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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 :

– JANUARY –

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

Mama
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

– FEBRUARY –

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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  • anthony said

    the best films were insidious 2, THE CONJOURING, mama and carrie all the others were not worth watching

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  • Tonya said

    I Love Thrillers/Horrors especially….. Psychological Thrillers such as ( All the Saw’s, Shutter Island, The Call ) I thought The Conjuring was worth the watch!!!! Carrie was “Good” followed the story… adding in some special effects it got an 8 from me ….. To tell you the TRUTH World War Z was soooo FAST and all over the place ( compare it to War of the Worlds in a way with how fast it was BUT BUT BUTTTTT IT was Awesome how they did it ) & I watched it trying to get through it 3 times and it just wasnt what I expected at all…..:( The Tall Man is my FAVVVV for 2012 its so worth the watch!!!!!! I enjoyed the Insidious Movies …:) Another 1, sorry not in 2013 but 2011 You’re Next is such a great psychological thriller I hope # 2 comes soon!!!! 😀 and 1 last I can think of is “We Are What We Are” Loved it, It’s different than most Horrors in General….Cannibalism within the Family at its Best!!!!! Love the “Living in the Sticks, Country feel” Made it dark 1 of my Favs for 2013 x Tonya x

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  • Marie said

    Hi, your website is really good. but it will be better if you add movie trailers to it, too!

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  • Allan Polaski said

    how is it that with every single american made so-called horror film that has been released in recent history, the dumbest people on the planet generally are the only survivors…….for reals do people actually believe this crap……… cmon how dumb are people getting when they can actually fall for this bs give us realistic scenarios with realistic plot direction and characters that people can actually give two s@#ts about rather than placate the uneducated and imbecilic with the same crappy rehashed storylines and obnoxiously predictable plots…just my opinion………everyone`s entitled to one …unless of course the us film industry says otherwise……..

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  • wendy said

    One really good movie that nobody talks about is You’re Next. Also another good one is Haunter. They are a little low budget but they are also suspense. I love movies that come out of no where and scare the crap outta you.

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  • Amina said

    Mama and the insidious is my best movies

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  • Hor-Are Great Movies said

    Okay, how nobody mentions Sinister, unreal. By far best horror movie to date. You can’t miss: Dark Skies, The Fourth Kind, Afflicted, Insidious (2 was good,but sequels always r tough to top the original), The Conjuring(Patrick Wilson is the new face of horror, great actor), Black Rock (good play off Hemingway’s “The Greatest Game”, The Rite, Cabin in the Woods (Chris Hemsworth, Thor, is in it), Devil Inside, Paranormal Activity 1 & 4 best so far, see what 5 brings, The Purge, started religious horror, n the best classic Exorcism of Emit Rose, The Last Exorcism 1 & 2, You’re Next. I have more but those who enjoyedcWorld War Z which I was very much looking forward to.Take Brad Pitt out n u leave us with nothing. Plans for a sequel. Also, older movie Fallen is another movie early on in the religious horror genre, along with The Mothman Prophecies, spooky and a top 10 movies. Just gettingcstarted…

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Sinister was out the year before. A number of the films you mention didn’t come out in 2013. Sinister is a great movie though.

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  • Robin Gurl said

    I thought The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia and The Last Exorcism Part II. Don’t avoid them just because someone tells you too. They had really good plots and were really well made. And Insidious 2 was f**king amazing. If you liked the first you will like the second.

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    • Lawl said

      Your expectations must be low then. Haunting in Connecticut 2 and The Last Exorcism 2 were absolutely terrible movies. Cliched, predictable, try hard moments, nothing scary – pretty much sums them up. Insidious 2 was atleast entertaining, even though predictable and had a good score. The others just fail short of everything.

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  • Donovan said

    Mama was an absolutely horrid movie. Started out ok, but degenerated into an absolute mess. Ending was terrible and didn’t make much sense. Bad CGI at the end as well.

    Lords of Salem was amazing, but arthouse. If you’re afraid of full frontal, do not watch this movie.

    John Dies At The End was so good, I had to go out and read the books.

    Warm Bodies was not a horror flick. Just because it has zombies does not make it horror. A good movie though.

    I found Evil Dead to be decent. I was impressed to a point. It isn’t and will never be the original though.

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  • ANGELA said

    I LOVE SCARY MOVIES BUT I KNOW THAT ITS GETTING HARDER AND HARDER FOR ME TO FIND SOME THAT REALLY DO SCARY ME OR MAKE ME JUMP IN ANYWAY,BUT I HAVE SEEN SOME THAT STILL GET ME I KNOW THAT I JUST WATCHED THE MOVIE OUT OF THE DARK AND I MUST SAY THAT THAT MOVIE GOT ME TO JUMP A FEW TIMES AND SCARED ME A LITTEL,,SO IF U HAVENT SEEN THAT MOVIE DO SO ITS A VERY GOOD MOVIE AND IT SHOWS U THAT KARMA RELLY DOES COME BACK TO YA,,

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