Top 5 best sci-fi, fantasy and horror films of 2012

Dredd, Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Chronicle and Cabin In The Woods are 2012′s best movies

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Dredd film of 2012

1. Dredd
Director: Peter Travis
Distributor: Entertainment Film

The odds were well and truly stacked against poor old Dredd – a relatively low-budget adaptation of a comic-book character whose popularity peaked decades ago, a reboot of a much-maligned 1995 film, and to top it looked a bit like Indonesian cop movie The Raid, despite having been buried in post-production purgatory for so long that the first trailer had La Roux as its soundtrack. But Alex Garland and Peter Travis silenced them all with a raw and uncompromisingly violent take on the trigger-happy 2000 AD antihero, and its less than stellar takings belie – like Blade Runner before it – cult status. Who cares that we probably won’t see a second great Judge Dredd film? Until summer 2012 there hadn’t even been one of them.

Buy Dredd now on DVD priced £13 or Blu-ray priced £17.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

Avengers Assemble best film 2012

2. Avengers Assemble
Director: Joss Whedon
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Plenty has been written about Joss Whedon’s triumphant Avengers Assemble elsewhere on this site, but there’s no getting around just how titanic this joyous superhero team-up was and how much it has raised the stakes for the superhero movie sub-genre. We’re now living in the post-Avengers world, and every superhero movie to follow has a hell of a lot of work to do.

Buy Avengers Assemble now on DVD priced £8.99 or Blu-ray priced £12.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

Chronicle best film 2012

3. Chronicle
Director: Josh Trank
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

2012’s surprise hit that lit the career touch paper on director Josh Trank – now rebooting Fantastic Four – and screenwriter Max Landis – whose forthcoming projects include a Frankenstein reboot and TV show VigilantChronicle was a found-footage superhero hit, depicting the outcome of inflicting powers on a bunch of hormonal shits with chilling realism.

Buy Chronicle now on DVD priced £9.36 and Blu-ray priced £11.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

The Cabin In The Woods best film 2012

4. The Cabin In The Woods
Director: Drew Goddard
Distributor: Lionsgate

Trapped in the cellar at the abandoned, haunted house known as MGM, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel collaborators Joss Whedon (writer) and Drew Goddard (director) finally released their whip-smart spin on Eighties horror, The Cabin In The Woods, which managed to slip in references to everything from Hellraiser to The Ring.

Buy The Cabin In The Woods now on DVD priced £12 and Blu-ray priced £19.88 from Amazon.co.uk.

The Amazing Spider-Man best movie 2012

5. The Amazing Spider-Man
Director: Marc Webb
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Very much the underdog story in this year’s crop of superheroic mega-events, but that’s just how our friendly neighbourhood wallcrawler would like it. Despite early fanboy outrage over the corpse of Sam Raimi’s trilogy being not yet cold, Marc Webb’s moody outsider take won over not just the ticket-buying public, but the hardest of all groups to appease – you lot.

Buy The Amazing Spider-Man now on DVD priced £10 and Blu-ray priced £14.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

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