According To Rotten Tomatoes, These Are The Best Horror Movies Of The Past 20 Years


If you’re a fan of horror, chances are you’ll have seen and enjoyed a good proportion of the movies on this list. 

According to Rotten Tomatoes, they’re the 20 best horror movies of the past 20 years.

See if you agree:

20. It Comes At Night (88%)

2017 horror It Comes At Night sneaks onto the list at number 20. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic landscape, and sees a family sheltered inside their farmhouse, hiding from whatever monstrosity lives outside. A hit with critics, this movie didn’t quite enthral the general public in the same way. Its audience score is only 45%.

19. Zombieland (90%)

Horror comedy Zombieland stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin as a group of survivors attempting to survive the zombie apocalypse. It’s very funny, and Bill Murray makes a cameo that you’ll struggle to forget.

18. Attack the Block (90%)

Another horror comedy, this time from the producers of Shaun of the Dead, Attack the Block sees a group of South London kids defend their estate from savage aliens invaders. It has an audience score of 74%, and stars The Force Awakens’ John Boyega and new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker.

17. 10 Cloverfield Lane (90%)

The second movie in the Cloverfield family, 10 Cloverfield Lane is about a woman who wakes up to find herself imprisoned in an underground bunker. Her captor (the terrifying John Goodman) attempts to convince her that she’s there for her own good, and that it’s the end of the world outside, but she quickly concludes that he’s not to be trusted.

16. Green Room (90%)

One of the last films of the late actor Anton Yelchin, Green Room is about a punk band that witnessed a murder while accidentally playing a gig at a neo-Nazi bar. The Nazis – keen to eliminate any witnesses – decide to kill the band members, so they barricade themselves into the titular green room, and concoct a plan to survive.

15. The Witch (91%)

A wholly disturbing movie, The Witch sees a New England family cast out from their Puritan community, and sent to live alone in the wilderness. Unfortunately, they cast up camp right next to a forest that turns out to be the home of a baby-eating witch…

14. The Devil’s Backbone (92%)

From famed director Guillermo del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone is about a kid orphaned in the Spanish civil war, and sent to live in a very haunted orphanage. It’s apparently very creepy, very poignant, and absolutely not to be missed.

13. The Cabin in the Woods (92%)

Chris Hemsworth and Jesse Williams star in The Cabin in the Woods – a “mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” Like many movies before it, it sees a group of friends head for a weekend at a secluded cabin, only to discover that there’s something very evil going on there.

12. Drag Me To Hell (92%)

After she attempts to evict an old woman from her home, a loan officer is cursed. She seeks the help of a psychic, but it turns out that if she wants to lift the curse, she’ll have to pay a pretty hefty price… Alison Lohman (Big Fish) and Justin Long (Dodgeball, F is for Family) star.

11. Shaun of the Dead (92%)

The first and arguably best of the Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead is kind of a spoof zombie movie that has become a cult favourite. It sees Shaun and his friends attempting to get to shelter (the trusty Winchester pub) while London goes to shit around them.

10. Train to Busan (95%)

Still with the zombies, and Train to Busan is a highly entertaining South Korean movie about a father and daughter, stuck on a train with a load of “infected”. They’re not the slow and dopey kind of zombies, they’re the quick and bloodthirsty, meaning that this movie will have your pulse racing from the word go.

9. Nina Forever (96%)

In horror/sex film Nina Forever, paramedic Holly has frequent threesomes with her boyfriend Rob, and his dead girlfriend Nina. It’s not a turn-on, but it’s apparently a bloody good film.

8. It Follows (96%)

It Follows is about a sexually transmitted curse, passed on from lover to lover. Whoever has it will be constantly followed by a demon that can only move at walking pace, but that will kill them when it catches them up. It’s super disturbing…

7. Ringu (97%)

One of the older movies on this list (it came out in 1998) Ringu is the iconic Japanese film that inspired the whole Ring franchise. It essentially has the same plot as The Ring (2002), but it’s a whole lot scarier…

6. Let The Right One In (98%)

The Swedish movie that inspired Let Me In, Let The Right One In is about a bullied kid who befriends the mysterious girl living next door…

5. The Loved Ones (98%)

Described as a “breath of fresh air” in the “torture porn” genre, The Loved Ones is an Australian horror about a girl who is turned down by the boy she asks to prom, and so kidnaps him with the help of her father, and tortures him in her home.

4. The Babadook (98%)

Another Australian movie, The Babadook is about a grieving single mother whose son becomes obsessed with a monster that he believes is living in their house. At first, she tries to calm his fears, but she quickly realises that this “babadook” might not be all in his head…

3. Under the Shadow (99%) 

Set during the Iran-Iraq war, Under the Shadow is about a mother and daughter who find themselves in a veritable nightmare when their apartment block is struck by a cursed missile. Their neighbours begin dying under unexplained circumstances, as there seems to be a very malevolent presence in their home…

2. The Wailing (99%)

A Korean horror, The Wailing sees the inhabitants of a small village struck by a disease that makes them inexplicably start killing each other. A police officer (sent to investigate) realises that the killings started around the same time that a mysterious stranger arrived in town, and he consults a shaman to help him cast the guy out.

The Wailing has been described as “very crazy”, “stupendously entertaining”, and “deeply sinister.” Definitely not one to miss…

1. Get Out (99%) 

Jordan Peele’s horror comedy Get Out is about a black man who goes to visit his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time. It’s hard to go into more detail without giving the game away, so let’s just say that, while at their secluded home, he quickly realises that something isn’t right…

Rightly at the top of this list, Get Out is somehow both unbearably tense and laugh out loud funny. We’d highly recommend.

What’s your favourite horror movie of the past 20 years? Let us know in the comments! 

Images via Next Entertainment World / Toho

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