Best Horror Films of 2020



While 2020 will go down as the worst year ever for humanity, 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


UPDATE! LATE ADDITIONS!

  1. Freaky - Fantastic fun, ultra gory with the best kill of the year

  2. The Wolf of Snow Hollow - hilarious with a stellar lead performance

  3. Spontaneous - Insane in the best way and anxiety-producing madness

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

Synchronic

Tread (Documentary)

Underwater The Vast of Night

We We Do in the Shadows, Season 2 (Tv Series)

Why Don’t You Just Die

The Wolf House

The Wretched

Yummy

CONTENDERS STILL ON THE WATCH LIST

Alone

Becky

Hunter Hunter

Monstrum

Parallel

Peninsula

Shortcut

Vampires Vs. The Bronx

VFW



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