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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43. 'Dawn of the Dead' (2004)

Both director Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and writer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) would go on to superhero superstardom. But this unlikely duo's reimagining of George A. Romero's sacrosanct zombies-in-a-mall masterpiece defies everything you know about the often dire horror-remake trend. Credit to the film’s opening sequence, an absolute showstopper of mounting terror as the undead apocalypse takes hold in Sarah Polley's suburban neighborhood; it's one of the scariest 10 minute set pieces in the history of the subgenre. And if that wasn't dread-inducing enough, it culminates in an opening-credit sequence that use Johnny Cash's Bible-quoting song "The Man Comes Around" to further the sense of Armageddon. Bravo. STC

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