Best Horror Movies of 2004

1.

Dawn of the Dead

5.8
7.3/10

A group of surviving people take refuge in a shopping centre after the world has been over taken over by aggressive, flesh-eating zombies.

Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Release date: 2004-03-19
2.

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

5.1
8.5/10

In the 1980s horror writer Garth Marenghi wrote, produced, directed and starred in Darkplace, a groundbreaking series set in a hospital and exploring the depths of the author's imagination. At least that's what Marenghi and his publicist/co-star, Dean Learner, claim in modern-day interviews which both bookend and interrupt the episodes. In fact the show is cheap, clichéd, full of gaping plot holes and startlingly misogynist. Garth Marenghi is a creation of comedian Matthew Holness, who won a Perrier award with the character at the 2001 Edinburgh festival.

Starring: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe, Kim Noble
Directed by: Richard Ayoade
Release date: 2004-01-29
3.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

5.1
6.2/10

As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of the creator of the mutating T-virus. It's a heart-pounding race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood- thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers, mutant canines and the most sinister foe yet.

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Thomas Kretschmann, Sophie Vavasseur
Directed by: Alexander Witt
Release date: 2004-09-10
4.

The Grudge

4.9
5.9/10

American nurse, Karen Davis moves to Tokyo and encounters a vengeful supernatural spirit known as The Grudge that often possesses its victims. When a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths occur – with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim - Karen must find away to break the spell before she becomes the spirit's next victim.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, Bill Pullman, William Mapother
Directed by: Takashi Shimizu
Release date: 2004-10-22
5.

Blade: Trinity

4.8
5.9/10

For years, Blade has fought against the vampires in the cover of the night. But now, after falling into the crosshairs of the FBI, he is forced out into the daylight, where he is driven to join forces with a clan of human vampire hunters he never knew existed—The Nightstalkers. Together with Abigail and Hannibal, two deftly trained Nightstalkers, Blade follows a trail of blood to the ancient creature that is also hunting him—the original vampire, Dracula.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Dominic Purcell, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds
Directed by: David S. Goyer
Release date: 2004-12-08
6.

Salad Fingers

4.3
8.2/10
Salad Fingers
The adventures of Salad Fingers, an unspecified mutated creature driven to madness by his loneliness.
Release date: 2004-05-09
7.

The Forgotten

4.2
5.8/10

Telly Paretta is a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man who has had a similar experience, Telly embarks on a search to prove her son's existence, and her sanity.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Anthony Edwards, Jessica Hecht, Christopher Kovaleski, Dominic West
Directed by: Joseph Ruben
Release date: 2004-09-24
8.

Exorcist: The Beginning

3.8
5.1/10

Having lived through traumatizing events during WWII, Father Lankester Merrin takes a sabbatical from the Church to conduct archaeological excavations in British-administered East Africa. Merrin unearths an ancient Byzantine church believed have been built and then immediately buried to keep down evil from the crypt below. The natives are convinced that uncovering the church has unleashed a demon, and begin to violently clash with the British military troops. As the village rapidly disintegrates into chaos and war, Merrin must face-off with the demon which has taken possession of somebody close to him.

Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy, Julian Wadham, Remy Sweeney
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 2004-08-20
9.

Seed of Chucky

3.7
4.9/10

Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their innocent son, Glen, and hit Hollywood, where a movie depicting the killer dolls' murder spree is underway.

Starring: Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Billy Boyd, Redman, Hannah Spearritt
Directed by: Don Mancini
Release date: 2004-11-11
10.

Kingdom Hospital

3.4
6.8/10
Kingdom Hospital
Stephen King's take on the masterpiece series by Lars von Trier. The story takes place in a hospital in Lewiston, Maine, built on the site of a Civil War-era mill fire in which many children died.
Starring: Jamie Harrold, Diane Ladd, Bruce Davison, Jack Coleman, Julian Richings
Directed by: Craig R. Baxley
Release date: 2004-03-03
11.

Van Helsing: The London Assignment

3.3
6.2/10
Van Helsing: The London Assignment
It tells of the events before the film, in which monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing travels to London to investigate a series of horrific, and decidedly supernatural murders, being committed by the mad scientist Dr. Jekyll, in the form of his evil alter-ego, Mr. Hyde.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Robbie Coltrane, David Wenham, Grey DeLisle, Dwight Schultz
Directed by: Sharon Bridgeman
Release date: 2004-05-11
12.

Incident at Loch Ness

3.2
6.6/10

The German film director Werner Herzog sets out to the Scottish Highlands to make a documentary, "Enigma of Loch Ness", exploding the myth of the Loch Ness Monster. Meanwhile, another documentary film crew is making a film about Werner Herzog, and we see the production of "Enigma" from their point of view. Shooting on a rented boat, tensions begin to rise as director Herzog and his producer, Zak Penn, find themselves at cross-purposes on the black surface of Loch Ness. Things get very edgy when the film crew starts seeing shapes in the murky water.

Starring: Werner Herzog, Kitana Baker, Gabriel Beistain, Russell Williams II, David A. Davidson
Directed by: Zak Penn
Release date: 2004-12-17
13.

One Point O

3.2
6.1/10

Paranoid computer programmer Simon wakes up to find a package in his room one day. Despite attempts at securing his apartment, the packages keep arriving. While cameras watch Simon's every move, he struggles to find the answers to the mysterious forces taking over his life.

Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Udo Kier, Deborah Kara Unger, Lance Henriksen, Bruce Payne
Directed by: Jeff Renfroe, Marteinn Þórsson
Release date: 2004-03-19
14.

Salem's Lot

3.1
6.2/10
Salem's Lot
Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires.
Release date: 2004-06-20
15.

The Hazing

3.1
5.6/10
The Hazing
The Evil Dead meets Scream as an evil professor, through an ancient staff and a book of incantation, possesses the bodies of a group of fraterity and sorority pledges during a night of "hazing" activities in an abandoned mansion. When the students meet one grisly death after another, the survivors finally realize it's the professor who is possessing their friends and killing them all off. Now none of them trust each other-- is it their friends or puppets of the professor that they're hanging with? Somone better figure it out quick... or none of them will make it through the hellish night of The Hazing!
Starring: Brad Dourif, Tiffany Shepis, Nectar Rose, Parry Shen, Phillip Andrew
Directed by: Rolfe Kanefsky
Release date: 2004-03-06
16.

Bella Loves Jenna

3.0
6.0/10
Bella Loves Jenna
It's the most shocking film of Jenna Jameson's career. With more Jenna scenes than ever, the long-awaited follow-up to Briana Loves Jenna-the top-selling adult video of last year - pairs sex's greatest superstar with its fiercest, most breathtaking sexual acrobat, Bella Donna. A year in the making, it features high budget cinematography; extensive story and action sequences; mind-blowing outfits and special effects; scene after scene of extreme, cutting-edge hardcore sex; and an ending that will leave you breathless. Not for the faint of heart.
Starring: Jenna Jameson, Belladonna, Monica Sweetheart, Mya Mason, Natalia Wood
Directed by: Justin Sterling
Release date: 2004-03-12
17.

Dead & Breakfast

3.0
5.8/10
Dead & Breakfast
Six friends on a road trip stop for the night at a bed and breakfast in the sleepy town of Lovelock. After a night that leaves both the inn's owner and chef dead, the gang finds themselves under suspicion by the local sheriff. But that's only the beginning as nearly all of the town's quirky residents become possessed by an evil spirit and pin down the friends inside the B&B.
Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Erik Palladino, Bianca Lawson, Oz Perkins, Ever Carradine
Directed by: Matthew Leutwyler
Release date: 2004-03-16
18.

Messengers

3.0
5.9/10
Messengers
Starring: Michele Hicks, Erik Jensen, Frankie Faison, Amy Wright, Annie Golden
Release date: 2004-06-27
19.

Madhouse

3.0
5.6/10

A young psychiatric intern unearths secrets about the mental health facility in which he works.

Starring: Joshua Leonard, Jordan Ladd, Natasha Lyonne, Lance Henriksen, Dendrie Taylor
Directed by: William Butler
Release date: 2004-07-30
20.

Romasanta

2.9
5.3/10

A terror is stalking the land: people are disappearing daily, their bodies appearing covered in savage gashes coupled with precise surgical cuts. The legend of the 'Werewolf of Allariz' spreads across the land like wildfire. When Barbara (Elsa Pataky) falls in love with travelling vendor Manuel Romasanta, she is at first besotted with him - but soon begins to be suspicious of him. What has happened to her sister, who - after being escorted by Romasanta to the city - seems to have disappeared forever.

Starring: Julian Sands, Elsa Pataky, John Sharian, Gary Piquer, David Gant
Directed by: Paco Plaza
Release date: 2004-05-13

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