45 best horror movies from two decades

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1. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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78 Metascore

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 227,852 | Gross: $28.64M

2. 30 Days of Night (2007)

R | 113 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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53 Metascore

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster

Votes: 147,889 | Gross: $39.57M

3. Black Water (2007)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.0
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A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia

Directors: David Nerlich, Andrew Traucki | Stars: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould

Votes: 10,707

4. Asylum (IV) (2008)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.1
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Six college students discover their dorm was once an insane asylum that conducted gruesome lobotomies on its teenage inmates during the 1930's.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Sarah Roemer, Jake Muxworthy, Mark Rolston, Travis Van Winkle

Votes: 3,058

5. Boogeyman 2 (2007)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.2
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A young woman with a long-term phobia of the boogeyman voluntarily checks herself into a mental health facility with the hope of conquering her overwhelming fear. However, much to her ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Betancourt | Stars: Danielle Savre, Matt Cohen, Chrissy Calhoun, Michael Graziadei

Votes: 6,925

6. Boogeyman 3 (2008 Video)

Unrated | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

4.9
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When a college student witnesses the alleged suicide of her roommate, it sets into motion a series of horrific events that cause her to fear the supernatural entity. As she tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Jones | Stars: Erin Cahill, Charles Hittinger, Mimi Michaels, Matt Rippy

Votes: 4,075

7. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

7.3
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59 Metascore

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 208,053 | Gross: $59.02M

8. Creep (I) (2004)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell

Votes: 24,946

9. Friday the 13th (2009)

R | 97 min | Horror

5.6
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34 Metascore

A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 82,005 | Gross: $65.00M

10. House of Wax (2005)

R | 108 min | Horror

5.3
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41 Metascore

A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Elisha Cuthbert, Brian Van Holt

Votes: 101,291 | Gross: $32.06M

had a very special story

11. The Last House on the Left (2009)

R | 110 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

6.6
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42 Metascore

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

Director: Dennis Iliadis | Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Bowen

Votes: 73,812 | Gross: $32.72M

12. Hostel (2005)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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55 Metascore

Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova

Votes: 149,614 | Gross: $47.33M

13. Hostel: Part II (2007)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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46 Metascore

Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, Bijou Phillips, Roger Bart

Votes: 75,477 | Gross: $17.61M

14. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror

6.8
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Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot

Votes: 31,892

15. Vacancy (2007)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

6.2
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54 Metascore

A married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson, Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry

Votes: 84,764 | Gross: $19.36M

16. Mirrors (I) (2008)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery

6.2
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35 Metascore

An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart, Cameron Boyce

Votes: 92,309 | Gross: $30.69M

17. My Bloody Valentine (2009)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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51 Metascore

Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsy Rue

Votes: 48,174 | Gross: $51.55M

18. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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68 Metascore

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong

Votes: 197,410 | Gross: $107.92M

19. Signs (2002)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.7
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59 Metascore

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 294,649 | Gross: $227.97M

nice one!

20. P2 (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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37 Metascore

A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley, Simon Reynolds, Philip Akin

Votes: 27,681 | Gross: $3.99M

21. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror

6.3
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54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 59,874 | Gross: $16.19M

22. Storm Warning (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror

5.9
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A yuppie couple lost in a thick brush filled marsh seek refuge at an isolated farmhouse only to discover they've jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.

Director: Jamie Blanks | Stars: Nadia Farès, Robert Taylor, David Lyons, Mathew Wilkinson

Votes: 5,641

23. Rest Stop (2006 Video)

R | 80 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

4.6
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The film follows Nicole Carrow, a young woman who is threatened by a maniac serial killer, after her boyfriend Jess, is abducted in a rest stop.

Director: John Shiban | Stars: Jaimie Alexander, Joseph George Mendicino, Deanna Russo, Diane Salinger

Votes: 9,771

24. Rest Stop: Don't Look Back (2008 Video)

Unrated | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

4.7
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Three friends embark on a trip to track down Nicole and her boyfriend, and they quickly find out that the mystery is stranger and scarier than they imagined.

Director: Shawn Papazian | Stars: Richard Tillman, Jessie Ward, Graham Norris, Joseph George Mendicino

Votes: 3,393

25. The Hitcher (2007)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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28 Metascore

A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride.

Director: Dave Meyers | Stars: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough

Votes: 36,903 | Gross: $16.47M

26. Silent Hill (2006)

R | 125 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

6.6
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31 Metascore

A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 191,048 | Gross: $46.98M

27. See No Evil (2006)

R | 84 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

5.1
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17 Metascore

A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight has holed away in the rotting hotel. When one of the teens is captured, those who remain - a group that includes the cop who put a bullet in Goodnight's head four years ago - band together to survive against the brutal killer.

Director: Gregory Dark | Stars: Glenn Jacobs, Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan, Samantha Noble

Votes: 23,284 | Gross: $15.03M

28. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror

6.2
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38 Metascore

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.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, Erica Leerhsen

Votes: 115,973 | Gross: $80.57M

29. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.4
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52 Metascore

A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 140,429 | Gross: $41.78M

30. The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)

R | 89 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

5.1
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32 Metascore

A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.

Director: Martin Weisz | Stars: Daniella Alonso, Jacob Vargas, Michael Bailey Smith, Cécile Breccia

Votes: 53,624 | Gross: $20.80M

31. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

6.4
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81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 204,606 | Gross: $140.54M

not very good but it was alright

32. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

7.2
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71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 170,261 | Gross: $26.02M

33. The Fourth Kind (2009)

PG-13 | 98 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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34 Metascore

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Votes: 66,727 | Gross: $25.46M

one of the best horror movies ever made.by the way is it true?do you belive it?

34. The Mist (2007)

R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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58 Metascore

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher

Votes: 242,348 | Gross: $25.59M

35. Bloodlines (I) (2007 Video)

92 min | Horror

3.9
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In the sticks of Kentucky, a demented family of inbreds begin the process of cleaning up their blood line. Their twisted family is led by Billy Bob Hackford, who in his madness abducts ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Durham, Henry Kingi Jr. | Stars: Grace Johnston, Jason Padgett, Tracy Kay, Douglas Tait

Votes: 521

36. Timber Falls (2007)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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A weekend of camping in the mountains becomes an excursion into hell for a young couple, who become pawns in a grotesque plot hatched by deranged locals.

Director: Tony Giglio | Stars: Josh Randall, Brianna Brown, Nick Searcy, Beth Broderick

Votes: 5,274 | Gross: $0.05M

37. The Roommate (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.9
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23 Metascore

When college freshman Sara arrives on campus for the first time, she befriends her roommate, Rebecca, unaware that the girl is becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Director: Christian E. Christiansen | Stars: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka

Votes: 31,198 | Gross: $37.30M

38. The Stepfather (2009)

PG-13 | 101 min | Crime, Thriller

5.6
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33 Metascore

Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend. As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Amber Heard

Votes: 25,522 | Gross: $29.06M

39. The Uninvited (2009)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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43 Metascore

Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.

Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard | Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn

Votes: 67,394 | Gross: $28.57M

40. The Grudge (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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49 Metascore

An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, William Mapother

Votes: 124,233 | Gross: $110.36M

41. The Grudge 2 (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

5.0
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33 Metascore

Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. A young woman encounters a malevolent supernatural force while searching for her missing sister in Tokyo; a mean high school prank goes horribly wrong; a woman with a deadly secret moves into a Chicago apartment building.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Michelle Gellar

Votes: 41,717 | Gross: $39.14M

42. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.2
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57 Metascore

A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 292,817 | Gross: $13.78M

i know it's not from the 2 passed decades!

43. Wilderness (I) (2006)

R | 93 min | Horror

6.2
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Juvenile delinquents gets sent to a small British island after a fellow prisoners death, where they have to fight for survival.

Director: Michael J. Bassett | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Alex Reid, Toby Kebbell, Stephen Wight

Votes: 8,217

44. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)

R | 84 min | Horror

6.1
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32 Metascore

Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."

Director: Rob Schmidt | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 94,680 | Gross: $15.42M

45. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007 Video)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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A group of reality show contestants find themselves fighting for their survival against a family of hideously deformed inbred cannibals who plan to ruthlessly butcher them all.

Director: Joe Lynch | Stars: Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins, Texas Battle, Aleksa Palladino

Votes: 32,385