Top 10 Horror Films of 2018

2018 was another vintage year for horror, offering up all kinds of tricks and treats. Halloween came back and so did some franchise favourites like The First Purge and The Strangers: Prey at Night. These sat alongside a remake of a cult classic Susperia and the critically acclaimed A Quiet Place while the film everyone raved about was Hereditary.

So what are Love Horror’s Top 10 favourite horror films from 2018? Did any of those mentioned above make the cut? Find out below with our list, placed in star order with the highest rated at the end. You might agree, you might not but we hope you all agree we can’t wait to see what horror 2019 brings us all!

Top 10 Horror Films of 2018

Summer of 84’
What we said:
Summer of ‘84 is an intensely suspenseful, engaging, mystery. There is little to no gore, meaning that the suspense is what carries off the fright factor, and wow, that suspense is undoubtedly well executed. It features a glorious retro sounding, synth score which conveys a mystique and the notion of a sinister undercurrent working within the story. Summer of ‘84 accelerates from charming to menacing to melancholic in its 105-minute runtime, the filmmakers prove that they are unafraid to take risks and that’s where the fun and chilling surprises come in to be experienced.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/summer-of-84-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Bad Samaritan
What we said:
Wonderfully well written by Brandon Boyce who also adapted Apt Pupil and solidly directed by Dean Devlin, better known for his script work on various apocalyptic movies with Roland Emmerich, Bad Samaritan is a brilliant horror that proves however bad you think you are there is always someone way worse out there waiting for you.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/bad-samaritan-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★☆ 

CTRL
What we said:
CTRL catapults from a quirky yet surreal slice of kitchen sink drama blended with genre to a trippy, mind-bending headscratcher of a movie. Too much happens all at once to completely take in on the first watch, therefore it may be worthy of a second viewing to process it fully.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/ctrl-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Tigers Are Not Afraid
What we said:
If you’re looking for something with a lot of heart and something to say about the current political landscape in Mexico, Tigers Are Not Afraid is a satisfying fairly-tale that will stay with you for a long time.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/tigers-are-not-afraid-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Tokoloshe [Repression]
What we said:
For a debut, genre feature, The Tokoloshe is an accomplished effort, as its ingeniously well-made. Bar, the teething problems in terms of the pacing, Pikwane has done himself proud with this unnerving and progressive piece.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/the-tokoloshe-repression-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Witch in the Window
What we said:
Holding the audience entrapped from beginning to end if there is one criticism of the film it is that it is too short although leaving the viewer wanting more is far better than over staying your welcome as Lydia has. A must see movie magnificently well made The Witch in the Window is one of the best films from FrightFest 2018 and one of my favorite horrors of the year so far.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/the-witch-in-the-window-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★½ 

Daddy’s Girl
What we said:
Daddy’s Girl is an interesting film, with its release coinciding with the ongoing #MeToo movement. It is imperative that film, and especially horror represent strong women who will fight back and seek peace in the ordeals that they have endured. Horror is the ideal platform for these kinds of representations with the iconic trope of a heroine battling against a monster, signifying a fight against her own demons. Of course, in Daddy’s Girl, that villainous role is human which is far more unsettling than a fictional monster. While affectingly bleak for the most part, Daddy’s Girl supplies a sense of hope and the message to ‘never give up’, ending on a poignant albeit messed-up note.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/daddys-girl-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★★ 

Border [Gräns]
What we said:
I have to say I found this film to be nothing other than being utterly hilarious from start to finish. I have a very dark sense of humour and often get side-eyed laughing at the most inappropriate of things on screen. I want to enjoy this film again with light hearted horror audience, and not the stuffy Cannes audience I sat in last time.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/border-grans-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★★ 

The Cleaning Lady
What we said:
Knautz delivers a slow yet engaging build up before disturbing revelations unfold, taking the film to the next level. It takes a chick flick style trajectory during the first act but fear not as it doesn’t detract from the horror that awaits. The film is carefully plotted with a satisfying payoff. This is one unlikely friendship that is impeccably written, while challenging female representations in horror in a chillingly brilliant psychological thriller. Knautz has achieved a tremendous feat in developing a ten-minute short into ninety-minute feature and has done his source material complete justice.
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/the-cleaning-lady-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★★ 

Cult of Terror
What we said:
Cult of Terror is a passion project through and through. Filmed at several genre festivals and conventions from Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival to Argentina Comic Con to the UK’s very own Frightfest; Mendoza establishes the universal love for horror movies which proves translatable, uniting fans from all over the world
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https://lovehorror.co.uk/horror-reviews/cult-of-terror-2018-review/

Movie Rating: ★★★★★ 

See you in 2019 for more horror!

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