10 Essential Horror Movies from the 2000s

Horror is one of our favorite genres here at Your Money Geek. 

Horror films have always been an extremely self-referential genre, but they reached new heights of recursiveness in the 2000s. 

The films are listed in order from best to less best, but still great. 

Paranormal Activity (2007)

The Blair Witch Project inaugurated the found footage genre, but this may be its most perfect form—just two people filming each other, and the demon taking shape between them. 

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The brilliant set-pieces in which Shaun wanders on his daily rounds while carnage shuffles quietly around him are juxtaposed with jump scares created out of nothing but genre cues, brilliant camera work, and lower-middle-class ennui. 

Death Proof (2007)

Quentin Tarantino’s sole foray into horror is probably his least discussed movie. Which is unfortunate, because Death Proof, originally part of the Grindhouse double feature, is fantastic.