50 Greatest Horror Movies of the 21st Century

From topical zombie apocalypses to retro-slasher flicks, the best scary movies since the turn of the millennium

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42. 'Paranormal Activity' (2007)

It spawned five sequels and numerous parodies, but neither time nor imitation have diminished the scares of Oren Pelli's directorial debut. Initially released in 2007 (though given a much wider release two years later in a drastically altered version), Paranormal Activity breathed new life into the popular found-footage concept, setting its tale of demonic harassment not in an obviously creepy locale a la The Blair Witch Project, but rather in the bland confines of a Southern California tract home. Never has the unexpected click of a hallway light been so disconcerting. DE

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