Best-Reviewed Horror Movies 2016

From supernatural happenings to bloodthirsty killers, these spooky flicks earned praise – and a fair number of shivers – from the critics.

The order of the list reflects the scores as of December 31, 2016, but the number displayed on the Adjusted Tomatometer may change as more reviews keep getting added after the end of the year.

#1

The Witch (2016)
90%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.446%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.
Synopsis: In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#2

Green Room (2016)
91%

#2
Adjusted Score: 99.841%
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
Synopsis: GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#3

The Love Witch (2016)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 98.624%
Critics Consensus: The Love Witch offers an absorbing visual homage to a bygone era, arranged subtly in service of a thought-provoking meditation on the battle of the sexes.
Synopsis: Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her Gothic Victorian apartment she... [More]
Directed By: Anna Biller

#4

Don't Breathe (2016)
88%

#4
Adjusted Score: 96.417%
Critics Consensus: Don't Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that's all the more effective for its simplicity.
Synopsis: A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the... [More]
Directed By: Fede Alvarez

#5

The Conjuring 2 (2016)
80%

#5
Adjusted Score: 89.392%
Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.
Synopsis: Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up In the Air," TV's "Bates Motel") and Patrick Wilson (the "Insidious" films),... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

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