12 Most Anticipated 2013 Horror Films


As the year draws to a close, it is customary to take a look back at the horror we’ve been given over the past 12 months. After you’ve debated your list, and argued with others about theirs, it’s time to start thinking about the new feast of horror that will be hitting your eyes in the coming months.

In the spirit of looking forward, and with my own new year’s resolution in mind (to watch 365 horror movies next year), I bring you the 12 horror movies to look out for in 2013.

These are the movies I am highly anticipating seeing in 2013, and so far, it looks like it’s going to be a good year for horror! The release dates and synopsis are from IMDB.

Texas Chainsaw 3D

“Evil has many faces”

Release Date: 4th January 2013: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.

I love the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It’s in my top 10 horror films of all time, and there’s something I find totally fascinating about the Sawyer family. I have liked all of the different interpretations of their story over the years, some more than others, of course, although Tobe Hooper’s original will always be the best for me. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this sequel and, despite the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of the 3D gimmick, I’m looking forward to meeting up with the family again!

American Mary

“She’s an artist”

Release Date: 11th January 2013 – The story follows medical student, Mary Mason, as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with the surgical world she once admired. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called ‘freakish’ clientele”

I have heard a lot of good things about this film, and if the Soska sisters’ last effort, Dead Hooker In A Trunk, is anything to go by, this is going to be brilliant. I was gutted I didn’t get to see it at festivals this year and this is probably the film I am most looking forward to seeing.

The ABC’s of Death

“It’s not educational”

Release Date: 31st January 2013: A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.

This is one of the most interesting horror films to be coming out this year. Anthologies always have the potential to be good, and this one more than most – there are 26 individual chapters, and each has been created by a different director. They were assigned a letter of the alphabet and told to choose a word around which to base a story about death. This alone makes the film sound like one of the most interesting concepts I’ve come across in years. Fangoria called it “a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world.” and I can’t put it any better than that.

Warm Bodies

“Bros before brains”

Release Date: February 8th 2013: “After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.”

Zombie movies and TV shows are gaining in popularity all the time, meaning that for something to stand out, it has to have a different spin on the genre. I haven’t seen a film based on zombie-romance before, and that might just give Warm Bodies the edge it needs to break away (or walk, arms out-stretched, slowly away) from the rest of the pack. Also is stars Nicholas Hoult, the once sweet little kid from About A Boy, so the acting should be decent, and it’s apparently loosely based on Romeo & Juliet, which, for a zombie film, should make it a laugh!


Release Date: 22nd February 2013: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?

‘Presented by Guillermo del Toro’ is the exclamation that faces you when you research this film, and any film that has a tagline like that was always going to make this list. The guy is a genius, and his backing of this film as executive producer is like a golden seal of approval. The trailer is intense, chilling even, and films with creepy kids are always some of the most frightening for me, not to mention being a speciality of del Toro’s. Mama looks fantastic, and I’m willing to bet it will be gracing people’s top lists of 2013.


Release Date: 15th March 2013 : “The owner of a mannequin shop develops a dangerous obsession with a young artist.”

A lot of people remember the 1980 original of Maniac, and I’m sure a lot of them never pictured Frodo Baggins Elijah Wood as the psychotic Frank. I certainly didn’t. However, Wood is a quality actor and I’m sure he will give his all in this role, indeed the early reviews are showing that he does manage to pull off his performance as the insane serial killer well. I am a fan of the 80’s version of this film, with it’s tense atmosphere and the great gore it contains, and I only hope that a remake doesn’t mean we lose a lot of the gore. Alexandre Aja proved that he can take a great film and give it a thoroughly decent remake with 2006’s The Hills Have Eyes, so let’s hope he does the same again here!

John Dies At The End

“Just so you know…they’re sorry for anything that’s about to happen”

Release Date: March 22nd 2013: “A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?”

Now, as a general rule, I’m not a huge fan of horror comedy. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I prefer my horror straight-up. I’m just that sort of girl. However, I’ve been impressed by the trailers for this movie, and particularly liked the tongue-in-cheek viral ad warning against pirating it. The early reviews for it are looking goof, and the fact that Don Coscarelli, who directed the 1979 classic Phantasm, was at the helm, makes this one to look out for in 2013


“You will know her name”

Release Date: 5th April 2013: A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.

What to say about this one? Another remake in 2013, Carrie was a film that I loved first time around, and I’m not sure why a remake was really needed. What is good is that it will bring the story to a new generation, and possibly prompt that generation to check out the other adaptations of Stephen King books, virtually all of which I’ve love. That is the reason I’m looking forward to Carrie, King’s stories are so enveloping and entertaining that this has to be good. I hope!

A Haunted House

Release Date: 5th April 2013
“Malcolm and Keisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm – determined to keep his sex life on track – turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.”

I’ve already made my case clear on my general dislike of comedy horror, but this satire looks set to be a new ‘Scary Movie’, and so I’ve included it, because a lot of people like these sorts of films. Most people I’ve spoken to are looking forward to a bit of light relief with this one, so maybe I should stop being a grump and enjoy it!

Evil Dead

“The most terrifying film you will ever experience”

Release Date: 19th April 2013
“Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads to danger and horror.”

This is the one everyone is waiting for. It really needs no introduction. In 1981 a cult film was born and in April 2013, 32 years after the original, comes the remake. It seems that 2013 will be the year of the remakes, four big ones are in this list alone, and let’s all hope that this one in particular is done well. You don’t need me to tell you that the original is an amazing piece of work, and it looks as though the remake has been made with a love for that film, which has to be a good thing. I’m looking forward to this one so much!

World War Z

“Remember Philly!”

Release Date: June 21st 2013: A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.

This is an apocalyptic end-of-world zombie horror, based on a novel of the same name. I enjoy apocalypse type movies, and this one has been highly anticipated for quite a while. I have high hopes for it, as it has a stellar cast and a good storyline and I think this is one that will be enjoyed by a lot of people.

The Conjuring

Release Date: 19th July 2013: “A family encounters spirits living among them in their New England farmhouse.”

James Wan directed two of my favourite films of the last 10 years, Saw and Insidious and so this ghost tale, inspired by the real life story of a family who claimed they “lived among the dead”, promises to be a creepy hit. Set in the 70’s, two paranormal investigators, Patrick Wilson (Insidious) and Vera Farmiga (Orphan), are called in when strange and unexplained things start happening. The story sounds suitably spooky, and after seeing what Wan did with his last supernatural hit, I cannot wait to feast on this.

No trailer has hit for this one yet, but horror-movies.ca will bring it straight to you as soon as it does.

Insidious: Chapter 2

Release Date: 30th August 2013
A continuation of the 2010 horror hit about the fate of the Lambert family and their haunted house.

I was a bit dubious when I heard they were making a sequel to Insidious; I loved this film so much and I don’t want to see the spark it had fizzle out by people trying to cash in on it. I’m going to leave my cynicism at the door, however, because with a lot of the cast from the first film signing on to be in this, and James Wan taking the helm again, I have a feeling it could retain that special something and give my Insidious blu-ray a break!

There’s no trailer for this yet either, but come back to horror-movies.ca and we will have it to you as soon as it comes!

There are also a few films I am NOT relishing seeing:

  • Paranormal Activity 5 – Just let it go now. It wasn’t clever the first time round and it’s getting worse each time. I’m going to cry blood if I have to watch any more.
  • The Human Centipede 3 – I have no idea why this needs 2 sequels. One film by itself was more than enough.
  • Cabin Fever: Patient Zero – I did not enjoy Cabin Fever and I disliked the second even more. A third can’t possibly bring anything new.

So overall, 2013 seems to be big on remakes. A couple of original-sounding possible gems and some stars in the making, and I think we’re in for a good year! And don’t foreget, these are only my picks. There are plenty more out there! Let me know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments

Happy new year everyone, hope you have a safe, happy and horror-filled 2013 x


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      1. Jaime Laca December 31, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        Can’t wait to see WWZ!

        Oh, there has been a movie about zombie love. It was called “My Boyfriends Back” and it is a horribly bad B-movie treasure. I like to break it out on my Horrible Horror Movie Night.

        • Horror Queen January 1, 2013 at 2:10 am

          That sounds like the perfect movie for our bad movie nights! I’ve put it on my to-watch list, thanks!

        • Herner Klenthur January 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

          you definitely need to its FANTASTIC

      2. Sean Carney January 1, 2013 at 1:17 am

        Sorry am a big fan of Max Brooks WWZ, but that trailer for it looks horrible, i mean come on hundreds of the undead climbing up that pipe straight up a wall, looks more like Marvel’s Zombies lol

        • Herner Klenthur January 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

          I gotta agree with you. I commend Queen for doing a great editorial but I also think the trailer for WWZ was just garbage.

        • Horror Queen January 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

          You’re right, the trailer isn’t the best. Sometimes taking a popular novel and giving it a big-screen conversion doesn’t always work. I only hope they don’t do a 50 Shades of Grey film, THAT will be truly horriffic 😛

      3. Rafizan Randzan January 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

        Insidious Chapter 2? Golly I know nothing about this! Good to know though.

        God bless, Rafizan.

        • steggy1980 February 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

          it a waste of time as soon as u see darth maul in the first it went to poo lmao

      4. Jennifer L. Greene January 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

        You’re down on Paranormal Activity 12098 but you’re okay with A Haunted House? I

        • Herner Klenthur January 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

          Everyone has their own tastes Jennifer. I get crap for loving Scary Movie for example,mind you the sequels sucked I dont want to see PA OR A Haunted House lol

        • Horror Queen January 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

          I included A Haunted House, sure, but I really included it for the people who like comedy/spoof horror. It’s not my bag, but a lot of my friends are looking forward to it.

      5. Mith Besler January 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        Warm Bodies: I ended up reading the book. Zombie romance blah. Turns out the book was not half bad. The movie however looks to be geared for the young adult crowd. I guess you could say the book was as well. But I have a feeling the movie is going to be more of a comedic Twilight.

        WWZ: Do yourself a favor and read the book. BOOK BAD MOVIE GOOD. Sigh then pick up the audiobook, it is incredible I have been saying for a long time this should not be a movie. Maybe a limited TV show on HBO.

        John Dies at the End. One of my favorite books of the last 10 years. Yea it has some comedy in it, but most of it is just WTF. While I enjoyed the movie, after watching it I had to go listen to the audio. There is so much more to the story that could not be fit into a movie. ****SPOILER One of the best parts in the books Las Vegas is not in the movie. *****SPOILER DONE. Another movie that should have been done as a trilogy or TV show.

        Out of this list I think American Mary and Mama are the only two I will go out of my way to see. Maybe Evil Dead but I have a feeling I will snob out during the movie and ruin it for myself.

      6. ryarli January 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        Can’t wait to see Carrie, I haven’t actually seen the original, but I mainly want to see it for Chloe!

      7. nlpmaster February 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        There are so many remakes, Are we running out of Horror ideas! lets hope that, carrie, maniac, evil dead, iT,Chainsaw massacre. lets hope they compliment the originals, there a two mant bad remakes, Wicker Tree springs to mind!

      8. steggy1980 February 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

        insidious 2 what !!!!!! darth maul returns dont u mean it was a crok of *&%$

      9. bruce fixter February 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        would love to see a movie as good as the exorcist, perhaps a good script may come along, the sequels were poor in my opinion, Mama looks good we need good well acted supernatural movies something to leave you feeling a sense of WOW brlliant movie……

      10. Lyn February 24, 2013 at 5:17 am

        Honestly, I’m really looking forward to the potential [REC]4 release as well this year. REC 1 and 2, the original Spanish versions, were outstanding and completely creepy (3 was just all sorts of bad), so I’m excited for the 4th one to return to the old formula.

      11. mithan017 March 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        Insidious part 2? I love it. Part one made my sister scream. The devil behind the old lady, the small fellow inside the cabinet, etc. I hope they have a trailer now. Can’t wait for it.

      12. Julia March 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

        Paranormal Activity 5? My God they have all been rubbish they should of stopped at number 1, they make loads because they cost about £100 each to make. Can’t wait to see A Haunted House the trailer was hilarious!

      13. sana March 30, 2013 at 6:37 am

        gr8 :)

      14. Michelle Grace April 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        American Mary was probably one of the best horror movies I have seen in the last few years. It was brilliantly done! Other than that only movie I may check out is Evil dead.

      15. Dan May 19, 2013 at 2:18 am

        what about Hatchet 3 and the Lords of Salem

      16. Anthony July 4, 2013 at 5:56 am

        Evil Dead reboot was absolutely atrocious. Please leave the classics alone

      17. your daddy July 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        this site is crap for kids… try watching some serious horror movies – not only from usa dumb ass!

      18. ash.. July 27, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        Evil dead sam raimy and bruce campbell was d best horror movie ever..

      19. jean lachapelle August 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        Evil dead 2013 is very good it is gore extreme and set standards for new movies to come in the genre cause it is scary at least ,mama is also very interesting creepy and suspense but not too scary but just enough too be good the ending is a rush than the conjuring not scary but a good ghost story very creepy since it’s a true story and kids are involved and the feeling is like watching a classic horror movie whit a good story and it’s a ride for the brain till the end and again a rush at the end. , those 3 movies are for real horror fan a good news a step in good direction for the genre ,we miss the feeling we had watching the original exorcist for the first time or nightmare on elm street the original for the first time back than all the Friday the 13th or Halloween or wishmaster,jeepers creepers or chucky or leprechaun and comedy like ghost busters I have to say those wrong turn movies are also creepy gore but classic like lost boys the first original was cool or fright night or polthergheist these where cool movies that producer seem to be unable to bring back has the feeling you had watching them new movies are no scary no fun no creepy but I love blade for a mix of. Humor ,horror,fun and action ,the zombie subjects are starting to be like too much I’m puking but tv shows have supernatural ,vampire diaries there was secret circle and there is teen wolf anyway some tv shows are becoming. Classic and interesting so. Horor is not boring but sometimes trying to mix genre don’t work and story have to be good so special effects whit no story is often a flop .

      20. jean lachapelle August 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

        Evil dead 2013 was the vision of the producer what he had in mind doing the original ,it is the Same producer that brought it back when we are saying don’t touch the classic ???? The man behind the movie just gave us is vision that he was not able to do originally cause of technology so 2013 evil dead is not just a remake it is what the producer want it from the start

      21. jean lachapelle August 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

        Compare evil dead 2013 to most boring horror movies on market since 20 years and instead of putting down the film you will realize that it is a great movie maybe different from the original a litle but still pretty cool but at the end it is the same producer not a stranger that did the remake so enjoy and stop thinking too much at least this a real horror movie not a boring horror comedy that sucks

      22. jean lachapelle August 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        Dead snow is a movie that never had the attention it deserves in the line of zombie movie this one at least had a story

      23. asdf August 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        Evil Dead was a slap in the face. Can only agree stop bastardizing the classics people.

      24. Arunima Pandey September 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        Anxiously waiting for Jeepers Creepers 3.

      25. Mass vapor December 8, 2013 at 4:38 am

        So sick of these new horror movies coming out that claim to be scary as hell or the most frightened u will ever be. No one talks about the exorcism of Emily rose anymore, but it is hands Down one of the scariest movies since exorcist. Movies like this seem to come around rarely and none has made the hair stand up on my neck like it did. And I’m an avid horror fan since I was a child. Seen me all. Good and bad. That’s the double edged sword of being a horror fan. So many bad movies

      26. Marko Čerče May 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

        World war Z? That’s one of the shittiest movies of 2013 why the eff does it keep on appearing on these lists lol

        • Herner Klenthur May 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

          not sure what you mean. This list was an ANTICIPATION list of movies upcoming. Not a best of 2013.