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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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    The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

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

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    The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

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

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    The Possession is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu

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    Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    V/H/S is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer

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    Silent House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Adam Trese

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    House at the End of the Street is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

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

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    Underworld: Awakening is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Underworld: Awakening Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy

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    The Collection is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Navi Rawat, Christopher McDonald, Josh Stewart

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    Resident Evil: Retribution is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

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

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    The Devil Inside is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky, Bonnie Morgan

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    Silent Hill: Revelation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell

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    The Innkeepers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    The Innkeepers Lena Dunham, Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis

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    The Tall Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis

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    The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West

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    Chernobyl Diaries is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Jesse McCartney, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko

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    ATM is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty

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    The Raven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    The Raven Alice Eve, John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson

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    Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig

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    Jewel Staite, Samuel Ball, Heather Habecker

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    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunte... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

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    Mother's Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

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

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    Smiley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Keith David, Shane Dawson, Roger Bart

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    The Bay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

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    Detention is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Josh Hutchersonm, Dane Cook, Ron Jeremy

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    The Apparition is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Ashley Greene, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill

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    Intruders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl

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    Lovely Molly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Lovely Molly Alexandra Holden, Johnny Lewis, Andrew White

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    Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Dark Shadows Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Linda Hamilton, Alain Goulem, James McGowan

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    Absentia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

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    Absentia Doug Jones, Ian Gregory, Justin Gordon

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    Julia Ormond, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jennifer Lynch

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    Paranormal Activity 4 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

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    The Divide is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn

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    Mindy Robinson, Lynn Lowry, Shawn C. Phillips

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    The Moth Diaries is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    Lily Cole, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon

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    Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Kate Ashfield

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    Piranha 3DD is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012

    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

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    Livid Béatrice Dalle, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob

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