13 BEST HORROR MOVIES OF 2020

It’s hard to write a post about 2020 and ignore the clusterfuck that was, but in the spirit of keeping things positive and lighthearted here, that’s exactly what I’m going to do! So, if you’re like me, a big lover of horror cinema, 2020 provided you with a ton of great content delivered to your digital doorsteps. Like, so much good stuff. Like, so much good stuff that I had trouble making this list. I had to leave off some favorites, some fine films that easily could have made it, but overall…I’m pretty happy with my selections. It was another great year for horror fans, and we got to see some incredible, unique movies hit the small screen.

If you want to listen to me babble on in more detail about my list, be sure to check out THE FINAL GUYS PODCAST (THE BEST HORROR MOVIES OF 2020 – Final Guys Horror Show #188). It’s available on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and probably wherever else you find podcasts. Lots of other good recommendations in that episode!

So, without further ado, here’s my list:

13. HOST

This one makes the list for a few reasons. One – I think it’s a genuinely scary flick. Two – I love the creativity/originality that went into making a found footage film during the pandemic, making it perfectly relatable to the vast majority. PSA – it’s best to watch this on your laptop, in bed with the lights off.

12. FREAKY

I’m a huge Vince Vaughn fan, and he kills it in this movie. Literally. From the makers of Happy Death Day comes a lighthearted horror take on the Freaky Friday story. The best thing about this (besides that it’s hilarious) how it manages to take an overused trope and still feels completely fresh.

11. ANTEBELLUM

This movie took me by surprise. I went into it knowing little about it, and, honestly, I think that was the best way to dive in. Two huge twists in this film that left me feeling punched. It had me thinking about the writing and story structure days after I watched it. Solid film and I can’t recommend it enough.

10. SHE DIES TOMORROW

Another film that kinda came out of nowhere, and it wasn’t on my radar until the week before I sat down to make this list. This is a slow-burn story that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me, I found myself kind of obsessed with it, much like the main character’s obsession with the idea that she’s gonna die tomorrow. I’m still thinking about this movie weeks later.

9. THE DARK AND THE WICKED

Family dramas tied up in a horror movie is my jam. If you dig films like Hereditary, Mama, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, then I think this is a movie that will creep and crawl right under your skin. This movie has some haunting moments and some of my favorite scares of 2020. A well-made flick that is lifted by some powerful performances from the lead actors (Marin Ireland is soooo good, put her in more things, please?). Worth a glance if you haven’t checked it out already.

8. IMPETIGORE

<Claps for SHUDDER> They really gave us some great content this year, y’all. This Indonesian film didn’t come on my radar until my pal (and Final Guys cohost) Hunter Shea mentioned it on the show. And I’m glad he did because this ended up being one of my favorites of the year. The opening scene that takes place in a tollbooth was a nightmarish sequence I had to watch twice because I appreciated the thrilling way it was presented. Not gonna say anything else about it other than watch this movie.

7. RELIC

Going back to the family drama thing. This has plenty of that and plenty of creepy, memorable moments that will leave you emotionally fucked. The acting is off the charts good. Well-written, well-directed. It’s a movie that virtually has no flaws. I will say, due to the heavy content, I probably won’t revisit it (at least anytime soon), but I will also never forget it.

6. COLOR OUT OF SPACE

This was the most fun I’ve had watching a movie in 2020. COOS has a ton of replay value. Great cast, great visuals, and some of the best practical effects I’ve seen in quite some time. Has everything cosmic horror fans enjoy about the genre, and it’s one of H.P. Lovecraft’s better adaptations. Plus, Nic Cage freaking out in front of the camera is always an added boost. Right?

5. ANYTHING FOR JACKSON

This was another Shudder exclusive I watched on a whim and was blown away by. I’ve watched it twice, and it’s one of those movies that has so much buried deep in the subtext that you will find more and more to unpack with each viewing. I’m planning a third rewatch soon, and I can’t wait to find out what else I’ve missed. In a sea of good exorcism movies, this one swims above the surface.

4. THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW

2020 was full of surprises, and I’m happy to report that The Wolf of Snow Hollow was one of the best of them. Knew nothing going into it, and that seems to be a consistent theme with this year’s releases. TWOSH might be one of the best movies about a werewolf I’ve ever seen, certainly one of the best of the last two decades. Hilarious, well-acted, a script that packs a punch with some witty dialogue – I can’t praise this movie enough. And, proof that your main character doesn’t need to be likable to tell a compelling story. Put this at the top of your to-watch list and thank me later.

3. POSSESSOR

This flick might get left off a lot of “Best of Horror” lists because it’s more science fiction than horror, but fuck – it’s so violent and dark and thematically grim that we can’t exclude it. This is a mind-bender that will satisfy all your horror needs, for sure. Worthy of several rewatches. Bonus points for a small-but-utterly perfect performance from Sean Bean.

2. HIS HOUSE

Not going to lie, I didn’t see this NETFLIX original making it so far up my list. I knew it deserved to rank high – incredible performances from the two leads (Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku) and an important look into the life of refugees being the driving force behind this powerful film – but I had no idea the effect it would have on me long after the credits rolled. I thought about it for days. Kudos to the filmmakers for bringing such a phenomenal story to life and making it one of the scariest things I’ve put inside my brain this year. Great imagery in this one that I can still recall with perfect clarity.

1. THE INVISIBLE MAN

Who saw this movie ending up the best horror film 2020 had to offer? I certainly didn’t. But from the first frame, Leigh Whannell’s horror/thriller takes off and doesn’t let up. It was, without a doubt, the most terrifying movie I saw all year. There’s also a scene in the midpoint of this movie that took my breath away, and, I’m pretty sure, it also removed a few years from my life. I wish I hadn’t slept on this movie as long as I had because it’s a dynamic film and a masterclass in crafting an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Don’t let this one slip past you undetected.

honorable mentions: THE HUNT, THE BEACH HOUSE, SPIRAL, UNDERWATER, HUNTER HUNTER

WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HORROR FILMS FROM 2020???

WELCOME TO WORMWOOD

Can’t tell you how excited I am to announce this – WORMWOOD, a short novel I wrote with Chad Lutzke, is now available through Night Worms‘ latest package!!! The book is signed and features an exclusive cover by Zach McCain. The package will also include a signed limited edition of John Boden’s JEDI SUMMER WITH THE MAGNETIC KID (one of the very best coming-of-age novels I’ve ever read), as well as other seasonal and bookish goodies. This release is extremely limited and ALREADY GOING FAST, so don’t miss out! Order here – https://tinyurl.com/y6sytjh4

For more info, click HERE.

ENTRY FORM: Fall Giveaway LIMBS and Mug

UPDATE: WINNER – Shawna D.

Fall is my favorite season so let’s do a giveaway! Purchase any novel in paperback, hardcover, kindle, or audiobook between today and September 30, and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of LIMBS and a pretty cool Halloween mug. 1 winner will be chosen at random on October 1:

 

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NEW HORROR NOVEL, DEAD DAUGHTERS, NOW ON AUDIOBOOK!

Huge news. Dead Daughters, my new horror novel from Poltergeist Press, is now available on audiobook! You can find the audiobook here on Audible here. It was narrated by Ryan Francona, and I think he did a spectacular job nailing the voices in this one – and there are plenty.

Dead Daughters is my new horror novel with a thriller bend. I’ve been told it’s the best thing I’ve ever written, which is always a nice thing to hear. Whether it is or not, I’m very proud of it. Here’s a synopsis of the novel, along with a bit of high praise from some readers and book reviewers:

Drew Lowery is living the American Dream. He has the perfect family, a stable job, and a beautiful home in the suburbs of central New Jersey. Things can’t get much better. But what seems like the ideal life is suddenly upended when he receives a blank envelope in the mail.

Inside lies a picture of his daughter, a photograph of her violent murder. Only it can’t be her. He just tucked her in and kissed her goodnight ten minutes ago. But the mysterious Polaroid is only the beginning.

There’s the van following his daughter to school. The man she sees outside her window late at night. The fact someone entered her room while the Lowerys slept peacefully.

Local authorities are clueless. No leads, no clues, and ultimately – no answers. Drew launches his own investigation, falling into a hole of lies and deceit, a truth he never saw coming. Dead Daughters is the new twisted thriller from Tim Meyer, author of The Switch House and Kill Hill Carnage.

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Dead Daughters had me on the edge of my seat and then gutted me. By far, Tim Meyer’s best book. An absolute must read.” – Hunter Shea, author of Creature and Slash

“This story amazed me with how well it was constructed to make you think. I had multiple suspects and theories which kept changing through out this book. I kept trying to guess what would happened and be hit with another twist. Tim has multiple well placed lines that made my blood run cold. I was scared but of who? Everyone was a suspect.” – n0vel.id3a/Instagram

Dead Daughters is a tension-fraught, white-knuckle thriller that’ll keep you guessing all the way to the end. It has been a while since I binge-read a book in less than 24 hours, but Meyer’s newest sunk its teeth into me early and often, only allowing me a few hours sleep and continued second glances at the people around me.” – FanFiAddict.com

DEAD DAUGHTERS is a unique thriller by Tim Meyer that I most definitely recommend, with twists I honestly didnt see coming.” – D.K. Hundt

“Like a treacherous mountain road, Dead Daughters is full of twists and turns that will have you holding your breath, blind to whats lurking around the next corner.” – Lee-ann, Goodreads

Dead Daughters is psychological horror done masterfully. From page one, Meyer’s had me riveted, wondering just what the heck was going on and as things begin to unravel, he does a fantastic job of having our main character spiral out of control – not sure who to trust and what to believe.” Steve Stred, Kendall Reviews

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Again, the new horror fiction novel, Dead Daughters, is available in paperback, trade hardcover, ebook, and audio. If you’ve read it, leave a review! It really helps get the word out there. – TM

DEAD DAUGHTERS (Book Trailer)

This week, my wife and I got bored, decided to mess around and shoot a book trailer for DEAD DAUGHTERS, my new novel that comes out April 16th. I think the thing came out pretty good and I figured I’d post it here, in case you haven’t seen it floating around my social media. So, what do you think? Also, are book trailers a good promotional tool? Let me know how you feel about them in the comments below.

Some Free Horror Kindle Books!

Hey all!

Things are getting strange and scary out there, there’s no question about it. I’ve already self-quarantined and I’m pretty sure I’m not leaving the house until this whole thing blows over, which could be months. But that’s okay, because I’ve got plenty of books, video games, movies, and writing assignments to keep my occupied.

I know these next few months might be rough on some folks, especially on their financial situation. I wanted to make a few of my books free/cheap for the next few days, just in case you’re stuck indoors and need something to pass the time, to get your mind off things. Many authors have already started to do this and here is a comprehensive list of books that (as of this writing) are free or discounted: NIGHT WORMS FREE BOOKS!

And here are some of my titles that are free, 99 cents. Ends 3/20/20.

THE THIN VEIL: FREE

SUNFALL: SEASON ONE FREE

BLACK STAR CONSTELLATIONS FREE

DEMON BLOOD TRILOGY 99cents

 

BLACK FRIDAY $7 PAPERBACK SALE!

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CALLING ALL MANIACS!

It’s Black Friday, which means you’re probably scouring the Internet right now for all the best deals. Well, I have one for you. I’ve managed to keep a pretty healthy stock of my paperbacks and I’m looking to clear some space, so here’s my offer – $7 a book (that includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S. – sorry, International friends). They will be inscribed to your liking. The sale will run through Cyber Monday, so I’ll ship the books out on Tuesday. Here’s what I have in stock:

LIMBS

KILL HILL CARNAGE

THE SWITCH HOUSE

69: A SHORT NOVEL OF COSMIC HORROR

IN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS

LORDS OF THE DEEP

BEERS AND FEARS: THE HAUNTED BREWERY

BLACK STAR CONSTELLATIONS

PRIMAL TERRA

SHARKWATER BEACH

ENLIGHTENMENT

There are a few ways to grab this deal. You can private message me on any of the social media platforms you follow me on (INSTAGRAM or TWITTER or Facebook) or send me an email at tfmeyer3(at)yahoo(dot)com. Include your mailing info, to whom you’d like me to sign the book for, and which books you’re interested in just to make sure I haven’t sold out. I’ll then direct you to my Paypal or whatever method of payment you prefer. Once the book(s) have shipped, I’ll provide you with the tracking number.

That’s it! Get them before they’re gone!

TM

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HUGE HALLOWEEN HORROR E-BOOK SALE!!!

 

 

In honor of the best holiday season of the year, a good portion of my books are on sale! The Kindle versions will be discounted until Oct. 31st, so get them while they’re 99 cents! Below is a list of the novels/novellas on sale. Click on the titles for links! Enjoy and Happy Halloween! 🙂

THE SWITCH HOUSE

IN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS

BLACK STAR CONSTELLATIONS 

LIMBS: A LOVE STORY

KILL HILL CARNAGE (note: many of Sinister Grin Press’ books are 99 cents!)

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: MARK ALLAN GUNNELLS

57382351_2194483427334001_7719160458413867008_nHey, y’all! This month on the blog, I was happy to have Mark Allan Gunnells stop by to talk about his new collection, Book Haven and Other Curiositieswhich is fresh off the printers from Crystal Lake Publishing. I really enjoyed the collected tales, especially the titular novella, Book Haven. Last year I read the novel he co-wrote with Aaron Dries, Where the Dead Go to Diewhich was also fantastic. Anyway, without delay, here’s Mark Allan Gunnells!

 

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BEERS N FEARS BREWERY BOOK TOUR 2019

Hey all! Just wanted to post the information for our upcoming NJ brewery book tour. I have a lot of fun at these every year, so if you live in the area or within reasonable driving distance, I’d love to see your face! Below is everything you need to save the date! Let me know in the comments if you plan on attending!

*although not pictured, author Dan Padavona has been added to the May 10th signing.*

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