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The Scariest Movies of 2013  

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List of the scariest movies of 2013, as ranked by movie critics and horror film fans. The horror genre is one of the longest lasting types of films in the movie world for a myriad of reasons. The biggest of the reasons is that people love to be scared from the comfort of a movie theater seat. Instead of being afraid of real life fears like thieves in the night or spiders crawling on you in your seat, you can indulge yourself with fantastical horror stories that feature supernatural demons and unrealistically invisible serial killers. These films include scary monsters, relatable protagonists, and intense moments that will haunt your dreams.

What are the scariest movies of 2013? The horror movies released this year included original concepts, like The Purge, crazy remakes,like Evil Dead, and bone-chilling sequels like Insidious 2. These flicks introduced new audiences to the glory of scary movies while satisfying old horror pros. Whether they were seemingly normal girls, like Carrie, or flesh-eating zombies, the villains of these horror movies are among the best of all time.

The movies featured on this list are the scariest films 2013 had to offer, for those who have always loved horror movies or were just being introduced to the genre.

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Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King
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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Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez
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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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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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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Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse
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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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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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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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
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Movies of 2013
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
This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Movies of 2013
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The comedy "This is the End" follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling ...more
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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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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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Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Michelle Nolden
Haunter is a 2013 Canadian supernatural horror film directed by Vincenzo Natali, written by Brian King, and starring Abigail Breslin. The film premiered at the 2013 South by Southwest Film ...more
Curse of Chucky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Movies of 2013
HorrorNerd added 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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Kacey Barnfield, Valentine Pelka, Joe Absolom
I Spit on Your Grave 2 is a 2013 American rape and revenge horror film directed by Steven R. Monroe, who directed its predecessor, I Spit on Your Grave—which was based on Meir Zarchi's 1978 film ...more
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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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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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Kayla Ewell, Richard Kohnke, Ashlee Brian
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Home Sweet Home
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50 Cent, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt
Odd Thomas is a 2013 American mystery thriller film based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same name. It is directed, written and co-produced by Stephen Sommers and stars Anton Yelchin as Odd ...more
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Johnathon Schaech, Pell James, Philippe Brenninkmeyer
Dark Circles is a 2013 horror film starring Johnathon Schaech and Pell James.