Your top horror film of the 21st Century.

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  1. buck135

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    In light of the BBC's 100 greatest films of the 21st Century (which I don't completely disagree with their choice of films as I do their order). I ask you to name your top overall horror film over the past 16 years and why.

    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160819-the-21st-centurys-100-greatest-films

    For me, I'd have to take The Innkeepers. Some of you agree while I know others are rolling your eyes. That damn inn is literally an hour away from me and I still haven't made my way there yet. Annabelle is even closer, but it's harder (and more expensive) to get in there.

    The Innkeepers really took me surprise with the chemistry between the two leads, which was interesting seeing them portraying completely different characters in their next film, Cheap Thrills. The scares were genuine, and there was a real sense of dread that I feel is missing in other recent horror films.

    The American remake of The Ring is a close second, and I believe it bears mention due to its haunting soundtrack, the video on the tape and the scenes "I saw her face" and "You weren't supposed to help her. Don't you understand, Rachel? She never sleeps."
     
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    A Tale of Two Sisters, 2003. No question about it.
     
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    Off the top of my head, probably Let the Right One In or [‚óŹREC].
     
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    Such a tough question. Any "favorite" question that spans longer than a year is incredibly difficult. I like so many different horror films for so many different reasons.

    Some of my favorites off the top of my head.

    Devils Rejects
    High Tension
    Shaun of the Dead
    American Psycho
    Jeepers Creepers

    There are so many that I'd give honorable mention to. If you asked me to pick ONE from above. I'll probably roll with High Tension. I fucking love every second of that movie. I got the "Haute Tension" dvd on a foreign website while the film was still in theaters here in the US. Back in 2004-5 that was badass lol but anyways........ I love the simplicity of the film. I love the atmosphere. The brutally realistic violence throughout.....the fact the killer AND victims make relatively smart decisions and aren't useless morons. The pacing, score, there isn't one aspect of that flick I don't dig. I know people hate the twist ending but personally I really didn't care. Didn't make or break the film for me. It was what it was. One of the greatest horror movies ever made.
     
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    This actually required me to dig back to a lot of the horror movies I was actually able to see in theaters. I don't think I can narrow it to one, but the ones that immediately come to mind are:

    Let the Right One In
    Uzumaki
    The Evil Dead
    It Follows
    Hostel
    Dead Snow 2
    Death Proof
    You're Next
    The Guest
    Deathgasm
    Slither
    I Saw the Devil
    The Devil's Rejects
    House of the Devil
    WNUF Halloween Special (local Baltimore film. Check it out! https://www.amazon.com/WNUF-Halloween-Special-Paul-Fahrenkopf/dp/B01BPQG39E )
    Shaun of the Dead

    I know I'm not really answering the question, so I'll dwell on these for a bit and come back to my choices.

    EDIT: Adding Shaun of the Dead.
     
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    I'll add Slither to my list as well. I technically saw this in the theater. My buddy and I decided to check out a 12:30am showing of this, after drinking all night. Both of us passed the fuck out within 3 minutes of the movie starting. Neither of us woke up till the credits were rolling. Definition of a waste of money. When I saw it again on DVD, I was pissed with myself for missing it on the big screen........that movie is just pure entertainment. Love it.
     
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    For me The Descent and Let the Right One In stand tall over all other modern horror films
     
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    This is great. Thanks guys. You've mentioned films I haven't even heard of. Keep 'em coming.
     
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    This is really tough. For me:

    28 Days Later
    Jeepers Creepers
    Insidious
    The Conjuring
    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
     
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    Few more honorable mentions:

    Planet Terror
    Black Christmas remake
    Teeth
    Bully (obviously not exactly horror, but deserves mention IMO)
    Dead & Breakfast (although goofy at times, I absolutely love this flick)
    Freddy vs Jason
    Wrong Turn
    Session 9
    Gozu (maybe not a FAVORITE......but this movie is so fucking wild, has to be mentioned)
    King of the Ants
    Shallow Ground (very underrated movie.....I found creepy as fuck)
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
    Martyrs
     
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    Oh man, forgot about the whole 00's French wave of horror. Martyrs ruled! I was going to include the Guest but I suppose that falls more under thriller/action.

    I would throw out some honorable mentions to the more child-oriented films ParaNorman and Goosebumps, as well as the series Stranger Things.
     
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    Oh yeah, I almost added Inside to the debate but it's rather slow and hasn't held up to the shock factor I had after first seeing it. "Them" I would put in the same category.... but Martyrs is the shit. I've shown the opening shotgun sequence to many friends. Jaw dropping.
     
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    Top 5 (ok, technically a top 6):

    High Tension
    The Dead
    The Babadook
    Cold Prey
    & Cold Prey 2
    Wrong Turn

    I also enjoyed: The Hills Have Eyes, Hush, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 3, Jeepers Creepers, Session 9, The Skeleton Key, The Strangers, Venom, & Woman in Black. :)
     
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    I liked The Skeleton Key too, as well as Women in Black and the Hills Have Eyes remake. Horror has been much better over the past 15 years than the 1990's.
     
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    Session 9 is the easy number 1 for me. And I suspect it will stay in my top 10 as the century goes on.

    Others of note: Wendigo, The Taking of Deborah Logan

    And, while I don't know if it will hold up over time, Oculus still gets high praise from me on a regular basis.

    I'll probably add more as I think harder
     
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    You know what other movie kicks serious ass? Dead End. I forget about that flick often as I've passed up purchasing on many occasions. I think I have to do something about that this October.
     
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    I agree with that, though the 70's through early 80's are still the magical period for me. I do think there are a few standout horror movies from the 1990's, such as Candyman, In the Mouth of Madness, and The Silence of the Lambs, which I consider so frightening that it at least has elements of horror.

    I also forgot to add The Town That Dreaded Sundown and the remake of My Bloody Valentine to my list. I totally enjoyed both - I shrieked more than once the first time I watched TTDS, and any movie that has that effect is ok by me. :)
     
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    Candyman --another 90's film I forgot. Very good film.
     
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    I just watched it for the first time today and loved it.
     
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    Session 9 without a doubt is an incredible movie. Dread inducing, creepy, atmospheric..... it even has David Caruso smoking a joint! Can't miss. I got it used on dvd for 4 bucks years ago, steal and a half......
     

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