Best Horror Movies of 2018 by Tomatometer

It was the best of horror movies, it was the worst of horror movies! The genre renaissance of this past decade continues unabated into 2018, with no shortage of streaming screams and theatrical terrifiers to slake your thirst for thrills, chills, and blood spills. With our list of Best Horror Movies of 2018 by Tomatometer, we present every scary movie so far this year that’s hit theaters and/or is available online, and with at least 10 reviews, ranging from mainstream (Hereditary, A Quiet Place) to indie (Mom and Dad, The Endless).

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#38

Dead Night (2018)
63%

#38
Adjusted Score: 47.72%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: James and his wife Casey load up their two teenage kids and head out to a remote cabin in Oregon... [More]
Directed By: Brad Baruh

#37

Blood Fest (2018)
63%

#37
Adjusted Score: 47.72%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the... [More]
Directed By: Owen Egerton

#36

Us and Them (2018)
63%

#36
Adjusted Score: 56.667%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A darkly comic, raw and controversial thriller that packs a hard punch at the inequalities and divisions that led to... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Martin

#35

The Lullaby (2018)
64%

#35
Adjusted Score: 33.328%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Chloe is overwhelmed by the birth of her first child. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of... [More]
Directed By: Darrell Roodt

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 70.296%
Critics Consensus: The Little Stranger's reliance on atmosphere may satisfy audiences in the mood for sophisticated horror fare -- while frustrating those seeking more visceral thrills.
Synopsis: THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of... [More]
Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson

#33
Adjusted Score: 68.036%
Critics Consensus: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich delivers all the proudly distasteful B-movie antics genre fans might expect from a film about murderous Nazi dolls.
Synopsis: When Edgar decides to sell a nefarious looking puppet at a convention, all hell breaks loose when the puppets come... [More]

#32

Suspiria (2018)
66%

#32
Adjusted Score: 79.202%
Critics Consensus: Suspiria attacks heady themes with garish vigor, offering a viewing experience that's daringly confrontational - and definitely not for everyone.
Synopsis: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director (Swinton),... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#31

The Cured (2018)
67%

#31
Adjusted Score: 68.888%
Critics Consensus: The zombie apocalypse genre is crowded with clichés, but The Cured sets itself slightly apart with some extra BRAAAAAAAAAAINS and thematic depth.
Synopsis: What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the... [More]
Directed By: David Freyne

#30

Wildling (2018)
69%

#30
Adjusted Score: 69.988%
Critics Consensus: Wildling's feminist themes - and the ferocious Bel Powley performance that brings them to life - are often enough to make up for its narrative deficiencies.
Synopsis: A teenage girl's coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since... [More]
Directed By: Fritz Böhm

#29

Summer of '84 (2018)
71%

#29
Adjusted Score: 72.604%
Critics Consensus: Summer of '84 suffers from an overreliance on nostalgia for its titular decade, but a number of effective jolts may still satisfy genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins... [More]

#28

Still/Born (2018)
70%

#28
Adjusted Score: 66.278%
Critics Consensus: Still/Born puts an intriguing psychological spin on its supernatural horror story, elevated by standout work from star Christie Burke.
Synopsis: Mary, a new mother gives birth to two twins but only one of them is alive. While taking care of... [More]
Directed By: Brandon Christensen

#27

Terrifier (2018)
70%

#27
Adjusted Score: 33.139%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a character from the cult anthology, All Hallows Eve, the gory 80's slasher throwback takes place on Halloween... [More]
Directed By: Damien Leone

#26

The Ranger (2018)
77%

#26
Adjusted Score: 77.468%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, face off against the local authority--an... [More]
Directed By: Jenn Wexler

#25

Mom and Dad (2018)
74%

#25
Adjusted Score: 79.107%
Critics Consensus: Mom and Dad's gonzo premise serves as an effective springboard for a wickedly dark, bloody comedy - and an appropriately over-the-top performance from Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: A strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children, forcing a suburban teen (Anne Winters) and... [More]
Directed By: Brian Taylor

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 77.42%
Critics Consensus: The Clovehitch Killer patiently dials up the tension with a story that makes up for a lack of surprises with strong performances and a chilling wit.
Synopsis: A shocking revelation turns a teenage boy's world upside down in this chilling look at the evil that can lurk... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Skiles

#23

Don't Leave Home (2018)
78%

#23
Adjusted Score: 66.467%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After recently unveiling her new sculptural exhibit on Irish urban legends, artist Melanie Thomas is contacted by Father Alistair Burke,... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tully

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 78.089%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two priests are dispatched to Ireland by the Vatican in fall of 1960 to investigate a mysterious event that occurred... [More]
Directed By: Aislinn Clarke

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 82.492%
Critics Consensus: Anna and the Apocalypse finds fresh brains and a lot of heart in the crowded zombie genre - not to mention a fun genre mashup populated by rootable characters.
Synopsis: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven -- at Christmas -- forcing Anna and her friends to... [More]
Directed By: John McPhail

#20

Halloween (2018)
79%

#20
Adjusted Score: 94.285%
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
Synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers,... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#19

Apostle (2018)
80%

#19
Adjusted Score: 82.03%
Critics Consensus: Apostle resists easy scares in favor of a steady, slow-building descent into dread led by a commanding central performance from Dan Stevens.
Synopsis: London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Evans

#18

Unsane (2018)
80%

#18
Adjusted Score: 89.557%
Critics Consensus: Unsane unleashes Steven Soderbergh's inner B-movie maestro, wading into timeless psychological thriller territory and giving it a high-tech filmmaking spin.
Synopsis: A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#17

The Cleanse (2018)
81%

#17
Adjusted Score: 80.527%
Critics Consensus: The Cleanse uses its unconventional premise as the framework for a suitably eerie and solidly well-acted horror outing with some surprising emotional heft.
Synopsis: Johnny Galecki (TV's "Big Bang Theory) plays Paul Berger, an unemployed, down and out, heartbroken man searching for happiness. When... [More]
Directed By: Bobby Miller

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 83.13%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and well-acted, What Keeps You Alive proves it's still possible to spin an engrossing horror yarn without fundamentally altering established formula.
Synopsis: How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor... [More]
Directed By: Colin Minihan

#15

Overlord (2018)
81%

#15
Adjusted Score: 89.279%
Critics Consensus: Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.
Synopsis: With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that's... [More]
Directed By: Julius Avery

#14

Ruin Me (2018)
82%

#14
Adjusted Score: 42.702%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alexandra reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part... [More]
Directed By: Preston DeFrancis

#13
Adjusted Score: 84.752%
Critics Consensus: The Night Eats the World finds a few unexplored corners in the crowded zombie genre, with a refreshing emphasis on atmosphere and character development.
Synopsis: After waking up in an apartment the night after a raging party, Sam comes face to face with his new... [More]
Directed By: Dominique Rocher

#12

Ghost Stories (2018)
83%

#12
Adjusted Score: 87.492%
Critics Consensus: Ghost Stories offers a well-crafted, skillfully told horror anthology that cleverly toys with genre tropes while adding a few devilishly frightful twists.
Synopsis: Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

#11

Pyewacket (2018)
84%

#11
Adjusted Score: 84.515%
Critics Consensus: Pyewacket builds its atmospheric, patiently encroaching chills on a well-told story concerned more with emotional trauma than supernatural threats.
Synopsis: When you're dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for... In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz)... [More]
Directed By: Adam MacDonald

#10

Upgrade (2018)
87%

#10
Adjusted Score: 94.237%
Critics Consensus: Like its augmented protagonist, Upgrade's old-fashioned innards get a high-tech boost -- one made even more powerful thanks to sharp humor and a solidly well-told story.
Synopsis: After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN:... [More]
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

#9

Possum (2018)
89%

#9
Adjusted Score: 89.704%
Critics Consensus: Unsettling and absorbing in equal measure, Possum presents a dark character study rich with rewards for fans of chilling genre fare.
Synopsis: A disgraced children's puppeteer must confront his sinister stepfather and a hideous puppet he keeps hidden in a brown leather... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Holness

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 87.42%
Critics Consensus: Uncommonly restrained for a movie about a flesh-eating menace, Ravenous offers a satisfyingly nuanced entry in the crowded zombie apocalypse subgenre.
Synopsis: In a small, remote village in upstate Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore--their bodies are breaking... [More]
Directed By: Robin Aubert

#7

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#7
Adjusted Score: 104.049%
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#6

Are We Not Cats (2018)
91%

#6
Adjusted Score: 47.388%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fired, dumped, evicted Eli leaps at the chance to escape the city on an errand upstate. Plagued by strange illness,... [More]
Directed By: Xander Robin

#5

Mandy (2018)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 100.699%
Critics Consensus: Mandy's gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage -- and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.
Synopsis: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven... [More]
Directed By: Panos Cosmatos

#4

Revenge (2018)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97.681%
Critics Consensus: Revenge slices and dices genre tropes, working within an exploitation framework while adding a timely -- yet never less than viscerally thrilling -- feminist spin.
Synopsis: Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted... [More]
Directed By: Coralie Fargeat

#3

The Endless (2018)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 97.681%
Critics Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Synopsis: Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two... [More]

#2

CAM (2018)
94%

#2
Adjusted Score: 97.403%
Critics Consensus: Smart and suspenseful, CAM is a techno-thriller that's far more than the sum of its salacious parts -- and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.
Synopsis: CAM is a technology driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl,... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Goldhaber

#1

A Quiet Place (2018)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 110.617%
Critics Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
Synopsis: In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

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