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List of the best 2002 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 2002, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

28 Days Later and The Ring are included on this list. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 2002, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.

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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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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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Dark Water Asami Mizukawa, Fumiyo Kohinata, Hitomi Kuroki Dark Water is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, the director of Ring and Ring 2. Dark Water is based on Floating Water, a short story by Koji Suzuki. The plot follows a ...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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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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Cabin Fever Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd Cabin Fever is a 2002 American black comedy horror film directed by Eli Roth and starring Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello and Giuseppe Andrews. It was produced by Lauren Moews & ...more

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Signs Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more

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Rose Red Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Preston Rose Red is a television miniseries scripted by horror novelist Stephen King. The series was premiered in the United States on ABC on January 27, 2002. The story involves a haunted Seattle ...more

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Carrie Emilie de Ravin, Patricia Clarkson, Kandyse McClure Carrie is a 2002 NBC-TV movie based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King. It is the second film adaptation of the novel, following the 1976 version. The film was intended as a backdoor pilot for ...more

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Phone Ha Ji-won, Choi Jung-yoon, Kim Yoo-mi Phone is a 2002 South Korean horror film written and directed by Ahn Byeong-ki and starring Ha Ji-won and Kim Yoo-mi. The film is a complex and disturbing love story that involves possession and ...more

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Red Dragon Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name, featuring psychiatrist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It is a prequel to The ...more

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May Anna Faris, Nora Zehetner, Jeremy Sisto May is a 2002 American horror film written and directed by Lucky McKee in his directorial debut. Starring Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, and James Duval, the film follows a lonely ...more

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Hellraiser: Hellseeker Doug Bradley, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Dean Winters Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker is a 2002 horror mystery thriller film written by Carl V. Dupré and Tim Day and directed by Rick Bota.

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Ghost Ship Julianna Margulies, Emily Browning, Karl Urban Ghost Ship is a 2002 American-Australian horror film directed by Steve Beck. The film was shot in Queensland, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. It stars an ensemble cast featuring Gabriel Byrne, ...more

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Bubba Ho-Tep Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis Bubba Ho-Tep is a 2002 American comedy horror film starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley — now a resident in a nursing home. The film also stars Ossie Davis as Jack, a black man who claims to ...more

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Queen of the Damned Aaliyah, Lena Olin, Paul McGann Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many ...more

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Below Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Williams, Scott Foley Below is a 2002 World War II horror film directed by David Twohy. It was written by Lucas Sussman, Darren Aronofsky and David Twohy, and stars Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Matthew Davis, ...more

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Resident Evil Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs Resident Evil is a 2002 German-British-French science fiction horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. It is the first ...more

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The Mothman Prophecies Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 supernatural thriller film directed by Mark Pellington, based on the 1975 book of the same name by parapsychologist and Fortean author John Keel. The screenplay ...more

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Cube 2: Hypercube Kari Matchett, Bruce Gray, Philip Akin Cube 2: Hypercube is a 2002 Canadian psychological thriller/horror film and the sequel to Cube. Released in 2002, Cube 2: Hypercube had a different director than its predecessor, Andrzej Sekuła. ...more

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Dahmer Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Dion Basco Dahmer is a 2002 American biopic horror film about the American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Jeremy Renner stars in the title role. There are two timelines in the film: The "present" ...more

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Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled Victor H. Webster, Michael Trucco, Jason Thompson Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled is a 2002 American horror film. It is the third sequel to the 1997 film Wishmaster.

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To Become One James Giddens, Simon Trevorrow, Col Elliott One by one, all of Melinda's friends and family are being murdered. When kidnapped, she learns the horrific truth: Doctor Hatcher, a psychotic, deranged scientist, plans to perform his ultimate ...more

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The Happiness of the Katakuris Naoto Takenaka, Tetsurō Tamba, Keiko Matsuzaka The Happiness of the Katakuris is a 2001 film directed by Takashi Miike, with screenplay by Kikumi Yamagishi. It is loosely based on the South Korean film The Quiet Family. The film is a surreal ...more

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Three Kim Hye-soo, Eric Tsang, Leon Lai Three is a 2002 horror film collaboration consisting of three omnibus segments by directors from three Asian countries. The segments are, in the following order: Memories, directed by Kim ...more

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Deathwatch Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Matthew Rhys Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Deathwatch is a 2002 British horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett.

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Wishcraft Meat Loaf, Zelda Rubinstein, A. J. Buckley Wishcraft is a 2002 horror film about a teenager who receives a talisman that gives him three wishes. It stars Michael Weston and Alexandra Holden.

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Blade II Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more

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They Jodelle Ferland, Marc Blucas, Alexander Gould They is a 2002 American supernatural horror thriller film directed by Robert Harmon. The plot centers on a group of four adults named Julia Lund, Sam Burnside, Terry Alba, and Billy Parks and ...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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Skinwalkers Adam Beach, Wes Studi, Michael Greyeyes Skinwalkers is a 2002 mystery television film based on the novel by Tony Hillerman, one of a series of mysteries set against contemporary Navajo life in the Southwest. It stars Adam Beach as Jim ...more

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Embrace the Darkness 2 Catalina Larranaga, Jezebelle Bond, Renee Rea Young Jennifer (Brooke Larele) doesn't have a grip on the powers she has as a new vampiress. Her super strength and speed take her by surprise. What she needs is a mentor, and she finds one in ...more

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The Short Films of David Lynch David Lynch, Talisa Soto, Harry Dean Stanton The Short Films of David Lynch is a DVD collection of the early student and commissioned film work of American filmmaker David Lynch. As such, the collection does not include Lynch's later short ...more

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Dracula's Fiancée Marie-Laurence, Sabine Lenoël, Celine Mauge

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American Nightmare Debbie Rochon, Johnny Sneed, Robert McCollum American Nightmare is a 2002 crime horror and thriller film written by and directed by Jon Keeyes.

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Taboo January Jones, Nick Stahl, Amber Benson Taboo is a Mystery Thriller film directed by Max Makowski and stars Nick Stahl, Eddie Kaye Thomas and January Jones.

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Crocodile 2: Death Swamp Martin Kove, Dan Martin, James Parks Crocodile 2: Death Swamp, called Crocodile 2: Death Roll when broadcast on TV, is a 2002 horror film directed by Gary Jones and released directly to DVD on August 1, 2002. The film is a loose ...more

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All Night Long 3 Ryōka Yuzuki, Tomorowo Taguchi, Katsuya Matsumura All Night Long 3 is a 1996 Japanese original video horror film directed by Katsuya Matsumura. It was released on August 9, 1996.

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Wolfhound Julie Lynn Cialini, Jennifer Courtney, Allen Scotti

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Mark of the Astro Zombies Tura Satana, Brinke Stevens, Liz Renay

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New Blood Niki Chow, Winnie Leung, Cyrus Chow New Blood - Hyn Huet Ching Nin - is a 2002 horror film written by Pou-Soi Cheang and Kam-Yuen Szeto and directed by Pou-Soi Cheang.

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D-Tox Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Kris Kristofferson D-Tox is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Jim Gillespie, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Patrick, Courtney B. Vance, Polly Walker, Jeffrey ...more

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Satan's Cheerleaders Yvonne De Carlo, John Carradine, John Ireland Satan's Cheerleaders is a 1977 comedy-horror movie starring John Ireland, Yvonne De Carlo, and John Carradine. Tagline: Come score with the cheerleaders!

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Project Viper Theresa Russell, John Beck, Curtis Armstrong Project Viper is a 2002 science-fiction thriller starring Patrick Muldoon, Theresa Russell, Curtis Armstrong and Tamara Davies that debuted as a Sci Fi Pictures TV-movie on the Sci Fi Channel. ...more

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Sabretooth Josh Holloway, Vanessa Angel, John Rhys-Davies Sabretooth is a 2002 made for television science-fiction-horror film directed by James D.R. Hickox. It premiered as a Sci Fi Pictures TV-movie on the Sci Fi Channel on November 16, 2002.

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Secret Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Ashutosh Rana Raaz is a 2002 Bollywood horror movie directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Mukesh Bhatt, Kumar S. Taurani, Ramesh S. Taurani. The film stars Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea as a couple who have ...more

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Groom Lake William Shatner, Amy Acker, Dick Van Patten Groom Lake, also called The Visitor, is a 2002 film directed by William Shatner and starring Amy Acker.

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Eight Legged Freaks Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer Eight Legged Freaks is a 2002 American horror-comedy film directed by Ellory Elkayem and stars David Arquette, Kari Wührer, Scott Terra, and Scarlett Johansson. The plot concerns a ...more

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R.S.V.P. Jason Mewes, Jonathan Banks, Nora Zehetner R.S.V.P. is a 2002 American horror film written and directed by Mark Anthony Galluzzo. The plot of this black comedy in the spirit of Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Agatha Christie's Ten Little ...more

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Scarecrow Richard Elfman, Tiffany Shepis, Mark Irvingsen Scarecrow is a 2002 direct-to-video horror film B movie, directed by French director Emmanuel Itier. It stars B movie scream queen Tiffany Shepis and Tim Young as Lester among others, including ...more