2020 horror movies
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The start of the new year means another chapter of psychological thrills and blood-spattered imagery for horror fans around the globe. 

2020 will see fan favorites such as John Carpenter, Jordan Peele and James Wan with other fresh and horrifying ideas thrown into the mix. From Michael Myers to the Candyman, these films will surely find their way into our nightmares.

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1. The Lodge – Feb. 7

Although it premiered at Sundance in January 2019 (where it reminded critics of Hereditary), this critically acclaimed horror film will be hitting theaters early in the new year. From the directors of Goodnight Mommy, this bone-chilling thriller stars Riley Keough (Magic Mike, The Runaways), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) and Jaeden Martell (IT). It currently holds a 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 43 critics weighing in on the up-and-coming film. 

2. The Invisible Man – Feb. 28

The Invisible Man is a loose, modern take on the H. G. Wells novel, as well as the 1933 film adaptation of the same name. The 2020 flick is directed by Leigh Whannell and stars Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting Of Hill House) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle In Time).

3. A Quiet Place Part II – March 20

This John Krasinski film will follow the family who taught us to listen to our surroundings from the first movie. Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are all returning to reprise their roles as the Abbott family. 

4. Saint Maud – March 27

Saint Maud debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, but this highly anticipated psychological thriller will be hitting theaters early in the new year. The A24 film sees Maud (Morfydd Clark) obsess over saving the soul of her own patient (Jennifer Ehle). The debut film from writer/director Rose Glass currently holds a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes from 22 critics reviews. 

5. Antlers – April 17

This Oregon-based horror film sees a small-town teacher and her brother, along with the town sheriff, figure out that a student is keeping a frightening secret. Keri Russell (Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker), Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights) and Jeremy T. Thomas star in this nail-biting piece from director/co-writer Scott Cooper (Hostiles). 

6. Antebellum – April 24

This chilling film follows an author who’s trapped in a nightmare-packed reality, written by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. It stars Janelle Monáe (Moonlight, Hidden Figures), Eric Lange (Lost) and Jena Malone (Donnie Darko).

7. Candyman – June 12

Candyman is the upcoming Jordan Peele movie we’ve all been waiting for, with the film being a direct sequel to the 1992 production of the same name. It will see the return of Tony Todd to the beloved series.

8. Malignant – Aug. 14

From the co-creator of the Saw franchise as well as the director of both Conjuring movies, director James Wan is back again with his latest addition to the horror catalog. The film is based on a graphic novel, Malignant Man, that Wan released in 2011. It stars Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle) and Jake Abel (the Percy Jackson series).

9. Last Night In Soho – Sept. 25

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This psychological thriller/mystery faces an unusual case of time travel. It stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, Glass), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones). 

10. Halloween Kills – Oct. 16

This sequel to the 2018 story of Michael Myers that we’ve been following for decades is hitting the big screen just in time for the spooky holiday season. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle will be reprising their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, respectively, with the next installment, Halloween Ends hitting theaters in October 2021.