It's a truth long since acknowledged that horror isn't what it used to be. Fans will point to movies like Halloween or The Exorcist from the past and then compare that to modern films like Ouija or The Devil Inside, declaring that this genre is dead.
But while there are certainly some downright terrible horror films constantly hitting theaters, there have been some absolutely fantastic ones made in this decade that stack up with some of the best of the best. Even though the decade is only halfway over, audiences have already seen some defining films that will probably go down in history.
Among these highlights, there have been three pretty common fads. One is found footage, brought back into the mainstream by Paranormal Activity. The other is films that play up their old fashioned style like The Conjuring, almost trying to pass themselves off as being made in the past rather than the 2010s. They pay tribute to movies fans grew up on and execute an old formula in an effective way. Then there's movies that take something quite familiar and put a spin on it, adding in something interesting that gives a well worn trope a new life.
Every now and then, of course, there are just truly original creations that offer something that audiences have really never seen before.
From the past five years of demons, ghosts, boogeymen, haunted mirrors and blood soaked mermen, here are the absolute best 15 horror films of this decade so far.