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List of the best horror movies of 2013, as ranked by horror movies fans and critics. It isn’t only Halloween season in October when horror lovers feel like being scared by a movie. All year round horror buffs are interested in watching scary movies that feature devious killers, scares that makes you jump, and badass heroes who can protect themselves from evil. In 2013 there were many horror movies that did just that. These films included supernatural demons, demented serial killers, settings that haunt our dreams,and scenarios that we would never want to get caught in.

The films on this list are the best that the horror genre had to offer in 2013. Zombies and other undead creatures were a huge part of the genre this year, in such films as World War Z, Evil Dead, and Warm Bodies. Many sequels and remakes of classic horror films were released on 2013, including Insidious 2 and Carrie. There were also original concepts, such as in The Purge and Mama, which disturbed viewers long after the credits rolled.

What are the best horror movies of 2013? The films featured on this list were filled with some of the scariest images of all times, with memorable villains that will soon become classics. To vote on more films, check out Ranker's list of the best movies of 2013.

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The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were American paranormal investigators and ...more

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Insidious: Chapter 2 Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson Insidious: Chapter 2 is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. It is a sequel to 2010's Insidious and the second installment in the Insidious film series. The film stars ...more

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Mama Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and directed by Andres Muschietti.

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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Evil Dead Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez Evil Dead is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a ...more

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Dark Skies Keri Russell, J.K. Simmons, Josh Hamilton Dark Skies is a 2013 American science fiction horror film written and directed by Scott Stewart and produced by Jason Blum starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and Dakota Goyo. The film was ...more

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World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more

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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
The Purge Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. It is the ...more

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You're Next Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz You're Next is a 2011 American independent action-horror slasher film directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett, and starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen, ...more

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Warm Bodies Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine.

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V/H/S/2 Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson, Lawrence Michael Levine V/H/S/2 is a 2013 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts. It is the sequel to the film V/H/S. The sequel involves a largely different group of directors: ...more

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Texas Chainsaw 3D Alexandra Daddario, Trey Songz, Tania Raymonde Texas Chainsaw 3D is a 2013 American slasher film directed by John Luessenhop and written by Debra Sullivan and Adam Marcus. It is the seventh film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, and ...more

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Maniac Elijah Wood, America Olivo, Nora Arnezeder Maniac is a 2012 crime,horror and thriller film written by Alexandre Aja, C.A. Rosenberg and Gregory Levasseur and directed by Franck Khalfoun.

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The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Katee Sackhoff, Chad Michael Murray, Abigail Spencer The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is a 2013 psychological horror film that serves as a brother film to The Haunting in Connecticut by Gold Circle Films. The script was written by ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Carrie Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, though Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems, who produced the ...more

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The Last Exorcism Part II Spencer Treat Clark, Muse Watson, Julia Garner The Last Exorcism Part II is a 2013 American supernatural drama horror film co-written and directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. It stars Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen, ...more

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American Mary Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Paul Anthony American Mary is a 2012 Canadian horror film starring Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, and Tristan Risk and written and directed by the Soska Sisters. Isabelle plays a medical student desperate ...more

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Curse of Chucky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
HorrorNerd added Curse of Chucky Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Jordan Gavaris Curse of Chucky is a 2013 American horror straight-to-video film, and the sixth installment of the Child's Play franchise. The film was written and directed by Don Mancini, who created the ...more

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No One Lives is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
No One Lives Laura Ramsey, Luke Evans, America Olivo No One Lives is a 2012 horror thriller film written by David Cohen and directed by Ryûhei Kitamura.

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A Haunted House Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, David Koechner From the creators of "Scary Movie" comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. When newlyweds Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha ...more

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John Dies at the End Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones John Dies at the End is a 2012 American dark comedy horror film written and directed by Don Coscarelli, based on David Wong's novel of the same name. Principal photography began in October 2010, ...more

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The Lords of Salem María Conchita Alonso, Dee Wallace, Bruce Davison The Lords of Salem is a 2013 independent horror film written, produced and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Judy Geeson, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace, ...more

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Byzantium Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller Byzantium is a 2012 drama, fantasy and thriller film written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan.

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The Amityville Asylum Sarah Louise Madison, Lee Bane, Eileen Daly

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Aftershock Selena Gomez, Eli Roth, Lorenza Izzo Aftershock is a 2012 Chilean-American disaster horror film starring Eli Roth. It is directed by Nicolás López and written by López, Roth, and Guillermo Amoedo, from a story

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Scary Movie 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Scary Movie 5 Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson Scary Movie 5 is a 2013 American comedy film and the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. It was distributed by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company. The film is ...more

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We Are What We Are is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
We Are What We Are Kelly McGillis, Odeya Rush, Kassie DePaiva We Are What We Are is a 2013 American cannibal horror film directed by Jim Mickle. It was screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes ...more

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Hell Baby Leslie Bibb, Michael Ian Black, Keegan-Michael Key Hell Baby is an American horror-comedy film written and directed by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The film stars Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Rob Huebel, ...more

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Frankenstein's Army Luke Newberry, Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse Frankenstein's Army is a 2013 action horror film written by Miguel Tejada-Flores and directed by Richard Raaphorst.

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Escape from Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Escape from Tomorrow Annet Mahendru, Amy Lucas, Kimberly Ables Jindra Escape from Tomorrow is a 2013 American fantasy horror film, the debut of writer-director Randy Moore. It follows an unemployed man having increasingly disturbing experiences and visions during ...more

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Black Rock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Black Rock Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton Black Rock is a 2012 American horror-thriller film directed by Katie Aselton, based on a screenplay by her husband Mark Duplass. The film premiered on January 21, 2012, at the 2012 Sundance Film ...more