March just feels right to do such a list. Plus I feel like adding commentary, too. For starters we’ll go with the Honorable Mentions, with pictures! And I’m just covering 2000-2012 simply because I feel like it, even though I didn’t see any horror movies from 2011 or 2012 regardless.
Paranormal Activity (2009, Oren Peli)
This is a fairly well made and entertaining haunted house movie. The ending actually freaked me out, and I like how the feeling of doom is heavy throughout the whole film. Certain moments were surprisingly effective, and I actually regret not viewing this in theaters. I have little desire to view the sequels, however.
The Crazies (2010, Breck Eisner)
A well made remake that is intense, very creepy, and heavy on violence and jump scares, The Crazies is how remakes should be done. In fact its one of those rare remakes that is better than the original, as its creators decided to go a different route than the original, which was more sci-fi/action. This is largely a horror movie with action elements instead, and its plot of a town gone insane is a very plausible nightmare scenario. Easily one of my favorites from the last decade.
Pontypool (2008, Bruce McDonald)
The decade was full of zombie movies, yet this one stands out as the most original and interesting one since the virus travels through communication and not through bites or an actual normal virus. Stephen McHattie gives a commanding performance as a shock jock who realizes too late that a crisis is happening and that none of it is a joke, trapped in a radio station in the middle of Canada. Despite some last act problems this comes heavily recommended.
Freddy Vs. Jason (2003, Ronny Yu)
Interestingly enough this entry is better than any of the ones in the actual series (yes I went there) and is a fun, gory and outrageous match up of two horror movie slasher villains. Of course there are secondary human characters caught in the middle, but most of them prove to be mere cannon fodder. Which is typical for a movie such as this one, and yet some of them are likable enough to root for, too. I’m still waiting for a sequel, and I wish the planned Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash would have been made. It would have been well, groovy.
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008, Darren Lynn Bousman)
There are not too many horror musicals in existence, but this is one of them (others coming to mind are Slumber Party Massacre II and Cannibal! The Musical, the latter which is not really a horror movie). The musical numbers are surprisingly good, and this film is not for the faint of heart-large amounts of blood, carnage, and mayhem are in store. A gem if there ever was one, and a rather unique take on the bleak dystopian future possibly awaiting mankind that always pops up in movies.