The Descent

Best Monster Movies of the Noughties

The decade 2000-2010 was actually a pretty stellar year for horror. With a number of trends from J-Horror inspired and Spanish-language supernatural chillers to the ultra-violent French New Wave Horror. Found footage, torture porn (blurgh) and bucket loads of excellent Zombie movies!!!!

I think the naughties were less great for Creature Features, at least of the cheesy, big-budget kind that floats my boat. Still, there were defo some corkers that are worth dusting off every once in a while. Including in my humble opinion one of the best horror movies of all time – The Descent.

There were lots of sequels in the 00’s – Various Anacondas, giant lake-based crocodiles, Sand snakes, Alien vs. Predator (which I seem to recall was shit but I enjoyed it anyway). A couple of Mimic sequels, but none of these make the list.

Some of the better creature feature offerings from the noughties (in date order) include:

1Ginger snaps (2000)

Werewolves innit.

2Pitch Black (2000)

Vin Diesel fights a planet full of light phobic nasties.

3Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

If a film featuring Elvis living in a retirement home and fighting off a soul-sucking, cowboy/reanimated Egyptian mummy, with what may or may not be John F Kenedy, based on a novella by Joe R. Lansdale, floats your boat (and really why wouldn’t it) then Bubba Ho-Tep may be just the film for you.

4Dog Soldiers (2002)

Scottish soldiers vs Werewolves.

5Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

Toxic Waste (what else!) causes spiders in a small American mining town to grow to monstrous proportions and attack David Arquette

This homage to the B-movies of the 50s feels like it should have been made in the 90s. And I mean that with affection.

6King Kong (2005)

An ambitious filmmaker and his crew hire a ship to travel to the mysterious Skull Island. Where they encounter Kong, a giant gorilla who they capture and take back to New York. And well, you know the rest.

I actually liked this in an over the top, cheesy, big-budget kind of way (for which I’m a sucker.)

7The Decent (2005)

Nightmarishly claustrophobic story of six women trapped in an unexplored cave system when a rockslide blocks their exit route. If that wasn’t bad enough, there is something else down there with them. Something horrifying. If you only watch one film on this list, watch this one!

The Cave (2005) and Creep (2004) are slightly less good variations on this theme, but still worth a watch.

PS – The Descent has one of my favourite jumpscares of all time check it out here

8Feast (2005)

Low budget Horror Comedy set in a local bar in Nevada that is suddenly attacked by monstrous creatures.

9Slither (2006)

A small town in South Carolina becomes invaded by a malevolent alien parasite.

10Snakes on a plane (2006)

Nuff said.

11The Host (2006)

Giant mutated monster emerges from the River Han and wreaks havoc on Seoul.

Definitely one of my favourites from this list

12The Mist (2007)

Members of a small town in Maine are trapped in a supermarket after an unnatural mist rolls in, enveloping the town. Lurking in the Mist, some extremely nasty, Lovecraftian surprises wait to greet them!

13Rogue (2007)

A group of tourists in Australia are stalked by a giant, man-eating crocodile. I’m a sucker for anything that features the description giant man-eating…

There’s also Tobe Hooper’s direct to video Crocodile which was released in 2000 if you’re feeling particularly trashy.

1430 days of night (2007)

Based on the comic book miniseries of the same name, 30 days of night is set in an Alaskan town as it enters into a thirty-day long polar night. Basically no daylight for thirty days. Good news for vampires.

15Cloverfield (2008)

Massive monster, on the rampage in Manhattan. Found footage, but don’t let that put you off.

16Splinter (2008)

A young couple, an escaped convict and his junkie girlfriend find themselves trapped in a Gas Station by a parasitic organism.

Have I missed any Gems? What is your favourite Creature feature from the 2000s?


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