Screen Rant’s 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 6:17 pm, This is a list post.

Horror Movie Preivew 2013Ready for a year of straight slasher flicks, horror anthologies, paranormal entities, home invasions, and more? 2013 is due to cover just about every corner of the horror genre - including remakes, adaptations, and even a few original ideas, too.There’s dozens of prospective nightmare-inducing productions on the way (or already in theaters), but we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 that pack the most promising source material, stellar teams of talent, innovative core concepts and/or the potential for unprecedented carnage.Check out our 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013.

Evil Dead

Evil Dead - Raped by TreesRelease Date: April 5, 2013Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth BlackmoreIt’s a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic; how could this not make the list? Still, there’s a chance first time feature director Fede Alavrez’s work might not live up to the hype, but if the film’s red-band teaser trailer is any indication, 2013’s Evil Dead could be the most gorgeously shot display of carnage you see all year.Watch the trailer for Evil Dead.

The Purge

The Purge - 2013 Horror MoviesRelease Date: June 7, 2013Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder, Edwin Hodge, Rhys WakefieldIn hopes of keeping the country crime-free all year, the government sanctions one special night for US citizens to unleash their aggression by suspending all emergency services and making all crime legal for a 12-hour stretch.Whether The Purge works or not, it’s an ingenious concept that comes with the fun of wondering how you’d fare in such a situation.Watch the trailer for The Purge.


Maniac - 2013 Horror MoviesRelease Date: June 21, 2013Cast: Elijah Wood, Nora ArnezederAlexandre Aja could go two-for-two this year with both Maniac and Horns. With Maniac, he takes on writing and producing roles for the remake of the 1980 William Lustig film - and between the almost too-perfect casting of Elijah Wood in the lead role and the film’s POV storytelling technique, this one could be particularly unsettling by not only putting you in the mind of the killer, but giving you a first-hand view of his grisly obsession.Watch the trailer for Maniac.


VHS 2 - 2013 Horror MoviesRelease Date: July 12, 2013Directors: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, Jason EisenerVHS successfully put the horror anthology format back on the map (read our review) and now the sequel has hopes of solidifying it as a viable form of storytelling amidst an almost entirely feature-length market. VHS vets Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are back and are joined by Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption), Timo Tjahjanto, Gregg Hale and Edúardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) - and if you know anything about the new gang’s previous films, it’s obvious that VHS 2 will likely show off four smart, vibrant, and deeply disturbing shorts.Watch the trailer for VHS 2.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring - 2013 Horror MoviesRelease Date: July 19, 2013Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Mackenzie FoyGreat source material, the ideal director, a stellar cast, and highly promising test screeningsThe Conjuring is without a doubt the most anticipated horror movie of 2013, and one with franchise potential at that. The Conjuring focuses on one case in real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren’s archive, and should the film wind up being the summer hit some are expecting, perhaps Warner Bros. will revert back to The Warren Files title and make a franchise out of it.Watch the trailer for The Conjuring.

You're Next

You're Next - 2013 Horror MoviesRelease Date: August 23, 2013Cast: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swanberg, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, Maragaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti WestYou’re Next has been simmering on the film festival circuit for quite some time now, but there’s a method to Lionsgate’s madness. The home invasion film already amassed a following and the studio’s marketing efforts continue to make a mark, courtesy of those eerie animal masks.Come August, with a full month between this and The Conjuring, horror fans could be foaming at the mouth for more carnage, giving You’re Next a solid shot against two other notable wide releases.

Insidious 2

Insidious 2 trailer (Screengrab) Release Date: September 13, 2013Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Jocelin Donahue, Steve CoulterConsidering what James Wan managed to achieve with a mere $1.5 million budget, it’s no wonder Insidious wound up taking in $97 million worldwide and earning a sequel. The narrative in film one didn’t necessarily leave the door open for another go-around, but with the entire original team returning to make Chapter Two, Wan and writer Leigh Whannell must have something smart brewing for the Lambert’s next trip into The Further.Watch the trailer for Insidious 2.


Horns - 2013 Horror MoviesRelease Date: October 11, 2013Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Max Minghella, James RemarThe idea of Daniel Radcliffe donning a pair of horns is bound to attract some attention, but the fact that his upcoming feature also rocks source material from acclaimed author Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) and is being directed by Alexandre Aja (Piranha, High Tension) suggests Horns has the potential to hit the ideal balance between physical and psychological terror.


Carrie - 2013 Horror MoviesRelease Date: October 18, 2013Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Ansel Elgort, Julianne MooreThis one isn’t just bringing back a genre classic; it’s doing so with a nearly ideal team of talent. Versatility aside, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa might be the wild card because he doesn’t really have anything on his resume to suggest he was the man for this job, but regardless, it’s tough to imagine a collaboration between director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Chloe Moretz, and Julianne Moore resulting in a feature below a certain standard.Watch the trailer for Carrie.

Paranormal Activity 5

Paranormal Activity 5 - 2013 Horror MoviesRelease Date: October 25, 2013Cast: TBAParanormal Activity 4 should have extinguished the franchise’s hype, but the once innovative scenario still has enough zest to keep it a Halloween staple. The fifth installment, not to be confused with the Latino Paranormal Activity spin-off, supposedly first went into production in the spring so few plot details have surfaced, but hopefully the filmmakers will nix new neighbors and take a cue from Paranormal Activity 2 and 3 by offering up another narrative that cleverly builds upon what’s already been established.

A Good Year for Horror

Buff Blogger 2013 Horror Movies - Insidious AuditionThis list only scratches the surface of the impending barrage of carnage and nightmares on the way. Whether you’re into the thrill of a slasher-style attack, the unease of a thoughtful peek inside the mind of a psychopath, or prefer to be left on the lookout for paranormal entities, there’s a little something for everyone.Tell us which 2013 release boasts the form of horror you’re looking forward to experiencing most.If  you haven't checked it out already, take a look at our "5 Big Questions For Movie Geeks in 2013" - which includes the topic "Is this horror's money year?"_________Follow me @PNemiroff[Image Credit: Buff Blogger]
TAGS: carrie, evil dead, horns, insidious 2, maniac, Paranormal Activity 5, The Conjuring, The Purge, vhs


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  1. Roberto is not the screenwriter for the job? Has no credentials? How about adapting Stephen King’s “The Stand” into Marvel’s best selling graphic novel projects? How about his use of horror elements in the mature readers Max line “Man-Thing” or “Spider-Man: Feral?” or his horror based plays? Oh I see, you used imdb as your source. When you step away from the computer and tv, there’s these things called “books!” ;)

    • FYI, Horns is not a horror novel. It’s a murder mystery with a supernatural twist. I doubt it’s going to be a horror movie.

      Otherwise thanks for putting together this list, I have some films to look forward to.

    • Screenwriting ability is still another realm though. And, admittedly, I’ve never read “The Stand” (the graphic novel), “Man-Thing” or “Spider-Man: Feral,” so can’t really pass judgement on those. I have seen “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” though and even though Aguirre-Sacasa was only involved in fixing it up, still not necessarily something you want on your resume. Might still give “The Stand” a go before “Carrie” comes out though because apparently I probably should :)

      • I would like to see Sissy Spacek have a cameo in this remake of Carrie. Man, I never thought I’d live to see this movie remade, but I guess this is the season for horror remakes!

        • It was remade in 2002 as well. Granted, the movie was utter rubbish and I can’t say I’m TOO surprised people don’t remember. I’ve got mixed feelings about the new remake, but I’m looking forward to it either way.

          • Apparently Stephen King agreed to the Angela Bettis one because he thought it was closer to his vision than the first movie. But watching that one and this one with Miss Moretz… Gag. Nothing can touch De Palma’s masterpiece.

    • Well the writer was talking about movies, because this post is about movies. The approach between literature and film is quite different.

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    • My feelings entirely.

  3. Carrie??? Really??? How many times are they going to remake this movie? My God do something original!!

    • Technically this is only the First Big Screen Remake of the 1976 classic. The Rage: Carrie 2 was a poor sequel dealt with a previously unknown half-sister of Carrie. It was not based on Stephen King’s book, rather used the name to garner press. There was a 2002 Made for TV version of Carrie, but that was a low budget attempt at starting a series.

      This movie is the First legitimate remake, and follows Stephen Kings book more closely than the original did. Infact, if you’ve seen the trailer you would already know that unlike the 76 film, Carrie isn’t relegated to the Prom. Like in King’s book, she takes her aggression out on the town, not just the prom.

      I’m really looking forward to it.

  4. I got bored with Evil Dead and stopped watching it.

  5. “Army of the Damned!” That’s the one to watch for!

  6. You have something against Rob Zombie?

  7. Some of these look like they have potential. But I saw The Conjuring. Definitely over-hyped for a ‘meh’ movie. Don’t get me wrong, it was solid for what it was, any ‘investigation’ involving the Warrens throws up major red flags. True Story? Even ‘based on a True Story’? If the Warrens are involved, ‘truth’ goes out the window.

    • You got that right, dude. The Warrens are bad news.

  8. the purge sounds like an old star trek episode that aired. where 1 night a year the people in a town went berserk. the rest of the year they were mild mannered.

  9. The horns in the Picture look much more like two turds,

    looks to me like someone took a dump right on his head !

    How could anyone keep a straight dace during filming?

    I would have been rolling on the floor laughing with mister duo turd walking around the set