The very scary year that was 2020 is now over, but we’re not quite done with it just yet. While the movie release landscape was severely changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, several great horror movies managed to find their way to audiences. Below, we’ve rounded up the best of the best to countdown the 15 Best Horror Movies of 2020.
(Note: I would’ve loved to have included Saint Maud, a movie I saw in 2019, on this list. But while Saint Maud was released in the UK in 2020, its US release date remains in limbo. Because of that, I’m not including it here – even though it’s fantastic.)
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It isn’t often you get to tell someone they’ve made the best horror film of the past two decades, but that is exactly how my interview with Osgood Perkins begins. With each passing year, The Blackcoat’s Daughter expands its audience, and it won’t be long before most horror fans accept its status as an iconic film of the 21st Century.
But Perkins is hardly a one-hit wonder. In addition to I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House – an intoxicatingly original (and uniquely American) ghost story – Perkins continues to carve a niche for himself with atmospheric projects like Gretel & Hansel, the latest adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Gretel & Hansel has been made before, of course, but Perkins’s take on the story is the perfect encapsulation of what makes him special as a filmmaker.
By ignoring the temptation to turn the Hansel & Gretel story into a – and I quote – “fucked up adult horror movie,” Perkins may just have made his most revealing project to-date.
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