21 Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century

Herner Klenthur

Paranormal activity:

Paranormal Activity is the most profitable film ever made. Shot for less then $20k it went on to make more money then you and I will ever see. It tells the story of a couple living in a house who are set upon by a strange force. Shot in ‘first person’ its billed as one of the most terrifying films ever made.

Paranormal Activity


Directed by James Gunn and starring Nathan Fillion of FIREFLY fame and Elizabeth Banks this is an absolutely fantastic horror-scifi-comedy with fantastic writing a great cast and some over the top gore. Its the tale of a meteorite that brings down an ALIEN life force that takes over a small town. Nathan Fillion plays the local sherrif who must fight this evil force as the entire town turns against him. Packed with lots of laughs and a ton of Gore SLITHER is the definition of good times.

American Psycho:

Christian Bale at one time was one of my favourite actors and two films that were the reason for that are The Machinist and American Psycho. Unfortunately Terminator Salvation tainted my love for him a bit because of his outburst and his poor performance as John Conner. American Psycho tells the story of a rich broker who is also an absolute psycho who preys on women in a secret life. Featuring nail guns, a naked chainsaw assault and violent and disturbing sexual content American Psycho is well written and disturbing and is another film that every single horror fan should own.

American Psycho

The Descent:

Neil Marshall became a legend of the genre with Dog soldiers and he brought things up another notch and proved why he is a true master of horror with THE DESCENT. It tells the story of a group of young and attractive women who go caving and encounter a new species living deep underground. They find themselves trapped and must fight to survive as this new species attempts to make them lunch. Well written in a very claustrophobic environment its elements of isolation, brutal violence and sheer terror make The Descent a joy ride of horrifying moments. The sequel which was recently released is also worth checking out as it nearly lives up to the orginal.

The Descent

Trick r Treat:

Much like SPLINTER Trick R Treat got a very limited release which is a shame since it is one of the best anthology films ever made. Somewhat like CREEPSHOW its the tale of a town that is set upon by some Halloween evil and is told through the eyes of very distinct stories with different characters that are all interconnected. Trick R Treat is a movie that every horror fan will love and should own. If you liked Creepshow you will absolutely love Trick R Treat with its interesting stories and characters and the way they all tie together for one big horrific Halloween story.

28 Days Later:

28 Days Later is it a zombie movie or isn’t it? Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on its a safe bet you probably loved this movie as much as I did. It tells the story of a bunch of eco-terrorists who inadvertently release the RAGE virus which turns the inhabitants of ENGLAND into zombie like screaming and killing machines. Fast moving and very creepy the rage infected inhabitants of England are something you don’t want to encounter. Directed by Danny Boyles it stars Cillian Murphy who plays a man coming out of a coma 28 days after the outbreak and must try to figure out what is going on and more importantly how to survive in this horrific new world.

28 Days Later

Let The Right One In:

When it comes to Vampire movies this one takes the cake. This Swedish tale of teen love incorporates a vampire angle and is easily one of the greatest vampire films ever made. The two main characters are a young and lonely boy and a young and equally lonely vampire girl. They bond because they are both outsiders and form a strong and unique bond. The story is a tale of love but its also a story of terror, death and brutal violence. Let the Right One In is a beautiful story that is filled with great characters, intrigueing writing and a violent and heart warming conclusion. This film is being remade under the title Let Me In and Matt Reeves who directed Cloverfield is directing.


The SAW Franchise has come a long way and we are now at SAW 7 which is slated for release this Halloween in 3D. Along the way the franchise has had alot of hiccups and frankly most of the sequels have been sad cash grabs for horror fans money. That said the original SAW movie is easily one of the top horror thrillers ever made. Two men wake up chained to the wall in a cellar and must figure out where they are, why they are there and how they can escape. They solve puzzles from the mysterious JIGSAW along the way which all have a gruesome outcome. SAW is one of the few films that threw me a curveball in the end which is why its one of the top horror films of the 21st century if not all time!

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      1. Josh Syvertsen March 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

        great list…I would have found room for “Bug” and maybe “High Tension” – I know people hated the ending, but I dug it.

      2. Mith Besler March 25, 2012 at 12:44 am

        Ugh hate to ruin a great list. Well more gore then I like, even thou I am a zombie freak. 

        The 21st century started Jan 1 2001, American Psycho came out April 14, 2000. So it came out during the 20th century.

        • Quaternions March 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

          Thank you for saying that. It bug the hell out of me when people think that the year 2000 is in the 21st century.

        • Matty Perron June 29, 2013 at 5:23 am

          Get over it, when talking culturally about decades and centuries, people refer to 2000 as the beginning of the 21st century. You wouldn’t consider it a part of the 90s, so when talking about movies and things, you wouldn’t consider it part of the 20th century either.

        • Buddy April 29, 2014 at 1:40 am

          What are you talking about? The 21st century started at the turn of the millennium which was January 1st 2000. How can you not know that. Look it up if you need proof. How can 2000 be part of the 20th century lol get your facts straight before constructing an argument.

      3. Quaternions March 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        I’m glad you had Let the Right One in rather than Let Me In.  I think the original Swedish version was a more powerful movie.  Maybe it was the language? :)

      4. David Keith March 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        American Psycho is 20th Century. Not only because of it’s release date, but because it was written in 1991. But it’s about the 1980’s. 

      5. sudipta biswas May 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        ohh god..!! I saw martyrs yesterday..and it was very scary.

      6. Chucho Amezcua June 23, 2012 at 5:24 am

        Haute Tension and A L’interieur were pretty good too.

        • John Willis November 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm

          Both are what Horror should be. Haute Tension is slick and stylish and scary (id say its modern giallo in some of its stylish cinematography and inventive kills) and INSIDE is just fucking brutal, when people ask what is horror-that movie is pure horror. Both are Brilliant

      7. Jess Brasher July 23, 2012 at 1:45 am

        Not a very great list… think you’re missing out on a bunch. Most of these are typical run of the mill zombie YAWN movies… none of them are frightening.. and if you venture outside of American film you will find much better

      8. Watch Movies Reel August 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        thanks for sharing the list , it has been well figured out the most scariest movies of 21st century!

      9. Baldwin February 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

        The descent is possibly one of the worst movies ever made.

        • PJA_master October 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

          I can’t believe you didn’t enjoy it. I was suprised how good that ended up being and had a great ending.

      10. Norman Dunnagan August 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        in the mouth of madness

        from beyond

        cabin in the woods

        hellraiser 2

        drag me to hell


        stir of echoes

        jacobs ladder

      11. Onam Sharma January 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        Great list about horror movies
        but you might also like to check this list of horror movies

      12. Marco Ettore Tognato October 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

        The absence of THE CABIN IN THE WOODS from this otherwise impeccable list of yours is criminal! Talking of horror comedies, I’ve found CABIN much more compelling and wise than both ZOMBIELAND and SHAUN.

        • Marco Ettore Tognato October 19, 2014 at 9:27 am

          Wait a minute, I’ve just realized CABIN was released after your post. Sorry. Forget it.

        • Herner Klenthur October 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

          For the record Cabin is an AWESOME movie :)