At some point in the last 30 years, the “critique” of film critics began to focus on negatives only. Film critics everywhere began digging for the worst in films, trying to discover all the questionable qualities, ridiculing what didn’t work while merely glossing over what does. In this new age of criticism, horror films seem to have suffered the brunt of the critical scorn. But there’s something we need to accept: the classic age of horror is long gone. Now that we’ve seen Janet Leigh stabbed in the shower and Regan spin her head around, we can’t go back. We can lament it, rewatching these old horrors, longing for a time that we can never get back, or we can accept that horror has changed and appreciate it for what it is today.
As directors attempt to build off of the greats that have come before them, trying to find new and creative ways to scare audiences, the audience changes as well, becoming accustomed to their new strategies and adapting. This is a cat and mouse game that never really ends. And, while critics have sneered and jeered at most of the horror films that have been released in this millennium, there have been some really memorable moments in the genre that could rival any of those from the past.
If you’re looking to get your blood pumping and discover the excitement that horror films can bring an audience, here are the 15 most horrifying movie moments of the new millennium.
15 Feeding - The Human Centipede
14 Lawn Care - Sinister
13 Samara In The TV - The Ring
12 Shaving - Cabin Fever
11 The Hammer Scene - Kill List
10 The Attic - The Grudge
9 The Diner Scene - Mulholland Drive
8 The Bedside Visitor - Paranormal Activity
7 Knocking On The Wall - The Orphanage
6 The Face - Inland Empire
5 Baby Monitor - Insidious
4 Claustrophobia - The Descent
3 Enter The Tall Man - It Follows
2 Double Trouble - Jack and Jill
1 Nightmare - The Babadook
This atmospheric masterpiece from writer and director Jennifer Kent is easily the best horror movie in years. It’s tough to gauge the longevity of a film’s impact, but if I was a betting man, I would say this will soon be considered an all-time classic, if it isn't already. Its mix of hard cuts, eerie sounds and isolating scenes make it difficult for viewers to leave the film unaffected. Even if you’re watching it with lights on and plenty of people around, this movie requires a white-knuckled effort to get through. Grief and mental illness are very real and very terrifying fears of many, and this marvel captures one family's struggle with them brilliantly. There is one nightmarish scene in particular that is so creepy that once it gets inside your head it will refuse to leave. Enjoy.
Sources: Buzzfeed.com, AVClub.com, IMDB.com
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