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Horror Movies 2013 – Guide

Top 30 Best Horror Movies 2013 (inc. DVD) Let’s take a look at the biggest and best horror movies of 2013. The scary list features the usual mix of remakes (‘Evil Dead’), adaptations (‘World War Z’) and original fare (‘7500’). We’ll go through the good and bad to find the gems. Here’s our definitive guide to the best horror movies, 2013 :


Texas Chainsaw 3D
Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tania Raymonde, Trey Songz
Director: John Luessenhop
Released: 4 January 2013 (U.S. Dates)

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A young woman travels to Texas with her friends to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward. This is a direct sequel to the original 1974 version (although set in the present day) which ignores the events of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ (1986), ‘Leatherface’ (1990) and ‘TCM: Next Generation’ (1994). It also has nothing to do with the rebooted 2003 version or its prequel, since Michael Bay’s team have dropped the series and it’s been picked up by Twisted Pictures/Lionsgate. Newcomer Dan Yeager is playing the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. Franchise alumni Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, and Bill Moseley will make appearances. The writers with screenplay credit are bargain basement and the director of the mediocre ‘Takers’ is new to the horror genre. Production values will be ok but don’t expect anything more than that. [Critics: 19% (via Rotten Tomatoes)] [Public: 4.8 (via IMDB)] – Avoid

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
Director: Andres Muschietti
Released: 18 January 2013

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A couple are faced with the challenge of raising their feral young nieces when they are discovered in a forest after being lost for five years. Soon it becomes apparent that the girls are being haunted by a ghostly woman, who they believe to be their dead mother. Guillermo del Toro is serving as exec producer and that’s usually a good thing. Star Jessica Chastain, looking unrecognisable, is high calibre for this type of material – her recent credits include ‘The Help’, ‘Tree of Life’, and ‘Lawless’, and she’s frontrunner to win Best Actress for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. Early word is ‘Mama’s not quite as effective as the director’s excellent short on which it’s based, but it’s still tense and creepy, based in large part on the children’s performances. [Critics: 65%] [Public: 6.2] – Decent

John Dies At The End
Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Angus Scrimm
Director: Don Coscarelli
Released: 25 January 2013

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Two dropout slackers are on ‘soy sauce’, a drug which causes its users to drift into alternative realities. When they realise Earth is the subject of an otherworldly invasion they have to travel to an alternative dimension to stop it. This is based on the novel, which was originally published online as a popular free webserial. The movie’s teaser trailer barely made any sense but had a charm all its own. Coscarelli is a highly entertaining ‘horror-fun’ director. Anyone who’s seen the excellent ‘Phantasm II’ will be excited by what he could do with this material. [Critics: 60%] [Public: 6.4] – Good

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Released: 25 January 2013

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Tonally similar to ‘Evil Dead II’, this has siblings Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton), 15 years after the gingerbread house incident, working as badass witch hunters. We’re told to expect a steampunk vibe mixed with a slight Goth edge and hyper-cartoon violence/R-rate gore. The director of ‘Dead Snow’ makes his US debut. This is part of an odd recent Hollywood trend for taking children’s stories and turning them into horror/thriller/action movies. Hopefully the excellent Jeremy Renner can turn ‘Witch Hunters’ into something more than a mildly-entertaining diversion. [Critics: 15%] [Public: 6.1] – Decent


Warm Bodies
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Dave Franco
Director: Jonathan Levine
Released: 1 February 2013

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Adaptation of the ‘Romeo and Juliet’-inspired zombie-romance novel. A young zombie ‘R’ (Nicolas Hoult) wanders through the devastation of the apocalypse, craving human brains to get high on their memories. When a female brain helps him fall in love with her friend Julie (Teresa Palmer), he rescues Julie from his deadly zombie pack and their adventure together begins. Don’t expect anything too sappy or ‘Twilight’-ish, director Levine is very credible after ‘The Wackness’ and ’50/50′. It’ll be heavy on voiceover as ‘R’ can only use grunts and simple syllables. Malkovich plays a villainous General intent on wiping out zombie-kind. [Critics: 80%] [Public: 6.9] – Excellent

The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia
Starring: Chad Michael Murray, Abigail Spencer, Katee Sackhoff, Cicely Tyson
Director: Tom Elkins
Released: 1 February 2013

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Sequel to 2009’s mildly successful ‘Haunting In Connecticut’. This time the PG-13 action takes place in the rural South, with a whole new family. It centres on a blue collar, no-nonsense husband and his wife. She shares a curse and terrifying visions with her younger sister, and fears she may have passed that along to her daughter. It’s loosely based on the supernatural accounts of the real-life Wyrick family. Chad Michael Murray (‘House Of Wax’) and Abigail Spencer (‘Mad Men’) star, which is a step down from Virginia Madsen in the previous one. The editor of the first movie takes the director’s chair. This seems like more of a remake than a sequel. Terrible title. [Critics: 19%] [Public: 5.3] – Mediocre

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  • Kramer said

    I’m all about the horror movies and cant wait for this years releases. I’m particularly keen to see: World War Z, Evil Dead, Chainsaw Massacre, Horns, The Conjuring, Carrie, Lords Of Salem. Insidious is in my top 5 favourite horror movies so I’m keen to see what James Wan and crew do with Chapter 2. Mama also looks interesting and I like how Daniel Radcliffe has taken the horror route after the overshadowing Harry Potter role, so I’ll be giving Horns a good watch at the cinema when (or if) it comes out to cinemas in Australia.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
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      Yes, fingers crossed for ‘World War Z’, has such potential. You kinda get two ‘Insidious’ sequels this year with ‘Chapter 2’ and the very similar-sounding ‘The Conjuring’ from the same director. I’m a bit surprised by the dark route Daniel Radcliffe has taken post-Potter. That series got progressively darker, and when it finished he just kept going.

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      • Kramer said

        So true with the Insidious sequels. When I saw Patrick Wilson and James Wan attached to The Conjuring I literally thought they’d just changed the name of Insidious chapter 2.

        I was also intrigued by Radcliffe’s decision to go Horror post-Potter. You would have thought he might have played it safe with some drama or even comedies, but his gone the opposite direction and I appreciate that. In Australia, not many horror movies get released in the Cinema (barely got Cabin in the Woods here at all). The market is usually saturated by Action/Drama/Comedy, but with such a big name attached to these horror/thriller movies that he’s doing, there might spark more of an interest for Horror films in 2013 within the Australian mainstream.

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  • gd smith said

    I’m most interested in You’re Next. Texas Chainsaw sucks. Plus what the hell happened to ‘Massacre’? Is the target audience for this now so dumb it can only manage two word titles? The same thing happened to the Silent Night Deadly Night remake. “Duh what’s a massacre? They shouldn’t gotta have such long titles and all the dialogues that suck so bad. Silent Night and Texas Chainsaw is more better.”

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  • ace_antipolo said

    “The Conjuring”;”Insidious 2″;”Texas Chainsaw 3D”;”World War Z” and “7500” will be the best horror movies of 2013. I also want to watch “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”; “Aftershock” and “Warm Bodies”.

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  • RoisinLychee said

    Erm let me just squash this for all yo’ll bitches, Insidious was rubbish, predictable beyond belief & sequals suck so woof to that. World war z, Carrie and Your Next look bangin! Just don’t hate coz you aint okay, and don’t you dare test me on my horror knowledge. Holla city of squalla..

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  • beeberry said

    C’mon people the top 2013 horror movies will be Carrie, Horns and Insidious 2. Sooo obvious.

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  • Kristin said

    I love Warm Bodies it was fantastic… Mama was very good…. The other movies could of been a little better. But hey it was worth a shot!!! 🙂 lol

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  • Amanda said

    I hate to sound like a jerk… but hey, no one else cares so… The last horror movie that gave me any feeling of fear was Martyrs.. and it wasn’t even fear, it was more like “hmm… that’s unpleasant” Who has a Good Horror movie from 2013 that will terrify me?

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  • Novitacu said

    Evil dead best horror movie of 2013 so far.

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  • Thadius Hornbaker said

    Great list! The new TCM was great, as was Evil Dead. The Employer is a great indie horror flick, picked it up at wal-mart this morning, and was shocked!

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  • Novitacu said

    I love horror movies ♡♡♡♡♡ 🙂

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  • Bert said

    “John dies at the end” bored me really, I didnt finish that movie. “Evil Dead” the same, just slashing and no suspense at all. “Mama” was ok for me but I dont recommend it to friends. “The Haunting in Connecticut”and “Dark Skies” were not bad eighter.
    But the “The ABC’s Of Death” Wow, that was true world cinema 🙂 Loved it! I look forward to “Black Rock”. I like movies with suspense en good psychology, and actually I’m done with zombies and other supernatural bullsh*t 🙂

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  • Jade said

    Saw WORLD WAR Z and… Eh. It wasn’t that great, in my opinion it was way rushed and went by too fast, plus if you haven’t read the book it’s slightly hard to keep up and to top it off the acting wasn’t spectacular.
    If you wanna see a good movies watch THE PURGE (more of a thriller) I swear you won’t regret it, one of my favorite movies of all time now. 🙂 And MAMA was pretty good. The beginning really intrigued me and the rest of the movie kept me entertained, which most movies usually don’t

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  • gnayai said

    Evil Dead, The Conjuring & The Awakening. One Word = Amazing.

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  • mikey said

    The 2013 horror movie I would recommend is VHS 2. For last year, watch The Bay.

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  • Alien said

    haven’t seen a really good horror for years. I’ve seen some decent ones. I like psychological horror rather than the all too predictable Zombie, slasher genre. In recent years i’ve enjoyed The Paranormal Activity franchise ( not blown away by it ), The Ward was ok, Insidious decent enough. One movie i’d advise people to steer clear from would be The Purge. I felt the concept was fantastic and i was hoping for anarchy and mayhem, what i got was an all too predictable All American “Oxo” family ( who at times you’d think had never experienced The PURGE before )not knowing their way round their own house while a total stranger seemed to be able to hide with ease in a strange house which he’d never been in before. The ” bad guys” outside automatically seemed to know when to gesture to the security cameras just as the family were watching them. The script was poor, the acting poor, plot overly predictable. Avoid The Purge at all cost (and ATM-don’t even get me started on that nonsence)

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