Top Horror Films of 2012

Below the jump you’ll find our top ten picks for the best in horror this year. While we didn’t have a lot to work with, there were some treasures to be had. Check out the list and let us know what you think should have been on there or taken off, so I can then tell you you’re wrong. Enjoy!


Literally moments after compiling this list I saw Entrance and immediately had to add it.

I love slow burn horror and this is right up there with something like House of the Devil


Extremely atmospheric and emotional with some great performances to boot!

Plus it has copious amounts of feral children as a bonus!


This bizarre coming of age story is both hilarious and horrifying.

One of the many surprises that came about this year.

Juan of the Dead

I thought I was done with the Shaun of the Dead knock-offs until this came along and proved me wrong. Great special effects and very funny.

John Dies at the End

Though it doesn't achieve the same level of awesome as the novel, this is still fun enough to solidify a spot on the list.


I was fully prepared to despise this movie and then it turned out to be the horror version of Scott Pilgrim and I loved it.

Plus there's something to be said about a director that makes fun of his previous film in his current film.


Though not all the segments were as strong as others, this still provided some scares and some unique use of found footage.


This is one of the surprise hits to come this year. Excellent cinematography, intensely creepy, and a great performance by Ethan Hawke, this is an easy pick.

The Loved Ones

The Loved Ones actually came out in Australia several years ago, but we just got it here in the US this year and it's certainly better late then never.

This darkly comedic horror film brings an interesting new flavor to the genre and it easily one of the best of the year.

Berberian Sound Studio

It's like if Argento made love with Lynch and their child directed Blow Out. An amazing nightmare of a film.

The Cabin in the Woods

This is a horror fan's dream movie. This immensely original concept spun the genre on its head and I loved every second of it.