The Best Horror Movies of 2005
The year 2005 was a wild one. We had Hurricane Katrina wrecking southern coastal areas. George Bush was starting his second presidential term. A new Pope came into power. YouTube was founded.
House of Wax (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes
House of Wax was written by Chad and Carey Hayes. The film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, and Paris Hilton. As the title suggests, this is a horror film that surrounds teenagers being attacked in a wax museum.
Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes
The Devil’s Rejects was written and directed by Rob Zombie. It is the second film in the Firefly series of films. The movie stars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Ken Foree.
After the events of House of 1000 Corpses, Baby, Cutter, and Otis find themselves on the run from the police. Will the trio be able to evade capture and continue their murderous lifestyle?
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The Descent (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes
The Descent was written and directed by Neil Marshall. It stars Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, and Saskia Mulder. The movie’s sequel, The Descent Part 2, came out in 2009.
Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Hostel was directed and written by Eli Roth. It stars Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson. The movie was distributed by Lions Gate Films.
There is a secret society that allows the wealthy to kidnap, torture, and murder tourists. A group of college kids traveling abroad ends up on the wrong side of this group.
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Wolf Creek (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Wolf Creek was written and directed by Greg McLean. The film stars John Jarratt, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, and Kestie Morassi. It was distributed by Roadshow Entertainment.
A group of tourists is making their way across Australia. After their car breaks down, they find themselves in the hands of a dangerous madman.
Runtime: 2 hours, 1 minute
Constantine was directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello. It stars Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, and Tilda Swinton.
The film is based on the DC Comics character John Constantine. He is an exorcist that is caught up in the battle between angels and demons. The 2005 film iteration has Constantine helping a police officer investigate the suicide of her sister.
Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes
The Exorcism of Emily Rose stars Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Jennifer Carpenter, and Campbell Scott. It was written and directed by Scott Derrickson. The film surrounds a court case where a priest is being charged with homicide based on the results of an exorcism.
Noroi: The Curse (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Noroi: The Curse was directed and written by Koji Shiraishi. It stars Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, and Tomono Kuga. The film uses found footage and documentary styles to tell its story. It tells the story of a filmmaker investigating unexplainable events that may have been caused by an ancient demon.
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Meatball Machine (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Meatball Machine was written by Junya Kato. It was directed by Yudai Yamaguchi and Jun’ichi Yamamoto. The film stars Issei Takahashi, Aoba Kawai, and Kenichi Kawasaki. The plot of Meatball Machine involves parasitic creatures that turn their prey into cybergenetic beings called Necroborgs.
The Ring Two (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
The sequel to The Ring, The Ring Two, was released on March 18th of 2005. It stars Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, and Simon Baker. The film was written by Ehren Kruger and Hideo Nakata. The plot continues the story of the haunting murders caused by Samara.
Saw 2 (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Saw II was written and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. It is the second entry in the Saw franchise. It stars Tobin Bell, Donnie Wahlberg, Franky G, Glenn Plummer, and Beverly Mitchell.
A group of people finds themselves trapped in a house filled with poisonous gas. In order to survive, they must solve puzzles to retrieve the antidotes hidden in each room. At the same time, Jigsaw’s lair has been discovered. However, the police find themselves in a game of their own.
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Cry Wolf (2005)
Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Cry Wolf is a slasher film written and directed by Jeff Wadlow. It stars Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, and Jon Bon Jovi. A fun party game goes awry when a serial killer starts killing off players in a similar fashion.
The one thing that sticks out in my head about this movie was the marketing and promotion. The studio teamed up with AOL (American Online) to make their own chat room game. A bunch of people were put into an AOL Instant Messenger chat room and had to figure out who the killer was. This is similar to games like Mafia, Werewolves Within, and Among Us. I had a great time playing that game and it definitely made me want to go see the movie.
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