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00's Retrospect: Bloody Disgusting's Top 20 Films of the Decade...Part 2
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

By: Bloody Disgusting Staff

In this continuation of Bloody-Disgusting�s Top 20 of the 2000s countdown, the list has a decidedly international flavor due to the fact that 4 of the 5 films are of the foreign language variety. Fitting, considering that in the last decade the horror renaissance got a big helping hand from overseas, from the raft of J-Horror imports to the infusion of extreme, splatter-centric horror by way of France. Just goes to show that no matter what language you speak, fear is universal.

Also read: 00's Retrospect: Dead on Arrival -- Ten Horror Duds of the Last Decade

The last ten years have been a wild ride for horror fans. Thanks to countless innovators and a host of amazing films, it can safely be said that the 2000�s trump the 1990�s by a wide margin. Sure, that decade had groundbreakers like Scream and The Blair Witch Project, but that�s nothing compared to the number of great horror films (and, for that matter, the number of total horror films) that this decade has had to offer. To celebrate, the staff of Bloody-Disgusting decided to take a vote on the Top 20 horror films* of the 2000�s (along with one honorable mention), and the below list is the result. Looking over it, it�s actually pretty telling that nearly half the movies (9 out of 21) were produced on foreign soil, which just goes to show that this decade in horror was as much about the range of impressive imports as it was about the American product. Your favorites aren�t on there? Cry us a river. Or better yet, let us know what we missed. And make sure, at some point before the New Year, to get on your knees, clasp your hands together and pray to the horror gods to make the next decade as good as the last. - Chris Eggertsen

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15. Battle Royale (Tartan; 2000 Japan)

No wonder this is Quentin Tarantino�s favorite film of the last ten years. Like his best movies, it�s a go-for-broke extravaganza: fun, provocative, ultra-violent, and bound to arouse controversy (which it did). It�s a pretty simple idea: a class of forty-odd young Japanese teenagers are thrust into a deadly game on a deserted island in which they must fight each other to the death until only one is left standing. If they fail at this, the collars fixed to the survivors� necks will explode. What follows is a breathless chain of events as each individual reacts in his/her own way: some instantly become ruthless killers; others commit suicide; a few strike up allegiances in hopes that they can find a way off the island. It�s this quality that makes the film more than just an empty provocation � it builds character through action, a method all good filmmakers should seek to emulate.

14. Audition (Lionsgate; 2000 Japan)

Considered by many to be Takashi Miike�s masterpiece, this cringe-inducing, seriously disturbed film boasts one of the most unbearable scenes of torture in movie history. The story introduces us to a lonely widower whose producer friend sets up a fake movie audition for several young ing�nues in hopes of finding him a wife. Unfortunately for the widower, the mild-mannered young woman he chooses isn�t exactly all she appears to be. The audience soon becomes aware of her not-insignificant dysfunctional tendencies in a series of shocking scenes, one of which just might make you lose your lunch (which, come to think of it, would be actually be a pretty fitting response). It�s revolting in the best possible way; the prolific Miike goes for the jugular here, and he cuts deep. Or, as the sadistic femme fatale of the film might say, �Kiri Kiri Kiri Kiri!�

13. Drag Me To Hell (Universal Pictures; May 29, 2009)

Sam Raimi�s return to gross-out form is a fun romp that�s by turns hilarious, gag-reflex-inducing and unsettling. Alison Lohman plays a young loan officer who has a curse put on her by an old gypsy woman after turning down an extension on her mortgage. Soon enough the demons from down below slowly begin to circle, and her efforts to countermand the curse become more and more desperate as the ticking clock winds down. Raimi is a master at this sort of thing, and much like in the Evil Dead films (particularly the second movie) he manages to keep us simultaneously laughing and screaming as we are treated to a series of increasingly inventive and maniacal set pieces. This is escapist entertainment at its best, and it almost makes you want to forgive Raimi for Spiderman 3. Almost.

12. Inside (Dimension Extreme; April 15, 2008)

One of the most audacious, brutal, unrelenting horror films ever made, Inside is perhaps the crown jewel of the new wave of extreme French horror films that have gained notoriety in the latter half of the decade. The movie follows a pregnant widow through a night of almost unbelievable pain and misery, as she is stalked by a scissors-wielding crazy woman who is convinced the baby is actually hers. Directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury handle the gory elements of the story with aplomb, but what really makes Inside so queasily effective is their skill at wringing the maximum amount of suspense out of the hair-raising setup. As if that weren�t enough, they even manage to work some pitch-black comedy into the mix. A shocking piece of cinema which provides further evidence that the French aren�t such pussies after all.

11. [REC] (Sony Pictures; 2007 Spain)

Out of all the �shaky-cam� films produced in the wake of The Blair Witch Project, this one is arguably the best, a seriously scary Spanish import that utilizes its P.O.V. camerawork more effectively than any of its predecessors. While the film takes awhile to get going, once the action starts it hardly ever lets up. The movie follows a TV news camera crew, police officers, firefighters and the residents of an apartment building as they fight for survival against a zombie outbreak after being sealed inside the structure in a quarantine procedure. The limited first-person viewpoint suits the enclosed setting well; it�s not necessarily what we�re seeing in front of us but what could be coming at us from just off-camera that�s most terrifying. There�s nothing all that deep here, but that�s not really the point. When it comes to visceral scares, [REC] has few peers.

Editorial written by Chris Eggertsen

21-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 | 5-1

*Editor's Note: For those of you interested in knowing how the list came to be, here's an explanation. Bloody Disgusting writers collaborated on a list of some of the best films this decade. The entire list was given to the Bloody Disgusting staff who then built their own Top 20 lists. Each film was given a point value. 20 received 1 point, 19 received 2 points, and so on all the way to number 1, which received 20 points. The numbers were tallied and the result are the top films listed. The bonus film had tied with #20 and the tie was broken by the number of actual votes.

The following participated in the project: Mr. Disgusting, Tex Massacre, BC, David Harley, Ryan Daley, Chris Eggertsen, Jeff Otto, John Marrone, Horror_Guy, Mr_Bungle, Klown, Caustic Coffee and Tool Shed

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2:32pm, December 16, 2009

Solid 5....although DMTH was a great flick, I wouldn't put it in the top 20.

2:38pm, December 16, 2009

Drag me to hell was the best out of these.I guess because I love fun horror and Raimi.

2:39pm, December 16, 2009

I was kind of shocked Drag Me made the list as well, one of the problems is that newer movies are fresh in our heads and there's no real test of time. I thought about removing any films from this past year, but then it wouldn't be best of the decade. Lose-lose.

2:41pm, December 16, 2009

Drag Me To Hell sucked... hard.

3:03pm, December 16, 2009

Loved Drag Me To Hell.. Would have to put more though into whether it;s in the top movies of the last decade though. Syill.. Good list this...

3:11pm, December 16, 2009

I'm going to stop reading the list's now, Drag me to hell was a joke of a movie. Having Cloverfield on it was bad enough but at least it was something different and interesting. DMTH was a piece of crap in the same ilk as The Happening, with fans screaming it is meant to be stupid, OTT and badly acted. It wasn't funny, scary and if CGI gore is what horror fans love now then I'm done with the genre. I guess going by the list Zombie's Halloween will be number 1.

Jonny Horror
3:17pm, December 16, 2009

DRAG ME TO HELL was surprisingly good, I thought it would be terrible, but it was alot of fun. INSIDE is just insane. Great choice there,would have been higher on my list. The French, Spanish and Japanese film makers are some crazy ass people and I love them for it. Nobody makes movies right now like these 3 countries.

3:24pm, December 16, 2009

Wow, great great great 5 films here. Glad to see Inside kinda high

3:26pm, December 16, 2009

Don't forget Slither now :)

3:29pm, December 16, 2009

i agree w/ Fridaythe13th. "DRAG ME..." was terrible. i have it on DVD (for free) and i'd never watch it even if i got paid to. the only one on this particular list i LOVE and agree w/ is INSIDE. fantastic movie!

3:31pm, December 16, 2009

Drag me to hell was an unintentional comedy. Just bad times.

Slasher Freak
3:32pm, December 16, 2009

Isn't AUDITION from 1999?

3:38pm, December 16, 2009

and Drag Me To Hell was awesome, u got to love Sam Raimi and his way of horror it was just kind of like a fresh look at Evil Dead, idk it was a great throw back for me.

3:41pm, December 16, 2009

Drag me to hell was so ordinary, it shouldnt be on that list...

3:45pm, December 16, 2009

Yeah surprised at Drag Me to Hell - thought it was very overrated... Surprised REC went below 10....

His Name Was Manimal
3:51pm, December 16, 2009

Drag Me To Hell sucked monkey nuts. I turned it off after 20 minutes.Come on now you can do better with this list. What about House of 1000 Corpses, the Devil's Rejects,Diary of the Dead, The Midnight Meat Train, 2001 Maniacs, i could go on and on but this list is crap. The only good movie i see on it is American Psycho.

4:04pm, December 16, 2009

i think The Notebook should be on the list. it was terrifying!

4:06pm, December 16, 2009

Drag me to hell was a fun distraction for an hour or whatever, with an ending that was a doozy if ever I saw one. But making this list not sure. Fun yes, great not really. Keep going BD I love your compilations. Just a couple I want to see in there though, Slither, The Mist and Martyrs. Heres a suggestion perhaps a mention for best cult horror maybe i.e. Bubba Ho-tep, Dog Soldiers or Eight Legged Freaks

4:21pm, December 16, 2009

The Descent makes the top 5, guarantee! Well it's my number one favorite of the decade. I was surprised to see [REC] and Inside already picked. Shaun of The Dead is another one I'm looking to see what spot it makes.

4:33pm, December 16, 2009

Cloverfield? Parabormal Activity? Drag me to Hell did just that-ugh. Inside was nothing more than gore for gore's sake with some nonsensical moments thrown in. Devil's Backbone and Rec should be much higher. I'm scared to see the rest.

4:46pm, December 16, 2009

So far this whole list sucks. Drag Me To Hell was a waste of money. PG13 horror movies suck. Can't wait to see the next 5 on the list.

4:49pm, December 16, 2009

Oh & everything with Quentin Tarantino's name on it sucks too.

4:51pm, December 16, 2009

yes awesome pics!!!!!!

4:54pm, December 16, 2009

Drag Me to Hell, Inside, and [Rec] were all awesome. I've been meaning to see the other two but Battle Royale really doesn't seem my thing. Good list so far.

4:54pm, December 16, 2009

Drag me to Hell has no place on this list. That movie sucked and sucked hard.

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