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2013 in Fantasy: Categorizing the Supernatural Films of the Year

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Dec 27, 2013 | 12:00pm EST

The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugWarner Bros.

We're done with vampires. Done! But our craving for the paranormal wages on, so Hollywood is charged with injecting a slew of other otherworldly elements into its cinematic output. Throughout 2013, we've seen a wide variety of fantasy and science-fiction creatures, worlds, and principles take form in our favorite (and… less appreciated) movies. Take a gander at what the year has brought us in the way of the supernatural:

MOVIES THAT FEATURE THE USE OF MAGIC
47 Ronin
Beautiful Creatures
Epic
Frozen
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Lone Ranger
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Oz the Great and Powerful
The Smurfs 2
Thor: The Dark World

MOVIES THAT FEATURE THE USE OF FICTIONAL SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Despicable Me 2
Elysium
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Iron Man 3
John Dies at the End
Man of Steel
Movie 43
Pacific Rim
Star Trek into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World

MOVIES THAT FEATURE COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES 
Iron Man 3
Man of Steel
Movie 43
Thor: The Dark World
The Wolverine

MOVIES THAT FEATURE ALIENS
After Earth
Dark Skies
Ender's Game
Escape from Planet Earth
Europa Report
The Host
Man of Steel
Oblivion
Pacific Rim
Riddick
Star Trek into Darkness
The World's End

MOVIES THAT FEATURE GHOSTS
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Conjuring
A Haunted House
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
Insidious Chapter 2
Mama
Safe Haven
Scary Movie 5

MOVIES THAT FEATURE ZOMBIES
John Dies at the End
Warm Bodies
World War Z

MOVIES THAT FEATURE WITCHES
47 Ronin
Beautiful Creatures
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Oz the Great and Powerful

MOVIES THAT FEATURE WIZARDS
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

MOVIES THAT FEATURE DEMONS
47 Ronin
Hell Baby

The Last Exorcism Part II
The Lone Ranger
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

This Is the End

MOVIES THAT FEATURE WEREWOLVES
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Lone Ranger (original cut)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

MOVIES THAT FEATURE VAMPIRES (OH, I GUESS WE'RE NOT DONE WITH THEM...)
Byzantium
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

MOVIES THAT FEATURE MYTHICAL OR MYTHOLOGICAL FIGURES
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Thor: The Dark World

MOVIES THAT FEATURE A RACE OF MONOCHROMATIC, LIKE-MINDED CREATURES
Despicable Me 2
Epic
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Smurfs 2
World War Z

MOVIES THAT FEATURE POSSESSION AND/OR BODY SNATCHING
The Conjuring
Evil Dead
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Hell Baby
The Host
Insidious Chapter 2
The Last Exorcism Part II
This Is the End
The World's End

MOVIES THAT FEATURE ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT BEINGS
Oblivion
The World's End

MOVIES THAT FEATURE GENETIC ENGINEERING
Despicable Me 2
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Iron Man 3
Scary Movie 5
Star Trek into Darkness

MOVIES THAT FEATURE TIME TRAVEL
About Time
Free Birds
John Dies at the End

MOVIES THAT FEATURE TELEPORTATION, WORMHOLES, OR ANY OF THAT OTHER NONSENSE
John Dies at the End
Star Trek into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World

MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE IN ALTERNATE REALMS
Epic
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
John Dies at the End
Monsters University
Oz the Great and Powerful
The Smurfs 2
Thor: The Dark World

MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE ON OTHER PLANETS OR MOONS
After Earth
Europa Report
Man of Steel
Riddick
Star Trek into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World

MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE IN OUTER SPACE
Elysium
Ender’s Game
Europa Report
Free Birds

Gravity
Man of Steel
Riddick
Star Trek into Darkness

MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE IN THE FUTURE
After Earth
Elysium
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Oblivion
Pacific Rim
The Purge
Star Trek into Darkness

MOVIES THAT FEATURE THE APOCALYPSE OR "POST-APOCALYPSE"
After Earth
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
It's a Disaster
Oblivion
Pacific Rim
This Is the End
The World's End

MOVIES THAT FEATURE AN AFTERLIFE
The Conjuring
Insidious Chapter 2
R.I.P.D.
This Is the End

MOVIES THAT FEATURE WHATEVER THE F**K HAPPENS IN UPSTREAM COLOR
Upstream Color

MOVIES BASED ON FAIRY TALES
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Jack the Giant Slayer

MOVIES IN WHICH A YOUNG WOMAN WHO THINKS SHE IS MORTAL FINDS OUT THAT SHE ISN'T AND MUST RISE TO THE OCCASION TO STOP A DASTARDLY FORCE OF EVIL
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

MOVIES THAT FEATURE TALKING ANIMALS
The Croods
Epic
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Oz the Great and Powerful
Scary Movie 5
Turbo
Walking with Dinosaurs

MOVIES THAT FEATURE TALKING INANIMATE OBJECTS
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Frozen
Oz the Great and Powerful
Planes

MOVIES THAT FEATURE "MIND-MELDING"
Pacific Rim
Star Trek into Darkness

MOVIES THAT FEATURE THE USE OF TELEKINESIS
Beautiful Creatures
Carrie
Dark Touch

MOVIES THAT FEATURE LARGE ORGANIZATIONS DEVOTED TO FANTASTICAL OR SCI-FI CAUSES
Despicable Me 2
Ender's Game
Escape from Planet Earth
Escape from Tomorrow
Jack the Giant Slayer
Monsters University
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
R.I.P.D.
Star Trek into Darkness

MOVIES THAT FEATURE PROPHECIES
Byzantium
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
The Lone Ranger
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
This Is the End

MOVIES THAT USE THE NAME "RONIN"
47 Ronin
Epic

MOVIES THAT I DIDN'T SEE BUT THAT I'M SURE FALL INTO A FEW OF THESE CATEGORIES
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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