Top 10 Horror Movies From 2013 For Halloween

top 10 horror movies from 2013 for halloween

I saw a lot of movies this year, whether for this site or just for the hell of it, but the one genre I love the most is horror. So here’s a quick rundown of my top 10 favorite horror movies from 2013 that you can watch this Halloween. Please feel free to complain or bitch about the list in the comments below, as I know there will be people that disagree with me, but if you’re going to ridicule the list, make sure you provide your top movies so we can at least have a semi-logical conversation about it.

Top 10 Horror Movies From 2013 For Halloween

10. The Purge

Not exactly full blown horror, but I thought The Purge was a decent flick. The government has made all crime legal for one 12 hour period a year. The rich can afford security systems, but the poor cannot. Although it was a bit predictable, I thought it was good enough to mention. I would suggest “The Strangers” over The Purge if you had a choice, but The Strangers didn’t come out in 2013, so I can’t really add that to this list.

9. Hell Baby

 

Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb star in this horror/comedy about a couple that moves into a big, old house, only to have strange things start happening. I was a little let down with this movie, only because I think I had too high of expectations after hearing about it on podcasts for so long. You do get to see Riki Lindhome fully nude for a solid 5 minutes, so that’s cool, if you’re into super skinny chicks, but other than that I found the funniest part of the whole movie to be Kumail Nanjani’s slow walk to his delivery truck after getting stoned.

8. Cockneys vs. Zombies

Technically from 2012, but I don’t think it made it stateside until 2013, this is another horror comedy, but this time with zombies. It’s sort of in the same vein as Shaun of the Dead, but not quite that good… It’s still fun to watch, but it’s hard to top Shaun of the Dead. It’s basically zombies in England… easiest way to describe it.

7. Aftershock

Eli Roth presents, and stars, in this Chilean horror flick, which again may have come out in 2012, but just recently made it to the states. I watched this the other night and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s got a good amount of humor mixed in with the action/horror, and it’s not torture-porn like we’re used to from Eli Roth. The movie centers around a group of friends in Chlie as they are trying to survive after an earthquake frees a bunch of prisoners who were being held captive in a local prison.

6. Mama

The Spanish-American film executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro that didn’t quite live up to expectations. Two young girls are left to fend for themselves in the woods after the car they were riding in with their father crashes, leaving them lost and scared. They take refuge in a cabin inhabited by a spirit known only as “mama”. Eventually the girls are found by their uncle and brought to live with him and his girlfriend, but “mama” isn’t quite ready to let them go. The movie did a good job of creating a pretty creepy atmosphere, but every time “mama” was on screen it just brought me out of it.

5. VHS 2

The sequel to the anthology based horror film “VHS”, VHS 2 follows the same premise. Five different directors take turns at directing 5 different horror short stories. The whole film is tied together with an overall plot line that links everything loosely together. I thought VHS was super creative and genuinely fun to watch. VHS 2 is just as good, but like the original there are still some stories I liked more than others. This is definitely not a hollywood movie, so if that’s what you’re looking for, I would steer clear of this one. But if you want something different, or you were a fan of the original VHS, give this one a chance.

4. You’re Next

This movie was actually made in 2011, but didn’t hit theaters in the US until 2013, so it still fits the criteria. You’re Next follows a family that comes together for the weekend at their little woodland retreat house only to be brutally hunted down by a group of animal-masked killers. While watching this in the theaters I couldn’t help but get caught up on how bad the acting was, especially with the mother and father characters. The main girl character, Sharni Vinson, who was also the lead in Step Up 3D, was the only decent actor out of all of them, but her back story was a little too far fetched for me. The horror aspects, the tone and the pacing of the flick all worked for me even if the ending is super predictable.

3. Insidious Chapter 2

Picking up right where the first one left off, Insidious Chapter 2 does a great job of continuing this creepy franchise. Insidious was one of my favorite horror movies a few years back and Insidious Chapter 2, while not as great as the original, does a great job of being a solid sequel. It’s a little more grounded than Insidious was, only because James Wan had just come off The Conjuring, which also made this list a little further down. I’ll continue to say this, James Wan is a master of horror and I think as the years go by you’ll start hearing his name mentioned in the same sentences as Wes Craven and John Carpenter.

2. Evil Dead

A “reimagining” of the 1981 cult classic “The Evil Dead”. I, like many, was extremely skeptical of this flick when I first heard it was being rebooted, but after seeing it a few times, I actually really enjoy it. If you’re looking for the campiness of the original you’re going to be very disappointed. Go into this flick with the mindset that it’s a totally different take on the same overall story. There is no Ash character, it’s more grounded in reality, it’s bloody, it’s gruesome and it’s gritty. It also has the blessing of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell as they acted as producers on the flick, so that should ease your mind a bit. You’ll recognize some familiar scenes, but the director brought a lot of new elements to the flick as well.

1. The Conjuring

Of course my number 1 pick for horror movies from 2013 is another James Wan flick. Unlike SAW and even Insidious to a degree, The Conjuring tries to base everything in reality and set the mood using creative storytelling… and it does a phenomenal job. I love movies where my skin starts to crawl as a character is slowly walking through a dimly lit house inhabited by demons. You never know when something is going to jump out, you never know when something is going to come crashing down. You expect these things to happen so you’re always on edge waiting for it, but it never happens when you expect it. I said it above and I’ll say it again, James Wan is a genius. I just don’t know about his move to the Fast and Furious franchise, but we’ll see how that goes. The Conjuring is basically a “haunting/possession” story at it’s core. It has great elements of a haunted house as well as exorcisms. This is by far my favorite horror movie of the year.

Not Seen Horror from 2013

Here’s a quick list of horror movies from 2013 that I haven’t gotten around to seeing yet, so they could have made the list, but I didn’t feel it was fair to add them without watching them.

  • The Last Exorcism 2
  • John Dies at the End
  • Maniac
  • Lords of Salem

I know a lot of you aren’t going to agree with this list, so please let us know what your favorite horror movies of 2013 were in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.