20 great horror movies of the last 20 years

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1.
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ the most disturbing movie ever made. this is real horror ” - estolick
 
2.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization. (107 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ i can't even stand the original, and this movie made me stand up and cheer at moments. ” - estolick
 
3.
Hostel: Part II (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it. (94 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ better and more consistent than its predecessor, i thoroughly enjoy this movie ” - estolick
 
4.
Death Proof (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans. (113 mins.)
“ a brooding, psycho nut job of a movie ” - estolick
 
5.
The Faculty (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. (104 mins.)
“ i miss sci fi alien horror flicks. ” - estolick
 
6.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ there's a reason why rob zombie is on my list three times, and this one started it all ” - estolick
 
7.
Halloween II (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister. (105 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ better than the originals and the remake ” - estolick
 
8.
1408 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror. (104 mins.)
“ freaky and classy with a hint of noir. if sydney lumet ever made a horror film, this would be it ” - estolick
 
9.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ oscar worthy horror. i wish more directors would take some notes while watching this one ” - estolick
 
10.
The Haunting (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ one of the most under appreciated movies of its time. a good remake of a great film. ” - estolick
 
11.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ wes craven's comeback and arguably one of his best. and yes, i very much so enjoyed the sequels ” - estolick
 
12.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Four teens are in great danger one year after their car hits a stranger whose body they dump in the sea. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Gillespie
“ i don't care what you say, when i was 11 this was the greatest film of all time and i still enjoy the hell out of it ” - estolick
 
13.
Final Destination (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one. (98 mins.)
Director: James Wong
“ probably the best premise for a horror film since nightmare on elm street. this movie started a great film franchise that stayed consistently fun, though they never lived up to the creativity of the first ” - estolick
 
14.
The Cable Guy (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences. (96 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ not a horror film you say? you are a fool ” - estolick
 
15.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ i had to walk out of the theatre this movie was so intense. i was relieved when the monsters showed up ” - estolick
 
16.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ changed the genre (for the better) and is still hard to top on its epic apocalyptic scale ” - estolick
 
17.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ my favorite tim burton film. the only movie with casper van dean that i can take seriously ” - estolick
 
18.
Vulgar (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A man who performs as a children's birthday party clown tries to piece his life back together after being gang-raped. (87 mins.)
Director: Bryan Johnson
“ cheap and ugly, like its main character, this movie is tuff and disturbing. rent it. ” - estolick
 
19.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers. (98 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ this remake was so good, the producers still brag about this one seven years later ” - estolick
 
20.
War of the Worlds (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (116 mins.)
“ scary and intense. just turn it off 30 seconds before the credits and it's perfect ” - estolick