A Decade of Terror: The best horror films of the 2010s

11 of 11

Get Out–Courtesy of Blumhouse Productions, Monkeypaw Productions and Universal Pictures

Get Out (2017)

More from Horror Movies

The top five movies on our list of the decade’s best horror films are all by directors who had never made a horror flick before. If that doesn’t excite you about the state of the genre moving forward, what possibly could? In regard to Jordan Peele, writer/director of Get Out and the upcoming Us, it took only one film to establish himself as a master of horror and pop culture phenomenon.

Let’s put all of the hype, the box office success, and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay on the back burner just to level the playing field. Get Out still stands as a brilliant and frightening allegory for American racism, white elitism, modern social slavery and more. Peele utilizes visual metaphors to further emphasize these themes, and his script confidently holds a mirror to these issues unlike any horror film before it.

Get Out leads viewers in many directions, not just through the story itself, but by tapping into our preconceived notions of race and the manner in which our expectations have been conditioned by frequent real-life events. It’s mesmerizing, it’s horrifying, and it’s essential.

With a single film, Jordan Peele set a new standard for what could be accomplished in a horror movie. He changed things. He became the artistic mouthpiece for a silenced people. Get Out’s accomplishments run far deeper than its accolades, which adds to it’s legacy as the greatest horror movie of the decade, and one of the best horror films of all time.

Next. Jordan Peele takes the Super Bowl to the Twilight Zone. dark

Agree with our list of the decade’s best horror thus far? Think we missed a few flicks? Let the other fear feigns know what you think in the comment section below.