10 Modern Horrors Since 1999

Modern Horror: 10 Movies Since 1999 That Shaped the Genre

Zombies! Vampires! Contagion! Tried-and-true horror tropes got a fresh look in the latest examples of the horror movie genre.

And, when the modern world is increasingly in front of a camera, either by surveillance or social media, technology has become a vehicle directors have used to terrorize audiences.

 Here are 7 movies that helped reshape cinema horror since 1990:


1. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)

A group of young people disappear into the woods in this low-budget thriller that made popular the techniques of “found footage,” shaky-cam and — in a first for movie promotion, said Horror-Movies.ca, viral Internet marketing.

Not the first found-footage horror, but its influence is unmistakable as the subgenre exploded in entries and popularity afterward.


2. “Ringu” (1998)

This Japanese film combines a ghost story with the urban legend trope and gives it a modern twist with a haunted videotape that circulates relentlessly. Four years later, an American remake (“The Ring“) came out that was so successful at the box office that Hollywood remade the sequel and a wave of other stylistically similar J-horror films for American audiences.


3. “Let The Right One In” (2008)

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A young and bullied boy befriends a little girl who turns out to be a vampire. The bullies pay. But this isn’t just a sparkly vampire love story, or just a revenge horror flick. “This is the story of two lonely and desperate kids … washed up on the shores of despair,” wrote famed critic Roger Ebert.This Swedish thriller got an American remake titled “Let Me In.”


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