The Noughties breathed some new life into the horror genre. There were game changers and low budget gems a plenty! What was your favourite horror film from the Noughties? Did it make our list?

We have done our best to avoid spoilers just in case you haven’t seen any of the following.

  1. Shaun Of The Dead
Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Kate Ashfield, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star Shaun Of The Dead

Released: 2004

Written By: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Directed By: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, Kate Ashfield

It’s funny, it’s gory, and it somehow makes you feel all warm and cozy by the end. It’s not your average zorror film, and that’s what makes it so good! Many have tried, but few have come close to conquering this Rom-Zom-Com classic.

2. Ginger Snaps

Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins star in Ginger Snaps

Released: 2001

Written By: Karen Walton

Directed By: John Fawcett

Starring: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers

This low budget gem is campy and delightful, and one of the best films within the rather under saturated Werewolf sub-genre. Katharine Isabelle is amazing in this amongst an equally great cast. Watching this as a teenage girl, it honestly felt like a badass coming of age story.

3. Rec

Manuela Velasco, Jorge-Yamam Serrano and Claudia Silva star in Rec

Released: 2007

Written By: Paco Plaza, Luis A. Berdejo, Jaume Balagueró

Directed By: Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza

Starring: Manuela Velasco, Pablo Ross, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Ferran Terraza

This is one of the best found footage horror films you’ll ever see, and the second zombie film to make this list. A non-stop shocking adrenaline ride. This film feels very ‘real’ in it’s story and tone, especially in light of recent events.

4. Donnie Darko

Jena Malone, James Duval and Jake Gyllenhaal star in Donnie Darko

Released: 2001

Written By: Richard Kelly

Directed By: Richard Kelly

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze

This creepy coming of age story is simultaneously relatable and so wacky it’s unrelatable. A film worthy of several re-watches, if only to figure out exactly what the ending means. Jake Gyllenhaal is excellent in this film, and the argument between him and his real life sister Maggie will never not be funny. If you disagree you can go ‘suck a fuck’.

5. The Others

Nicole Kidman and Alakina Mann star in The Others

Released: 2001

Written By: Alejandro Amenábar

Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Eccleston

This film was talked about a lot when it came out then just seems to have been forgotten about. However, it’s unique story and surprising twist means it should not be forgotten. All the performances are spot on, and there’s plenty of great spooks.

6. Signs

Joaquin Phoenix, Mel Gibson, Abigail Breslin and Rory Culkin star in Signs

Released: 2002

Written By: M. Night Shyamalan

Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: M. Night Shyamalan, Mel Gibson, Rory Culkin, Joaquin Phoenix

One of my favourite films, but one I often find is underrated by far too many. The thing about this alien film, is that it’s not really about aliens. It’s this interesting, deeper concept that we love so much about this film. It’s really a beautifully written piece, which is well acted, and the score is just *chefs kiss* honestly one of the best.

7. Cloverfield

Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan and Jessica Lucas star in Cloverfield

Released: 2008

Written By: Drew Goddard

Directed By: Matt Reeves

Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Odette Annable, T.J. Miller

The second found footage horror on this list, and personally my favourite found footage film. The best way to watch this is by going in blind; you’re just plonked into the same situation as the characters and that’s a big part of what makes this flick so scary. The gloomy ending just tops it off as well.

8. Saw

Shawnee Smith and Cary Elwes star in Saw

Released: 2004

Written By: Leigh Whannell

Directed By: James Wan

Starring: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith

It’s probably no surprise at this point that here on Dead In The Web we LOVE Saw, we’ve spoken about it many times. A low budget gem with such a great and unique concept they managed to get some fairly big name actors to star in this first installment. From creepy Billy, to the iconic theme by Charlie Clouser, to THAT ending which will give you chills. Every. Single. Time.

9. The Devil’s Rejects

Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Kate Norby and Sheri Moon Zombie star in The Devil’s Rejects

Released: 2005

Written By: Rob Zombie

Directed By: Rob Zombie

Starring: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Danny Trejo

Easily the best film by musician and director Rob Zombie is this sequel to the lesser known House Of 1000 Corpses. The good thing is that you can watch this without seeing the first film, although we do recommend you watch it anyway as its really good. Very few horror films are told from the perspective of the bad guys, even fewer make you kinda like them and then hate yourself for liking such horrible people.

10. Pan’s Labyrinth

Doug Jones and Ivana Baquero star in Pan’s Labyrinth

Released: 2006

Written By: Guillermo Del Toro

Directed By: Guillermo Del Toro

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Technically not a horror, it’s fantasy, but some moments in this film are genuinely terrifying so we decided to include it. Essentially a fairytale for edgy kids, this film introduces us to some really interesting and unique monsters. The most memorable for most of us being The Pale Man.

11. The Ring

Daveigh Chase and Naomi Watts star in The Ring

Released: 2002

Written By: Scott Frank and Ellen Kruger

Directed By: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Daveigh Chase, Martin Henderson

Although it’s the marmite of horror, few can deny that it’s ridiculously creepy. Based on the book and Japanese film of the same name, this American remake is one of the best you’ll see of Asian Horror remakes. You know how when you watched something scary as a kid and you’d lie awake that night telling yourself it’s just a film? Yeah, The Ring flips that idea on it’s head.

12. The Descent

Nora-Jane Noone, Craig Conway, Leslie Simpson, and Mark Cronfield star in The Descent

Released: 2005

Written By: Neil Marshall

Directed By: Neil Marshall

Starring: Natalie Mendoza, Shauna Macdonald, MyAnna Buring, Saskia Mulder

Another British horror flick for this list, and this one is particularly scary for those who are claustrophobic, and for those who aren’t? Well, you will be by the end of this. This film is intensely captivating, and it’s great to see a group of ladies being badass.

13. American Psycho

Christian Bale stars in American Psycho

Released: 2000

Written By: Mary Harrow and Guinevere Turner

Directed By: Mary Harron

Starring: Christian Bale, Bret Easton Ellis, Chloë Sevigny, Jared Leto

This film captures its 80s setting perfectly – which honestly is a big deal as so many films do a bad job at really convincing the audience that it’s a different era. Christian Bale is amazing as Patrick Bateman, being somehow funny and terrifying all at once. Bateman gave me the excellent idea of excusing myself out of a situation by stating that I have to return video tapes.

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