Best Horror Movies of 2012

1.

Sinister

5.6

Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Release date: 2012-03-29
2.

The Cabin in the Woods

5.5

Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Starring: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Richard Jenkins
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Release date: 2012-04-12
3.

Underworld: Awakening

5.2

Having escaped years of imprisonment, vampire warrioress Selene finds herself in a changed world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Now Selene must battle the humans and a frightening new breed of super Lycans to ensure the death dealers' survival.

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley
Directed by: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Release date: 2012-01-19
4.

The Woman in Black

5.1

The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true identity.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Liz White, Roger Allam
Directed by: James Watkins
Release date: 2012-02-03
5.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

4.8

President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Release date: 2012-06-20
6.

Resident Evil: Retribution

4.7

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by new found allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer, Li Bingbing
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release date: 2012-09-12
7.

Resident Evil: Damnation

4.7

U.S. federal agent Leon S. Kennedy sneaks into the "East Slavic Republic" to verify rumors that Bio-Organic Weapons (BOWs) are being used in the country's civil war, which the U.S. and Russia are making preparations to jointly intervene in. Right after his infiltration, the U.S. government orders him to leave immediately. Determined to uncover the truth, Leon ignores the order and enters the battlefield to end the chain of tragedies caused by the BOWs.

Starring: Matthew Mercer, Courtenay Taylor, Robin Sachs, Carolyn Lawrence, Dave Wittenberg
Directed by: Makoto Kamiya
Release date: 2012-09-25
8.

Chained

4.6

A serial killer kidnaps a young boy after murdering his mother, then raises him to be his accomplice. After years in captivity, the boy must choose between escaping or following in his captor's bloody footprints.

Starring: Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Julia Ormond, Gina Philips, Evan Bird
Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Release date: 2012-10-02
9.

John Dies at the End

4.6

A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway.

Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 2012-01-23
10.

Grabbers

4.5

Something sinister has come to the shores of Erin Island, unbeknownst to the quaint population of this sleepy fishing village resting somewhere off Ireland’s coast. First, some fishermen go missing. Then there is the rash of whale carcasses suddenly washing up on the beach. When the murders start, it’s up to two mismatched cops – an irresponsible alcoholic and his new partner, a by-the-book woman from the mainland – to protect the townsfolk from the giant, bloodsucking, tentacled aliens that prey upon them. Their only weapon, they discover, is booze. If they want to survive the creatures’ onslaught, everyone will have to get very, very drunk!

Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Bronagh Gallagher, David Pearse
Directed by: Jon Wright
Release date: 2012-08-10
11.

The Collection

4.5

Arkin escapes with his life from the vicious grips of "The Collector" during an entrapment party where he adds beautiful Elena to his "Collection." Instead of recovering from the trauma, Arkin is suddenly abducted from the hospital by mercenaries hired by Elena's wealthy father. Arkin is blackmailed to team up with the mercenaries and track down The Collector's booby trapped warehouse and save Elena.

Starring: Josh Stewart, Christopher McDonald, Emma Fitzpatrick, Lee Tergesen, Erin Way
Directed by: Marcus Dunstan
Release date: 2012-09-21
12.

American Mary

4.5

A young medical student struggling to pay tuition is drawn into the shady world of underground body-modification.

Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Julia Maxwell, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, Paula Lindberg
Directed by: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Release date: 2012-05-31
13.

Berberian Sound Studio

4.4

In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome horror film. His nightmarish task slowly takes over his psyche, driving him to confront his own past.

Starring: Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Susanna Capellaro, Cosimo Fusco, Hilda Péter
Directed by: Peter Strickland
Release date: 2012-08-30
14.

Maniac

4.4

As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

Starring: Elijah Wood, America Olivo, Nora Arnezeder, Zoe Aggeliki, Jan Broberg
Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
Release date: 2012-12-26
15.

Excision

4.3

Alienated teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of fitting into high school, pleasing her mother and a burning desire to lose her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline is considered a social outcast by everyone around her. Enticed by flesh, she retreats into her own fantasies and hopes to become a great surgeon - that is, if she doesn't go insane first.

Starring: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter
Directed by: Richard Bates Jr.
Release date: 2012-09-12
16.

V/H/S

4.3

When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

Starring: Calvin Lee Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman, Mike Donlan
Directed by: Radio Silence, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard
Release date: 2012-07-28
17.

Cockneys vs Zombies

4.2

A gang of bank robbers team up with the residents of an old people's home to try to survive a zombie outbreak.

Starring: Michelle Ryan, Georgia King, Alan Ford, Harry Treadaway, Richard Briers
Directed by: Matthias Hoene
Release date: 2012-08-31
18.

The Tall Man

4.2

When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.

Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, Jakob Davies, William B. Davis
Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Release date: 2012-03-19
19.

Silent Hill 3: The Movie

4.2
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Heather is a teenage girl who is suddenly thrust into a strange alternate reality filled with demonic imagery and twisted monsters. She quickly comes to find that the events unfolding around her have something to do with her past.
Release date: 2012-07-13
20.

House at the End of the Street

4.2

A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue, Gil Bellows, Nolan Gerard Funk
Directed by: Mark Tonderai
Release date: 2012-09-21

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