What to Watch: The 15 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s on Netflix

Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014 by

I've been waiting all year for October. It's time for jacket weather, pumpkin everything, and even more horror movies. I've see a handful of my friends on Facebook ask for Netflix recommendations, so I was inspired to note my favorites here on the blog. This list is part of a three part series: classics, 80s/90s horror, and 2000s horror. Check out my favorite Netflix picks from the 2000s after the jump!

The Rites of Spring (2011)

Let's count how many AJ Bowen movies are on this list. (There are four. I love him.) I had no idea what Rites of Spring was about when I went into it. I liked the cover. I like A.J. Bowen. It was decided. Basically, a creepy dude kidnaps two women from a bar. Meanwhile, a group of kidnappers take a politician's little girl. Then they intersect. It's cool, and it's pretty, and the acting is good.

The House of The Devil (2009)

I love Ti West and I love The House of The Devil. When I first saw this, I really didn't appreciate the plot and was a little bored at the beginning, but I think that's because I expect modern horror to cater to this generation's bloodlust. The House of The Devil is really a callback to 70s/80s horror in many ways. It was filmed with 16mm film, has opening credits and a "based on true events" claim, and is very obviously set in the 80s. During a lunar eclipse, a young woman seeking a babysitting job ends up in a creepy house to take care of a man's elderly mother. More A.J. Bowen. Satanic rituals ensue. Gore. Gorgeous cinematography. You are in for a treat.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2011)

I mentioned horror comedy, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil in my meta horror post. I very much enjoyed this comedic take on classic horror tropes. Check out the trailer and give this one a watch.

Chillerama (2011)

Chillerama is a parody anthology revolving around a background story taking place at a drive-in theatre. This film features four directors, including Adam Green (Hatchet, Grace). Even though you won't find many scares in Chillerama, you'll find plenty of laughs and that this film still definitely has a home in the horror genre.

Antiviral (2012)

Antiviral is a sci-fi flick directed by Brandon Cronenberg (David Cronenberg's son) and stars Caleb Landry Jones (who you might recognize as Walt Jr.'s best friend from Breaking Bad.) I loved Antiviral and think you will, too. Read more about this film over on my 32 Films That Made Me Question Humanity list.

V/H/S (2012) and V/H/S 2 (2013)

I couldn't include V/H/S without mentioning its sequel, so this actually makes sixteen films on this list. No big deal, an added bonus for you, readers! V/H/S and its sequel are anthologies of short stories by many horror directors, such as Ti West, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, and Jason Eisener.  These films are found footage gold. They're original, inventive, and very scary. I loved these films and am seriously looking forward to the third installment later this year.

American Mary (2013)

I may be a sucker for a badass, strong female lead, but American Mary is one of my FAVORITE horror movies of all time. I talked about my love for this film over on my back to school horror picks post. When a broke medical student seeks employment with a strip club, she gets an early taste for her future as a surgeon, but after her sexual assault from a professor, she decides to change her field of interest. Horror fans: you'll recognize Katharine Isabelle from her roles in Ginger Snaps and Freddy vs. Jason.

You're Next (2013)

We all know how much I loved You're Next. I have an entire post dedicated to this film and specifically its final girl. This is one of my favorite horror films of the 2000s and I give it a definite recommend.

The Cabin in The Woods (2011)

This is the most meta horror movie of all horror movies and it is so excellent. I didn't know anything going into The Cabin in The Woods, and truthfully almost didn't see it, but I'm so glad I did because it was everything I could have wanted.

The Sacrament (2013)

I had no idea what The Sacrament was about when I added it to my instant queue. In fact, I thought it was a COMPLETELY different movie than it was. Oh, was I pleasantly surprised. A group of Vice reporters go to an unknown location to visit one of the reporter's sister. They are welcomed into Eden's Parish and things aren't what they seem. The Sacrament was refreshing and hip (keep an eye out for tons of Rayban product placement,) has beautiful cinematography, and is much more believable than some of the other found footage films out there. It stars (you guessed it,) A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg, and was directed by Ti West. The Sacrament is truly a gem.

Pontypool (2008)

Pontypool is a Canadian "not a zombie" horror flick about an infection that takes over a town in Ontario. This is one of the most unique horror stories I've ever seen, with the infection not traveling by air or bite, but by the English language. You might recognize lead actor Stephen McHattie (as radio host Grant Mazzy) from 2009's Watchmen, but I didn't. All in all, Pontypool gets a green light from me.

All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

I watched All Cheerleaders Die right before opening my August Box of Dread, in which I received a rad drawstring backpack from the film. So cool. Director, Lucky McKee, made a handful of other horror movies with All Cheerleaders Die being his most notable. I might get a couple of disagrees on this one, but I really loved All Cheerleaders Die. I thought it was clever, and silly, and even though it's very similar to Jennifer's Body or Ginger Snaps, I think it holds its own in the teen girl slasher category.

We Are What We Are (2013)

After the death of their mother, Frank's daughters set to take on their mother's religious role and carry out their family's annual tradition. This is a remake of a 2010 Mexican horror film with the same name. Honestly, We Are What We Are made me feel a little uncomfortable but that's something I want from a good horror movie. Additionally, the twist completely surprised me. We Are What We Are isn't for those who are weak of stomach.

Maniac (2012)

I think I've mentioned before how much I love remakes of classic horror. Most might not think of Maniac as a classic slasher but it's truly one of my favorites. I was so excited and waited for this French remake to be released in America for so long. The film stars Elijah Wood, which I thought was very strange until I saw him perform and it was so excellent. This film is almost entirely from the murderer's point of view. It's pretty, it's scary, and the score is absolutely beautiful. If you haven't seen this (or the original!) yet, do.

The ABCs of Death (2012)

The ABCs of Death is another horror anthology, similar to V/H/S in that each individual story is composed by a different director. Some of my favorites include the previously mentioned Ti West, and Adam Wingard, as well as Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film,) and John Schnepp (Venture Bros, Metalocalypse). Every letter is connected to a theme of its corresponding short film. The ABCs of Death shows an interesting take on the different ways we perceive death. I'm looking forward to its sequel to be released later this month.

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