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Horror Movies 2012 – Guide

The Loved Ones
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, John Brumpton
Director: Sean Byrne
Released: 1 June 2012

[Critics: 98%] [Public: 6.7] – Excellent

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba
Director: Ridley Scott
Released: 8 June 2012

Ridley Scott returns to the ‘Alien’ universe, but somewhere in development this turned from a straight prequel into ‘something else’. Indeed it sounds like the Aliens we know may now turn out to be little more than cameos, or that they appear in recognisable form only toward the end because it’s a story about how the species came to be. Regardless, Ridley Scott’s directing a deep space horror-thriller and that’s something to relish. Rapace (‘Girl With’ Dragon Tattoo’) will play a scientist on board the Prometheus alongside explorer Charlize Theron. Michael Fassbender will play an android. Scott has said it’ll be set 30 years before Alien and include the origins of the ‘space jockey’ creature seen near the alien eggs in the original. [Critics: 73%] [Public: 7.0] – Good

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Released: 22 June 2012

This sounds like a SNL skit, but it’s got a $69 million dollar budget behind it and is being played seriously. Adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his novel, this is directed by Bekmambetov (‘Wanted’) and produced by Tim Burton. Relative unknown Walker is the young Lincoln, Winstead is his wife. It’s a 3D ‘re-imagining’ of Lincoln’s life that depicts the 16th U.S. president as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires, on a mission of revenge against them and their slave-owning protectors since they killed his mother. Let’s hope this version doesn’t become better known than the real history. [Critics: 35%] [Public: 5.9] – Decent


Starring: (voices) Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Directors: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
Released: 17 August 2012

Not exactly a horror movie, but rather an endearing tribute to the genre. This is a 3D stop-motion animation about a misunderstood boy (Smit-McPhee, ‘Let Me In’) who can speak with the dead, whose town comes under siege by zombies. To save it from the centuries-old curse he’s also forced to take on ghosts, witches and moronic grown-ups. Affleck and Mintz-Plasse voice a jock and school bully, Kendrick is the big sister. This is from the studio behind the well-received ‘Coraline’ and has a very similar look. [Critics: 87%] [Public: 7.0] – Excellent

The Awakening
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
Director: Nick Murphy
Released: 17 August 2012

[Critics: 61%] [Public: 6.5] – Good

The Apparition
Starring: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Luke Pasqualino, Julianna Guill
Director: Todd Lincoln (his first movie)
Released: 24 August 2012

Haunted house tale “based on true events”, about a grad student with a secret and his girlfriend who are terrorised by a supernatural presence unleashed during a college experiment. It’s set in a cul-de-sac in the Valley, in an area where a lot of houses don’t ever get finished, so the couple are alone in a yet-to-be-formed neighbourhood. ‘Twilight’s Ashley Greene stars with ‘Gossip Girl’s Sebastian Stan and ‘Harry Potter’s Tom Felton. Producer Joel Silver (‘House Of Wax’, ‘Gothika’) says the movie was influenced by ‘Paranormal Activity’. Influenced by its box office, certainly. [Critics: 3%] [Public: 4.1] – Avoid

The Tall Man
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie
Director: Pascal Laugier
Releaed: 31 August 2012

[Critics: 46%] [Public: 5.9] – Decent

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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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