Best Horror Movies of the Decade, November 2012

Herner Klenthur

Over the last decade we have seen literally hundreds of great horror movies released in a wash of thousands of really bad ones. To compile a list of the best is no easy feat which is why I am glad to say that our readers did this list and not me. For me to choose my twenty favorite horror films of the decade would have been no small challenge.

First things first I do not agree with all the movies on this list but I certainly agree with 80% of them. Also before we start with the ‘wow this list sucks’ lets keep in mind one thing. This is not a list generated off of the opionions of me, a select group of readers or even a thousand readers.

As of today we have had 499,872 votes so you may not completely agree with this list but you hopefully can agree its the opinion of horror fans in general!

So with that laid out and made clear lets review what our readers think are the 20 best horror movies of the decade as of November 23rd, 2012!

#20: Teeth

Teeth is all kinds of scary and is one of my favorite low budget horror movies of all time. The films premise evolves around Vavinal Dentata. I encourage you to not investigate what that is if you do not know, see the movie first. Its a classic case of victim strikes back but in the most unique way possible. TEETH is an excellent film that fans of quirky horror need to see.

#19: I Saw The Devil

I Saw The Devil is very deserving to be on this list. It is a classic story of a brutal serial killer with a twist when he murders the wrong woman. A highly trained government assassin takes it upon himself to hunt down the degranged killer forcing him to face the devil inside and become that which he is hunting. I Saw The Devil is packed with twists and is easily one of the 10 best foreign horror films I have seen.

I Saw The Devil Movie

#18: Pans Labyrinth

This film is classic Guillermo Del Toro. It takes place in Spain in the 1940’s and is the story of a young girl who exscapes into a fantasy world to escape her sadistic step father. High impact visuals with intricate story telling make this a worth contendor for best horror movie of the last decade.

#17: Halloween

Say what you will about Rob Zombie and his remaking movies but I honestly feel his remake of HALLOWEEN is one of the best horror remakes of all time. I am by no means a big fan of Rob Zombies case and point Lords of Salem has been banned from coverage on our site. ( not that I think he cares ). What made his remake of Halloween note worthy is that he re-imagined the original while still paying tribute and actually managed to reinvent a terrifying horror icon while still keeping it interesting and relevant.

#16: 28 Weeks Later

I am a huge fan of all things zombie related and my passion has no limits. I try to watch every zombie movie that I can.  Although George Romero will always be the lord of the undead 28 Weeks Later and 28 Days Later are two of the best modern zombie movies. I know legions of fans bemoan running zombies and even more argue these are not zombies but frankly to each their own. The films are down right scary and packed full of intensity. 28 Weeks Later deserving to be on a list of the decades best horror movies.

#15: Human Centipede

Human Centipede is another very polarizing movie. Some people think Tom Six who created the film is a complete whack job and the movie is perverted. Others think its some of the most creative story telling and a unique take on the Frankenstein story. I for one fall into the second group. Human Centipede was hard to stomach at times but it was a well written movie with a great concept that stood out from the rest of the more mundane formula movies we have seen over the last decade.

#14: Planet Terror

Planet Terror made grind house movies mainstream again and Robert Rodriguez the director should take great pride for that. It has made movies like Hobo With a Shotgun and Machete possible and brought back the glory days of 70’s grindhouse. The Planet Terror plot of a chemical turning thousands into zombies sounds cliche but it most certainly is not. This movie is top notch and one that everyone should see.

#13: Dead Snow

Zombie movies are my passion. Horror Comedies are my true love. When you combine them together you get a truly epic event! Dead Snow is the story of a group of medical students who head into the mountains to get away from school and encounter Nazi Zombies. Its packed full of cheese has elements of Evil Dead and is a laugh out loud gore fest! Very easily one of the best horror films of the decade.

#12: 28 Days Later

28 Weeks Later Landed at #16 and the movie that started the franchise lands at #12 and in my view very deserving. No need to explain the plot here since its the Day Zero event that 28 Weeks Later is based off. A must see for fans of apocalyptic films

28 Days Later

#11: House of 1000 Corpses

House of 1000 Corpses is an excellent exploitation movie which throws us back to the roots of the horror genre and 70’s exploitation movies. Its the story of The Firefly family of deranged killers that kidnaps and tortures people. Fun trivia this movie was originally filmed in 2000 for Universal Studio but the studio was afraid it would be a bomb so they sold it back to Zombie who then sold it to Lionsgate. It ended up making over $17million for the studio and has become a classic with horror fans.

#10: Land of the Dead

George Romero is the man! His original Dead trilogy is the best ever made and nothing can come close not even Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE. He has had a few hit and misses since then with Survival of the Dead and Diary of the Dead but you all liked Land of the Dead enough to vote it into the #10 spot. Originally when I saw the film in theaters I was luke warm to Land of the Dead because it lacked Romero’s normal dialogue style and messaging but I must admit I have seen it easily a dozen times since and do enjoy it when I need my Romero fix.

#9: Shutter Island

I expected that Shutter Island would be crap based entirely off the fact it starred Leonardo DiCaprio. Admittedly this is a supernatural thriller and not a true blue horror movie but remember scary comes in many forms and this one has no big scares or diabolical monsters but it is a creepy thrill ride which for me is easily one of the best thrillers I have ever seen. All I can say is you like Hitchcock this movie is definitely a must see!

#8: Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall much like George Romero is an iconic filmmaker that genre fans love, me included. Dog Soldiers is one of his best and also one of the best werewolf movies ever made. The basic concept boils down to a group of bad ass special forces soldiers out doing training excercise’s who run into a clan of werewolves and really wish that it was just all a training scenario as they end up getting ripped apart and battle to the last man!

#7: Devils Rejects

The Devil’s Rejects is the sequel to House of 1000 corpses and see’s The FireFly family go on the run as a crooked Law Man hunts them down to exact revenge. It is a classic case of the hunter becoming the hunted and mixes in the classic 70’s exploitation feel of the first film. Rob Zombie has made some stinkers ( Halloween 2 being the obvious one ) but this is not one of them.

The Devils Rejects

#6: Slither

Two words, Nathan Fillion. Two more words, Elizabeth Banks. I am a huge fan of them both and they absolutely shine in this laugh out loud horror comedy about an Alien infection that turns a small unassuming town into mindless murderous drones. Think Body Snatchers with more carnage and tons of laughs. SLITHER is one of my favorite horror comedies of all time and is very easily one of the top horror films of the last decade.

#5: American Psycho

Before Christian Bale was speaking in a forced raspy voice and wearing a mask he was kicking ass in a different more sadistic way. American Psycho is one of the best movies of all time… period. Christian Bale stars as a day trader by day who loves to torture and murder people by night. Based on the book by Bret Easton Elis the book was considered so perverse some countries would not even sell it without it being completely covered.  A must see for all fans of the genre!

#4: Zombieland

Zombieland is one of the best zombie movies of all time. It is also one of the best horror comedies of all time. Its the story of a loner with 32 rules who uses them to survive the zombie apocalypse and his relationship with his ass kicking road trip buddy Tallahassee. Zombieland is even more impressive when you consider the screenwriters were not well known genre writers at all. Rhett Reese wrote a Clifford the Dog movie and Monsters Inc, not exactly horror fare. Regardless Just goes to show never judge a writer by his resume. I cant wait to see more!


#3: Frailty

This was Bill Paxton’s directorial debut but you wouldnt know it. FRAILTY is a religious thriller about a man raising two boys who feels that god has commanded him to kill demons. The story is a true thrill ride with an outstanding cast that is easily one of the best horror movies of all time.

#2: Prometheus

I honestly have to say I respect the votes of the 499,000 people who voted but this movie would not have made my list. Prometheus is Ridley Scott’s return to his ALIEN movie franchise. Packed full of great special FX’s it is a plodding affair for me that lacked the suspense and terror of the original ALIEN. That said it is definitely a polished movie with a great cast and it did not get voted the second best horror movie of the decade without reason.

#1: District 9

The #1 movie of all time based off your votes is District 9. Having been down this road before MANY people are going to throw their hands up in the air and scream ‘WTF District 9 is not horror’. I would agree in some senses. There is no monster, there is no big scares but given the fact its the story of a man who is being mutated from an alien infection and is packed full of brutality I for one let it go. District 9 is an awesome sci-fi movie and if you all want to vote it the best horror movie as well who am I to argue?

Perhaps as some sort of consolation I should point out that after the literally thousands of votes the top 5 movies on this list were all separated by less then a 1/2 a percentage point. So it really could have gone any way and I am sure when we revisit this visit next year it will look quite different.

What were your favorite horror films of the last decade? Share what you think are the best horror movies of the last decade!

UPDATE: Since I wrote this piece literally tens of thousands of our community members went and voted on the complete list of Horror Films from the Last Decade and it has improved immensely. Kudos to those who not only disagreed with the last vote but made the effort to make it better! 


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      1. Jeff Hicks Anderson November 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        I want the few minutes it took to read this list back. Simply pathetic. And the people who voted are NEVER allowed to vote for ANYTHING EVER AGAIN. Most of these films are not even horror films!!

      2. Brandon Tharp November 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        Wow A couple of this flicks would make my list “maybe” but really? This is a very lazy list..

      3. Nick Barton November 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        This is the worst list I’ve read in a long while; really Prometheus, District 9, and others that I forgot after scrolling down. While some of these are worthy others are not even horror films and what is up with the prevalence of zombie flicks? This is not even worth the time I took to write up these words but I had to say how truly bad this is.

        • HorrorMovies November 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

          I think we talked on Facebook already about being sure to vote and having your voice heard.

        • Scott Alex Krycek Toal November 25, 2012 at 5:21 am

          I totally agree with you…Prometheus and District 9 are sci-fi films

      4. BenFlavor November 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

        Here’s a little list from my weblog trying to achieve the same goal – German readers will also understand my add. comments.

        Janghwa, Hongryeon (aka “A Tale Of Two Sisters”) – Korea, 2003
        A l’interieur – FRA, 2007 [ja, besser als “Frontiers”, “Haute Tension” oder “Martyrs”]
        Dawn of the Dead – USA, 2004 [wahrscheinlich der von der Kritik unterschätzteste Horrorfilm d. Jahrzehnts]
        28 Weeks Later – UK, 2007 [ja, ich entschied gegen den Vorgänger]
        Ju-On: The Grudge – JAP, 2003 [stellvertretend für viele starke J-Horrorstreifen]
        [REC] – ES, 2007
        The Others – ES,2001 [ja, ich entschied gegen “El Orfanato”]
        The Descent – UK, 2005
        Shaun of the Dead – UK, 2004 [ja, ich entschied gegen “Planet Terror”, “Zombieland” und “Drag me to hell”]
        Låt den rätte komma in (aka “Let The Right One In”)- SWE, 2008
        Diary of the Dead – USA, 2007
        Dark Water – USA, 2005 [ja, ich entschied gegen das Remake von “Ju-On” und “The Ring”]


      5. Sweet 'n' Tender November 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        Before you ban someone’s movies from this site, you might want to look at your top 20 list again
        and really, no Frontier[s] , no [REC] 1&2?, no High tension?…. this is why a top 20 list of anything is just a load of subjective shit. To each his own… what scares me might not scare you, it’s like those dopey best band in the world lists… they are irrelevant.

      6. Scott Alex Krycek Toal November 25, 2012 at 5:19 am

        6 of these movies aint even horror films and should not be on this list…whoever made up this list seriously needs to rethink what a horror actually is…there aint one good horror on this list

      7. fools2234 November 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        This is a crap list. BTW Teeth is one of the worst male bashing movies I have ever seen. Why you manginas decided to put it on the list is beyond me, but if you love those “menz are evilz women are victims” type grrrl power revenge movies with plenty of male genital mutilation then the movie is definitely for you I guess.

        IOW if you are a feminist (manhater) you will love the film.

      8. cKHAVIKk November 26, 2012 at 2:08 am

        How is Cabin In The Woods NOT on this list?!

      9. Metalmike72 November 27, 2012 at 2:57 am

        District 9 was the worst movie I have ever seen…All most as bad as

        Prometheus…Just my 2 cents.

      10. Jeremy Miller December 2, 2012 at 3:15 am

        list makes n sense sci fi and comedy and drama films mixed in worst list ever

      11. Richard Gibbs December 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        Epic fail on American Psycho. It’s not from the last decade and therefore needs to be disqualified. Released in 2000.

        Dog Soldiers was released in may 2002 so is also outside the last decade.

        28 days later was released ten years and a few days before your article… So I’ll let you off that one!

      12. Brandon Tharp December 3, 2012 at 7:55 am

        My List:
        20. Dawn Of The Dead
        19. 1408
        18. Drag Me To Hell
        17. Saw
        16. Lovely Molly
        15. Cabin In The Woods
        14. High Tenison
        13. Feast
        12. DeadGirl
        11. The Collector
        10. Dead Silence
        9. Shaun Of The Dead
        8. REC 2
        7. Let The Right One In
        6. Martyrs
        5. The Mist
        4. Inside
        3. Insidious
        2. REC
        1. The Descent

        • Jillian Perry January 9, 2013 at 8:10 am

          I’m extremely excited to see someone else include Martyrs in their list. I’m not sure if they made that rumored American version yet… which I’ll still be pissed over for god knows how long….

      13. Kyle Styres December 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        i like most of these movies. shutter island was a huge disappointment. the list is ridiculous.

        • Herner Klenthur December 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

          Kyle this list motivated alot of readers to go VOTE and the next list we do will look alot better.

      14. Jillian Perry January 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

        What about the Orphanage, or Martyrs?!

      15. Jillian Perry January 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

        I love all of Rob Zombies films too :)

      16. AceDaSunGod January 26, 2013 at 7:01 am

        lol a lot of these don’t count as horror! someone needs to remake this list!