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The Best Horror Movies of 2002  

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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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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2002
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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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2002
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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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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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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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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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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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. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The novel was originally ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Williams, Scott Foley
Below is a 2002 WWII 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, Holt ...more
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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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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.