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Horror Movies 2012 – Guide

New: Top 30 Best Horror Movies 2012 - Let’s take a look at the biggest and best horror movies of 2012. The scary list features the usual mix of prequels (Prometheus), adaptations (Woman In Black) and original fare (Sinister). We’ll go through the good and bad to find the gems. Here’s our definitive guide to the best new horror movies, 2012 :


The Devil Inside
Starring: Fernanda Andrade, Suzan Crowley, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth
Director: William Brent Bell
Released: 6 January 2012 (U.S. Dates)

Best Horror Movies 2012
A daughter travels to see her mother in an Italian hospital for the criminally insane, to find out why she brutally killed three people 20 years earlier. There she recruits two young exorcists to use unconventional methods of science and religion in an effort to rid her mother of the powerful demons possessing her. The trailer is fairly effective, but I don’t trust the director of video-game horror movie ‘Stay Alive’ to deliver a finished product that feels authentic. Also, this was filmed way back in December 2009, and such a delay is almost always a bad sign. The exorcism genre in particular can’t escape the fact it was all done much better 38 years ago. [Critics: 6% (via Rotten Tomatoes)] [Public: 4.2 (via IMDB)] – Avoid

Underworld: Awakening
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Sandrine Holt, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Released: 20 January 2012

New Horror Movies 2012
After being held in a coma-like state for fifteen years, vampire Selene (Beckinsale) learns that she has a fourteen-year-old vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter, Eve, and when she finds her, they must stop BioCom from creating super Lycans that will kill them all. The line between this and ‘Resident Evil’ is getting increasingly blurred – whether it’s BioCom, the action, or the look of the lead females. The directors of this 3D installment made ‘Shelter’, which has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The ‘Underworld’ franchise has a very loyal following, but so far this movie does not look good. For fans only. [Critics: 27%] [Public: 6.4] – Decent

The Grey
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, James Badge Dale, Nonso Anozie
Director: Joe Carnahan
Released: 27 January 2012

Best Horror Films 2012
Killer-wolves movie about an oil drilling team who struggle to survive after their plane crashes in the frozen Alaskan wild. Soon they are being hunted by a deadly pack… Liam Neeson is the star and his ‘A-Team’ director is behind the camera, but the tone here is tense and desperate. Looks like ‘The Edge’ with a high body count. For those who say the premise is totally unrealistic, a woman was killed by wolves in Alaska in 2010, and attacks have become more common. But what everyone’s most interested in is Neeson’s broken bottle knuckles, which he uses for self defense. The movie looks gruelling, entertaining and Neeson has basically got better and better with age. [Critics: 78%] [Public: 6.8] – Excellent


The Woman In Black
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer
Director: James Watkins (Eden Lake)
Released: 3 February 2012

Best Horror Movies Of 2012
My favourite play, and TV movie, is being turned into a theatrical movie. And from the footage so far, they’ve nailed the look of it. Daniel ‘Potter’ Radcliffe plays a lawyer who’s ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, he begins to uncover tragic secrets, and glimpse a freaky mysterious woman dressed only in black. Radcliffe’s well suited to this role, if a little too young. Jane Goldman (‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Stardust’) adapted the ’83 novel. Can’t wait. [Critics: 66%] [Public: 6.4] – Good

The Innkeepers
Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle
Director: Ti West
Released: 3 February 2012

Top 2012 Horror Movies
The last two employees of a supposedly haunted hotel count down the final days before the hundred year old business goes bankrupt. Mysterious guests check in, including a former TV actress turned psychic (Kelly McGillis) and an old man insistent on staying in room 353. As several strange occurrences begin to add up, the employees must decided whether or not to believe in the supernatural rumours. Director Ti West’s previous horror ‘The House of the Devil’ became something of a cult hit. He says this will be “scarier”, with more jokes, and more mainstream. Hopefully he’ll continue to put atmosphere before quick edits and jump scares. [Critics: 79%] [Public: 5.5] – Decent

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, Wes Bentley
Director: Heitor Dhalia
Released: 24 February 2012

When her sister disappears, Jill (Seyfried) is convinced that the serial killer who, she claims, kidnapped her two years earlier has returned. The police don’t believe her, so she sets out to pursue the truth. Is she just mentally ill? Or is she somehow responsible? The trailer hints at a predictable and pretty dull plot – If the killer isn’t one of the cops I’ll eat my hat. From the writer of ‘Underworld Awakening’ and ‘Untraceable’. The director is new to the genre. Looks like a rental at best. [Critics: 11%] [Public: 5.9] – Mediocre

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  • steve k said

    The Woman In Black is the one I most want to see. Looks awesome!

    Burton/Depp *yawn*

    Live footage movies can be done tastefully and entertaining. Even smart, but most tend to be sh*tty.

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    • Mike said

      I have seen both Woman in Black and The Devil Inside. While I liked the Devil Inside, The Woman in Black was much more kind of an edge of your seat movie. I caught myself jumping, and i never jump…lol

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    • jawa said

      Sinister – Scariest movie of 2012 (period).

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  • Bailey said

    I REALLY want to see Woman in Black- any reason really. And Dark Shadows- Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, and directed by Tim Burton. It’s gotta be good.

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    • Livvy said

      Yeah Woman In Black is one of the best horror movies of 2012, but Dark Shadows is the worst film I’ve ever seen.

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    • Ana said

      I was really disappointed with Dark Shadow. I love Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton. When they work together its magic, Dark Shadow didn’t have that.

      Woman in Black was ok, basic ghost story. I wasn’t aware Abe was a vampire hunter, but I did like the movie.

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  • Nick said

    It look me a while to realise there is more than one page LOL I see there are many horror movies in 2012 that have been made in Spain or at least with Spanish directors and or/actors. I’m very curious about this, they have a great horror film festival in Sitges (Barcelona), I wonder if this trend comes from there?

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  • prajwal kokane said

    please provide me the updates of new horror movies. thanx

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  • AGCG said

    I’ve watched more films in the last 7 – 8 months since finding this site than I have in any previous year.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      It’s great you’ve been pointed towards some movies you might not have seen otherwise. Well, if they were any good, because if they were rubbish we’ve wasted your time.

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  • AGCG said

    Ermm . . . some of the films have been interesting. It’s also the direction from the accompanying comments that helps too. Sends me rummaging through the dark and dusty aisles for something I’ve never heard about before.

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  • Nick said

    The only 2012 horror movie that sounds interesting is The Woman in Black, I really enjoyed the play (it’s the longest running play in the UK history if I remember correctly). It’s great they got Jane Goldman to write the script! Radcliffe is suited for the role because this takes place in XIX century, so a lawyer in his twenties makes sense, specially because in the play you see the character when he is older remembering the story of this time when he was much younger. This makes the return of Hammer films, I’m very excited about this, if someone knows how to make horror films that’s them!

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  • Jorden said

    Anyone who hasn’t read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter should totally seek it out. It is a VERY good book, and very innovative. I am really excited for the film adaptation.

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  • gd smith said

    What do you mean real history. Abe was a great vampire slayer. OK. the stuff about him being president is a bit far fetched, but at least he’s being shown some respect. I watched Nixon and it was so stupid. The so called film makers didn’t even mention the whole watergate, illuminati thing. Let alone the were-wolf problem in Washington at the time. But that’s youngsters for you. They don’t care about history unless it’s spiced up with outtakes from the Wire or something.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      John Major defeated the creature from the black lagoon. He used his glasses to create a focal point with the sun and set it alight.

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  • Steven8888 said

    WHAT ABOUT SILENT HILL REVELATION??? they dismissed that movie and its going to be one of the best horrors of 2012 .. perhaps the decade. S I L E N T H I L L R E V E L A T I O N ! ! !

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  • T.ROSS said

    Yo awesome list! I want to see a lot of these flicks! THE INNKEEPERS, PIRANHA 3DD, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, PROMETHEUS, CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE COLLECTION, ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE KILLER and so many other ones! Some of my other most anticipated horror flicks are actually for next year – LORDS OF SALEM by Rob Zombie, AMERICAN MARY by the Soska Twins and YOU’RE NEXT directed by Adam Wingard. All of these flicks are going to be insane. AMERICAN MARY has a sweet cast, awesome story and special effects by the master Todd Masters. YOU’RE NEXT went crazy at TIFF, won best picture and went into a crazy distribution bidding war among some of the bigger companies with Lionsgate winning. LORDS OF SALEM is going to be epic.

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  • Rusti Majere said

    Personally, I think the best horror movies of 2012 will be: Silent Hill Revelations 3D – I love the game franchise, and the fact that it’s loosely based on Silent Hill 3 gives it a lot of brownie points. The first was enjoyable for sure, though I coulda done without the tentacle r*pe scene 😛
    V/H/S – This one looks fun. Love the haunted house sequence I saw on the previews. Looking forward to it for sure.
    REC 3 Genesis – I’m a sucker for foreign horror. ‘Nuff said.

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  • Madelyn Harvey said

    I loved the movie “Gone” it was Amazing in my opinion

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  • Stoy said

    Innkeepers is well worth a look.

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  • shep said

    there realy isnt anything exciting or new about 2012’s horror movies, where do you go from good films such as Grave Encounters and Episode 50???? we need new ideas new creatures to give us nightmares…..in my opinion the only movie worth a look is the Woman in Black.

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