YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Horror Movies of 2020

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Top Horror Movies of 2020

[Insert 2020 is the real horror joke you’ve read in every other top horror list this month]. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, 2020 has been a fantastic year for horror, especially with streaming platforms like Netflix and Shudder highlighting international films in their line-up. From the films that transcended the genre to find wide-acclaim and the horror indie darlings, you’ll find them here on our Top Horror Movies of 2020 list.

To make the Top Horror Movies of 2020 list, we asked our writers and staff to put together a ranked list of their favorite horror films that they saw throughout the year. In order to qualify, the film had to have been in the horror genre and widely released in the United States either in a theater or on a streaming platform in 2020. This means that we did not include festival films no matter how good they were. So, without further ado, here are our Top Horror Movies of 2020:

10. #Alive#ALIVE - Top Horror Movies of 2020

Director: Il Cho
Writer: Il Cho (screenplay), Matt Naylor
Stars:  Yoo Ah-InPark Shin-HyeJeon Bae-soo

“The rapid spread of an unknown infection has left an entire city in ungovernable chaos, but one survivor remains alive in isolation. It is his story.”

Watch the movie here.

9. The Lodge

The Lodge - Top Horror Movies of 2020

Director: Severin FialaVeronika Franz
Writer: Sergio CasciVeronika Franz
Stars: Riley KeoughJaeden MartellLia McHugh

A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.

Watch the movie here.

8. La Llorona

La Llorona

Director:  Jayro Bustamante
Writer:  Jayro BustamanteLisandro Sanchez
Stars: María Mercedes CoroySabrina De La HozMargarita Kenéfic

An aging paranoid war criminal, protected by his faithful wife, faces death while being haunted by the ghosts of his past.

Watch the movie here.

7. Gretel & Hansel

Gretel & Hansel - Top Horror Movies of 2020

Director: Oz Perkins
Writer: Rob Hayes
Stars: Sophia LillisSamuel LeakeyAlice Krige

“A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.”

Watch the movie here.

6. The Mortuary Collection

The Mortuary Collection

Director: Ryan Spindell
Writer: Ryan Spindell
Stars: Tristan ByonEden CampbellHannah R. Loyd

“An eccentric mortician recounts several macabre and phantasmagorical tales that he’s encountered in his distinguished career.”

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5. Scare Me

Scare Me - Top Horror Movies of 2020

Director: Josh Ruben
Writer: Josh Ruben
Stars: Josh RubenAya CashChris Redd

“During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in their Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear.”

Watch the movie here.

4. Vampires Vs The Bronx

Vampires Vs The Bronx

Director: Osmany Rodriguez
Writer: Osmany Rodriguez
Stars: Jaden MichaelGerald Jones IIIGregory Diaz IV

“A group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from gentrification…and vampires.”

Watch the movie here.

3. Color Out of Space

Color Out of space

Director: Richard Stanley
Writer: H.P. Lovecraft(based on the short story “The Colour out of Space” by), Richard Stanley and Scarlett Amaris
Stars: Nicolas CageJoely RichardsonMadeleine Arthur

“A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there and possibly the world.”

Watch the movie here.

2. Host

HOst - Top Horror Movies of 2020

Director: Rob Savage
Writer: Gemma HurleyRob Savage, and Jed Shepherd
Stars: Haley BishopJemma MooreEmma Louise Webb

“Six friends hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lockdown, but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong.”

Watch the movie here.

1. The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man - Top Horror Movies of 2020

Director: Leigh Whannell
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Stars:  Elisabeth MossOliver Jackson-CohenHarriet Dyer

“When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.”

Watch the movie here.


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Synopses for the movies on the Top Horror Movies of 2020 were taken directly from IMDb.com.