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Horror Movies 2013 – Guide

– SEPTEMBER –

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able
Director: Jonathan Levine
Released: 6 September 2013


A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, an innocent, desirable girl, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop mysteriously… [Critics: 40%] [Public: 5.6] – Mediocre

Insidious: Chapter 2
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins
Director: James Wan
Released: 13 September 2013


Fresh from rescuing their kidnapped son from the Nether world, Josh (Wilson, ‘The Conjuring’) and Renai (Byrne, ‘Bridesmaids’) take the kids to grandmother’s house (Hershey, ‘The Entity’). But Renai gradually realises Josh was left behind in that world of spirits, with his body now occupied by The Black Bride, a malevolent ghost preparing to kill them all. Meanwhile two paranormal experts take off with grandma to investigate The Bride’s origins… Horror’s most lucrative director, James Wan (‘Insidious’, ‘The Conjuring’), returns to follow up one of the most profitable films of all time (this Chapter took $161 million worldwide from a tiny $5 million budget). His directing formula is essentially to start at 11 and stay there, never more than 5 minutes from a scare sequence. It’s horror for ADHD but he’s also a great craftsman and often pulls it off (see the other film he directed this year). Here though the lack of downtime results in a lack of characterisation or attachment to the fate of characters. In the second half the pace feel more appropriate and the story becomes less scattershot, beginning with a tense evil-father confrontation. The atmospherics throughout are effective and a chilling score drives it forward: many horrors actually don’t frighten, at least this has those moments. [Critics: 39%] [Public: 6.6] – Good

We Are What We Are
Starring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner
Director: Jim Mickle
Released: 27 September 2013


[Critics: 86%] [Public: 5.7] – Decent

– OCTOBER –

Carrie
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Portia Doubleday, Judy Greer
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Released: 18 October 2013

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Carrie White (Moretz) is a lonely and awkward teen who is constantly bullied at school by her peers, and beaten at home at the hands of her religious mother (Moore). But Carrie has a secret: She’s been blessed with the terrifying power of telekinesis; and when her peers decide to pull a prank on her at prom they learn a deadly lesson. This will be a more faithful adaption of Stephen King’s novel than Brian De Palma’s 1976 version, which deviated a fair bit. Having the director of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and ‘Stop Loss’ will mean there’s some quality character work, but can she direct scares? The teaser trailer showcased a long sweeping shot of the burning town moving right down into Carrie’s face that was an example of cgi at its most distancing. Moretz is a good actress but will she have that unsettling, frightening ‘look’ that Sissy Spacek had when she went on the rampage, or just seem like an angry girl covered in blood? And does she look too normal to be outcast in the first place? I hope it works, there’s nothing quite like a good Stephen King movie. [Critics: 48%] [Public: 5.9] – Decent


– DECEMBER –

The Last Days on Mars
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas
Director: Ruairi Robinson
Released: 6 December 2013


An eight-strong research crew based at a Mars outpost are on their last day when the discovery of a sample on the surface leads to infection – turning them one by one into deadly zombie-like creatures. The director is a first timer, and the screenwriter wrote UK cop series ‘The Bill’. The cast is sprinkled with solid actors but they’re reportedly let down by the dated, derivative script. It might appeal to someone looking for an unchallenging old-school sci-fi horror. Mars is a great setting for a movie but it’s been nearly 25 years now since they came up with a good story to go with it (‘Total Recall’). [Critics: 20%] [Public: 5.5] – 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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