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00's Retrospect: Bloody Disgusting's Top 20 Films of the Decade...Part 3
Thursday, December 17, 2009


By: Bloody Disgusting Staff
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I tried to find a common theme among entries 10-6 in Bloody-Disgusting’s list of the Top 20 Horror Films of the 2000s, but after a head-scratching 30 minutes or so I realized there just isn’t one, at least not one that’s justifiable (people die in all five of them? They all have scary stuff?). But in a way, that’s one of the great things about horror cinema in the last decade – not only have there been a ton of amazing films, the diversity among them is astounding. In fact, there’s not one trend that can really sum up the decade, unlike the ‘80s (slashers) or the ‘90s (self-aware horror). Just goes to show how truly dynamic the genre has the capacity to be.



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

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

10. Saw (Lionsgate; October 29, 2004)



Perhaps the most influential horror film of the decade, Saw kick-started a franchise that became the highest-grossing in horror history (not adjusting for inflation, of course). The film has its detractors (although perhaps their disdain is directed more at the endless succession of sequels that followed), but in light of its measly $1.2 million price tag the film’s quality relative to bigger-budget horror films is striking. It also takes itself seriously, which came as a breath of fresh air following the trend of wimpy tongue-in-cheek horror that had dominated the multiplexes post-Scream. More than anything, this twisted morality tale is a film made by horror fans, for horror fans; it’s gory, it’s depraved, and best of all it introduced a new horror icon in Jigsaw. For that, and for the films it paved the way for, we should be thankful.

9. Trick ‘r Treat (Warner Premiere; October 6, 2009)



Michael Dougherty’s horror anthology is so good that its lack of a theatrical release (thanks a lot, Warner Brothers) borders on the criminal. Maybe the studio was scared off by the film’s candid black-heartedness; Hollywood often shies away from portraying the deaths of children onscreen, but when it’s done without apology, and even with a dose of humor (as it is here), the filmmakers may as well start digging their movie an early grave. Luckily, the horror community has rallied behind the film, a new Halloween classic that showcases four stories of madness and mayhem set during All Hallow’s Eve. When all is said and done, perhaps Trick ‘r Treat’s greatest contribution to the world of horror cinema is proving that straight-to-DVD films can be just as good, if not better, then their theatrical counterparts.

8. Dawn of the Dead (Universal Pictures; March 10, 2004)



In a time when most remakes pale in comparison to the originals, Dawn of the Dead is something of a minor miracle. Sure, it’s not as good as Romero’s version. It’s not even as smart. But Zack Snyder brought an energy and a style to it that succeeded in making us forget about all that. Truly, you can analogize the two films based on their zombies alone – where Romero’s lumbered and took their time (in a good way), Snyder’s came at us, fast, with teeth bared like rabid dogs. He truly made his own version of Dawn of the Dead, his own way, with a distinctly 21st century sensibility. And why shouldn’t he have? There’s no way to really top the 1978 incarnation, so it makes perfect sense to just go for broke. And therein lies the beauty of Snyder’s film – he wasn’t out to best Romero; he just wanted to outrun him. And it worked.

7. 28 Days Later (Fox Searchlight; November 1, 2002)



Zombie movie? Political allegory? Humanist drama? 28 Days Later is all of those things and more – a genuine work of art by a director at the top of his game. What’s so amazing about the film is the way it so expertly balances scenes of white-knuckled, hell-for-leather horror with moments of intimate beauty. The “zombies” themselves – human beings infected with a blood-borne virus that causes them to fly into a murderous rage – are terrifying in part because of how quickly they transform. It’s not a slow, gradual conversion as in Romero’s Living Dead films but a near-instantaneous one that forces those around the victim to make a split second decision – kill or be killed? Of course, none of this would have mattered had Danny Boyle not been the one at the helm; it’s undeniably his movie, and it’s a transcendent movie-going experience.

6. The Ring (DreamWorks; October 18, 2002)



The Ring was not only the first American “J-Horror” remake out of the gate; it also still stands as the best. Some prefer Ringu, Hideo Nakata’s Japanese original, but Verbinski’s version is simply a better film. Witness the expertly paced opening scene, which stands as one of the scariest prologues in horror movie history and trumps the original by a mile. Witness the haunting and abstract imagery on the videotape itself, much more disturbing than in the Japanese film. Witness lead actress Naomi Watts, turning in a full-blooded performance as the reporter investigating the mysterious killer video tape. Koji Suzuki, the writer of the book the Japanese film was based on, gets credit for that ingeniously simple premise. Verbinski gets credit for (re)interpreting it with such craftsmanship, and doing Nakata one better.

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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jpd44
11:25am, December 17, 2009

I thought you guys had lost your mind with the first ten. Saw? Dawn of the Dead? Talk about pop nonsense. Trick R Treat was okay, but probably doesn't belong in the Top 25. Definitely not top ten. Sheesh.


TheInfected182
11:27am, December 17, 2009

the ring? seriously? other than that the list is good so far..


RockstarDan
11:33am, December 17, 2009

i LOVE this list! you must do more of these. I thought i'd seen a lot of horror movies but there's those few that some how trickle by and it's so nice to find them and have the opportunity to see something amazing I missed out on.


Werd5150
11:39am, December 17, 2009

Personally! I thought, Trick R Treat as a movie deserves higher..its a work of art. Ring deserves less.. Saw deserves more..


Slasher Freak
11:47am, December 17, 2009

I personally don't agree in the order the films have been ranked into and I don't think the Dawn of the Dead remake should be in the top 10. It's good and I like it but still, come on!


JohnMarrone
12:01pm, December 17, 2009

Well - this list is definitely different from my own personal thoughts. Dawn of the Dead higher than Saw? Trick r Treat on the list at all? whew... Would be cool to see a BD member top 20 vote... would cool down a lot of the moaning....


djblack1313
12:07pm, December 17, 2009

i LOVE DAWN & 28 DAYS (i think WEEKS should most DEFINITELY be on the list somewhere). Trick r Treat is VERY overrated IMO. but this part of the list is good!


CountOrlok
12:13pm, December 17, 2009

This is the worst list yet. The Ring remake and Dawn of the Dead remake were both horrible. Saw was good but doesn't deserve to be on a top 20 list. 28 Days Later was brilliant though but doesn't deserve to be ranked lower than the pathetic Ring remake. Yep, I'm a whiny bitch and proud of it. haha hire some new staff.


Slasher Freak
12:15pm, December 17, 2009

I'm getting the feeling that GINGER SNAPS won't be mentioned at all.... :( Haute Tension, Martyrs and The Descent must be 3 out of the next 5! And knowing how this site is myabe Pan's Labyrinth and Donnie Darko will make it even though they are not horror. Or perhaps "Let the Right One In" which is more of a drama.


The Mighty Griff
12:18pm, December 17, 2009

THE NUMBER ONE FILM WILL BE LIKE ALWAYS ... THE VERY UNFUNNY ALWAYS WAY OVER RATED "SHAUN OF THE DEAD" ... THAT FILM IS A COFFEE TABLE COASTER AT BEST!


Slasher17
12:29pm, December 17, 2009

SAW SUCKS! Especially the first one! THE RING sucks really bad as well! TRICK 'R TREAT and DAWN OF THE DEAD are awesome! I never saw 28 DAYS LATER though.


Jonny Horror
12:50pm, December 17, 2009

I can't really argue with any of these choices, maybe THE RING, I thought it was just ok, and 28 WEEKS I thought was better than DAYS. Right on about DAWN, I will go as far to say that it was better than the original like HILLS HAVE EYES was ( Hmmm, don't see that on here yet, must be coming up and a great choice). The first SAW was great and deserves attention, one of the great plot twist endings in sometime. TRICK R TREAT, I loved it, an instant Halloween classic I will watch every season. I don't see how anything "SUCKS" here, we all have different opinions and tastes so CHILL OUT.


StuWea
12:52pm, December 17, 2009

They are actually all amazing movies... well beside Thr Ring. That just ok:P I still waiting to see The Mist in this run-down!:O:)


Scream110
12:53pm, December 17, 2009

You crying babies should make your own list here.


fmyers1
1:00pm, December 17, 2009

Trick ‘r Treat and The Ring sucked soooooo bad...


daysfan79
1:04pm, December 17, 2009

Now I'm seeing some I agree with. I don't think I've seen any from 11-20. Loved 28 Days Later, The Ring and Saw. I'm hoping some of my other personal favorites from this decade make the last 5. High Tension, Wolf Creek, The Descent and The Strangers.


persona95
1:07pm, December 17, 2009

I like this list actually...i agree with mostly all the choices, nice work


nw_kiff
1:09pm, December 17, 2009

When compiling lists, people will ranked titles they feel have gone under-appreciated in order to give them exposure. This is why I feel Trick R Treat ranks so high on the list.


iszac
1:10pm, December 17, 2009

I wish Orphan in the list, I think it is definitely top 10 horror in the decade!


SK6000
1:15pm, December 17, 2009

i made a castle out of popsicle sticks and my friend the orange pony lives in it with his friend Darren. now i'm gonna go eat corn.


Heather1987
1:20pm, December 17, 2009

The Ring before 28 days later? I don't know...


chainsawboi25
1:25pm, December 17, 2009

um trick r treat sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


drmb1990
1:27pm, December 17, 2009

stupid wienies crying cause this list isnt like theirs....get the hell over it my god man, this is what they came up with from their site, at least they make a fucking list like this and they dont just say fuck u guys and ur bitching. oh and btw I like the list so far, Saw is the only film that I really didnt care for, but oh well it is what it is.


Jason4eva
1:33pm, December 17, 2009

another great list! Trick r' Treat would prolly b my 1!


cynthia82
1:34pm, December 17, 2009

28 days later? Dawn of the Dead lame remake, The Ring and ALL of the Saw movies SUCK, sry2say. Trick or Treat I heard was scary, I will be picking up my dvd. What happened to George Romero's Diary of the Dead, Grace, Unearthed, Cloverfield and Banshee, now that was a complete oversight!


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