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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 Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more

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The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen ...more

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The Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer The Woman in Black is a 2012 British horror film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions. ...more

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The Possession Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu The Possession is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and produced by Sam Raimi. It was released in the US on August 31, 2012, with the film premiering at the Film4 ...more

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Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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V/H/S Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer V/H/S is a 2012 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the ...more

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Silent House Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Adam Trese Silent House is a 2011 American independent horror film directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. The plot focuses on a young woman who is terrorized in her family vacation home while cleaning the ...more

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House at the End of the Street Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot House at the End of the Street is a 2012 horror film directed by Mark Tonderai and written by David Loucka and Eduardo Gordon.

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The Collection Navi Rawat, Christopher McDonald, Josh Stewart The Collection is a 2012 American action horror-thriller film, a sequel to the 2009 film, The Collector. The film stars Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald, Lee Tergesen, and Josh Stewart, ...more

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The Devil Inside Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky, Bonnie Morgan The Devil Inside is a 2012 American supernatural horror film directed by William Brent Bell, and written by Bell and Matthew Peterman. It is a documentary-style film about a woman who becomes ...more

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Chernobyl Diaries Jesse McCartney, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko Chernobyl Diaries is a 2012 American disaster horror film directed by Brad Parker and produced by Oren Peli, who also wrote the story. It stars Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, ...more

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Silent Hill: Revelation Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell Silent Hill: Revelation is a 2012 Canadian-French 3D horror film directed and written by Michael J. Bassett and a sequel to the 2006 film Silent Hill. Revelation stars Adelaide Clemens, Kit ...more

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The Innkeepers Lena Dunham, Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis The Innkeepers is a 2011 horror film written, directed and edited by Ti West, starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and Kelly McGillis.

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Resident Evil: Retribution Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez Resident Evil: Retribution is a 2012 American-Canadian-German science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil ...more

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Underworld: Awakening Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy Underworld: Awakening is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate ...more

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The Pact is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
MelanieBrynEdwards added The Pact Jewel Staite, Samuel Ball, Heather Habecker The Pact is a 2011 horror drama short film written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy.

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The Tall Man Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis The Tall Man is a 2012 Canadian and French mystery-thriller film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It was filmed in the Kootenay region of Southeastern British Columbia and stars Jessica ...more

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The Awakening Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West The Awakening is a 2011 British horror film directed and co-written by Nick Murphy, starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Imelda Staunton.

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ATM Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty ATM is a 2012 thriller film written by Chris Sparling and directed by David Brooks.

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Mother's Day Deborah Ann Woll, A. J. Cook, Jaime King Mother's Day is an American psychological horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. It is a loose remake of Charles Kaufman's 1980 film of the same name and was written by Scott Milam and ...more

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The Raven Alice Eve, John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson The Raven is a 2012 American mystery thriller film directed by James McTeigue and based on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. It stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson ...more

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. The novel's author, Seth ...more

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The Bay Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

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Dream House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
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Chained is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Chained Julia Ormond, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jennifer Lynch Chained is a 2012 thriller film written by Damian O'Donnell and directed by Jennifer Lynch.

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Smiley Keith David, Shane Dawson, Roger Bart Smiley is a 2012 horror film written by Glasgow Phillips and Michael J. Gallagher and directed by Michael J. Gallagher.

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Lovely Molly Alexandra Holden, Johnny Lewis, Andrew White Lovely Molly is a 2012 horror film directed by Eduardo Sánchez. The film initially had a working title of The Possession but was later changed to Lovely Molly. The plot follows newlyweds ...more

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Detention Josh Hutchersonm, Dane Cook, Ron Jeremy Detention is a 2011 American horror comedy film directed by Joseph Kahn, and co-written with Mark Palermo. The film premiered March 2011 in Austin, Texas at SXSW. Detention stars Josh ...more

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The Apparition Ashley Greene, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill The Apparition is a supernatural thriller film directed and written by Todd Lincoln, and starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, and Luke Pasqualino.

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Dark Shadows Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film loosely based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton ...more

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Absentia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
MelanieBrynEdwards added Absentia Doug Jones, Ian Gregory, Justin Gordon Absentia is a 2011 horror film written and directed by Mike Flanagan and produced by FallBack Plan Productions. The film's principal photography phase was funded by way of the film's project ...more

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Intruders Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl Intruders is a 2011 Spanish film directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and written by the Spanish duo Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques.

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Paranormal Activity 4 Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston Paranormal Activity 4 is a 2012 American supernatural horror film, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, directors of Paranormal Activity 3, and written by Christopher Landon from a story ...more

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Silent Night is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Silent Night Linda Hamilton, Alain Goulem, James McGowan Silent Night is a fact-based 2002 television film set on Christmas Eve in 1944, during World War II.

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The Divide Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn The Divide is a post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Xavier Gens and written by Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean. It stars Michael Biehn, Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia and Rosanna Arquette and ...more

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The Haunting of Whaley House is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
KingDDK added The Haunting of Whaley House Mindy Robinson, Lynn Lowry, Shawn C. Phillips

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The Moth Diaries Lily Cole, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon The Moth Diaries is a 2011 horror film written by Rachel Klein and directed by Mary Harron.

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When the Lights Went Out is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
MelanieBrynEdwards added When the Lights Went Out Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Kate Ashfield When the Lights Went Out is a 2012 horror thriller film written and directed by Pat Holden.

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Piranha 3DD Katrina Bowden, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Lloyd Piranha 3DD is a 2012 American 3D comedy horror film and sequel to the 2010 film Piranha 3D. It is directed by John Gulager from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. It stars ...more

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Livid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
MelanieBrynEdwards added Livid Béatrice Dalle, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob Livid is a 2011 French supernatural horror film directed and written by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. It is their follow-up to the horror film Inside.