75 Films to Watch at Halloween (Part Four)

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We’re almost at the finish line! Just two more parts to the list. Here, we’re going over films from the 2000’s. Read he first three parts here: 75 Films to Watch at Halloween (Part One), 75 Films to Watch at Halloween (Part Two) and 75 Films to Watch at Halloween (Part Three).

38. American Psycho – 2000

Written by: Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner.

Directed by: Mary Harron.

Starring: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner and Reese Witherspoon.

Synopsis: A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. – IMDB.


39. Donnie Darko – 2001

Written by: Richard Kelly.

Directed by: Richard Kelly.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze and Noah Wyle.

Synopsis: A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. – IMDB.


40. Ju-On: The Grudge – 2002 (Japanese)/The Grudge – 2004 (American Remake)

Written by: Takashi Shimizu/Stephen Susco.

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

Starring: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Takashi Matsuyama and Yui Ichikawa.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, KaDee Strickland, Clea DuVall and Bill Pullman.

Synopsis: A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. – IMDB.

An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. – IMDB.


41. 28 Days Later – 2002

Written by: Alex Garland.

Directed by: Danny Boyle.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Noah Huntley, Stuart McQuarrie and Ricci Harnett.

Synopsis: Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. – IMDB.


42. Shaun of the Dead – 2004

Written by: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.

Directed by:  Edgar Wright.

Starring: Simon Pegg,  Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy

Synopsis: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. – IMDB.


43. Saw – 2004

Written by: Leigh Whannell.

Directed by: James Wan.

Starring: Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell and Leigh Whannell.

Synopsis: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back or die trying… – Lionsgate.


44. The Brothers Grimm – 2005

Written by: Ehren Kruger.

Directed by: Terry Gilliam and Michele Soavi.

Starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Peter Stormare, Lena Headey, Jonathan Pryce and Monica Bellucci.

Synopsis: Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. – IMDB.


45. Pan’s Labyrinth – 2006

Written and Directed by: Guillermo del Toro.

Starring: Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil and Álex Angulo.

Synopsis: In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. – IMDB.


46. Paranormal Activity – 2007

Written and Directed by: Oren Peli.

Starring: Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat.

Synopsis: After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. – IMDB.


47. The Mist – 2007

Written and Directed by: Frank Darabont.

Starring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen, Samuel Witwer, Alexa Davalos and Nathan Gamble.

Synopsis: A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. – IMDB.

 48. Cloverfield – 2008

Written by: Drew Goddard.

Directed by: Matt Reeves.

Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel and Odette Yustman.

Synopsis: A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. – IMDB.


49. Let the Right One In – 2008

Written by: John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson.

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Ika Nord amd Peter Carlberg.


Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli, a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night moves in next door. Coinciding with her arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. As Oskar becomes more aware of Eli’s tragic plight, he cannot forsake her. However, Eli knows that to continue living, she must keep relocating. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can. – Magnet.


50. Drag Me to Hell – 2009

Written by: Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi.

Directed by: Sam Raimi.

Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer and Adriana Barraza.

Synopsis: A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. – IMDB.

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