We are already in the second half of 2013, so I thought it would be a good time to start my Best Horror Movies of 2013 list.
For movies to be on this list they have to have been released (theatre, VOD, DTV…) in 2013. I’m using IMDb for validation when in doubt (especially for non-english movies). Of course the movies I haven’t seen yet are not on the list and therefore this page will be updated throughout the year.
At the end of 2013, this list will be put in a TOP 10 Horror movies of 2013 format. Until then, the list is in no particular order.
Berberian Sound Studio
I know that not everybody will agree with this pick. A lot of people found Berberian Sound Studio to be a snorefest with no real plot. For me though, the movie worked as a tribute to the senses. The use of sounds and great editing make it an experience not to be missed, especially for movie students and Giallo lovers.
John Dies at the End
I have to put Don Coscarelli’s amazing weird piece of cinema in this list. Not a conventional horror movie by any means but a fun ride chock full of crazy ideas and visuals, despite a very limited budget. Don Coscarelli proves once again he is one of the true Master of Horror.
Evil Dead 2013
I have put the Evil Dead remake on this list for the time being as for many (including our own Neoli), it is one of the best horror movies of the year. As far as I am concerned, Evil Dead 2013 is an underwhelming movie that tries too hard and lacks the fun of the original film. For this reason, It probably won’t be on my Top 10 list at the end of the year.
No One Lives
Another one that will raise some eyebrows. For me No One Lives was a fun ride and I just enjoyed the ludicrous kills, crazy plot and over the top acting. Sometimes you just need your horror movies to be fun and brainless and No One Lives certainly is both.
The best PG13 horror movie of the year so far for me. It gave me some chills, it was nicely shot and well acted. What more do you need from a family-friendly horror movie?
The best of the year so far, period. Directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have created what will surely become a cult classic that will be revisited for years to come. The attention to details (from the settings to the dialogue) is phenomenal and the tension and chills are some of the best recently seen on screen. There is no other movie this year that left such a deep impression on me.
One of the best found footage movie ever, and one of the top horror movie sequel as well. V/H/S 2 improves on everything when compared to the first movie. Brilliant segments especially the unmissable short from directors Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto.
The Soska sisters stepped up their game with this excellent Rape Revenge Flick. With a kickass performance from Khatarine Isabelle, some inspired torture scenes and great cinematography, American Mary is one of the best Indie Horror of 2013.
The ABC’s of Death
The first horror anthology of the year was also the most ambitious with no less than 26 segments each with a different director, each around a different letter of the alphabet. While some of them are weak of just plain weird/gross (mostly the japanese ones) there are a few gems, in particular Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre, V/H/S 2) “L for Libido” and Marcel Sarmiento’s (DeadGirl) “D for Dogfight”, easily two of the best horror shorts ever made. If not for V/H/S 2, this would have been the best horror anthology of the year.
This is by far the highest grossing movie of the list in the US. A frightening story by none other than James Wan (Saw, Insidious) who seems to become better with each movie. Will probably end up on top of many best of horror lists in 2013.
Technically, this movie should belong to the 2011 horror movies list. But since it has been released in theaters only this year (and I’ve just watched it) I’m including it into the 2013 list. You’re Next is an awesome Home Invasion Movie filled with action, dark humor and a few twists. Forget about The Purge and go watch that one instead.
Pee Mak Phrakanong
I could not end this list without mentioning Pee Mak, the highest grossing movie ever in Thailand. King of the horror comedy Pee Mak is an exciting mix between traditional thai ghost movies and slapstick comedy. Loved the characters and the story. Not to be missed .
Now it’s your turn, do you agree with this list of Top Horror Movies for 2013. Which movies you believe should be on here, which one shouldn’t? Speak your mind in the comments!