The 2000s was an interesting period for horror movies. The trend of fun slashers continued from the 1990s, and the decade had some stand-out films, from The Strangers (2008) to Drag Me To Hell (2009), The Descent (2005), The Ring (2002) and the start of the Final Destination franchise, with the first film coming out in 2001.
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There are some excellent scary films from this decade, but like in every 10-year period, there are some films that have gotten a lot of love but might not really live up to the attention. From a movie with a huge twist to the beginning of a beloved franchise, these 2000s horror movies might not be as good as people say.
While May isn’t a film that is talked about constantly, it does have a fanbase and it did do well with critics who liked Angela Bettis’s performance as the main character May Canady. At first, it seems like May had a rough childhood and is now odd but trying her best to function. Before too long, it becomes clear that May is a really troubled person. When she starts dating Adam (Jeremy Sisto), she freaks him out, and she kills Adam and her friend Polly (Anna Faris) and talks about needing people’s body parts. In the end, May takes the parts of the different people who she has killed and creates a “friend” of her own.
While the movie is about themes like loneliness, which gives it some weight, it’s far from an elevated horror movie and is too disturbing to really be interesting to watch. While it is a favorite film for many fans and critics of the horror genre, there are many others that are superior.
Chances are that many Boy Meets World fans were excited to watch Rider Strong in Cabin Fever, Eli Roth’s 2002 horror movie, but while the film got lots of buzz, the story falls flat. The film has a 62% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, which isn’t terrible, and it was popular enough to lead to a remake in 2016. The remake didn’t do well at the box office.
While idea that college students would be infected with a flesh-eating virus is frightening, and the location of a cabin in nature seems like it would be a great horror movie setting, the film feels one-note. There isn’t a lot to get excited about here as the characters feel like regular people who are in any horror movie, which makes it tougher to really want them to survive this ordeal.
Some beloved horror movies are overrated and it could be argued that the first Saw movie falls into that category. Directed by James Wan, Saw is one of the most popular horror films and fans like the storyline of figuring out who the Jigsaw Killer is.
It’s possible to say that the franchise features too much torture and violence without enough plot or story to really keep people interested. The movie is well-crafted as Jigsaw plays with people and decides if they’re going to live or die, and the movie does have a main character named Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) who audiences follow along with. Some horror fans might prefer more classic and traditional slashers.
My Bloody Valentine (2009) is not only one of the worst horror movie remakes but also an overrated film from the 2000s. This movie is fairly popular as fans like the storyline of a town who has been tormented by a killer who was involved in a mining accident. Audiences also like watching Jensen Ackles play the villain.
When compared to other slasher movies, My Bloody Valentine doesn’t have a compelling villain, amazing character development, or a fun sense of humor. While it isn’t the most critically acclaimed horror film ever made, it does come up often in discussions of films that are simply entertaining and don’t take that much effort to enjoy.
Orphan is a pretty popular movie, with audiences loving the story of Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), a young girl who seems fairly creepy but who has maybe just had a hard life. When Esther’s adoptive parents begin to wonder if something weird is going on, they learn that she isn’t a child at all. The movie has some big names as Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard play the parents Kate and John.
While some people consider this to be a timeless plot twist, others think that it was lame and possible to guess, which makes this a contender for an overrated horror movie from the 2000s. There are many other films with more surprising moments. Taking away the twist, Orphan is pretty bland.
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