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The Scariest Movies of the 2000s 

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List Rules Scary movies released between the year 2000 and 2009.

The 2000s were some of the best years in movie history – and the scariest. As far as horror movies go, this decade produced some of the greatest scary movies of all time. What is it about the thought of a madman with a saw attacking a bunch of teenagers and hacking at them that interests us? We may never know. We do know that with the advent of computer graphics, filmmakers could take their frights to new, even scarier levels. But what are the scariest movies of the 2000s?
 
The movies on this list have been ranked by user votes as the absolute scariest movies from 2000 – 2009. There’s sure to be a flick featured here to satisfy your specific horror cravings!
 
This list has the scariest classic horror movies from the 2000s, including: American Psycho, The Ring, Saw, Jeepers Creepers, and Gothika. Vote up the scariest movies below, vote down those you can watch with nary a fright, or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid

Released: 2005

Directed by: Neil Marshall

The Descent is a 2005 British adventure horror film directed by Neil Marshall. Six women enter an unmapped cave system, become trapped, and are hunted by flesh-eating subterranean humanoids.

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Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

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Released: 2008

Directed by: Bryan Bertino

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Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

Released: 2001

Directed by: Victor Salva

Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film.

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Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

Released: 2000

Directed by: James Wong

Final Destination is a 2000 American horror film directed by James Wong. It is the first installment of the Final Destination series. The screenplay was written by James Wong, Glen Morgan, and ...more

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Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

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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Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

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Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more

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Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

Released: 2007

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

Released: 2003

Directed by: Marcus Nispel

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Released: 2007

Directed by: David Slade

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Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

Released: 2007

Directed by: Oren Peli

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Released: 2010

Directed by: James Wan

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Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eli Roth

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Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mary Harron

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Released: 2007

Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

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Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Margo Martindale

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

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Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

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Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

Released: 2002

Directed by: Eli Roth

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