For horror fans, 2020 seemed to promised much. In the pipeline were a sequel to ‘A Quiet Place’, the Janelle Monáe-starring ‘Antebellum’, ‘Run’ with Sarah Paulson, and even a soft reboot of the ‘Saw’ franchise starring Chris Rock. Of course, 2020 had its own plans. That’s not to say that there have been no new horror releases of note this year: Elisabeth Moss stunned in ‘The Invisible Man’, horror-focused streaming service Shudder had fun with the very real terror of weekly Zoom calls for its exclusive ‘Host’, and ‘Saint Maud’, the brilliant debut film from UK writer-director Rose Glass, was original and unsettling.
What’s important here, though, is whether any of these newcomers have made their way on to our extensive, expert-assisted list of the greatest scary movies ever. Like our picks for the best comedy films or romance movies, the below selection is varied, pulling in genre-busting sci-fi icons like ‘Alien’ and murderous movies such as ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. There are the classics, too (what is horror without ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’?), and some recent additions. To find out which new release made the cut and where demonic Damien from ‘The Omen’ or rotten Regan from ‘The Exorcist’ landed, we present the 100 best horror films.
Written by: Tom Huddleston, Cath Clarke, Dave Calhoun, Nigel Floyd, Alim Kheraj and Phil de Semlyen