Since the dawn of the horror that was 2020, each year seems to feel like a less original but equally painstaking reboot in a should-have-never-been-rebooted horror franchise. Every turn of the season seems to come with a jump scare that’s somehow unsurprising yet “unprecedented.” And, though we may have been faced with plenty of events that weren’t on our 2020 bingo cards, by now, we can predict that variant lurking around the corner like a bad slasher film.
Well, here’s to hoping 2022 is the end of a hellish 2020 trilogy. In the meantime, if manufactured horror provides you some strange comfort amidst IRL chaos, there are plenty of films arriving this year that will get your adrenaline pumping while still providing the sweet relief of remembering, “It’s just a movie.” From new installments of classic franchises like Halloween, to all-new plots like The Black Phone, there’s plenty of Hollywood heebie-jeebies to look forward to this year. Here are some of the most anticipated horror releases of 2022.
Scream has been rebooted (and parodied, thanks to Scary Movie) plenty of times. But the fifth installment of Scream offers a fresh perspective on the franchise. Set in the town of Woodsboro 25 years after the infamous murders, Scream sees a new masked killer arise–this time, targeting a group of teens who are each connected to the murders.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (February 18)
Based on recent reviews, the newest reboot of Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn’t exactly a must-watch according to critics. However, if you’re one for nostalgia (or just love hate-watching bad slasher flicks), then you might be one of the brave few to persist in the face of one-star reviews. Serving as a sequel to the original, Texas Chainsaw Massacre sees a group of teens set their eyes on a Texas ghost town for their next business venture. What they don’t realize, though, is that the area is also the home of serial killer Leatherface.
If you’re looking for a good measure of laughs amongst your screams, Fresh might satiate your appetite. Premiering on Hulu and starring Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones across from Captain America’s Sebastian Stan, the film takes a stab at lampooning modern dating. Following a young woman whose frustration with dating apps is finally cured by a grocery store meet-cute, the romance swiftly takes a turn as she learns that her new beau might be a cannibal.
Following the 2018 release of Venom, Morbius is the next Spider-Man villain in line to receive his own standalone Sony feature. Jared Leto stars in this origin story, following the biochemist as he attempts to self-treat his own blood disorder–only to develop vampirism.
The Black Phone (June 24)
In Blumhouse’s latest, Ethan Hawke stars as a masked murderer who kidnaps a child and traps him in a soundproof basement. While locked away, the child discovers a disconnected phone from which he is able to communicate with the deceased victims of his kidnapper. With the help of their guidance, he might just be able to make it out alive.
A Jordan Peele film starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun? That’s right, the horror film of your dreams (or nightmares) is on its way. Not much is known about the plot of the film, except that a chilling phenomenon takes place at a horse ranch. However, if you’re of the faint of heart, one watch of the trailer’s many cuts of eerie visuals and jump scares will have you saying, “Nope.”
Salem’s Lot (September 9)
Though Stephen King’s 1975 novel Salem’s Lot has been adapted for television a few times, the beloved second novel of King (and, apparently, the author’s own personal favorite of his collection) is finally making its way to the silver screen this year. Perhaps reminiscent to anyone who’s returned home for a painful high school reunion, the plot follows an author who returns to his childhood hometown in Maine only to discover that his fellow residents are becoming vampires.
Don’t Worry Darling (September 23)
A psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles directed by Olivia Wilde? Yes, please. Written by Booksmart screenwriter Katie Silberman, Don’t Worry Darling follows a 1950s housewife whose mundane life is turned upside-down after discovering a disturbing secret about her husband.
Halloween Ends (October 14)
To the pleasure of many fans (and the dismay of some purists), John Carpenter’s Halloween franchise will receive its thirteenth installment this year. With Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising their roles from the first 1978 iteration, Halloween Ends will offer a satisfying climax to the latest canon, which is based on the original film’s storyline.
Orphan: First Kill (TBD)
With such an unexpected twist at the end of the 2009 Orphan, it was about time that the eerie film (about a mysterious orphan who turns out to be a murderous adult in disguise) received a prequel. Now, we might finally get some answers. With Isabelle Fuhrman reprising the role of Esther thirteen years later, and a supporting performance from Julia Stiles, First Kill offers a new perspective on the mysterious history of Esther.
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