5. It Chapter One
One of the most successful R-Rated films of all time, the most successful horror movie ever, and one of Stephen King’s best adaptations, only a fool wouldn’t include It on their “best of the decade” list. Andy Muschietti is a gifted filmmaker with his 2013 film Mama being another strong film this decade, but nothing comes close to It Chapter One.
Stephen King had a fantastic decade with so much of iconic work finding new homes, and a lot of that renaissance is due to this film. The first chapter in the new It re-telling became a pop culture event, something close to what modern superhero films see. Horror fans got an event film, and Pennywise was the host of that event.
Hereditary introduced the world to the power of Ari Aster, and the horror community is better for it. His debut feature film is this explosive and strange story about grief and how it affects a family. This film is a throwback to the ’70s era haunts with so much focus on the atmosphere but never sacrifices the story for that.
In any other hands, this film wouldn’t be as impactful. Aster brings together a fantastic cast that sees a career-best performance from Toni Collette. Seriously, the fact that the Academy snubbed Collette with a Best Actress nomination is wild as she makes you feel everything in the movie. Horror should sit with you for days after, and Hereditary found a way to burrow its way into your soul.
3. I Saw The Devil
While Japanese horror dominated the 00s (The Ring, anything by Takashi Miike), the 2010s are known for the influx of Korean horror. From the earlier mentioned Train To Busan to 2016’s The Wailing, the decade is filled with significant outputs from the country. But none have the impact and power of I Saw The Devil, another masterpiece from Kim Jee-Woon.
This action-filled horror film follows a revenge-minded special agent hunting a serial killer that murdered his wife, think of it as the darkest timeline version of Hannibal Lector. The filmmaking is top-notch, the scares and gore are plentiful, and you feel every emotion. There are not many films like I Saw The Devil, and I think American filmmakers have tried to compete with their attempts like John Wick and Upgrade.
2. Get Out
No one could predict at the start of the decade that Jordan Peele would craft one of the best horror films. Known for his hilarious sketch comedy show Key & Peele, many saw the filmmaker going the route of many before of him and making big-budget comedy films for a major studio. Imagine our collective shock when Get Out was his directorial debut!
Yes, the social-political brain swap horror flick surprised us not only for the director’s sudden genre shift but for its high-quality approach. The film is smart, scary, and still finds time for some great comedy. Not many other filmmakers on this list have a debut this strong, even landing Jordan Peele an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
1. The Conjuring
This James Wan franchise takes the top spot for a couple of reasons. Look; personally, this style of haunted house horror isn’t for me. But there is no denying the fact this spawned a massive horror universe, made boatloads of cash, and became an instant hit for horror fans and casual moviegoers alike.
The first in the series, The Conjuring, plays like a throwback to ’70s horror with some modern stylings to make it feel fresh. The film plays like a love letter to genre fans and crowdpleaser for the masses, which is a hard balance to find. Most films on this list capture that spirit of making the project feel larger than life, but The Conjuring is a real beast on its own. The scares stay with you for quite some time, and the acting makes it all feel so believable. This 2013 film is part of what brought odd stylized films to the mainstream, and many others need to thank it for that fact.
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