13 Mind Blowing Horror Movies of 2013

Shaun Huhn (CineNiche)

Happy New Year everyone! With the end of 2013, everyone who posts online reveals their lists. I’m no different. It is the age old tradition to compartmentalize a years worth of media into an easy to read checklist. In some cases writers attempt to be unique. Their lists can include best of, worst of, best theatrical experiences, most hyped, best of Netflix, or worst films based on personal experiences that created a bias toward the films in question. I’ve decided to create my very subjective list in a straight forward manner.

The following films all saw their wider release in 2013. This means they were made available for mass consumption, whether it be in theaters, VOD, DVD/BLU, or Netflix/Hulu. For a few films that made the list, my partner-in-crime and I saw them during their festival run in 2012. This being said, though I loved The Sacrament, it is not eligible for the 2013 list. So without further ado, here is my top 13 of 2013. Feel free to hate it in the comments section.

13. 100 Bloody Acres (Cameron and Colin Cairnes)

This Aussie horror comedy delivers equal doses of gallows humor and bloody special effects. “That’s a Morgan Brothers guarantee.” Actor Angus Sampson steals the show as Lindsay, a stoic bully of an older brother. In the fertilizer biz it’s all about your brand’s special ingredient. The Morgan brothers have found an ingredient to die for. 100 Bloody Acres is 2013’s answer to the beloved Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil.

100 bloody acres

12. Contracted (Eric England)

View my full review here. Eric England’s Cronenbergian take on sexually transmitted diseases even had the seventy year old couple behind us laughing at the utterly horrific on screen transformation.

Contracted Poster

11. Among Friends (Danielle Harris)

Danielle Harris’ (Halloween IV, V and Rob Zombie’s Halloween I, II) directorial debut showcases the beauty of a relatively new sub-genre taking shape – the dinner party comeuppance film. In Among Friends we get Next Wave regular AJ Bowen in another great performance and cameos by Kane Hodder and Xavior Gens (Frontier(s)). Also, don’t miss the hallucination sequence where Harris cameos in her Halloween IV costume.

Among Friends Poster

10. Would You Rather (David Guy Levy)

Another dinner party film. Horror legend Jeffrey Combs plays a sadistic high society figure who invites desperate individuals to his home to compete in a series of “would you rather” games. Each round, the game gets bloodier and more satisfying. The film asks the age old question of how far you are willing to go to find a bone marrow donor for your brother dying of leukemia? Sasha Grey fits her role like a glove.


9. American Mary (The Soska Sisters)

The Soska Sisters first film, Dead Hooker In A Trunk (2009), showed promise for the twins but American Mary solidifies their presence in modern horror. Katharine Isabelle of Ginger Snaps fame trades the traditional route of a surgeon for that of a bod mod goddess. The modifications you see are all done through practical effects and they are a feat to behold especially since the film was shot in only fifteen days.

American Mary Canadian Poster

8. V/H/S 2 (Various)

Some claim this sequel is better than the first, but I believe they are equally perfect. Simon Barrett’s wrap around narrative – Tape 49 – immerses us into the framework while evoking it’s own terrifying moments. Adam Wingard’s “Phase 1 Clinical Trials” is absolutely horrifying. The ability to view another plane of existence whether it be ghosts or alternate dimensions is not just a plot device but a frightening philosophical concept that evokes the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.

From one of the directors of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, we get “A Ride In The Park” which creatively shows through POV the lifespan of a zombie. No other film has made me want a GoPro camera so badly. Then we get to Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans homerun “Safe Haven.” Had this been a feature film, it may have crept into a top five spot on this list, maybe even number 2.

Finally we get Hobo With A Shotgun director Jason Eisener’s “Slumber Party Alien Abduction,” which has all the likable elements of a Steven Spielberg film without all the elements that we hate. The kids in peril here have no happy ending, and rightly so within the confines of VHS 2.

VHS 2 Poster

7. ABC’s Of Death (Various)

27 horror shorts for the price of one feature. There is nothing but pure beauty here. Even if a few shorts don’t completely hit their mark, most do. Here’s a grocery list of its perfect ingredients: Angela Bettis (Roman), Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Amer), Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Xavier Gens (Frontier(s)), Timo Tjahjanto (VHS 2, Macabre), Ti West (House Of The Devil), Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Srdjan Spasojevic (Serbian Film), Simon Barrett (You’re Next), and among the producers is Tim League. I’m very excited for the sequel.

ABC's of Death

6. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (Jonathan Levine)

…And so do I, but not in a fragmented or misogynistic kind of way. This year gave us two delayed films, but the two years of waiting for You’re Next is nothing compared to the seven long years we’ve waited for Jonathan Levine’s first feature. He’s gone on to do The Wackness and 50/50 but it wasn’t until Warm Bodies did so well that some suits realized they could make money off of Mandy Lane.

We all thought that when Amber Heard became a star that they would release it then, but unfortunately it sat collecting dust. It couldn’t have been an MPAA problem, because while the film does give us blood soaked scenes, there is nothing too excessive. We get a nice, clean-cut, post-modern Slasher during the era of Torture-Porn. The film is not a self-reflexive Scream knockoff, it is a loving tribute to the 80’s Slasher craze while being wholly original.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

5. Stoker (Chan-Wook Park)

When I first heard about Stoker, I thought about Alexandre Aja’s transition from French Extremist to American remake connoisseur. Granted, Park has firmly established himself as a taboo breaking visual artist. I still feared that a Hollywood backed film would be his ruin.

I was wrong, completely wrong, in my assumption. Taboos are broken and each scene is meticulously detailed in an eerie beauty. Mia Wasikowska gives a complex performance. While, Nicole Kidman steps away from her normal center stage to let Mia shine, her stoicism and naivete are impressive. Stoker fits perfectly in Park’s filmography.

Stoker Poster

4. Maniac (Franck Khalfoun)

Speaking of Alexandre Aja and remakes, Maniac is a great example of what a remake should be. Produced/written by Aja and directed by P2’s Franck Khalfoun, Maniac takes the sweating and sleazy blob of Joe Spinell’s performance and chisels him into the good mannered Elijah Wood.

While William Lustig’s original focused on Frank’s psychology, the remake takes this even further in one of the most technically challenging and unsettling choices ever made in horror cinema. The film is told only through the POV of its killer, you are seeing the world through a Maniac’s perception. Also, a big thank you for including Q Lazzarus’ Goodbye Horses – I can never get enough of that song.

Maniac Poster 4

3. The Battery (Jeremy Gardner)

Jeremy Gardner is a remarkable director. Every frame of The Battery is saturated in love. All the pieces of the story fit perfectly together: A buddy road movie, an existential drama, a loss of innocence theme, and a zombie plague.

With a budget of $6,000, The Battery shows us exactly how independent horror is made. A special thank you for introducing me to not only Rock Plaza Central, but also Wise Blood.

The Battery

2. The Conjuring (James Wan)

Even though The Conjuring was this year’s most hyped horror films, it was also one of the scariest. When they changed the rating from PG-13 to R due to overall tone, I thought back to Poltergeist. Poltergeist still holds a parental guidance for 13 or older, but it stands the test of time as far as fear inducing images go.

There has been a lot of conversation over The Conjuring using “Based On A True Story” in their ad campaigns. We will never truly know what the Warrens saw or what the Perrons went through in that house, and that’s okay because we get to be entertained for an hour and a half. As a film, James Wan delivers the unknown world of the supernatural through a less-is-more approach that works on all levels to create fear in the heart of his viewers.

The Conjuring Poster

1. You’re Next (Adam Wingard)

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, along with the Next Wave troupe (Joe Swanberg, Ti West, AJ Bowen, Kate Lyn Sheil, Larry Fessenden, Amy Seimetz, LC Holt, and Lane Hughes) have created the best film of 2013 – though it was made in 2011. If you want an unparalleled home-invasion film look no further.

You’re Next gives us the destruction of the family dynamic, a survivalist film, a dark comedy, feminism, Dwight Twilley, scary metaphor-ridden masks, and delivers on the bloody/innovative kills. Nothing this year really comes close to the intense joy I had while watching You’re Next.


“…And now for something completely different” Just kidding, it is exactly what you think. The following are honorable mentions in no particular order.

Evil Dead : While I love the practical gore effects, the essence of the original was gone. I liked that it wasn’t a direct copy of the original, but it felt as though they relied heavily on exposition.

Evil Dead Writers Drop Out Of Sequel

Byzantinum : Neil Jordan reinvents the vampire mythos again with this film. He has constructed a near perfect fable and the performances were spot-on. This will stay in my rotation of films to re-watch for years to come.

Byzantium 2

Grabbers : A wonderful horror-comedy that gives a reason to why the characters make stupid decisions – they have to be really drunk in order to survive.

Grabbers Photo

The Upper Footage : Justin Cole’s film stands out as one of the best found-footage films of the year. The controversy surrounding his project and his unwavering nihilistic vision of the 1% make The Upper Footage a delightfully difficult film to sit through.

upper footage

Here Comes The Devil : Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s homage to Peter Weir’s Picnic At Hanging Rock delivers powerful imagery within a highly sexualized possession film. While it deserves placement on the list, I just saw it too late in the game.

Here comes the devil

Warm Bodies : While Jonathan Levine’s horror follow up to All The Boys… provides a new concept of the living dead, its romantic comedy aspect feels wrong for a genre list.

Warm Bodies

The Dirties : How many movies can say that they’re a comedy about school shootings? Only one: The Dirties. This original concept uses parody and film references to make very real statements about bullying and mental illness.

the dirties

Escape From Tomorrow : This is not only an exercise in gorilla filmmaking, but also a beautifully surreal commentary on family dynamic and failure. I had watched The Shining prior to seeing Escape and felt a lot of connections between the two. Father, failure in obtaining the American dream, becoming one with the history of a location: all Jack Torrance material.


Curse Of Chucky : We’re all just really excited to see Chucky as a doll to fear again.


Resolution: Here’s another no budget film that crawls under your skin. It is a slow-burn and even in the end you have no real clue as to what is happening. This is a good thing, because the film’s mystery is what haunts you while watching and for hours after. Remember: a story is a beginning, a middle, and an end – the end has to be the one an audience wants to see.


John Dies At The End : Or otherwise known in festival circles as JDATE. When I was finished with my top 13 and satisfied at the titles listed, I was rejoiced and happy to be done. I turned around and looked at my horror wall, just glancing over titles, and there it was: JDATE. I loved this film. I saw it during its festival rounds in 2012 so I must have just forgot – but I saw Maniac, ABC’s Of Death, and Contracted during the festivals and remembered them. I wondered why I didn’t remember, it was as though something told me  to forget.

A faint whisper you only think you hear. I had to put the DVD in, I was compelled to. When I hit play, nothing happened. Had it been erased? Was this a dream? Then I realized the TV was not on. When I was about to turn the TV on, a banana made a ringing noise, and I thought there is no such thing as coincidence. That’s why John Dies At The End was not in the Top 13.


If I missed your favorite, please include it in the comments section. Chances are I may have not seen it, and would love to.


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      1. Dana Hill January 6, 2014 at 1:20 am

        Byzantium was fantastic. So was We are what we are. But I petty much liked all of these movies.

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 6, 2014 at 1:51 am

          alot of our readers praise Byzantium. Its on Netflix Canada for those in Canada who want to see it

      2. Don Gowdy January 6, 2014 at 1:28 am

        And here I thought we were going to discuss good movies.

        • david October 3, 2014 at 2:35 am

          mention a few

      3. Greg Michalski January 6, 2014 at 1:30 am

        Evil dead , conjuring

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 6, 2014 at 1:52 am

          i expected to hate Evil Dead so perhaps that is why i liked it. It wasnt nearly as bad as I expected it would be.

      4. Estrelita BeAbner January 6, 2014 at 1:42 am

        Not such good choices…sorry

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 6, 2014 at 1:50 am

          no reason at all to be sorry list the choices you have that are better so we can see them!

        • Estrelita BeAbner
          Estrelita BeAbner January 6, 2014 at 1:56 am

          Exorcist is normally always top 10, Insidious(chap 1 & 2), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, I thought Case 39 was great, The Possession, Drag Me to Hell, The Descent, (I hit enter by accident lol), the 1st Halloween, When a Stranger Calls(1979 version) and Scream

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 6, 2014 at 2:02 am

          Estrelita BeAbner I am not sure you read the title correctly. Its best of 2013, not all time. :)

        • Chuck July 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

          This happens in every “Best of…” list.

      5. Michael kruger January 6, 2014 at 2:12 am

        INSIDEOUS CHAPTER 2!!!!!!!!!!!!

      6. Greg Michalski January 6, 2014 at 2:15 am

        Great cinematography , I’ve watched it a few times and see different stuff everytime , he will be a great director one day whoever it is, and it starts out at good pace , sets a mood in the creepy cabin

      7. Greg Michalski January 6, 2014 at 2:19 am

        A lot of movies just take to long to get going and then they rehash stupid stuff from other movies . Good villains or fighting pure evil is always somthing that makes a good movie

      8. Pete Howard January 6, 2014 at 3:43 am

        There are some in this list that I cannot agree more with! I’m so glad films like 100 Bloody Acres and American Mary are getting your recommendations.
        However, I must disagree with the placement of ABC’s of Death and The Conjuring. The ABC’s of Death I did not enjoy at all and I found that VHS 2 was a better anthology 10 fold. Having said that I am known to be quite impressionable so maybe the ‘flops’ of the anthology effected my opinions of the ‘gems’.
        The Conjuring was great, but scarier than Insidious Chapter 2? no. Whilst Insidious 2 had a pretty crummy story but it still delivered in the scare factor just like it did in the first.

        Great list Shaun, Really glad to see John Dies At The End for an honorable mention, fair enough its not in the list but it was so entertaining.

      9. tncnvghsfghhh January 6, 2014 at 6:22 am

        Where’s the movie Mama?????????

        • md22mdrx December 16, 2014 at 4:28 am

          Mama was a horrible, horrible movie.
          That’s likely why it’s not on the list.

          Did you SEE the ending?

          Just WOW …. and not in a good way.

      10. Von Funkenstaubenzauberhof January 6, 2014 at 8:58 am

        “Gorilla filmmaking” ? Don’t you mean guerilla? :s

        • CineNiche January 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm

          Yes guerilla, there is no mention of Planet Of The Apes so gorilla is out of the question this year. Thanks for the edit.

      11. Kelly January 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

        I love the inclusion of so many Festival films and happy to see many of my friends on this list! I haven’t seen everything on here yet, but I definitely agree with those I have. I LOVED ABC’s of Death and I’m glad it made the list. I also have a soft spot for JDATE because the book was so great so thank you for the special mention. :)

      12. fredkrueger29 January 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm

        What About Toad Road?

        • CineNiche January 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm

          I have not seen Toad Road yet. Thank you, it is now on my list.

        • iWill September 28, 2015 at 8:20 pm

          “What about Toad Road?”

          Toad Road was a TERRIBLE movie. Too slow-paced, boring, anticlimactic, and underwhelming. It’s a film where almost nothing happens. Those can sometimes be saved by clever dialogue, but not in this case. In fact, large chunks of the dialogue seem unscripted. This movie had such promise, and a cool premise, and failed it completely.

          It is hands-down the worst movie I saw last year, and I’m absolutely baffled that some people seem to enjoy it. I can’t help but wonder what you guys are seeing in it that I’m not, or if people are just buying into the minor hype, or its artsy aesthetic, or what…

          I actually wish I could un-see it, just so I don’t have to feel the need to rant about how terrible it was, every time I see a comment like yours. (I watched the movie due to comments and reviews like yours. So I now feel the need to offer a counter-point, whenever someone raves about it, to hopefully save someone else from having to go through 76 dull, dragging payoff-less minutes that they’ll never get back.)

          And his last film (“Felt” 2014) was only marginally more interesting. But that’s a whole other rant.

          Unless you’re into art films, that value STYLE over substance, and have little in the way of plot, you may be better of giving this one a pass.

      13. fredkrueger29 January 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm

        Nice List…

      14. Robyn “Bunny” Samwell January 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        We Are What We Are and Mama are at the top of my list, WAWWA can be difficult to get into for some because it winds up really slowly and then knocks you for six right at the end.

        Also I know I’m gonna get hate for it but w/e I loved Texas Chainsaw because I thought the story was great and it was beautifully shot and everything about Alexandra Daddario is perfect.

      15. Wz3d January 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

        You missed Europa Report.
        While definitely a science fiction film in every sense of the word, it’s still a found footage film and, in essence, a monster mystery movie.
        Also, it was the scariest movie of 2013.

      16. J January 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm

        Purge, mama

      17. Thomas January 12, 2014 at 12:14 am

        Open Grave, The Purge, World War Z, and I forgot a few names. This list is spot on, except ABC”S. I thought it had some amazing moments, and Warm bodies, was horrible. Fido Made the funny horror film work, Warm bodies, was just dumb., but that was it. Would you rather, The Conjuring, Stoker, Maniac, VHS 2, some of the best horror films of the year. Thanks for the ones, I haven’t seen. I was undecided on Contracted, John dies at the end, and I saw the Devil, as to watching them. Now I will. As to the girl talking about horror movies that were mainstream hits, from many years ago, lololol. Have you seen Dead Girl, Mortuary, Necrmentia?

      18. Aaron Cox January 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

        ABC’s was pretty bad… I am actually surprised that I watched the whole thing.

      19. anthonycashmere January 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        Dont forget that all time Horror Classicv, THE SCREAMING SKULL!!!!

      20. ANTHONY CASHMERE January 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        Dont forget that all time horror classic, THE SCREAMING SKULL!!!!

      21. Anthony Cashmere January 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

        bY THE WAY, IF I WANT COMEDY WITH MY HORROR, i WILL GO WATCH A aBBOTT and Costello film!!! Horror and Comedy are like water and oil, they dont mix!!!!

      22. Anthony Cashmere January 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

        By the way, if I want comedy with my horror, I will go watch am Abbot and Costello film, Abbot and Costello met the Wolfman. Horror and Comedy are like water and oil, they dont mix!!!!

      23. Anthony Cashmere January 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        By the way, if I want comedy with my horror, I will go watch an Abbot and Costello met the Wolfman film. Horror and Comedy are like water and oil, they dont mix!!!!

        • Chuck July 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm

          So, what you’re saying is…horror is funny?

      24. Pattyy January 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        WTF the tommorow movie was not a horror!!! It sucks . Some of these movies are Scarey , depends on your version. Horror is not subject to comedy. So that right there tells me you know NADA. About horror . If you want a great movie u missed several : RAZE was great and toad road too. You need to really investigate your stuff next time.

      25. Pattyd January 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm

        Toad road was different not really horror. Raze was pyschological. I think Horror is suppose to make u scream or jump or be saying to the film run bitch! Even cover one or both eyes . The list u have does cover some ones like that. The others I beg to differ and I really like Scarey movies and was looking for what new ones would scare me and saw this link and watched some prior and some presently I watched and I was really wasting my movie time. You should redo this list more specifically.

      26. sdaveak47 January 14, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        Lots of these played festivals before 2013 but this was the first chance i got to watch them

        1. Maniac (2012)
        2. The Conjuring (2013)
        3. Lesson of the Evil (2012)
        4. You’re Next (2011)
        5. Odd Thomas (2013)
        6. V/H/S/2 (2013)
        7. Big Ass Spider (2013)
        8. Open Grave (2013)
        9. The Banshee Chapter (2013)
        10. Insensibles (2012)

        honorable mentions Frankenstein’s Army (2013), World War Z unrated (2013), Stalled (2013), Insidious 2 (2013), John Dies At The End (2012), 100 Bloody Acres (2012), Bad Milo (2013)

        • md22mdrx December 16, 2014 at 4:30 am

          Props for Banshee Chapter.

          Caught that on a Netflix whim. Thought it was awesome.

      27. TheyCallHerOneEye January 15, 2014 at 5:43 am

        Great list!! Even loved some of the honorable mentions :) To the user Pattyd: While I really enjoyed this list, it was actually your comment that inspired me to comment on this post. To say this blogger knows “NADA.” about “Scarey” movies was taking it a little too far. First of all, fans of the genre refer to horror movies as simply “the genre” or horror if you prefer. We would never, however, just call it scary, but if we did, we would certainly make sure to spell it correctly. I understand how this knowledge could escape you, since you’re obviously NOT a fan of the genre. As far as the “horror is not subject to comedy” remark, what about An American Werewolf in London? Return of the Living Dead? The Evil Dead series? Tucker and Dale vs Evil? 100 Bloody Acres? You’re Next? All amazing horror comedies. As far as Raze is concered, its official limited release date is January, 10, 2014 and really only saw festival play in 2013 so obviously doesn’t apply to this list. My point is maybe YOU SHOULD “really investigate your stuff next time” before you ATTEMPT to bash someone who obviously did his homework. Good night and good luck :)

        • Herner Klenthur January 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

          Sorry what list did the author bash in his article?

        • Jordan March 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm

          The spelling of scary as “scarey” is what’s truly terrifying. Seriously?

      28. TheyCallHerOneEye January 16, 2014 at 12:28 am

        I never said anything about the author bashing another list; in fact I complimented and defended him. I was referring to Pattyd’s comments, as I stated in my own comment.

      29. Herner Klenthur January 16, 2014 at 1:04 am

        My bad I did not see the ‘pattyd’. I was confused because it was a great comment then BLAM , under the bus. I own the site I just wanted some clarity I wasnt attacking you. Thanks for reading and sharing your feelings!

      30. TheyCallHerOneEye January 16, 2014 at 2:27 am

        Herner, I apologize if that last comment came off rude. I didn’t think you were attacking me at all, I just wanted to clarify that I was not criticizing the author. Really great site, by the way!! Thank you for your feedback and for the facilitation of some pretty great articles about the best genre in cinema! :)

      31. Gregd852 January 20, 2014 at 6:38 am

        Thanks for the list most of these are spot on I’m not here to bash the ones I didn’t like though. but here are a few I have recently watched that are worth a watch +1 the cover on netflix makes it look like some stupid club movie it is not it is a pretty cool movie. also Stitches which is another that i son netflix is quite enjoyable over the top gore us comedy make for a pretty good b-horror movie. Personally speaking though I wouldn’t waste my time with Stoker its an original story there just isnt much too it, there is one kinda weird hot shower scene but other than that its so-so also the battery is a way more entertaining original take on the zombie genre than some walking dead meets twilight in warm bodies (also not bashing the walking dead in this comparison love the walking dead but jon malkovich reminds me of the governor)
        10.Black Rock
        9.Insidious chapter 2
        7.You’re Next
        6.The battery
        3.Curse Of Chucky
        2.The Conjuring
        1.Evil Dead
        Worth a Watch: All the boys love Mandy Lane, Byzantium, We Are What We Are, Nothing Left to Fear, V/H/S 2

        • md22mdrx December 16, 2014 at 4:31 am

          Props for Stitches … another unknown gem.

      32. Sanjid March 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        Nice list but didn’t like much Evil Dead, Contracted, ABC’s Of Death & Byzantinum (unnecessarily too long!)
        Thought You’re Next & Here Comes The Devil were kinda mediocre.
        Haven’t seen The Battery (gonna see it soon), 100 Bloody Acres, Among Friends, Upper Footage, Dirties & Escape from Tomorrow.
        STOKER & MANIAC…2 very best of the year.
        I’d like to add few more into the bunch:
        THE HOUSE OF THE END TIMES (Venezuelan Horror-thriller),
        HAUNT (Directed by Mac Carter, this haunted house flick was surprisingly great! Strongly recommended),
        ODD THOMAS
        The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh
        DEVIL’S PASS

      33. Samuel Glass Jr. March 16, 2014 at 2:28 am

        I saw about half this list and agree with those we watched in common, but you left off some pretty amazing entries, including THE SEASONING HOUSE, BANSHEE CHAPTER (one of the best episodes never included on THE X-FILES…in fact, it’s like a ‘greatest hits’ mash-up from the show), DARK TOUCH and THE AWAKENING, which is the film debut of GAME OF THRONES’ Isaac Hempstead-Wright.

      34. Timothy April 9, 2014 at 3:12 am

        I’m sick of looking for good horror movies, and getting horror comedy. You’re next was a ridiculous, and a major disappointment, as was cabin in the woods, drag me to hell, and countless other. Horror comedy should not be allowed in the same list.

      35. Jefftin a. April 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        lame list, only decent one was V.H.S 2..

      36. JuggernautJaret May 27, 2014 at 6:43 am

        Solid list. Only a few I hadn’t heard of but the ones that I didn’t were simply amazing. The Battery was one of the better movies I have seen in sometime (and the soundtrack was excellent as well). Thanks for letting me know about that movie as it probably would have passed me by otherwise! :)

      37. For the love of good horror movies June 11, 2014 at 6:28 am

        Yes, The Battery was really solid. I however disliked Would You Rather….a really pointless movie!

      38. ale June 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        “You are next”: sucks. “Maniac”: sucks2. mmm…both “vhs” are terrible. But “Would you rather?” is probably the worst. Come on! No good scripts, 0 ideas, and no good actors (Sorry Elijah. You´re great but the director prefered to use that shitty camera view instead of actors interacting). The others movies, I haven’t seen them yet.

      39. Greenie July 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

        Truth or Dare and The Pigman Murders

      40. buzzybee! August 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        I’ve been looking through all the comments after reading this article and haven’t spotted ‘Sinister’ once. This was definitely one of my favourite horror . movies of the year partly due to . it being one of the only films I’ve seen recently that had a not very happy ending.
        What are other people’s opinions?

        • sdaveak47 August 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

          It being released in 2012 probably had something to do with it buzzybee!

      41. eveofthedawn August 8, 2014 at 5:54 am

        You thought Contracted was worthy of mention even watching???? And yet no mention of Mama. The idea of the a patient zero for a zombie plague…genius, the execution of Contracted, totally unbelievable. Patient Zero was literally rotting by the last 1/2 hour of the movie with “death worms” falling out of her “lady parts”. In one scene she placed her hand down there, smelt that hand and made a face of disgust yet the writers of this gem wanted us to believe that she could get one last booty call with the world’s most Desperate man ever. At one point “Desperate”, while going at it, is like; “oh something tickles down there” and I don’t know whether to squirm in disgust or die in horror laughing that any man could be that hard up.

      42. Aiden August 11, 2014 at 5:01 am

        Mby there should of been a new frdy13 movie

      43. Frtank September 28, 2014 at 3:40 am

        Just my point of view: 100 bloody acres: terrible / would you rather: sucks / vhs 2: you can`t call that crap a “movie” / maniac: the director ruins it because with that pov crap plus the story is too small/ you are next: amazingly stupid.
        100 bloody acres…I remember while I was watching it thinking “What the hell am I watching? What is this? How can anybody say “Hey, I got this script. Let´s make a movie with it!” and someone actually put the money to do it. I will never understand why I have the impression that in horror, people don´t seem to demand a good story, good actors, etc… They see a guy cut in half while having sex and that`s it. Masterpiece. Yeah sure, put that You are next dvd case next to Kubrick’s The shining…Give me a break…

      44. Tiago October 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm

        Contracted was pretty awesome. The others, not so much. 2013 was a bad year for horror.

      45. Miranda Johnson Mahoney October 3, 2014 at 2:13 am

        I loved American Mary such a weird movie which is why I loved it! Would you rather is also a pretty good movie which is why I rented it twice lol! Speaking of Chucky yeesh did he get bigger over time! Damn doll is taller then usual

      46. Kseniya Stoyan October 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

        World war z wasn’t horrible. I (surprisingly) enjoyed warm bodies, romance isn’t really my genre I’m more of a horror/scifi/action kind of gal. As for Descent movie mentioned…total disappointment! The Descent book was the kind you didn’t want to put down & had potential to be an amazing horror movie. I hope someone remakes it & uses the books actual storyline along with the characters.

      47. Jasmin October 27, 2014 at 1:44 am

        FYI some of these movies were 2012.

      48. Jasmin October 27, 2014 at 1:51 am

        Wow posted a whole paragraph and it didn’t publish. I won’t rewrite what I did already, I will just say Odd Thomas great movie and Antisocial was cool. A lot if the movies you have chose ( though your opinion) sucked. I saw contracted yesterday and it was bad and not bad as in good. Conjuring overrated ( not my cup if tea). American Mary though 2012 was awesome, as well as You’re next and Would You Rather all great movies. Maniac was descent.

      49. Jasmin October 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        Update* just saw The ABC’s of Death last night. Whomever help put this movie together need to be hung. That movie was perversity at its finest. Obviously the creators and all involved were some perverts. You should be ashamed to have that listed up there.

      50. Dave November 14, 2014 at 2:26 am

        Some of these comments sound like angry, lower level employees… Complaints without helpful suggestions or completely missing an important detail about the topic.

        Good list of what was available for 2013. I have seen most and have to agree with your interpretations. You pick out redeeming qualities or base questionable opinions on preemptive expectations before having seen a film. It gives better perspective of which I might find more or less enjoyable based on my own tastes.
        Which brings me to the horror/comedy discussion… Sweet and salty are two distinct tastes, each with its own merits. Some prefer not to mix, while others find pleasure in creating new sensations of blended bliss. If you don’t care for almonds in your chocolate, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing or that it is of poor quality.

      51. md22mdrx December 16, 2014 at 4:35 am

        I cannot believe all the calls for “Mama”. That was the most horrible movie of last year. It started out well enough, but degenerated into an utter mess by the end. The ending was laughable (and not in a good way). If you are calling for “Mama” to be on the list, you have terrible taste and know nothing about horror or movies in general.

      52. Golem November 24, 2015 at 11:24 am

        Good list, thanks!

      53. hugofitch1 October 9, 2017 at 4:07 am

        The ABCs Of Death. Learn what an apostrophe is and how to use it.

        • hugofitch1 October 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

          ps: Astonishingly bad list.