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2012 movies The Best Horror Movies of 2012

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List Rules Horror films released between January and December, 2012

The best horror movies of 2012 managed to scare the daylights out of movie goers and keep them enthralled with tales of terror and mayhem. The 2012 horror films listed here each provided a unique and often disturbing angle on frightful stories. Some are straight up ghost stories ('The Woman in Black') and others are sequels to already successful horror franchises ('Paranormal Activity 4'). Which 2012 horror movie scared you the most, and which left you completely flat? Vote for your favorites, and feel free to add any great horror films from 2012 that are missing.

Some of the best 2012 horror movies weren't sequels at all: The horror thriller 'Sinister,' starring Ethan Hawke, drew fright fans to theaters in droves, and the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard penned 'The Cabin in the Woods' got rave reviews from critics and movie goers alike. Is 'Cabin' the best horror film of the year? The voting will be the final determiner, but it's hard to argue that it wasn't a super clever horror movie.

Looking for more great "best of" movie lists? Check out these lists for the best action movies of 2012, the best comedy movies of 2012, the creepiest kids in horror movies and of course, some of the best old horror movies ever made.

And yes, some of the horror movies on this list might also wind up on the worst movies of 2012 list, too. It all depends: What scares some people to death might not phase someone else. Horror fans: It's up to you to decide!

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Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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The Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

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The Possession Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu

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Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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V/H/S Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer

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House at the End of the Street Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot

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Silent House Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Adam Trese

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The Devil Inside Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky, Bonnie Morgan

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Underworld: Awakening Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy

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The Collection Navi Rawat, Christopher McDonald, Josh Stewart

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Resident Evil: Retribution Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez

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Silent Hill: Revelation Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell

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The Innkeepers Lena Dunham, Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis

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Chernobyl Diaries Jesse McCartney, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko

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The Tall Man Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis

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The Awakening Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West

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ATM Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty

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The Raven Alice Eve, John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

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Dream House is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
Dream House Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig

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The Pact is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
The Pact Jewel Staite, Samuel Ball, Heather Habecker

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Smiley Keith David, Shane Dawson, Roger Bart

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Mother's Day Deborah Ann Woll, A. J. Cook, Jaime King

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Chained is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
Chained Julia Ormond, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jennifer Lynch

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The Bay Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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Detention Josh Hutchersonm, Dane Cook, Ron Jeremy

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The Apparition Ashley Greene, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill

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Intruders Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl

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Lovely Molly Alexandra Holden, Johnny Lewis, Andrew White

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Dark Shadows Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

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Silent Night is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
Silent Night Linda Hamilton, Alain Goulem, James McGowan

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Absentia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
Absentia Doug Jones, Ian Gregory, Justin Gordon

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Paranormal Activity 4 Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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The Haunting of Whaley House is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
The Haunting of Whaley House Mindy Robinson, Lynn Lowry, Shawn C. Phillips

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The Divide Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn

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The Moth Diaries Lily Cole, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon

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When the Lights Went Out is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
When the Lights Went Out Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Kate Ashfield

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Piranha 3DD Katrina Bowden, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Lloyd

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Livid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
Livid Béatrice Dalle, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob