There have been more than a hundred modern horror films released since the dawn of the new millennium. Audience’s reception to such films has been everything but bad, and with the likes of Insidious and Paranormal Activity continuously ruling the box office, it is safe to say that the genre doesn’t look like it will be fading anytime soon.
ExploreTalent has gathered the best of modern horror in the 21st century. From found footage to cannibalistic humanoids, here are some terrifying movie suggestions for you to watch this Halloween.
5 Modern Horror Movies You Need to Watch
5. The Descent (2005)
Six close friends go spelunking until they find themselves trapped in an unexplored cave system. The Descent is a unique take on the horror genre as it revolves around a group of women, and two of which have quite the complicated history between them. Between the drama and heightened emotions are terrifying action scenes that involve monstrous humanoid creatures called crawlers. The Descent is undeniably one of the United Kingdom’s best modern horror films, and its claustrophobic set makes it an even more terrifying thrill ride.
4. Rec (2007)
Rec is a Spanish horror film that was shot in found footage style. The story revolves around a television reporter and her cameraman as they cover a story in the middle of the night. What seemed to be a simple case of an old woman trapped in her apartment turns out to be something even more sinister. Filled with compelling performances, nonstop action, and a Hollywood remake that was just as good, Rec is a modern horror film that is on its way to becoming a classic.
3. The Mist (2007)
This modern horror film was actually based on a classic novella written by Stephen King, it was also directed by King’s frequent collaborator Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption). With no studio pitching in for the budget Darabont required, he gathered his own resources and created one of the best King adaptations of all time. The Mist does not rely on merely gore or cheap jump scares, instead it goes all out with its plot twist in the end.
2. Ju-On (2002)
This cult horror film is a favorite of countless generations. It actually started as a short film in Japan but was later turned into a full-length feature. The principal ghost in the film is a vengeful ghost named Kayako who, together with her son Toshio, was brutally murdered by her jealous husband.
All in all, Ju-On has spanned over 11 film productions, a video game, and a crossover with another successful Japanese film The Grudge.
1. The Conjuring (2013)
This 2013 American horror film by James Wan is one of the most successful films of the new generation. Based on the true-to-life case of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, this film recounts the terrifying events that transpired in a Rhode Island farmhouse back in 1971. Following the first movie’s successful release, Wan prepared a sequel that was shown in cinemas last June 10, 2016, and it also gained both commercial and critical success.