Over the past year, we’ve collected every Fresh and Certified Fresh horror movie with at least 20 reviews, creating our guide to the best horror movies of 2020, ranked by Tomatometer.
Before the pandemic shut theaters down, horror was off to a decent start, on pace to keep up with the long strides the genre had made in the 2010s. The Invisible Man resurrected the Universal monster movie (and at the fraction of what the 2017 Mummy cost), while Color Out of Space was the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptation since Re-Animator.
Sheltered in place, audiences turned to streaming, quickly raising quarantine-shot Host and Spain’s social class-dissecting The Platform into word-of-mouth hits. Streaming helped horror movies with diverse themes and origins get more attention than they would’ve during normal distribution times, like the Canadian First Nations zombie film Blood Quantum, the political La Llorona, Russia’s alien thriller Sputnik, and Sudanese refugee haunter His House.
As theaters edged towards re-opening later in the year, movies like Freaky, The Rental, and Possessor saw some success in luring people out of their homes.
See the full ranking of the best horror movies of 2020.