Best Horror Movies of 2003

1.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

5.1
6.2/10

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

Starring: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour
Directed by: Marcus Nispel
Release date: 2003-05-21
2.

Final Destination 2

5.1
6.2/10

When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.

Starring: Ali Larter, A.J. Cook, Michael Landes, David Paetkau, James Kirk
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Release date: 2003-01-31
3.

Wrong Turn

5.0
6.1/10

Chris crashes into a carload of other young people, and the group of stranded motorists is soon lost in the woods of West Virginia, where they're hunted by three cannibalistic mountain men who are grossly disfigured by generations of inbreeding.

Starring: Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Zegers
Directed by: Rob Schmidt
Release date: 2003-05-30
4.

Gothika

4.9
5.8/10

After a car crash, a criminal psychologist regains consciousness only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband—but she has no memory of committing the crime. As she tries to regain her memory and convince her co-workers of her innocence, a vengeful spirit uses her as an earthly pawn, which further convinces everyone of her guilt.

Starring: Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton, Penélope Cruz, John Carroll Lynch
Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz
Release date: 2003-11-21
5.

Freddy vs. Jason

4.7
5.7/10

In an attempt to free himself from a state of forgotten limbo, evil dream-demon Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) devises a plan to manipulate un-dead mass murderer Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzenger) into slicing-and-dicing his way through the teenage population of Springwood. But when the master of dreams loses control of his monster, a brutal fight to the death is the only way out in this long anticipated crossover between two of modern horror's most notorious killers!

Starring: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Jason Ritter, Monica Keena, Lochlyn Munro
Directed by: Ronny Yu
Release date: 2003-08-15
6.

Dead End

4.7
6.6/10

Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Starring: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden, Amber Smith
Directed by: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa
Release date: 2003-01-30
7.

Saw

4.5
7.6/10
Saw
Saw is an Australian nine-and-a-half-minute short subject horror film that was later expanded to a full feature film. The story is about David, an orderly at a hospital, who tells his horrific story of being kidnapped and forced to play a vile game of survival.
Starring: Leigh Whannell, Paul Moder, Katrina Mathers, Dean Francis
Directed by: James Wan
Release date: 2003-01-01
8.

House of 1000 Corpses

4.5
6.1/10

Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of serial killers end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Starring: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Karen Black, Erin Daniels
Directed by: Rob Zombie
Release date: 2003-04-11
9.

Willard

4.4
6.1/10

Desperate for companionship, the repressed Willard befriends a group of rats that inhabit his late father's deteriorating mansion. In these furry creatures, Willard finds temporary refuge from daily abuse at the hands of his bedridden mother and his father's old partner, Frank. Soon it becomes clear that the brood of rodents is ready and willing to exact a vicious, deadly revenge on anyone who dares to bully their sensitive new master.

Starring: Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Harring, Jackie Burroughs, Ashlyn Gere
Directed by: Glen Morgan
Release date: 2003-03-14
10.

Dreamcatcher

4.1
5.5/10

Four boyhood pals perform a heroic act and are changed by the powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they're overtaken by a vicious blizzard that harbors an ominous presence. Challenged to stop an alien force, the friends must first prevent the slaughter of innocent civilians by a military vigilante ... and then overcome a threat to the bond that unites the four of them.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Release date: 2003-03-21
11.

Open Water

4.1
5.7/10

Two divers are left out at sea without a boat. There’s nothing but water for miles, unless they look at what’s underneath them...

Starring: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Michael E. Williamson, Christina Zenato
Directed by: Chris Kentis
Release date: 2003-12-29
12.

Cabin Fever

4.1
5.6/10

A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Starring: Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent, Joey Kern
Directed by: Eli Roth
Release date: 2003-08-15
13.

Beyond Re-Animator

4.1
5.9/10

Once again tampering with mother nature to disastrous results, Dr. Herbert West continues his research while serving time in a maximum security prison for his previous exploits. West's limited prison-cell experiments are suddenly interrupted by the arrival of a new prison doctor and the brother of the girl who suffered from West's experiments 13 years earlier.

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Jason Barry, Elsa Pataky, Enrique Arce, Nico Baixas
Directed by: Brian Yuzna
Release date: 2003-04-04
14.

Jeepers Creepers 2

4.1
5.6/10
Jeepers Creepers 2
After 23 horrifying days of gorging on human flesh, an ancient creature known as the Creeper embarks on a final voracious feeding frenzy, terrorizing a group of varsity basketball players, cheerleaders and coaches stranded on a remote highway when their bus breaks down. The terrified group is forced to come together and do battle against the winged creature hell-bent on completing its grizzly ritual.
Starring: Ray Wise, Jonathan Breck, Nicki Aycox, Garikayi Mutambirwa, Eric Nenninger
Directed by: Victor Salva
Release date: 2003-08-08
15.

The Order

3.8
5.2/10

For centuries, a secret Order of priests has existed within the Church. A renegade priest, Father Alex Bernier, is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of one of the Order's most revered members. Following a series of strangely similar killings, Bernier launches an investigation that forces him to confront unimaginable evil.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Benno Fürmann, Mark Addy, Peter Weller
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Release date: 2003-09-05
16.

Darkness Falls

3.6
5.0/10

A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

Starring: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie, Grant Piro, Sullivan Stapleton
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Release date: 2003-01-24
17.

Undead

3.4
5.5/10

A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out.

Starring: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins, Lisa Cunningham, Dirk Hunter
Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Release date: 2003-09-04
18.

King of the Ants

3.3
6.2/10
King of the Ants
A young drifter, struggling to makes ends meet, accepts a job to kill a prominent accountant. When he isn't paid for the hit, revenge is now his path.
Starring: Chris McKenna, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt, Vernon Wells, Lionel Mark Smith
Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Release date: 2003-07-28
19.

Love Object

3.3
6.4/10

The twisted tale of Kenneth, socially insecure technical writer who forms an obsessive relationship with "Nikki", an anatomically accurate silicone sex doll he orders over the Internet.

Starring: Desmond Harrington, Melissa Sagemiller, Udo Kier, Rip Torn, Robert Bagnell
Directed by: Robert Parigi
Release date: 2003-04-05
20.

Fear X

3.1
6.0/10
Fear X
When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry, prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.
Starring: John Turturro, Deborah Kara Unger, Stephen Eric McIntyre, William Allen Young, Gene Davis
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Release date: 2003-01-13

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