[BEST & WORST ’13] Mr. Disgusting Picks the 10 Best Horror Films of 2013!


I really loved the past year of horror. Not only did independent films shine through the ever-growing VOD platform, but the studios took some big chances that landed them some mighty rewards.

The biggest hat-tip goes to Warner Bros. and New Line for having the guts to release James Wan’s The Conjuring in July, dead smack in the middle of summer. We haven’t seen a summer horror films succeed in years, and to see Conjuring become one of the top supernatural grossers of all time is huge for the horror scene. Until a few flop, expect the studios to take a chance in that July slot in the coming years…

It was also the year of the apocalypse, with not one but three end-of-the-world films landing in my top ten! This year also rocked with Metallica, got stranded in space, and shit out a stress demon in an homage to the 80’s (horror comedies are making a comeback!). It was so jam-packed with goodness that, for the first time in years, I had trouble narrowing down my list. But alas, only ten can be highlighted, leaving me with the following list of my favorite films of 2013…

*(Also note that films like Maniac, Stitches, You’re Next and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane were in my top 10 in previous years, which is why you don’t see them mentioned here.)

Mr. Disgusting (Best/Indie) | Evan Dickson (Best) | The Wolfman (Festival Favorites) | Patrick Cooper (Best)
Lonmonster (Best/Worst) | Lauren Taylor (Best/Worst) | Ryan Daley (Best Novels)
Best Posters | Best Performances | Best Trailers | Best Albums

Honorable Mentions:

As I stated before, this year was overflowing with goodness that started all the way back in January with the Guillermo del Toro produced Mama, which would have made my top 10 had not for the CGI abuse. Stoker is one of the more underrated films of the year. Personally, I found it to be a gorgeous art horror thriller from one of the greatest directors of our time, Park Chan-wook. So odd that Mandy Lane came out the same year as Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, and both are worthy of your time. Warm Bodies was a fun new take on the zombie genre, even if it was a bit “hipster”. You know the year was good when Fede Alvarez’s insanely violent Evil Dead didn’t make my top 10. For years we expected nothing but the worst from the remake of Sam Raimi’s classic, and thankfully we were treated to a reinvigorating start to what could be an entirely new franchise. Lastly comes Savaged, an indie film from Canada’s Raven Banner that none of you have seen or heard of. Patrick Cooper correctly raves in his review about this female Crow-esque indie thriller that’s insanely violent. Write this title down as you’re going to want to hunt it down ASAP.

10. Escape from Tomorrow (October 11; Cinetic Media)

Critics were way too harsh on this experimental art film that was looked at, for whatever reason, like it should have been some perfectly generic Disney-themed thriller. It’s anything but generic, and goes for the throat with its trippy imagery, demonic spirit, and blatant attack on consumerism. Randy Moore’s commentary on how Disney sells “happiness” is right on the money, and his depiction on a nightmarish vacation is something that I’m sure many people can relate to. The idea that Moore snuck into Disneyworld and EPCOT in Orlando, Florida to film this is to be commended on the highest accord, and the end result is something that’s about as magical as Disney itself. This is a discovery film, one that you find and brag to your friends about seeing first. Even if you weren’t the first in line, I’m quite sure that the lot of you will be enchanted by this Willy Wonka-esque ride through the Disney parks. Personally, I’d enjoy this “dark ride” an infinite amount of times.

9. Curse of Chucky (September 24; Universal)

Written and directed by the franchise’s creator (Don Mancini), Curse returns to the Child’s Play roots and delivers a darker sequel that was teased at the end of Bride of Chucky. What’s so interesting about the sequel is that it’s played like a beginning to a saga, a slow-burn with multiple reveals. “Curse of Chucky shows serious restraint, which is rare for a fifth sequel. Instead of jumping right in, Mancini works his way to the reveal, treating the film like an introduction to a completely new, younger audience,” I explain in my review. In fact, “Curse of Chucky may just be the best home video sequel since Wrong Turn 2. It’s alarmingly good, which puts pressure on Universal to answer as to why they didn’t let Mancini shoot this for theaters…Chucky fans should rejoice, though, as Curse of Chucky is clearly going to re-ignite the franchise for years to come.“ The best part of the release is Universal’s newly minted Blu-ray box set including the entire franchise!

8. The World’s End (August 23; Universal)

Even though I’m a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead, I somehow didn’t see this until it was on home video, and was shocked to see it wasn’t as overhyped as I thought it would be. Edgar Wright gives insane homage to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise in this hilarious, action-packed alien horror story about a town overrun by robotic alien slaves. What’s more so beautiful is Wright’s reflection on age, and how we feel as we get older. Those readers 30 and above will feel a more personal connection to World’s End than the newer generation of horror fans. Even with a disconnect, I think all horror fans will appreciate the unrelenting pace, constant drinking, and stunningly well-coordinated fight sequence that fill the screen with blue alien gore.

7. Pacific Rim (July 12; Warner Bros.)

While a bit overrated, IMO, Guillermo del Toro’s giant robot vs. monster film was still one of the best of 2013. “Pacific Rim, beyond its flaws, is truly a gorgeous, stunning and magnificent summer spectacle,” I explain in my review. “It’s balls-to-the-wall batshit crazy – a must-see summer extravaganza that delivers more than what’s promised in the trailers, and will also tickle that childhood nerve that begs to be nurtured.” If you’re a fan of Robot Jox you will absolutely love this monster-sized action flick, now on video (and thankfully you don’t have to watch it in 3-D).

6. Prisoners (September 20; Warner Bros.)

What I loved about Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners was that it wasn’t trying to be anything but a solid thriller, and never tried too hard to attempt to force twist down the viewer’s throat. Even with Paul Dano and Hugh Jackman, the movie was carried on the shoulders of Jake Gyllenhaal, who has become one of the best actors of our time. Prisoners may not be as gritty as Seven, but it’s an intense and well-made as they come.

5. Metallica Through the Never (Sep. 27; Picturehouse)

I will never understand the negativity surrounding this musical masterpiece. I grew up a mega Metallica fan, and am one of the more recent haters. Still, I love their pre-1990’s albums so much that I listen to them daily, and would see them in concert any day of the week. I celebrate that the band used their own money to deliver one of the greatest music-inspired theater experiences ever. Even if it were a major flop financially, Through the Never is historical in the sense that I doubt you’ll ever see anything like it again. And let’s be honest, the wrap was awesome – I can’t even sit still through a live concert, let alone in a movie theater. Nimród Antal’s gorgeous and stunning apocalyptic chase through barren streets (with the awesome Dane DeHaan leading the way) was a breath of fresh air between song sets. Fuck the haters, Metallica Through the Never was a cinematic orgasm, especially in 3-D. I feel for those who missed this IMAX opportunity.

4. Bad Milo! (August 29; Magnet)

Harking back to cheesy 80’s movies like Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case, Bad Milo! was the surprise indie of the year delivering tons of gore, laughs, and of course the underrated Ken Marino. The concept of an evil demon that comes out of a man’s ass is just the tip of the iceberg as this genre film proves that, despite what history says, horror and comedy can live together. Bad Milo! is a must-see for all horror fans, and is even worthy of owning for those “what should we watch tonight?” parties.

3. The Conjuring (July 19; New Line)

If you hated Paranormal Activity, James Wan’s The Conjuring is the opposite horror experience as it’s a high-budget, well-made horror in the vein of Poltergeist. In fact, it’s so good it may be the best supernatural horror since The Ring, and maybe even one of the best all-time. It also cements Wan as the best genre director in the past decade, and makes him one of the greatest ever. “For a brief moment James Wan had reconnected me with my youth and rattled me,” I explain in my review. “It’s a core-shaking sequence that’s so viciously terrifying, yet you barely see anything. It’s a master artist painting the most wonderful picture.

2. This Is the End (June 12; Columbia)

Until Gravity, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg apocalyptic comedy This Is the End was a shoe-in for my favorite genre film of 2013. One giant inside joke, the horror comedy (and it is a horror film, so don’t even try and argue against that) featured the likes of Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Aziz Ansari, Emma Watson, Jason Segel, David Krumholtz, Michael Cera, and even Rihanna in a gut-busting laugher that also has some tremendous horror-themed elements. “Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg directed the living shit out of their screenplay. It’s rare to see a genre crossover like this, but Rogen and Goldberg stunned me with their understanding of the horror genre, the beats, and how to scare the audience,” I state in my review. “While This Is the End may be a comedy – one of the funniest this decade – it’s still an insanely competent horror movie that’s going to blow your collective minds.

1.Gravity (October 4; Warner Bros.)

You can argue that this isn’t horror, but I’d be damned if this wasn’t the most intense and frightening movie I’ve seen in years. One of my biggest issues with modern blockbusters are the self-indulgent scopes inflicted by directors. While Gravity does take place nearly all in space, there’s a smallness to it that makes it extraordinarily claustrophobic. Alfonso Cuarón’s directing prowess is mind-boggling, taking the viewer on a circus tightrope act of terror in zero gravity. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney both deliver emotional Oscar-worthy performances that give the film a very human spirit. While Gravity may look like a huge summer blockbuster like Transformers, it’s actually a very tight-nit story that breaks into the scope of all emotions, from terror to compassion. Gravity is a modern masterpiece.

  • Deschain

    Remember the days when this website was about actual horror movies? Yeah… Those were good times.

    • joe666

      I feel you man…

    • Necrogeddon666


    • Danz

      After the terrible lists I’ve seen here this last days, I’m not even surprised with this one. It’s like they don’t even watch real horror movies…

    • undertaker78

      Horror dies a little each day. We need a savior.

    • RubenVeritas

      Exactly. I still dont understand how the Conjuring keeps making every list for best movie. It was the biggest generic ripoff of all time. Nothing was scary about a jump scare every 5 mins

    • DevilDiabloDearieDear

      Yes, but it doesn’t help with a load of people these days listing everything from ‘The Sixth Sense’, through ‘Session 9’, ‘Them’, ‘Eden Lake’, ‘F’, ‘My Little Eye’, ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘Silent House’, ‘The Last Exorcism’, ‘The Hamiltons’ and worse as horror films when dreary soap opera/thriller/news bulletin/fake cheats is all they are. Fake horror tenfold plus. If it was a Gucci imitation bag, you’d all take it back at once!

    • 713

      I know what you mean. I haven’t seen a horror movie that I loved in quite awhile That being said I’ve never paid much attention to the “top 10” lists. Horror should be about the movies that the fans like, especially considering all the sub-genres.

  • Chancey289

    Out of all the movies you said that people can argue isn’t horror, Gravity is not one of them and I could totally buy that as a horror film.

    However Pacific Rim (which I love), This is The End, Metallica Through The Never, and The World’s End are clearly movies that you won’t convince people are horror.

    Seriously, what’s up with this list dude? I thought it was horror. The Evil Dead remake shouldn’t have been snubbed especially since you replaced it with some of these.

  • Necrogeddon666

    Why is there a music video on this list when movies like Maniac were released this year? This list is completely terrible. I find myself coming to this website less and less.

    • divisionbell

      Maniac was EASILY the best horror movie I saw all year. One of the best in years actually.

      • 713

        hell yeah, I’m glad you two brought up Maniac. That movie probably deserves best of the year.

  • Flufferx

    This list is a joke right? Has to be satire.

    • tbaio

      I can’t agree more with Flufferx. This is the 2nd best of horror list that’s not horror. What’s going on here? Guys, this list is bloody-disgusting.

  • Tremors

    Good god, what the hell has happened to BD? Or more specifically, Mr. Disgusting? Look out everyone, BD is slowly turning into Rue Morgue.

  • flesheater24

    Nice list man. the only one I don’t agree on is prisoners. I thought that movie sucked. Maybe if I had kids it would of been different cus a lot of people who loved it have kids. And don’t worry about people bitching that you cover different things I’m glad you cover different things.

  • patentpending

    So, I have no problem with showing some diversity in taste and thinking outside the box of what is considered “horror” because there are sub-genre’s of horror but that’s even a stretch for this list. There are about 3, maybe 4, being lenient “horror” films on this list. This list is more like “best films with dark elements.”

  • Krove

    Is this list a joke? 50% Of the list is non-horror. What has happened to this site? I used to come here to see some horror movie recommendation!

  • MovieGeek

    Gravity, Prisoners and This is the End are NOT horror films. Come on now…

  • tbaio

    The hell with it. Since the critics here seem to have forgotten what horror movies are, I’m making my own list here as a reminder to them. Here they are in no particular preference:

    1. The Conjuring
    2. Insidious 2
    3. Solo
    4. Texas Chainsaw 3-D
    5. You’re Next
    6. The Purge
    7. Evil Dead
    8. World War Z
    9. Maniac
    10.Curse of Chucky

    There. This is a horror list. Take notes, BD!!!!!

    • djblack1313

      @tbaio, i really like many/most of your picks! your list actually consists of horror movies unlike most of the BD staff’s lists (LonMonster’s list was very good too!).

    • DevilDiabloDearieDear

      You did well, though why the best two horrors of 2013-Hansel & Gretel-Witch Hunters’ and ‘Mama’ aren’t here I’ll never know. As fr ‘The Purge’ it’s a home invasion thriller, like most things passing for horror these days.

  • viking1983

    typical of mr d to make a list that isn’t about horror

  • SaltSlasher

    I was expecting some great bloody disgusting top 10 horror movies of 2013…

    Instead I get 2 Epic Movies from Hollywood, 2 comedies, and a live concert, with less than half of them being Horror Movies.

    My Top List for Right Now:
    1-The Conjuring (UNDISPUTED CHAMP)(#1 Grossing Horror)
    2-Mama (Runner Up)
    3-Insidious: Chapter 2
    4-Dark Skies
    6-Curse of Chucky
    7-Evil Dead
    8-The Purge
    9-Texas Chainsaw 3D
    10-World War Z

    Less “Mainstream” aka “Middle-stream”/Mentionables:
    2-I Spit on Your Gave 2
    3-The Exorcism Part 2
    4-Hatchet 3
    5-The Haunting in Connecticut 2
    6-American Mary
    7-We Are What We Are
    8-Sadako 3D (2013 Release Date in USA)
    9-Apartment 1303 3D
    10-VHS 2

    Best not listed but best of all/Indie aka “Cool-Stream”
    1-You’re Next
    2-Here Comes the Devil
    7-The House Across the Street
    9-Truth or Dare
    10-ABC’s of Death

    Anticipation of 2013 movies still tagged “yet released”
    6-Wolf Creek 2
    7-Scrape (Yet in USA)
    8-Scare Dares
    9-Project Fear
    10-Cabin Fever

    • Trioxin83

      this is the kind of list we need on this site. someone hire this person

      • Krove

        Agree! This is the kind of list we want!

        • djblack1313

          i agree! hire SaltSlasher!!

          @SaltSlasher, great lists SaltSlasher!

          • SaltSlasher

            Thanks. I do a lot of commenting on moviepilot, mostly in horror section. I am still working on my first article posts ever since I got access to do my own, but they got guys like me making lists like this all the time. Plus they know more about upcoming horror movies, which is why I know anything about horror these days.

          • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

            Amazing list, SaltSlasher.

  • diapers

    I’m double-hand-slap to my face confused, as many others seem to be. Metallica’s movie makes the list of top horror films? I’m sorry to be piling on, but sheesh. What could possibly be next, Dr. Who in the honorable mentions? You fine folks need to take several large steps back and re-evaluate just what horror is. I want the old BD back. Perchance Mr D has been on a bath salts binge, and has (hopefully) temporarily lost the way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Moheetoe Pablo Delgadillo

    Im so confused by this list…..


    despite the whining majority who have apparently gotten their panties in a twist, i’m actually glad to see a little more diversity on a list. maybe the list isn’t completely “horror” but it each movie does have horror elements to it. this list actually took some balls knowing what the backlash would likely be

    • tbaio


      Despicable Me 2 has horror elements as well. You wouldn’t expect that to be on this list too, would you??


        I own that movie… what horror elements are you referring to?

  • oldrestless

    Yeah this is a very bad list. The World’s End is one of the best horror films of 2013? Huh?

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m not going to complain because at least you have Curse of Chucky on here. That alone makes me happy.

  • Trioxin83

    how the fuck does an absolute pile of shit movie like This is the End beat out any of the honorable mentions? Especially Evil Dead or Carrie (which isn’t even on the list anywhere)

    • DevilDiabloDearieDear

      Why should they be? They’re damn unnecessary remakes.

  • BloodyBirthday

    Damn awful. Hopefully my opinion gets me banned from commenting again. What happened to this site?

  • Kroork

    Wow, this is the worst list yet! I literally disagree with every pick except curse of Chucky.

  • Finncat

    There is a place for lists that include great movies like Gravity and concert movies but a Bloody Disgusting is probably not the best one. While some of the others are horror in my opinion they are stretches as the best movies of the year. I have my own picks like everyone else. I can only think that Mr. Disgusting purposely devised a list to create controversy and talk, and I don’t think he is the first one this year to do so. As far as This is the End, for those of us who got it, it was one of the genuinely funniest horror comedies I have seen in years, but it still did not make my top ten this year. Are you kidding? Indie horror was out of sight this year, I feel like they were blown off for the likes of Pacific Rim? WTF?

    • djblack1313

      @Finncat, i too was thinking that Mr.D picked some of these movies to create controversy/push people’s buttons (the same way he does by trashing THE WALKING DEAD each and every chance he gets).

  • jaxx367

    Everyone has a right to Hate on this list. It’s pretty awful. Not that the films on it are terrible in any way, but this site is called Bloody Disgusting!!! Are you kidding me with this Fu#@ing list???? It’s pathetic and pretty much a slap to the face for any true Bloody Disgusting Fan. This is truly weak and an awful way to top of the year on this site. I really think you could have done better. Shame on you for not living up to your name!!!

  • jaxx367

    Evil Dead reboot totally kicks The Conjuring’s ass anytime!!!

  • BernFink

    At least he didn’t throw V/H/S 2 in there.

  • djblack1313

    i admit i haven’t seen the Metallica movie(?) but…i’m confused. how can a music concert video be seen as a horror movie? i can only assume Mr.D picked that one with the sole intent to cause an uproar/push people’s buttons?

    i love PACIFIC RIM but it’s not horror. nor is THE WOLRD’S END (the rest of these choices i haven’t seen).

  • DevilDiabloDearieDear

    I think it’s a good thing people are commenting more and more about non-horror films being here. I drink to that, but it doesn’t help when major studios are marketing any piece of average to lousy soap opera-cum drama/thriller trash like ‘Eden Lake’ and ‘Them’ horror, plus all the faked haunting trash simply used to disguise usual serial killer intentions (i.e ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘The Last Exorcism’, just because it includes some violence, ether contrived, extreme or apparently more implied than shown. It’s STILL not horror.

    This is a massive problem now, with no end in sight. I blame the rubbish ‘Sixth Sense’ for starting the whole thing. The resurgence of the slasher was bad enough in the late 90s, not least cos almost all lacked the entire approach and horror feel of the late 70s slasher heyday, but today thing’s are even worse with abso-brat news bulletins stretched to film length, ongoing fake hauntings masking usual serial killer intentions, the ‘I see dead people/did we die/not die’ kitchen sink theatre melodramas, ad this ongoing borefest of apparent walking corpses eating each other, except they’re not and hw and why would you eat if you’re dead anyway? Someone got two distinct subgenres mixed up years ago and ever since a pointless remake happened in 2004 called ‘Dawn Of The Dead’, we’ve now had more cannibal/disease nonsense masquerading as ‘walking dead’ films then slashers even. Now wonder we’re in hell.

  • core_chaos

    To think once I used to come to this site for all my horror needs. Then I read this list. Seriously? If you want to ‘diversify’ and toss in some non-horror movies (Gravity??? Really???) then don’t market yourself as a horror site. Add this to my growing disinterest in the articles/movie reviews on this site and I’ve come to the sad conclusion I will have to find somewhere else to satisfy my horror-needs. To the rest of the disillusioned commentators – any suggestions?

  • core_chaos

    Not to answer my own question, but look what I stumbled upon in my desire to find anyone with a list better than this sh*t.Still not quite the best top 10 list, but already a step above what we have here: http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/343503-the-top-10-horror-movies-of-2013-jeffs-picks/#/slide/1

    Or perhaps this one which was definitely a chock-full horror list: http://www.best-horror-movies.com/news?name=the-best-horror-movies-of-2013-and-the-biggest-disappointments

  • Prof.-Lumpcicle

    James Wan is definitely one of the greatest ever…. if we’re talking top 30!

  • 713

    May I make a suggestion to the editors of this site? Us horror fans (by the by, the most die-hard fans ever) get quite enough of people telling us about mainstream movies that they think qualify as horror. We’d like the real stuff.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    This list was less satisfying than smoking an e-cig.

  • WineandWatch

    I just made my first attempt at a Best & Worst List. It’s a little long-winded but let me know what you think! I just started my blog a back in November so I’m still working out some kinks but as someone who is new to blogging, I’m proud of it!


  • WineandWatch

    And since You’re Next and Maniac were widely released this year (and that’s when I saw them) I included them on my “Best Of” list for this year.

  • Nikko Chunn

    Tight-knit? (I think it is a sewing metaphor). And you’re propensity to turn something into horror to have it on the list means there are too many stretches. Bad Milo is a horror-comedy, for sure, but some of the others are essentially comedies. Just edgey comedies… think of the word ‘horror’ for a minute.
    Evil Dead is a horror-comedy… it is mostly horror. A true horror-comedy cannot be horrific unless it is more horror than comedy. Don’t you agree? The comedy is for relief. Anyway, Gravity is a thriller. Thrillers and horror are not the same and Bullock ruined it for me sorry… even when at her most minimalist, I sensed overacting… I can’t enjoy her in it sorry. It is an auteur director’s piece of work – which the Oscars overtly recognized in every way (including snubbing the acting, but giving out the technical and the director’s prize)… crumbs. Maybe unearth the dvd and lesser-known horrors? That’s what most expect to see, so you’ll be fine anyway. Thanks though.

  • Brent Kieke

    Gravity? This is the End? Are you f*ckin’ serious?!? This is the worst list of “horror” movies EVER!

  • Guest

    Gravity? This is the End? Are you f*ckin’ serious?!? This is the worst list of “horror” movies EVER!

  • bjkieke

    Gravity? This is the End? Are you f*ckin’ serious?!? This is the worst list of “horror” movies EVER!!!