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 (2015)
90%

#1
Adjusted Score: 106093%
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 1630 New England, members of a farming family suspect the oldest daughter of witchcraft when the youngest son suddenly... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#2

Green Room (2015)
90%

#2
Adjusted Score: 101600%
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
Synopsis: Members (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat) of a punk-rock band and a tough young woman (Imogen Poots) battle murderous white supremacists... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#3

The Love Witch (2016)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 98835%
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: A beautiful and seductive witch (Samantha Robinson) concocts spells and potions to make men fall in love with her.... [More]
Directed By: Anna Biller

#4

Don't Breathe (2016)
88%

#4
Adjusted Score: 99342%
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: Three trapped thieves (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) must fight for their lives after breaking into the home of... [More]
Directed By: Fede Alvarez

#5

The Conjuring 2 (2016)
80%

#5
Adjusted Score: 91168%
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: In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren travel to north London to help a single... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

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