The Best Horror Movies of 2020, Ranked by Tomatometer

The 2010s may go down in history for its revitalization of horror, but it’s a new decade and 2020 has come out fighting, slashing, and chomping. Virtually every week has seen a new scary movie, so we’re starting earlier than usual in the year with our ranking of the Best Horror Movies of 2020 (and the worst) by Tomatometer!

New horror movie highlights of the early year include the newly minted Universal Monster movie The Invisible Man, Elijah Wood’s wily Come to Daddy, and Nicolas Cage in Color Out of Space, a decent H.P. Lovecraft adaptation for a change.

2020 horror movies coming up in the year are A24’s Saint Maud, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, a new Purge, and Halloween Kills. We’ll be updating this guide as these and every other genre effort releases, so take a look and check back with the Best Horror Movies of 2020 by Tomatometer!


100 Best ’70s Horror Movies | 84 Best ’80s Horror Movies | 40 Best ’90s Horror Movies
80 Best 2000s Horror Movies | 50 Best 2010s Horror Movies| 150 Best Horror Movies Ever
#12

Fantasy Island (2020)
8%

#12
Adjusted Score: 12.204%
Critics Consensus: Fantasy Island tries to show audiences the dark side of wish fulfillment, but mainly serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of exhuming long-dead franchises.
Synopsis: In Blumhouse's new spin on Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Wadlow

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 10.731%
Critics Consensus: More likely to induce boredom than quicken the pulse, Brahms: The Boy II is chiefly scary for the way it undermines the effectiveness of its above-average predecessor.
Synopsis: Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where... [More]
Directed By: William Brent Bell

#10

The Turning (2020)
12%

#10
Adjusted Score: 15.843%
Critics Consensus: Stylish but muddled, this misbegotten adaptation of Henry James' classic novel will send horror-hungry viewers Turning to the source material instead.
Synopsis: For more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences. Next February, DreamWorks Pictures'... [More]
Directed By: Floria Sigismondi

#9

Underwater (2020)
48%

#9
Adjusted Score: 57.356%
Critics Consensus: Underwater's strong cast and stylish direction aren't enough to distract from the strong sense of déjà vu provoked by this claustrophobic thriller's derivative story.
Synopsis: A crew of underwater researchers must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.... [More]
Directed By: William Eubank

#8

Gretel & Hansel (2020)
65%

#8
Adjusted Score: 68.792%
Critics Consensus: Gretel & Hansel's rich visuals satisfy, even if this adaptation of a classic fairytale gets a little lost in the woods on the storytelling front.
Synopsis: A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl (Sophia Lillis, It) leads her little brother (Sammy... [More]
Directed By: Oz Perkins

#7

Feedback (2020)
68%

#7
Adjusted Score: 66.568%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jarvis Dolan is the star journalist of the successful London late night radio show "The Grim Reality". The evening takes... [More]
Directed By: Pedro C. Alonso

#6

The Lodge (2020)
74%

#6
Adjusted Score: 81.244%
Critics Consensus: Led by an impressive Riley Keough performance, The Lodge should prove a suitably unsettling destination for fans of darkly atmospheric horror.
Synopsis: A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE follows a family who retreat to their remote winter... [More]

#5

VFW (2020)
81%

#5
Adjusted Score: 82.679%
Critics Consensus: VFW's solid cast, deft direction, and surprisingly weighty subtext add extra heft to a gory thriller that should hold buckets of sanguine appeal for grindhouse fans.
Synopsis: A typical night for a group of war veterans at the local VFW turns into an all-out battle for survival... [More]
Directed By: Joe Begos

#4
Adjusted Score: 86.494%
Critics Consensus: Part creature feature, part romance, After Midnight somehow manages to combine its disparate ingredients and come up with something special.
Synopsis: A small-time bar owner is stalked by a mysterious monster every night after his decade-long, blissful relationship with his girlfriend... [More]

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 95.171%
Critics Consensus: A welcome return for director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space mixes tart B-movie pulp with visually alluring Lovecraftian horror and a dash of gonzo Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves... [More]
Directed By: Richard Stanley

#2

Come to Daddy (2020)
86%

#2
Adjusted Score: 89.843%
Critics Consensus: Bloody horror with barbed wit, Come to Daddy anchors its brutal violence in a surprisingly mature approach to provocative themes.
Synopsis: Norval Greenwood, a privileged man-child arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn't... [More]
Directed By: Ant Timpson

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 108.909%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and above all scary, The Invisible Man proves that sometimes, the classic source material for a fresh reboot can be hiding in plain sight.
Synopsis: Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of... [More]
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

Tag Cloud

Mary Tyler Moore VH1 BET BBC Hallmark Christmas movies Fox News Song of Ice and Fire sequel independent adventure Apple TV+ Turner IFC Films crossover ghosts historical drama Pet Sematary Kids & Family Film Spring TV sag awards Disney+ Disney Plus boxoffice Hulu Amazon Prime mockumentary Anna Paquin Ovation dceu Extras Women's History Month TCA spain Rom-Com Box Office Marvel Studios BAFTA USA Photos Spike ESPN DirecTV revenge The Witch TV renewals science fiction HBO Go Amazon Sci-Fi Television Academy PaleyFest Holidays X-Men cars Watching Series PBS Amazon Studios Star Trek dark Netflix Christmas movies crime thriller ratings Black History Month Binge Guide sitcom romance child's play Musicals OWN singing competition slashers Food Network First Look Amazon Prime Video The Walking Dead VICE universal monsters Masterpiece Fall TV Adult Swim Ghostbusters Classic Film Creative Arts Emmys Grammys justice league Disney Plus Film Festival news finale American Society of Cinematographers streaming batman A24 Columbia Pictures FX on Hulu Sony Pictures crime drama Walt Disney Pictures Emmys 007 2015 talk show blockbuster President Fantasy Trophy Talk elevated horror adaptation LGBT Best and Worst Marvel Television Elton John Awards TCA Winter 2020 Valentine's Day Thanksgiving kids WarnerMedia Starz thriller zombie Marvel canceled The Purge versus chucky E3 cancelled TV series supernatural Lifetime Christmas movies Drama Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Disney streaming service cancelled comedies directors Awards Tour award winner Music SundanceTV foreign Turner Classic Movies Writers Guild of America free movies cats Black Mirror composers Interview Comedy Central psychological thriller twilight Rocky franchise Apple latino theme song facebook quibi strong female leads Captain marvel Schedule hist San Diego Comic-Con cooking Set visit Acorn TV cancelled TV shows game show Rocketman ITV Chernobyl mission: impossible CNN Endgame Arrowverse CMT New York Comic Con FXX Crunchyroll reviews Summer VOD CBS Cartoon Network Spectrum Originals Superheroes Britbox Bravo unscripted stoner TLC Countdown GoT Comic Book Apple TV Plus Horror nature zero dark thirty Syfy WGN sports USA Network Podcast transformers Reality Competition die hard Family DC Universe Universal Lucasfilm medical drama FX MCU films Star Wars National Geographic spinoff Pop indiana jones CBS All Access AMC based on movie YouTube Red game of thrones golden globes Winter TV Cosplay Nominations BBC One Disney Channel miniseries Toys CW Seed space Baby Yoda Polls and Games dc Action jamie lee curtis Pirates El Rey First Reviews anime Video Games screen actors guild children's TV Hear Us Out Sundance TV Shondaland movies binge Hallmark Showtime movie a nightmare on elm street critics parents Tarantino 24 frames television true crime robots blaxploitation Stephen King police drama DC streaming service FOX Calendar Peacock discovery Cannes Winners hispanic cinemax Dark Horse Comics BET Awards Lifetime 2016 asian-american Netflix DGA indie screenings Chilling Adventures of Sabrina serial killer Marathons BBC America renewed TV shows Premiere Dates Christmas YA Red Carpet Superheroe RT History disaster cartoon Animation Country Ellie Kemper SXSW reboot war Brie Larson green book GIFs cancelled television documentaries YouTube OneApp TV Musical Trailer TCM The Arrangement all-time comiccon History Paramount Network TNT MTV Funimation satire south america LGBTQ dogs Vudu witnail diversity Certified Fresh A&E 21st Century Fox halloween vampires Pride Month Election criterion Lionsgate Oscars Western Freeform PlayStation what to watch Pop TV Year in Review political drama The CW Comics on TV Sneak Peek joker Character Guide TV Land spy thriller Tomatazos anthology Mindy Kaling Mudbound rotten movies we love 2017 RT21 Opinion Infographic christmas movies documentary aliens Reality stand-up comedy mutant Mystery APB GLAAD video on demand doctor who technology SDCC TBS social media Martial Arts Biopics E! tv talk cops teaser Sundance Now Trivia Emmy Nominations canceled TV shows Crackle Pixar series psycho spanish language 45 crime Quiz Avengers Logo book spider-man video DC Comics Heroines animated Rock Super Bowl Disney name the review breaking bad Sundance Mary poppins cults 20th Century Fox NBC concert 4/20 politics See It Skip It Tumblr comic YouTube Premium Shudder Travel Channel zombies HBO best 2019 harry potter Comedy Paramount travel scary movies dragons period drama IFC docudrama richard e. Grant Esquire Tubi festivals dramedy 2020 TruTV werewolf MSNBC TIFF Nat Geo romantic comedy casting toy story Warner Bros. HBO Max comics Epix 2018 TCA 2017 biography natural history Holiday ABC Family 71st Emmy Awards Discovery Channel Teen NYCC Academy Awards Nickelodeon ABC Mary Poppins Returns