The Best Horror Movies of 2012 Films

The Best Horror Movies of 2012

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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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    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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  4. 4
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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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    Silent House

    Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Adam Trese

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    House at the End of the Street

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot

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    Underworld: Awakening

    Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy

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    Resident Evil: Retribution

    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez

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    The Devil Inside

    Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky, Bonnie Morgan

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    Silent Hill: Revelation

    Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell

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    The Collection

    Navi Rawat, Christopher McDonald, Josh Stewart

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    The Innkeepers

    Lena Dunham, Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis

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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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    Chernobyl Diaries

    Jesse McCartney, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko

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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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    Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig

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    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

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    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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    The Bay

    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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    Intruders

    Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl

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    The Apparition

    Ashley Greene, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill

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    Detention

    Josh Hutchersonm, Dane Cook, Ron Jeremy

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    Lovely Molly

    Alexandra Holden, Johnny Lewis, Andrew White

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    Julia Ormond, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jennifer Lynch

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    Dark Shadows

    Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Linda Hamilton, Alain Goulem, James McGowan

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    Paranormal Activity 4

    Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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    Doug Jones, Ian Gregory, Justin Gordon

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    The Divide

    Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn

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    Mindy Robinson, Lynn Lowry, Shawn C. Phillips

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    Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Kate Ashfield

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    The Moth Diaries

    Lily Cole, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon

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    Piranha 3DD

    Katrina Bowden, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Lloyd

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    Livid Béatrice Dalle, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob

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