Top 5 Scary Films from the 21st Century

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It's time to go over some scary movies. Not just any scary movies, though. We've all read enough blurbs on HalloweenFreddy vs JasonThe Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Exorcist. Y'all aren't dumb, you all know about the horror genre classics. Instead of boring you with more of the same, I'd like to introduce you to the top scary films: 21st Century edition. Let's begin:

The Purge: Election Year  | Universal Pictures

The Purge: Election Year | Universal Pictures

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Director James DeMonaco delights in satirizing and horrifying real-life events, this time with an election gone wrong (or right?). A former police sergeant (Frank Grillo) is tasked with keeping the anti-Purge candidate, Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) alive long enough to end it. The third installment in the Purge franchise, Election Year is the original's younger and more risqué sister, who's ready to wreak havoc and wile out. 

Vera Farmiga in  The Conjuring  | Warner Bros. Pictures

Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring | Warner Bros. Pictures

The Conjuring (2013)

Based on the true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Loraine Warren, this film will leave your insides feeling grated and your outsides wishing they were inside. It'll give even adults nightmares. Beware. Also, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are grand as the Warren duo. 

Natalie Portman in  Black Swan  | Fox Searchlight Pictures

Natalie Portman in Black Swan | Fox Searchlight Pictures

Black Swan (2010)

As much as I loved Darren Aronofsky's most recent thriller, mother!, nothing quite compares to his haunting ballerina horror flick that is Black Swan. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis prove their guile in this reflection of insanity. 

Dylan Minnette and Stephen Lang in  Don't Breathe  | Screen Gems

Dylan Minnette and Stephen Lang in Don't Breathe | Screen Gems

Don't Breathe (2016)

Rarely is there a thriller with a surprising plot line. Fede Alvarez crossed those plot lines and destroyed them with Don't Breathe, an eerie rabbit hole that never ends and goes exactly where you thought it wouldn't. His use of darkness and silence are unparalleled. Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why), Jane Levy (Evil Dead 2013) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) amaze in their respective performances. This is a definite must-see. 

Daniel Kaluuya in  Get Out  | Universal Pictures

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out | Universal Pictures

Get Out (2017)

A newcomer to being behind the camera, director Jordan Peele has provided us with an inside look at the (if we're being honest) nightmares of the African-American community. It's a frightening but necessary thriller that will leave you questioning your motives and unraveling under the film's pressure.  

Honorable Mentions:


28 Days Later (2002) | The modern zombie standard, 28 Days Later set the tone for a decade of films and television shows to come. 


The Witch (2015) | Set in 1630's New England, this Salem-esque tale is what would happen if the witches prevailed. Director Robert Egger's has bequeathed to us a truly masterful horror folktale. 

And, if you do want a comprehensive list of the best films ever, check out Paste Magazine's article here. Until next time, stay spooky.

—Aldredge Entertainment team