Worldwide, 2000 was a terrific year for terrifying movies, starting various priceless terrifying franchise service in addition to in addition seeing the launch of modern criteria together with under-seen prizes. During this time around around period, movies were seeing a focus on the human monster from the psychological thriller as well as additionally serial amazing duration of the 1990s right into a renewal of slasher motion pictures (remakes regretfully contained) in the 2000s. Additionally, a new group of terrifying apologies.
Genre fans can regularly acknowledge terrifying movies made in the 2000s as they have a specific “look” worrying them that makes them unique. Something worrying the details type of film/video as well as additionally the really early days of CGI made these motion pictures absolutely well-known. But, together with that look, motion pictures from the late 1990s as well as additionally really early 2000s share duplicating designs that experienced the majority of terrifying launches throughout that time. Because of this, 2000 works as a spectacular cross-section of the minute, starting the new millennium while still having one foot in the 90s.
The new centuries has really wound up being a time to bring back as well as additionally repeat scary both via real remakes of scary standards, yet additionally via brand-new and also cutting-edge horror stories tackling themes like misogyny, racial inequality, and also politics as well as a rebirth of the indie film, meta commentary, and an increased awareness of foreign films in the general populace. We see the beginnings of this in a lot of the films released in 2000, which would pave the way for the years of movies to follow.
2000 saw quite a few of horror’s modern franchises start, the most obvious of which being Final Destination. Directed by James Wong, Final Destination is a horror movie focused around random accident murders. In an interesting contrast to most films of the era, the Final Destination series’ antagonist isn’t the traditional serial killer or inhuman monster coming back again and again, but rather a personification of death itself, taking its revenge on people who narrowly escape mass disasters.
The Japanese film series, Ju-On, parts one and two of Ju-On: The Curse, were released on V-cinema in Japan in 2000. In 2002, the next film in the series, Ju-On: The Grudge, was be released in Japan, and later was given the reprise treatment in the United States as The Grudge in 2004. The series consists of 13 films to date: 9 Japanese and also 4 American, with the latest film in the franchise released in 2020.
A female twist on the classic werewolf story, Ginger Snaps, was also released in 2000. Turning the traditional “werewolf as puberty” metaphor usually used for boys on its head, Ginger Snaps tells the story of Ginger and her sister Brigitte who are morbidly-obsessed outcasts. The movie explores what happens when Ginger is bitten by a strange creature, gets her period for the first time, and then suddenly starts to act in increasingly strange ways. Followed by two sequels, Ginger Snaps is a fan-favorite werewolf franchise of the 2000s, and shows the transition towards more inclusive film topics into the brand-new millennium.
Pitch Black, the first film in The Chronicles of Riddick series, started the beloved sci-fi action franchise with this scary film released in 2000. Pitch Black sets up the character of Riddick, an antihero criminal who is being transported on a ship when it crashes on a deserted planet inhabited by strange creatures. A great creature feature amid a sea of serial killers and crime thrillers, Pitch Black is a beloved film and sets up the even more beloved character of Vin Diesel’s Riddick in the films and books that would follow.
The meta scary parody franchise began in 2000 as well with the release of the Wayans brothers’ first Scary Movie film. In response to all the slasher films getting stale and releasing increasingly off-the-wall installments, Keenen Ivory Wayans directed Scary Movie to make fun of the horror genre's many tropes. After Wes Craven’s Scream started a trend of meta horror films in 1996, the Wayans brothers took this idea further with probably the most well-known horror parody series in the genre.
In addition to new franchises emerging, audiences also saw several existing franchises release new installments in 2000. This includes the much-maligned Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 and Hellraiser: Inferno, as well as Leprechaun in the Hood and Scream 3, all of which, with the exception of Hellraiser: Inferno, are widely considered the weakest in their respective series. If anything, these entries prove that 2000 wasn’t a flawless year for horror, but it does show that the new tales directors started this year offered significant improvements over continuations of older franchises, signaling a new direction for film in the new decade.
Aside from the franchises that were started in 2000, quite a few horror classics were released that year along with several hidden gems. All in all, the shared motifs amongst the films released in 2000 brought a focus on the human experience and also human monsters, with serial killer and thriller movies becoming the most common type of horror release that year. The most famous example of this is American Psycho.
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho is a film directed by Mary Harron that criticizes the yuppie culture of the 1980s via a serial killer who murders women and his corporate rivals while going off on monologues about specific materialistic concerns like the decor in his apartment or his workout routine. Perhaps one of the most well-known serial killer films next to Psycho and Silence of the Lambs, American Psycho puts Christian Bale on display as the psychotic and uniquely American killer, Patrick Bateman.
Similarly, another movie released in 2000 was Requiem for a Dream. A psychological drama that definitely seeks to horrify, Requiem for a Dream follows four characters who are affected by drug addiction and illustrates the ways in which their addictions affect their physical and emotional state in addition to their lives in general. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the movie is dark and surreal, but highlights the scary of being human in a way that is extremely striking.
In addition to all the traditional horror movies and franchises getting started in 2000, the year also saw the continuation of horror movies and TV shows being marketed to kids. In the era of Disney Channel Original Movies, the year 2000 saw the release of Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, The Little Vampire, and Phantom of the Megaplex.
Many millennial horror fans got their start on horror with films like these from Disney Channel, in addition to, of course, the classic horror series’ Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. These kid-friendly adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera and Dracula offer a gateway to the rest of the horror genre, while the 2000s also saw an increase in the PG-13 horror film and a push towards thrillers and horror movies more acceptable for teens and family audiences. It is perhaps this perfect storm that led to the renaissance of horror that we’re seeing now, decades later.
Based on the franchises that were started and the stand-alone films that were released, it’s clear that 2000 was a bridge between the 90s and the new millennium in the world of horror. These films paved the way for the meta films and teen screams audiences would see in the coming years as well as the social discourse horror films that would come in the late 2010s. Perhaps the focus placed on human monsters, crime, and also serial killers during this time also helped to open the way for much of the true crime craze that exists in the modern day as well.
From series about death and growing up to movies about serial killers, consumerism, and addiction, 2000 offered up some great additions to the genre, many of which fans still rewatch to this day and include on lists of horror favorites and standards. In addition, the increase in kids horror and PG-13 horror movies brought brand-new fans to the genre, potentially contributing to the modern day horror renaissance. Directors started to experiment with meta themes and also tropes in the horror parody after the release of Scream, leading to many of the meta horror films we see today, and also audiences started to gain interest in international scary as The Grudge and also The Ring gained popularity in the coming years.
Films of the 2000s have contributed much more to the horror genre than a lot of people give it credit for, and the first year of the millennium is a great example. Thanks to these directors, horror fans now have many of the most beloved modern horror franchises from Final Destination to Scary Movie, plus modern classics like American Psycho and Requiem for a Dream. Audiences now can enjoy smarter, more deep-cutting horror, along with wonderfully gory silliness to choose from; fans have the horror movies of 2000 to offer thanks to for that.