Must-See Horror Movies Of 2013
The Ghost Diaries recently rated the best horror films of 2012. Now that a new year is upon us, it’s time to look forward, into the darkness. So far, 2013 looks like it’s going to be a mind-blowing year for horror films. This is the most excited we’ve been in years to see what Hollywood can scare up on the silver screen. In fact, we’re anticipating this year to propel the genre into a new golden age of horror cinema. Some of the best horror directors around are set to unleash films this year: Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, Del Toro, Chan-wook Park, and Sam Raimi, to name just a few.
Without further ado, the following films are essential horror viewing for 2013!
The Evil Dead
The new Evil Dead remake looks incredibly promising in comparison to the hundreds of remakes that are soullessly churned out by Hollywood studios. With the presence of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell as producers we have faith that this film will deliver on the promise of its trailer, which looks like a respectably contemporary take on the original. We’re also excited to say that the balance between camp and genuine scares looks to lean towards the latter. We’re ready to see this one now and have been rewatching the original Evil Dead movies. As far as collectibles go, we’re not ashamed to admit we own the Book of the Dead…
In theaters April 12th
James Wan’s is releasing his “true life” haunted house movie this summer with The Conjuring. The film is already garnering a huge amount of hype due to gaining an R-rating because the MPAA deemed it “too scary” to give it a PG-13 rating. We have to tip our hats to Wan because he is obviously paying homage to the 70s and 80s ghosts flicks plus we love the soundtrack of the trailer. Did we mention it’s based on a true story?
Intrigued? We are.
In theaters July 19
Guillermo del Toro is the executive producer on this new supernatural thriller so you know abject creepiness is guaranteed, though we think the trailer is a little too revealing.
In theaters January 18th
Following in the footsteps of The Strangers and Funny Games comes the new trailer for You’re Next- and it’s a good sell. This home invasion film has been receiving much hype from the festival circuit. Although, we find it slightly hilarious that they show 6 of the characters getting killed in the trailer…kind of takes away the mystery a little bit.
In theaters August 1st
The first trailer for director Kimberly Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) remake of Carrie has been released and it’s a doozy. Actress Chloe Moretz who plays Carrie, revealed that the film will be “darker and much more psychological” and will be more of an adaptation of the book than a remake. We’re counting down the seconds till this one’s released.
In theaters in October
High up on our 2013 horror movie must-see list is Stoker. It’s from the director of Oldboy, which is an immediate sign of deranged genius. When the first trailer for Stoker landed a few weeks ago, we were pretty much sold. The trailer weaves together haunting, yet beautiful, imagery that’s reminiscent of Hitchcock’s expressionism.
In theaters on March 1st
Lords Of Salem
When it comes to his career as a writer and director of horror films, Rob Zombie–director of The Devil’s Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses–is incredibly controversial among horror fans. You either love his films or hate them. His newest film looks fairly intriguing on a stylistic level–not unlike a Smashing Pumpkins music video–and disturbing as hell. It shows witches being burned at the stake, satanic rituals, and a lady licking a baby.
In theaters April 26th
We’re hoping the director of Session 9 can pull off his new high concept thriller The Call. It doesn’t appear to be the most original premise in the world but the scene of Abigail Breslin struggling to escape the trunk looks particularly promising. If this film can even come close to holding a candle to Session 9…I think we’ll be satisfied.
In theaters on March 15th
Eli Roth is set to release his twisted take on the cannibal genre with THE GREEN INFERNO this year. Just one glance of this still and we’re already sold. The story is about “a group of student activists who travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, only to crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they are trying to save.” Things will definitely get messy, but would you expect anything less from Eli Roth?
In theaters in 2013
The Paranormal Activity producer has detoured from the found footage genre in an attempt to bring us a sci-fi horror spectacular. This film is from the director of Priest and Legion…so quite honestly we’re a little skeptical about this one. It kind of looks like a better version of Signs, but you be the judge.
In theaters February 22
This horror cult classic remake has been receiving much praise on the festival circuits. It’s shot almost entirely from the first-person perspective of the killer who is played by none other than …Elijah Wood. The story revolves around a disturbed man who cuts off the scalps of women and takes them back to his mannequin collection. We’re eagerly awaiting this film as its supposed to keep faithful to the original story while adding its own twisted inventiveness. The 80s electronic soundtrack is supposed to be awesome as well.
In Theaters 2013
The Last Exorcism Part 2
It’s been over two years since we were blown away by The Last Exorcism. This smart and scary little horror movie showed us that surprises could still be had from a genre that had just released two Paranormal Activity sequels in one year. With Eli Roth as Producer this film is shaping up to be a solid sequel. After watching the new trailer however…were a little disappointed it’s not in found footage format.
In Theaters March 1
Japanese director Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) gives us a whole new reason to be scared of air travel in his latest supernatural thriller 7500. We don’t know much except that it’s a story of a group of passengers who encounter what appears to be a supernatural force while on a transpacific flight. This movie looks absolutely terrifying, especially if, like us, you’re already bone-shiveringly scared of flying to begin with.
In theaters August 31
War World Z
We’re not entirely sure how we feel about the trailer for War World Z. Besides the PG-13 rating, this movie looks more like a Roland Emmerich-worthy disaster flick than the incredibly creepy zombie apocalypse tribute warranted by Max Brooks best-selling book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. We’re just going to pretend this isn’t War World Z and that it’s just a generic, high-budget, zombie action flick with Brad Pitt, which is to say we’re going to see it regardless.
The producers of District 9 are releasing a promising looking haunted house movie this fall. They have a really creepy blog up for the film, which you should check out. http://morellohouse.com/
In theaters Oct. 13th
Insidious Chapter 2
We don’t know much about Insidious 2 except that director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell are once again joining forces for a follow-up to one of the best horror films of 2011. We can’t wait for this one!
Notice that new Texas Chainsaw is not on this list. We’re going to see it this weekend and will let you know if we’ve made a mistake. We’ll be adding to this list in the months ahead as more details and release dates surface. In the meantime, apprise us of any great-looking horror films set for a 2013 release that are not on this list.