21 Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century

Herner Klenthur


Eli Roth’s HOSTEL was way over billed as the most violent film ever made and mainstream press started tossing around TORTURE PORN like crazy. Hostel is a good film packed with plenty of gore and carnage and is well worth checking out but the focus really is on the violence and not so much the story which admittedly is a unique and well thought out one. HOSTEL is also the first major DVD that our site had the quote on the cover for. So that alone should make it one of the best of the 21st century

The Devils Rejects:

Rob Zombie as a director made me groan initially but I have to admit he did deliver with not just Devils Rejects but the remake of Halloween as well. The Devils rejects sees a local sherriff going toe to toe with a sadistic and murderous family. Packed with violence, two dimensional characters and a pile of genre stars The Devils Rejects is fast moving, extremely gruesome and a truly fantastic tale of family, friends and brutality.

The Devils Rejects


You can not do a list of the top films of the 21st Century and not include Cloverfield. This movie was JJ Abrams masterpiece of viral marketing. It tells the story of a group of friends in New York who must survive an unknown monster attack. Shot from a shaky cam view the film made me seasick but admittedly was the most innovative monster movie made since GODZILLA.


Last and by no means least on the list of epic horror movies everyone should see from the 21st century is FEAST. The project was made as part of Project Greenlight and is hands down one of the bets mid-budget horror films ever made. It tells the story of a small town bar set upon by monsters forcing the bar hoppers to band together to fight off the monstrous creatures. Featuring great one liners, an awesome hero moment andatalented cast of b-movie actors its a gruesome and gorey horror comedy that every single horror fan should own… or stop calling themselves a horror fan.

This ends our list. Looking for more great horror? We recently polled our readers asking you what your Favorite Zombie Movies were. This list is the result; Read Readers Choice: 15 Best Zombie Movies

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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 :)