When we talk about the Best Horror Movies of 2012, it’s like plucking the rare flowers from the heap of garbage. There were tons of movies that were dumped in 2012, obviously not every movie was worth sparing your time. There is obviously a big chunk of difference between a cheap thrill movie and a serious horror movie that will make your evening. When you are down with the wear and tear of a long working day and are looking for a nerve chilling horror and not a cheap thrill horror that will only add to your stress level.
Top Horror Movies from 2012
Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
Initial Release: 5 May 2012 (TX)
Director: Vito Trabucco
In 1977 a group of young and horny Christians was spending a fun-filled weekend at a lakeside mountain known as happy day bible camp. However, for their misdeeds, these youthful sinners paid a bloody penance by a sadistic nun. After seven years, another group of friends visits the camp to enjoy their holidays. They ignore all the warnings about the murders seven years ago. Now, they also need to confront the sadist nun for their sins.
The Bunny Game
Initial Release: 7 April 2012
Director: Adam Rehmeier
Drug addicted female prostitute (Rodleen Getsic) named Bunny was kidnapped by a truck driver (Jeff Renfro). He forcibly stripped Bunny, abused her sexually and physically, and shaved her head. After an hour of the storyline, the plot takes a unique twist when Bunny regains her consciousness and discovers that the truck driver has encased her head in a tight and white leather rabbit mask while he wears a similar hog mask.
Initial release: 5 October 2012
Director: Scott Derrickson
Sinister is a supernatural/horror film. It was directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson. We have Ethan Hake, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Thompson, and Vincent D’Onofrio, featuring in the lead roles and making their presence felt. The story is about true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt ( Hawke ) whose discovery in his new house’s attic of a box of home movies taping horrifying murders puts his family in danger.
It’s the dark mystery of their new house that keeps the audience gripped by it. It has a typically implausible horror movie behavior which delivers countless scream – out – loud moments. E! named it the best movie in the horror genre in 2012. You don’t often see a movie from Ireland making this far, but Sinister has got what it takes to be in this countdown.
Sinister is available on Netflix, have a look at our best Horror picks from Netflix also.
Initial release: September 6, 2012
Directors: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, MORE
The movie features four criminals who make a living by taping their foolish acts and uploading them online. They are hired by an unknown personality to steal a VHS tape from an abandoned old house. This accounts for the pivotal moment in the movie, the group makes the most incorrect decision they could have made by agreeing to the job.
When they get inside the home, they find dozens of more videos and a dead pensioner. Now they must find the video they are asked to steal, so to find the original tape, they start watching each VHS one by one. What they see on the tape seems hard to believe. Would it cost them more than what they asked for?
Initial Release: 2 November 2012 (USA)
Director: Barry Levinson
The story takes place in the town of Claridge, Maryland where an unknown disease creates havoc during its annual Festival. People living in that town become sick, exhibiting a spread of symptoms. After researching the issue, the local news authorities suspect something infecting the water. Everybody was clueless about what it is or how it’s transmitted. Affected people started behaving strangely and some of them even died. This creates fear in the town and it’s shut down by the government.
The authorities even confiscate the video footage and try to cover up the news. However, a local reporter who witnessed the whole epidemic documented, assembled, and hid the footage with the hope that one day, the horrible truth would be revealed. Surely this movie will keep you at bay for its entire duration.
Initial Release: 24 May 2012 (In Russia)
Director: Bradley Parker
You heard of Chernobyl right? Of course, the place that is famous for that nuclear incident. A group of friends named Chris, Natalie, and Amanda planned a vacation to Europe. After discussing several places to visit, they end up deciding to go to Chernobyl first. They also hire a tourism guide named Uri to explore the place in a better way. Uri explains to them about the radiation levels in the area. He can only take them to Pripyat, a deserted city very near to Chernobyl.
While on their way, they pass by a military checkpoint where they’re asked to return back. However, Uri finds an alternate route to the town and the group spends the day taking photographs. Suddenly, Uri becomes nervous and decides to take the group back home. However, their vehicle doesn’t start and they discover that the engine has been sabotaged.
Paranormal Activity 4
Release Date: 26 October 2012 (India)
Director: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
This one’s classic video footage found horror, where camera footage that has recorded some out of the leaked footage that will leave the viewers in shock is revealed. A woman named Kristy Rey and her husband Daniel is killed by her sister Katie, who then abducts Kristi’s one-year-old son, Hunter. After 5 years of this incident, a healthy family with a child named Alex lives in the same house.
After a mysterious accident, Alex’s family become temporary caretakers of Robbie, a strange child living next door. When Alex fell asleep, her webcam started recording paranormal activities that started happening after Robbie arrived at home.
Release Date: 11 May 2012 (India)
Director: Tim Burton
Never hurt a woman that loves you by heart, it’s a bad omen to leave your woman, and that’s what happened when Barnabas stranded his girlfriend. Joshua and Naomi Collins, with their young son Barnabas (Johnny Depp), left England and went to America to start a different life and forget about their past experience. However, the curse that plagued their family follows them to America. After two decades, Barnabas becomes the richest guy in the town and purchases a mansion.
However, due to his playboy personality, he cheats on a witch named Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death by turning him into a vampire. In case you are looking to watch more such the leak horror flicks do go through our Top PG-13 horror movies.
Initial Release: 31 August 2012 (USA)
Director: Ole Bornedal
Em (Natasha Calis) becomes strangely obsessed with an antique wooden box that their parents bought from a sale. This strange incident made Em’s parents Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) worried for their middle-aged daughter. One day her mother caught her daughter talking to the box. Soon after this, her parents also noticed the disturbing change in their daughter’s behavior. This led Em’s parents to fear the presence of a malevolent force. Clyde’s friend who was a university professor told him that this wooden box used to contain dybbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours a human host.
Initial release: 26 May 2012 (France)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
After the death of his Mother, Frank Zito takes over his family’s mannequin restoration business. Frank was very close to his mother and her sudden death made him turn into a psycho. He Murders and scalps unknown women and attaches their hair into his mannequins to recreate his childhood memory of brushing her mom’s hairs before bed. One day, Frank meets a woman named Lucie on a dating site. They go for dinner together where Lucie attempts to seduce Frank. However, she isn’t aware of the psychotic nature of frank. Frank is least interested in the date or the charm of the girl, all he has in his mind is to hunt his next victim down. Maniac is one of the best top horror movies from 2012.
We don’t claim that these are the top horror movies of 2012, opinions and choices may vary and we should respect everyone’s opinions. But one thing is for sure, almost every movie in this countdown is a mood uplifter and you will be spooked each time. Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments section below.