The Best & Worst Horror Movies of 2019 Thus Far

Bethany Quinn | May 31, 2019 Movies
The Best & Worst Horror Movies of 2019 Thus Far

Lupita Nyong'o, Evan Alex, and Shahadi Wright Joseph in Us
Universal Pictures

If there is one genre of film that's totally oversaturated, it's horror. Horror flicks shock, awe, and scare the living daylights out of us -- and we just keep coming back for more. Already in 2019, there have been dozens of horror films released, and we're not even halfway through. We just can't seem to get enough of the gruesome, gory, and downright despicable nature of horror films. Sure, we love a good rom-com or Christmas movie -- or even a feel good Hallmark flick from time to time (read always).

But sometimes, we need to switch up with something terrifying.

Our need for scares might explain why true crime documentaries and series have become such a fad in recent years. Learning the inner workings of a criminal's mind, or figuring our a "whodunit" mystery are simply fascinating. Watching these things from the comfort of our own living room gives us just the buffer we need to feel safe and totally vulnerable at the same time -- so we're here for all of it.

While many of the films on this list are critically acclaimed, some are not.

Watching an awesomely bad horror movie is sometimes just as good as watching one that is just plain awesome! These 2019 horror films are ranked in order from worst to best, based on the Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes. (Users get to vote for their faves and even leave commentary!)

Here are the best and worst horror moves of 2019 thus far!

  • 20. 'The Amityville Murders'

    1

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 8 percent

    The Amityville Murders is based on a true story of a man named Ronald DeFeo Jr., who killed his family in the 1970s. He claimed voices in his house forced him to kill his father, mother, two brothers, and two sisters. This is one telling of his story, although the story has been made into a movie before.

  • 19. 'The Haunting of Sharon Tate'

    2

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 15 percent

    Hilary Duff plays Sharon Tate, the actress who was murdered while eight months pregnant by members of the Manson Family. She was among five people to be murdered in the home of director Roman Polanski, who she was married to at the time. Critics slammed the film for being insensitive and actually quite corny in its telling of such a tragic tale.

    So much for The Haunting of Sharon Tate.

  • 18. 'Perfect'

    3

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 22 percent

    This film is about a troubled young man named Garrett. His mother, played by Abbie Cornish, sends him to a clinic to help him with his dark, twisted thoughts. While there, he's able to tame his thoughts through plug-and-play characteristics that he can implant directly into his body. His mind is cured but his body isn't.

  • 17. 'The Curse of La Llorona'

    4

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 30 percent

    The Curse of La Llorona stars Linda Cardellini as a mother desperately trying to save her kids from the demon, La Llorona, who takes children. She enlists a strange priest to help her ward off La Llorona's curse and save her children!

  • 16. 'The Prodigy'

    5

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 44 percent

    Taylor Schilling from Orange is the New Black stars as a mom whose son starts displaying weird and dark behavior. While she wants to protect her son, Miles, she also wants to discover what has possessed him (literally) to do these horrible things.

  • 15. 'Escape Room'

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    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 49 percent

    Inspired by the escape room trend, this film follows six strangers who become trapped in maze of rooms and must work together (and use their intelligence) to figure out how to get out. If they do, they will win a lot of money, but the chances are slim -- and the risks are great!

  • 14. 'Brightburn'

    7

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 57 percent

    The next time someone happens to see a spaceship crash from the sky with an adorable baby inside, run. Brightburn depicts what would happen if an alien boy who discovers he has superhuman powers doesn't use them for good.

    Think of Superman ... now add a bunch of murders and a kid who doesn't give a flip who he hurts.

  • 13. 'Pet Sematary'

    8

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 57 percent

    This movie remake of the Stephen King classic follows a family that  moves from Boston to Maine and discovers that its new home is built on a haunted burial ground. Soon, the family becomes the victim of a series of horrific events.

  • 12. 'St. Agatha'

    9

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 64 percent

    Agatha is a not-so-nice pregnant woman who finds refuge in an isolated convent. However, what she thought was refuge ends up being a dangerous and dark place. She must escape, while in labor ... or she and her baby will be trapped and tortured forever.

  • 11. 'Happy Death Day 2 U'

    10

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 69 percent

    This sequel to the 2017 Happy Death Day features the main character, Tree Gelbman, who thought that dying over and over again was hard -- only to find out it was surprisingly easy considering all the danger that lies ahead for her.

  • 10. 'Piercing'

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    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 71 percent

    Reed, played by Christopher Abbott, is headed out on a business trip ... but not everything is as it seems. He must murder an unsuspecting victim in order to rid himself of dark impulses. But a woman, played by Mia Wasikowska, shows up at his hotel room and throws a wrench into his plan.

  • 9. 'I Trapped The Devil'

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    Scott Poythress in I Trapped the Devil
    IFC

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 73 percent

    A husband and wife who are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and set off to surprise the man's brother, whom they haven't seen in years. When they get there, they make the shocking discovery that the brother has a man -- who he believes is the devil -- trapped in his basement.

    Is he right or just crazy?

    Either way, this is going to make for one scary Christmas!

  • 8. 'Pledge'

    13

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 75 percent

    When three friends get invited to rush a fraternity, their excitement quickly turns to fear when they realize that the hazing process is dangerous and deadly. But will they stick with it for the promise of becoming popular, or will it all be too much for the unsuspecting boys?

  • 7. 'The Wind'

    14

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 80 percent

    Horror and history go hand in hand in this film about a frontierswoman who's plagued by unseen demons. The wind seems to never stop, and the woman suspects that the land itself is what's haunted. However, her husband writes her off as superstitious, and her isolation from the rest of the world doesn't seem to help either.

  • 6. 'The Final Wish'

    15

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 88 percent

    The same people who brought us the Final Destination films are also responsible for this horror film about a man who is grieving the death of his father. As he starts to rummage through his father's belongings, he comes upon an urn that seems to grant wishes.

    With every wish there comes a hefty price!

  • 5. 'Braid'

    16

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 89 percent

    Two women decide to rob their mentally ill friend who lives in a large estate -- and also a complete fantasy world that the women all made up together when they were kids. In order to obtain the money, the women must play along with their sick friend's games, and things become violent and deadly. Turns out getting the money wasn't such a bright idea after all!

  • 4. 'The Hole in the Ground'

    17

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 88 percent

    A mother and her son move to the countryside in this dark film. When her boy vanishes, and then reappears, things seem to be fine. But of course, they are far from it. The son starts displaying some weird behavior, which may have to do with the large sinkhole that is adjacent to their home.

  • 3. 'The Golem'

    18

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 90 percent

    A woman who's trying to save her community from a deadly plague ends up conjuring a mythical creature to protect them. The creature, however, turns out to be dangerous and deadly. The community must stop it before it and the plague ruin them all.

  • 2. 'Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse'

    19

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 95 percent

    This film takes place in a small European village in the 15th century. An orphan girl, who carries the mark of a witch, grows up and into her birthright. Although received well by critics, this movie is dark and twisted and has some extremely gruesome scenes!

  • 1. 'Us'

    20

    Rotten Tomatometer Score: 94 percent

    Lupita Nyong'o stars in Us, a film about a family who's on a beach vacation when suddenly, they become terrorized by grotesque versions of themselves. Jordan Peele wrote and directed this film that has us still dissecting everything we saw in the film!

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