You Voted: The Best Horror Movies of 2013

Herner Klenthur

Lets be honest 2013 was not the best year for horror movies. That said it also was not the worse either! With this in mind it is time to reflect on the Best Horror Movies of 2013

We recently asked you our readers what you thought the best horror movies of 2013 were and we received literally hundreds of responses. The answers came from our site readers, our 52,000 strong Facebook Community and the results are not up for dispute.

I will just lay out some ground rules now knowing that not everyone ( including me ) will agree with every film on this list.

First off this list as noted is not MY list it is the culmination of the votes of our readers. So keep those ‘your list sucks’ comments to yourself. For those looking to split hairs or be snarky over the release dates we allowed films released in 2012 that did not get a wide release on VOD or DVD/Blu-Ray until 2013.

With that out of the way its time to get to the list of The Best Horror Films of 2013. This list is not in any particular order.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring was a monster at the box office bringing in over $300million and proving once again that James Wan is a true master of horror. The film also sparked some serious controvery as some film fans acted like complete morons and decided to seek out the farm and terrorize its current occupants. The Conjuring received the most votes by our readers.

The Conjuring is going to be followed by a whole series of sequels one of which will be based around the creepy Annabelle Doll.  “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

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Curse of Chucky

Curse of Chucky smelled like a quick trip to DVD to milk some money from the die hard genre fans but low and hold it was not. Universal released the film onto DVD this past October 8th and the response from horror fans has been surprisingly positive.

In Curse of Chucky Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail.


Evil Dead

To say I was pissed off about the Evil Dead remake was an under statement. The original film starring Bruce Campbell and directed by Sam Raimi is one of the 10 Best horror films ever made and remaking it rubbed me all kinds of wrong ways.

Despite mass hysteria initialy from old school horror fans like myself the film managed to win over movie goers when it was released into theaters. The film brought in an impressive $100million at the box office and has led to Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell re-uniting to do Army of Darkness 2. The Evil Dead remake was the second most popular choice with our readers.

If you dont know what Evil Dead is about you are not a horror fan so I am not recapping the plot.

Evil Dead Writers Drop Out Of Sequel

American Mary

The Soska Twins are incredibly popular with horror fans but it is more because of their successfull branding then their films. That said their film Dead Hooker in a Trunk was nominated by our readers as one of the Best Horror Films of 2011 and American Mary has managed to match it making our readers Best of 2013 Horror Movies list.

American Mary is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries, which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele.

American Mary Photo


I have a soft sport for Elijah Wood ever since he went from Hobbit to deranged serial killer in Sin City. MANIAC got very little promotion and ended up hitting Netflix on Demand almost the same time it became widely available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

MANIAC is a remake and is the story of a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt.  Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill


The Purge

The Purge for me is one of those really excellent concepts that was poorly executed but that said I understand why it was a popular choice with our readers. It is an original concept in a genre that is becoming washed out with remakes, prequels and needless sequels.

The Purge stars one of my favorites Ethan Hawke and its based in a world where crime is almost non-existent thanks to a program the government runs every year for 12hours called The Purge. During this 12 hour window all violence is allowed. Murder and mayhem ensue for 12 hours and this year one family which is normally safe and secure is not going to make it.

The Purge

Insidious Chapter 2

Our community cant get enough of Insidious 2 but I for one have had enough and passed on the sequel. This isnt my list and you guys all voted it onto your best of 2013. That said this movie received the least amount of votes in comparison to others on this list.

The sequel picks up immediately where the first film left off and follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

Insidious Chapter 2 Reviews : You Tell Us!

World War Z

Brad Pitt is part of the reason this movie was so popular the other reason is the source material it was based off by Max Brooks. For me World War Z is not a good movie and not a bad movie its just what happens when you cast an A list star and try to take zombies mainstream.

World War Z was not for zombie movie fans it was for everyone and that is why it did so well at the box office and why I did not enjoy it. Fun fact: The World War Z Sequel announcement was the most shared news article on our site this year!

World War Z revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.


You’re Next

You’re Next is billed as one of the best home invasion movies ever made. I have not seen it but its on my watch list thanks to the glowing reviews my fellow bloggers on site have given it. Clearly many of you also share the love.

You’re Next revolves around the Davison family who come under a sadistic attack during a family vacation. When Crispian Davison (Bowen) brings his new girlfriend (Vinson) along to celebrate the wedding anniversary of his parents (Moran and Crampton), the family’s evening together is shattered when a gang of mysterious killers begin to hunt the family down with brutal precision.

Unfortunately for the killers however, one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.



Stoker is a truly unique horror movie with a heavy emphasis on intelligent writing and complex characters. There is nothing boring or mundane about Stoker. Its a truly unique psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes.

STOKER focuses on a mother and daughter, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman) and India (Mia Wasikowska). Evelyn’s husband has recently died, and his funeral marks the arrival of Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), a relation that India didn’t even know she had. With Evie increasingly unstable, India is suspicious of the mysterious Charlie’s motives but finds herself drawn to him at the same time.

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MAMA was not one of the most popular choices with our readers but it does make the list. I for one thought that the film was truly spectacular with its fresh take, great visuals and outstanding cast.

Directed by Andrés Muschietti MAMA tells the story of two girls who are abandoned in the woods and somehow manage to survive for years in the wild without anyone looking over them. A spooky and spectacular supernatural tale MAMA is a load of fun.


So there you have it the Best Horror Films of 2013 based off the votes of our readers. Which films did they get right? Which ones do you disagree with? Which ones would you add?


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      1. Samuel Brault-Gauvin November 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        The 2 movie I hate so much are you’re next & curse of chucky…

      2. Kieran Mitchell November 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

        Del Toro didn’t direct Mama lol

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          Horror-Movies.ca November 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

          Thank you for so maturely pointing out that mistake which has been fixed

      3. Tonez Pacheco November 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        American Mary is siiick!!!

        • NanaDonna Castello November 25, 2013 at 5:15 am

          But good.

      4. David McClanahan November 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        American Mary was great! Need more good ones like this

      5. Christopher Michael Biedrzycki November 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

        Curse of Chucky was awesome!

      6. Yolin Lafrenière November 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        Little note, army of darkness 2 isn’t being made, it was just a rumor

      7. Adam Myles November 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        Hey Sylvia Soska =)

      8. Lauren Combs November 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        I havent see half of the movies on the list (mostly because I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend money on tickets for a movie that may suck) but this list has re-kindled my interest on a few I was on the fence about so thanks :) my favorites on the list are the conjuring (I LOVE vera farmiga) & american mary! I gush about AM so much to all my friends. Truly a great film!

      9. Carly Van Peer November 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        American Mary and You’re Next were great.

      10. Satinee Lou Geck Donaldson November 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        I loved Bloody Mary

      11. Kieran Mitchell November 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm


      12. Amy Morgan November 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        To bad Dead Hooker in a Trunk sucked so bad…

      13. Billy Millar November 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

        Sightseers should have made this list.

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          Horror-Movies.ca November 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

          I would imagine that very few people saw it which would be why

        • Billy Millar November 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

          Yeah, it’s a damn shame though. Too often the really good ones get lost in the mix, and overhyped mediocre flicks get everyone bitching about how it wasn’t a good year for Horror. I’m looking at you, The Purge.

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          Horror-Movies.ca November 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

          Billy Millar if WE were never contacted about the film I am not sure how our readers could have seen it in most areas. I agree with you the movie looks SOLID shame it got no push for coverage.

        • Maxwell Dean (Vasquez) November 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

          It didn’t make the list because it is not a horror film. It’s a black comedy, there is a difference.

      14. Giovanni Deldio (@MasterGio) November 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        Mama?! Really?! o_O Where the hell is would you rather? That’s a great and underrated horror film. Oh and Insidious Chapter II was decent, but nothing to write home about.

        • Herner Klenthur November 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm

          I enjoyed Would You Rather but seems you and I are alone in that. Did you vote for it when we asked?

        • Nick Barton November 25, 2013 at 6:14 am

          I loved Would You Rather and would replace WWZ since I wouldn’t consider it so much of a “horror” movie since they turned it into a science fiction film.

      15. Michael kruger November 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        My favorites on this list are the conjuring, the purge, and insidious 2. Also, the ending of mama sucked, seriously curse of cucky, evil dead was a little to gory for my taste, and you are right world war z is not my kinda movie.

        • Deanna Duncan April 3, 2014 at 3:22 am

          I agree 100%!!!

      16. Michael kruger November 24, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        Oh, and Michael kruger is not my real name. It’s just a combation name between Michael Myers and freddy kruger.

      17. Kimberly Simpson November 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        American Mary was good. I don’t think I have seen the others.

      18. Max Valenzuela November 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        This lost me at the conjuring. That movie was a joke, all the hype over nothing.

      19. Mark Comeau November 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        All on this list fail. Truly a bad year for horror.

      20. Maxwell Dean (Vasquez) November 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        It didn’t make the list because it is not a horror film. It’s a black comedy, there is a difference.

      21. Kiki Marmol Guevara November 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        I loved American Mary! Wish there were more movies like this!!

      22. Kerry Grant November 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

        My pick for best of the year is The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. I’m guessing that not enough people watched this one.

      23. tessa. November 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        All mainstream movies, that’s a little sad. I loved The Battery. Jugface. Juan of the Dead. Also, if you haven’t actually seen a movie or are allowing someone elses opinion decide whether you actually bother is sad. Watch it anyway, even if it does suck it’s ok.

        • Herner Klenthur November 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

          Did you vote?

          I agree The Battery and Juan of the Dead sounded awesome but even I DID not see them so I am not sure how a large enough group of readers could have seen them to vote for them.

      24. Mick November 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

        Out of this list Evil Dead, American Mary and The Conjuring made my personal Top 5. The other two are Tall Man (it is a 2012 film for you guys, but was released in Germany in 2013) and Painless aka Insensibles (Spanish movie)

      25. Gregory S. Stubits November 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        All on my must see list. Except WWZ

      26. Esteban Lara November 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        Not impressed with The last will and testament of Rosalind Leigh, the best was Vanessa Redgrave’s voice, the bad was that after a promising beginning in the half way turns flat and dissatisfying

      27. Stephen Waters November 25, 2013 at 3:28 am

        lol…didn’t know that there were 10 horror movies this year worth watching hahahahaha. Yes,..I know I’m being a lil negative here,…but just sayin’. It’s surely been a down year in my eyes.

      28. Amy Ho November 25, 2013 at 3:43 am

        Chucky and Evil Dead shouldn’t be on there! They were both crap!

      29. NanaDonna Castello November 25, 2013 at 5:14 am

        Is the picture “American Mary”? I liked that movie. I watched “Maniac’on streaming on Netflix. That movie was excellent. Elijah Wood was NOT Mr. Frodo in that movie.

      30. Nick Barton November 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

        I guess I’m not as discerning as many I’ve watched most of these except for The Purge, Stoker, and Your Next and while I like most of the indie horror films I enjoyed these just as much for the acting and effort put into them. I don’t need gore and while I agree that WWZ wasn’t a straight up traditional zombie flick I enjoyed it for what it was but it wouldn’t have made my top 10. I was surprised at the quality of Chucky since it was a straight to DVD I expected it to be much like the last few outings but it was much better than the last couple of films and could have made a good run at the theaters if marketed correctly.

      31. Aaron Pynn November 25, 2013 at 6:43 am

        World War Z doesn’t belong on this list, neither does the Purge. Would You Rather does however belong here

      32. Scott Barnett November 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

        I wasn’t impressed with the purge. ..thought no one lives was way better

      33. richie November 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

        U forgot the lords of salem which was rather creepy

        • Herner Klenthur November 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

          Sorry how did ‘I forget’ ?

      34. Brandon November 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        Not sure why Evil Dead is taking such a bashing.. The flick had great effects, pretty good acting, good story for what it was.. I will say the opening was weak, the feel of it just didn’t match the rest of the movie.. As far as The Conjuring goes I loved the flick, but I can understand why some didn’t like it.. It’s an old style horror film, not really built for the CW crowd.

      35. Kera Ayers November 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        Love American Mary

      36. Kera Ayers November 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Btw mama was a joke

      37. Larry Brown November 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm

        Wow insidious purge world war z & stoker? On the best list that’s dusturbing

      38. Chad Harry November 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

        The list is cool with me I had something to like about every film on here. The Conjuring was just awesome old school horror. Curse of Chucky was way way better than I could have imagined. THE EVIL DEAD was fun. The last 30 minutes are an insane ride through hell. The Purge could have been better but maybe they can fix that with the sequel. I admit there was a ton of cooler/better horror films released but None of them got pushed out there by the studios like the ones on thia list.

      39. Cate November 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        The best moment of World War Z was seeing Peter Capaldi’s credit as “WHO Doctor”, but as for replacing that movie with Would You Rather… I would rather not. Boring, some poor acting, predictable. The Last Testament of Rosalind Leigh was better than some films on the list, I just don’t think enough people saw it.

      40. Justin Haaksma November 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        Of those 10, I only saw 3. Of those 3, I’d only rewatch 1.

      41. Jim VanBebber November 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        The Purge was one of the worst movies ever made!!! They took a great idea and turned it into a liberal steaming dung pile!!! The rest of the list was spot on.

      42. Jennacide November 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        World War Z was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. I want those 2 hours of my life back.

        • Jennacide November 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

          On the other hand, Maniac was incredible, and my personal choice for best horror movie of 2013. The music in it was mindblowingly awesome!! I also have a soft spot for Elijah Wood lol.

      43. Michael kruger November 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        I have that movie on DVD, but I have not seen it yet.

      44. Michael kruger November 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        Sorry, this was supposed to be a reply on a comment about the last will and testament of Rosalind Leigh.

      45. dricki (@dudewtfever) November 26, 2013 at 12:03 am

        i still haven’t see you’re next. i really want to watch it but for some reason i always feel like im going to be really disappointed.

      46. Benjamin Camden November 26, 2013 at 4:37 am

        Eh, okay list. This year was kind of dull for horror movies, I would’ve thrown Macabre (Indonesian), The Battery and VHS 2 (for Safe Haven alone)

      47. Tiago November 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

        Dark Skies and Hatchet III should be on that list.

      48. Priscilla Crush December 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        i’m totally confused…i saw american mary in 2012 at a fright festival…

        • Herner Klenthur December 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

          When was it released for the rest of the world to see it? A festival showing doesnt make it a 2012 movie :)

      49. Kay December 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        It’s “lo and behold,” not low and hold . . .

      50. Amanda December 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

        Yeahhhh Dark Skies seems to be kind of forgettable to most people but I freakin loved it. IMO it deserves to be on this list more than some. Oh well! That’s where my commentary ends tho because I could go all day lol

      51. Peter Goesinya December 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

        What a sad year for horror. Give me a break, Not did wORLD wAR Z suck as a movie, but as a zombie movie it sucked hairy nutt sack. Stoker? = GAY WITH AIDS! The purge? is it a horror movie? The only one I haven’t seen is Curse of Chucky and the only 2 that deserve to be on this list are Mama and EVIL DEAD. The rest suck just not as bad as the ones I mentioned at the top.

      52. Ryan December 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        I liked Insdious 2 and the Conjuring alot