The Top 25 Horror Films of the Decade

Through the process of creating this list, the one thing that impressed me the most was the depth of quality to be found over the last decade in the horror genre. We had over 100 films receive votes -- a testament to that depth -- but the final 25 films that emerged from the process represent a level of quality that I'd be willing to stack up against nearly any other decade in film history.

When you're purchasing your ticket for the 30th horror remake of the decade or sitting through a studio-mangled thriller, it's easy to lose sight of how good things have been. The number of foreign, independent or otherwise neglected films on this list speaks to the way that horror -- good horror, the kind worth celebrating -- can often get overlooked. But we here at BGH are happy to report that things have been, indeed are, quite good. Savor it.

Some notes on the process:
Nine BGH contributors submitted ballots. Each voted on 25 films, in order. I then retired to the nerdery with my calculator, and scientifically combined those nine lists into the uber-list you'll find below. Many thanks to Eric, Mark, Casey, Joe, John, Tor, Todd and of course Louis.

The Top 25

25. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Directed by Sam Raimi
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24. Grindhouse (2007)

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
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23. Jason X (2001)

Directed by James Isaac
Buy it!

22. The Strangers (2008)

Directed by Bryan Bertino
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21. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
Buy it!

20. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

Directed by Ronny Yu
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19. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

Directed by Lloyd Kaufman
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18. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

Directed by Rob Zombie
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17. The Ring (2002)

Directed by Gore Verbinski
Buy it!

16. Black Sheep (2006)

Directed by Jonathan King
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15. Trick r' Treat (2008)

Director: Michael Dougherty
Year: 2008
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14. [REC] (2007)

Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
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13. Frailty (2001)

Directed by Bill Paxton
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12. Cloverfield (2008)

Directed by Matt Reeves
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11. Martyrs (2008)

Directed by Pascal Laugier
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10. Slither (2006)

Directed by James Gunn
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9. The Mist (2007)

Directed by Frank Darabont
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8. Ginger Snaps (2000)

Directed by John Fawcett
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7. 28 Days Later ... (2002)

Directed by Danny Boyle
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6. Session 9 (2001)

Directed by Brad Anderson
Buy it!

5. May (2002)

Directed by Lucky McKee
Buy it!

4. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Directed by Edgar Wright
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3. Inside (2007)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
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2. The Descent (2005)

Directed by Neil Marshall
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1. Let the Right One In (2008)

Directed by Tomas Alfredson
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Honorable Mentions

These six films all just missed the cut.
Sauna - Buy it

Feast - Buy it

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Buy it

Dead & Breakfast - Buy it

Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed - Buy it

Cabin Fever - Buy it

The List, By The Numbers

Number of ballots: 9

Total number of films receiving votes: 108

Film named on the most ballots:
"Let the Right One In," "The Descent" (7 each)

Film appearing on the most ballots to not make the Top 25:
"Cabin Fever" (4)

Film receiving the most first place votes:
"May," "Inside" (2 each)

Top 25 films produced outside the US: 9

Year with the most films appearing in the Top 25: 2008 (5 films)

Total domestic (U.S.) revenue generated by all 25 films: $613,227,763

Average domestic revenue: $24,529,110.52 (high of $129m, low of $0)

Number of films with $0 earned in U.S. theaters: 4

Most profitable film in the Top 25:
"The Ring" ($249 million worldwide, $129 million domestic)

Sequels appearing in the Top 25: 2

Remakes appearing in the Top 25: 1

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