The horror movies that you were raised on are dead. Gone are the days when Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers invaded our dreams with their iconic visages, their cruel indestructibility and their disregard for motives or reasons. Now, rather than rely on subtly and suggestion, horror must be exploitative. It must comment on society in some way. Now, death can reach out from your phones and media devices. Now, villains must have reasons or, in the case of many reboots, back stories.

But let’s not overreact. Regardless of what era you’re from, scary movies are still great forms of entertainment. Whether you’re watching it from a laptop in bed or on a massive screen with a group of friends, the excitement is indescribable. Horror movies also have a tendency to linger on in the subconscious. They can make us doubtful about objects and places in our reality. To this day, swimming in the ocean hasn’t been the same since ‘Jaws’.

While the floodgates were left wide open for remakes, reboots, adaptations, J-horror and splatter films to dominate the landscape of the 2000s, a handful of films had managed to stand out from the rest of the herd. If you haven’t seen them yet, do look them up. I’m expecting a great deal of disagreement with the titles I’ve selected but that’s what the comment section is for. Tell us what you think. Or make your own list of recommendations. By all means, enjoy yourselves.

10. Session 9 (2001)

‘Session 9’ is a finely crafted low-budget horror film that remains deeply reminiscent of Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ (1980) yet involves zero onscreen violence or gore. Everything from audio recordings, chilling piano keys, and lingering shots of desolated rooms and hallways all help to convey a prevailing atmosphere that is both creepy and mysterious. ‘Session 9’ is an intense psychological horror about the dangers of a haunted past and the darkness that exists in all of us.

Honorable Mention:
Frailty (2002)

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This article was first posted on August 13, 2012