The 15 Best Horror Movies of 2020

Best Horror Movies of 2020

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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Best Movies Streaming Right Now The Lighthouse

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

Gather round, friends, and I shall tell you the tale of streaming movies! Once upon a time, we were all stuck inside, and we badly needed entertainment to fill our days. The problem: there was just too much entertainment to choose from. How could we even begin? Thankfully, Now Stream This came to our rescue, and told us exactly what to watch, and where to watch it.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Streaming content is so important right now that Netflix stock recently became worth more than Disney. But the House of Mouse isn’t taking that lying down, because they have both Disney+ and Hulu bringing new content to the masses every single week. With May right around the corner, the full list of new movies and TV shows coming to each of the streaming services has been revealed, including programming for kids and adults alike. So let’s check out the TV shows and movies coming to Hulu and Disney+ starting in May. Read More »

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David checks out a few smaller movies while Jeff catches up on episode 5 of the show Mythic Quest. In the After Dark segment, the cast throw some shade at blu-ray and discuss the black and white conversion of films.

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the lodge trailer

Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala know how to let a movie get under an audience’s skin. Even the simplest of their shots, such as Riley Keough scratching her knees, elicit discomfort. They maintain that mood of dread throughout the their newest film, The Lodge, their followup to Goodnight Mommy.

Their latest is a chilly head trip of a horror movie about bottled-up emotions exploding into fear, terror, and mystery. It’s an unsettling experience best seen blind. “This movie lingers long after the credits roll,” Chris Evangelista wrote in his review. “After the conclusion, I stumbled out of the dark theater into the sunlight, disoriented, excited, and, yes, a little scared. As long as more movies are like The Lodge, the horror genre will be in great shape.”

Franz and Fiala met when Fiala was babysitting Franz’s children. The two bonded over horror movies. Years later, that chance encounter has given the world The Lodge. Recently, we spoke to the duo about the horror movie in a mostly spoiler-free conversation about messages, telling a story without heroes and villains, and the Michael Keaton holiday “classic,” Jack Frost.

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/Film’s own Jacob Hall said it best when he described The Lodge as “the feel-bad horror movie of [the year].” Directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz double down on the isolation and bleakness from Goodnight Mommy to create an experience that will fill you with dread as it keeps your head spinning and your jaw on the floor. 

The story jumps right into one hell of a shockingly devastating prologue, which leaves Richard (Richard Armitage) in charge of his two kids (played by Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh) whom he is taking to their mountain lodge for the holidays. Also along for the ride is Richard’s fiancée, Grace (Riley Keough). The kids don’t really like her, but Richard soon leaves them alone to get to know each other while he attends some business. Of course, the nice family trip becomes a tale of paranoia, dread, and perhaps something supernatural and murderous? In any way, it is unlike any American horror movie you have seen this year, which is exactly what Fiala and Franz knew producers feared.

Following the film’s Spanish premiere at the Sitges International Film Festival last October, we talked to Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz about crafting such a twisted and bleak tale, dealing with American producers and audiences, and why they began their introduction of the movie by apologizing to everyone.

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the lodge trailer horror movie

The Lodge is ready to give you the creeps with a brand new trailer. This genuinely scary horror movie from the directors of Goodnight Mommy traps Riley Keough and two kids in a cabin (or lodge, if you will) during a blizzard. Almost immediately, things start going wrong – with shocking results. Watch the latest The Lodge trailer below – but be warned: it gives away a few things that might’ve been left as surprises.

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Fantastic Fest Day Three Recap

(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest 2019, day two. In this entry, The Long Walk is a fascinating story that goes on for too long, The Lodge will make you miserable in the best ways possible, The Pool defies logic and taste in ways that are difficult to sum up, and The Mortuary Collection is a fun but hit-and-miss horror anthology.

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the lodge release date

The Lodge is the feel-bad movie of the year, and I mean that as a compliment. This nightmare-inducing tale of terror from the directors of Goodnight Mommy is sure to be one of the most buzzed-about horror films of 2019, and now you can finally start counting down the days until you can see it. Neon has locked down a release date for the movie for November, just in time for the movie to fuck up the start of the holiday season. See The Lodge release date, plus a new teaser, below.

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There’s another day of repeat viewings left at the Overlook Film Festival as I type this up, but I’m rolling out of NOLA today and leaving it all behind. So long to the murderous humidity, blasting air conditioners, high calorie foods, and a vast sea of alcohol. My last day of the fest was day three, yesterday, which I spent indoors as much as possible. I also ended up partaking in the best the fest had to offer in the form of two movies – one of which I had already seen. The best event turned out to not be a movie at all, though. Instead, author Grady Hendrix returned to New Orleans to give Overlook attendees an early glimpse of his upcoming Paperbacks from Hell II: Think of the Children. The end result was one of the most entertaining experiences of my life.

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