The Good, Bad and Average Horror Films of 2012


Initially when I thought about doing my top 10 horror movies of 2012, I assumed it would be a pretty tough job. Off the top of my head, I couldn’t think of more than 5 that I liked that were released this year. In light of this, I present to you my list of The Good, The Bad and The Distinctly Average.

First I give you the good. These are the films that I adored this year, and I know I will watch again and again. If you want to watch anything from 2012, watch these.

5 – The Woman In Black

I love the original 1989 version of this film, with its sensational atmosphere and chilling, haunting locations. It’s a favourite of mine, so I approached this remake with more than a little hint of apprehension, particularly with it being rated as a 12A/PG-13, something which can put off a lot of horror fans. Thankfully, the film didn’t disappoint and delivered on the promise of a solid, creepy flick, with a very well written storyline and a refreshingly downbeat ending.

The shots of Daniel Radcliffe walking around the old house dripped with tension and fear, and were amongst the best in the film, the acting was stellar all round and it made a nice change to have a ghost story told without shaky cameras, screaming and snot. It didn’t quite match to the original, but then not many films do. It gave it a good shot and I enjoyed it, which is what counts, at the end of the day.

4 – The Innkeepers

The Innkeepers is Ti West film, following 2 employees who are running a hotel through it’s last days before closure. The supernatural goings on become more and more intense, until we reach the finale, which is built up well enough to shock you when it happens. The film is a slow-burner, for sure. We don’t jump straight in to anything, which is the film’s greatest feature.

It allows for a natural progression of the storyline, and gives time for character development, which in turn allows the tension to mount with every scene. If you’re after a well made, well acted supernatural film, that has something a bit different from the rest, then you won’t be disappointed with Innkeepers.

3 – Paranorman

Virtually the only two genres of film I watch are horror and animation. You can keep your action, drama tends to bore me and romance makes me want to choke to death on my own tongue. Therefore when I went to the pictures to see Paranorman, I had my fingers crossed, hoping it would be all I was wanting it to be. It was. A near perfect blend of horror and stop motion animation, Paranorman tells the tale of a little boy who can see ghosts, and we join him in tackling the problems this can cause.

The way it was told had me instantly gripped, the storyline itself being very strong and I fell in love with the horror references that bombarded us throughout the movie. Some subtle and some in your face, I found even more on my second watch of this fantastic film. I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t like this fun little offering, and even if you just decide to watch it as a light break from heavier stuff, you won’t be disappointed. A really great all round film, and also a fantastic way of introducing children to horror. It’s not super light on scares, either, which was a big plus.

As a side note, I was particularly enamoured that this was the first animated film to include a gay character. The LGBT community doesn’t get a whole lot of positive representation in horror, and I was really pleased to see that done so well here.

2 – The Loved Ones

Okay, this is a bit of a cheat. I did not see this for the first time this year, rather my very first viewing was 2 years ago, but due to the fact that it had a US release in 2012 I had to include it. Not only is this my joint pick of the year, it is one of my favourite films of the last 10 years.

We follow Lola, a gloriously creepy Australian teenager, as she sets about trying to win the heart of a classmate, with a rather unusual flattery technique, including nails, syringes, drills, one particularly devoted father and a song you won’t be able to hear ever again without shuddering.

Brutally fantastic, Lola Stone is one of the most original psychopaths we’ve seen for years, making this film without doubt a must-see.

1 – Inbred

My other joint pick of the year is this wonderfully shot, British backwoods movie. I just loved it. Directed by Alex Chandon, Inbred packs a punch with some brilliant gore shots, a darkly comic, engaging storyline and

It’s fair to say that hillbilly horror is a true love of mine, so there’s a slight possibility I may be a little biased toward this indie hillbilly/backwoods gem. Also, because it is filmed in Yorkshire, only 30 minutes from where I live, it feels more personal to me, but I think anyone who enjoys a good hillbilly movie, with a healthy dose of black humour, a touch of bizzarity and some great gore should put this at the top of their to-watch list, because they will love it too. Not one person I’ve shown this to so far has been disappointed.

Distinctly Average 2012 Horror Films:

These films weren’t terrible, but I wasn’t overly enamoured with them, for one reason or another. Decent enough to check out, but don’t break your necks trying to do so.

Cabin In The Woods

I enjoyed this, but I didn’t love it like a lot of my horror brethren did. As one of the most talked about films of the year, I won’t go in to great detail about it, as I’m willing to bet everyone knows a lot already, so I’ll just say this. There is nothing wrong with this movie. Indeed it is a well made, fun and above all ORIGINAL film. It can only be praised for that.

The only reason it isn’t in my Good list, is because for my personal tastes it was too sci-fi. I’m not a big fan of horror/sci-fi films, and I tend to find myself being pulled out of the storyline by the sciency elements of them. I’d feel as though I was lying if I included this in my top list, and I won’t say I love something just because everyone else did. This is by no means knocking the film, however, and I’d recommend that everyone should at least give this one a go.

Rosewood Lane

Controversial director, Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers) directed this little chiller, and I found it to be good, if a little contrived. A psychiatrist moves back to the place she used to live as a child, and begins to notice the odd behaviour of the paper boy.

For obvious reasons, the paper’boy’ is actually played by an adult, which detracts from the creep factor this could have had, but despite this the first ⅓ of the film held some pretty decent scares and jumps, and one of them (in the basement) was one of those glorious heart-stopping moments, that genuinely gives you a jump.

I love those moments. After that, the film holds the tension it creates well, and builds a storyline you grow to care about. However, the ending and the ‘reveal’ was a fairly confusing mess, and it felt pretty laboured. There were a lot of ways to end this film, but the way they did it was definitely not the right one to pick. It was too ambiguous, and there were a whole host of options that would have been a lot scarier. Despite the poor ending, I did enjoy a lot of the elements of this film. Don’t rush to see it, but if you’ve got nothing better to do then it’s worth a watch.


This was a film I was looking forward to quite a bit. I enjoy anthology horror, Trick r Treat being the last really decent one I’ve seen, and although I don’t love found footage, I can enjoy it if it’s done well. This one consisted of 5 shorts, held together by one over-arching storyline. It took a while to get into the films and that felt too drawn out, but when we got in the first film was really well done.

A shock filled short film that provided a decent twist, and some good shocks. I enjoyed it, and was anticipating the next one being just as good. It wasn’t. It was really not that good, and neither were films 3 or 4. The last film in the anthology, however, was decent again. So it’s a stop and start film.

The first and last films were worth watching, decent shorts, whereas the middle portion of the film was just average. Not the film I was expecting it to be, V/H/S was decent enough. Nothing amazing, and I probably won’t watch it again, but if you like anthology horror you may as well give it a crack.


I was looking forward to this one so much, which is probably why I felt so disappointed by it. It just didn’t deliver on any level for me, and for a film I was expecting to scare me, creep me out and give me an edge-of-your seat experience it fell flat on its face. Let me be clear. This is not technically a bad movie. It’s just a movie that doesn’t make me care about anything happening on screen.

Ethan Hawke plays a journalist who’s looking to recapture his lost brilliance with one last stab at a true crime best-seller. He moves into a house, finds some old Super-8 film in the attic and begins to watch it. He soon realises there is a connection between those films and the case he is working on. Now, all of this sounds like the makings of a good film. It has a decent idea behind it, good actors, potential.

Where it fell down, for me, was it’s lack of a distinct direction. It felt as though they couldn’t decide whether the film should be a crime-thriller, a serial killer expose, a supernatural tale or a psychological horror. It had elements of all of these things, which made it feel confused and disjointed, whereas if they had decided to go down a strictly supernatural route, or make it into more of a violent serial killer film, it could have been great. They went for too many elements, and it failed.

The acting was decent all round, and there were two or three scenes from the video footage which I found creepy with a shock element. If there had been more like that and less of the other bits, I’d probably have been putting this film in my top 5. As it stands, it’s worth a watch but don’t expect anything great from it.

The Worst Horror Film of 2012

There was only one film I really wouldn’t bother checking out. This is the worst 2012 film I saw.

Paranormal Activity Bore, sorry, Four

I make no bones about the fact that I hate this series, mainly because I got suckered into the hype like an idiot for the first one, and went to it expecting to be terrified. I was bored witless, and ever since then I’ve sat through these mind-bogglingly dull dreck-fests, slowly hating them more and more.

This one was no different. This time round not much happens then there are some LOUD NOISES. I rated the first one 2/10 and they’ve only gone down after that. This film did not change that. There is literally no reason for anyone to see this. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.

Is your favourite in this list? Do you think I’m nuts for leaving something out? Let me know your top 10 in the comments below!

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      1. earthdancedaph December 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        Happy and Creepy New Year!! Most of the list I have not watched, I still want to see Paranormal 4 and just add it to my collection, for some reason I enjoy those films and I like the link between them all. Cabin in the woods and ParaNorman I own and like. I guess I have some film watching to do, thank you so much for your list:)

        • Horror Queen December 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm

          Fair enough, if you enjoy the PA series then you’ll probably like the 4th, but for me they are so unoriginal and it’s blatantly obvious where the scares are that I can’t see them as anything more than a money-making exercise at this point. But each to their own! The Loved Ones and Inbred you have to see though, really excellent films

      2. Optimus_past_my_Prime December 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        Fantastic list. I’ve seen everything except for Rosewood Lane and Inbred. Both The Woman in Black and The Innkeepers don’t get the credit or recognition the deserve. They’re great horror movies in the ‘traditional’ sense of horror. Have a great New Year!! :)

        • thesinisteredge December 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm

          I agree. Innkeepers is actually probably my favorite on my list, but sadly its not recognized much. Great film. Woman in Black was hit and miss for me. I would start to get really into it but then it would fall a little flat. Then pick up again.

          Check out Rosewood Lane and Inbred. Good movies.

        • Horror Queen December 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm

          Thanks for reading! Inbred you HAVE to see, it was really excellent. I could watch it 50 times and not be bored by it. Rosewood Lane, not so much. The jump scares were decent but it left a lot to be desired. I love all horror & you’re right, those two movies took us back to traditional scares which is something that should always be celebrated

        • Andrew Hass February 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

          Innkeepers and The Woman In Black reminded me a lot of The Others. The buildup and suspense I felt while watching all three of those films really pulled me into the story in ways that most films don’t. I absolutely agree with you in regards to their recognition from most. Sadly, I think classic story telling has been replaced by cheap scares for most people.

        • gregb January 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

          Loved Woman in Black…absolutely hated the Innkeepers.(spoiler alert!) Not only was it boring but the girl in the movie wins the “you’re so stupid you deserved to die” award. I don’t mind a slow movie, but there was absolutely nothing going on until the end and then the girls was so stupid I was happy she died.

      3. Dave December 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        Thank God I’m not the only one who thought Cabin in the Woods was average at best.

        • Horror Queen December 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm

          Definitely average for me, just not my sort of horror, and usually when something is hyped as much as this it ends up letting me down

        • Andrew Harris July 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

          All I really have to say is that I have never quite heard such a spine chilling soundtrack before seeing Sinister. Personally, I think the music to Sinister made that movie. Creepy as hell!!!

        • Michael October 9, 2013 at 1:21 am

          Below average, for me. Just got into a discussion about CitW on Reddit today, and what I gather is that college freshman love it because it has the most easily discernible “subtext” in history (OMG – WE are the Old Ones!!), which makes some people feel smart for picking up on it. But since the movie bashes you over the head over and over and over again with its “cleverness” and constant winking at the camera, it’s really a movie aimed directly at, shall we say, *unsophisticated* people, and non-horror fans.

        • Brundlefly76 October 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          I have to back up the Sinister comment regarding the soundtrack. Fantastic. Set a creepy atmosphere. I thought Sinister was one of the best. So was The Loved Ones. I was disappointed by The Innkeepers. It felt slow and anticlimactic. The Woman in Black was sad, but good. The book is even more depressing. :0

      4. thesinisteredge December 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        Great list.

        Me personally I felt Sinister was a good film. I believe all the elements mentioned is what MADE the film. It left you wondering what was next. At times it felt a little campy, and I was confused, but overall I thought it was a great film. Ethan Hawk usually doesnt get credit he deserves and I thought he was superb in this film.

        Cabin in the Woods was a good kick back for me. Im a huge fan for comedy/horror. Troma films, Evil Dead Franchise. It had its Sci/Fi elements which I thought was great.

        Paranorman I havent seen yet but only because Im not a fan of animation.

        V/H/S was dissapointing.

        Innkeepers was awesome.

        Paranormal Activity we dont talk about lol.

        • Horror Queen December 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

          Thank you!

          Sinister disappointed me because I had the feeling it could have been something really good, but tried to throw too much at it. Ethan Hawke did do a really good job though, the acting in it was great. Hawke is doing another 2 horror films next year and I’m glad, I think he’s a terrific talent in our genre.

        • thesinisteredge December 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

          I will definitely have to check out those two films then.

          Thank you for taking time to respond back. And yea, even though it was a little over the place which is why it confused me at certain times.

          It was like a glorified CSI meets White Noise lol

        • gregb January 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

          Sinister was too full of horror movie clichés to be good. It was good if you’re new to horror movies. The innkeeper as I mentioned above was terrible, boring movie, where nothing happens until the ended and it could have all been avoided if the girl wasn’t so stupid.

      5. Bob B December 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        The Loved Ones is my favorite on this list. Don’t remember why I rented it, but am very glad that I did.

        • Herner Klenthur December 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

          Loved ones is EPIC

        • Horror Queen December 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm

          I found The Loved Ones delightfully creepy. Lola Stone is one of my favourite psycho’s ever, I recommend this film to everybody!

      6. Jeff Carson December 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        We definitely have the same tastes in horror I think! Nice list! Loved Ones and Inbred are two of my favorites from the past year as well! I hope the latter makes it way to dvd here soon! To all a Happy New Year!

      7. Mattsuzaka December 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        Nice list… not sure if I even have heard about Inbred, but I will definitely have to add it to my to-watch list!

      8. ryarli January 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        Ahhhh I loved Inbreds as well! Let’s hope there’s more inbred/hillbilly horror in store for 2013!

      9. Michelle January 12, 2013 at 5:46 am

        Great list…I agree with you about Sinister(decent, but not what I expected) and V/H/S was such a let down but I agree that the first and last segments were the best. I will have to check out Inbred and i can’t wait to see Loved Ones, I have been waiting for that forever!
        Ugh, Rosewood Lane, I could not get past Rose McGowan, she was dreadful :(

        Cheers to great horror in 2013!

      10. UltraViolent January 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm

        Great list HQ. The Loved Ones and Cabin are my personal favourites of the last year.

      11. Antoine Sho January 21, 2013 at 8:38 am

        what about CITADEL?
        The best horror movie in 2012 for me.

      12. Antoine Sho January 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

        and what about We Are What We Are?

      13. Ashley Taglieri February 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        I couldn’t agree less with your list. I loved Cabin In the Woods and Sinister. I hated V/H/S and considered it one of the worst films of 2012 hands down. I still want to see The Loved Ones. Paranorman took me by surprise and I definitely think it was one of the better animated horror films. Also, you missed Frankenweenie in here, which was classic Tim Burton. I saw Inn Keepers, and have to say I wasn’t impressed with it. Another good horror film in 2012 was The Possession. I usually am not a fan of possession films, and I really enjoyed that one.

        • Dennis Francis February 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

          V/H/S was such a disappointment. I was super hyped for it and it was a big time flop. Frankenweenie I didnt like. But I swear I hate Tim Burton. So its just me being biased.

        • Risa Stewart April 16, 2013 at 2:31 am

          Wow, Ashley, I agree with everything you just said.

      14. Reggae February 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        Man, what a bad list of top movies. Innkeepers was good. Woman in Black could’ve been better if someone else was the lead. Danny Rat is a horrible actor (sorry Potter fans.) Inbred is the only one from that list I haven’t seen, (except for Paranormal 4, after the 3rd ripped me off by not showing half of what was advertised I won’t be dragged to another, showing whole story threads absent from the film is not cool) but the picture looks like it follows the Devil Rejects style, maybe because of the Captian Spalding looking guy in the picture, but I’ll check into it. Loved Ones was one of the most boring films of any year, some creepy parts, but nothing that special. Paranorman was ok, the blurry mouth FX got old real quick, don’t be cheap and do the talking with computers. Sinister had lots of good moments, not a great end, but should be on the best 5 list. Glad to finally see someone not ogle Cabin in the Woods, and think it’s great because Whedon did it. Rosewood Lane was Lifetime movie status, the kid was unlikeable. What I saw of VHS looked scary, more of an attempt than Paranormal series.

      15. paulo carreiro February 20, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        Citadel is sick

      16. Andrew Hass February 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

        The only film I haven’t seen on your Good list is Paranorman. I’ve been meaning to, but I keep forgetting to pick it up. Otherwise, I loved every film on your good list. The Woman In Black was significantly better done that I thought it was going to be. The Innkeepers would have got my #1 spot, as the pacing and characters were spot on. Inbred was such a fun ride and had so many great laughs in it. I could probably write an entire article on how much I loved The Loved Ones, but I’ll spare you all that reading, at least here anyways.

        I only saw half your Average list. I liked Cabin In The Woods. I would also call it average, but for different reasons. V/H/S was okay, but I’m so tired of found footage films that it kind of spoiled my enjoyment of it. The story concepts were good, but the execution left a lot to be desired in my opinion. The other two are on my list of movies to pick up, but I haven’t rushed to get them, as I had a feeling they would probably just be “okay”.

        You definitely nailed the Worst of 2012. I kind of wish the Paranormal Activity franchise would just die already………. in a fire………. that’s being hit by a car………. that’s falling off a cliff………. onto a pile of bottles. Seriously, that entire franchise is just awful.

        Well done and I can easily agree with all of your choices that I’ve had a chance to see.

      17. Rob February 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        Innkeeper bored me to tears. Honestly hated it. Can’t see why anyone would like it to be honest.

        • AirMaximus88 May 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm

          Innkeepers and Inbred… Just why are they anywhere near the top of anyone’s list of anything unless that list was the best of amateur acting. Inbred was just screaming fuck at each other. The pub landlord and his son were very well acted. The rest was shoddy year 11 drama student calibre. The loved ones however, what a movie!

      18. catlin February 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        I actually quite enjoy the paranomal series. admittedly they are not scary but i do find myself laughing hysterically through them and I enjoy the Jumpscares. I also like how in the paranomal activity series you only see the actuall ghost for sections of this, i think that makes it more realistic because most ghost experiences are something to do with say objects or the sense of something touching you. so yeah. although the woman in black was amazing!!!!

      19. paige turner March 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        The only thing that really matters to me in a horror film is, does it scare me. In that vein, I thought Sinister was a great movie. A huge part of horror films is the soundtrack and the soundtrack for Sinister was chilling; especially the car burning scene and the pool drowning scene. Insidious was one you didn’t mention and that movie was great too. The Innkeepers didn’t scare me at all. The Woman in Black was good but not that scary although I do think Daniel Radcliffe was very good in it. Cabin in the Woods was good but not at all scary. You want scary? Check out Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. I know it’s old but it’s classic.

      20. the boss 3 March 16, 2013 at 6:36 am

        i cant believe grave encounters was not there. that movie truly gave me a shock.

      21. TC March 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        You have the WORST taste in movies! WOMAN IN BLACK had to be the boringest.unscariest movie in a long time. THE LOVED ONES was absolute garbage and VHS was a movie I was so stoked to see and it turned out to be a steaming pile of shit or Im sorry SHITE as they say in your country. you left a bunch of great films GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 was one of the most original films to come out in a while and the first movie was bad ass too!

        • jschulzav July 31, 2013 at 3:54 am

          I’d have to agree. Apparently anyone can have an opinion though.

        • Michael October 9, 2013 at 1:32 am

          GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 was original? It was the first Grave Encounters meets Scream. I liked the first one (yes, I still like found footage if it’s done well) but the second was terrible. The TV show Supernatural did a parody of it years before it even came out (see the Ghostfacers episodes). So much for original.

          Inkeepers was pretty great, though. The ending was really, really dumb and anticlimactic, but the rest of the movie was fun — good characters, good script, okay scares.

      22. Dag March 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        see, the thing about lists is everyones is different and everyone has an opinion. people love it or hate it but not everyone is ever going to agree completely. that said, i thought v/h/s was the absolute worst piece of crap on this list. easily couldve put me to sleep. innkeepers was good, not great, and feel the same about cabin. paranormal has overstayed its welcome like blair witch did. havent seen inbred yet but am now.

      23. milkyhoney April 5, 2013 at 8:25 am

        Hmmm I find Innkeeper really boring, didn’t finish the film coz I couldn’t take the two staffs chatting and fooling around. Agree with the others but on the contrary, Sinister kinda freaked me out. It was scary alright (to me) and leaves a tingling feeling when I was done with the movie.

      24. rocco April 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Where do you guys get this so called “list”?

      25. ShaggE April 8, 2013 at 4:17 am

        Totally agree with Sinister, although I did love the actual footage shots and the soundtrack. But everything else just fell flat for me. And that final shot made me want to slap whoever was responsible for it… that shit flies in silly Youtube shorts, but not in feature films.

        Also, reading these comments is hilarious: They start out nice and civil, then the “my opinion is the only opinion” assholes start trickling in. Gotta love the internet.

      26. Fredrik April 9, 2013 at 6:40 am

        Personally i loved Sinister
        For me it was one of the best Homage to 80´s horror both in Story,filming and pace and it brought something quite frankly more story then effects then most modern horror movies have done latest 10 years

      27. maryann April 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        Just watched Sinister for the third time and it is so disturbing. I love it and think it’s the best horror film since I was terrifed by Ju-On (Japanese version) and Pulse (Asian one).
        Very surprised that Sinister is not highly regarded as one of the best of any year.
        I also liked Rosewood Lane and didn’t like the Innkeepers. Just discovered your website when I searched “Sinister terrifying movie” – will bookmark the site. I have a huge horror DVD collection and look forward to navigate your website.

        • Herner Klenthur April 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

          I have still not seen Sinister but I think I will based off all the buzz for it so far.

      28. Sally April 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        Women in black wasn’t even scary and was very boring, put me to sleep. The loved ones and VHS were just stupid. Sinister was very good better than all the paranormal activity movies put together.

      29. Risa Stewart April 16, 2013 at 2:28 am

        Wow! I think you have these movies backwards but Paranormal Activity films are bad, I’ll give you that & V/H/S was very over rated. But Sinister was really good & The Innkeepers was horrible.

      30. dread April 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        V/H/S should be among good movies. Just because of that Succubus part (good job placing that picture below, I literally jumped, lol). It was pretty freaky.

      31. Flay Otters April 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm

        See, and this is why opinions on film are truly subjective. I really loved The Innkeepers and really disliked Sinister. Truthfully, it took me two tries as I was so very annoyed at the lack of real human logic.

        • Herner Klenthur April 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm

          “That Captain is not logical” *Spock Voice*

      32. Kris May 6, 2013 at 4:37 am

        Just watched Citadel… As people said it was “bad ass”. I love a good horror film but this is not one of them. It really didn’t provide me with any scares at all. I also recently tried to watch “theatre bizarre” as it made somebody’s top 10 for 2012 on this website, but I had to shut it off… Sooooo cheesy! 0 for 2 so far horror-movies.ca I’ll try one more and then give up on this site. For the record”sinister” was far more disturbing than either one of these movies.

      33. Kris May 6, 2013 at 4:41 am

        Want a truly disturbing, truly creepy movie that will make you think? Try “martyrs”. Scary.

      34. ZOMBlE May 15, 2013 at 3:54 am

        Cabin in the Woods – awesome – fresh – entertaining – nothing overly intense or horrific – but an enjoyable film for all kinds of moronic humanoids. One of the better “horror” films, not that is pure horror – but fuck – horror films in the last few years have been shit – maybe one or two good ones a year – out of 5000 shit productions. tis sad

      35. MaximeFrance May 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        It’s too bad you talk about 2012 movies which were out by 2011, or even 2010 ! But still, the list is pretty decent. Except for Rosewood Lane…

      36. inheaveneverythingisfine May 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        horror-movies.ca I respect your opinions but I really think you should re watch Sinister. Yes, it’s not a perfect movie, but it creates some really chilling moments and a soundtrack that would be any horror fan’s wet dream. In period with nothing but remakes that aren’t bringing anything new , interesting, or memorable to the table, this movie tips it’s hat to many older supernatural films of the 60s and 70s. It learns from them well and gives us everything that was great about those movies.The most important thing with any horror movie now is, if it’s a torture porn, that’s all it was ever intended to do. If it’s a movie that was created to scare you…does it do it’s job? This one really did it for me. It doesn’t rely on a typical yellowish green color correction that many horror film makers think is scary now. It doesn’t rely on jump scares (while there are some in there). The acting is good. Most important though, it creates a genuine scary mood. Many Hollywood horror releases now don’t even know what the hell atmosphere is. They only understand set pieces, music video lighting, and “oh my god we really need to show a close up of this tongue splitting” Is it well made visually? yes. Who cares. The best things about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is that the film looked like news reel footage. It wasn’t shot like a movie, it was shot like if you picked up a camera and just started filming. That brings a sense of texture and realism that is very hard for Hollywood to understand. I thought Sinister understood that.

        • Herner Klenthur May 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

          just to clarify this is one persons view not the view of ‘horror-movies.ca’

      37. Jennibee June 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        Thanks for the list, I’m a big horror fan and will have to check a few of these out. I completely agree with InHeavenEverythingIsFine regarding Sinister, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I had to watch it over the course of two days it freaked me out so much. Then I watched it with the director’s commentary which was great since I could see how all the elements (acting, lighting, sound and score, etc.) fit together.

        I’d be really interested in seeing movies rated with some kind of “gore score”. I love a good spooky movie, but I’ve never seen a Saw movie, Hostel, Martyrs, or any other “torture porn” film because I can’t stomach the violence. Even if they have an interesting plot (e.g. Martyrs) I do not want to see someone flayed. For instance, I’d give Sinister a 3/10 for gore, since the vast majority of it’s imagery is disturbing but not bloody.

      38. nathan conors June 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        womman in black is one of my favourite horror/ghost movies.my worst is vhs also paranormal activitay 4 is boring same with cabin in the woods but i reallY wanna see the excorsist from the 1970’s

      39. Am I Not Pretty Enough? June 13, 2013 at 12:30 am

        I haven’t seen The Woman in Black, The Innkeepers, or Inbred but they’re definitely on my list. The Loved Ones was golden (I almost wish that I could’ve gone into it without seeing the trailer first because it would’ve made the experience just that more intense) and Paranorman made me tear up a lot (it’s about people fearing and hating what they don’t understand, AKA people who see the world differently from them). I really have an issue with your ‘worst of’ list because I feel like it could be much, much worse. I actually really liked some of the movies on your list (though, Sinister would belong there if it wasn’t for the kick-ass soundtrack).
        Two of the very, very worst movies I saw in 2012 were Paranormal Activity 4 (I thought that it would be so bad that it’s funny but it wasn’t. I was dying on the inside. I was so very, very, very bored. Bits of my life that I could’ve spent drilling screws into me head or smashing wood splinters underneath my toenails. It drives me crazy that some indie horror movie makers can barely make enough on Kickstarter to make something golden while this trash brings in millions of dollars.) and The Possession (As someone who’s parents got divorced when I was a kid I found the whole thing completely stiff and unrealistic when it came to how the family functions. That aside, it was completely not scary in the least and was the same PG-13 crap that gets churned out every year. Creepy possessed children are so overdone that unless you attempt to approach it unique direction. Which this film didn’t. On the plus side I found $40 on the ground in the theater parking lot after the movie and figured it was the Horror Gods saying ‘Oh god we’re sorry’.).

      40. Naomi June 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

        Nice to see our Aussie flicks are resonating with a US audience. We sometimes alienate others with our dry, dark sense of humour but this one is an especially good one.

      41. Alex June 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        Great job.you’re right about all these horror films.

      42. Noel June 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        Only because you hate “Paranormal Activity” saga doesn’t mean the PA 4 is bad. Also if you hate the saga why you watch all of these moron?. It’ is funny,…what can i expect from some one who put PARANORMAN on their horror top 5?…you don’t have any idea what “horror” means, don’t you?, what do you have for this year on your horror top ten?… a Pixar movie?…ohhh come on!

        • Sarah August 6, 2013 at 2:59 am

          You might want to learn how to spell and what grammar is. Also, if you didn’t like the list, why read it?

      43. sanal July 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        woman in black

      44. Juanne-pierre De Abreu July 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        As a horror fan in Africa I am left to do most of my own research in terms of horror films – whats good, whats not, which ones should i hunt down and which ones to forget… and funny enough the very reason you disliked Sinister is the reason I have been lending it to every horror fan I know (or anyone who would watch it). I really loved that I couldnt figure out whether it was a ghost story, demon story, stalker film or a boogey man and on that note alone I felt as if a filmmaker had given a high five to horror fans – by playing into my unconscious ability to try figure things out and say “Yo, H-fan, wait till the end”. I loved it, and it was actually my favorite for that year.
        The Innkeepers was weak in terms of scares… it was like a dark story, the way Harry Potter is a dark story. The films greatest feature was the acting. But in the end, the worst part was that it was forgettable. Your review almost encourages me to re-watch… but I have too many on my list to go back to something that was initially uneventful.
        Nonetheless I agree with you with the rest of the films – Paranormal Activity What? Do people really still watch this? Like really, actually pay money for this? Seriously? Because I dont think they get released here… but then again not many horrors do.

      45. Tommy Tang July 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

        You missed the entire point of Cabin in the Woods – it wasn’t supposed to be “piss-your-pants” scary. It was a brilliant satire of the entire horror genre. The first fifteen minutes should have that made that obvious.

        • Curtis Slade January 31, 2014 at 8:57 pm

          Thank you! Someone here gets Cabin in the Woods and it’s play on the genre. I don’t get the sci-fi comment. What elements in it were too sci-fi.. or sci-fi at all? The wooden cabin? The ‘ancients’? The ‘computers’ and cameras? They’re science fact, not fiction. If anything is was more old world mythology not science fiction. Need more elaboration to backup that lameass excuse. Or are you just calling it sci-fi because whedon did it and you consider him sci-fi without even thinking about the film at all. Retort… go!

      46. Quinn Kover July 30, 2013 at 12:49 am

        Cabin in the woods was great…it was cool how every monster imagined had a part near the end….it was funny….and i love how they included ritualistic sacrifice in the end to tie it all together….i found it entertaining…..the innkeepers pissed me off….it was creepy yes….but the old man killing himself left a huge loose end for me….and the lady in black let me down….it was creepy….but not scary…

      47. David August 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        Yay ParaNorman!

        Rosewood Lane had the same problems that Jeepers Creepers, the reveal and a couple of the “surprise” points really made me roll my eyes. I was totally into Jeepers Creepers for the first half of the film, but once that neck thing happened, I found myself sitting there thinking, “What the crap is this?!” and was no longer able to engage in the film. Rosewood had a few of those elements for me too.

      48. DanJ August 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

        Fair enough that you hate Paranormal Activity, I dob’t care about that, but it is stupid and annoying that people who hate them keep on seeing them and then diss them. I saw thefirst Hostel and the first Wrong Turn and hated them, so guess what? I have NOT seen the rest of them! Why should I?

      49. Rick September 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

        Sorry to say this but never was I more disappointed in a film in which I had anticipated for so very long. Since the first teaser trailer was forwarded to my Facebook page I knew that this was a must see. Sadly due to ill health I missed the showings in Leeds but followed both the cast and crew closely for updates and more throughout the time of the film hitting the festivals. Everyone rated it as a great film and when I finally got around to seeing it I was less than impressed to say the least. Ok, so it had some moments but perhaps it’s just that I look for things a little more sick in Horror than a guy getting stepped on by a horse or mediocre gut manure explosions. The acting was sadly lacking in the lead characters, in fact the only one that actually could string a decent sentence together was met his end far too early. I don’t quite know what it was that made me dislike it that much suffice to say by the end I was pleased to see the credits rolling. Best part by far had to be the ferret and the girl, that was hilarious.

      50. james September 14, 2013 at 6:19 am

        hahaha why is a cartoon on here? I thought the key to horror is to be afraid… besides that I love the list though

      51. Martyr October 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Couldnt disagree more. Your best movies section is ridiculous. You might think you like a good horror movie, but you don’t. The fact you filled it with films that arent even remotely scary shows this…btw maybe you should pick up a foreign horror movie at some point in your life. You make a best of the year list and you only include english language films..your list blows and its completely irrelevant to anybody who has a genuine interest in horror.

      52. fandecalimSamoth October 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        You put Inbred and Paranorman into the “good movies” class when you put Sinister and VHS into the “bad movies” class?

        Obviously, you don’t know anything about horror movies…

        • Michael kruger November 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm

          Well, sinister and v/h/s were in the average class. I think paranorman was one of the rarely good horror/comedy movies.

      53. Yvette Roy-Heifner December 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

        I recently watched The Loved Ones after seeing it on your list and I watched it 2 times in 2 days! Lola was a frickin’ nut and the actress who played her did such a perfect job playing her!

      54. JoeMcPants January 24, 2014 at 6:57 am

        Seriously, The Inkeepers was an awful movie. It wasn’t scary and I didn’t find it to have good character development at all. It doesn’t help that they made the main character pretty stupid. It was generic and dull.

      55. Mark Roberts February 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        The Loved Ones isn’t even horror, it is torture porn garbage. CitW is by far the best movie on this list, for the same reason the first Scream was so good. While I’m at it The Innkeepers…seriously? Aside from the last 10(ish) minutes of the film there is nothing in this movie that wouldn’t make it just be a mediocre situational comedy ab
        out a shitty desk job.

      56. ben March 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Have you tried watching Paranormal entity? A much better version of Paranormal activity…Seriously. You need try this one!

      57. Lynden March 10, 2015 at 9:04 am

        The one thing I did like about Sinister (spoilers) was the ending, how you expect Ethan Hawke, with him being the main character and a big name, to survive and manage to put an end to the supernatural curse/link between all the deaths. Which he doesn’t leaving room for possible for a sequel, which I would welcome.

      58. Just stop September 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm

        the innkeepers was pretty fucking mediocre with buildup that overstays its welcome and much shallow character development that amounts to nothing .
        Thanks for making me waste 90 minutes of my life

        The true horror of that movie is to be the owner of the hotel, those employees were the worst. Sure it was gonna close, but that’s no excuse to act so unprofessionally and childishly. Terrible movie with (for the most) unlikable main characters that tried desperately to pander to younger audiences (that lingo was cringeworthy) and make itself look more polished than it deserves (refering to the chapters and epilogue. Its pratically an insult to any decent book).

      59. Danielle Owens January 7, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        I thought Innkeepers was seriously boring. I didn’t even finish it because it was SO slow so I definitely agree with the above comment. I’m sad to say I haven’t watched Woman In Black yet or the Loved Ones OR Inbred so thanks for that! I will be on the look out! Do you know if any are on AmazonPrime, Hulu, Or Netflix?