15 Scariest Movies Of The 2000s

14. Cold Prey

Norway€™s answer to the slasher movies of the 1980s, Cold Prey follows five snowboarders who take refuge in an abandoned hotel when one of them (Rolf Kristian Larsen €“ a dead ringer for Shaggy from Scooby Doo) breaks his ankle on the slopes. What they don€™t know (but quickly realise) is that the place closed in 1975 when the owner€™s son disappeared, and faster than you can say €œMrs Voorhees€™ boy€, they€™re being chased through the snow by a pickaxe-wielding psycho. So far so traditional, but what separates the movie from the pack is€. okay, it doesn€™t offer anything new but director Roar Uthaug strings the he€™s-right-behind-you suspense scenes together better than his 80s counterparts, it€™s slickly shot and there€™s an in-joke for fans of The Shining. Audiences responded favourably, so two years later, Final Girl Jannicke (Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Chernobyl Diaries) returned in Cold Prey: Resurrection, which in the tradition of Halloween II (1981) offers more of the same, only set in a hospital.

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.'