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10 Horror Movies from 2013 to Watch This Halloween

Halloween is just around the creepy corner, which means many of you are well underway with horror marathons and testing out how much your bass adds to the scare-factor. You may have a list of your usual must-watch movies during this time of year, but in case you're tired of the same head turning a three-sixty, here's a list of 10 horror movies from this past year that are worth your attention.


If you're the kind of person who needs to a spare pair of pants on hand for the scary stuff, don't worry - there's something on here for everybody. Or just go watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. You'll find no judgments here.



The Conjuring



Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)


Recently reviewed by AVS's own Ralph Potts, The Conjuring ended up being a box office hit and a critical darling. The TV commercials were reason enough to bring a spare pair of pants to the theaters.




Dark Skies



Synopsis: As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. (97 mins.)


If you want to watch good-girl Kerri Russell completely mortified and distressed, then you should see this movie. Plus, demonized children are always a great scare tactic.




Evil Dead



Synopsis: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. (91 mins.)


Decently reviewed and a box office success, this is sort of a no-brainer for Halloween. Just make sure you can handle blood. A lot of it.






Synopsis: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they? (100 mins.)


Jessica Chastain helped this movie become a critical and box office success, which means it's worth watching - and what better time than the present Halloween season? None.



The Purge


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Synopsis: In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. (85 mins.)


Starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, this movie might've bombed with the critics, but with a running time of 85 minutes, can you really go wrong? Sneak it in your Halloween marathon.



World War Z



Synopsis: United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)


You can't go wrong with zombies for Halloween, and why not watch the biggest zombie movie of 2013? This one is sure to test your home theater bass. See it in 3D for extra squirming.



The Last Exorcism Part II



Synopsis: As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan. (88 mins.)


Although the critics panned it, this movie is not for the light of heart. It won't strike you the way The Exorcist is known to, but for the purposes of watching a new movie this Halloween, it certainly suffices.



Now You See Me



Synopsis: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)


Sure, this isn't your standard "OMG BEHIND YOU" horror movie, but if you're looking for something clever and surprising (or you have family or friends who aren't into true horror), you should watch this.






Synopsis: 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. (99 mins.)


Influenced by Hitchcockian themes and critically admired, here's your super weird movie for Halloween.



The Lords of Salem



Synopsis: Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record -- a "gift from the Lords." The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts? (101 mins.)


Directed by Rob Zombie, so this will creep you out and give you nightmares. Enough said.



Comments (30)

You included something as mundane as "World War Z" And you didn't include "Maniac"? List invalid!
Not bad of a list but it also needs V/H/S2.
I actually seem to be in the minority in that I thought V/H/S2 was worse than the first 1.

Another horror flick that seems to be going under the radar lately is the new Chucky movie! The Curse of Chucky. I haven't seen it yet but it has gotten good reviews.
Keep up the suggestions guys, and maybe AVS will post a guide for "Member Recommended Scary Movies". Include your reasons for why they should be included and you might get quoted. Channel that indignation! 
I choose VHS2 because as far as I am concerned the guys that made this film lead the 'found footage' sub genre in horror movies. The last two shorts had tension, wtf moments and shear terror with the last abduction short. I know it isn't for everyone but this film made an impression on me which is difficult to do.

I will ask some guys on the Halloween thread to get their input.
That figures... I have a nasty habit of sometimes giving up on somethings too soon! I gave up on VHS2 during the mass suicide scene at the school. I just wasn't into the film at all up to that point and that last scene just seemed to corny to me. I'll give it another shot (no pun intended.)

The zombie short was kinda corny I guess also. It all just seemed more like an intentionally home made video as opposed to actual found footgae of actual events if you know what I mean.
The Jim Jones short throw me for a loop. I did like the Ride in the Park short but that Abduction one was scary. The abduction sub genre just scares the heck out of me, like Dark Skies.

But hey I enjoy horror movies like Halloween III so I do like some 'dogs' in the horror genre and that is why I like about this genre because there is something of everyone.
Good call on Stoker. Not something I think as a Halloween movie but something you should watch if you're into things that are Hitchcock influenced or Hitchcock himself.
The new Chucky movie was good. World War Z was a dissapointment. 
I like the list. I wasn't aware that "Now You See Me" was anything other than a heist thriller (that opinion is just based on the previews, I haven't seen it), but now you've piqued my curiosity. Thanks for keeping people talking about horror!
Ow wow i'm excited reading this list because i plan on saturday night to watch Lords of Salem and the Conjuring, back-to-back
how is it "now you see me" included in the list? It's far from horror (although I absolutely love the movie and its eye and ear candies.
I really liked 'now you see me', but seriously... Horror?  That movie has absolutely nothing at all to do with the horror genre.  That'd be like me creating a top ten 2013 Children's Movie list and including VHS2.. Which by the way was pretty decent..  :)
Lords of Salem was pretty creeppy; i dvred mama. Now You See Me was a good thriller. World War Z was the best zombie movie since Dawn of the Dead reboot. Good list AVS Forum. Can't wait until next year.
After watching a bunch of horror movies this month, The Conjuring and V/H/S2 were stand outs, the A/V in The Conjuring was superior for a horror film on BD.
I completely agree with the majority about "Now You See Me" not being a true horror movie, but - oddly enough - it kept showing up when browsing through horror titles from 2013. It's too good of a movie to brush off if I could technically squeeze it in. Plus, I stand by making it a buffer movie between the truly horrifying ones, or watching it as a family.
Thanks everyone for commenting and suggesting more titles! Hopefully this list gives folks some good screams this year. :-)
Somehow, lol, I got to see a few of these. Of the ones I've seen, I rank 1) The Conjuring 2) Mama and 3) Dark Skies.

Other 2013 movies, I've also seen Warm Bodies, Haunting in Connecticut GA Ghosts, Warm Bodies and Texas Chainsaw 3D. And none of those belong on this list. Now I did buy Skinwalker Ranch, out on the 30th. Hope its good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-dgQwP-miQ
That second Warm Bodies was supposed to be Hanzel and Grettel Witch Hunters, multitasking.
How could any Chucky movie be called "good?" Stupid maybe, but NOT good. Most of the so-called horror movies made today are just "rehashes" of what's been done before, with more blood and gore but way less intelligent story-telling.
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