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Critics list

homegrown horrors

among best British films of the 21st Century

by Ellis Reed

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Massive – supported by the BFI using National Lottery funds – is a project to ‘give young audiences the chance to see some of the most exciting films of the year before anyone else, celebrating British filmmaking talent in front of and behind the camera.’

They recently polled sixty critics to find the best British film of the 21st Century. The top slot went to Under the Skin (UK, Jonathan Glazer, 2013) – a chilling sci-fi horror starring Scarlett Johansson as a predatory alien.

According to Massive:

‘It’s hard to top something with the chilling originality of our #1 title, which also gave Scarlett Johansson undoubtedly one of her most singular and haunting roles to date, even nine years and a whole lot more Marvel later.’

Several other British horror and horror-adjacent films made the list. Here are the ones I spotted, but please leave a comment if I missed any:

• A Dark Song (UK, Liam Gavin, 2016) – joint 86th

• In Fabric (UK, Peter Strickland, 2018) – joint 77th

• Censor (UK, Prano Bailey-Bond, 2021) – joint 66th

• Saint Maud (UK, Rose Glass, 2020) – joint 57th

• The Descent (UK, Neil Marshall, 2005) – joint 57th

• Hot Fuzz (UK, Edgar Wright, 2007) – joint 53rd

• Kill List (UK, Ben Wheatley, 2011) – joint 36th

• Attack the Block (UK, Joe Cornish, 2011) – 34th

• 28 Days Later (UK, Danny Boyle, 2002) – joint 32nd

• Sightseers (UK, Ben Wheatley, 2012) – 31st

• Berberian Sound Studio (UK, Peter Strickland, 2012) – joint 29th

• Shaun of the Dead (UK, Edgar Wright, 2004) – 16th

Ellis Reed

Ellis Reed

Ellis Reed is the News Editor for Horrified. He also wrote some ghost stories during lockdown, which you can read for free on his blog.

2 thoughts on “Critics list homegrown horrors among best British films of the 21st Century

  1. You missed ‘Under the Shadow’, ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ and… at Number 77, that edge-of-the-seat shocker about the super-intelligent killer sharks, “Deep Blue Sea’. (Yes, Terence Davies really showed off his action-movie-directing chops with that one. He should work with Samuel L. Jackson more often.)

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