How can one put together a Top 10 list in the longest year ever? Probably by filling in all that spare time with new movies. This year is one for the records in many ways, but it also produced some of the weirdest, wildest, and most fun horror films in recent memory.
Shaving down my list to ten was a struggle, but here it is! Don’t forget to check out the latest episode of EYE ON HORROR for more commentary on my tops as well as fellow co-hosts Jacob Davidson and James Jay Edward’s picks!
10. Come to Daddy
One of the weirdest horror movies to come out of 2020, Come to Daddy lives up to the uncomfortable nature of its title. From director Ant Timpson, creator of The ABCs of Death franchise, the film follows a youngish man who is invited to his estranged father’s house, which leads to…… uncomfortable situations to say the least. The less said the better, going in blind helps tremendously, just be prepared to be uncomfortable.
9. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
One of my most anticipated films of 2020, TTBP: Peninsula had a tough act to follow as the first Train to Busan was a zombie masterpiece, and for me, it was solid as fuck. Taking some of the dramatic points of the first film and adding more world-building action, Peninsula makes itself a welcomed entry in the Train to Busan franchise. It makes me excited and hopeful that they will be pumping out “Presents” features yearly forever.
Sputnik seemed to come out of nowhere this year and became one of the best alien creature features in recent memory. Atmosphere with some beautiful cinematography, the plot follows an alien landing in Russia causing quite the ruckus. Fans of the Alien franchise will love this as the concept feel a lot like what was originally promised with Alien 3, but it also shares a similar quality of the first two.
7. The Boulet Brother’s Dragula: Resurrection
The Boulets made Resurrection at the beginning of the pandemic, bring the competition from the stage to the competitor’s homes. The film feels like a culmination of 2020, covering topics from the Pandemic, BLM, LGBTQ rights, and the toll of the shutdown on mental health all while never forgetting to showcase the incredible talent of the cast. The three pillars of Dragula, Filth, Horror, and Glamour, are on full display in this epic special. Can’t wait for season 4.
Another film that seemingly came out of nowhere, Spontaneous proved to be so much more. Following two high school students falling in love while their fellow classmates spontaneously explode, it has one of the most believable couplings I have seen in a love story in some time. The chemistry between Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer sells the story, investing you in the tragedy plaguing the class. The film could have easily taken the subject matter on gone cheesy with it, instead, they fully embraced the horror presented, leading to imagery of other bloody real-life tragedies in our schools the last few decades. Please, watch this movie right now, then finish the list.