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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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?