Film The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite monster films that were released in the 2000s.

As you’ll note on this list of the top 2000s monster movies, the longer a genre exists, the more liberties a filmmaker will take. Two of the more interesting entries you'll find here are the animated comedies Monsters, Inc. and Monsters vs. Aliens, which were both very funny and charming children's movies that adults loved too.

Also among the films on this list of the best ‘00s monster films you’ll find the zombie comedy Zombieland, the eerie and all too possible 28 Days Later, and the comics-based Hellboy, featuring a monster as its main character. And make sure to check out Shadow of the Vampire, a movie about the making of the classic vampire film Nosferatu.
 

So, which of the movies on this list of good ‘00s monster films left you wanting more? Vote up the top monster movies from the 2000s and feel free to add any movies that we might have left off.

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Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and starred Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, ...more

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more

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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of ...more

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28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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Dawn of the Dead Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers Dawn of the Dead is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film directorial debut. A remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name, it is written by James ...more

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The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film, directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona and Go Ah-sung. The movie concerns a monster kidnapping a ...more

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Ginger Snaps Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Katharine Isabelle Ginger Snaps is a 2000 Canadian comic horror film directed by John Fawcett. The film focuses on two teenage sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald, who have a fascination with death. The title ...more

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Hellboy II: The Golden Army John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del ...more

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Slither Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut, and starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, and Michael ...more

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The Hills Have Eyes Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine The Hills Have Eyes is a 2006 American horror film and remake of Wes Craven's 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes. Written by filmmaking partners Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur of the ...more

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The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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Dog Soldiers Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall, and starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham. A British production, set in the highlands of ...more

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Godzilla: Final Wars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Godzilla: Final Wars Don Frye, Masami Nagasawa, Rei Kikukawa Godzilla: Final Wars is a 2004 Japanese Science fiction Kaiju film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, written by Wataru Mimura and Isao Kiriyama and produced by Shogo Tomiyama. It is the 28th and ...more

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REC Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film, co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was shot in Barcelona, Spain and the title is an abbreviation of the word ...more

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Let the Right One In Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh Let the Right One In is a 2008 film directed by Tomas Alfredson.

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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Trick 'r Treat Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more

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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Masatō Ibu, Kōichi Yamadera, Yusaku Yara Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is a 2000 science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-fourth film released in the ...more

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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more

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The Cell Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio The Cell is a 2000 horror film directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio.

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Godzilla: Tokyo SOS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Godzilla: Tokyo SOS Masami Nagasawa, Yumiko Shaku, Mitsuki Koga Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., released in Japan as Godzilla × Mothra × Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS, is a 2003 science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka. It was the twenty-seventh ...more

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Frailty Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange ...more

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Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghid... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Hideyo Amamoto, Aki Maeda, Ai Maeda Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is a 2001 science fiction kaiju film directed by Shūsuke Kaneko, written by Kaneko, Keiichi Hasegawa and Masahiro Yokotani, and ...more

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Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by ...more

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Dagon Francisco Rabal, Macarena Gómez, Ferran Lahoz Dagon is a 2001 Spanish horror film directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Dennis Paoli. Despite the title, the plot is actually based on H. P. Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth ...more

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The Eye Angelica Lee, Candy Lo, Pierre Png The Eye, also known as Seeing Ghosts, is a 2002 Hong Kong-Singaporean horror film directed by the Pang brothers. The film spawned two sequels by the Pang brothers, The Eye 2 and The Eye 10. ...more

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Shadow of the Vampire Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard Shadow of the Vampire is a 2000 horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige and written by Steven Katz, and starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. The film is a fictionalised account of the ...more

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Ju-on: The Grudge Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina, Takashi Matsuyama Ju-on: The Grudge is a 2002 Japanese horror film written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. This film is the third installment in the Ju-on series and the first film to be theatrically released. ...more

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Hellboy: Sword of Storms is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Hellboy: Sword of Storms Selma Blair, Ron Perlman, Doug Jones Hellboy: Sword of Storms is the first of the Hellboy Animated series based on Mike Mignola's popular comic book series Hellboy and the live-action film of the same name. It was released in 2006. ...more

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The Orphanage Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar The Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger ...more

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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary Brent Neale, David Lee Moroni, Keir Knight Guy Maddin has taken on the world’s most adapted horror tale and concocted his most original and ravishingly stylized cinematic creation yet.

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Versus Hideo Sakaki, Tak Sakaguchi, Kenji Matsuda Versus is a 2000 Japanese independent zombie action film co-written, produced, and directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. The film is set somewhere in the deep forest of Japan, known as the Forest of ...more

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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Bl... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Salli Richardson, KaDee Strickland, Morris Chestnut Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid is a 2004 adventure horror-thriller film directed by Dwight H. Little. The film is the sequel to the 1997 film Anaconda and the second installment of the ...more

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleash... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone, Seth Green Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a 2004 comedy horror film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, ...more

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Shutter Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Ananda Everingham, Apichart Choosakul Shutter,also known as Espiritos - A Morte Está ao Seu Lado is a 2004 Thai horror film by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom; starring Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, ...more

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Common Wealth Carmen Maura, Sancho Gracia, Eduardo Gómez La comunidad is a 2000 Spanish black comedy film directed by Álex de la Iglesia.

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Anaconda 3: Offspring is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Anaconda 3: Offspring David Hasselhoff, Frank Welker, John Rhys-Davies Anaconda 3: Offspring is a 2008 made-for-television horror film directed by Don E. FauntLeRoy. The film is a sequel to Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and the third film in the Anaconda ...more