TOP 5 HORROR FLICKS OF THE 2000s

Halloween brings out costumes, candy, and of course the fright films and I have my top 5 over the past 15 years (and yes 15 years because I was too scared to watch horror movies before the age of 10! So back off!)

Each movie is rated by its unique story, how good each particular villain is, and how much it scared the crap outta me!

  1. 5. Freddy vs. Jason (2003, Ronny Yu)Plot – The best way to describe this is a horror version of The Avengers, with two living (or dead) legends on screen. Now don’t get me wrong this isn’t a tightly directed movie with amazing cinematography. It’s a fun film with good looking dumb teens (stop me if you’ve heard this before). What’s great is that THESE naive nitwits are stuck in between the fathers of fear. It’s fun to see them at times put their hunting skills aside to face off in some epic battles! A very fun drinking game: for every cheesy one-liner Freddy mutters, you sip your drink of choice (you’ll get a pretty good buzz).

    • Antagonist vs protagonist – FREDDY vs JASON enough said!

    • Scare level 3/10 – This is very interesting because the helpless teens are the main target for Freddy and Jason, so many times it’s the undead vs undead. It’s not scary because the legends aren’t going to be creeping/sneaking on each other. This movie will be labeled under the horror category but the replay value lies within the action scenes!

OVERALL: B-

  1. 4. Zombieland (2009, Ruben Fleischer)
  • Plot – Yep you guessed it smart guy, Zombieland is a movie about zombies, but it’s not your average take on the genre. This film is much lighter. The horror-comedy stars Jessie Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone (with a can’t-miss cameo from Bill Murray). Zombieland is a living breathing survival kit with plenty of jests. The theme is handing the audience rules to survive a world run by zombies. It’s cinematically modern with sharp dialogue. The film falls short in the direction department.
  • Antagonist vs protagonist – Our lovely cast gets to run, chase and kill zombies in all sorts of wonderful ways. One of the walking dead is offed with a piano, so yeah check this film out.
  • Scare level 1/10 – Not much blood or guts. Zombieland presents nothing to be scared of, besides hoping it won’t end.

OVERALL B

  1. 3. 28 Days Later (2002, Danny Boyle)Plot – Set in a post-apocalypse London, our lead Cillian Murphy (Dark Knight) wakes up in an abandoned hospital (eyes rolling…never seen this before) searching for answers and quickly learns he is one of a few survivors who hadn’t conducted the “rage virus.” A virus which sends pure, blood thirsty energy through humans’ veins (basically zombies on steroids). The outbreak started because of irresponsible animal testing.

    • Antagonist vs protagonist – The battle here involves waves of the sprinting rage people hunting humans relentlessly. It’s provides a lot of intense getaway scenes. These monsters close distances rapidly unlike their slow footed zombie counterparts.

    • Scare level 8/10 – A fast paced take on horror. Again very different within its genre.

OVERALL B+

2. Saw (2004, James Wan)

•Plot – A serial killer kidnaps particular people and puts them in scenarios where they “play a game” which is a light way of naming the death traps the victims unwillingly find themselves in. Not so much a gory flick, it gives the viewer a fresher look at horror. It started a series that seemed trapped in its own games after “Saw II”. This Saw has the best dialogue and interaction between actors. Almost the entire film takes place in ONE room with these two guys trying to solve the maze they put themselves in.

• Antagonist vs protagonist – The mastermind of death Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), leads his targets down one path and explains the reason for his madness with a fabulous twist! The first Saw undoubtedly stands far and away as the best of the madly redundant series…I repeat MADLY!

• Scare level 4/10 – Not much blood. Which isn’t bad, and certainly not what the director is going for. The sequels incorporate much more gore and way less wit.

OVERALL A-

  1. 1. The Strangers (2008, Bryan Bertino)Plot – Watch the trailer and you’ll be sold!! I absolutely loved The Strangers. Inspired by true events, the film combines a vicious killing of a family in 1980s Czechoslovakia and the Charles Manson murders. This movie gets my couple’s approval. It’s scary, has plenty of tension and gives a very different relationship dynamic between a couple never seen in a horror flick. A throw back in the sense that there isn’t much blood splattering but building tension. At one point I was praying for the sun to rise!

    • Antagonist vs protagonist – Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler play a broken couple arriving from a wedding that have some unexpected and unwanted guests ready to break more than their hearts.

    • Scare level 10/10 – Maybe a few ketchup packets of blood, but nothing too cringe-worthy. The Strangers does an amazing job avoiding cheesy jump scares.

OVERALL: A-

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003, Marcus Nispel)

Dawn of the Dead (2004, Zach Snyder)
The Village (2004, M. Night Shyamalan)
Shaun of the Dead (2004, Edgar Wright)

Grindhouse (2007, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez)

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