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!
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.
#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.
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
#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.
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!
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!
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.
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!