Best Horror Movies of 2008

1.

The Strangers

5.1

After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive.

Starring: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Laura Margolis, Kip Weeks
Directed by: Bryan Bertino
Release date: 2008-05-29
2.

Saw V

4.9

Detective Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, he must go on the hunt to eliminate all the loose ends.

Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston
Directed by: David Hackl
Release date: 2008-10-23
3.

Repo! The Genetic Opera

4.9

A worldwide epidemic encourages a bio-tech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.

Starring: Alexa PenaVega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton
Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman
Release date: 2008-07-18
4.

Eden Lake

4.8

Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. Rowdiness quickly turns to rage as the teens terrorize the couple in unimaginable ways, and a weekend outing becomes a bloody battle for survival.

Starring: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Jack O'Connell, Finn Atkins, Thomas Turgoose
Directed by: James Watkins
Release date: 2008-09-12
5.

Dead Set

4.7

It's eviction night at the Big Brother house, but something very strange is happening; the dead are coming alive and attacking the living. When zombies attack all of the audience outside, the Big Brother contestants are unaware of the death outside the fan-proof (and zombie-proof) big brother house until the show's runner, Kelly, comes into the house and warns them of the doom outside. Stuck with even less contact with the outside world, the house-mates must sneak out of the house to get supplies, without being seen by the zombies.

Starring: Jaime Winstone, Liz May Brice, Adam Deacon, Kevin Eldon, Davina McCall
Directed by: Yann Demange
Release date: 2008-01-01
6.

Surveillance

4.6

An FBI agent tracks a serial killer with the help of three of his would-be victims - all of whom have wildly different stories to tell.

Starring: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Pell James, Caroline Aaron, Hugh Dillon
Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Release date: 2008-02-08
7.

Mirrors

4.5

An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck
Directed by: Alexandre Aja
Release date: 2008-08-15
8.

Splinter

4.4

When their plans for a nature trip go awry, Polly and boyfriend Seth decide to check into a motel. On their way, they're carjacked and kidnapped by low-rent crooks Dennis and Lacey, who take the victims and their SUV to a nearby gas station. Along the way, they encounter an increasingly terrifying horde of parasites, and if any of them intend to survive, they'll have to outsmart the deadly organisms.

Starring: Charles Baker, Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham, Rachel Kerbs
Directed by: Toby Wilkins
Release date: 2008-10-31
9.

Lake Mungo

4.4

16 year old Alice Palmer drowns in a local dam. When her body is recovered and, her grieving family buries her. The family experiences a series of strange, inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. At Lake Mungo, Alice's secret past emerges.

Starring: Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Steve Jodrell
Directed by: Joel Anderson
Release date: 2008-06-17
10.

The Midnight Meat Train

4.4

The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she analyzes Leon's work and asks him to improve the quality of his photos. During the night, the upset Leon decides to wander on the streets taking pictures with his camera, and he follows three punks down to the subway station; when the gang attacks a young woman, Leon defends her and the guys move on. On the next morning, Leon discovers that the woman is missing. He goes to the police station, but Detective Lynn Hadley does not give much attention to him and discredits his statement. Leon becomes obsessed to find what happened with the stranger and he watches the subway station. When he sees the elegant butcher Mahogany in the train, Leon believes he might be a murderer and stalks him everywhere, in the beginning of his journey to the darkness.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Brooke Shields, Leslie Bibb, Roger Bart
Directed by: Ryûhei Kitamura
Release date: 2008-08-07
11.

The Cottage

4.4

In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central characters when they cross paths with a psychopathic farmer and all hell breaks loose.

Starring: Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith, Jennifer Ellison, Steven O'Donnell, James Bierman
Directed by: Paul Andrew Williams
Release date: 2008-02-07
12.

Quarantine

4.3

A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.

Starring: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Jay Hernandez, Johnathon Schaech, Columbus Short
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
Release date: 2008-10-10
13.

Outpost

4.3

In a seedy bar in a town ravaged by war, scientist and businessman Hunt hires mercenary and former Royal Marine D.C. to assemble a crack team of ex-soldiers to protect him on a dangerous journey into no-man's land. Their mission is to scope out an old military bunker in Eastern Europe. It should be easy – 48 hours at the most. Lots of cash for little risk. Or so he says...

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Richard Brake, Paul Blair, Brett Fancy
Directed by: Steve Barker
Release date: 2008-03-11
14.

Pathology

4.2

Medical student Ted Grey graduates at the top of his class and quickly joins an elite pathology program, whose top students invite him into their circle. There he uncovers a gruesome secret: They play a game in which one tries to commit the perfect, undetectable murder, then the others compete to determine the victim's cause of death.

Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Alyssa Milano, Michael Weston, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth
Directed by: Marc Schölermann
Release date: 2008-04-11
15.

The Ruins

4.1

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins

Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson
Directed by: Carter Smith
Release date: 2008-04-02
16.

The Eye

4.0

Violinist Sydney Wells was accidentally blinded by her sister Helen when she was five years old. She submits to a cornea transplantation, and while recovering from the operation, she realizes that she is seeing dead people.

Starring: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rade Serbedzija, Fernanda Romero
Directed by: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Release date: 2008-02-01
17.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

4.0

Beautiful Mandy Lane isn't a party girl but, when classmate Chloe invites the Texas high school student to a bash in the countryside, she reluctantly accepts. After hitching a ride with a vaguely scary older man, the teens arrive at their destination. Partying ensues, and Mandy's close pal, Emmet, keeps a watchful eye on the young males making a play for Mandy. Then two of the students are murdered.

Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Michael Welch, Whitney Able, Edwin Hodge
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Release date: 2008-02-15
18.

Deadgirl

4.0

When high school misfits Rickie and JT decide to ditch school and find themselves lost in the crumbling facility of a nearby abandoned hospital, they come face-to-face with a gruesome discovery: a body of a woman stripped naked, chained to a table and covered in plastic and soon realize she is anything but dead. Quickly the boys find themselves embarking on a twisted yet poignant journey testing the limits of their friendship, and forces both to decide just how far they're willing to stretch their understanding of right and wrong.

Starring: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Michael Bowen, Candice King, Andrew DiPalma
Directed by: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel
Release date: 2008-09-06
19.

100 Feet

4.0
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After Marnie Watson kills her abusive husband in self-defense, she is condemned to house arrest... only to discover that the house is possessed by the enraged and violent spirit of her dead husband.
Starring: Famke Janssen, Bobby Cannavale, Ed Westwick, Michael Paré, Patricia Charbonneau
Directed by: Eric Red
Release date: 2008-07-22
20.

Teeth

3.9

Dawn is an active member of her high-school chastity club but, when she meets Tobey, nature takes its course, and the pair answer the call. They suddenly learn she is a living example of the vagina dentata myth, when the encounter takes a grisly turn.

Starring: Jess Weixler, John Hensley, Josh Pais, Hale Appleman, Lenny Von Dohlen
Directed by: Mitchell Lichtenstein
Release date: 2008-01-18

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