2012 provided us with a number of decent horror flicks. For so many years we were getting these awful horror movies, all suffering from the same sickness – cheap thrills and cliché endings. Paranormal Activity provided fans of the genre with something fresh and terrifying, but then that franchise fell into the same traps. The sequels, including the one we saw this year, failed to offer anything new. Thankfully, there were other films that stepped it up and gained a little respect for the horror genre. Here are our picks for the Top 5 Best Horror Films of 2012.

5. Silent House

Filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau‘s took us into scary, shark-infested waters with their 2003 feature Open Water. They followed it with an equally suspenseful horror film called Silent House, starring Elizabeth Olsen, the Olsen twins’ little sister who made a name for herself with the thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. Silent House, a remake of the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, is set in real time, and follows Olsen through a mysterious and creepy house. It’s a suspenseful 88-uninturrupted minutes, and there’s a cool twist at the end.

4. Frankenweenie

Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie is a tribute to old classic monsters like Godzilla, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Igor and Dracula. The director got the chance to expand his 1984 short film and delivered a work of art. Frankenweenie is a 3D, black-and-white, stop-action bonanza, and also a throwback to his old works.

3. Sinister

Sinister has all the makings of a dumb, cliche horror flick – the ugly monster, the creepy house, children, found footage, etc. But the film embraces all of those elements, shakes things up and serves its purpose, which is to scare the crap out of you. There’s also some comedy in there and a solid performance by James Ransone.

2. Cabin In The Woods

Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods is not your typical horror film. And we’re not going to spoil it here, just in case you haven’t seen it. Let’s just say that Cabin in the Woods is one big surprise and a series of events you don’t see coming. On the surface, the film looks like just another typical horror movie where dumb college kids get slashed for being dumb college kids. But oh no, no, no – this movie is so much more than that. From the very beginning, it’ll keep you on edge, questioning everything that’s going on. It’s entertaining and funny, and there’s also some scares and gore in there.

1. Prometheus

Does Prometheus even count as a horror film? Alien sure was, but this one, we’re not so sure. Still, Ridley Scott‘s ambitious prequel is a feast for the eyes. The world Mr. Scott built is breathtaking and mesmerizing. Yes, the story has a lot of flaws, and left us more questions than answers, but that’s the beauty of it. Prometheus is one of the most entertaining movies of the year, and Michael Fassbender‘s performance as David, the elegant, well-mannered android, is a must see.

What was your favorite horror movie this year?