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25 scariest '00s horror movies

The Ring (2002)

The Film: Generally speaking, horror remakes often aren't the best, but this artfully directed Americanisation of Ringu (which has Gore Verbinski at the helm) manages to almost match the hysteria-inducing original. Naomi Watts plays a journalist who investigates when her niece dies under unusual circumstances, and discovers a cursed video tape could be responsible.

Hide Behind A Cushion When: The infamous crawling-out-the-telly moment is the shocker, but all those creepy happenings with horses are pretty terrifying, too.

Final Destination (2000)

The Film: After the spate of know-it-all slashers in the '90s, this teen-centric horror from X-Files duo James Wong and Glen Morgan offered up the best slasher killer ever Death, who you never see, but who works mysteriously through spectacular misfortune to get his prey. Devon Sawa stars as a guy who attempts to save his fellow high-schoolers when Death starts ticking them off his list.

Hide Behind A Cushion When: The opening airplane crash is pretty horrific, but everything that follows only ups the ante. Basically, keep that cushion handy at all times.

The Strangers (2008)

The Film: Couple Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) head out to their remote summer home after attending a wedding. There, what should be a relaxing break turns into an exercise in home invasion horror as three masked assailants play cat and mouse with the couple. This isn't going to end well...

Hide Behind A Cushion When: After being terrorised by a woman at the door, Kristen draws open the curtains to find a man in a sack mask watching her. Eeeeeshk.

REC (2007)

The Film: Spanish found footage flick from directors Jaume Balaguer and Paco Plaza. Forget the US remake (Quarantine), the original is where all the good stuff's at, as TV reporter ngela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) investigates strange occurrences at a block of flats in Barcelona.

Hide Behind A Cushion When: The old lady in a blood-splattered nightie appears.

Eden Lake (2008)

The Film: Branded 'hoody horror' thanks to its terrifying teen antagonists, this Brit flick from director James Watkins (The Woman In Black) puts a new spin on woods-y fright flicks. Jenny (Kelly Reilly) and her boyfriend Steve (Michael Fassbender) go camping in the English countryside, but are soon targeted by a savage pack of teens.

Hide Behind A Cushion When: Something bad happens to Michael Fassbender. Oh, and that nightmarish final sting is enough to keep you awake for weeks.

The Eye (2002)

The Film: Jessica Alba starred in the lacklustre remake, but this Hong Kong original contains some of the best ghost scares ever committed to celluloid. Classical violinist Mun (Angelica Lee) is blind, but when she undergoes a pioneering operation to make it possible for her to see, she gets more than she bargained for when she starts to see ghostly figures...

Hide Behind A Cushion When: The heroine's trapped in an elevator with the ghost of a terrifying old man floating around her. You'll never want to get in an elevator again.

Inside (2007)

The Film: The traumatising debut of French directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, Inside follows pregnant Sarah (Alysson Paradis), who's still grieving the recent death of her husband when she falls prey to a woman (Batrice Dalle) who's intent on stealing her baby. Yep, this is pretty much the most disturbing Christmas film ever made.

Hide Behind A Cushion When: Sarah and the woman fight using various household appliances includes the horrific sight of the woman's face being burned by an aerosol can...

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

The Film: Director Rob Zombie's second film (after House Of 1,000 Corpses) tips its hat to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as three psychotic family members become our anti-heroes. The Firefly family go on the run as the police attempt to take them down but they won't go down without one heck of a gory fight.

Hide Behind A Cushion When: The entire sequence in which the family take hostage a band called Banjo & Sullivan is watch-through-fingers viewing. We're still haunted by it.

Antichrist (2009)

The Film: A troubling, transfixing genre entry from director Lars Von Trier, who's never been one to shy away from a shock. The plot centres around couple He (Willem Dafoe) and She (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who head off on a remote retreat in the wake of their young son's death. The film's a powerful, rage-filled, bloody deconstruction of grief.

Hide Behind A Cushion When: The bit with the scissors. Or the bit with the sausage stroking. Or the bit with the fox. You'll pretty much need that cushion throughout the entire film.

Pulse (2001)

The Film: If Terminator didn't make you fear that technology would one day become sentient and shoot you in the head, just get a load of this Japanese scarer. Like its J-Horror sibling Ringu, it's about ghostly happenings linked with technology as a ghost uses the internet to attack people. There's no escape!

Hide Behind A Cushion When: Any time a ghost attacks and somebody dissolves into ash. What a way to go...