A 2022 Horror Movie Guide

We hope you got your scream on because 2022 has been a big year for horror movies, with even more coming later this year! If you love to get spooked, or feel the adrenaline rush of scary films, check out some of our picks of films that will get you in the fearful mood. From movies in theaters, ones premiering later in the year, and films on streaming, here is a guide for horror movies in 2022.

Four new horror movies in theaters

Men

The Alex Garland film is a folk horror roped in psychological turmoil. Our main character Harper (Jessie Buckley) spends a holiday alone in the village of Cotson after the sudden death of her husband. Soon, Harper is haunted by a mysterious figure who stalks her every move. Is she imagining these images due to her grief, or is there something more sinister going on? 

If you’re looking for a reason to head to the theaters to see Men, let audiences persuade you.

Crimes of the Future

Kristen Stewart takes on the horror genre in Crimes of the Future. In the future, society lives through a synthetic environment, where humans can mutate and adapt. We follow famous performance artist Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen) and his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux) as Saul can constantly develop vestigial organs.

Kristen Stewart plays a member of the National Organ Registry who becomes interested in Saul. This body horror movie will have minds reeling. Just make sure not to eat before you go to see it in theaters.

Watcher

Always watch your back. Always. In the new horror-thriller Watcher, a young actress (Maika Monroe) believes someone is stalking her in her new apartment. When her boyfriend (Karl Gusman) thinks she’s just being paranoid, the actress questions her own sanity. She begins to fear for her life as the creepy figure comes closer and closer. 

Watcher will keep you on the edge of your seat, causing you to fear for your own life.

I mean. . . given a horror movie villain’s track record, fair.

Firestarter

Drew Barrymore’s star power role makes a comeback for a new audience in the remake of Stephen King’s Firestarter. Ryan Kiera Armstrong plays Vicky, a young girl that can set things on fire with her mind. As a shady federal agency attempts to take advantage of her, Vicky’s parents (Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon) attempt to diffuse her powers.  

Ryan Kiera Armstrong guest-starred on The Drew Barrymore Show where the two shared a loving embrace and spoke about sharing the fire-breathing role.

While there are similarities between the original film and this remake, this adaptation stands on its own.

Five new horror movies coming out in 2022 

The Black Phone

What if a phone could actually be your saving grace? In The Black Phone, a 13-year-old boy is being held captive in a basement by a sadistic masked killer called The Grabber (played by Ethan Hawke). As the boy stays trapped in the basement, he hears a disconnected phone start to ring. He soon realizes that he can hear the killer’s previous victims, as they try to help him escape the clutches of The Grabber. 

Will the boy make it out alive? You’ll have to watch it when it hits theaters to find out.

Horror fans can’t wait to see the film when it comes out on June 24th.

Nope

Horror master Jordan Peele makes a triumphant return with the upcoming sci-fi horror film, Nope. Jordan has been skilled at keeping a lot of the plot a secret, but what we know so far is that the movie follows caretakers at a California horse ranch who encounter a mysterious force. What could this force be? We have no clue, but we’re itching to find out.

The film has an all-star cast including Keke Palmer, Get Out’s Daniel Kuluuya, Steven Yuen, Brandon Perea, and Barbie Ferreira.

Jordan Peele’s horror artistry includes a mix of humor, fear, and political satire like in his movies Get Out and Us. We hope Nope continues that tradition.

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

If you’re into more of the black comedy slasher type, like the Scream series or Cabin in the Woods, check out Bodies, Bodies, Bodies when it comes to theaters on August 5th. In this film, rich 20-somethings with nothing better to do during a hurricane have a little party game in a big mansion. When the game leads to a murder, the group must find out who the killer is. This game of cat and mouse stars Rachel Senott, Amandla Stenberg, Chase Sui Wonders, Pete Davidson, and Maria Bakalova.  

Halloween Ends

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to defeat Michael Myers for (possibly) the last time in Halloween Ends. The movie follows the 2021 Halloween Kills, where Laurie is now an older woman, but can still fight like hell. She is joined by her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), Deputy Frank Hawkins (Will Patton), Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards), and the unforgettable Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle). 

Fans are desperately waiting for any bits of new info on the film.

Don’t Worry Darling

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Don’t Worry Darling, makes its way to theaters on September 23, 2022. Florence Pugh and Harry Styles star as happy couple Alice and Jack in this psychological thriller where they live in a “perfect” 1950’s styled community. As Alice begins to question the town, everything is not what it seems, and something more sinister is lurking underneath. Directed and also starring Olivia Wilde, the all-star cast includes Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, and Nick Kroll

While Harry Styles made his acting debut in movies like Dunkirk and Eternals, we’re excited to see him bring this sophisticated (maybe evil) character to the screen. And don’t even get us started about the trailer. One word: HOT! 

Two horror movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and more

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Netflix breathes new life into the 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a modern adaptation. When influencers head to a Texas ghost town to reinvent the area, they come face to face with Leatherface — the bloody killer that wreaked havoc many years before. Protagonist Sally Hardesty returns, but Olwen Fouéré portrays the original sole survivor as final girl actress Marilyn Burns died in 2014.

The Netflix original brought a new audience to the beloved horror franchise.

Fresh

Daisy Edgar-Jones is a young woman unlucky with the dating apps in this comedy thriller film Fresh. After she meets the man of her dreams at a grocery store, Steve (played by Sebastian Stan), she gets caught in his dangerous, horrifying plans. It’s up to her to get herself out, but how? 

Now, this film may cause you never to look at a piece of meat normally ever again. But it’s worth it for a movie — right? It’s the perfect mix of comedy and horror and illustrates the bigger message of the reality of online dating for women in the present.

Our pick of best horror movies of 2022 

Scream

The iconic slasher series, Scream, returned with a bloody entrance and updated story. Twenty-five years after the brutal murders in Woodsboro, California, another Ghostface killer is on the loose. This new killer begins to attack a group of teenagers (played by Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Mikey Madison, and Dylan Minnette). They must work together to determine who Ghostface is, but they need some help. Enter final girl Sidney (Neve Campbell), journalist Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), and retired sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette).

This film brings the nostalgia of the original Scream films while making sure to keep the plot fresh and adaptable for the modern age. There are twists and turns at every corner, and you won’t know what comes next.

X

The 1970’s come to 2022 in this slasher movie X. The film follows a group of actors who plan to make an adult movie in rural Texas. As they stay with a reclusive old couple, they soon realize they are in a dangerous fight for their lives. It stars Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Mia Goth, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, and Kid Cudi.

The slasher sets out to be gritty, sexy, scary, and controversial — exactly what a horror film should be. A prequel with Mia Goth, called Pearl is currently in pre-production.

Umma

A mother-daughter bond is unbreakable — even when danger calls. In Umma, Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) live a quiet life on a farm. When the remains of Amanda’s estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda soon fears that she will turn into her mother.

While scary, Umma is first and foremost a film about the complex relationships between mother and daughters and confronting trauma from the past.

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