It's not often a horror movie exceeds my expectations, but sometimes it happens.
Five things that impresses me in a horror movie:
1. I seldom get really scared, so I'm impressed if I do.
2. If it's not too clichéd. You gotta expect some cheesy scenes though.
3. A twist that I couldn't see coming.
4. If the characters doesn't even once say "hello" in a suspicious situation.
5. If they kill that motherf*cker when they have the chance.
Top 5 Horror films of the 21th century
I have not included comedy or musical horrors, I'll do a list of those separately later.
A mission to save the sun doesn't go as planned when they discover the ship of a previous mission that failed years ago.
Maybe not a traditional horror film and surely didn't expect one, but I was occasionally scared watching this.
2. The Others (Alejandro Amenábar, 2001)
A woman is confident that the house she and her children lives in is haunted.
It's a few years since I saw this, I should watch it again soon to see if it really were that good. Otherwise I remember it being a great mystery horror
3. Villmark (Pål Øie, 2003)
The members of a TV-crew is preparing for a new tv-show by living primitively in a cabin for a weekend.
This is the best "cabin in the woods" themed horror I have ever seen. The danger is constantly present without revealing too much.
4. Triangle (Christopher Smith, 2009)
Friends on a yachting trip has to go aboard a bigger ship when mysterious weather conditions occur. The ship itself holds an even bigger mystery.
A great mystery horror that really impressed me when watching it.
5. Trolljegeren (André Øvredal, 2010)
Students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings. They start following a hunter and witnesses the real reason behind the killings.
The only movie I liked in the "cam horror" genre so far. Great movie with good special effects.
Other strong candidates:
El orfanato, Orphan, Ôdishon, The Mist, The Ring, Saw, Eden Lake, El espinazo del diablo, Bakjwi, 28 Days Later..., Dawn of the Dead (2004), and more
My Top 10 horror films list on IMDb