Top 10 Scariest Movies of the Decade

The horror genre has had a revival in the last decade. The latest horror movie to hit the theaters Paranormal Activity has been generating a lot of buzz. With Halloween approaching we wanted to compile a list of the scariest movies of the decade for anyone thinking about screening a horror marathon before the 31st.

    1. The Ring – (2002) A journalist, who loses her niece to a mysterious incident, investigate and then discovers a cursed video tape, which gives the view 7 days to live.


  • Red Dragon – (2002) The predecessor to the Hannibal Lector series. Hannibal Lector aids in the investigation of the serial killer known as “The Tooth Fairy”.



  • 28 Days Later – (2002) Four weeks after an unexplained, terminal virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find refuge.



  • Land of the Dead – (2005) The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to terms with the situation.



  • The Others – (2001) A woman who lives in a dark old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.



  • Saw – (2004) two men wake up, with a dead body lying between them, in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw” by the police because of his strange calling card.



  • The Descent – (2005) A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and eventually pursued by a bizarre breed of predators.



  • Hannibal – (2001) Hannibal returns to America and attempts to make contact with disgraced Agent Starling and survive a vengeful victim’s plan.



  • Slither – (2006) A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.



  • Constantine – (2005) Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer, Constantine tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine, who has literally been to hell and back.


So what’s your list of Scariest Movies from this past decade?

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 Scariest Movies of the Decade

  1. I LOVE movies … EXCEPT for the scary ones. I spend so much time cringing over blood and gore that they just aren't enjoyable to me. Of course, I'm also not the type who slows down to gawk at car crashes either. I'd rather NOT see someone in distress. Give me "Breakfast at Tiffany's" over "Snakes on a Plane" any day!

  2. Hey, nice list of scary movies in the past decade. It's hard for me to come up with a list of horror films that are the "scariest" because what is scary to me probably won't be for the person I'm sitting next to.

    But here are some of my favorite horror films of the past decade:

    Paranormal Activity – The most recent horror film to really have an impact on me. The movie was just very-well made and proved that you don't need a big budget to make a successfully chilling horror film.

    The Mist – Based on a Stephen King novella, Frank Darabont really extracted the tension from the book and onto the screen. The mystery of what creatures were in the mist and the chaos inside the little grocery store was intense!

    The Descent – Arguably my favorite horror film in the past decade. The story of the group of women who meet violent creatures in the caves bring out many fears: claustrophobia, darkness, the element of surprise, hopelessness. And the blend of gore with cheap thrills and decent acting made the film an exciting treat to watch. Just as long as you see the original UK ending and not the USA edited ending.

    The Orphanage – A classic ghost story with a very cynical conclusion. The film was scary at times, but its mystery/thriller story kept me riveted throughout.

    Saw – The original film that led to the dumbing down of sequels. But the original Saw was a masterpiece. The introduction of the Jigsaw murderer along with the police investigation and the two victims in Jigsaw's game was brilliant. Oh, and not to mention the big twist at the end. To be honest, it wasn't even fair for the rest of the sequels to live up to the original.

    Cloverfield – Even though a lot of people hated this film, I thought it was extremely enjoyable and effective as a monster-horror flick. The filmmaking aspect throughout it quite outstanding. There are scenes with seemingly no cuts that go on for a long time that makes me wonder, "how the hell did they shoot this?" Sure, a lot of the things done in the film aren't believable (like them surviving a helicopter crash unharmed), but it was a very entertaining, and at times frightening, film.

  3. entertainmentblur — great list! I also thought The Descent and The Orphanage (kind of a sleeper hit) were great! I thought Saw was innovative as well — but after 6 installments — they have another one coming out on Halloween, it has lost its luster. Amityville Horror (the remake) had a few scary moments too.

  4. Pretty solid list. A few that I thought should have been include: The Orphanage, The Strangers, Paranormal Activity, and The Fourth Kind.

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