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The Best Horror Movies of 2013 

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Updated June 14, 2019 4.5k votes 659 voters 35.1k views 30 items

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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Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more

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Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

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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Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

Released: 2013

Directed by: Andres Muschietti

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
Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

Released: 2013

Directed by: Fede Alvarez

This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a loose ...more

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Keri Russell, J.K. Simmons, Josh Hamilton

Released: 2013

Directed by: Scott Stewart

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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Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

Released: 2013

Directed by: Marc Forster

This film 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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Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz

Released: 2011, 2013

Directed by: Adam Wingard

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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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane

Released: 2013

Directed by: James DeMonaco

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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Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

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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Curse of Chucky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
HorrorNerd added Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Jordan Gavaris

Released: 2013

Directed by: Don Mancini

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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Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson, Lawrence Michael Levine

Released: 2013

Directed by: Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sánchez, Simon Barrett, Gregg Hale, Gareth Evans, + more

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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Elijah Wood, America Olivo, Nora Arnezeder

Released: 2012

Directed by: Franck Khalfoun

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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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer

Released: 2013

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

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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Alexandra Daddario, Trey Songz, Tania Raymonde

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Luessenhop

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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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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Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Paul Anthony

Released: 2012

Directed by: Soska sisters, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska

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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No One Lives is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Laura Ramsey, Luke Evans, America Olivo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ryuhei Kitamura

No One Lives is a 2012 horror thriller film written by David Cohen and directed by Ryûhei Kitamura.
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Spencer Treat Clark, Muse Watson, Julia Garner

Released: 2013

Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly

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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Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones

Released: 2012

Directed by: Don Coscarelli

This film 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, and by ...more
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Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, David Koechner

Released: 2013

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

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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María Conchita Alonso, Dee Wallace, Bruce Davison

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rob Zombie

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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Selena Gomez, Eli Roth, Lorenza Izzo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Nicolás López

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) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2013
Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Andrew Jones

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Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller

Released: 2012

Directed by: Neil Jordan

Byzantium is a 2012 drama, fantasy and thriller film written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan.