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The 10 Best Horror Movies of 2020 So Far

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With Halloween approaching, we're highlighting the year's best horror to date.

In recent years, the best horror movies have tended to skip cinemas and debut on VOD, meaning horror hasn't been as affected by the mess that is 2020 as other genres have been. With Halloween coming up, we thought we'd highlight our favourite horror movies of the year to date.


Aquaslash

Aquaslash
We said: "What makes Aquaslash work is how, director Renaud Gauthier tells his very silly story with a completely straight face, never once winking at the audience. Aquaslash never feels remotely contemptuous of the sort of cheap thrills it's trading in, nor does it feel like a simple case of a filmmaker paying tribute to a past era without adding anything worthwhile of their own."
Aquaslash is on VOD/Digital now.



The Beach House

The Beach House
We said: "For all the existing sci-fi/horror ingredients director Jeffrey A. Brown throws into his narrative pot, he manages to make The Beach House a distinctively flavoured chowder of his own. This is largely down to the human drama that remains centred amid the apocalyptic extinction event that takes hold."
The Beach House is on Shudder now.



Carmilla

Carmilla
We said: "Emily Harris has co-directed two features previously, but this is essentially her feature debut, and it's quite the entrance. Shot in one of those grand old creaky manors that pepper the English countryside, Carmilla has the feel of some lost instalment of the BBC's '70s 'A Ghost Story for Christmas' anthology."
Carmilla is on VOD/Digital now.



Koko-Di Koko-Da

Koko-Di Koko-Da
We said: "Koko-di Koko-da is an unsettling, profoundly sad, but ultimately uplifting exploration of grief and fate through a folk-horror lens. Where most backwoods horror movies act as deterrents for rural camping trips, Johannes Nyholm's film encourages us to get out into the woods and face our demons."
Koko-Di Koko-Da is on VOD/Digital/blu-ray and BFI Player now.



Relic

Relic
We said: "Relic's supernatural elements are present only in its bookend sequences. Remove them entirely and it would still function as a horror movie, albeit one grounded in the all too real milieu of the mental decline of an elderly person, and the guilt experienced by their child. It reminds us that horror can be the most humane and healing of genres."
Relic is in UK cinemas and on Digital from October 30th.



The Rental

The Rental
We said: "Dave Franco's directorial debut is an impressive first outing behind the camera. He proves himself as adept at staging stalk and slash sequences as he is in building realistic characters."
A UK/ROI release has yet to be announced.



Rose: A Love Story

Rose: A Love Story
We said: "I've always appreciated movies that take time to establish the world they're set in, no matter how intimate that setting might be. If you go into Rose: A Love Story asking questions of just how you might live a day to day life if your spouse was a vampire, you'll find most of them answered here."
A UK/ROI release has yet to be announced.



Saint Maud

Saint Maud
We said: "Saint Maud succeeds both as horror and as a moving psychological study of a sensitive, lonely, troubled mind. It's a truly impressive, confident debut feature - a daring yet compassionate examination of psychology and religion, offering several layers of complexity dressed in horror’s clothes."
Saint Maud is currently in UK cinemas.




The Swerve
We said: "Creating an affecting and intricate portrait of domestic misery, it is a feat of genuine humanity and one of this year’s unmissable films. The Swerve is a subtle, credible affair, balancing its cynicism with an insistent humanity."
The Swerve is on VOD/Digital now.



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Z
We said: "Z keeps us gripped with just the right mix of slowburn menace, occasional and effective jump scares, and an earnest performance by Keegan Connor Tracy. All this helps to paper over how conventional its narrative really is, but there's something comforting about watching conventions pulled off with such unshowy grace."
Z is on Shudder now.