10 Horror Movies That Defined The Last 10 Years

If you haven't seen these movies, ten years of horror has basically passed you by.

Youre Next Header Image For reasons that are yet to be explained in a way that makes any sense, human beings are renowned for their love of sitting down and exposing themselves to two hours of being absolutely terrified out of their wits. In other words: people like horror movies. And more than any other genre, perhaps, movies in the horror vein tend to appeal to the largest hauls... it's almost as if a horror flick, through the act of its existence alone, dares people to come and test the water. Naturally, people are desperate to see what all the fuss is about. Horror movies are more popular than ever nowadays, and are considered something of a no-brainer where movie studios are concerned because a) they're relatively cheap to make, and b) the profit margins are high. As a result, there are a higher denomination of bad horror movies than good ones, but occasionally a bonafide classic will slip through (unfortunately, said classic is likely to spawn a variety of very awful sequel flicks over the course of the next ten years, because - let's face it - nothing in Hollywood is sacred, is it?). Over the past decade, there have been a number of horror movies - of the good, bad, and very, very ugly varieties - that have helped to define the era, 10 of which we're going to take a look at over the course of this article. It must be noted, of course, that said movies vary in quality; "defining" the last 10 years doesn't necessarily mean that the mentioned movie had a positive effect. But the following 10 flicks are those that shaped, changed, transformed, wreaked havoc upon, or started trends within the horror genre since 2004...
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Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.