The 50 Greatest Movie Moments of 2020

Best Movie Moments of 2020

Every year, the /Film team gathers to do what all websites must: make a big list about the previous year in cinema. And while 2020 offered its fair share of numbing, painful roadblocks, the movies were as good as ever, even as we watched them at home instead of at a movie theater. So compiling a list of the 50 Greatest Movie Moments of 2020 was hard not because there weren’t any great moments, but because there were so many.

Here are our favorite moments – shots, scenes, lines of dialogue, gags, asides, action scenes, you name it – from the movies of 2020.

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/Film’s Top 15 Films of 2020

Slashfilm Best Movies of 2020

Over the past week, we have published individual top 10 movies of 2020 lists representing each member of the /Film staff. And today, we present the grand climax of that endeavor: the site’s overall Top 15 Movies of 2020 list.

Peter Sciretta, Jacob Hall, Ethan Anderton, Ben Pearson, Hoai-Tran Bui, and Chris Evangelista all contributed to this feature, with their personal lists being used to determine what made this main list and what did not. Let’s say goodbye to 2020 by celebrating one of its few silver linings – the movies.

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Look, you’re not going to find a human being on this planet who doesn’t want to close the book on 2020. But in that sea of darkness and abject misery, there are silver linings to be found. Silver linings like…well, the television was pretty damn good.

Join us, the /Film staff, as we run down the best TV we watched in 2020.

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: As 2020 nears a much-awaited close, before 2021 brings with it a newfound, maybe even hopeful landscape, let’s reflect one last time. Not at the disaster points, but the sweet little pockets that helped get us through day by day. For example! Despite titles like Candyman and Halloween Kills vacating a theater-shuttered year, it was still an above-average period for the horror genre. International and independent VOD-streamers released as they planned, with highlights that neither myself nor Chris want you to forget. Hell, we might as well put our distraction-watching habits to good use.

Chris: Folks, it’s been a rough year. And the movie release landscape was severely hampered. But there are still plenty of strong 2020 horror movies worth checking out, and if you’re currently in the midst of an end-of-the-year catch-up, Matt and I are here to help you sort through the shit and find the sweetness. Is that a saying? No, probably not, but it should be. #SortThroughTheShitAndFindTheSweetness. 

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: I’m not going to fake positivity. This Thanksgiving will suck on levels that no holiday has any right to, because I’ll assume we’re all doing the responsible thing by staying home amidst growing concern over (once again) increasing COVID-19 cases. The somewhat salvageable news? In October, roughly 40+ new-release horror films hit VOD platforms and streaming services. Far too many titles for the sane and rational moviewatcher to tackle in a single month, now with an extended four-day weekend and lots of at-home lounge time. Here’s to chipping away at our backlogs instead of needlessly extending future lockdown protocols!

Chris: It’s been a month. Hell, it’s been a year. Things are rough, and now it’s Thanksgiving time – but I really hope you’re not traveling. I get it – you’re used to the tradition and want to go home and see your people. But you really, really shouldn’t. Not this year. Sooner or later, we’ll be on the other side of this. And while I’m not going to sit here and lie and say everything will be back to normal, things will be better. Because they have to be. For now, though, you should probably spend the holidays at home. And if you’re looking for something to fill your time, we’re rounding up some horror titles you might have missed in the last few weeks (you’ve probably had other things on your mind, what with…ya know…everything). 

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: I know what you’re thinking. “Now Scream This” does Halloween. Another streaming horror recommendation column highlights all the genre options already pointed out on every other entertainment website across the web-o-sphere. Don’t get me wrong! Shudder is crushing their October content drops with titles like Scare Me and The Mortuary Collection. Netflix is pumping out two new releases a week, one of which, Vampires Vs. The Bronx, deserves way more love. That said? We’re focusing our spooky-scary column on an even more underserved medium: horror shorts.

Chris: I love a good short horror film. There’s something fun about a quick, concise attempt at creating something scary that I just can’t resist, and I know I’m not alone. After all, Hollywood seems to be constantly mining short films for features. Lights Out, Saw, Mama, and more all originated as shorts. So while we usually try to highlight features around these parts, we’ve decided to give you a treat for Halloween season and gather up some horror shorts you can watch right now. Right here. You don’t even have to click off the page! In fact, you should never click off the page. Stay here forever. Click on some ads. Happy Halloween! 

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Chris’ generosity overfloweth this week since it was his idea to curate a list of streaming horror recommendations based only on free services. While there are multiple, from IMDB TV to Kanopy, I’ve decided to focus on Tubi in particular. You’d imagine a no-pay service to offer limited selections, but Tubi boasts a rather expansive and deep genre catalog. You’ll scroll past must-sees from Train To Busan to Hellraiser, so I’ve probed a bit farther to highlight few personally approved underseen titles. Embrace the Halloween spirit by broadening your spooky horizons!

Chris: We’re always trying to think of fun little themes here at the Now Scream This offices, and what’s more fun than free? That’s right – there are free streaming services out there, and some of them have some good stuff! There’s a catch, of course – they’re ad-based, which means that you’re going to get commercial breaks. But that’s not such a bad thing. Think of it like the old days, when networks would broadcast a movie every week. The commercial arrives, you get up and get a sandwich. Simple. And did I mention it’s free

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2020 Fantasia Film Festival Reviews sake of vicious

Usually, the genre-heavy Fantasia International Film Festival is held annually in Montreal, but with things the way they are this year (terrible), the festival has gone virtual. This year, Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato are covering Fantasia for /Film, firing off dispatches featuring capsule reviews of the titles we’ve watched from the safety of our own homes, all while dreaming of poutine.

In this edition: something from Troma; Rhode Island horror; and some old fashioned ultraviolence. 

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2020 Fantasia Film Festival Reviews dark and the wicked

Usually, the genre-heavy Fantasia International Film Festival is held annually in Montreal, but with things the way they are this year (terrible), the festival has gone virtual. This year, Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato are covering Fantasia for /Film, firing off dispatches featuring capsule reviews of the titles we’ve watched from the safety of our own homes, all while dreaming of poutine.

In this edition: the best film of the festival; a sleep study gone wrong; an Evil Dead doc; and more.

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2020 Fantasia Film Festival Reviews Slaxx

Usually, the genre-heavy Fantasia International Film Festival is held annually in Montreal, but with things the way they are this year (terrible), the festival has gone virtual. This year, Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato are covering Fantasia for /Film, firing off dispatches featuring capsule reviews of the titles we’ve watched from the safety of our own homes, all while dreaming of poutine.

In this edition: killer jeans, pioneer horror, blood, and more.

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