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Horror Movies 2013 – Guide

Dark Skies
Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, J.K. Simmons
Director: Scott Stewart
Released: 22 February 2013

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A couple try to save their family from an apparent alien presence who preys on their children in their home. The writer-director of the underwhelming ‘Legion’ is at the helm. It looks serviceable, but depressingly by the numbers – Unfortunately the number of stereotypical modern horrors has spiralled completely out of control this year. Like ‘Dark Skies’, 7 of the movies on wide release are about a white suburban family in a large property with a fragile kid who is seeing things. I miss the days when on screen horrors had killers with a personality and weren’t all about ‘haunted’ families. But let’s continue… [Critics: 41%] [Public: 6.3] – Decent


The Last Exorcism Part II
Starring: Ashley Bell, Andrew Sensenig and Spencer Treat
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Released: 1 March 2013

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Continuing where the first film left off, teenage Nell is found in the woods having escaped the cult that forced her to deliver a demon baby. Since her family are dead, she moves into a girls’ halfway house in New Orleans and tries to put her life back together with the help of a therapist. But she is being sought by the demon who possessed her before, and it has a different plan this time. Producers have said they want to move away from PG-13 psychological chills to make this R-rated and show “the real horror”. It’s not known yet if this is also found footage. The new director has mediocre credits and no horror experience. …Seems it wasn’t the last exorcism then. [Critics: 16%] [Public: 4.0] – Avoid

The ABC’s Of Death
Starring: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González, Kyra Zagorsky
Directors: Jason Eisener, Jake West, Noboru Iguchi & more
Released: 8 March 2013

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Anthology of 26 horror shorts, one for each letter of the alphabet, exploring death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty. The biggest names among the 26 directors are Ti West (‘House Of The Devil’), Ben Wheatley (‘Kill List’), Adam Wingard (‘You’re Next’), Xavier Gens (‘The Divide’) and Nacho Vigalondo (‘Timecrimes’). Segments are around 6 minutes each and were filmed in 15 different countries. Anthologies don’t tend to produce quality horror movies, but this is a bold experiment so could make for an interesting watch. Expect a high level of shock as the directors compete to stand out. [Critics: 35%] [Public: 4.7] – Avoid


Evil Dead
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas
Director: Fede Alvarez
Released: 5 April 2013

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A group of twenty-somethings hole themselves up in a remote cabin to help a friend go cold turkey. Discovering a “Book Of The Dead” they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods which possess them in succession until only one is left to fight for survival… Remake of the 1981 original. With subsequent films The Evil Dead series became closely associated with Sam Raimi’s distinctive camerawork, humour and the unique performance of Bruce Campbell. This has none of those things but works well as a slick, straight-forward horror. It is very grim though, so only approach if you have the stomach for it. P.S. Jane Levy has one of the best scream-faces in the business. [Critics: 61%] [Public: 6.5] – Good

Lords Of Salem
Director: Rob Zombie
Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree
Released: 19 April 2013

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A radio DJ (Moon Zombie) in Salem, Massachusetts unwittingly plays a sinister record which awakens a coven of nasty 17th century witches. Soon residents are having to contend with their blood lust. This is director Rob Zombie’s sort-of take on the Salem witch trials and a return to 70’s satanic shockers like ‘Satan’s Blood’ and ‘Black Candles’. The teaser trailer had some nice operatic satanic imagery but any preview without talking, 9 times out of 10, is hiding substandard dialogue. Looks like a cult movie in the making, and an acquired taste. [Critics: 44%] [Public: 5.1] – Mediocre

– MAY –

Black Rock
Starring: Kate Bosworth, Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Will Bouvier
Director: Katie Aselton
Released: 17 May 2013

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Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. When an unexpected encounter with a group of male hunters on the island leads to accidental death, they find themselves being stalked by the men, before turning the tables and becoming the stalkers themselves. The director has only one, poorly reviewed, previous and it’s an unusual project for the writer of indie comedies ‘Jeff Who Lives at Home’ and ‘Cyrus’. The trailer didn’t make any of the characters seem very likeable and that will probably be its downfall. [Critics: 49%] [Public: 4.7] – Avoid

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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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