10 Best Horror Movies Of 2024 (So Far)

The horror movies you NEED to see from this year.

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IFC Films

Though 2024 has been a so-so year for horror films at the box office - as it has been for basically all genres, admittedly - in terms of sheer quality, the first half of the year hasn't left genre fans wanting for top-notch fare.

Whether you were in the market for a glossy, big-screen multiplex horror flick or a more artful, deep-dish exercise in suspense, 2024 has had you covered so far, and it's showing no signs of slowing down for the rest of the year.

And so, by poring back over the dozens of horror movies released this year so far, it's time to separate the wheat from the chaff and break down the 10 best films you absolutely, positively cannot miss.

From unexpectedly brilliant franchise prequels nobody asked for to glorious creature features, low-key indie chillers, and everything else in between, these are the horror movies that have ruled 2024 thus far, and which you definitely need to see.

If the rest of the year can match the output of the first six months, then 2024 may very well be a banner year for the genre, no matter the box office numbers...

10. The First Omen

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20th Century Studios

It's not unfair to say that expectations were basically through the floor for this prequel to The Omen that not a single solitary soul actually asked for. 

And yet, what a pleasant surprise it was that director Arkasha Stevenson turned in the series' finest effort since the 1976 original - a low bar to clear, admittedly.

Though the basic narrative beats aren't anything new, Stevenson's richly atmospheric filmmaking combines with a mesmerising performance from the great Nell Tiger Free (Servant) to make The First Omen a rare horror prequel that truly justifies its existence.

Packed with haunting and occasionally nauseating imagery, while building uneasy suspense even though the ultimate outcome is unavoidably known, this is proof perfect that gripping stories can still exist within this franchise's seemingly tired framework.

One thing's for sure, Stevenson's outstanding work behind the camera - in her feature debut no less - has made her an immediate talent to watch. Expect big things.

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