The Best Horror Film of 2020, According to Critics

Find out which horror movies got scary good reviews this year.

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As we near the end of this year, there's one thing we can probably agree on—2020 has been pretty frightening. But while many of us have steered clear of movie theaters due to the real-life horrors of living through a pandemic, we've been missing out on some genuinely great films. If you're finding yourself more drawn to scary movies than ever before, you probably want to know what should be on your radar. To help you out, here's a list of the best horror films of 2020, according to critics.

Review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes keeps an updated list of the best reviewed horror films of the year. Keep in mind these movies are ranked by an algorithm that weights some critics above others, which is why they're not just ordered by score. All of them, however, got enough positive feedback to merit a watch. Some of these movies did get a theatrical release, others went straight to streaming, and many can be screened from the comfort of your home right now. Just make sure you leave the lights on.

Read on to find out which scary movies you need to catch up on—and to see if any of your recent favorites made the cut. And for more horror films worth checking out, revisit The Scariest Movie That Came Out the Year You Graduated.

43
Spree

still from spree
RLJE Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64 percent

And for films the critics hated this year, check out The Worst Movies of 2020, According to Critics.

42
Feedback

still from feedback
Breaking Glass Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65 percent

41
The Owners

the owners
RLJE Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65 percent

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40
Bad Hair

still from bad hair
Hulu

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64 percent

39
Gretel & Hansel

gretel and hansel
United Artists Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65 percent

And if you can't get enough of scary movies, discover The One Horror Film Stephen King Was Too Scared to Finish.

38
Amulet

still from amulet
Magnolia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 70 percent

37
Black Box

black box
Amazon Studios

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74 percent

36
The Wretched

the wretched
IFC Midnight

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74 percent

35
The Lodge

the lodge
Neon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74 percent

34
The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw

the curse of audrey earnshaw
Epic Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76 percent

33
The Rental

still from the rental
IFC Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75 percent

32
The Platform

still from the platform
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79 percent

31
Scare Package

scare package
Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80 percent

30
Synchronic

still from synchronic
Well Go USA Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80 percent

29
Porno

still from horror film porno
Cranked Up Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81 percent

28
VFW

still from vfw
RLJE Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81 percent

27
The Beach House

the beach house
Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81 percent

26
Scare Me

still from scare me
Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82 percent

25
Koko-di Koko-da

koko-di koko-da
Dark Star Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83 percent

24
Freaky

still from freaky
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83 percent

23
Sea Fever

sea fever
Dust

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

22
Color Out of Space

color out of space
RLJE Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

21
1BR

still from the horror movie 1BR
Dark Sky Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87 percent

20
Come to Daddy

come to daddy
Saban Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87 percent

19
Deerskin

still from deerskin
Greenwich Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87 percent

18
#Alive

still from hashtag alive
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent

17
After Midnight

after midnight
Cranked Up Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent

16
Swallow

still from swallow
IFC Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent

15
Vampires vs. The Bronx

vampires vs. the bronx
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89 percent

14
The Wolf of Snow Hollow

the wolf of snow hollow
United Artists Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89 percent

13
Sputnik

still from sputnik
Sony Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89 percent

12
The Dark and the Wicked

the dark and the wicked
RLJE Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent

11
Blood Quantum

blood quantum
Elevation Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent

10
Relic

still from relic
IFC Midnight

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

9
The Invisible Man

Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

8
Possessor: Uncut

still from possessor
Neon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

7
Impetigore

impetigore
Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

6
The Mortuary Collection

the mortuary collection
Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

5
The Wolf House

still from the wolf house
Anto

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

And for more 2020 standouts, check out The Best TV Shows of 2020, According to Critics.

4
La Llorona

la llorona
Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

3
Extra Ordinary

extra ordinary
Cranked Up Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

And for films you're better off skipping, These Are the Worst Horror Movies of All Time, According to Critics.

2
Host

still from host
Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

1
His House

still from his house
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

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