10 Nastiest Horror Films Since 2000

Some movies go too far. Others start there.

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There’s a good reason for why, every so often, horror has to turn nasty and address the issues that most movies don’t touch upon. Hollywood pictures either deal in accepted truths or they tell us things that we would like to believe, and if by some oversight something is not perfect, then the love of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl will make everything just wonderful.

In nasty, exploitative horror pictures, however, the family unit is either failing or dysfunctional, and not even Kirsten Dunst (or Natalie Portman or Anna Kendrick) will be able to fix it. These movies want to get under your skin, not prop up the fantasies of homemakers in Peoria.

True, some of them were made just so put rubes in seats, and Switchblade Romance didn’t say much about The Meaning Of It All, but it still had an attitude that’s absent from most multiplex fare.

If your ambition is to seek out as many nasty horror pictures as you can then the following list, which ranks them from worst to best, should serve you well.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'