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The Best Horror Movies of 2012

List Criteria: 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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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu

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    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot

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    Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Adam Trese

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    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy

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    Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky, Bonnie Morgan

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    Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell

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    Navi Rawat, Christopher McDonald, Josh Stewart

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    Lena Dunham, Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis

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    Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis

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    Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West

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    Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

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    Alice Eve, John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson

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    Deborah Ann Woll, A. J. Cook, Jaime King

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    Jewel Staite, Samuel Ball, Heather Habecker

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    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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    Josh Hutchersonm, Dane Cook, Ron Jeremy

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    Intruders Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl

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    Alexandra Holden, Johnny Lewis, Andrew White

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    Ashley Greene, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill

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    Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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    Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Linda Hamilton, Alain Goulem, James McGowan

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    Doug Jones, Ian Gregory, Justin Gordon

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    Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn

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    Lily Cole, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon

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    Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Kate Ashfield

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    Katrina Bowden, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Lloyd

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    Livid Béatrice Dalle, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob

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