Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2013

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2013Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.

We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

BEST: Maniac
Runners-up: The Conjuring, Evil Dead

WORST: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2013

Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!

[Andrew Kasch]

[Anthony Arrigo]

[Brad McHargue]

[Buz "Danger" Wallick]

[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]

[The Foywonder]

[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]



[Scott "Doctor Gash" Hallam]

[Staci Layne Wilson]

[Uncle Creepy]



James Coker's picture

My favorites of 2013 were
Curse of Chucky
V/H/S 2
WNUF Halloween Special
Frankensteins Army
American Mary
and finnaly Warm Bodies

Honorable Mentions to : Jug Face, You're Next, Evil Dead, Bad Milo and The Conjuring

horror films that had me excited but crushed me at how shitty they were...The Purge and Saturday Morning Massacre

Worst Horror films go to : Texas Chainsaw 3D and I want to say World War Z soo badly but I can't. For it holds a special place in my heart even though it's shit

Submitted by James Coker on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:46pm.
GODFLESH69's picture

Ok here's my tops in no particular order Happy & Bloody New Year fellow FIENDS!

STITCHES-a cult classic (IMO) the most creative kills i've seen in a long time

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE-another remake that surpasses original , Parks owned a must see Mickle delivers another classic!Best cannibalism film since Ravenous remember that one ? ,it was f'n awesome!

EVIL DEAD-a remake done right raining fuckin blood what more could you ask for?

V/H/S 2- a surprise the zombie pov & Safe Heaven are so well done

MIMESIS- a cool premise set in the NOLD world.2011 but was on dvd last year so throwing it on here

MANIAC-Frodo is friggin creepy and the kills are hard to watch pulls no punches

GRABBERS-A total blast old fashioned monster movie

FRANKENSTEINS ARMY-The practical effects are over the top



Most disappointing
Both like a Tijuana whore pretty but didn't put out and left you limp & disappointed after taking your money.

WWZ-CGI Extravaganza with no soul

PACIFIC RIM- Not horror!!! totally forgettable a fail in my opinion can only hope Godzilla delivers a Destroy all MONSTERS remake would be welcome

my two faves again not horror but have horror elements

ELYSIUM- a sci fi classic!!!

The Worlds End-way to wrap up a trilogy fun times

I haven't seen these yet but on my radar

Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 7:17pm.
EuroTrashFan's picture

Top 3
Texas Chainsaw 3d ( Yeah I liked it, thought it was a new way to spin the series.)
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane ( Yes i know it was made a long time ago, but it was just released here so it qualifies.)

Bottom 3

The Conjuring
Evil Dead

those are the bottom cause upon first viewing i found myself trying to find something else to watch, they just bored me.

Submitted by EuroTrashFan on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:18pm.
MonsterMash's picture

GIT 'IM CUZ!!!1!1!

Submitted by MonsterMash on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:08pm.
nazo's picture

That movie. It's not good, and I can't say I enjoyed it, but it is oddly fascinating.

Submitted by nazo on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:23pm.
MonsterMash's picture

It's watchable on some level, but a book could be written about what's wrong with it. It lets down the lowest of expectations. I did like a few things they did, but it's terrible. There's a really good movie buried somewhere in the premise, but it's not in Chainsaw 3D.

Submitted by MonsterMash on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:57pm.
frank_dracman's picture

Top 5?
1) Maniac. Bilbo was fucking terrifying. The movie was easily the best straight horror movie of the year. Now the rest in no particular order...

Hansel and Gretel *high fives Kidd for sharing the awesome!

Frankenstein's Army. Best effects I've seen in a loong time.

Resolution. Just watch it. seriously.

Evil Dead. I really thought I'd hate this one."One of my favortie movie of all time being remade? It's gonna suck". Is it as good as the others? Of course not. But it's a damn fine horror movie in it's own right.

Only god Forgives.
Never has a movie been so divisive to me. Beautiful, great music, an actor I dislike gets his balls beat off and some pretty effective gore.

But it's also boring as shit, barley has a plot and is pretentious as hell.

Whatever the final judgement is, one thing is certain; it stayed with me days after watching. Surly that counts for something.

Bottom 5

Warm Bodies

The Purge

Texas Chainsaw (fuck everyone involved it this turd)

Brad Pitt Vs CGI Zombies

Pacific Rim HA! just wanted to see if you're still reading. That movie's great.

Submitted by frank_dracman on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:19am.
aliensharkboy's picture

That last part almost got me. I approve of this list (not that you'd care).

Oh and AHEM... *Frodo... not Bilbo.

Submitted by aliensharkboy on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:26pm.
kiddcapone's picture

Top 3:

The Conjuring (best horror in 2013 by a landslide)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Bottom 3:

Texas Chainsaw 3D
The Last Exorcist II
No One Lives

Submitted by kiddcapone on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:45am.

For me this was the worst year in a long time. Just too many "ok" films nothing I really care for so I'm just keeping my list brief.

the meh list:
1. The Conjuring
The film was good but relied too much on jump scare music that it became a distraction.

2. Pacific Rim
Not the terrible film some people make it out to be but not the masterpiece others say it is. Too many cliche characters and the film should have spent more time with the other pilots and removed the scientists ,god I hated the scenes when they were together.

3. Curse of Chucky
Never been a big fan of the franchise but this was much better than I expected it to be.

4. Walking Dead show
The second half of season 3 was shite with only the Governer's first invasion (think it was episode 10) and the Micheal Rooker episode (part 15) being any good. Too much padding out (see the ep where both sides sit down and talk) and the ending was terrible to say the least, my mum who knows nothing of the comics felt that it was anti climatic, talk about trying to kill interest in your own show.
The last 4 episodes of season 4 have picked up but feels a bit too late, still too much padding the story out (70's brit show Survivors got poisoning over with in 1 hour episode) and what's with all the red shirt people?

5. Texas Chainsaw 3D
I liked it. Really don't know why (I have sat down and tried to think of a reason but came up with nothing)

Worst film.
You're Next
I know it should be Texas Chainsaw ( I just don't know why I enjoyed it) but this really pissed me off. The most overated horror film since Hatchet. Far far too much shaky cam. Severance and The People under the Stairs (or the last 10 minutes of many Wes Craven films)did a better job at home alone type invasion.

Hope this year is better.

Submitted by will graham on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 7:25am.

Agree with You're Next. Vart overrated and nowhere near as original as many say it is. I forgot put it on bottom list.

Submitted by Hicks on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:58pm.
nazo's picture

I haven't seen You're Next. I know it got really good reviews, but the marketing, personnel, and reviews set off basically every red flag possible w/r/t what I do and don't enjoy in movies.

Submitted by nazo on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:30pm.
Terminal's picture

Foy's reasoning for 12 Years a Slave as one of his favorite non-horror horror movies of the year is why I'm a fan of his. 12 Years a Slave very much has the structure of a horror movie from beginning to end, except it's also a drama. Loved it.

My Top Ten Horror Movies of the year:

1. The Conjuring
2. Mama
3. You're Next
4. The Battery
5. WNUF Halloween Special
6. Evil Dead
7. Crystal Lake Memories
8. Stoker
9. Resolution
10. Maniac

The Five Worst:
Lords of Salem, World War Z, Warm Bodies, Hatchet 3, Beneath

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 6:38am.
Rottenjesus's picture

Still waiting on that long awaited eulogy on the utter failure that was the TOTAL RECALL remake. Are you going to pair it with the incoming bomb that will be the ROBOCOP remake? :)

Submitted by Rottenjesus on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:58pm.
MonsterMash's picture

In no particular order, my top 7
Pacific Rim- Most fun I've had in a theater ever.
Lord of Tears- See it! Great supernatural horror! Beautiful camerawork.
Evil Dead/I didn't come here to Die- Best cabin horror since Evil Dead '81
American Mary- Awesome, but I have mixed feelings about the ending.
The Raid- That counts just because I think you guys have a review for it.
Frankenstein's Army
Ghost Shark- I don't think I've ever laughed so hard with a movie. Loved it.

Honorable mentions
John dies at the End
V/H/S 2
The Conjuring
Hatchet 3

Dishonorable mentions
Carrie- Fuckin soft Lifetime movie shit. Ugh.
Ladies of Salem-love your music Rob, but come on.
Chainsaw 3D- so much potential, so much Friday the 13th.

Here's to 2014!

Submitted by MonsterMash on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 8:24pm.
nazo's picture

My top 5, sticking strictly to horror movies.

5: Bad Milo! Yeah, it's a horror comedy about a demon that lives in a guy's butt. But hey, it's a horror comedy about a demon that lives in a guy's butt! With much better puppetry than I was expecting! This movie is a lot more clever, funny, and even poignant than it has any right to be.

4: Grabbers. I have a soft spot for creature flicks, 80s horror comedies, Joe Dante movies, and drunks from the British Isles. (Yes, The World's End is one of my favorite movies of the year.) Grabbers hit each of those notes and is the kind of funny, character driven monster movie that should be made more often.

3: Sleep Tight. Maniac got a lot of the raves in horror circles, but I thought this movie, from one of the directors of [REC], was the creepiest movie of the year. The conceit is gradually revealed throughout the movie, and by the end I felt thoroughly disgusted and in need of a shower. One aspect of the movie strained my credulity a bit, but it is so well done and the ending is so horrifying once you start to see it coming.

2. Safe Haven. I didn't much care for most of the rest of V/H/S 2, but Safe Haven was really good. Great build up, maybe the most tension in any horror movie of the year, pitch black humor, and the things it showed at the end brought me as much joy as anything else I've seen in a horror movies this year, maybe more. Gareth Evans continues to be awesome, and I can't wait for The Raid 2.

1: Resolution. I watch most movies only once unless I really like them. It's incredibly rare that I'll watch a movie and have the urge to watch it again. After finishing Resolution the first time, I really liked the characters and the humor, but wasn't sure about the ending. But it stuck with me, so I re-watched it the next day and really appreciated what the directors were going for. The movie pulls off the difficult balancing act of being funny enough to keep me entertained, earnest enough that I cared about the characters, and self aware enough to say something about movies. It is incredibly difficult to be earnest and self aware at the same time, let alone one of the funniest movies of the year.

Honorable Mentions: Curse of Chucky, The Battery, The Conjuring, WNUF Halloween Special, Big Ass Spider, Sharknado, Mama

Horror movies that everyone liked, but completely bored me, presented with no justification: Evil Dead, Stoker, Prisoners

Best & favorite movie of the year: 12 Years A Slave. It's everything Foy said and more; a movie that will pull out your guts with one hand and turn on your brain with the other. I can't imagine that anything better has been released this year and this one should reach iconic status rather shortly.

Other movies I absolutely adored: The World's End, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim

Submitted by nazo on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:40am.

I agree with vast majority of ur selections the most. Yet to see Bad Milo though.

Submitted by Hicks on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:22pm.

Warm Bodies barely qualifies as a horror comedy. I wouldn't even call the creatures in the movie zombies.

Submitted by LSD Zombie on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:51am.

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