Saturday, May 5, 2012

Scariest Horror Movies of the 2000's

 Scariest Horror Movies of the 2000's


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TOO SCARY 2 WATCH now presents a list of 2000's horror films (arranged alphabetically) that we believe are the scariest movies of the past decade, and may be worth checking out, if you love scary movies like we do. The list will continue to be updated and expanded upon as we continue to find more movies that we believe are worthy of adding. 



We get a lot of request to create a  "most scariest horror movies of the 2000's" list but have avoided compiling such a list because of the fact that the term "scary" is an extremely subjective one. Different things obviously scare different people -- what scares you may not scare me ... what scares me may not scare you (you get the drill). Some folks are scared of torture, others monsters and zombies, others exorcisms, others ghost or evil men in masks. So I think we can all agree that the odds of creating a list that everyone will agree on is rather low. 

Nonetheless, we've given it a shot and done are best to present a versatile list definitely consisting of movies that were disturbing to me
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Disclaimer

Not all of the movies on the list, in our opinion, are good movies, but were chosen to be included for a variety of different reasons.

Thanks and enjoy!

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Desperate for cash, asbestos remover Gordon (Peter Mullan) claims he can clean up an abandoned psychiatric hospital in a week. But by the time Gordon discovers the truth about the asylum's gruesome past, the place may cast its curse on his entire crew. The former site of untold human misery, the decaying mental ward now works its dark magic on each member of Gordon's team. David Caruso co-stars in director Brad Anderson's psychological thriller.

Director: Brad Anderson
R-Rated
100 mins

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Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors (including Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson) are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs -- and it's absolutely impossible to contain. Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) directs.

Director: Danny Boyle
R-Rated
113 mins

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Honogurai mizu no soko kara (original title)

Thrill-master Hideo Nakata takes another chilling novel by Koji Suzuki and adapts it for the screen. This time, Yoshimi (Hitomi Kuroki) is fighting for the custody of her daughter, but more menacing problems have begun to plague her in her dreary apartment. An inexplicable odd pattern appears on her ceiling, and when she has recurrent visions of a strange girl and of a red bag she used to own when she was a child, Yoshimi fears for her sanity.

Director: Hideo Nakata
PG-13
100 mins
(Japanese)
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Gin gwai (original title)

When a young girl, Mun (Angelica Lee), undergoes a corneal transplant to correct her blindness, she not only receives the gift of eyesight, but second sight as well: She can now see ghosts. To exorcise the demons tormenting her, Mun looks into the life of the person who donated the corneas and unearths a deep mystery that she becomes desperate to solve.

Director 1: Oxide Pang Chun
Director 2: Danny Pang
R-Rated
98 mins
(Chinese)
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Before he crafted an American version starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, director Takashi Shimizu thrilled Japanese audiences with this story of a young nurse (Megumi Okina) who learns that the house she's visiting is cursed by two brutal murders that happened there. Soon, she realizes that everyone who sets foot in the house, which is inhabited by vengeful spirits, meets a bloody and disturbing end, and she's the next in line. 

Director: Takashi Shimizu
R-Rated 
92 mins
(Japanese)


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Reporter John Klein (Richard Gere) is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions. Director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) crafts a subtle chiller that brings otherworldly terror down to earth.

Director: Mark Pellington
PG-13
119 mins



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It sounded like just another urban legend: a videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's  death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) naturally is skeptical of the story. That is, until four teens die mysteriously one week after watching such a tape. Curious, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it -- and now has seven days to unravel the mystery of the "Ring."

Director: Gore Verbinski
PG-13
115 mins


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Haute Tension (original title)

Students Marie (Cécile de France) and Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) have no idea of the horrors that await them when they head off to a remote country home to study for their upcoming exams and a psychopathic stranger attacks, tying up Alex and taking her away. It's up to Marie to save her friend -- but first, she must figure out what's really going on. Philippe Nahon co-stars in this twisty-turny tale of terror.

Director: Alexandre Aja
NC-17
91 mins

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Chakushin Ari (original title)

Possessed cell phones predict their owners' untimely deaths in Takashi Miike's high-tech horror tale. One by one, Yumi's (Kou Shibasaki) friends receive chilling calls on their cell phones from themselves, placed a few days in the future. They listen in horror to their own bizarre deaths, which eventually occur. As Yumi frantically tries to solve the mystery, she uncovers a shocking link between herself and the murders.

Director: Takashi Miike
R-Rated 
112 mins
(Japanese)
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The only known survivor (Jessica Biel) of a 1973 killing spree, dubbed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, breaks her silence and comes forward to tell the real story of what happened on that bloody day. She recounts the grisly events that led her and her four teenage friends to a deserted rural Texas highway and straight into the clutches of a chainsaw-wielding madman who left a trail of blood and terror.

Director: Marcus Nispel
R-Rated
98 mins


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Based on the 1978 George Romero gore classic, this horror remake takes place in the wake of a plague as the United States is overrun by millions of corpses who walk the earth as cannibalistic zombies. A small group of survivors, including a nurse (Sarah Polley) and a police officer (Ving Rhames), try to find shelter within a massive shopping mall. But the zombies have a kind of sense memory and start arriving -- in droves -- for a shopping spree.

Director: Zack Snyder
R-Rated
101 mins
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Sent to Africa at the close of World War II to tend to the needs of the local community, Father Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) gets more than he ever bargained for when he has his first brush with a devilish force known simply as Pazuzu. Director Renny Harlin traces the roots of evil in this prequel to the 1973 box office smash. Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy and Ben Cross co-star.

Director: Renny Harlin
R-Rated
114 mins
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Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who battles forces of evil in this English-language version of a famous Japanese horror film, Ju-On, about a wretched curse that descends on a person about to die in a fit of rage. Once the curse hits and the victim dies, a more powerful curse is spawned, one much deadlier and more difficult to overcome. Directed by Takashi Shimizu, who also helmed the original, the film co-stars Jason Behr and Clea Duvall.

Director: Takashi Shimizu 
PG-13
91 mins
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Would you kill to live? That's what Adam and Gordon have to ask themselves when they're abducted by a serial killer and paired up in a deadly situation -- holed up in a prison constructed with such ingenuity that escape seems impossible.

Director: James Wan
R-Rated
100 mins



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Tun (Ananda Everingham), a photographer, and his girlfriend, Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee), run over a young girl after a night of drinking and decide to flee the scene. The couple is haunted by the memory of their deadly choice, and soon, they notice their photos contain strange ghostly shapes. When several of Tun's friends die in mysterious circumstances, they realize that they may be haunted by more than just bad memories.

Director 1: Banjong Pisanthanakun
Director 2: Parkpoom Wongpoom
R-Rated 
97 mins
(Thailand) 
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Hapless home buyers George and Kathy Lutz (Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George) discover their dream home is possessed by evil spirits in this terrifying remake of the 1979 horror classic, based on Jay Anson's popular book -- and a reportedly real-life haunting. As it turns out, the Lutzes home has a bloody history (a former occupant killed his entire family there just a year earlier), so it doesn't take long for terror to come knocking.

Director: Andrew Douglas
R-Rated
89 mins

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Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek star as tormented heads of household in this haunting period drama, based on the only documented case in U.S. history in which a spirit was determined to have caused a man's death.

Director: Courtney Solomon
Un-Rated
83 mins

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Six girlfriends, led by thrill seeker Juno (Natalie Mendoza), go spelunking a year after a tragic incident. But when they get trapped under the earth, all rationale escapes them as they start to suffer from limited oxygen and delusions -- or are they? Now, the friends must find a way to escape the cave and the murky creatures that lie within it. Writer-director Neil Marshall helms this horrific tale about a caving trip turned nightmare.

Director: Neil Marshall
R-Rated
99 mins
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Attorney Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) always manages to keep her emotions in check when she's in the middle of a case, but she finds herself unraveling when she decides to represent a priest (Tom Wilkinson) who's conducted an exorcism gone horribly awry. The highly charged case, in which Erin battles an overconfident state lawyer (Aaron Douglas) who thinks he has a slam dunk, leaves her questioning her life choices, career prospects and beliefs.

Director: Eric Derrickson
Unrated
121 mins

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American backpacking students Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) head to a hostel in Slovakia rumored to be brimming with willing women -- but instead, they become objects of torture in an unimaginable house of twisted horrors. Quentin Tarantino executive produces this grisly tale, which is directed and written by Eli Roth. Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova and Jana Kaderabkova co-star.

Director: Eli Roth
R-Rated
94 mins

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Traveling across the American Southwest en route to California, an  unsuspecting suburban family is being tracked by a group of hill dwellers whose social skills have failed to evolve -- and who could  attack them at any moment. If their vehicle breaks down, or if they stop to stretch their legs, their vacation could end in tragedy. Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Emilie de Ravin and Dan Byrd co-star in this remake of the 1977 Wes Craven classic.

Director: Alexandre Aja
R-Rated
107 mins
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Determined to save her terminally ill daughter (Jodelle Ferland) from death, Rose (Radha Mitchell) ignores the wishes of her husband and takes her to a faith healer. But her well-intentioned efforts somehow land them in an alternate reality. Now, Rose is in the deserted town of Silent Hill, where her daughter mysteriously disappears and she's left to search for her child in a world of darkness and shadow.

Director: Christophe Gans
R-Rated
125 mins

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In the wake of his young bride's mysterious death, grieving newlywed Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) is forced to return to his haunted hometown, where he butts heads with the ghost of a creepy ventriloquist who was infamously murdered years ago. Amber Valletta and Donnie Wahlberg co-star in this chilling horror offering from James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the same team that created the grizzly Saw trilogy.

Director: James Wan
R-Rated
91 mins
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El orfanato (original title)

Fueled by fond memories from her childhood, Laura (Belén Rueda) persuades her husband (Fernando Cayo) to help her revamp a seaside orphanage into a facility for disabled children. But soon after the couple moves in, their son, Simón (Roger Príncep), begins exhibiting disturbing behavior. As Laura tries to understand Simón's increasingly malevolent actions, she becomes drawn into the house's terrifying secrets in this unnerving chiller.

R-Rated
110 mins

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Trapped in a quarantined Barcelona apartment building with residents, firefighters and a growing horde of ravenous zombies, television reporter Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman, Pablo, record brutal deaths and terrifying events while trying to stay alive. Filmed entirely from unseen Pablo's point of view, this tension-filled Spanish horror film thrills viewers with its aggressive action. Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró direct.

Director 1: Jaume Balagueró
Director 2: Paco Plaza
R-Rated
78 mins
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This creepy supernatural thriller from director Alexandre Aja stars Kiefer Sutherland as troubled security guard Ben Carson, a man who discovers malevolent spirits living within the mirrors of a fire-ravaged department store. When their murderous nature comes to light, Ben turns to his estranged wife (Paula Patton) to help him save their family -- and himself. The supporting cast includes Amy Smart and Jason Flemyng.

Director: Alexandre Aja
R-Rated
112 mins
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While on assignment shadowing firemen, a Los Angeles news reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) get trapped in a quarantined apartment complex with a vicious unknown killer. With all forms of communications cut, the news crew keeps the cameras rolling as they search for a way to escape rabies-infected zombies. John Erick Dowdle writes and directs this frenzied horror film that also stars Johnathon Schaech.

Director: John Erick Dowdle
R-Rated
89 mins
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Desperate to be free of his financial debt to his ex-wife, Arkin (Josh Stewart) breaks into his employer's house to snag a jewel he knows will buy him independence. Too bad for him, someone else has gotten there first in this Marcus Dunston-helmed horror fest. Now, Arkin just wants to survive the night when he finds the house's residents tied up, the house rigged with deadly traps and a masked madman engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Director: Marcus Dunstan
R-Rated
88 mins
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When Alaskan psychiatrist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) begins videotaping her therapy sessions with clients, she uncovers petrifying evidence that they have experienced the fourth level of alien encounter: abduction. But as she finds more clues, she suspects that the government will do anything to conceal the truth. Olatunde Osunsanmi directs and Will Patton co-stars in this jarring thriller allegedly based on a true tale.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
PG-13
98 mins

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In this supernatural thriller, the Campbell family's move to Connecticut takes a mysteriously dark turn when a series of shocking paranormal events reveals that their inviting new home is a former mortuary with a sordid past. Based on a true story, this terrifying tale stars Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan as the well-meaning Campbell parents, Kyle Gallner as their cancer-stricken son and Elias Koteas as the enigmatic Rev. Nicholas Popescu.

Director: Peter Cornwell
PG-13
102 mins
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When Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) fear their San Diego, Calif., home may be haunted by a demonic presence, Micah sets up a video camera to document all the jaw-dropping, hair-raising action over a series of several nights in fall 2006. The paranormal occurrences increase in frequency and significance, leaving Katie more and more distraught -- and determined to put an end to the terror.

Director: Oren Peli
R-Rated
85 mins

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Not to be confused with the original paranormal hit, this take-off documents a family's descent into paranoia as their house is besieged by a demonic force and then gradually turn on each other as the haunting grows more severe.

Director: Shane Van Dyke
Not-Rated
88 mins
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In this sequel to their 2007 horror hit [Rec], directors Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza take viewers back to the scene of the original nightmare -- a now-sealed-off apartment where a raging virus was unleashed on rescue workers. With camera once again in tow, a medical officer and a SWAT team venture into ground zero of the virulent virus to try to contain the disease and abort its deadly spread. Manuela Velasco and Jonathan Mellor star.

Director 1: Jaume Balagueró
Director 2: Paco Plaza
R-Rated
85 mins
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2010 American Release

To save 10-year-old Lillith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) from her abusive parents, idealistic social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) welcomes the girl into her own home -- only to discover that Lillith isn't quite the innocent victim that she claims to be. As Lillith's mysterious past comes to light, Emily finds herself in a world of danger. Christian Alvart's terrifying thriller also stars Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper.

Director: Christian Alvart
R-Rated
109 mins


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Ready to expose his miraculous deeds as mere trickery, Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a documentary crew to film his final exorcism. But when the devil actually possesses a girl's body, Marcus must regain his faith and engage in the fight of his life. Produced by Eli Roth and directed by Daniel Stamm, this frighteningly realistic horror movie also stars Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr and Louis Herthum.

Director: Daniel Stamm
PG-13
87 mins



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Doors slamming shut, shadows moving across the floor -- the unexplained, terrifyingly real supernatural forces are back, and this time, Dan (Brian Boland), Kristi (Sprague Grayden), Ali (Molly Ephraim), baby Hunter and dog Abby become part of the nightmare as the cameras roll. Tod Williams (The Door in the Floor) directs and Michael R. Perry ("Persons Unknown") writes this spine-chilling sequel to the wildly popular 2009 flick.

Director: Tod Williams
R-Rated
91 mins

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In this horror flick, the stars of a paranormal-investigation TV show   spend the night in a derelict psychiatric hospital, hoping to uncover   what's been going bump in the night. As their cameras roll, they find themselves trapped -- and hunted.

PG-13
92 mins
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After moving into a new home, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) confront terrifying tribulations when their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma and his body starts to attract malevolent forces from a mysterious netherworld. But when the family decides to move again, hoping to leave the evil spirits behind, they realize that their problems are just beginning. James Wan (Saw) directs.

Director: James Wan
PG-13
103 mins
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A malign and murderous spirit continues to dwell within a San Diego home in this second creepy sequel to 2007's chilling Paranormal Activity. Hoping to catch photo evidence of Bloody Mary, the residents soon become victims in their own horror film.

Director 1: Henry Joost
Director 2: Ariel Schulman
R-Rated
103 mins
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Despite his conviction that demonic possession is just so much supersitious mumbo jumbo, Catholic priest-in-training Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) journeys to Rome to attend a special exorcism school being taught at the Vatican. Before long, true-believer Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) introduces the young cleric to the devil's power firsthand. Director Mikael Håfström helms this graphic supernatural thriller inspired by a true story.

Director: Mikael Håfström
PG-13
112 mins

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When a series of disturbing events begin disrupting their home life, Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) realize that they aren't alone. Aided by a paranormal expert (Tom Felton), the desperate young couple attempts to exorcise their supernatural tormentor and save themselves. Written and directed by Todd Lincoln, this spine-tingling horror film co-stars Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez and Luke Pasqualino.

Director: Todd Lincoln 
PG-13
82 mins

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At once spooky and grisly, this thriller follows a woman's quest to find the truth behind claims that her mother killed three people during an exorcism. The daughter's journey takes her to Italy, where she becomes involved in other exorcisms.

Director: William Brent Bell
R-Rated 
83 mins
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Get ready for more spine-chilling suspense in this fourth installment of the popular horror franchise as the bloodthirsty supernatural spirit returns to wreak more havoc, instill more terror and claim more victims.

R-Rated
95 mins


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In this supernatural horror flick, a young girl unwittingly unleashes an evil spirit that resides in a curious old box filled will mysterious relics. Now the girl and her estranged parents must break the hold the demonic force has on their family.

Director: Ole Bornedal 
PG-13
92 mins



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Based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, this taut thriller from the makers of Open Water follows Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) as she helps her father and uncle repair their damaged summer home. When she hears a mysterious noise, Sarah's descent into madness begins. As the darkness and increasingly loud noise prey on her mind, Sarah grows ever more panicked and convinced that the house, which she barely remembers from her youth, has a malevolent past.

Directors: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau
R-Rated 
83 mins


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My Top Ten Scariest Horror Films (Arranged by Year) of the first decade of the 2000's (2000-2009)



Most of us still aren't entirely clear on exactly what the presence was residing in that old mental hospital (ghost, spirit, demon or other), but whatever it was to me, ended up being more disturbing than most physical manifestations could ever be. Session 9 may not scare everyone, but it sure as heck bothered me.

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The Mothman Prophecies is definitely one of the films from the 2000's that creeped me out a bit. It's claims to be based on actual occurrences and true events (and quite a bit of it wasn't too far off from the actual accounts) makes it all the more disturbing.
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Technically, no movie really scares me now that I'm all grown up. I've been watching horror movies for years and I've definitely seen it all! Nonetheless, something about The Ring was disturbing ... and I just can't help but wonder what type of affect a movie like this might have had on me if I saw it when I was a kid (if it came out in the late 80's). 
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4. The Grudge (2004)

During the whole ghost "girl with long dark black hair and white dress" frenzy inspired by Asian Horror films, not many movies made more of an impact than the Grudge and/or Ju-on did ... which makes it worthy of my list.
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5. Saw (2004)

Saw is often referred to as one of the grandfathers of torture porn. But the first Saw used other vices and scare tactics as well as torture to terrorize viewers (marionette puppets, pigface masks, the whodunit killer in a raincoat like Seven). When you combine that with a good story and a twist ending, you get the beginning of one of the staple horror franchises of the 2000's.
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6. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

I don't consider myself an individual who frightens easily, but one of the best ways to rattle my cage is with a good intense Religious Horror movie. Every so often, one of these types of movies will hit a nerve and leave me all weirded out. 
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7. Dead Silence (2007)

Dolls and puppets aren't any of my phobias, but the 2007 movie Dead Silence (from the creators of Saw) in my opinion definitely earns the right to be considered one of the more creepier films of the 2000's. "Beware the stare of Mary Shaw"!
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The 2000's had some pretty good & creepy zombie movies, but the one that makes the cut (in our books) is the found footage style 2007 movie REC. It's dark, it's intense, it's claustrophobic, it's a disaster, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat!  
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9. The Fourth Kind (2009)

The Fourth Kind is yet another movie that claims to be based on actual events (which have since been proven to be fabricated) but REAL or NOT doesn't chance the fact that the movie left me disturbed for days. If I had to crown one movie as "The SCARIEST movie of the 2000's", The Fourth Kind would probably get my vote.
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Some will argue it's scary, others will argue it's not scary, I will argue that (like the Blair Witch Project nearly a decade earlier) stirring up enough hype, talk and controversy, qualifies PA1 as one of the most frightening (and talked about) horror movies of the 2000's. 
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Synopsis' taken from:
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The Mothman 

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