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13 Horror Movies That Were Scary As Hell This Year

As if 2020 wasn't already scary enough.

While 2020 was a scary year in itself, that doesn't mean that horror movies were put on hold. Despite theaters not being open for a good portion of time, many films were available for rent on demand or free for streaming.

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If you're in the mood for a good scare or need a pick for your next movie night, we've got you covered with 13 horror movies that are absolutely worth a watch. Check them out below:

1. The Invisible Man

Cecilia Kass from The Invisible Man
Universal Pictures

Inspired by H.G. Wells' 1897 novel, The Invisible Man tells the chilling story of a woman named Cecilia Kass as she battles an unseeable force terrorizing her. The film forces you to pay close attention as you never know where the scare will be coming from next.

2. 1BR

Sarah from 1BR

If the idea of moving somewhere new stresses you out, 1BR would send shivers up your spine. The seemingly perfect community turns out to be a nightmare for one unknowing woman.

3. The Grudge

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The latest installment of The Grudge marks the fourth film of the series. If the creepy shower scene didn't scare you enough the first time, it's back again to freak you out once more.

4. The Hunt

Crystal Creasey from The Hunt
Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

Shortly after The Hunt's theatrical debut in March 2020, many theaters were shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and moved the film to a digital release. It follows the nerve-racking journey of a group of strangers trying to survive a terrifying game.

5. Gretel & Hansel

Gretel sitting at a table reading from Gretel & Hansel
United Artists / Courtesy Everett Collection

An eerie retelling of the classic children's folk tale from the Brothers Grimm. Sophia Lillis and Sam Leakey portray the timeless characters of Gretel and Hansel.

6. The Lodge

Grace Marshall from The Lodge
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This psychological thriller stars Riley Keough as she and her soon-to-be step-children face getting stranded at a rural lodge during the holidays.

7. Fantasy Island

Melanie Cole, Patrick Sullivan and Mr. Roarke from the 2020 remake of Fantasy Island
Sony Pictures / Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

The horrific prequel to the 1977 ABC television show, Fantasy Island brings a group of strangers to a tropical paradise with the hopes of their wildest dreams coming true. While it seems picturesque on the surface, the true reality ends up being quite the opposite.

8. Freaky

Millie Kessler from Freaky
Universal Pictures

Freaky Friday gets a serial killer twist as a teenage girl switches bodies with the Blissfield Butcher. Jason Blum served as the producer in this new horror meets comedy release.

9. The Platform

Two people sitting at a table in The Platform

This Spanish sci-fi horror film debuted in 2019 but didn't make its way to Netflix until 2020. The Platform features a series of residents as they embark on a maddening descent to different tower floors every 30 days.

10. Swallow

Hunter Conrad from Swallow
IFC Films

If you're a fan of My Strange Addiction, Swallow will be right up your alley or might just make your stomach turn. The film follows Hunter Conrad (portrayed by Haley Bennett) as she impulsively eats a series of inedible objects.

11. The Rental

Charlie and Mina from The Rental
IFC Films

In Dave Franco's directorial debut, The Rental shows how a fun weekend can quickly can quickly turn sinister after the couples discover they're secretly being watched. The film stars Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White.

12. I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Jake sitting at a family dinner in I'm Thinking of Ending Things
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Based on Iain Reid's 2016 debut novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is the story of a woman doubting her relationship despite bringing her boyfriend home to meet the parents. It's full of unexpected twists and turns that leaves viewers guessing until the very end.

13. Host

A group of girls during a video call in Host

Filmed remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Host brings a sense of terror to your video calls. A group of friends start to experience strange paranormal activity after performing a seance during one of their virtual meet-ups. This found footage film hits especially close to home now that video calls have become such an integral part of our daily lives.

What's your favorite horror movie of 2020? Sound off in the comments!

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