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Top 10 Must-Watch Horror Movies of the 21st Century like The Conjuring

Updated on November 23, 2016
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Do you like charming horror movies like Conjuring? Then you have landed on the right place.

Personally, I enjoy watching horror movies like The Conjuring. It is not only scary but has a well built plot as well. I had my doubts about James Wan when he moved from movies like Saw to making horror movies. But then he delivered Insidious and announced himself to the horror genre. And for me, The Conjuring has been his best work so far.

The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring (2013)

Top Class Horror Movies like The Conjuring

Regarded as one of the best horror movies of all time, The Conjuring provides a freaky experience. It is movies that will haunt you long after the lights are turned back on. It is scary but also charming and gleeful. It keeps you stick to your seat and every turn, every moment gets on your nerves.

Here is a list of few more top class horror movies of the 21st century:

Let the Right One In (2008)

Superbly crafted romantic horror film

In the suburb of Blackeberg in Stockholm, the twelve year-old Oskar is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school by Conny and two other classroom mates; at home, Oskar dreams on revenging the trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve year-old next door neighbour Eli that only appears during the night in the playground of their building. Meanwhile, Eli's father is a serial-killer who drains the blood of his victims to supply Eli, so she doesn't have to kill. Eli advises Oskar to react to Conny fighting back; however, he soon discovers that she is a vampire and he feels fear and love for the girl.

The Babadook (2014)

An extraordinary movie against the cliche

Amelia, a single mother plagued daily with the death of her husband, struggles to raise her troubled and angry son Samuel. After a time, Samuel finds a book sitting on the top shelf, titled "Mr. Babadook". After she reads the disturbing book to him, Samuel starts making weapons that get him expelled from school. Shortly thereafter, strange things from the book begin to happen, and Amelia starts seeing the Babadook in her dreams and, as she feared, in real life. Amelia and her son fight for their lives daily, everyday holding new terrors. Do they survive, or does Mister Babadook become master of the house?

The Others (2001)

One of the top horror stories ever told

In 1945, in Jersey, Channel Islands, the widow Grace Stewart lives in a lonely old house with her daughter Anne and her son Nicholas. Grace lost her beloved husband Charles in the World War II and their children are photosensitive and Grace keeps the curtains and the doors closed to protect Anne and Nicholas against the sunlight. Grace raises her children with strict discipline and following religious principles. Grace hires the strange housekeeper Mrs. Bertha Mills, the mute maid Lydia and the gardener Mr. Edmund Tuttle that have asked for a job. Out of the blue, mysterious things happen in the mansion and Anne claims that there is a boy named Viktor that visits them. Grace unsuccessfully seeks out the intruders until the day she has a revelation about the house and its intruders.

The Orphanage (2007)

A good old-fashioned horror film

Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realises that Simón has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery.

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

Creepy yet Beautiful

It is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the left-wing Republican forces. A ten-year-old boy named Carlos, the son of a fallen Republican war hero, is left by his tutor in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere. The orphanage is run by a curt but considerate headmistress named Carmen and a kindly Professor Casares, both of whom are sympathetic to the doomed Republican cause. Despite their concern for him, and his gradual triumph over the usual schoolhouse bully, Carlos never feels completely comfortable in his new environment. First of all, there was that initial encounter with the orphanage's nasty caretaker, Jacinto, who reacts even more violently when anyone is caught looking around a particular storage room the one with the deep well. Second, and more inexplicable, is the presence of a ghost, one of the former occupants of the orphanage named Santi. Not long after Carlos' arrival, Santi latches onto Carlos, badgering him incessantly at night and gloomily intoning, "Many of you will die." As if that wasn't enough to keep the orphanage's occupants in an unrelenting state of terror, there's the un-exploded bomb that dominates the orphanage's courtyard, still ticking away; With the orphanage left defenceless by its isolation, and the swift progression of Franco's troops, the ghost's prediction seems depressingly accurate. Nevertheless, with every step of the plot, it becomes apparent that the ghost's predictions as to who (or what) will die, the real source of danger and even the definition of death itself may be more ambiguous than first thought.

It Follows (2014)

A rare horror movie spreading paranoia among spectators

Jay Height dates Hugh and they have casual sex on the backseat of his car. Then he abducts her and tells that he has passed a curse through the intercourse to her and shows a walker coming toward them. He warns that she must pass the curse to another man; otherwise she will be hunted down by the walker. Further, the walker changes form and may look like someone she loves. If it kills her, he will be followed again. Jay shares the secret with her sister Kelly Height and her friends Yara, Paul and Greg Hannigan. Soon Jay learns that Hugh has told the truth and her sister and friends try to help her. Will she succeed to escape from the supernatural being?

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

A worthy sequel to The Conjuring

In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy's youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

A psychological horror drama with nerve-wrecking setpieces

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

A movie redefining the horror genre

Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios, but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book, she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. However, there's far more going on than meets the eye.

[Rec] (2007)

A profoundly disturbing experience

The film follows a Spanish late-night television reporter,Ángela Vidal, through the lens of her cameraman, Pablo. During one report of the happenings in a local fire station in Barcelona, the duo follow a team of firefighters who get a call from an apartment building nearby about a trapped woman. When they arrive, they find the apartment's residents huddled in the lobby. They go upstairs to find a woman who is obviously distressed. What follows is a night that none of them will ever forget.

Which of these awesome horror movies of the 21st century are you gonna watch next?

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Honorary Mentions

  • Orphan (2009)
  • The Ring Series
  • The Grudge Series
  • Drag Me To Hell (2009)
  • Kill List (2011)
  • Insidious Series (Chapter 1,2,3)

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    • Sam Dreiberg profile image
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      Sam Dreiberg 13 months ago from India

      Yes Conjuring and Insidious combined is one of the best Horror movies series of all time.

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      Guided Abundance 13 months ago from Mobile, AL

      The conjuring movies are probably my favorites here.