10 Most Fearsome Films Since 2000

In conjunction with Slant Magazine‘s recent 25 Best Horror Films of the Aughts, to which I contributed three capsule reviews, I hereby submit my original list of the 10 Best, alongside 10 Honorable Mentions. Films under consideration did not by any means have to fall squarely or neatly into the horror genre, as many of my Honorable Mentions testify, comprising some of the most innovative (and provocative) films to come out in recent memory.

Bear in mind, rankings are, as always, more or less relative and subject to change without notice. Hyperlinks are to the capsules on Slant’s list (and numbers after directors’ names indicate their final ranking on that list):

Top Ten “Scariest” Films Since 2000:

10      Suicide Club (Sion Sono, 22)

09      May (Lucky McKee)

08      Them (David Moreau, Xavier Pelud)

07      The Children (Tom Shankland)

06      Piranha 3D (Alexandre Aja)

05      Hostel: Part II (Eli Roth)

04      Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)

03      Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 8)

02      Inside (Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury)

01      Audition (Takashi Miike, 4)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

The Mother of Tears (Dario Argento), Tideland (Terry Gilliam), A History of Violence (David Cronenberg), Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos), Bronson (Nicholas Winding Refn), Caché (Michael Haneke), Diary of the Dead (George Romero), Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), The House of the Devil (Ti West), Mulholland Drive (David Lynch), Martyrs (Pascal Laugier), The Descent (Neil Marshall)

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About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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