7. Final Destination (2000)
One of the earliest horror movies of the ’00s was also one of the best. Another film that began a franchise, Final Destination built its story around a premise that either sounds utterly genius or ludicrous, depending on your perspective. That premise is simple: what if death was an actual force that came back for those that cheat it?
When Alex Browning has a premonition that his plane is going to crash, he disembarks, taking a number of friends off the plane with him just in time to see it explode and crash upon takeoff. However, in the days that follow, the survivors begin to suffer their own individual tragedies, and Alex realizes that death is claiming them in the same order they would have died on the flight. Armed with nothing more than that knowledge and the memory of his premonition, Alex and his surviving friends attempt to cheat death again.
Honestly, there’s no way that Final Destination should be as good as it is. Its plot sounds like that of a tween horror novel, but the convoluted and ingenious nature of the film’s “accidental” deaths made it one of the most watchable horror movies of the decade. Throw in performances from Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, and Tony Todd, and you’ve got the recipe for one of the ’00s best horror movies.