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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. As the world transitioned into a state of pandemic more frightening than most movie can imagine, popular streaming choices audiences and critics have latched onto in response include The Platform, Relic, and Host.

Check back to see which films are killing it in the best horror movies of 2020 by Tomatometer.

Update: His House added.


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#42

Bad Hair (2020)
64%

#42
Adjusted Score: 66.66%
Critics Consensus: Bad Hair's unwieldy ambitions are easy to respect -- even if the film's tonal jumble and uneven execution are impossible to ignore.
Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1989. Anna Bludso (Elle Lorraine) is a scarred survivor of a scalp burn from a mild relaxer perm.... [More]
Directed By: Justin Simien

#41

Spree (2020)
64%

#41
Adjusted Score: 66.819%
Critics Consensus: Joe Keery's magnetic screen presence can't disguise Spree's shallow critique of social media culture -- although that lack of depth may be precisely the point.
Synopsis: Meet Kurt, from @KurtsWorld96 (Joe Keery). He dreams of sitting atop a social media empire, but for now he drives... [More]
Directed By: Eugene Kotlyarenko

#40

The Owners (2020)
64%

#40
Adjusted Score: 65.069%
Critics Consensus: The Owners will prove excessively mean-spirited and over the top for some, but should be just pulpy enough for genre enthusiasts up for some home-invasion thrills.
Synopsis: A group of friends think they found the perfect easy score -- an empty house with a safe full of... [More]
Directed By: Julius Berg

#39

Feedback (2020)
65%

#39
Adjusted Score: 65.061%
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

#38

Gretel & Hansel (2020)
66%

#38
Adjusted Score: 70.251%
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

#37

Amulet (2020)
69%

#37
Adjusted Score: 71.819%
Critics Consensus: If its chilly sense of dread never quite becomes spine-tingling terror, Amulet remains smart, solidly disquieting fun for genre fans seeking slow-building horror.
Synopsis: Following an accident that leaves him homeless in London, former soldier Tomaz is brought to the rotting home of Magda,... [More]
Directed By: Romola Garai

#36

Yummy (2020)
71%

#36
Adjusted Score: 64.024%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young couple travels to a shady Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery. The young woman wants a breast reduction.... [More]
Directed By: Lars Damoiseaux

#35

The Lodge (2020)
74%

#35
Adjusted Score: 81.964%
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]

#34

The Wretched (2020)
74%

#34
Adjusted Score: 78.782%
Critics Consensus: The Wretched stirs up a savory blend of witch-in-the-woods horror ingredients that should leave genre fans hungry for a second helping from writer-directors Brett and Drew T. Pierce.
Synopsis: Following his parents' separation, a rebellious teenage boy, Ben, is sent to live with his father for the summer and... [More]

#33
Adjusted Score: 77.175%
Critics Consensus: The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw compensates for a certain amount of frustrating narrative drift with solid performances and a strong command of mood.
Synopsis: Young Audrey Earnshaw (Jessica Reynolds) and her mother, Agatha (Catherine Walker, A DARK SONG), live clandestinely as occultists on the... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Robert Lee

#32

The Rental (2020)
75%

#32
Adjusted Score: 83.283%
Critics Consensus: Some tricky genre juggling makes The Rental a bit of a fixer-upper, but effective chills and a solid cast make this a fine destination for horror fans.
Synopsis: Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying... [More]
Directed By: Dave Franco

#31

Black Box (2020)
74%

#31
Adjusted Score: 76.023%
Critics Consensus: An intriguing debut for writer-director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Black Box compensates for a lack of surprises with strong performances and an emotionally rewarding story.
Synopsis: Having lost his wife and his memory in a tragic car accident, news photographer Nolan Wright (Mamoudou Athie) is desperate... [More]

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 82.827%
Critics Consensus: While it may feel muddled at times, The Platform is an inventive and captivating dystopian thriller.
Synopsis: One day Goreng wakes up with his future colleague Trimagasi in the 33rd level of a prison style place, crossed... [More]

#29

Scare Package (2020)
80%

#29
Adjusted Score: 80.857%
Critics Consensus: Some of its contents are more entertaining than others, but genre fans should still find this Scare Package well worth opening.
Synopsis: Chad Buckley is a horror aficionado, and he's lonely. Chad spends his days at his struggling genre video store arguing... [More]

#28

VFW (2020)
81%

#28
Adjusted Score: 82.864%
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

#27

Synchronic (2020)
81%

#27
Adjusted Score: 85.782%
Critics Consensus: Synchronic sets off on an intriguingly idiosyncratic sci-fi journey that should satisfy fans of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's earlier work.
Synopsis: When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series... [More]

#26

The Beach House (2020)
81%

#26
Adjusted Score: 85.517%
Critics Consensus: An intriguing and unsettling debut for writer-director Jeffrey A. Brown, The Beach House offers a delightfully grim getaway for fans of imaginative, ambitious horror.
Synopsis: Escaping to his family's beach house to reconnect, Emily and Randall find their off-season trip interrupted by Mitch and Jane... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey A. Brown

#25

Bulbbul (2020)
82%

#25
Adjusted Score: 73.943%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in 20th Century Bengal, Bulbbul is a mystery and fable about a young woman's journey from innocence to strength.... [More]
Directed By: Anvita Dutt

#24

Scare Me (2020)
82%

#24
Adjusted Score: 83.705%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and suitably chilling, Scare Me uses its familiar horror setting as the backdrop for a fresh deconstruction of standard genre ingredients.
Synopsis: During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more... [More]
Directed By: Josh Ruben

#23

Koko-di Koko-da (2020)
82%

#23
Adjusted Score: 84.023%
Critics Consensus: Using an effectively creepy setting and a beguilingly evasive approach, Koko-Di Koko-Da takes a chilling look at the long tail of grief.
Synopsis: Elin and Tobias are a happily married couple who regularly vacation with their young daughter. The family is on a... [More]
Directed By: Johannes Nyholm

#22

1BR (2020)
86%

#22
Adjusted Score: 88.819%
Critics Consensus: 1BR's occasionally ordinary storytelling is more than outweighed by tight direction, interesting ideas, and an effective blend of horror and thoughtful drama.
Synopsis: After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not... [More]
Directed By: David Marmor

#21

Sea Fever (2020)
86%

#21
Adjusted Score: 90.463%
Critics Consensus: If Sea Fever never quite heats up as much as it could, it remains an engrossing, well-acted sci-fi thriller with effective horror elements.
Synopsis: Siobhán's a marine biology student who prefers spending her days alone in a lab. She has to endure a week... [More]
Directed By: Neasa Hardiman

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 95.344%
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

#19

#Alive (2020)
88%

#19
Adjusted Score: 88.273%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, genuinely unsettling, and occasionally even funny, #alive proves the crowded zombie genre still has fresh stories to tell.
Synopsis: The rapid spread of an unknown infection has left an entire city in ungovernable chaos, but one survivor remains alive... [More]
Directed By: Il Cho

#18

Come to Daddy (2020)
87%

#18
Adjusted Score: 91.304%
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

#17
Adjusted Score: 88.697%
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]

#16

Swallow (2020)
88%

#16
Adjusted Score: 93.365%
Critics Consensus: Swallow's unconventional approach to exploring domestic ennui is elevated by a well-told story and Haley Bennett's powerful leading performance.
Synopsis: On the surface, Hunter (Haley Bennett) appears to have it all. A newly pregnant housewife, she seems content to spend... [More]
Directed By: Carlo Mirabella-Davis

#15

Sputnik (2020)
89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 93.623%
Critics Consensus: Effective space alien horror with a Soviet-era twist, Sputnik proves there are still some scary good sci-fi thrillers left in the galaxy.
Synopsis: Due to her controversial methods, young doctor Tatiana Yurievna (Oksana Akinshina) is on the precipice of losing her medical license.... [More]
Directed By: Egor Abramenko

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 89.857%
Critics Consensus: In the sharp, socially conscious battle of Vampires vs. the Bronx, comedy and horror blend brilliantly -- and the audience is the winner.
Synopsis: A group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from a band of vampires.... [More]
Directed By: Osmany Rodriguez

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 91.501%
Critics Consensus: The Wolf of Snow Hollow treads somewhat unsteadily between horror and comedy, but writer-director-star Jim Cummings' unique sensibilities make for an oddly haunting hybrid.
Synopsis: The Wolf of Snow Hollow follows a small-town sheriff, struggling with a failed marriage, a rebellious daughter, and a lackluster... [More]
Directed By: Jim Cummings

#12

Blood Quantum (2020)
90%

#12
Adjusted Score: 93.774%
Critics Consensus: Blood Quantum blends bloody horror with sociopolitical subtext, taking a fresh bite out of the crowded zombie genre in the bargain.
Synopsis: The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Barnaby

#11

Relic (2020)
91%

#11
Adjusted Score: 100.715%
Critics Consensus: Relic ratchets up its slowly building tension in an expertly crafted atmosphere of dread, adding up to an outstanding feature debut for director/co-writer Natalie Erika James.
Synopsis: When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to... [More]
Directed By: Natalie Erika James

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 110.793%
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

#9

Possessor: Uncut (2020)
93%

#9
Adjusted Score: 99.957%
Critics Consensus: Further refining his provocative vision, writer-director Brandon Cronenberg uses Possessor's potentially over-the-top premise as a delivery mechanism for stylishly disturbing thrills.
Synopsis: From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos.... [More]
Directed By: Brandon Cronenberg

#8
Adjusted Score: 95.963%
Critics Consensus: Impetigore uses its folk horror setting as the brutally effective backdrop for a supernatural story that sinks its hooks into the viewer and refuses to let go.
Synopsis: Perempuan Tanah Jahanam tells the story of a woman who returns to her home village, only to find out that... [More]
Directed By: Joko Anwar

#7
Adjusted Score: 95.946%
Critics Consensus: Surreal, unsettling, and finally haunting, The Wolf House is a stunning outpouring of creativity whose striking visuals queasily complement its disturbing story.
Synopsis: Maria, a young woman finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of... [More]

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 96.625%
Critics Consensus: The rare anthology that maintains a consistently high level of quality, The Mortuary Collection is a must-see undertaking for horror fans.
Synopsis: When a young woman applies for a job at a decrepit old mortuary, she is treated to several tales of... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ryan Spindell

#5

La Llorona (2020)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 99.872%
Critics Consensus: La Llorona puts a fresh spin on the familiar legend by blending the supernatural and the political to resolutely chilling effect.
Synopsis: Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde... [More]
Directed By: Jayro Bustamante

#4

Extra Ordinary (2020)
98%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.721%
Critics Consensus: A horror/rom-com hybrid that somehow manages to blend its ingredients without losing their flavor, Extra Ordinary more than lives up to its title.
Synopsis: Rose, a sweet, small town driving instructor, is gifted with supernatural abilities, "The Talents", which mean she can talk to... [More]
Directed By: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

#3

Uncle Peckerhead (2020)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 58.348%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a punk band scores their first tour, life on the road proves tough when they are joined by a... [More]
Directed By: Matthew J. Lawrence

#2

Host (2020)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102.501%
Critics Consensus: Lean, suspenseful, and scary, Host uses its timely premise to deliver a nastily effective treat for horror enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown but get far more than they bargain... [More]
Directed By: Rob Savage

#1

His House (2020)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 103.562%
Critics Consensus: Featuring genuine scares through every corridor, His House is a terrifying look at the specters of the refugee experience and a stunning feature debut for Remi Weekes.
Synopsis: After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life... [More]
Directed By: Remi Weekes

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