10 Best Horror Films of 2003

Definitely a lean year in terms of horror. The most worthwhile endeavours can be found in foreign-language films. A lot of the mainstream releases are considered mediocre or subpar, but there's at least enough on this list perhaps worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre. Some years are just better than others.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Oldboy, Save the Green Planet!, Alexandra's Project

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Wrong Turn, Freddy vs. Jason, Gothika, Dreamcatcher, Darkness Falls, House of 1000 Corpses, Ju-on: The Grudge 2, Underworld, Beyond Re-Animator, Final Destination 2, The Locals, King of the Ants

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1.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
2.
Gozu (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
3.
Identity (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one. (90 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
4.
Dead End (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life. (85 mins.)
 
5.
High Tension (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
6.
Open Water (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left. (79 mins.)
Director: Chris Kentis
 
7.
Dark Woods (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The crew of the TV show "Real TV" with controlling boss Gunnar on the front line will soon begin production... (85 mins.)
Director: Pål Øie
 
8.
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
 
9.
2LDK (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two actresses who have auditioned for one part, sharing the same apartment with opposite personalities equals a night which either neither of them will forget - if they survive! (70 mins.)
 
10.
Willard (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will. (100 mins.)
Director: Glen Morgan