Color Out of Space
You just never know what to expect when Nicolas Cage leads a movie these days. But with Color Out of Space, it’s time to stop and say it again: He’s still got it. Director Richard Stanley’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story is a tense, gorgeous, darkly funny nightmare, anchored by a roller coaster of a Cage performance. A delightful surprise, the film’s success is best viewed through the lens of its lead’s increasingly deranged turn, which always entertains as it heightens, but never at the expense of servicing the story and elucidating just how dangerous the Color is. Brimming with peril, creativity, and frenetic energy from its lead, this Lovecraft adaptation is a cosmic horror treat for fans of the genre.
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His House, a haunted house meets the modern refugee crisis tale from debut director Remi Weekes, is an interesting twist on well-worn hallmarks of western horror, stretching its limbs with familiar startles and fake-out scares before exploring the deep psychological cracks at the heart of its story. The result is a film that lives in a rote and familiar body, but one that’s underscored by deep, unspoken traumas, and ghosts the camera rarely shies away from. It’s enjoyable as a Halloween horror flick, but it’s also incredibly powerful as a drama about loss and lingering phantoms in an unfamiliar land.
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The Invisible Man
While this dark new take on the classic Universal Monster might not be for every audience, its inventive use of abuse and narcissism as a structural outline for horror means that this uniquely grim outing for The Invisible Man works. Writer-director Leigh Whannell’s dedication to stark settings, solid performances, and great production design – accompanied by his impressive eye for unusual action sequences – makes this not just one of the best horror films of the year, but one of the best films of the year. The Invisible Man’s rawness and interest in shining a light on the most unappealing moments of being a survivor makes it a bold starting point for a new iteration of the Universal Monster series.
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Relic, the directorial debut of Natalie Erika James, follows three generations of women being haunted by a manifestation of dementia. Where Relic really shines is the execution of its metaphor. As the film’s characters and surroundings slowly begin to deteriorate, we experience the dread of feeling like a stranger in our own home. Relic is body horror done right.
What happens when Dave Franco assembles a cool and capable cast for a streamlined single-location shoot at the shore? You get crisp, low-key terror in the form of two couples being stalked by an unseen presence at a coastal Airbnb. The Rental boats a strong cast, an intriguing set up, and a compelling mystery. It’s a fun and feisty web of lies and deception with the added bonus of having a shadowy, stalking presence surrounding everything and everyone like a God-hand. It’s a small film, but it’s tense, dense, and delivers a harrowing final act.
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Those are our picks for the best horror movies of 2020 – let us know in the comments what’s on your list that didn’t make ours, and be sure to cast your vote for our Movie of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award here!
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