Top 5 Horror Movies of 2012 Prediction


Admit it, you knew The Devil Inside was going to suck. Let’s look at the facts – First and foremost, January is the dumping grounds for all of the crappy films that Hollywood could never otherwise unload on the public.

Secondly, we’re at the point where any new entries into the “Found Footage” genre are going to be about as fresh and original as a Rick Astley cover act. And finally, as a consequence of more and more people embrace secular humanism over traditional Catholic morays, the idea of demonic possession isn’t really as frightening as it used to be.

So take a deep breath. Yeah, the red band trailer looked cool. And maybe we all got rooked, but whining about it isn’t going to change anything. Time to move on, because I believe that this is going to be a really good year.

Why the unbridled optimism, you ask? Because we’re due. Because hard times are the fertile soil from which spring our most potent nightmares. The turmoil of the late 60’s and early 70’s provided us with Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Exorcist.

The economic crises of the 70’s led us to the release of Dawn of the Dead, Alien, Phantasm, the Fog, the Amityville Horror, Prophecy and several others all being released in the space of about a year (1978-79, for those keeping score). And let’s face it, America’s been going through some pretty fucking hard times.

So I’m going to go out on a ledge and make a prediction here: that 2012 is going to be one of those landmark years. Here’s my pick, not only for the top 5, but the order as well.

#5 – Cabin In The Woods

 I love the fact that I’ve watched this trailer at least 50 times and still, I’m not a hundred percent sure what’s going on. It seems to revolve around a cabin somewhere in the woods. Kids venture there, and get their whole world upended by sinister forces. Sounds familiar, right? Only it’s not. Director Joss Whedon seems to have dispensed with the traditional slasher or inbred cannibal clan, instead opting to slaughter his cast with an array of high tech weapons, paramilitary storm-troopers, mind control gas, and killer holograms.

#4 – [REC]3 Genesis

 If a large group of people who didn’t know any better were ushered into a room and presented with a screening of [REC], without being told they were watching a movie, it’s probable that a percentage of them would literally shit themselves out of utter terror and despair. [REC] is arguably the most effective FF film ever made, and while [REC]2 isn’t quite as scary (it’s hard to make the same trick work twice), it makes up for it with more bloody violence and sheer bugfuck lunacy. This time around, director Paco Plaza is going to change things up, offering a different time line, and a chance to see the dismayingly fast hell-spawned cannibals by light of day.

#3 – Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie’s movies are a lot like your favorite roadside taco stand. They’re dirty and cheap looking and drab and somehow in spite of all of this, they are inherently wonderful. For his 5th directorial effort, RZ has managed once again to haul out the who’s-who of horror movie staples. Expect loads of brutal violence, “so bad it’s good” dialogue, and some kick-ass music.

#2 World War Z

 Here’s the thing about zombies: they work just fine on their own, provided the story is well written, and the actors aren’t totally fucking terrible. Zombies don’t need any additional gimmicks, nor  does the idea of some adaptive “super-zombie” strike any additional fear into the viewer. As long as the folks behind the most expensive and elaborate zombie movie manage to remember that, WWZ should turn out just fine, and perhaps every straight male on earth can finally forgive Brad Pitt for all those times we had to sit through Legends of the Fall with some chick.

#1 John Dies at the End

 You probably didn’t know this, but Don Coscarelli was born with an extra gland located at the base of his skull. The sole purpose of this gland is to secret awesome ideas, which are then absorbed directly into his brain. This is probably not even a little bit true, but the guy is still responsible for the creation of the Phantasm series, and bringing Joe Lansdale’s Bubba Ho-Tep to the screen. I predict this one to be number one with a bullet for 2012

So there you have my predictions. Perhaps we may revisit this in a year and see how things pan out. That is if those evil space Mayans don’t manage to crash the Planet Niburu into Earth like some people believe (seriously). Cheers.


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      1. Silver Scream January 14, 2012 at 7:22 am

        No Prometheus?

      2. Maxwell Dean January 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        World War Z looks like it will be PG-13 crap, and no Prometheus, really. If you have read world war z u would know that such a rating couldn’t do it justice.

      3. Clae Wilson January 19, 2012 at 4:04 am

        When I saw JDatE at number one, I actually did a dance. I’m the only person I know who’s even heard of it, but the book is absolutely fucking incredible. Glad to see it getting some recognition.

      4. Eric January 20, 2012 at 12:34 am

        Your top 5 picks look like crap to me

      5. Kane Knowles January 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        I’d say Prometheus is my number one most anticipated movie of 2012overall, never mind horror, as I’m sure it will be for the thousands upon thousands of Alien fans.

      6. Albert Farragut February 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

        I’m hoping that Cabin in the Woods and World War Z don’t disappoint. They are right up there with my other top movies of 2012, and I think they can more than hold there own. Now I’ll have to keep tabs on John Dies at the End, as Bubba Ho-Tep is simply brilliant. Can’t wait to see where they end up on http://www.filmcrave.com/list_top_movie.php?yr=2012

      7. madison May 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Cabin in the woods is a good movie not so scary
        It is very predictible
        I knew everything that was going to happen be fore it did (I love scary , ovies I have watched every single horror movie that there is)

        • Herner Klenthur May 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

          Have you seen Surveillance or Martyrs? First is more thriller by Jennifer Lynch, terrifying and brutal. Second one is french TRULY brutal and at times hard to watch but has a very deep message

      8. Will Millar May 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        Haven’t checked out Surveillance yet. I’ll have to give it a look-see. Martyrs was incredible – I love the new stuff we’re getting from France. Frontiere(s) ia pretty amazing, too.