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Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013With the end of the year upon us, it’s time once again to announce our top films of the year.  Although it wasn’t a breakout year in the way of horror, there are a number of standout films that are worth checking out.

Below the jump you’ll find the top ten horror films to be released this year, in alphabetical order. Although these don’t have a specific ranking, special mention goes out to The Battery and Resolution as being personal favorites.

Antiviral

Even though David Cronenberg hasn't made a body horror flick in years, his son Brandon picked up his legacy in this creepy and disturbing look at our obsession with celebrity.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

The Battery

With a budget of $6000, this minimalist zombie film proves to be both unique and an entertaining character piece on two baseball players forced to survive together.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

Frankenstein's Army

A completely ridiculous World War II found footage film in which Hitler hires Frankenstein to create monster Nazi soldiers. Amazing practical effects and creature design make this one hell of a fun ride.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

Jug Face

Chad Crawford Kinkle's weird low-budget backwoods horror features an interesting story with a never ending sense of unease that sticks with you even after the credits roll.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

Maniac

Although there are many deviations from the original, Franck Khalfoun's Maniac stands on it's own as a bloody, POV style slasher with some truly disturbing death scenes.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

Resolution

Although I made a point not to number this list, the low-budget thriller Resolution might have taken the top spot. This slow burn horror will constantly leave you guessing and is easily one of the most original and entertaining horrors of the year.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

Stoker

Chan-wook Park's English language debut may not be as strong as his previous films, but the constant dread and creepiness felt throughout, coupled with some striking visuals make this a solid thriller.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

While the found footage style has been done into the ground, this horror anthology brings some interesting ideas to the table. Gareth Evans' Safe Haven segment alone if worth giving it a watch.

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Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

We Are What We Are

Jim Mickle's remake might not add a lot to the original Mexican version, but the visuals are solid and the mood is every bit as creepy as you'd expect from a mountain family that eats people.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

You're Next

It's not as wildly original as some make it out to be, but Adam Wingard's bloody version of Home Alone is smartly written and features a great cast of indie filmmakers.

Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

  • Brian Sleider

    Hard pressed to call AntiViral a Horror.

    • http://filmpulse.net/ Adam Patterson

      I consider Antiviral to be body horror, similarly to his father’s earlier works. One’s definition of horror can certainly vary, but I find a future where we’re so obsessed with celebrity that we actually want their diseases to be quite frightening.

  • Aaron Moorhead

    Adam, I give YOU two thumbs up. Thanks for the nod.

    • http://filmpulse.net/ Adam Patterson

      You’re quite welcome, and thank you for bringing some truly original content to an otherwise lackluster year of horror. Keep me posted on your next project, can’t wait to check it out!

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