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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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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 writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Pact is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
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The Pact is a 2011 horror drama short film written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy.
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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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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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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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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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Chained is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2012
KingDDK added 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl
Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.
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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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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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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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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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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