Best (And Worst) Horror Movies of 2019

It’s been a strong decade for horror films — how will 2019 close out the 2010s? To keep track of all the thrills, chills, and blood spills, we’ve collected all the notable entries of the first half of the year for our list of the best horror movies of 2019 so far (along with the worst). It’s a guide that includes new classics (Us), remakes (Pet Sematary, Child’s Play), sequels (Happy Death Day 2U), and –because they just can’t stay in their lane – superhero inversions (Brightburn). Meanwhile, we’re highlighting indie fare like The Wind and I Trapped The Devil. To qualify for this list, the horror movie simply had to have at least 20 reviews — whether it was a theatrical or streaming release was not a factor.

With IT: Chapter Two now out and the cinemaworld prepping for another Stephen King adaptation — Shining sequel Doctor Sleep — in November, take a deep, dark look back with the best horror movies of 2019! And check back often as we add new ones as they come out!

Updated 9/9: It Chapter Two, Satanic Panic


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#34
Adjusted Score: 18.477%
Critics Consensus: The Haunting of Sharon Tate dishonors the events it seeks to dramatize with a poorly acted and offensively exploitative take on real-life tragedy.
Synopsis: Based on one of Hollywood's most chilling murder cases, this spellbinding thriller follows 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate (Hilary Duff), a... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Farrands

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 37.176%
Critics Consensus: Content to coast on jump scares rather than tap into its story's creepy potential, The Curse of La Llorona arrives in theaters already broken.
Synopsis: In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a... [More]
Directed By: Michael Chaves

#32

Tone-Deaf (2019)
36%

#32
Adjusted Score: 36.318%
Critics Consensus: A messy horror-comedy hybrid that makes poor use of a talented cast, Tone-Deaf aims for social commentary, but tumbles down the generation gap.
Synopsis: After losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, millennial Olive (Crew) leaves the city for a weekend of... [More]
Directed By:

#31

Nekrotronic (2019)
42%

#31
Adjusted Score: 42.002%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Howard North, a down-on-his-luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon... [More]
Directed By: Kiah Roache-Turner

#30

The Prodigy (2019)
43%

#30
Adjusted Score: 46.008%
Critics Consensus: The Prodigy doesn't take the bad seed genre to any truly new places, but for horror fans in search of an evil child to fear, it might still be worth a watch.
Synopsis: In her much-anticipated foray into the horror-thriller genre, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling stars in THE PRODIGY as... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas McCarthy

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 46.797%
Critics Consensus: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged may not be as ruthlessly efficient as its finned villains, but fans of shark peril thrillers should find it just chummy enough.
Synopsis: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged follows the diving adventure of four teenage girls (Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Sophie Nélisse, and Brianne... [More]
Directed By: Johannes Roberts

#28

Escape Room (2019)
50%

#28
Adjusted Score: 56.752%
Critics Consensus: Escape Room fails to unlock much of the potential in its premise, but what's left is still tense and thrilling enough to offer a passing diversion for suspense fans.
Synopsis: Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use... [More]
Directed By: Adam Robitel

#27

Ma (2019)
54%

#27
Adjusted Score: 62.967%
Critics Consensus: Octavia Spencer's performance overpowers many of Ma's flaws, but uneven pacing and a labored story keep this thriller from fully realizing its unhinged potential.
Synopsis: Oscar (R) winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town.... [More]
Directed By: Tate Taylor

#26

Brightburn (2019)
57%

#26
Adjusted Score: 66.231%
Critics Consensus: Although Brightburn doesn't fully deliver on the pitch-black promise of its setup, it's still enough to offer a diverting subversion of the superhero genre.
Synopsis: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved... [More]
Directed By: David Yarovesky

#25

Pet Sematary (2019)
58%

#25
Adjusted Score: 70.659%
Critics Consensus: Pet Sematary takes its source material in a few different directions, but this remake feels like an exhuming almost as often as it does a revival.
Synopsis: Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating... [More]

#24

St. Agatha (2019)
61%

#24
Adjusted Score: 61.213%
Critics Consensus: St. Agatha makes admittedly uneven use of its story's well-worn religious tropes, but the overall effect may still be just chilling enough for horror fans.
Synopsis: It's the 1950's in small town Georgia, a pregnant con woman on the run seeks refuge in a convent hidden... [More]
Directed By:

#23

Satanic Panic (2019)
59%

#23
Adjusted Score: 60.584%
Critics Consensus: It isn't terribly devilish or particularly pulse-quickening, but Satanic Panic remains an entertaining midnight movie that forgiving genre enthusiasts will enjoy.
Synopsis: Sam's first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long... [More]
Directed By: Chelsea Stardust

#22

Child's Play (2019)
64%

#22
Adjusted Score: 72.809%
Critics Consensus: Child's Play updates an '80s horror icon for the Internet of Things era, with predictably gruesome -- and generally entertaining -- results.
Synopsis: A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child's Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her... [More]
Directed By: Lars Klevberg

#21

It Chapter Two (2019)
62%

#21
Adjusted Score: 77.981%
Critics Consensus: It: Chapter Two proves bigger doesn't always mean scarier for horror sequels, but a fine cast and faithful approach to the source material keep this follow-up afloat.
Synopsis: Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began... [More]
Directed By: Andy Muschietti

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 73.862%
Critics Consensus: Fun for fans even if it isn't as frightening as some of its predecessors, Annabelle Comes Home suggests there's still some life left in the Conjuring franchise.
Synopsis: Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked... [More]
Directed By: Gary Dauberman

#19

Gwen (2019)
68%

#19
Adjusted Score: 69.795%
Critics Consensus: Gwen's relentlessly grim outlook may wear on some viewers, but it remains a reasonably gripping, solidly assembled descent into atmospheric period horror.
Synopsis: Gwen is a young girl desperately trying to hold her home together--struggling with her mother's mysterious illness, her father's absence... [More]
Directed By: William McGregor

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 79.073%
Critics Consensus: A funnier follow-up with a sci-fi bent, Happy Death Day 2U isn't as fiendishly fresh as its predecessor, but fans of the original may still find this a sequel worth celebrating.
Synopsis: Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse's (Split, Get Out, The Purge... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Landon

#17

Piercing (2019)
72%

#17
Adjusted Score: 75.641%
Critics Consensus: Stylish with a sadistic streak, Piercing pairs gripping lead performances with a smartly macabre story that delivers unpredictable thrills.
Synopsis: Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Pesce

#16

Pledge (2019)
76%

#16
Adjusted Score: 76.529%
Critics Consensus: Pledge leaves a certain amount of potential untapped in its extreme take on collegiate hazing, but the end result is still well-executed enough to be worth a watch.
Synopsis: Three friends get the chance to live the college dream when they're invited to join an elite fraternity-but first they'll... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Robbins

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 77.846%
Critics Consensus: A slow-burning horror story that takes spine-tingling advantage of its setting and cast, I Trapped the Devil marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Josh Lobo.
Synopsis: Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt (AJ Bowen) and his... [More]
Directed By: Josh Lobo

#14

Nightmare Cinema (2019)
77%

#14
Adjusted Score: 78.268%
Critics Consensus: Admirably eclectic yet more consistent than most horror anthologies, Nightmare Cinema should entertain viewers in the mood for a good old-fashioned creepshow.
Synopsis: In this twisted horror anthology, five strangers are drawn to an abandoned theater and forced to watch their deepest and... [More]

#13
Adjusted Score: 88.442%
Critics Consensus: Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: It's l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind... but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities... [More]
Directed By: André Øvredal

#12

The Wind (2019)
82%

#12
Adjusted Score: 84.164%
Critics Consensus: Imperfect yet intriguing, The Wind offers horror fans an admirably ambitious story further distinguished by its fresh perspective and effective scares.
Synopsis: An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard)... [More]
Directed By: Emma Tammi

#11

Crawl (2019)
82%

#11
Adjusted Score: 90.229%
Critics Consensus: An action-packed creature feature that's fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, Crawl is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work.
Synopsis: When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father... [More]
Directed By: Alex Aja

#10

Midsommar (2019)
83%

#10
Adjusted Score: 99.034%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#9

Luz (2019)
85%

#9
Adjusted Score: 86.795%
Critics Consensus: Luz takes a refreshingly unique approach to horror possession tropes, elevated by a chilly mood and minimalist scares.
Synopsis: In this slick and disturbing horror film, Luz is a young cab driver fleeing from the grasp of a possessed... [More]
Directed By: Tilman Singer

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 89.377%
Critics Consensus: The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.
Synopsis: Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that... [More]
Directed By: Lee Cronin

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 87.213%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Post apocalypse Europe, two years after zombies have overrun Earth, only two citadels of civilization remain in the East German... [More]
Directed By: Carolina Hellsgård

#6

Ready or Not (2019)
88%

#6
Adjusted Score: 97.653%
Critics Consensus: Smart, subversive, and darkly funny, Ready or Not is a crowd-pleasing horror film with giddily entertaining bite.
Synopsis: Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family... [More]

#5

The Golem (2019)
88%

#5
Adjusted Score: 88.266%
Critics Consensus: A chillingly effective horror story rooted in rich folklore, The Golem blends centuries-old stories with timely themes to powerful effect.
Synopsis: During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman must save her tight-knit Jewish community from foreign invaders, but... [More]
Directed By: Doron Paz, Yoav Paz

#4

Braid (2019)
89%

#4
Adjusted Score: 89.002%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two wanted women decide to rob their wealthy yet mentally unstable friend who lives in a fantasy world they all... [More]
Directed By: Mitzi Peirone

#3

Us (2019)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 117.788%
Critics Consensus: With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.
Synopsis: Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele

#2
Adjusted Score: 95.16%
Critics Consensus: Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse weaves a spooky supernatural story that should satisfy horror fans with more adventurous inclinations.
Synopsis: In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The... [More]
Directed By: Lukas Feigelfeld

#1
Adjusted Score: 100.799%
Critics Consensus: Tigers Are Not Afraid draws on childhood trauma for a story that deftly blends magical fantasy and hard-hitting realism - and leaves a lingering impact.
Synopsis: A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico's devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group... [More]
Directed By: Issa López

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