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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Impetigore, a wild, gory horror movie from Joko Anwar, director of Satan’s Slaves, could be headed to the Oscars. Anwar himself announced on social media that the film, which is streaming exclusively on Shudder, is Indonesia’s official submission for the 93rd Academy Awards. Does that mean it will get nominated? No. In fact, I can’t imagine the Academy giving the film a fair shot. But it’s still wonderful to know that such a bold, original genre pic is being submitted. Read More »
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The Movie: Impetigore and Satan’s Slaves
Where You Can Stream Them: Shudder
The Pitch: If you only watch American horror films, you’re missing out. Outside of Hollywood, horror films can be weirder, wilder, crazier, more ambitious, and often piss-your-pants scary. And in recent years, Indonesia has announced itself as the latest major player in the genre. Much like how France and Japan created new horror filmmaking waves in the late ’90s and mid-00s, the Oceanic nation feels primed and ready to inspire a thousand imitators with its utterly unique brand of terror. And director Joko Anwar is leading the way.
Why They’re Essential Viewing: Joko Anwar has a number of credits to his name (including an Indonesian superhero movie that I’d very much like to see, please), but two of them are exclusively streaming on the Shudder horror streaming service and both of them are utterly sublime. Both Satan’s Slaves and Impetigore strike a remarkable balance: they’re emotionally moving, character-driven mysteries that revel in grandiose twists and stellar reveals, all accomplished while being scary-as-hell crowdpleasers.
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