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[BEST & WORST ’12] Supporting Staff’s Best & Worst Horror Films of 2012!

This year, we’ve welcomed a lot of new writers to our home video review team and wanted them to get in on the year-end list action. The really neat thing about their picks is that out of all the submissions, nobody chose the same films for either category – plenty o’ variety on these lists. Check past the break for Patrick Cooper, Lauren Taylor, and Michael Erb’s Best & Worst Horror Films of 2012!

Mr. Disgusting (Best/Worst) | Evan Dickson (Best/Worst) | David Harley (Best/Worst) | Lonmonster (Best/Worst) | Corey Mitchell (Best of Fest) | Supporting Staff (Best & Worst) | Ryan Daley (Best Novels)
Posters (Best/Worst) | Trailers (Best/Worst)


The Cabin in the Woods (April 13; Lionsgate)

The Cabin in the Woods sat unreleased for three years because of the MGM bankruptcy. It’s a shame because this is the smartest scary movie in ages. Joss Whedon and Co-Writer/Director Drew Goddard examine horror movie tropes without patronizing the genre or the audience. They made a thoroughly enjoyable thrill ride that thoughtfully reinforced the concept behind every horror movie ever made. The cast is great and Fran Kranz, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford turn in inspired performances. This is undoubtedly the best horror movie of the year.


Dead Season (July 5; Image Entertainment)

Considering that this is my first year with Bloody Disgusting, I would be remiss to not mention a movie I reviewed for the site. So, the dubious honor of my pick for the worst horror movie of 2012 goes to Dead Season. This indie production has an unoriginal plot that borrows from nearly every popular undead story in recent memory, with bad acting and worse action as well. The makeup effects and gore are quite nice, but they cannot save this mess of a movie from being yet another bad budget zombie film.



Prometheus (June 8; 20th Century Fox)

Prometheus blew me away. Pretty much anything that made me think in Prometheus is the reason it was my top film of the year. It made me think. Rarely do films do that anymore. A list of my random thoughts and search for explanations can be summed up in my Horror Education of the Week I wrote a few months back.


[REC] 3 Genesis (August 3; Filmax)

Rec 3 disappointed the hell out of me. It wasn’t awful, but it was a far cry from what I had hoped for. The cheeky humor was just far too different from the original, and its sequel, which had given a base of a dark story of possession that was lost in this campy addition. The original movies had my heart racing while Rec 3 left me with a shrug and a ‘meh’. Perhaps 2013 will bring redemption with Part 4.



Sinister (October 12; Summit)

After being fed a bevy of found footage films (for better or worse), we finally got to see one about the dude who finds the tapes in Scott Derrickson’s Sinister. Anchored by a terrific performance from Ethan Hawke (who hasn’t been this good since Training Day), Sinister delivers a consistently forbidding atmosphere without resorting to graphic violence or (too many) jump scares. Goddammit, those super 8 films made my skin crawl and the final minutes are a chaotic nightmare worthy of the film’s title. Plus, it was an original – not a sequel or reboot. Imagine that!

HONORABLE MENTION: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning


The Apparition (August 24; Warner Bros.)

Hey do you like watching young, attractive people shop? Then you’re gonna love the first act of Todd Lincoln’s The Apparition! After the couple returns from Costco or wherever, the rest of the film isn’t that much more exciting. The film brings nothing new to the table in concept or execution and there’s absolutely no sense of suspense or originality. The only remotely creepy part is given away on the poster, for chrissakes!




  • HorrorManiac666

    Now I really want to see Sinister

    • EvilHead1981

      I wish I could get my lost time back from watching Sinister. LOL. Really, the only good thing about those movies were the creepy super-8 movies. Everything else was horrible.

      • Mr.Mirage


        For me, it was that Sinister was guilty of always reaching for the easy, lazy way through the story. Sad, really, because it really had a lot of promise, and frankly, Mr. Hawke was pretty decent. If there is anything that marks it as worthy, it would be his performance of a man being sucked into his own obsession.

    • yesTHATCourtney

      I *just* finished Sinister- it was intense, kind of unrelenting? I didn’t like The Poughkeepsie Tapes for that kind of story telling, ongoing without any kind of let up or relief, but I loved it in sinister. Having a main baddie to pin something too would have been corny if it hadn’t been so intense. You do kind of see the twist from about thirty minutes in, but it didn’t hamper my enjoyment of it.

  • Seal_Clubber

    Universal Soldier : Day of Reckoning ? LOL … awesome.

  • Anyone who thinks Prometheus is film of the year is obviously not worth reading in future. Thanks for the heads up.

  • thaphantom

    In 100% agreement with Patcrick’s Best & Worst. Nobody gave Sinister enough credit.

  • splatterhead4ever

    Yo Coop, nice honorable mention with Universal Soldier. That is actually a dark brutal movie. I thought it was a nice tonal shift from the previous ones. Wished someone would have made it before Jean and Dolph got old though. They could have done more but for the few minutes of screen time they had, they both kicked ass.

  • doomas10

    Rec:genesis was awful. No suspense, the story was not going anywhere and the ending was uber lame. Sinister had the greatest trailer of all time. They include pretty much all of the jump scares of the film in the trailer itself so when I watched it…I was like meh.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Holy shit, Patrick, we’re on the same page with both movies! That’s awesome lol. Yeah, Lauren, REC 3 really sucked. It was nothing like the first two. Shouldn’t have even held the title “REC”. So disappointing. And the “comedy” in it was terrible.

  • joesey

    prometheus is the best film of the year

  • yesTHATCourtney

    the Rec series at it’s worst was still better than a lot of zombie flicks are nowadays. I loved that it was a little slice of what was going on during other hotspot outbreaks.

    And I’ve been waiting to see The Apparition. This changes nothing- I’ve been excited about and I will continue to be. But then, I like every crappy horror film I’ve ever had my hands on, so, yeah.

  • anezka

    REC 3 was also a “meh” for me, but I would not say it was the worst film of the year. Well, I had never seen a bride killing zombies with a chainsaw before.
    A Cabin in the Woods is totally the best film of the year in my opinion.

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