Horror Films of 2000–2009

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Horror films have always reflected their audiences’ fears and anxieties. In the United States, the 2000s were a decade full of change in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the contested presidential election of 2000, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These social and political changes, as well as the influences of Japanese horror and New French extremism, had a profound effect on American horror filmmaking during the 2000s.

This filmography covers more than 300 horror films released in America from 2000 through 2009, including such popular forms as found footage, torture porn, and remakes. Each entry covers a single film and includes credits, a synopsis, and a lengthy critical commentary. The appendices include common horror conventions, a performer hall of fame, and memorable ad lines.

About the Author(s)

John Kenneth Muir is the author of more than 20 reference books covering science fiction and horror on film and television. He is creator of the Internet sci-fi series The House Between (www.thehousebetween.com) and his popular blog can be found at reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com.

Bibliographic Details

John Kenneth Muir
Format: hardcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 699
Bibliographic Info: 173 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7805-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4450-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
Preface  1
Part I. Whoever Wins, We Lose: An Introduction  3
Part II. The War of Terror: A Decade of Torture Porn Remakes, Zombies and Other Trends  11
Part III. The Films (by Year of Release)  47
2000
American Psycho  48
Battle Royale  51
Bless the Child  54
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2  56
The Calling  60
The Cell  61
Cherry Falls  64
Crocodile  66
Dracula 2000  67
Final Destination  69
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter  72
The Gift  73
Hellraiser: Inferno  74
Hollow Man  76
Leprechaun in the Hood  79
Lost Souls  80
Pitch Black  82
Psycho Beach Party  86
The St. Francisville Experiment  87
Scream 3  88
Shadow of the Vampire  91
Supernova  93
Urban Legends: Final Cut  97
The Watcher  98
What Lies Beneath  100
2001
Audition  105
Bones  107
Donnie Darko  109
The Forsaken  113
From Hell  115
Ginger Snaps  117
Hannibal  119
Jeepers Creepers  123
John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars  125
Joy Ride  131
Jurassic Park III  133
Mimic 2  136
The Others  137
Route 666  140
Session 9  141
Soul Survivors  144
Thir13en Ghosts  145
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection  148
Valentine  149
Wendigo  151
Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell  153
2002
American Psycho 2: All American Girl  155
Below  156
Blade II  158
Brotherhood of the Wolf  159
Bubba Ho-Tep  161
Children of the Corn: Revelation  163
Dark Water  164
Dog Soldiers  165
Eight Legged Freaks  167
Feardotcom  169
Frailty  171
Ghost Ship  173
Halloween: Resurrection  174
Hellraiser: Hellseeker  177
Irreversible  178
Jason X  181
The Mangler 2  183
May  185
Queen of the Damned  186
Red Dragon  188
Resident Evil  191
The Ring  193
Signs  197
Swimfan  201
28 Days Later   203
Wes Craven Presents They  206
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled  209
2003
Beyond Reanimator  211
The Bone Snatcher  212
Cabin Fever  213
Cold Creek Manor  215
Darkness Falls  219
Dreamcatcher  221
Final Destination 2  222
Freddy vs. Jason  224
Gothika  228
House of 1000 Corpses  229
House of the Dead  232
Identity  233
Jeepers Creepers 2  234
Leprechaun 6: Back 2 Tha Hood  237
Mimic 3: Sentinel  238
The Mothman Prophecies  239
Octane (a.k.a. Pulse)  244
A Tale of Two Sisters  245
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines  246
Texas Chainsaw Massacre  250
Underworld  254
Willard  256
Wrong Turn  258
2004
Alien vs. Predator  262
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid  265
Blade: Trinity  267
The Butterfly Effect  269
Club Dread  271
Darkness  272
Dawn of the Dead  273
Dead End  277
Dracula 3000  278
Exorcist: The Beginning  279
Fear of Clowns  281
The Forgotten  282
Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning  284
Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed  285
The Grudge  286
Incident at Loch Ness  289
The Last Horror Movie  291
My Little Eye  292
Open Water  294
Resident Evil: Apocalypse  297
Saw  299
Secret Window  301
Seed of Chucky  303
Shaun of the Dead  305
Shutter  307
Toolbox Murders  309
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins  310
Van Helsing  311
The Village  312
2005
Alone in the Dark  317
The Amityville Horror  317
Boogeyman  319
The Cave  321
The Cavern  322
Cry_Wolf  323
Cursed  325
Dark Water  326
The Devil’s Rejects  329
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist  332
Doom  334
The Exorcism of Emily Rose  335
The Fog  339
Hard Candy  342
Hellraiser: Deader  345
Hellraiser: Hellworld  345
High Tension  346
Hostel  351
House of Wax  354
Kairo  356
Land of the Dead  357
Noroi: The Curse  360
The Ring Two  361
Saw II  363
The Skeleton Key  365
2001 Maniacs  366
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary  368
White Noise  369
Wolf Creek  370
2006
Altered  373
An American Haunting  375
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon  376
Black Christmas  378
The Breed  379
The Butterfly Effect II  381
The Covenant  382
The Descent  383
Feast  385
Final Destination 3  387
The Grudge 2  389
The Hills Have Eyes  392
I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer  395
The Mangler Reborn  396
Mr. Jingles   397
Mortuary  398
The Omen 6 6 6  399
Open Water 2: Adrift  401
Pulse  402
Rest Stop  404
The Return  405
Saw III  407
See No Evil  408
Silent Hill  410
Slither  412
Snakes on a Plane  413
Stay Alive  416
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning  418
Underworld: Evolution  420
When a Stranger Calls  422
The Wicker Man  423
The Woods  425
2007
AVP: Requiem  427
Blood and Chocolate  429
Boogeyman 2  431
Captivity  432
Dead Silence  433
Disturbia  435
Fido  437
1408  438
Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof  439
Grindhouse: Planet Terror  442
Hannibal Rising  445
Hatchet  447
The Hills Have Eyes 2  449
The Hitcher  450
The Host  451
Hostel 2  453
I Am Legend  455
The Invasion  457
The Messengers  459
The Mist  462
Mulberry Street  465
The Number 23  466
P2  467
The Poughkeepsie Tapes  469
Primeval  470
Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud  472
The Rage  472
The Reaping  474
REC  476
Resident Evil: Extinction  478
Return to the House on Haunted Hill  479
Rise: Blood Hunter  480
Rob Zombie’s Halloween   481
Saw IV  484
Shrooms  486
The Signal  487
Skinwalkers  488
Sunshine  490
Teeth  492
Them  493
30 Days of Night  495
28 Weeks Later  497
Vacancy  499
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End  502
The Zombie Diaries  503
2008
The Alphabet Killer  505
April Fool’s Day  506
The Burrowers  507
Cloverfield  508
The Cottage  511
Day of the Dead  512
Deadgirl  513
Diary of the Dead  515
Eden Lake  518
The Eye  521
Funny Games  523
The Happening  524
The Haunting of Molly Hartley  528
House  529
Inside  530
Lake Mungo  531
Let the Right One In  533
Martyrs  535
The Midnight Meat Train  538
Mirrors  540
One Missed Call  542
The Orphanage  544
Otis  545
Prom Night  547
Quarantine  548
Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back  549
Rogue  550
The Ruins  551
Saw V  554
Seventh Moon  555
Shutter  557
Sick Nurses  558
Splinter  560
The Strangers  561
Trick’r’Treat  563
Twilight  565
Vacancy 2: The First Cut  567
White Noise II: The Light  568
The X-Files: I Want to Believe  569
2009
Antichrist  573
Autopsy  576
Best Worst Movie  578
Blood Creek  579
Boogeyman 3  580
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break  581
Carriers  582
The Children  584
The Collector  586
Cropsey  587
Dawning  590
Dead Snow  591
The Descent: Part 2  592
Drag Me to Hell  594
Evil Things  597
The Final Destination  598
The Fourth Kind  600
Friday the 13th  603
From Within  607
The Grudge 3  608
Halloween 2  609
The Haunting in Connecticut  612
The Hills Run Red  615
The House of the Devil  616
It’s Alive  618
Jennifer’s Body  619
Last House on the Left  622
Long Weekend (aka Nature’s Grave)  624
My Bloody Valentine 3-D  625
Orphan  627
Pandorum  629
Paranormal Activity  631
Paranormal Entity  633
Pontypool  634
Saw VI  635
Sorority Row  637
The Stepfather  638
Survival of the Dead  639
Triangle  642
Twilight: New Moon  643
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans  645
The Uninvited  646
Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead  649
Zombieland  650
Part IV. Conclusion  653
Appendix A: 2000s Horror Conventions  655
Appendix B: The 2000s Horror Hall of Fame  668
Appendix C: Memorable Ad-Lines  672
Appendix D: The Ten Best Horror Films of the 2000s  677
References  681
Bibliography  683
Index  685

Book Reviews & Awards

“A labor of love, and Muir’s depth of knowledge is apparent…highly recommended. Beyond the insightful main text, horror fans will find the supplementary material an incredibly useful way to find movies by convention.”—Library Journal