My 15 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2013

With 2012 officially behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to what the new year has in store for us horror lovers. While 2012 had it’s good and bad; 2013 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year with everything from a from a few remakes of horror classics to Park Chan-wook’s first english language debut.

Under each plot synopsis I’ve added a link [more on the film] that you guys can click if you’d like to watch a trailer or find out more details on each of these films. Now let’s get to it. We’ve got vampires, demons, cannibals, zombies, an angry girl with telekinetic powers and so much more. So sit back, relax and join me on the list of my 15 most anticipated horror films of 2013.

World-War-Z-Movie #15 – World War Z

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

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#14 – This Is the End

Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel star as themselves along with Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson in this end of the world comedy that finds all the actors hiding out withJames Franco in his apartment as the apocalypse decimates L.A. outside. Featuring cameos by Jason Segel and Emma Watson, the Sony Pictures pic features the directing debuts of Rogen and frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg.

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#13 – Byzantium

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

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#12 – Frankenstein’s Army

Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades — a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.

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#11 – Horns

The film follows Ig Perrish, the prime suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend. Hung-over from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and to exact revenge on her killer.

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#10 – The Green Inferno

Drawing inspiration from Ruggero Deodato’s controversial Cannibal Holocaust comes Eli Roth’s return to horror with a film that follows student activists from New York City that travel to the remote jungles of Peru in order to stage a protest but instead encounter a tribe of cannibals.

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#9 – The Conjuring

The film tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

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#8 – Mama

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

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#7 – The Lords of Salem

Heidi, a radio station DJ, receives a wooden box containing a record. Heidi listens and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of Salem’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad or are the Lords of Salem returning for revenge on modern day Salem?

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#6 – You’re Next

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

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#5 – The World’s End

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

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#4 – Carrie

Carrie White is a lonely and awkward teen who is constantly bullied at school by her peers, and beaten at home at the hands of her religious mother. But Carrie has a secret: She’s been blessed with the terrifying power of telekinesis; and when her peers decide to pull a prank on her at prom, they’ll soon learn a deadly lesson: If you play with fire, you get burned.

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#3 – Oldboy

An everyday man has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 15 years without any explanation.

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#2 – Stoker

After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

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#1 – Evil Dead

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

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Take a moment and vote on which of these films you are most looking forward to and let me know why in the comments below.

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39 thoughts on “My 15 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2013

  1. Well then. I thought 2013 was going to be the year for sci-fi but with this list, I have to give the horror genre some credit. Great looking titles, some I haven’t even heard of yet. You’re Next, in particular, looks interesting. The Strangers was a film that creeped me the fuck out, so seeing something follow that formula effectively will most likely do the same. Thanks for the list!

    1. No problem Nick! Yes, the horror genre is really looking pretty good for 2013. Most of these will probably be disappointments but theres definitely a few that I have HIGH hopes for, particularly Stoker and Evil Dead. You’re Next was a film that premiered at festivals a couple of years ago and people absolutely loved it. It went through a bidding war for its distribution rights and kind of got lost in the shuffle. It now has a release date though and all signs are pointing to it being amazing.

  2. Awesome list, I’d never even heard of most of these. For me it’s a tie between World War Z and The World’s End, but I chose the World’s End because I’m such a huge edgar wright fan. The Evil Dead movie has a lot of promise though, it’s going to be disturbing to see what they do with modern gore effects

    1. Those r two good picks! Can’t go wrong with Edgar Wright tho. Evil Dead has a lot riding on it and you’re completely right about the better gore effects. This is the version of evil dead that raimi and Campbell simply couldn’t make before.

  3. Solid list! I like the how most of these are horror/suspense. The Conjuring and Stoker look great so far. I am putting one together myself right now. Have you seen the trailer yet for Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace? That one looks pretty cool

    1. Nice man, looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Early buzz for The Conjuring is that it’s Wan’s best film to date which definitely catches my interest. I did see the trailer for Dead Man Down and you’re right, it totally looks badass. I loved the Pink Floyd cover in the trailer as well. Awesome!

  4. I can’t vote just yet b/c I haven’t seen a trailer for all of these, but based on the ones I have seen a trailer of I would vote “Mama”.

    And I don’t care what anyone says, I loved “The Last Exorcism” as I felt it was really creative, and creepy; so, I am really looking forward to the sequel. I hope they wrote a quality script.

    Most of these on this list do sound pretty good. It’s just all in the execution; as with The Last Exorcism sequel, I hope these scripts are well written, and the directors followed suit.

  5. *Also, there’s an Insidious sequel coming out in August; looking forward to that!

    And stumbled upon this other low budget horror called “Haunt” that sounds interesting, set to come out in October.

  6. Great list Ryan. Voted for Oldboy, purely as the original is one of my all time favourites and I cant wait to see this take on it. 🙂 2013 will be a great year for us horror fans!

    1. Great choice Tyson. I’m really excited for Oldboy as well. I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people. At least I hope so anyways.

  7. I dont know how is the reaction for you guys up in america. But down here in south america we do not appreciate the many remakes mostly from recent movies like OLDBOY that are coming out, but i really enjoyed your list and website. Congratulations man..

    1. Hahah! Exactly. There’s a lot to chose from but it looks like Evil Dead has been the popular choice out of all of them. I’m curious to see how Horns turns out because that is one hell of a story.

      1. Have you read the book? I would have chosen Heart Shaped Box myself, but it’ll be interesting to see if Radcliffe pulls it off

      2. I haven’t read the book but I definitely plan to before the release of the film. I like Radcliffe taking on a role so outside of what you would expect. Heart Shaped Box is amazing btw.

  8. I’m pretty excited about all of these but I’m super excited to see how Horns plays out. I dig Joe Hill and have read (I think) everything of his by now (well, not the graphic novels, not all of those).

    1. Horns is by far one of the more intriguing horror films to be coming out. I’m excited to see how Radcliffe takes on a character like that.

      1. I think he’s a really great actor so I’m hoping he’ll do well. He seems a little younger than what I was picturing when I read the book but I think he can pull it off.

    1. Thanks man! I’m a bit worried about it to but I think it’s just a case of trying to avoid the bigger films. Who really knows tho.

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