Best (And Worst) 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). We’ll update this guide as new movies come out, so use it well and never watch a bad horror film again for the rest of the year (though, come on, that’s part of the fun).

Updated 11/12: Overlord

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#53

Slender Man (2018)
8%

#53
Adjusted Score: 10.466%
Critics Consensus: Slender Man might be thin, but he's positively robust compared to the flimsy assortment of scares generated by the would-be chiller that bears his name.
Synopsis: In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt... [More]
Directed By: Sylvain White

#52

Winchester (2018)
14%

#52
Adjusted Score: 18.919%
Critics Consensus: Like a grand staircase within the famous mansion that inspired it, Winchester appears poised to get a rise out of audiences, but ultimately leads nowhere.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted... [More]

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 21.518%
Critics Consensus: Truth or Dare's slick presentation isn't enough to make this mediocre horror outing much more frightening than an average round of the real-life game.
Synopsis: A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone--or something--begins to punish those who tell a... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Wadlow

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 23.398%
Critics Consensus: Brilliant casting is overshadowed by a muddled mix of genres and storylines that scratch more heads than sci-fi itches in The Cloverfield Paradox.
Synopsis: A group of scientific researchers on a space station attempt to harness a new energy source called the "God Particle,"... [More]
Directed By: Julius Onah

#49

The Nun (2018)
27%

#49
Adjusted Score: 34.638%
Critics Consensus: The Nun boasts strong performances, spooky atmospherics, and a couple decent set-pieces, but its sins include inconsistent logic and narrative slackness.
Synopsis: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past... [More]
Directed By: Corin Hardy

#48

Inside (2018)
29%

#48
Adjusted Score: 21.648%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Young mother-to-be Sarah is trying to rebuild her broken life: recently widowed in a shattering car crash that left her... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Ángel Vivas

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 36.172%
Critics Consensus: Insidious: The Last Key offers franchise star Lin Shaye another welcome opportunity to take the lead, but her efforts aren't enough to rescue this uninspired sequel.
Synopsis: Adam Robitel helms the fourth entry of the Insidious series, with Chapter 3 director Leigh Whannell providing the script, centering... [More]
Directed By: Adam Robitel

#46

The Predator (2018)
33%

#46
Adjusted Score: 45.383%
Critics Consensus: The Predator has violence and quips to spare, but its chaotically hollow action adds up to another missed opportunity for a franchise increasingly defined by disappointment.
Synopsis: From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black's explosive... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

#45

Hell Fest (2018)
40%

#45
Adjusted Score: 41.399%
Critics Consensus: Hell Fest might give less demanding horror fans a few decent reasons to scream, but it's neither clever nor frightening enough to leave much of an impression.
Synopsis: A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Plotkin

#44
Adjusted Score: 44.599%
Critics Consensus: The Strangers: Prey at Night may appeal to fans of the original who've been jonesing for a sequel, but its thin story and ironic embrace of genre tropes add up to a bloody step back.
Synopsis: A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with... [More]
Directed By: Johannes Roberts

#43

Feral (2018)
42%

#43
Adjusted Score: 26.873%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Your best friend has just been infected with a horrifying virus that will soon turn her into a rabid, rampaging... [More]
Directed By: Mark Young

#42

The Meg (2018)
45%

#42
Adjusted Score: 57.437%
Critics Consensus: The Meg sets audiences up for a good old-fashioned B-movie creature feature, but lacks the genre thrills -- or the cheesy bite -- to make it worth diving in.
Synopsis: A deep-sea submersible--part of an international undersea observation program--has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct,... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#41

Marrowbone (2018)
46%

#41
Adjusted Score: 48.253%
Critics Consensus: Marrowbone's effective setting and strong cast can't make up for thinly conceived characters and a story short on genuine scares.
Synopsis: Four siblings seek refuge in an old home after the death of their mother, only to discover that the house... [More]
Directed By: Sergio G. Sánchez

#40
Adjusted Score: 51.479%
Critics Consensus: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween offers a handful of treats for very young viewers, but compared to the entertaining original, this sequel is a ding dong to ditch.
Synopsis: Slappy is back to wreak more havoc this Halloween in a brand-new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine's 400-million-selling series... [More]
Directed By: Ari Sandel

#39

Cold Skin (2018)
50%

#39
Adjusted Score: 50.173%
Critics Consensus: Cold Skin exerts a strong visual pull, even if all that icy atmosphere isn't a truly satisfying substitute for a story that dares to go somewhere different.
Synopsis: A young man who arrives to a remote island finds himself trapped in a battle for his own life.... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Gens

#38

Down a Dark Hall (2018)
52%

#38
Adjusted Score: 52.333%
Critics Consensus: Down a Dark Hall is more stylish than scary, although its foreboding atmosphere may raise a few goosebumps among younger viewers.
Synopsis: Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes... [More]
Directed By:

#37

Bad Samaritan (2018)
53%

#37
Adjusted Score: 55.519%
Critics Consensus: Bad Samaritan delivers a handful of genre thrills -- and a stellar central performance by David Tennant -- that help offset iffy direction and a disappointingly mundane story.
Synopsis: A valet (Robert Sheehan) develops a clever scam to burglarize the houses of rich customers. Things go smoothly until he... [More]
Directed By: Dean Devlin

#36

The First Purge (2018)
53%

#36
Adjusted Score: 59.891%
Critics Consensus: The First Purge should satisfy fans of the franchise and filmgoers in the mood for violent vicarious thrills, even if its subtextual reach exceeds its grasp.
Synopsis: Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness.... [More]
Directed By: Gerard McMurray

#35

Our House (2018)
55%

#35
Adjusted Score: 55.066%
Critics Consensus: Our House sits on a solid foundation of genuine pathos, even if the storytelling structure tends to be frustratingly rickety in spots.
Synopsis: A machine that can bring back dead loved ones seems like a great idea...until you unleash the wrong spirits. When... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Scott Burns

#34

The Lodgers (2018)
57%

#34
Adjusted Score: 58.133%
Critics Consensus: Like many real-life long-term visitors, The Lodgers starts out with a modicum of mystery and excitement, but eventually overstays its welcome.
Synopsis: In this gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their... [More]
Directed By: Brian O'Malley

#33

Slice (2018)
59%

#33
Adjusted Score: 53.48%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors... [More]
Directed By: Austin Vesely

#32

Dead Night (2018)
60%

#32
Adjusted Score: 47.988%
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

#31

Blood Fest (2018)
60%

#31
Adjusted Score: 47.988%
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

#30

Us and Them (2018)
61%

#30
Adjusted Score: 58.545%
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

#29

Suspiria (2018)
62%

#29
Adjusted Score: 72.144%
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

#28

The Lullaby (2018)
64%

#28
Adjusted Score: 37.537%
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 James Roodt

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 70.612%
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

#26

The Cured (2018)
67%

#26
Adjusted Score: 69.199%
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

#25
Adjusted Score: 68.653%
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]

#24

Summer of '84 (2018)
68%

#24
Adjusted Score: 69.186%
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]

#23

Wildling (2018)
70%

#23
Adjusted Score: 71.133%
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

#22

Still/Born (2018)
70%

#22
Adjusted Score: 70.066%
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]

#21

The Ranger (2018)
71%

#21
Adjusted Score: 71.28%
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

#20

Mom and Dad (2018)
74%

#20
Adjusted Score: 79.612%
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

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 68.889%
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

#18
Adjusted Score: 79.493%
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

#17

Halloween (2018)
79%

#17
Adjusted Score: 94.529%
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

#16

Don't Leave Home (2018)
80%

#16
Adjusted Score: 63.984%
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

#15

Apostle (2018)
80%

#15
Adjusted Score: 81.879%
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

#14

Unsane (2018)
80%

#14
Adjusted Score: 89.984%
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

#13

Ghost Stories (2018)
81%

#13
Adjusted Score: 85.919%
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

#12

Overlord (2018)
80%

#12
Adjusted Score: 86.038%
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

#11

Possum (2018)
84%

#11
Adjusted Score: 84.333%
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

#10

The Cleanse (2018)
85%

#10
Adjusted Score: 85.066%
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

#9

Pyewacket (2018)
86%

#9
Adjusted Score: 86.493%
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

#8

Upgrade (2018)
86%

#8
Adjusted Score: 93.265%
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

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 88.386%
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

#6

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#6
Adjusted Score: 104.423%
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

#5

Are We Not Cats (2018)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 53.373%
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

#4

Revenge (2018)
92%

#4
Adjusted Score: 96.652%
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

Mandy (2018)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 101.184%
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

#2

The Endless (2018)
94%

#2
Adjusted Score: 98.865%
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]

#1

A Quiet Place (2018)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 111.009%
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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