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!


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#12

Fantasy Island (2020)
8%

#12
Adjusted Score: 12.165%
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: 10.684%
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: 15.76%
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: 57.279%
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: 68.76%
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)
65%

#7
Adjusted Score: 65.013%
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: 81.203%
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: 82.633%
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: 86.468%
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: 95.013%
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: 89.76%
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: 108.938%
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

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