A couple of weeks ago I expressed my disbelief at Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman's choice of the best 20 horror films of the last 20 years. I said then I would come up with my own list and here it is, a little later than I'd originally planned, but here nevertheless.
I decided not to put the titles in any order of preference — too difficult — so the list runs alphabetically.
Please feel free to chime in and agree or disagree, your comments are always welcome and positively encouraged. I'm sure there will be some disagreement, certainly over what constitutes a horror film, since some of my choices probably wouldn't fit everybody's idea of horror, but I'd argue that every single one is, to some degree or other, horrific and scary.
So, here you have it, reel world matters' Top 20 Horror Films Of The Last 20 Years:
Audition (Dir. Takashi Miike) Man's worst nightmare.
Battle Royale (Dir. Kinji Fukasaku) Kids with guns. And knives.
The Blair Witch Project (Dirs. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez ) Gets me every time.
Candyman (Dir. Bernard Rose) Chilling urban horror.
The Descent (Dir. Neil Marshall) With the UK ending, obviously.
The Devil's Backbone (Dir. Guillermo Del Toro) Poetic and horrific in equal measure.
Ginger Snaps (Dir. John Fawcett) Puberty + werewolves.
Irreversible (Dir. Gasper Noe) Every woman's (and man's) worst nightmare.
Jacob's Ladder (Dir. Adrian Lyne) Paranoia and demons, a winning combination.
Let The Right One In (Dir. Tomas Alfredson) Best vampire film in an age.
Lost Highway (Dir. David Lynch) Freaky deaky scary.
May (Dir. Lucky McKee) Odd. And crazy.
Oldboy (Dir. Park Chan-wook) Crazy Koreans.
Ravenous (Dir. Antonia Bird) Robert Carlyle's cannibal. Nuff said.
[REC] (Dirs. Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plazo) Scary as hell.
Ringu (Dir. Hideo Nakata) The original and best.
A Simple Plan (Dir. Sam Raimi) What greed can do.
Se7en (Dir. David Fincher) A mind fuck, pure and simple.
28 Days Later (Dir. Danny Boyle) The best zombie (ok, infected) movie since Dawn Of The Dead. And they run.
Wolf Creek (Dir. Greg Mclean) Throughly nasty villain.