50 best horror films of the XXI century

50. Do not Breathe

  • Director: Federico Alvarez.
  • USA, 2016.
  • Duration: 88 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

The story of three young robbers who decide to rob the house of a blind veteran of the war in Iraq. Criminals are counting on easy gain, but their victim is much more dangerous than one might imagine.

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49. Sinister

  • Directed by: Scott Derrickson.
  • USA, Great Britain, 2012 year.
  • Duration: 105 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.8.

The author of the detectives, together with his wife and children, moves to a house where a family of previous owners was brutally murdered a year ago. The writer accidentally finds video, which is the key to unraveling the tragedy. But after that, terrible and inexplicable things begin to happen in the house.

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48. Saw 2

  • Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman.
  • USA, Canada, 2005.
  • Duration: 93 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

The decision about the shooting of the sequel on the maniac, forcing his victims to participate in the game of survival, was taken immediately after the start of the rental of the first “Saw”. However, many critics agreed that the sequel was even more exciting than the beginning of the horror saga. In favor of this testifies at least the fact that in “Pyla 2” players are no longer two, but as many as eight people …

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47. May

  • Directed by: Lucky McKee.
  • USA, 2002.
  • Duration: 93 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.7.

This film is a graphic representation of what a loneliness and love failures can bring to a girl. The main character named May from a lonely child grows into a weird veterinarian. She falls in love with the handsome Adam, but he rejects her feelings. And then May decides to create an ideal friend on her own. With the help of a scalpel.

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46. ​​Good night, Mom.

  • Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronica Franz.
  • Austria, 2014.
  • Duration: 99 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.7.

A successful symbiosis of the thriller and author’s cinema, which received five awards from the Austrian Academy of Film and a nomination for an Oscar.

The film narrates about two twin brothers and their mother, who returned home after a plastic surgery. The woman’s face hides bandages, and she herself is behaving unusually cold. This behavior causes the boys to doubt that this is really their mother. And they decide to find out the truth in very unusual ways.

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45. Reporting

  • Directors: Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza.
  • Spain, 2007.
  • Duration: 75 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.5.

This horror film imitates documentary shooting and begins with the fact that the young television journalist comes to the house where the police are on duty. Residents are infected with a terrible virus that turns them into zombies. But the girl, who does not understand this yet and thirsts for sensation, gets inside. And everything that happens is part of her reportage.

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44. Destination

  • Directed by: James Wong.
  • USA, Canada, 2000.
  • Duration: 98 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.7.

The film is based on the scenario of the unoccupied episode of the “X-Files” and tells about a group of people who could avoid a plane crash, but then they began to die because of absurd accidents. The supernatural component of the plot, the idea of ​​fatalism and the naturalistic nature of the scenes made the “Destination” popular and allowed it to be the beginning of a whole series of films.

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43. The Dawn of the Dead

  • Directed by: Zack Snyder.
  • USA, Canada, Japan, France, 2004.
  • Duration: 109 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.4.

A remake of the 1978 film of the same name, which tells of a group of people who are trying to survive in the mall after the zombie apocalypse began. Snyder tried to rethink the classics, and he did it: viewers and critics as a whole positively assessed the film, especially noting its dynamism.

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42. Paranormal phenomenon

  • Directed by: Oren Peli.
  • USA, 2007.
  • Duration: 86 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.3.

The painting spawned five sequels and a lot of skits. But neither the time nor the variations on the topic were made by this film, which tells of a seemingly ordinary couple in a seemingly ordinary house, less frightening.

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41. American psychopath

  • Directed by: Mary Harron.
  • USA, 2000.
  • Duration: 102 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

A few years before becoming Batman, Christian Bale played the role of another hero living a double life. And I must say, he did it masterly. His exemplary citizen Patrick Bateman, who secretly gives vent to his dark desires, is really terrifying and frightening.

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40. Judgment night 2

  • Director: James Demonako.
  • France, the USA, 2014.
  • Duration: 103 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.5.

In the first “Judgment Night” the creators gave the audience an extraordinary idea about a society in which once a year the violence was legalized and told the story of the survival of one family. In the second film, they went further: significantly expanded the scale of the universe, showed the life of the whole city and made the action more dynamic. The result is an incredible commercial success and one more (at the moment) sequel.

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39. Call

  • Directed by: Gore Verbinsky.
  • USA, Japan, 2002.
  • Duration: 115 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.1.

A cult film about a ghost girl and a murderous videocassette, making you afraid of phone calls and long hair. And still gave us the immortal phrase “Seven days left”.

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38. Ninth session

  • Director: Brad Anderson.
  • USA, 2001.
  • Duration: 97 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.5.

A film about the power that someone else’s madness can have. According to the plot, the workers’ brigade undertakes to clean up the old psychiatric hospital from asbestos. But the eerie atmosphere of the clinic gradually affects the mental state of these men.

By the way, the shooting of the thriller took place in a real psychiatric clinic in the city of Danvers.

37. Piranhas 3D

  • Director: Alexander Aja.
  • USA, 2010 year.
  • Duration: 85 minutes.
  • IMDb: 5.5.

Despite the fact that the genre of the film sounds like a “comedy of horrors”, there are many reasons for fright in it. Still, a giant school of prehistoric piranhas trying to kill 20 thousand carefree teenagers. And this is a lot of blood.

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36. Exorcised by the Devil

  • Director: Rob Zombie.
  • USA, Germany, 2005.
  • Duration: 107 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.9.

The sequel to the film “The House of 1,000 Corpses”, shot in the traditional style of horror films and laced with black humor. According to the story, the sheriff decides to take revenge on the clan of maniacs for killing his brother, but applying not the law, but their own weapons – terrible torture.

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35. Werewolf

  • Directed by: John Fawkes.
  • Canada, USA, 2000.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.8.

Canadian horror film about two sisters-outcasts, flirting with death. Games end when one of the girls is attacked by a werewolf and it begins to change rapidly. The second one must decide: to stay with your sister or to leave her for your own safety.

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34. The Real Ghouls

  • Directors: Jemane Clement, Taika Vaitity.
  • New Zealand, USA, 2014.
  • Duration: 85 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

A pseudo-documentary film about three vampires who are trying to survive in modern society. They pay for rent, use the Internet and go to nightclubs. All this is more ridiculous than scary, but it’s worth looking at.

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33. A girl comes home one night

  • Director: Ana Lili Amirpour.
  • USA, 2014.
  • Duration: 101 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.1.

The film was released under the slogan “The First Iranian Vampire Western”. The plot is really unfolding in the Iranian town, though it is fictional. It is inhabited by vampires, prostitutes, drug addicts, pimps and other unpleasant individuals. But, despite the terrible situation, there is a place for love.

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32. The Bitterness

  • Directors: Helen Cutte, Bruno Forsani.
  • France, Belgium, 2009.
  • Duration: 90 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.3.

The picture is shot in the Italian genre of jallo, combining elements of a thriller and eroticism. The plot is structurally divided into three time segments, which are inhabited by one heroine. The film consists of bright images and fragments, from which the viewer is invited to collect a story on his own.

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31. The Monster

  • Directed by: Matt Reeves.
  • USA, 2008.
  • Duration: 81 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.1.

The film about the attack of a giant monster on New York to the very end keeps in suspense. And could it be otherwise, if the producer of the picture himself made JJ Abrams?

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30. You are finished!

  • Directed by: Adam Wingard.
  • United States, United Kingdom, 2013.
  • Duration: 94 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.5.

A gang of maniacs in beastly masks attacks the Davidson family’s country house. Relatives are trapped and become part of a sophisticated hunt.

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29. Antichrist

  • Director: Lars von Trier.
  • Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland, 2009.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

The famous filmmaker provocateur created a thriller, in which cutting off the genitals and dropping the child out of the window are not the worst scenes. The atmosphere of insanity and despair, coupled with a magnificent setting of the staff – that’s why it’s worth watching the “Antichrist”.

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28. The Martyrs

  • Directed by: Pascal Lorgier.
  • France, Canada, 2008.
  • Duration: 99 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.1.

Are sophisticated tortures capable of revealing the veil of the mystery of being? The answer to this question can be found in the film Pascal Lozzhe. Just do not expect to see on the screen a silent existential drama: “Martyrs” is not a spectacle for the faint-hearted.

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27. Strangers

  • Director: Brian Bertino.
  • USA, 2008.
  • Duration: 86 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.2.

The film tells about a young couple who, in a forest house, is subjected to an unexpected invasion. Despite the popular story, the director managed to make a really terrible picture, the atmosphere in which is pumped to the limit.

By the way, the film came out with a note “Based on real events”, but the plot is completely fictional and contains only some references to the actions of Charles Manson’s gang.

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26. The Curse

  • Directed by: Takashi Shimizu.
  • Japan, 2002.
  • Duration: 92 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.7.

The Japanese are very fond of spirits and ghosts. Here in the movie “The Curse” we are talking about them. The plot is based on the legend that if a person dies in a state of rage, a curse is born and the spirit of the deceased begins to take revenge.

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25. What a day, then trouble

  • Director: Claire Denis.
  • France, Germany, Japan, 2001.
  • Duration: 97 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.1.

An unusual film about cannibalism and desire. The plot revolves around the newly married Shane Brown, who, because of experiments on sexual attraction, wants to eat his wife. But unexpectedly meets the wife of the ill-fated experimenter, who is subject to a similar ailment.

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24. I saw the devil

  • Director: Kim Ji-un.
  • South Korea, 2010 year.
  • Duration: 141 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.8.

South Korean thriller with a twisted plot. After the murder of his wife, the intelligence agent decides to take revenge on the maniac. But it’s not easy to imprison or kill, but to plant a bug in his body and torment him with constant attacks, trying to bring the killer to exhaustion.

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23. Drag Me to Hell

  • Director: Sam Raimi.
  • USA, year 2009.
  • Duration: 99 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

A film about how dangerous the work of a bank employee can be. Christine Brown, a bank employee, denies one of the clients in delaying the loan repayment. She responds by imposing on the girl a terrible curse, which threatens with eternal hell torments.

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22. Revenge of the Unborn

  • Directors: Alexander Bustillo, Julien Maury.
  • France, 2007.
  • Duration: 75 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.9.

The painting is considered one of the most daring, cruel and ruthless horror films ever shot in France. Pregnant heroine Sarah loses her husband in a car accident. But on this misfortune, women are just beginning. Now she has to go through hell to save her life and the life of her child.

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21. Death row

  • Director: Ben Wheatley.
  • Great Britain, 2011 year.
  • Duration: 95 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.3.

The film begins as a drama and gradually grows into a thriller. The plot is built around a British soldier who, after being wounded, turns into a hired killer. But to fulfill an order for him is not so easy …

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20. Invasion of the Dinosaur

  • Directed by: Pong Joon-ho.
  • South Korea, 2006.
  • Duration: 120 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.0.

A variation on the theme of Godzilla, but with a more intelligent and dramatic approach. According to the plot, a mutated river monster attacks the city and drags along a small grocery granddaughter. The family can not put up with the loss and goes in search of the girl.

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19. Crimson peak

  • Director: Guillermo del Toro.
  • USA, Canada, 2015.
  • Duration: 120 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

A very beautiful gothic thriller with an ancient castle, ghosts and liters of blood. And of course, a drop of fairy-tale: still shot a picture of Guillermo del Toro, the director of the Labyrinth of the Faun.

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18. Other

  • Director: Alejandro Amenabar.
  • USA, Spain, France, Italy, 2001.
  • Duration: 104 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

A cult film with Nicole Kidman in the title role narrates about a strange house and its strange inhabitants. Eight Goya awards and three Saturn awards.

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17. Recording studio “Berberyan”

  • Directed by Peter Strickland.
  • United Kingdom, 2012 year.
  • Duration: 92 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.2.

The scoring of a horror film can be a really frightening process. It’s on your own skin will have to test the protagonist, a modest sound engineer named Gilderoy.

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16. The Bloody Harvest

  • Director: Alexander Aja.
  • France, Italy, Romania, 2003.
  • Duration: 91 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.8.

A country house, two young friends and a bloodthirsty killer. This picture begins as a standard American horror film, but gradually evolves into a psychotic thriller.

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15. Shelter

  • Director: Juan Antonio Bayona.
  • Spain, 2007.
  • Duration: 105 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.5.

To find the missing son, the main heroine Laura will have to reveal the secret of the old orphanage. But the truth may be too shocking …

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14. The story of two sisters

  • Director: Kim Ji-un.
  • South Korea, 2003.
  • Duration: 115 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

A psychological horror film inspired by an ancient Korean fairy tale. According to the story, the two sisters return from the psychiatric hospital and begin to notice the oddities that are happening in their house and with their stepmother.

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13. It

  • Director: David Robert Mitchell.
  • USA, 2014.
  • Duration: 100 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.9.

Venereal diseases and unplanned pregnancy are not the most terrible consequences of casual sex. The main character Jay receives a curse through him: now she is pursued by a certain creature, and if It catches up, it kills.

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12. The House of the Devil

  • Director: Ty West.
  • USA, year 2009.
  • Duration: 95 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.4.

Retro story, shot in the spirit of the 80s, tells of a naive girl who got a job as a nanny. In the house of the Satanists. In the full moon. And instead of the prize, she is shone compulsory participation in the devil’s ritual.

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11. The Spine of the Devil

  • Director: Guillermo del Toro.
  • Spain, Mexico, France, Argentina, 2001.
  • Duration: 106 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.5.

The script of this mystical drama del Toro wrote 15 years before the shooting, back in college, based on his own memories and experiences. The plot is built around the boy Carlos, who enters the orphanage and encounters strange phenomena there. The film is awarded many awards, and the director himself considers him his most personal creation.

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10. Stay in my shoes

  • Director: Jonathan Glaser.
  • United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, 2013.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.3.

Fantastic thriller with inimitable Scarlett Johansson tells of a mysterious girl who rides the Scottish track and seduces men. True, not for sexual pleasure.

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9. Descent

  • Director: Neil Marshall.
  • Great Britain, 2005.
  • Duration: 99 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

Long before the “Game of Thrones” British director Neil Marshall earned himself a place in the pantheon of horrors is this film. He talks about a group of girls trying to survive in a deep cave, where they are far from the only inhabitants.

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8. A zombie named Sean

  • Directed by: Edgar Wright.
  • Great Britain, France, 2004.
  • Duration: 100 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

A comical comedy zombie horror about a mediocre seller, who together with a friend arranges a hunt for walking dead.

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7. The Witch

  • Director: Robert Eggers.
  • USA, Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, 2015.
  • Duration: 92 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.7.

The brilliant directorial debut of Robert Eggers takes place in New England XVII century. A family of farmers, expelled from the community, lives alone on the outskirts of the forest. Dimensional course of events violates the loss of their child, even a baby, in which the common man or wild beast is not to blame.

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6. Pulse

  • Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
  • Japan, 2001.
  • Duration: 118 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

A horror film about ghosts trying to capture the world with the help of modern technology. Something prophetic and, no doubt, frightening, beautiful and memorable.

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5. The hut in the forest

  • Director: Drew Goddard.
  • USA, 2012 year.
  • Duration: 95 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.0.

A group of young people arranges a party in a forest house and faces a real nightmare. It sounds like a string of a banal horror film, but it’s this genre that makes fun of “The Cabin in the Forest”. In fact, the picture is much more complicated.

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4. The spell

  • Director: James Van.
  • USA, 2013 year.
  • Duration: 112 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.5.

The film is based on real events and describes the most terrible case from the practice of explorers of paranormal phenomena Ed and Lorraine Warren. Spouses are trying to help the family, whose house is inhabited by ghosts.

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3. Babaduk

  • Directed by: Jennifer Kent.
  • Australia, Canada, 2014.
  • Duration: 93 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.8.

Third place Rolling Stone gave the director’s debut, Jennifer Kent, describing how terrible children’s tales can be and how strong – parental love and hate.

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2. Let me in

  • Directed by: Thomas Alfredson.
  • Sweden, 2008.
  • Duration: 115 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

Second place – the Swedish melodramatic thriller “Let me in”. Childish cruelty, Scandinavian melancholy and absolutely not “twilight” vampirism – all this is present in the film history of the friendship between a 12-year-old boy and a vampire girl.

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1. 28 days later

  • Directed by: Danny Boyle.
  • Great Britain, 2002.
  • Duration: 113 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

The leader of the rating, the post-apocalyptic picture “28 days later”, is simultaneously a horror film, a thriller and a drama. Creators also consider it a tribute to the zombie genre, although there are no classic zombies in the film.

In the center of the plot is London, embroiled in an epidemic that turns people into insane killers, and four uninfected heroes trying to survive.

“28 days later” not only gives the viewer a storm of emotions, but also makes us think about the problem of increasing aggression in society. And also gives an opportunity to admire the view of the deserted London.

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