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Horror Movies 2013 – Guide

– JUNE –

V/H/S/2
Starring: Gareth Evans, Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott
Directors: Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sánchez, Adam Wingard, & 4 Others
Out: 6 June 2013


[Critics: 70%] [Public: 6.1] – Decent

World War Z
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Lucy Aharish
Director: Marc Forster
Out: 21 June 2013

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A U.N. employee (Pitt) crosses the globe in a frantic attempt to halt the spread of a deadly zombie pandemic… This adaptation is almost unrecognisable from the sardonic, intellectual novel about slow-moving zombies which read like a U.N. report and didn’t really have a lead character. But it works well on its own terms. It’s great to see the undead swarming on an unparalleled scale, thanks to the $125m budget, this is the first time we’ve seen a zombie outbreak truly realised globally on screen. It’s also an interesting return to the big star horror of the ’70s, Brad Pitt is highly watchable. On the downside, the reshot and down-scaled third act belongs in a different movie, and it still only taps a fraction of the novel’s greatness. [Critics: 67%] [Public: 7.0] – Excellent

Byzantium
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley
Director: Neil Jordan
Out: 28 June 2013

Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort…[Critics: 63%] [Public: 6.5] – Good

– JULY –

The Conjuring
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
Director: James Wan
Released: 19 July 2013

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In 1971, before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. ‘The Conjuring’ tells the “true” story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), world renowned demonologists who are called to help a family terrorised by paranormal events in a secluded farmhouse. They discover it once belonged to an accused witch, who sacrificed her week-old child to the devil after cursing all who would take her land. As this dangerous spirit conjures horrific visions and tries to take possession of a person, the Warrens seek approval from the Catholic Church to perform an exorcism… The ’70s was the creepiest era for supernatural films and this copies the style, from the soundtrack resemblances to ‘The Exorcist’, to the effective use of zooms in the camerawork. The notion of a family moving into a big, isolated home that harbours a demonic presence, and the need for supernatural experts to come in, isn’t original (see 1972’s ‘Amityville Horror’ and 100+ movies since). However it’s done here with a level of craft and close study of what’s worked before to terrify just about anyone with a pulse. The family are thinly-sketched (it’s hard to tell the daughters apart even at the end) but likeable. The Warrens are portrayed by two solid actors but the film’s pronouncements that they are completely truthful, spot on, fearless heroes, is a bit grating when the real life couple are clearly bullsh*t artists. After a truly bone-chilling first half, as the entity is terrorising the family, things become more relaxed once the Warrens move in, and the finale is a disappointingly standard exorcism and wrestling match that doesn’t really frighten at all. But for a significant stretch this is straight up sweaty-palms terrifying – pure horror at its best. [Critics: 86%] [Public: 7.5] – Excellent

– AUGUST –

You’re Next
Starring: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton
Director: Adam Wingard
Out: 23 August 2013

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Home invasion horror. A couple invite their four adult children and partners to enjoy a family reunion at their luxurious rural abode and share middle-class angst. But things turn deadly when they all become targeted by masked murderers. Their only hope is the girlfriend of one of the siblings, whose resourcefulness might just protect the home. ‘You’re Next’ prompted a bidding war after screening at the Toronto Film Festival, and early reviews have been very good. The director has been making indie horrors for a few years, but this is his breakthrough. The movie also has an electronic score reminiscent of John Carpenter – I’m in. [Critics: 75%] [Public: 6.5] – Good


The Frozen Ground
Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, Radha Mitchell, 50 Cent
Director: Scott Walker
Released: 23 August 2013


Based on actual events, an Alaska State Trooper (Cage) partners with a young woman (Hudgens) who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen (Cusack) to bring the murderer to justice. This cast is a heck of a mixed bag. Cage is likely to phone in this sort of role, Hudgens is a dodgy prospect (it’s an emotionally traumatic role) and 50 Cent is always dreadful. On the other hand Cusack as the serial killer could be interesting and Radha Mitchell is a great actress. The writer-director is a newcomer. It is a bizarre real-life story – a married upstanding figure of the community kidnapped 20 women over 3 years and released them into the Alaskan wilds to hunt them for sport. [Critics: 61%] [Public: 6.4] – Good

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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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