Top Horror, Thriller, and Sci-Fi Films of 2020

Best Horror, Thriller, and Sci-fi Movies of 2020

Looking for the ultimate scare? craving a thrilling cinematic experience? Or perhaps, you’re longing to delve into the depths of the science fiction genre. Whatever your preference, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best horror, thriller, and sci-fi movies of 2020. As subject-matter experts in the realm of genre films, we’ve watched and reviewed a staggering 314 titles this past year. From this vast selection, we’ve curated the crème de la crème. Join us as we take a deep dive into the top-rated releases that captivated our attention in 2020.

Our Top-rated Horror Movies and Thrillers

Let’s kick off our exploration of the best movies of 2020 by showcasing the films that received our top rating of 5 stars. These are the exceptional movies that left us awestruck and we wholeheartedly recommend them for your viewing pleasure. Prepare yourself for an adrenaline-pumping journey as we present the following masterpieces:

  • Sputnik (available on Hulu): Prepare for an extraterrestrial encounter that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Host (available on Shudder): Brace yourself for a terrifying virtual séance that unleashes a malevolent force.
  • The Platform (available on Netflix): Venture into a dystopian world where a vertical prison creates a hierarchy of survival.
  • The Decline (available on Netflix): Experience the harrowing challenges faced by a group of survivalists trapped in the wilderness.
  • I Hate the Man in My Basement (available on VOD): Discover a suspenseful tale of a recluse tormented by the presence of an unknown intruder.
  • Unknown Origins (available on Netflix): Unveil the mysteries of a serial killer targeting superheroes in this thrilling detective story.

Best Horror Movies of 2020 with 4 Stars

While not achieving our top rating, these movies still deserve recognition for their exceptional quality. We awarded them 4 out of 5 stars, a testament to their compelling narratives and captivating performances. Feast your eyes on the following horror movies that managed to leave a lasting impression:

  • Anything for Jackson: Dive into the chilling world of a couple who turn to dark rituals in their desperate attempt to bring back their dead grandson.
  • Impetigore: Explore the dark folklore that surrounds a woman returning to her ancestral village, discovering her sinister origins.
  • The Beach House: Experience a seaside vacation gone wrong, as an idyllic getaway transforms into a fight for survival.
  • Freaky (available on VOD): Prepare for a unique blend of horror and comedy as a teenage girl finds herself trapped in the body of a serial killer.
  • The Invisible Man (available on VOD): Witness the chilling tale of a woman tormented by her invisible, abusive ex-partner.

Best Horror Movies of 2020 on Netflix

If you’re a Netflix enthusiast, we have curated a thoughtfully crafted list of the best horror movies available on the platform in 2020. Prepare to be captivated by the following gems:

  • The Call
  • His House
  • Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight
  • #Alive

Best Slow-burn Horror Movies of 2020

For those who appreciate the art of tension-building and atmospheric storytelling, the slow-burn horror genre offers a captivating experience. Delve into the depths of suspense with the following movies:

  • Relic (available on VOD)
  • The Lodge (available on Hulu)
  • 1BR (available on VOD & Netflix)

Best Thrillers of 2020

Thriller enthusiasts, rejoice! We have curated a selection of the most gripping and pulse-pounding thrillers released in 2020. Brace yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions and relentless suspense:

  • The Paramedic (available on Netflix)
  • The Plagues of Breslau (available on Netflix)
  • Run (available on Hulu)
  • Swallow (available on VOD)
  • Rent-A-Pal (available on VOD)
  • Alone (available on VOD)
  • Unhinged (available on VOD)

Best Science Fiction Movies of 2020

As devoted fans of the science fiction genre, we couldn’t overlook the stellar contributions of 2020. Embark on a mind-bending journey with the best sci-fi movies released last year:

  • What Lies Below (available on VOD)
  • Possessor (available on VOD)
  • Becoming (available on VOD)


There you have it, our comprehensive list of the best horror, thriller, and sci-fi movies of 2020. From heart-stopping scares to gripping suspense and mind-bending science fiction, the past year delivered a wealth of cinematic brilliance. Whether you’re a fan of supernatural horrors, psychological thrillers, or futuristic adventures, there’s something for everyone on our meticulously curated list. Grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of genre films.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Are the movies on this list suitable for all ages?

No, not all movies on this list are suitable for all ages. Many of them contain mature content, violence, and themes that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. We recommend checking the individual ratings and content warnings before deciding to watch a particular film.

2. Where can I watch these movies?

The availability of these movies may vary depending on your location and chosen streaming platforms. Some titles mentioned here are available on popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Shudder, while others can be rented or purchased on VOD (Video-On-Demand) platforms.

3. Did you consider international movies in this list?

Absolutely! Our list includes movies from various countries and regions across the globe. We strive to explore and celebrate the diverse range of horror, thriller, and sci-fi movies, irrespective of their country of origin.

4. Can you recommend some more horror movies for hardcore fans?

Certainly! If you’re a hardcore horror enthusiast looking for more recommendations, we have an extensive collection of articles and reviews on our website. Feel free to explore our archives and discover hidden gems that will satiate your hunger for more terrifying tales.

5. Will there be a sequel to any of these movies?

While we can’t predict the future with certainty, the realm of genre films often embraces sequels and spin-offs. Keep an eye on official announcements and updates from the movie industry to stay informed about potential sequels to your favorite films.