post-2000 Horror Film

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Okay so here’s the problem; Saw, Shaun of the Dead, and 28 Days Later all qualify for this. Which makes it impossible. And then you’ve got genre-cross movies like The Cabin in the Woods and Zombieland. You’ve also got House of 1,000 Corpses, The Ring, and The Grudge and I am just now starting to realize what an amazing decade this was for horror (and I know I’m not the only one who likes the remake of Amityville). Not to mention my two favorite Stephen King adaptations, 1408 and Secret Window. Huh…I did not expect this to be the hardest question. Just gonna say The Exorcism of Emily Rose because I don’t think enough people saw it. – Mike Vlastnik

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Thinking strictly in terms of films from 2000 – 2010 (because the last eight years have brought us films of their own breed of innovation), I’m going to say The Descent. It has an all-female cast of great characters that I would have watched in any situation, and Neil Marshall directed the hell out of them and the film’s unique location. There is unbelievable suspense, and cringe-inducing scenes that have nothing to do with the cave monsters that show up later (claustrophobia galore). There is great conflict between the characters to get my emotional side, and plenty of the red stuff to satisfy my bloodlust. This is just a great movie all around. – Michele Eggen

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Behind the Mask. A meta mockumentary about what it takes to be an iconic slasher, a cast of relatively small or unknown actors with the exception of a few amazing horror cameos, and tons of humor shot through with self-awareness and as much fourth-wall-breaking as Deadpool. Nathan Baesel is so damn likeable as Leslie Vernon that you find yourself rooting for the killer to triumph, even in the final act when the film takes a nasty twist from lighthearted found-footage to gruesome slasher flick. I loved this from the moment I saw it and got a huge Leslie Vernon tattooed on my arm; I really hope the filmmakers and cast can get their intended prequel made, because there's more to the story that I'd love to see told. This movie has genuine heart and it's obvious that it was made with the utmost love and respect for the genre it teases and pays homage to. We need more of that. – Amanda Rebholz

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28 Days Later was everything I didn’t really know I wanted horror to be - personal, lonely, isolationist, and…hopeful. I will never forget the scene in which Jim finds himself on the streets of London, completely alone and with no signs of life. I’ll never forget the way the fast zombies and the stalled-car-in-the-tunnel scene made my heart race. I’ll also never forget the way it reminded me that when you find your people, life has a way of getting better. (Bonus: it’s also got an incredible sequel).

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Oh boy. It does say best. I’m so torn. I know my favorite is Trick ‘r Treat, what I personally feel is the most perfect actual HALLOWEEN themed film and one of the best anthology (if not the best) ever made. I’m also a massive fan of The Ring, a movie that scared a generation of teens into staying up for a god damn week to make sure they would stay alive. It’s an incredibly hard decision but I think I have to say Sam and crew take the win on this. Something about the atmosphere and the feelings that movie evoke, it’s fall weather magic. - Ryan Larson