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The best reviewed horror movies of 2020, ranked

The best reviewed horror movies of 2020, ranked

Here are some fresh scares to serve up, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

If you're reading this, you're probably a horror fan. I'm a big time horror fan too. Take a look at this dope patch I just picked up today from Etsy

(and business is good)                    

 

Anyway, there's been a bunch of horror movies that have been released in just the past two months. Well, the fine folks at Rotten Tomatoes have made a list ranking the best reviewed films. The synopsis and consensus is from the site, while the vibe check is from little ol' me. 

Here we go. 

12: Fantasy Island 

 

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Synopsis: In Blumhouse's new spin on Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island's mystery in order to escape with their lives.

Critics: 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.

Vibe Check: This is TOTALLY something I'm going to check out as a rental. I dig Blumhouse's whole Woke Horror vibe and I love stories of wish fulfillment going wrong. 

11: Brahms: The Boy 2

 

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Synopsis: Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Critics: 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.

Vibe Check: The trailer for the first one looked great, but the actual reveal was really, really dumb. The trailer for this one looks great, but . . . 

10: The Turning

 

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Synopsis: For more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences. Next February, DreamWorks Pictures' THE TURNING takes us to a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, where newly appointed nanny Kate is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora and Miles. Quickly though, she discovers that both the children and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear.

Critics: Stylish but muddled, this misbegotten adaptation of Henry James' classic novel will send horror-hungry viewers Turning to the source material instead.

Vibe Check: I'm kind of bummed I missed this in theaters. I'm a sucker for atmopheric gothic horror and the original story is a classic for a reason. 

9: Underwater

 

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Synopsis: A crew of underwater researchers must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.

Critics: 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.

Vibe Check: I 👏am 👏here 👏for👏Kristen👏Stewart👏underwater👏aliens

8: Gretel & Hansel

 

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Synopsis: A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl (Sophia Lillis, It) leads her little brother (Sammy Leakey) into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

Critics: 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.

Vibe Check: Oz Perkins is one of the best young horror directors out there. This is a must-watch for me. 

7: Feedback

 

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Synopsis: Jarvis Dolan is the star journalist of the successful London late night radio show "The Grim Reality". The evening takes a macabre turn when two armed men burst into the studio, taking control of the show. Their mission: to shed light on a scandal that could spell the end of Jarvis' established career. Forced to continue with the live program, following the script of the assailants, Jarvis Dolan's night will soon become a nightmare.

Critics: *no reviews yet*

Vibe Check:  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Haven't heard about it, but meta commentaries on pop culture featuring talking heads under siege has been done.

6: The Lodge

 

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Synopsis: A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE follows a family who retreat to their remote winter cabin over the holidays. When the father (Richard Armitage) is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan (IT's Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace (Riley Keough). Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace's dark past.

Critics: Led by an impressive Riley Keough performance, The Lodge should prove a suitably unsettling destination for fans of darkly atmospheric horror.

Vibe Check: Goodnight Mommy was dope as hell and this has good energy to it. Count me in.

5: VFW

 

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Synopsis:  A typical night for a group of war veterans at the local VFW turns into an all-out battle for survival when a teenage girl runs into the bar with a bag of stolen drugs. Suddenly under attack from a gang of punk mutants looking to get back what's theirs -- at any cost -- the vets use every weapon they can put together to protect the girl, and their VFW, in the biggest fight of their lives.

Critics: 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.

Vibe Check: This kind of gorefest grindhouse nonsense is my aesthetic. 

4: After Midnight (Something Else)

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Synopsis: A small-time bar owner is stalked by a mysterious monster every night after his decade-long, blissful relationship with his girlfriend disintegrates abruptly (she leaves him without notice because of his stubborn unwillingness to commit to marriage).

Critics: Part creature feature, part romance, After Midnight somehow manages to combine its disparate ingredients and come up with something special.

Vibe Check: This has been popping up in my feed a lot but I've skipped it due to the lackluster trailer. The reviews convinced me to take a second look. 

3: Color Out of Space

 

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Synopsis: After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.

Critics: 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.

Vibe Check: I saw this just a couple days ago and loved it. It's aggressively vaperwave in its look and it has another Nicholas Cage wacky performance, but it gets the Lovecraft vibe right. Recommended.

2: Come to Daddy

 

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Synopsis: Norval Greenwood, a privileged man-child arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn't seen in 30 years. He quickly discovers that not only is dad a disapproving jerk, he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. Now, hundreds of miles from his cushy comfort zone, Norval must battle with demons both real and perceived in order to reconnect with a father he barely knows.

Critics: Bloody horror with barbed wit, Come to Daddy anchors its brutal violence in a surprisingly mature approach to provocative themes.

Vibe Check: I'm really feeling Elijah Wood's second career as a horror mainstay. His projects have all been really strong and I look forward to this one. 

1: The Invisible Man

 

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Synopsis: Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC's The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO's Euphoria). But when Cecilia's abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia's sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Critics: 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.

Vibe Check: This. This is how they should have started the Universal Monsters series. It should have been a series of smaller budget movies helmed by experienced horror people, not a bunch of big budget superhero nonsense like Dracula Untold or The Mummy. 

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