So I figured since last year I did a top 12 that I would continue on and do a top 13! Did you miss my top 12 of 2012? well you can check that article out here! I really want to start this article off by not only thanking my fans for their continuing support but also to state that 2013 was a fantastic year for me and the site has grown so much more that I thought it would. I haven’t been to many conventions but the ones I have attended have been loads of fun and I look forward to attending many more in the future! I went from running a small site that not many people knew about to being accepted as Press at two different conventions ( Twisted Fears Horror Weekend and Walker Stalker Con) , i’ve met so many awesome people within the Horror industry and made some amazing friends along the way. I hope that you all continue to follow us into 2013, now onto the list!
Mama had the unfortunate luck of being a January release and thus one of the first Horror films of the year. The film had a great premise and was made from a short film; that being said the film was maybe a bit too long and the big reveal left quite a bit to be desired. I enjoyed the film a lot until the last 10-15 minutes, still the film is definitely worth a view. Read my full review here!
Warm Bodies is a fantastic blend of Horror and Romance, I’m really not a romance lover myself. I loved the fact it had that inner monologue that most movie adaptations seem to miss from the books. Not to mention Nicholas Hoult absolutely killed it! This is the perfect date movie so if you’re looking for something to do with zombies that isn’t very scary then this is the one for you! Read my full review here!
11. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was a surprise hit with a lot of people, I always thought it looks really cool. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton both had really strong performances, but Derek Mears absolutely killed it as Edward the troll. I’m not the only one who thought so since the film is getting a sequel! Maybe we will see a growing trend of more adult Fairy Tales? That would be interesting. Read my full review here!
V/H/S/2 is the sequel to 2012’s V/H/S and is another anthology with quite a few better short films than the first movie. A lot of crazy moments really make this one of the freakiest films this year! My favorite film was the zombie with the go pro camera strapped to him, that was just genius film making in my opinion. Check out my full review here!
9. We Are What We Are
We Are What We Are is a remake of a spanish film of the same name (when translated). The movie is very slow at the beginning but quickly picks up and has a very crazy ending that’s slightly unexpected; amazing performances all around this flick and a very surprising film, not on many peoples lists either. Weird rituals and cannibalistic ways are what make this film stand out, if you’ve ever seen other films about cannibals you will be able to tell just how much thought was put into their actions. Read my full review here!
8. American Mary
American Mary is on just about every Horror fan’s top list this year and for good reason. Katharine Isabelle’s performance was legendary and even better than the Ginger Snaps films that she is known for. The film starts out as any film would but quickly gets darker and much more sinister than you would expect, it’s on netflix so definitely give it a look. Read my full review here!
Maniac is a fantastic film told in first person and starring Elijah Wood. This is by far Wood’s best performance, i mean shit he is pretty creepy in this film and rather sinister. For the life of me i can’t remember if I saw the original or not, but i’ll have to track it down; for now this film was fantastic and should be viewed by all Horror fans. Netflix has this streaming right now so go watch it! Read my full review here!
6.Curse of Chucky
Curse of Chucky is everyone’s favorite killer dolls big come back to the genre. The film doesn’t exactly ignore Bride or Seed but doesn’t full acknowledge them either; instead this is a whole new story that gives us a bit of background on Charles Lee Ray before he became a doll. I think this film actualy could have done well in theaters but apparently did very well on Blu Ray and DVD since there’s a sequel in the works. If you love Child’s Play then you must check this one out. Read my full review here!
5. Evil Dead
Evil Dead is of course a remake of Raimi’s classic film The Evil Dead with lots of differences within the film as well as many similarities. This one got lots of hate from purists for having “mindless gore” and basically all of the things the original film was known for! People don’t realize the original was not meant to be funny. I think this is by far one of the best remakes we have ever gotten and I enjoy the film immensely. Check out my full review Here!
4. Hatchet III
Hatchet 3 is the conclusion of the Hatchet trilogy by Adam Green, I love the series for basically making a new version of an 80’s slasher. I love that Zach Galligan was in it and Kane Hodder is still amazing as Victor Crowley, of course Danielle Harris is as lovely as ever and Derek Mears is fantastic! I apparently love every film that Adam Green has made and probably looked like the biggest fanboy ever when I met him at Walker Stalker Con. If you like the two previous films then you must see this one as well, the kills are fantastic. Read my full review here!
The Conjuring is yet another micro budget horror film by James Wan and it is fantastic. Based on a true story about famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren and it truly has some jumpy moments and will likely effect you long after viewing if you truly believe in ghosts. James Wan has really found his niche and continues to put out quality films, this one is definitely worth checking out.I have heard of a sequel in the works based around the annabell doll at the beginning of the film. Read my full review here!
2. Insidious: Chapter 2
Insidious: Chapter 2 is the sequel to the phenomenal film Insidious, another James Wan film! Leigh Whannel who also plays Specs in the film wrote the screenplay and is fantastic at it! I love both films and this one fits perfectly with the first movie, a lot of times sequels do not live up to the original or just don’t share very many things with it but this one was masterfully crafted to work hand in hand with the first movie. I can’t wait until the third one which is already in the works. Read my full review here!
1. You’re Next
You’re Next is one of those films that comes out of nowhere and takes the whole genre by storm. It is fairly reminiscent of The strangers but it is far from being in the same vein; the only similarities being the killers wear masks and they invade someone’s home. The movie is very fast paced and has a few twists within it that makes it so much fun to watch. Sharni Vinson’s performance is phenomenal and goes to show that the Horror genre is full of strong and capable female characters. Read my full review here!
Honorable mentions: Carrie, Bad Milo!, World War Z, Dark Skies, Kiss of the Damned, John Dies at the End, Detention of the Dead.
So that’s my top 13 of 2013, what do you boils and ghouls think? sound off in the comments. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings to the genre, also I will be attending Days of the Dead Atlanta February 7-9 so look forward to an article about that and come hang out with me!