Best Horror Films of 2020


While 2020 will go down as the worst year ever, at least it has been a great year for horror movies. Here are my picks for the best of the best with everything from grim trauma to lighthearted comedy to visual sci-fi madness. I normally pick 13 favorite movies but this year deserves a bonus 7, plus plenty of honorable mentions to round out the list. 

1. The Dark and the Wicked - bleak, grim and terrifying haunted house film
2. Relic - family tragedy that is well-acted with an unexpected ending
3. His House - chilling haunted house tale with a unique refugee setting
4. Color Out of Space - bizarre Lovecraftian nightmare
5. Extra Ordinary - hilarious, goofy fun abroad with ghost busters
6. Gretel & Hansel - the classic story gets a beautiful and dark artistic makeover
7. Host - a surprisingly effective and timely ghost story
8. La Llorona - urgent storytelling with deeply resonate themes
9. The Invisible Man - big budget thrills done right with a great lead performance
10. Anything for Jackson - quirky and scary film of elderly couple going satanic
11. Impetigore - dense Indonesian folklore masterpiece
12. Love and Monsters - upbeat apocalypse with giant bugs and affable lead
13. She Dies Tomorrow - quirky, thought-provoking and darkly humorous 
14. The Mortuary Collection - fun, classic horror with an anthology format
15. The Platform - morality tale with a stark, visionary approach
16. The Beach House - disorienting hopelessness imbues this apocalyptic tale
17. Amulet - a victim's story with mystery, mythology and surreal flair
18. Blood Machines - visually striking sci-fi that's evocative and obscure
19. Scare Me - absorbing performances, funny and an ultimately dark indie
20. The Lodge - bleak holiday-set film that tackles religion and mental stability


HONORABLE MENTIONS
Bliss
Butt Boy
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 3 (Tv Series)
Come to Daddy
Cursed Films (Documentary Series)
Devs (Tv Series)
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Tv Series)
The Hunt
Lovecraft Country (Tv Series)
The Outsider (Tv Series)
Possessor
Save Yourselves!
Scream, Queen (Documentary)
Shirley
Swallow
Tread (Documentary)
Underwater
The Vast of Night
We We Do in the Shadows, Season 2 (Tv Series)
Why Don’t You Just Die
The Wretched
Yummy
 
 
CONTENDERS STILL ON THE WATCH LIST
Alone
Becky
Freaky
Hunter Hunter
Monstrum
Parallel
Peninsula
Shortcut
Spontaneous
Synchronic
Vampires Vs. The Bronx
VFW
The Wolf House
The Wolf of Snow Hollow

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