It’s been a strong decade for horror films — how will 2019 close out the 2010s? To keep track of all the thrills, chills, and blood spills, we’ve collected all the notable entries of the first half of the year for our list of the best horror movies of 2019 so far (along with the worst). It’s a guide that includes new classics (Us), remakes (Pet Sematary, Child’s Play), sequels (Happy Death Day 2U), and –because they just can’t stay in their lane – superhero inversions (Brightburn). Meanwhile, we’re highlighting indie fare like The Wind and I Trapped The Devil. To qualify for this list, the horror movie simply had to have at least 20 reviews — whether it was a theatrical or streaming release was not a factor.
As we prepare for IT: Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep in the second-half of 2019, take a deep, dark look back with the best horror movies of 2019! And check back often as we add new ones as they come out!
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Adjusted Score: 15.352%
Critics Consensus: The Haunting of Sharon Tate dishonors the events it seeks to dramatize with a poorly acted and offensively exploitative take on real-life tragedy.
Adjusted Score: 38.838%
Critics Consensus: Content to coast on jump scares rather than tap into its story’s creepy potential, The Curse of La Llorona arrives in theaters already broken.
Adjusted Score: 45.951%
Critics Consensus: The Prodigy doesn’t take the bad seed genre to any truly new places, but for horror fans in search of an evil child to fear, it might still be worth a watch.
Adjusted Score: 55.59%
Critics Consensus: Escape Room fails to unlock much of the potential in its premise, but what’s left is still tense and thrilling enough to offer a passing diversion for suspense fans.
Adjusted Score: 63.462%
Critics Consensus: Octavia Spencer’s performance overpowers many of Ma’s flaws, but uneven pacing and a labored story keep this thriller from fully realizing its unhinged potential.
Adjusted Score: 65.826%
Critics Consensus: Although Brightburn doesn’t fully deliver on the pitch-black promise of its setup, it’s still enough to offer a diverting subversion of the superhero genre.
Adjusted Score: 68.997%
Critics Consensus: Pet Sematary takes its source material in a few different directions, but this remake feels like an exhuming almost as often as it does a revival.
Adjusted Score: 70.682%
Critics Consensus: Child’s Play updates an ’80s horror icon for the Internet of Things era, with predictably gruesome — and generally entertaining — results.
Adjusted Score: 64.144%
Critics Consensus: St. Agatha makes admittedly uneven use of its story’s well-worn religious tropes, but the overall effect may still be just chilling enough for horror fans.
Adjusted Score: 71.63%
Critics Consensus: Fun for fans even if it isn’t as frightening as some of its predecessors, Annabelle Comes Home suggests there’s still some life left in the Conjuring franchise.
Adjusted Score: 77.826%
Critics Consensus: A funnier follow-up with a sci-fi bent, Happy Death Day 2U isn’t as fiendishly fresh as its predecessor, but fans of the original may still find this a sequel worth celebrating.
Adjusted Score: 74.367%
Critics Consensus: Stylish with a sadistic streak, Piercing pairs gripping lead performances with a smartly macabre story that delivers unpredictable thrills.
Adjusted Score: 74.404%
Critics Consensus: A slow-burning horror story that takes spine-tingling advantage of its setting and cast, I Trapped the Devil marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Josh Lobo.
Adjusted Score: 75.456%
Critics Consensus: Pledge leaves a certain amount of potential untapped in its extreme take on collegiate hazing, but the end result is still well-executed enough to be worth a watch.
Adjusted Score: 76.976%
Critics Consensus: Admirably eclectic yet more consistent than most horror anthologies, Nightmare Cinema should entertain viewers in the mood for a good old-fashioned creepshow.
Adjusted Score: 81.911%
Critics Consensus: Imperfect yet intriguing, The Wind offers horror fans an admirably ambitious story further distinguished by its fresh perspective and effective scares.
Adjusted Score: 94.933%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.
Adjusted Score: 86.144%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Adjusted Score: 88.847%
Critics Consensus: The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.
Adjusted Score: 83.284%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Adjusted Score: 90.04%
Critics Consensus: A chillingly effective horror story rooted in rich folklore, The Golem blends centuries-old stories with timely themes to powerful effect.
Adjusted Score: 117.902%
Critics Consensus: With Jordan Peele’s second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.