Most welcomed Horror of 2013
The year was 2013 and we have officially survived the Mayan apocalypse, so you better believe that anything could be possible in MMXIII. We were privileged enough to be acquainted to several little guilty pleasures, some of the most compelling zombie apocalypse, alien domination movies, we were provided unlimited supply of purely terrifying supernatural tales and the likes of S-VHS. What can I say? 2013 was indeed a very juicy year for horror movies; unfortunately only the thirteen titles below were handpicked for the Best Horror Movies 2013 list. If you do not see your favorite or disagree with the list do not hold it in, drop us a line below. Each title is available for purchase through Amazon by clicking on the mini posters.
1) The Conjuring:
Why: Based on the Warren Files, specifically the one about the Perrons' haunted farm house. In 1971, the Perrons had just moved into their farm house and almost instantly paranormal activities ensued. As a result, they called for the Warrens, who are a bonafide demonologist and medium couple, for a seance. It's revealed there is an evil spirit lurking in the deepest corners of the house in the search of a shell to possess to facilitate murdering everyone in its path.
Two cents: Creepy Annabelle (the possessed doll) stole every single scenes she appeared in, she might as well get her own spinoff. The Conjuring is not your typical witchhunt, possession, exorcism movie. This witch has some fire power, scary as hell and not shy about choking a youth to death. Moreover, the Warrens are completely invested, so much so that I found myself rooting for them!
Vividly terrifying: Affirmative!
Cast: Lili Taylor, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingstone, Patrick Wilson
Directors and Writers: James Wan and Chad & Carey Hayes
2) Dark Skies:
Why: Alien Abduction has never looked so darn horrifying. I felt chills go down my spine throughout the whole showing. It did remind me of The Forgotten and Signs but the performances were so ground-breaking, so well delivered, I could not plug my eyes off the silver screen.
Two cents: Keri made a believer out of me. Her facial expressions really sold me. Great suspense and twist ending.
Extra-terrestrially over the top: Hell ya!
Cast: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, J.K. Simmons
Directors and Writers: Scott Stewart
3) The Purge:
Why: This story follows the Sandin family who falls prey of a purging gang. The patriarch is a very successful home security salesman, who appears to be liked by his neighbors. The year is 2022 and the United States have officially been reborn with virtually no crimes recorded. US citizens have been conditioned to inflict or partake in activities, our society have deemed criminal, only during an annual pre-selected 12-hour period where the Nation gets to legally release their regressed tendencies by purging (murdering, raping, robbing etc...) on whoever with the exception of ranking government officials in the grade of 10 or higher.
Two cents: The Purge may secretly be everyone's guilty pleasure but if no one ever open up about it. We shall never know.
Safe purging: All 12 allocated hours!
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Marx Burkholder, Adelaide Kane
Directors and Writers: James DeMonaco
Why: Alien Abduction has never looked so darn horrifying. I felt chills go down my spine throughout the whole showing. It did remind me of The Forgotten and Signs but the performances were so ground-breaking, so well delivered, I could not plug my eyes off the silver screen
Two cents: Keri made a believer out of me. Her facial expressions really sold me. Very great perform
Extra-terrestrially over the top: Hell y
Cast: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, J.K. S
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4) You're Next:
Why: You're Next is about this dysfunctional family reunion that ends up fatally gruesome for all involved. I love Sharni's performance in this movie, chick factor alert.
Two cents: Honestly this movie caught me by surprise, unexpected top shelf delivery, very fast-paced, very bloody, very raw, very graphic.
Backaxing to the Max: All bloodline at risk!
Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A.J. Bowen
Directors and Writers: Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett and
5) World War Z:
Why: World War Z revolves around Gerry Lane, a former very capable UN investigator constrained to travel the world to find the cure against a zombie-pandemic.
Two cents: Although most Max Brooks fans would argue that they were appalled by this mild adaptation of the guide, I can assure you there is a valid reason why this film grossed over half a billion worldwide. It contained the shock value, great performances by Brad Pitt and Daniella Kertesz and an uniquely compelling storyline.
Apocalyptically shocking: Zombies Scaling!
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Daniella Kertesz
Directors and Writers: Marc Forster and Matthew Michael Carnahan MatM
6) Evil Dead:
Why: Evil Dead follows the agonizing last hours of a group of friends who gets cornered in a possessed cabin in the middle of nowhere (keeping true to the original story but with more spunk and more bloodshed).
Two cents: Scared the pants off of me, I expected gore, I expected raw, I expected complete debauchery but I did not expect this level of horror. I hate remakes but I can officially say this one is worth your precious time if you are a fan of gore.
Basements are quintessentially evilbound: Hell ya!
Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas
Directors and Writers: Fede Alvarez and Fodo SayaguesFod
7) We are what we are:
Why: We are what we are makes no excuses, push boundaries and presents to the world what Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, could actually have done to free himself from his domineering, demanding, abusive, viscious flesh-eating family.
Two cents: A remake of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name with minor character changes - Although I liked the ending of the former version better but I was truly creeped out by the direction of this storyline.
Parricide in the worst way: Great hunger is synonymous with deep Anger!
Cast: Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Kelly McGillis
Directors and Writers: Jim Mickle and Nick Damici
Why: On a snowy day, two very young sisters are saved by an obscure figure from the hands of their distraught homicidal and suicidal father. Years later, under the persistence of their uncle, the girls are found in an uncivilized state and their uncle is quickly given custody. Problem is, they did not come alone.
Two cents: Mama was a "brains" to the wall depiction of what maternal love can truly achieve and that a nurturing mother may come in many shapes and forms. Isabelle Nelisse was superb playing the character of Lilly, the feral younger sister.
Mamafied: Hell ya!
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse
Directors and Writers: Andres & Barbara Muschietti and Neil Cross
9) Curse of Chucky:
Why: Chucky is not only very disturbing but he also has a serious case of sailor's mouth syndrome. I positively think I cannot ever outgrow this possessed boy doll, even now that I am in my thirtys.
Two cents: Chucky is always going to remain the scariest children toy ever.
Fun size: But there is nothing funny about it!
Cast: Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Brennan Elliott, A Martinez
Directors and Writers: Don Mancini
10) Would you Rather:
Why: When the life of your loved ones is hanging in the balance of you playing a rather unusually wickedly revised version of a mind game, would you play along and win or overanalyze everything and wimp out?
Two cents: Would you rather... is a racy game dealing mostly with simple but daring themes, but who would have ever thought that some people could twist it for their own maniacal purposes.
Sick and demented: Hell ya!
Cast: Brittany Snow, Sasha Grey, Jeffrey Combs, John Heard
Directors: David Guy Levy
11) Insidious Chapter II:
Why: A great follow up to the former film, started exactly from where the previous film left of. I thought I would be immune to James Wan's scare tactics by now, unfortunately I am doomed and I am certain a vast majority of horror fans out there are under James Wan's insidious spell as well.
Two cents: Never lost an ounce of suspense.
To The Further and back: lost count
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Josh Hamilton, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye
Directors and Writers: James Wan
Why: A remake of the former adaptation of Stephen King's titular book. Carrie White has never been so mercilessly vengeful in this new adaptation of King's story about a "special" young girl's starvation from a normal teenage life and the aftermath.
Two cents: Julianne Moore portrayed the overly religious crazed J fanatic of a mother to a T.
Extremely red: Hell ya!
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday
Directors and Writers: Kimberley Peirce
13) V/H/S/ 2:
Why: A terrific cast of writers and actors showcasing an anthology of five interconnected short horror stories with a subtle jab at the epilogue.
Two cents: 5 short horror tales with enough juice to be graduated into their own feature films. The Greys are coming!
Overflowing with creepfest: Hell ya!
Cast: 31 castmembers of these five short horror-filled tales
Directors and Writers: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahanto, Garett Huw Evans, Jason Eisener
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