This Is the Best Horror Film of 2020, According to Critics

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

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Let's face it: 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. Some of these movies did get a theatrical release, others went straight to streaming, and many can be watched from the comfort of your home right now. Read on to find out which scary movies you need to catch up on—and if any of your recent favorites made the cut. And for the greatest horror films ever, these are The Best Horror Films of All Time, According to Critics.

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Spree

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RLJE Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62 percent

And to see how other horror films measure up, check out our Ranking of Every '90s Horror Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

30
Feedback

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65 percent

29
Gretel & Hansel

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United Artists Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65 percent

And for stars who got their start making scary movies, here are 30 Celebrities You Forgot Were in Horror Movies.

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Amulet

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Magnolia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 69 percent

27
Yummy

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Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 73 percent

And to see what the critics thought about some classic thrillers, we're Ranking Every Alfred Hitchcock Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

26
The Lodge

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Neon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74 percent

25
The Wretched

the wretched
IFC Midnight

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75 percent

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24
The Rental

still from the rental
IFC Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75 percent

23
The Platform

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Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79 percent

And for more things worth watching on Netflix, check out The Best Netflix Shows Ever, According to Critics.

22
VFW

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RLJE Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81 percent

21
The Beach House

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Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81 percent

20
Bulbbul

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Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82 percent

19
Scare Me

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Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84 percent

18
Koko-di Koko-da

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Dark Star Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83 percent

17
#Alive

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Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

16
1BR

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Dark Sky FIlms

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

15
Sea Fever

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Dust

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

14
Color Out of Space

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RLJE Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

13
Come to Daddy

come to daddy
Saban Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87 percent

12
After Midnight

after midnight
Cranked Up Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent

11
Sputnik

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Sony Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent

10
Swallow

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IFC Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89 percent

9
Blood Quantum

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Elevation Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent

8
The Invisible Man

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Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

7
Relic

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IFC Midnight

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent

6
Possessor: Uncut

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Neon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

5
Impetigore

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Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

4
La Llorona

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Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

3
Extra Ordinary

extra ordinary
Cranked Up Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

2
Uncle Peckerhead

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Epic Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

1
Host

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Shudder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

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