Best-Reviewed Horror Movies 2018

Horror wore many skins this year: It was an unlikely vehicle for real-life husband and wife (A Quiet Place); a bonkers comeback vehicle for Nic Cage (Mandy); and a decades-later sequel finally somewhat approaching the original in quality (Halloween). These films continued to prove the vitality and relevance of the genre, whatever its form.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.


A Quiet Place (2018)

Adjusted Score: 110.837%
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


Hereditary (2018)

Adjusted Score: 104.415%
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


Mandy (2018)

Adjusted Score: 100.74%
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


Halloween (2018)

Adjusted Score: 94.509%
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


Overlord (2018)

Adjusted Score: 88.333%
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

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