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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45. '[REC]' (2007)

Spain throws its hat into the "found-footage" horror ring (sort of) with this nice 'n' nasty tale of a TV news reporter (Manuela Velasco) doing a human-interest story on a local fire station. She tags along for a routine call involving an elderly woman stuck in her apartment; little does she know there's a mysterious epidemic, a quarantine and an infected feeding frenzy in her future as well. Told entirely through a cameraman's recordings, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's tweaked take on zombie flicks takes its time setting up the mayhem, only to hit the accelerator in its chaotic final act. And it arguably features the most effective horror-movie use of a little girl since Night of the Living Dead. DF

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