The 25 Most Popular Horror Films Of The Decade, According To Letterboxd
This decade has been ROUGH! This is why most of us have been so grateful for the neverending supply of horror movies to distract us for a few precious moments at a time. Because I’m an elder 25-year-old, I’m just beginning to get onto the Letterboxd train. Luckily, the rest of you have been living on the site and have strong opinions. So I asked Twitter to let drop me links to their Letterboxd accounts.
I present to you The 25 Most Popular Horror Films Of The Decade According To Letterboxd. Even though this decade feels like it’s been 84 years long, it’s still only 2022. So, please keep in mind that these are the most popular films so far.
25. Caveat (2020)
“Incredibly solid isolation chiller. The sound design and soundtrack are both impeccable, and the scares are given room to breathe without being crowded by obnoxious stings or “gotcha” tactics. The story is what keeps us here, though, and I was intrigued enough by the puzzle-box like construction of the plot to stick with it. Just excellently crafted horror.” – John Patterson
24. 12 Hour Shift (2020)
“Thoroughly weird and dark. Angela Bettis and Nikea Gamby-Turner were great together.” – Tori Potenza
23. Master (2022)
“Master is a haunting, witchy, New England supernatural film and uses those elements to enhance the terrifying reality of moving in the world as a black woman. Mariama Diallo nails the horror in this and it’s evident she knows the genre.
Regina Hall is amazing in this film and further showed that she is great and should be respected as such. Anytime she was on the screen I was absolutely captivated by her talent. Whew. That last monologue was the climatic moment this movie needed.
I know this will resonate with many black women and for that alone, this movie deserves all the praise and love. I’m just so glad to see a film that truly raises the voice of those who are silenced. Especially black women.” –dee
22. Come True (2020)
“Anthony Scott Burn’s Come True pushed every analog button in my mushy pink skull computer. Impressive not only for the effectiveness of its sci-fi horror aesthetic but for the clarity of vision in front and behind the camera. The short length of the end credits alone tells you what a massive achievement this movie really is.
Although there are faint images that seem to call back other classics in this subgenre, they played as my own projection onto this new work. As bursts of affection for THX-1138, or Videodrome or Dark City or The Nightmare would appear, it was clear my own brain was imposing a correlation to those films. This is something else, and something so well-crafted that I sat watching it with a stupid grin the entire time.
Admirable and enviable, I can’t wait to see what this team does next.” –Travis Stevens
21. The Dark And The Wicked (2020)
“I don’t rattle easily when it comes to horror films. I’m so desensitized that it sometimes worries me a little.
Having said that, there are several unsettling moments in this film that legitimately caught me off guard. The film isn’t perfect, to be sure, but the way dread builds throughout the runtime is commendable.
It’s down to the atmosphere it’s able to create…this overwhelming sense that something very wrong could happen at just about every turn. Also, the camerawork creates effective diversions that are able to pull the fear right out of you and make you wonder if you can handle what you’re about to see.
Maybe don’t watch it alone at night like I did, though? It might surprise you.” – Travis Hunter
20. The Innocents (2021)
“I haven’t felt this uncomfortable watching a film in quite some time.” – Joe Lipsett
19. Psycho Goreman (2020)
“This shit was ridiculous. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. The plot is pretty original while also parodying some other sci-fi-style movies. Perhaps even E.T. It’s hard to try to summarize it in a cohesive manner because it’s not really meant to be described that way. It makes you sound like an eleven-year-old hopped up on Pixie Stix who’s trying to tell you about the most epic story and characters they can think of.
While I am someone who likes a “traditional” plot line this was entertaining and I really didn’t mind that it doesn’t follow any sort of tradition in its story. If you’re looking for the structure you won’t find it here.
I know a number of people have described this film as somewhat GWAR-like and I agree. It almost feels like it would be comfortable in the world of Troma. It’s utterly campy and absurd while relishing in that. It feels like a bit of a loving nod to those who grew up loving over-the-top horror and sci-fi movies in the 80s. It takes every opportunity to parody not only other movies but itself too. This is a movie that you’d choose for a fun time, kind of like Willy’s Wonderland. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Granted I don’t adore it, but it’s still a unique addition to modern horror.” –Dice Rollen
18. The Wolf Of Snow Hollow (2020)
“I quite enjoyed the slightly offbeat “is it a serial killer or is it a werewolf” flick The Wolf Of Snow Hollow! A fitting send-off for Robert Forster too, in a quintessential Forsterish role. (PS: between this and Thunder Road can Jim Cummings only play one kind of character?)” – Andrew Pope
17. Relic (2020)
“Absolutely. Singularly. Horrifyingly. Beautiful.” – Justin Nordell
16. Censor (2021)
“Beautiful and chilling.” – bethanybarich
15. Host (2020)
“So much respect for this one. I jumped a few times.” Tyrone Williams
14. His House (2020)
“Creepy haunted house movie made even creepier by the context of displacement, seeking the safety of a home and being met with….racism, dripping wall gashes, and dead children running through the walls.” – Emalie
13. The Night House (2020)
“The first time in a long time that I’ve had genuine chills watching a horror.” – Katieeve
12. Freaky (2020)
“Extremely fun. Vaughn made the movie. That running. I also really enjoyed catching all of the horror Easter eggs.” – nvillanj
11. Possessor (2020)
This will definitely require a second viewing. It’s unflinching, brutal and bizarrely. Wonderfully shot and filled with great performances, but I was left wanting when the credits rolled. – Trace Thurman
10. Run (2020)
“This will be spoiled if you read too many of the reviews because the comparisons give it all away so I don’t recommend doing that. I thought it was a solid and tense thriller with excellent acting.” – Bark
9. Lamb (2021)
“Ingvar and Maria, by any measure, make an unconventional family with their adopted daughter, Ada. But the only thing stranger than the mysterious circumstances that surround Ada’s appearance, is the relative ease with which everyone who meets her accepts her existence. Raising Ada inevitably has its own unique challenges, and it may not be the family either parent envisioned as their ideal, but together they prove that happiness isn’t restricted to ideal conditions.
But there is still the mysterious circumstances of Ada’s birth. With every passing moment that Maria ignores what could have brought her daughter to her, she tempts the cold, unfeeling hand of Nature, itself.
Lamb is not what I expected, not by a long shot. But it fits firmly into the kind of film I love to watch a few times over, letting its simplicity reveal new meanings each time.” – Ande
8. Fear Street: 1666 (2021)
“Definitely my favorite of the series although I wish we coulda stayed in the 1600s for longer.” –Riley Cassidy
7. Fear Street: 1978 (2021)
I had such a blast with this film! In rewatching 1994 before this I felt myself starting to become immersed in the story. Part II of the trilogy then amplified that immersion and gave me a fantastic tribute to horror films of the 70’s and 80’s.
The cast of characters in 1978 felt like the typical slasher prototypes, and the acting only amplified that. Everyone knew their role and they were 100% committed to it. This allowed for a fun viewing experience that felt reminiscent of the movies I had grown up watching.
If you enjoy films such as Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp and The Burning then you’ll love Fear Street 1978!” – Adrian Rae
6: Fear Street: 1996 (2021)
“Right up my street.
No, I’m not sorry.” – Robyn Adams
5. Malignant (2021)
“I enjoy the movie it has a different tone that people will not enjoy but if you love 80s and 90s horror you will like this movie.” – IntoTheDarkSide
4. Fresh (2022)
“This started off so cute and then it turned into a mix of Get Out x Silence of the Lambs …… and I love it 🥰
Dating for women is already scary enough without having to think of all the perversities men want to commit with their bodies.. – Rabia
3. X (2022)
X oozes sex, gore, and unexpected horrors. A refreshing take on the slasher genre, X is just as entertaining as it is disturbing. Ti West brings his own distinct flavor to create a wallop of a slasher flick. Plus, we are graced with Martin Henderson in tighty-whities 👀 –horrorchick
2. Titane (2021)
I walked in thinking this was gonna be a hot car fucker movie and I left sobbing for the dysfunctional family that was created on screen. This was excellent but I can’t imagine watching this ever again. – CemeterySquatrr
1. Last Night In Soho
“This is a visual + musical feast. So scrumptious. The story goes for a very weird hard left in the third act, and that’s my favorite kind. I can see why it doesn’t work for everyone. Naturally, Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie are visions in their roles.” – Jason
Shout out to all these movie lovers for watching and reviewing so many films on Letterboxd. Follow some of these Letterboxd to see what they’re saying about other movies.
I haven’t seen everything on this Letterboxd list, but I have loved most of what I have watched. Let me know if you’ve seen these movies and have thoughts about this list at @misssharai. Also, feel free to drop a link to your Letterboxd account in my thread. You never know when it might come in handy…