2002: What a Crappy Year for Horror

While putting together The New Horror Handbook chapter about Eli Roth (who showed Cabin Fever at the Toronto Film Festival that year), I was completely blown away by the overwhelming dearth of decent horror films that came out in the States that year. I love Gore Verbinski’s remake The Ring, but geez, the rest of the titles it shared that year with could make you weep:

  • Darkness
  • Eight Legged Freaks
  • FearDotCom
  • Ghost Ship!!!!
  • Halloween: Resurection
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • Queen of the Damned
  • Resident Evil
  • Rose Red (technically a TV mini-series)

After such a disappointing year, you can almost see filmmakers revolting against how limp the genre had become. We move to 2003 and we start getting the likes of:

  • Haute Tension
  • House of 1000 Corpses
  • Ju-on: The Grudge
  • Oldboy
  • Open Water
  • Texas Chainsaw remake
  • Wrong Turn (OK, typical WB fare, but this is the only movie on this list that actually freaked me out. Go figure.)
  • Darkness Falls (well, they weren’t ALL winners)

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