It’s hard to believe there’s much of anything to get excited for in these strange and depressing times, but there’s always horror. And praise the overlords — there are a heck of a lot of horror movies coming out in 2022.
Now, because we’ve got covid variants aplenty threatening to wreak havoc across the box office 2019-style, please keep in mind that these release dates are correct at the time of publishing, but may change. For instance, Morbius, the Jared Leto batboy thriller that was supposed to come out this January, has already been pushed back later into 2022. All we can be sure of these days is that nothing is set in stone.
That said, here (finger’s crossed) are the 10 horror movies we’re most excited to see in 2022!
10. Scream (January 14th)
The Woodsboro high gang are back in the 5th installment of the Scream franchise. We love a whodunnit, so of course we’re on board.
“Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.”
9. Orphan: First Kill (January 28th)
A prequel to the 2009 film Orphan, First Kill marks the return of secretly-a-whole serial-killing-adult-in-a-young-girl’s body Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman).
“Leena, a murderous sociopath who looks like a child due to a medical condition, escapes from an Estonian psychiatric facility. Leena impersonates the missing daughter of a wealthy family, but becomes pitted against a determined mother.”
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8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (February 18th)
The upcoming 9th film in the Texas Chain Saw Massacre franchise, this installment follows the modern-day retcon trend of dropping all previous sequels and taking place 40ish years after the first film from 1974.
“Melody, her teenage sister Lila, and their friends Dante and Ruth head to the remote town of Harlow, Texas, for business. However, things turn into a nightmare when they accidentally disrupt the home of Leatherface, the deranged serial killer.”
7. The Northman (April 22nd)
A new period thriller from The VVitch’s Robert Eggers? Yes please.
“Written by Eggers and Icelandic poet and novelist Sjón Sigurdsson, Northman is described as a grounded story set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century that centres on a Nordic prince who seeks revenge for the death of his father.”
6. The Black Phone (June 24th)
From Sinister director Scott Derrickson comes a cat-and-mouse tale with a killer new villain. Tell me that creepy mask doesn’t sell you.
“In a suburban Colorado town in the 1970s, five children go missing, kidnapped by a sadistic killer known as “The Grabber.” Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), a 13-year-old boy is walking home from school when he runs into a “part-time magician” (Ethan Hawke) who says he needs a helping hand.”
5. Nope (July 22nd)
Jordan Peele has a new horror movie. Do we know anything about it? Nope. Do we want to see it? Yep.
4. Salem’s Lot (September 9th)
An upcoming remake of the beloved Stephen King property written and directed by Gary Dauberman is slated for theatrical release later this year, and we’ll never turn down a Nosferatu.
“A writer returns to his hometown and discovers that the residents are being turned into vampires.”
3. Dark Harvest (September 9th)
30 Days of Night‘s David Slade brings a Halloween legend to life. Adapted from a 2006 novel of the same name.
“Every fall in a small Midwestern town, a supernatural specter named “Sawtooth Jack” arises from the cornfields and approaches the town’s church, where violent gangs of teenage boys hungrily await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare in an annual harvest rite of life and death.”
2. Don’t Worry Darling (September 23rd)
A psychological thriller directed by Olivia Wilde and starring May Queen Florence Pugh? You don’t even need to tell me what it’s about.
“A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.”
1. Halloween Ends (October 14th)
In 2018 they brought iconic slasher Michael Myers back to life. In 2021 they continued his story. In 2022, they end it all. (for a few years, at least)