Best Horror Movies of 2004

1.

Shaun of the Dead

6.3
7.9/10

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Release date: 2004-04-09
2.

Saw

6.1
7.6/10

Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or die trying...

Starring: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer
Directed by: James Wan
Release date: 2004-10-01
3.

Dawn of the Dead

5.8
7.3/10

A group of survivors take refuge in a shopping mall after the world is 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
4.

Van Helsing

5.2
6.1/10

Famed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing is dispatched to Transylvania to assist the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Count Dracula. Anna Valerious reveals that Dracula has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and is hell-bent on exacting a centuries-old curse on her family.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 2004-05-05
5.

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

AVP: Alien vs. Predator

4.7
5.6/10

When scientists discover something in the Arctic that appears to be a buried Pyramid, they send a research team out to investigate. Little do they know that they are about to step into a hunting ground where Aliens are grown as sport for the Predator race.

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner, Colin Salmon, Tommy Flanagan
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release date: 2004-08-12
10.

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
11.

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
12.

Creep

4.0
5.6/10

Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets

Starring: Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell, Jeremy Sheffield, Paul Rattray
Directed by: Christopher Smith
Release date: 2004-08-10
13.

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
14.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins

3.8
5.3/10

This prequel of the bone-chilling Tremors begins in the town of Rejection, Nev., in 1889, where 17 men die under mysterious circumstances. Spooked by recent events, the miners who populate the town leave in droves until there's nothing left but a shell of a community. It's up to the remaining residents to get to the bottom of the deaths -- but they must do so before they, too, are eradicated off the face of the planet.

Starring: Michael Gross, Sara Botsford, Billy Drago, Brent Roam, August Schellenberg
Directed by: S. S. Wilson
Release date: 2004-01-02
15.

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
16.

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

3.6
4.6/10

The blood orchid - A rare flower that holds the secret of eternal life and a fortune to the pharmaceutical company that finds it. Led by a two-fisted soldier of fortune, a scientific expedition is sent deep into the jungles of Borneo to locate and bring back samples of the legendary plant. Battling their way upriver, the explorers brave poisonous insects, ferocious crocodiles and savage headhunters, unaware they're being stalked by an even greater danger: a nest of giant anacondas, voracious, fifty-foot-long flesh-eaters who'll stop at nothing to protect their breeding ground, the blood orchid's home.

Starring: Johnny Messner, KaDee Strickland, Matthew Marsden, Nicholas Gonzalez, Eugene Byrd
Directed by: Dwight H. Little
Release date: 2004-08-26
17.

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
18.

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
19.

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
20.

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

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