Best (And Worst) Horror Movies of 2018 by Tomatometer

It was the best of horror movies, it was the worst of horror movies! The genre renaissance of this past decade continues unabated into 2018, with no shortage of streaming screams and theatrical terrifiers to slake your thirst for thrills, chills, and blood spills. With our list of Best Horror Movies of 2018 by Tomatometer, we present every scary movie so far this year that’s hit theaters and/or is available online, ranging from mainstream (Hereditary, A Quiet Place) to indie (Mom and Dad, The Endless). We’ll update this guide as new movies come out, so use it well and never watch a bad horror film again for the rest of the year (though, come on, that’s part of the fun).

Updated 9/17: Mandy, The Predator, The Basement, Slice, Don’t Leave Home.

#61

Blood Honey (2018)
0%

#61
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jenibel Heath (Shenae Grimes-Beech) returns to her isolated family farm after a long absence to take care of her terminally... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Kopas

#60

Delirium (2018)
0%

#60
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A group of young men dare a classmate to reach the porch of a legendary house that is said to... [More]
Directed By: Johnny Martin

#59
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A reimagining of George A. Romero's cult classic, DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE is set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world... [More]

#58

Slender Man (2018)
7%

#58
Adjusted Score: 9.254%
Critics Consensus: Slender Man might be thin, but he's positively robust compared to the flimsy assortment of scares generated by the would-be chiller that bears his name.
Synopsis: In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt... [More]
Directed By: Sylvain White

#57

The Open House (2018)
11%

#57
Adjusted Score: 5.554%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Following a tragedy, a mother and her teen son move to a relative's vacant vacation home, where eerie and unexplained... [More]
Directed By: Matt Angel, Suzanne Coote

#56

Winchester (2018)
14%

#56
Adjusted Score: 19.115%
Critics Consensus: Like a grand staircase within the famous mansion that inspired it, Winchester appears poised to get a rise out of audiences, but ultimately leads nowhere.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted... [More]

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 20.629%
Critics Consensus: Truth or Dare's slick presentation isn't enough to make this mediocre horror outing much more frightening than an average round of the real-life game.
Synopsis: A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone--or something--begins to punish those who tell a... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Wadlow

#54

The Basement (2018)
14%

#54
Adjusted Score: 5.497%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Craig is abducted and wakes up in a basement. His captor, Bill, is a twisted serial killer who wishes to... [More]

#53

Living Among Us (2018)
17%

#53
Adjusted Score: 5.722%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A documentary crew embed themselves with a family of vampires, who claim that they have been misrepresented as monsters by... [More]
Directed By: Brian A. Metcalf

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 22.227%
Critics Consensus: Brilliant casting is overshadowed by a muddled mix of genres and storylines that scratch more heads than sci-fi itches in The Cloverfield Paradox.
Synopsis: A group of scientific researchers on a space station attempt to harness a new energy source called the "God Particle,"... [More]
Directed By: Julius Onah

#51

Desolation (2018)
20%

#51
Adjusted Score: 5.61%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: David Moscow

#50

The Nun (2018)
28%

#50
Adjusted Score: 34.91%
Critics Consensus: The Nun boasts strong performances, spooky atmospherics, and a couple decent set-pieces, but its sins include inconsistent logic and narrative slackness.
Synopsis: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past... [More]
Directed By: Corin Hardy

#49

Inside (2018)
29%

#49
Adjusted Score: 22.775%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Young mother-to-be Sarah is trying to rebuild her broken life: recently widowed in a shattering car crash that left her... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Ángel Vivas

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 36.217%
Critics Consensus: Insidious: The Last Key offers franchise star Lin Shaye another welcome opportunity to take the lead, but her efforts aren't enough to rescue this uninspired sequel.
Synopsis: Adam Robitel helms the fourth entry of the Insidious series, with Chapter 3 director Leigh Whannell providing the script, centering... [More]
Directed By: Adam Robitel

#47

The Midnight Man (2018)
33%

#47
Adjusted Score: 11.107%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It was supposed to be just an urban legend... On a snowy night in her grandmother's sprawling mansion, teenage Alex... [More]
Directed By: Travis Zariwny

#46

Feral (2018)
33%

#46
Adjusted Score: 16.661%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Your best friend has just been infected with a horrifying virus that will soon turn her into a rabid, rampaging... [More]
Directed By: Mark Young

#45

The Predator (2018)
34%

#45
Adjusted Score: 44.444%
Critics Consensus: The Predator has violence and quips to spare, but its chaotically hollow action adds up to another missed opportunity for a franchise increasingly defined by disappointment.
Synopsis: From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black's explosive... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

#44
Adjusted Score: 43.666%
Critics Consensus: The Strangers: Prey at Night may appeal to fans of the original who've been jonesing for a sequel, but its thin story and ironic embrace of genre tropes add up to a bloody step back.
Synopsis: A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with... [More]
Directed By: Johannes Roberts

#43

Demon House (2018)
43%

#43
Adjusted Score: 16.885%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: As mass hysteria breaks-out over an alleged demonic possession in an Indiana home, referred to as a "Portal to Hell,"... [More]
Directed By: Zak Bagans

#42

Marrowbone (2018)
45%

#42
Adjusted Score: 47.254%
Critics Consensus: Marrowbone's effective setting and strong cast can't make up for thinly conceived characters and a story short on genuine scares.
Synopsis: Four siblings seek refuge in an old home after the death of their mother, only to discover that the house... [More]
Directed By: Sergio G. Sánchez

#41

The Meg (2018)
46%

#41
Adjusted Score: 58.239%
Critics Consensus: The Meg sets audiences up for a good old-fashioned B-movie creature feature, but lacks the genre thrills -- or the cheesy bite -- to make it worth diving in.
Synopsis: A deep-sea submersible--part of an international undersea observation program--has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct,... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#40

4/20 Massacre (2018)
50%

#40
Adjusted Score: 16.829%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By:

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 22.439%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two detectives are tasked with hunting down a horrifying serial killer who has been threatening their city. They team up... [More]
Directed By: Gary J. Tunnicliffe

#38

Down a Dark Hall (2018)
50%

#38
Adjusted Score: 50.346%
Critics Consensus: Down a Dark Hall is more stylish than scary, although its foreboding atmosphere may raise a few goosebumps among younger viewers.
Synopsis: Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes... [More]
Directed By:

#37

Bad Samaritan (2018)
53%

#37
Adjusted Score: 55.702%
Critics Consensus: Bad Samaritan delivers a handful of genre thrills -- and a stellar central performance by David Tennant -- that help offset iffy direction and a disappointingly mundane story.
Synopsis: A valet (Robert Sheehan) develops a clever scam to burglarize the houses of rich customers. Things go smoothly until he... [More]
Directed By: Dean Devlin

#36

The First Purge (2018)
54%

#36
Adjusted Score: 60.797%
Critics Consensus: The First Purge should satisfy fans of the franchise and filmgoers in the mood for violent vicarious thrills, even if its subtextual reach exceeds its grasp.
Synopsis: Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness.... [More]
Directed By: Gerard McMurray

#35

The Lodgers (2018)
55%

#35
Adjusted Score: 56.132%
Critics Consensus: Like many real-life long-term visitors, The Lodgers starts out with a modicum of mystery and excitement, but eventually overstays its welcome.
Synopsis: In this gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their... [More]
Directed By: Brian O'Malley

#34

Cold Skin (2018)
55%

#34
Adjusted Score: 55.122%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man who arrives to a remote island finds himself trapped in a battle for his own life.... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Gens

#33

Our House (2018)
56%

#33
Adjusted Score: 56.01%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A machine that can bring back dead loved ones seems like a great idea...until you unleash the wrong spirits. When... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Scott Burns

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 67.834%
Critics Consensus: The Little Stranger's reliance on atmosphere may satisfy audiences in the mood for sophisticated horror fare -- while frustrating those seeking more visceral thrills.
Synopsis: THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of... [More]
Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson

#31

Slice (2018)
67%

#31
Adjusted Score: 45.102%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors... [More]
Directed By: Austin Vesely

#30

Blood Fest (2018)
62%

#30
Adjusted Score: 45.214%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the... [More]
Directed By: Owen Egerton

#29

Summer of '84 (2018)
64%

#29
Adjusted Score: 64.851%
Critics Consensus: Summer of '84 suffers from an overreliance on nostalgia for its titular decade, but a number of effective jolts may still satisfy genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins... [More]

#28

The Lullaby (2018)
64%

#28
Adjusted Score: 39.492%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Chloe is overwhelmed by the birth of her first child. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of... [More]
Directed By: Darrell James Roodt

#27
Adjusted Score: 64.402%
Critics Consensus: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich delivers all the proudly distasteful B-movie antics genre fans might expect from a film about murderous Nazi dolls.
Synopsis: When Edgar decides to sell a nefarious looking puppet at a convention, all hell breaks loose when the puppets come... [More]

#26

The Cured (2018)
64%

#26
Adjusted Score: 66.141%
Critics Consensus: The zombie apocalypse genre is crowded with clichés, but The Cured sets itself slightly apart with some extra BRAAAAAAAAAAINS and thematic depth.
Synopsis: What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the... [More]
Directed By: David Freyne

#25

Dead Night (2018)
67%

#25
Adjusted Score: 45.102%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: James and his wife Casey load up their two teenage kids and head out to a remote cabin in Oregon... [More]
Directed By: Brad Baruh

#24

Terrifier (2018)
67%

#24
Adjusted Score: 22.551%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a character from the cult anthology, All Hallows Eve, the gory 80's slasher throwback takes place on Halloween... [More]
Directed By: Damien Leone

#23

Caught (2018)
67%

#23
Adjusted Score: 22.551%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A journalist couple invite two strangers into their idyllic village home after noticing strange military activity nearby, but what begins... [More]

#22
Adjusted Score: 33.826%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force. Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate),... [More]
Directed By: Derek Nguyen

#21

Us and Them (2018)
67%

#21
Adjusted Score: 45.102%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A darkly comic, raw and controversial thriller that packs a hard punch at the inequalities and divisions that led to... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Martin

#20

Wildling (2018)
70%

#20
Adjusted Score: 70.851%
Critics Consensus: Wildling's feminist themes - and the ferocious Bel Powley performance that brings them to life - are often enough to make up for its narrative deficiencies.
Synopsis: A teenage girl's coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since... [More]
Directed By: Fritz Böhm

#19

Still/Born (2018)
70%

#19
Adjusted Score: 70.122%
Critics Consensus: Still/Born puts an intriguing psychological spin on its supernatural horror story, elevated by standout work from star Christie Burke.
Synopsis: Mary, a new mother gives birth to two twins but only one of them is alive. While taking care of... [More]

#18

The Ranger (2018)
72%

#18
Adjusted Score: 72.01%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, face off against the local authority--an... [More]
Directed By: Jenn Wexler

#17

Mom and Dad (2018)
74%

#17
Adjusted Score: 79.507%
Critics Consensus: Mom and Dad's gonzo premise serves as an effective springboard for a wickedly dark, bloody comedy - and an appropriately over-the-top performance from Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: A strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children, forcing a suburban teen (Anne Winters) and... [More]
Directed By: Brian Taylor

#16
Adjusted Score: 77.459%
Critics Consensus: The Night Eats the World finds a few unexplored corners in the crowded zombie genre, with a refreshing emphasis on atmosphere and character development.
Synopsis: After waking up in an apartment the night after a raging party, Sam comes face to face with his new... [More]
Directed By: Dominique Rocher

#15

Diane (2018)
83%

#15
Adjusted Score: 27.936%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Steve's lingering physical and emotional scars from the war in Afghanistan plunge him into a soulless routine. He continues his... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mongillo

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 67.316%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two priests are dispatched to Ireland by the Vatican in fall of 1960 to investigate a mysterious event that occurred... [More]
Directed By: Aislinn Clarke

#13

Unsane (2018)
80%

#13
Adjusted Score: 90.107%
Critics Consensus: Unsane unleashes Steven Soderbergh's inner B-movie maestro, wading into timeless psychological thriller territory and giving it a high-tech filmmaking spin.
Synopsis: A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#12

Ghost Stories (2018)
82%

#12
Adjusted Score: 86.554%
Critics Consensus: Ghost Stories offers a well-crafted, skillfully told horror anthology that cleverly toys with genre tropes while adding a few devilishly frightful twists.
Synopsis: Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

#11

Don't Leave Home (2018)
77%

#11
Adjusted Score: 56.153%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After recently unveiling her new sculptural exhibit on Irish urban legends, artist Melanie Thomas is contacted by Father Alistair Burke,... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tully

#10

The Cleanse (2018)
85%

#10
Adjusted Score: 85.122%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Johnny Galecki (TV's "Big Bang Theory) plays Paul Berger, an unemployed, down and out, heartbroken man searching for happiness. When... [More]
Directed By: Bobby Miller

#9

Pyewacket (2018)
84%

#9
Adjusted Score: 84.402%
Critics Consensus: Pyewacket builds its atmospheric, patiently encroaching chills on a well-told story concerned more with emotional trauma than supernatural threats.
Synopsis: When you're dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for... In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz)... [More]
Directed By: Adam MacDonald

#8

Upgrade (2018)
87%

#8
Adjusted Score: 94.078%
Critics Consensus: Like its augmented protagonist, Upgrade's old-fashioned innards get a high-tech boost -- one made even more powerful thanks to sharp humor and a solidly well-told story.
Synopsis: After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN:... [More]
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 88.346%
Critics Consensus: Uncommonly restrained for a movie about a flesh-eating menace, Ravenous offers a satisfyingly nuanced entry in the crowded zombie apocalypse subgenre.
Synopsis: In a small, remote village in upstate Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore--their bodies are breaking... [More]
Directed By: Robin Aubert

#6

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#6
Adjusted Score: 104.156%
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#5

Are We Not Cats (2018)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 56.153%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fired, dumped, evicted Eli leaps at the chance to escape the city on an errand upstate. Plagued by strange illness,... [More]
Directed By: Xander Robin

#4

Revenge (2018)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97.554%
Critics Consensus: Revenge slices and dices genre tropes, working within an exploitation framework while adding a timely -- yet never less than viscerally thrilling -- feminist spin.
Synopsis: Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted... [More]
Directed By: Coralie Fargeat

#3

Mandy (2018)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 98.339%
Critics Consensus: Mandy's gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage -- and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.
Synopsis: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven... [More]
Directed By: Panos Cosmatos

#2

The Endless (2018)
95%

#2
Adjusted Score: 99.61%
Critics Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Synopsis: Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two... [More]

#1

A Quiet Place (2018)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 110.548%
Critics Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
Synopsis: In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

Tag Cloud

007 American Society of Cinematographers Musicals transformers CW Seed AMC Premiere Dates talk show Nat Geo Sony Pictures dc Tomatazos WGN composers sitcom Epix Spike psycho sports See It Skip It vampires ABC Mary Tyler Moore FX Drama Animation Red Carpet OWN Shudder Disney Channel 2017 BBC America Polls and Games DC streaming service Music NYCC diversity Acorn TV History Lucasfilm Certified Fresh Ellie Kemper Christmas Rock Schedule Superheroe Box Office FXX TCA TLC Horror Comic Book Logo LGBTQ Paramount Network USA Network MTV travel Hulu Comedy Central blaxploitation Sundance Disney cats SXSW adventure medical drama Superheroes YouTube Premium Columbia Pictures DirecTV crime thriller Mindy Kaling VH1 Musical ITV zombie YouTube Red justice league Awards Ghostbusters ratings festivals boxoffice war politics Crackle PaleyFest TCA 2017 El Rey docudrama GoT Food Network TV Fall TV 24 frames Spring TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt robots Best and Worst crime drama Biopics Reality Competition thriller X-Men political drama NBC Lionsgate VICE Winter TV ESPN Countdown Song of Ice and Fire hist Universal TV Land zombies historical drama TIFF Creative Arts Emmys technology HBO E! Extras period drama TNT TBS unscripted DC Comics San Diego Comic-Con Freeform golden globes Britbox Starz Star Trek FOX cops DC Universe Super Bowl Podcast crossover binge Sundance Now dceu Netflix Summer IFC E3 CMT Grammys Rocky Marvel Reality Showtime CBS All Access Mystery Pixar IFC Films social media science fiction USA serial killer Interview finale Photos doctor who Oscars romance President GIFs what to watch biography 20th Century Fox Ovation Trailer harry potter aliens cooking The CW Winners Video Games comiccon RT History Bravo Infographic ABC Family Calendar Sci-Fi CBS Walt Disney Pictures police drama Esquire Action dramedy Opinion Sneak Peek Kids & Family Star Wars mutant Emmys Lifetime streaming Trivia Rom-Com Comedy Writers Guild of America Watching Series discovery cults singing competition Cartoon Network CNN Warner Bros. Thanksgiving Amazon crime Dark Horse Comics 21st Century Fox 2016 Character Guide Masterpiece Martial Arts The Arrangement Paramount SundanceTV Pirates Valentine's Day Teen GLAAD Apple Pop Western Cosplay Adult Swim A&E spy thriller supernatural Shondaland YA Tumblr APB Toys BET Election Fantasy BBC Fox News Year in Review Syfy First Look MSNBC 45 Holidays based on movie Set visit Country TruTV 2015 cinemax Marathons SDCC PBS Nickelodeon jamie lee curtis anime TCM National Geographic Nominations