Horror Films of 2000–2009

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About the Book

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 an American literary critic and award-winning author. As of 2022, he has written 30 reference books in the fields of film and television, with a particular focus on the horror and science fiction genres.

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
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

  • “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
  • “Highlights some truly brilliant films that have been overlooked by mainstream viewers…important”—Joseph Maddrey, Movies Made Me
  • “Writing about horror movies is clearly a labor of love for the author and he has here done a splendid job…I was very impressed with Muir’s writing.”—Forces of Geek
  • “Comprehensive, extraordinary, essential, and critically important.”—Midwest Book Review