2020 has caused havoc to the entire world. Due to this pandemic and emergency, the film world received a major setback; assets and theaters were closed down, keeping global health concerns in mind. Still, fans got to experience plenty of quality films of this genre, while some of the highly-awaited films like Halloween Kills were shut down. So here we bring you a list of ranked horror movies on a scale of 10!!
For film-lovers, the only respite was brought by some streaming services, which came up and helped release quite a several notable horror movies this year, as almost all theaters suffered during this time. In the list, we bring a mix of some really terrifying, while some have a bit of humor too. So without much delay, let’s go into the list of the 10 best horror movies of 2020.
10 Best Horror Movies:
Here is the list of 10 best horror movies of 2020
Welcome to the Blumhouse
There are four movies in this series of Welcome to the Blumhouse, which are the following: Black Box, The Lie, Nocturne, and Evil Eye. These are by Amazon in partnership with the legendary horror studio and released the films around the Halloween season. The films were decidedly different, consisting of a distinct cast and set of rules.
Each of the four films had something great to offer; Black Box and Evil Eye were the most enjoyable. There’s horror in science fiction, while the other was on the magical side. Black Box is the scariest out of the four, so fans seeking their share of good horror should opt for it. But as each entry has a different director behind the lens, they all have a unique visual language to offer to horror-movie lovers. The cast of Welcome to the Blumhouse is just as interesting as the stories, which include Joey King, Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard, Phylicia Rashad, Mamoudou Athie, Sunita Mani, Sarita Choudhury, Sydney Sweeney, and Madison Iseman.
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This film had been hype a lot before its release. Directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe as Veronica Henley/Eden.
The film is set in a Louisiana plantation during Confederate time, where the protagonist finds herself. It goes through some wild twist and turns that occur in the movie’s runtime, gradually answering away the myriad questions which the audiences have.
The movie is filled with some real horror, and some of these are borderline unwatchable, as viewing racial violence is a grueling theatrical experience that brings out issues of both the past and present. The directors pump the breaks just when needed, and the third act is a rewarding experience that shows the talent of Janelle Monáe. The end twist makes the whole runtime worth it.
The Rental was a sleeper horror hit this year, topping both the VOD and box office at the time of its release back in July. It is directed by actor Dave Franco; the movie is concerned about friends who get an Airbnb where they find out being watched upon. The interpersonal issues of the characters deteriorate by drugs and creepy events taking place in the house, giving way to chaos.
The film is a success as it’s a controlled story and features a small but mighty cast. The group is led by Legion’s Dan Stevens and acclaimed actress Alison Brie, who is the real-life wife of Dave Franco. He deserves his share of credit for directing, writing, and producing the horror flick.
Aneesh Chaganty’s Run is definitely not one of the movies to be missed to include! The film quickly became the most popular original movie on Hulu, where it has been streaming since last November. It stars American Horror Story legend Sarah Paulson as Diane Sherman, the overbearing mother of a disabled young woman named Chloe (Kiera Allen).
The thriller unfolds the mystery of Chloe’s condition and her mother’s obsessive ways throughout its course. Sarah Paulson once again proved herself as a scream queen throughout the film, and as the film has a PG-13 rating, there are not many bloody scenes. Run became popular with a third act and a killer ending. The chilling conclusion creates room for a possible sequel, so we’ll have to wait to see if Hulu moves forward and our assumption gets a green signal.
Justin Simien’s Bad Hair is another horror on the platform Hulu. The Dear White People filmmaker shifted from Netflix to Hulu for a satirical comedy/horror flick set in 1989. It centers around Anna (Elle Lorraine), who climb the stairs of her career once getting a sew-in weave, which gives her confidence, gathering positive attention from everyone around her. Except on the downside: the hair itself becomes violent and murderous.
Justin Simien brings this very specific story to life by an amazing cast, which consists of Jay Pharoah, Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, Usher, Kelly Rowling, and Laverne Cox.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen
Netflix is releasing original film content at a very fast pace over a few years. This success has helped to rise up a few properties as bonafide franchises. So The Babysitter: Killer Queen was a direct follow-up to the original movie that came on Netflix back in 2017, and it delivered on everything, making the predecessor a hit, thus including plenty of comedic beats, much violence, and some bold directorial choices.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen concerns with the struggles of Cole (Judah Lewis)through his high school and is set two years after he survived an attack from a satanic cult. But the killer cult mysteriously resurrects and tries killing him again; he fights back, facing his biggest fear. The film successfully keeps the expectations of the fans and also deepens the narrative. The film features an impressive cast with A+ additions.
The horror genre addresses complexities in real-life issues, all the while scaring us away. One such entry in the list is Remi Weekes’s His House. The acclaimed horror movie made a debut on Netflix back in October, being another killer choice for Halloween! The movie is about a pair of South Sudanese refugees who are given asylum in the U.K. But it’s found that their home is haunted, giving them horrifying visions.
The film has chilling visuals to offer and also a pair of complex lead actors, played by Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu, thereby succeeding it’s best. They both deliver emotional performances, as their backstory is played out on the screen, while The Crown alum Matt Smith rounds off the small but mighty cast. The movie floats on emotionality and real stakes while depicting the refugee tale fantastically, making the film a hell of a ride!
The Hunt became a national sensation, making its way to the headlines months before its release due to rumors about test screenings and the movie’s messaging, which makes it one of the controversial entries. The Blumhouse horror blockbuster was judged by the court of public opinion before anyone watched it. However, the truth was revealed only when it arrived in both theaters and was directed to homes.
The film is about a group of people who suddenly wake up and find themselves in the middle of a very high stakes game of survival. Mysterious forces hunted them down, and the story went viral years ago.
The audience is kept on their toes by the brutality of the film. But there’s also plenty of comic relief moments, particularly thanks to Hillary Swank’s character!
The Invisible Man
Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man is one of the other Blumhouse entries to the list and was one of the first major hits of 2020. It’s interestingly the last film audience got to enjoy before social distancing kept us away from theatres!
The movie has a tense, sensory feel, where The Handmaid’s Tale famed Elisabeth Moss looks terrific in the real sense and proves herself. Her acting gives the scenes their emotional weight, and the viewers are left awestruck as if searching their house as the film’s protagonist!
The supporting cast includes Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge, The Haunting of Hill House’s Oliver Jackson-Cohen, making The Invisible Man full of great performances.
The Lodge can be described as a truly unsettling movie experience. The film debuted at Sundance in 2019 and was released in February. The film was a dark and horrid tale about cruelty and mental health.
It centers around a stepmother to-be Laura (Riley Keough)as she is left within a remote cottage for Christmas, while it snowed, with her fiancee’s two children. Gradually her childhood trauma involving a cult soon resurfaces, causing her to lose her mental faculties as a result of a variety of bizarre incidents. The movie is creepy and terrific throughout, with a most horrific end, which makes it an unforgettable experience!
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