Best Horror Movies Of 2012

By December 14, 2012

2012 was a pretty good year for the horror movie genre. There were creepy movies, gory movies and dare I say charming homages to the genre. Here’s a look at some of the best.

Cabin in the Woods

It’s hard to do horror/comedy right. Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard show everyone how it’s done. Roger Ebert put it best when he described the film as “a puzzle for horror movie fans to solve.”


Okay, so this one isn’t going to exactly give you nightmares, but it’ll warm you horror-loving heart. Bonus points for casting Let Me In‘s  Kodi Smit-McPhee as the voice of Norman.

The Snowtown Murders

Based on true events, The Snowton Murders tells the story of a 16 year old boy who falls under the spell of Australia’s most notorious serial killer, John Bunting, the boy’s stepfather. The two go on to commit Australia’s most infamous killing spree.

The Bay

I’m totally a sucker for biological-disaster horror flicks.  This one continues the found-footage trend of other recent horror movies such as Cloverfield.

Berberian Sound Studio

This psychological thriller is set in a 1970s Italian horror film studio and stars the creepy as f*ck Toby Jones as a sound engineer. If you like your horror weird, than this movie is for you.


Any fan of the old school Hollywood horror films of the 1930s, will love this incredible stop-motion valentine to the period by Tim Burton.

Kill List

Even though this movie debuted at SXSW in 20122, it was officially released in February of 2012, so Imma count it! It is literally my worst nightmare on film. CULTS!


This indie horror flick by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, also takes place in a cabin in the woods. What at first appears to be a drama about a man struggling to help his friend overcome an addiction, eventually takes a bone-chilling and unexpected creepy turn that will leave you stunned.

The Innkeepers

Ti West’s follow up to cult fave The House of the Devil hooked me in with its haunted hotel setting. What can I say, I’m obsessed with The Shining. Plus it stars my new favorite actor, Pat Healy who killed it this year in Compliance as well. And I’m not just saying that because he favorited one of my Tweets once. #humblebrag

What was your favorite horror movie of 2012? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: And here too: She likes being followed.