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The most anticipated new horror movies of 2022

The new horror movies of 2022 are a ludicrously exciting bunch. Not only do we have fresh found-footage horror from the creators of  Zoom-based 2020 terrorfest Host, but there’s a fresh Hellraiser experience on the way, and even a new Predator movie on the horizon. As ever, smart horror is on the cards too with folk nastiness from Alex Garland in Men, A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies, and Blumhouse gay conversion slasher, the perfectly titled They/Them. Further proof that the genre continues to thrive as it explores fresh societal themes in inventively dark ways.  

And there’s never been more ways to watch new horror movies as they land. While cinema releases are still the case for some movies, streaming services like Peacock and Shudder are racking up plenty of new scary movies. Shudder in particular is happily buying up festival favorites for essential home viewing. So whether you want to watch from home or in cinemas, here are the essential dates for your diary for the most exciting new horror movies of 2022.  

Read more: Best Horror movies | Best Netflix horror movies | Movie release dates | Upcoming movies | New TV shows

Dashcam

Release date:  June 3, 2022 

After watching Zoom-based horror-fest Host on Shudder you’ll know to be very, very afraid of what the team has cooked up next for Blumhouse. If Host made you not want to open your laptop ever again, imagine what Dashcam will do for cars. Host director Rob Savage is back at the helm and Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley once again joined him on writing duties for another Covid set horror. This time we’re on the road with a woman as she gives a lift to someone who may not be what she seems…  

“If Host is a very quiet, ‘I’m alone in the house by myself’ kind of movie, this is everyone yelling, nothing getting heard — the angry discourse movie that just adds to the cacophony,” Savage told The Hollywood Reporter. “In the same way that Host is really about planting a flag and saying, ‘This is what it’s like being in lockdown during 2020,’ Dashcam is doing the same but in a different way. It’s trying to be like, ‘This is how people were feeling and interacting with each other at this time.’” Ironically, it’s one to see with a crowd. 

 Men 

Release date: June 3, 2022 

What happens when Alex Garland does folk horror? Well, Men apparently. The Annihilation and Ex Machina writer and director recently confirmed that his A24 horror steers away from his previous, more fantastical work. “Yeah, it’s not sci-fi,” he told Empire Online. “If we’re gonna get into subgenres, the subgenre here is folk horror. It’s the horror of rural England. It’s certain kinds of churches, certain kinds of forest – the shadows within dark green. That kind of thing.” 

If it sounds like Garland is being purposefully vague, he definitely is. The plot of Men isn’t quite clear but Jessie Buckley plays a woman trying to get away from a tragedy by renting a home in a small English village. It’s there where she realises she is being stalked by multiple men who are all played by Rory Kinnear. Even this strange concept is enough for us in Garland’s safe hands and, going by the trailer above, things are going to get interesting. 

The Black Phone 

Release date: June 24, 2022 

Scott Derrickson might now be well known as the director of Doctor Strange but horror fans know better. We know Derrickson as the man behind the terrifying Sinister, which only recently was dethroned by Zoom-based horror Host as the scariest movie of all time according to ‘science.’ With The Black Phone, Derrickson is firmly back in horror territory – terroritory? – directing Ethan Hawke in a truly villainous role as a child abductor. Watch the trailer above if you dare.  

It’s already screened at various horror festivals and the reviews so far are excellent – with Bloody Disgusting branding Hawke ‘skin crawling’ in their review – but you might not want to know too much. Keeping things vague, The Black Phone is based on a Joe Hill short story of the same name which has been adapted by Derrickson and Sinister writer C. Robert Cargill. Prepare to to be terrified by the Tom Savini designed mask alone…   

Nope

Release date: July 22, 2022

Finally, we no longer have just one word and a mysterious poster to go on. The first trailer for Nope, Jordan Peele’s next directorial project, has arrived and it looks like things are going to get elevated. How do you follow up on Get Out and Us? Well it looks like you introduce inescapable horror from the skies. Despite hinting at all kinds of terror from above, the trailer wisely never shows us whats up there, instead revealing only the terrified reactions from those below. Nope stars Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya alongside Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun as California residents who make an “uncanny and chilling discovery.” Please let it be truly terrifying aliens. We’re long overdue some seriously scary ETs.  And if Peele’s in charge, we’re going to forget them anytime soon. 

Bodies Bodies Bodieshttps://youtu.be/DMgLMaLlK9k

Release date: August 5, 2022 (Peacock)

Just when you thought this year’s Scream was enough meta horror for 2022, A24 would like to have its satirical say. From director Halina Reijn, Bodies Bodies Bodies looks like scary movie crack for Gen-Zers. It stars Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, and Rachel Sennott and A24 is calling the movie a ‘razor-sharp murder mystery’ as a group of twenty somethings decide to play a game at an isolated house party. As is the way of horror movies, the game goes off the rails when someone ends up very dead and the murderer must be found. The Rotten Tomatoes score from the SXSW screening earlier this year isn’t just fresh but frankly on the vine at 96%. Reijn is best known as a Shakespearean actress as well as  director so Bodies Bodies Bodies feels like a bit of a joyous curveball. “My whole life has been Hedda Gabler, The Taming of the Shrew,” she told EW.com. “I was like, Can I please have some f—ing fun?” Going by the trailer above, she’s definitely got her wish. 

They/Them

They/Them new horror movies

(Image credit: Blumhouse )

Release date: August 5, 2022

A Blumhouse slasher movie set in a conversion therapy camp directed by the writer of Gladiator and The Aviator? It’s already clear that They/Them isn’t just searingly smartly named. Say it out loud… Kevin Bacon stars as the director of Whistler Camp, a retreat dedicated to converting LGBTQ+ teens. It all goes even MORE wrong when a killer starts picking off members of the camp.  This is John Logan’s directorial debut and clearly the movie he was always meant to make.  “They/Them has been germinating within me my whole life,” Logan told Variety. “I’ve loved horror movies as long as I can remember, I think because monsters represent ‘the other’ and as gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with those characters who were different, outlawed, or forbidden. I wanted to make a movie that celebrates queerness, with characters that I never saw when I was growing up. When people walk away from the movie, I hope they’re going to remember the incredible love that these kids have for each other and how that love needs to be protected and celebrated.” Once again, horror not so quietly being the best genre to address important societal themes…   

Halloween Ends 

Halloween Kills (2021)

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Release date: October 14, 2022

If Halloween Kills made you angry with its combination of nonsensical posturing and its frankly absurd ending then apparently we ain’t seen nothing yet. In an interview with NME, Jamie Lee Curtis has revealed that there is more ire to come for the finale to the pandemic delayed trilogy. “So there’s one more film to make and I know what it’s about, and it’s going to blow people’s minds open,” she says. “It’s going to make people very angry and it’s going to be shocking because it asks a lot of questions. So that’s all I can tell you.” After the events of the last movie, it will be interesting to see where David Gordon Green and his crew take Michael Myers next. Hopefully the reason we’ll be angry won’t be because of Jamie Lee Curtis being underused for a second movie in a row… 

Scream 6

Scream (2022)

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Release date:  March 23, 2023 

These days you’ve gotta have a sequel! After the stratospheric success of Scream in cinemas in January, there was no way Ghostface was going to up and die with those kinds of numbers. Team Radio Silence are back for more corn syrup and meta-horror with Scream 2022 directors Matt Bettinelli-Lopin and Tyler Gillett confirmed to be at the helm once again, and James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick on script duties. “Is this real life? Getting to collaborate once again with our friends on the next installment of the Scream story is more than we could have hoped for. We are overwhelmed that we get to continue to play in the sandbox that Kevin and Wes created. It is, as Ghostface would say, an honor,” Vanderbilt and Busick said in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter

So far, Courtney Cox has been confirmed to be returning for the sequel. Sidney Prescott herself, Neve Campbell, hasn’t given the thumbs up just yet but was pleasantly positive back in January when asked about future sequels. “It would seem there’s always more stories to be told in Woodsboro and there is a taste for it,” she told Screenrant. “So, I think, if people love this one, I would imagine there will be an appetite and we, of course, would all love to be a part of it.” Who knows what the new rules will be this time around as the ultimate requel gets a sequel, but chances are, some savvy cine-literate humans in mortal danger will explain it to us as we go.      

Joaquin Phoenix on set of his upcoming movie ‘Disappointment Blvd.’ in Montreal 2/2 [ Via: Daily Mail ] pic.twitter.com/4kQIUtoHFKJuly 27, 2021

 Deadstream  

Deadstream movie

(Image credit: Shudder)

Release date: TBC 2022 (Shudder) 

Modern technology is always irresistible for the found footage genre and after the success of 2020’s lockdown Zoom hit, Host, there are even more horrors depicting life in a world of social media. In Deadstream, it’s streaming culture’s chance to shine as a disgraced influencer attempts to claw back his sponsors and fans with a live streamed night in a haunted house. Cue plenty of satisfying grainy camera angles as he places live streaming webcams around the property and flicks between them on his iPad as the audience looks and comments on. Of course, he also happens to summon a demon by accident. Honestly, it could happen to anyone. 

This is the debut feature of husband and wife writer/director duo Vanessa and Joseph Winter and it’s a genuinely brilliant skewering of streamer culture as well as a gory low budget romp. There are some genuine scares as well as Evil Dead-style splattery silliness, and plenty of laughs to go around as Shawn – played by Joseph Winters – battles the supernatural inhabitants of the house. Even better is that after its debut screening as part of SXSW’s Midnighters collection, it’s been picked up by Shudder and will, somewhat fittingly, be streaming later in 2022.    

Disappointment Blvd. 

Release date: TBC 2022 

If your takeaway thoughts from Ari Aster’s defining horrors Hereditary and Midsommar were ‘could have been longer’ then his new A24 treat will be right up your street. Aster’s long awaited so-called “nightmare comedy’ is apparently four hours long, but we have few details as to what’s actually going to fill all of those minutes. What we do know is that it stars Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Michael Gandolfini, and the official plot describes it as “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.” There’s no official release just yet for this third slice of the horror that lurks in Aster’s brain but you can almost guarantee that none of us will sleep well after it. Four hours…    

Orphan: First Kill  

Orphan movie

(Image credit: Dark Castle )

Release date: TBC 2022 

After watching Zoom-based horror-fest Host on Shudder you’ll know to be very, very afraid of what the team has cooked up next for Blumhouse. If Host made you not want to open your laptop ever again, imagine what Dashcam will do for cars. Host director Rob Savage is back at the helm and Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley once again joined him on writing duties for another Covid set horror. This time we’re on the road with a woman as she gives a lift to someone who may not be what she seems…  

“If Host is a very quiet, ‘I’m alone in the house by myself’ kind of movie, this is everyone yelling, nothing getting heard — the angry discourse movie that just adds to the cacophony,” Savage told The Hollywood Reporter. “In the same way that Host is really about planting a flag and saying, ‘This is what it’s like being in lockdown during 2020,’ Dashcam is doing the same but in a different way. It’s trying to be like, ‘This is how people were feeling and interacting with each other at this time.’” The film screened to great critical fanfare earlier in 2021 so 2022 is looking likely for a general release.  Apparently it’s one to see with a crowd… 

Hellraiser 

Hellraiser

(Image credit: Entertainment Film Distributors)

Release date: TBC 2022 

Why should Michael Myers, Ghostface, Leatherface, and Candyman have all the fun of being back for the 20s? It’s only natural that Hellraiser’s Pinhead would be suffering from some serious FOMO.  The good news but probably not for us, is that Clive Barker’s monstrosity is returning from a descent into straight to video depravity. Known for terrifying trip to the woods monster movie The Ritual, director David Bruckner has finished shooting his “reimagining” for Hulu and Clive Barker himself is in a producer role. 

Excitingly, this version of Hellraiser is a little different though. The L Word: Generation Q actress Jamie Clayton has been revealed as the new Pinhead. As reported by THR, Clive Barker was all praise on the new take on his creations. “Having seen some of the designs from David Bruckner’s new Hellraiser film, they pay homage to what the first film created, but then take it to places it’s never been before. This is a Hellraiser on a scale that I simply didn’t expect. David and his team are steeped in the story’s mythology, but what excites me is their desire to honour the original even as they revolutionise it for a new generation.”

Skull

Predator

(Image credit: Fox)

Release date: TBC 2022 

The Predator series has sadly stumbled along of late. Knowing the potential of our favourite heat detecting aliens means that every recent outing has been increasingly disappointing. But that might all change with a new prequel in the works from 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg. A Collider interview with producers John Davis and John Fox revealed that Skull is almost finished filming. And this isn’t a case of ‘X attractive people have to fend off deadly attacks in the 21st century’. Skull is a prequel and a full origin story about the Predator’s first jaunt to earth. It follows a Comanche woman, played by Amber Midthunder, breaking gender norms to become a warrior and fight back. 

“It goes back to what made the original Predator movie work,” says Davis. “It’s the ingenuity of a human being who won’t give up, who’s able to observe and interpret, basically being able to beat a stronger, more powerful, well-armed force.” And Davis was vague as to whether this will be full on horror or less brutal in tone. “It all depends on how you end up cutting it, right? It was conceived as an R-rated movie,” he says. “It could easily end up PG-13. I guess I’m going to find out what it has to be or what it is when it’s all cut together.”

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Evil Dead Rise 

New horror movies Evil Dead Rise

(Image credit: Lee Cronin )

Release date: TBC 2022 

Just when you thought another classic horror series couldn’t resurrect with a jump scare hand through grave soil, along comes Evil Dead Rise. Excitingly, this isn’t a sequel to Fede Alvarez’ terrifying reboot back in 2013 but actually a follow up to the first three classic movies, with original Deadite creator and director Sam Raimi on executive producer duties. Bruce Campbell isn’t returning as Ash but he is involved as an exec producer, and he and Raimi personally selected filmmaker Lee Cronin as the director of this new slice of the splattery franchise. 

Cronin debuted with the atmospheric The Hole in the Ground in 2019 and started proudly shooting Evil Dead Rise in New Zealand in June. That’s his shot from Twitter above. “The Evil Dead movies filled my brain with terror and awe when I first saw them at 9 years old,” Cronin told Variety. “I am excited and humbled to be resurrecting the most iconic of evil forces for both the fans and a whole new generation.” No pressure, Lee, it better be groovy…        

The LaLaurie Mansion Series 

Release date: TBC 2022

Whether it’s a good thing or not, we now live in a world where entire franchises are announced before even the first movie has been released. The writers of the first two The Conjuring movies, Chad and Carey Hayes, have teamed up again and revealed an entire series of horror movies revolving around the infamous LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans. Once home to none other than Nic Cage, who allegedly only lasted one night of horrific screams and bumps in the night, this grim abode is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the world. The good news is that if you’ve done your horror homework and watched American Horror Story Coven, you’ll already know its most villainous resident. 

Played by Kathy Bates in AHS, Madame LaLaurie was both a New Orleans socialite and horrific 19th century serial killer, responsible for the horrific torture, mutilation and murder of a number of Black slaves. Her secret was only revealed when a fire broke out at her mansion and firefighters discovered some of her barely alive victims in diabolical states. 

Not content with just one movie, the Hayes brothers are going to tell multiple stories of the mansion throughout history, from its horrific beginnings, all the way to modern day. Plus, they’re considering writing some of it from inside the house. “We love writing films in which we get to tell true stories – incorporating moments that people can look up and discover did in fact happen,” they announced in a press release. “With the LaLaurie House we get to do exactly that… there is a wealth of documentation of a very dark and frightening past of true events. Not to mention that after spending some time there, what we personally experienced was truly unnerving. We haven’t been this excited about a project since The Conjuring!”   


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The most anticipated new horror movies of 2022

The new horror movies of 2022 are a ludicrously exciting bunch. Not only do we have fresh found-footage horror from the creators of  Zoom-based 2020 terrorfest Host, but there’s a fresh Hellraiser experience on the way, and even a new Predator movie on the horizon. As ever, smart horror is on the cards too with folk nastiness from Alex Garland in Men, A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies, and Blumhouse gay conversion slasher, the perfectly titled They/Them. Further proof that the genre continues to thrive as it explores fresh societal themes in inventively dark ways.  
And there’s never been more ways to watch new horror movies as they land. While cinema releases are still the case for some movies, streaming services like Peacock and Shudder are racking up plenty of new scary movies. Shudder in particular is happily buying up festival favorites for essential home viewing. So whether you want to watch from home or in cinemas, here are the essential dates for your diary for the most exciting new horror movies of 2022.  
Read more: Best Horror movies | Best Netflix horror movies | Movie release dates | Upcoming movies | New TV shows
Dashcam

Release date:  June 3, 2022 
After watching Zoom-based horror-fest Host on Shudder you’ll know to be very, very afraid of what the team has cooked up next for Blumhouse. If Host made you not want to open your laptop ever again, imagine what Dashcam will do for cars. Host director Rob Savage is back at the helm and Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley once again joined him on writing duties for another Covid set horror. This time we’re on the road with a woman as she gives a lift to someone who may not be what she seems…  
“If Host is a very quiet, ‘I’m alone in the house by myself’ kind of movie, this is everyone yelling, nothing getting heard — the angry discourse movie that just adds to the cacophony,” Savage told The Hollywood Reporter. “In the same way that Host is really about planting a flag and saying, ‘This is what it’s like being in lockdown during 2020,’ Dashcam is doing the same but in a different way. It’s trying to be like, ‘This is how people were feeling and interacting with each other at this time.’” Ironically, it’s one to see with a crowd. 
 Men 

Release date: June 3, 2022 
What happens when Alex Garland does folk horror? Well, Men apparently. The Annihilation and Ex Machina writer and director recently confirmed that his A24 horror steers away from his previous, more fantastical work. “Yeah, it’s not sci-fi,” he told Empire Online. “If we’re gonna get into subgenres, the subgenre here is folk horror. It’s the horror of rural England. It’s certain kinds of churches, certain kinds of forest – the shadows within dark green. That kind of thing.” 
If it sounds like Garland is being purposefully vague, he definitely is. The plot of Men isn’t quite clear but Jessie Buckley plays a woman trying to get away from a tragedy by renting a home in a small English village. It’s there where she realises she is being stalked by multiple men who are all played by Rory Kinnear. Even this strange concept is enough for us in Garland’s safe hands and, going by the trailer above, things are going to get interesting. 
The Black Phone 

Release date: June 24, 2022 
Scott Derrickson might now be well known as the director of Doctor Strange but horror fans know better. We know Derrickson as the man behind the terrifying Sinister, which only recently was dethroned by Zoom-based horror Host as the scariest movie of all time according to ‘science.’ With The Black Phone, Derrickson is firmly back in horror territory – terroritory? – directing Ethan Hawke in a truly villainous role as a child abductor. Watch the trailer above if you dare.  
It’s already screened at various horror festivals and the reviews so far are excellent – with Bloody Disgusting branding Hawke ‘skin crawling’ in their review – but you might not want to know too much. Keeping things vague, The Black Phone is based on a Joe Hill short story of the same name which has been adapted by Derrickson and Sinister writer C. Robert Cargill. Prepare to to be terrified by the Tom Savini designed mask alone…   
Nope

Release date: July 22, 2022
Finally, we no longer have just one word and a mysterious poster to go on. The first trailer for Nope, Jordan Peele’s next directorial project, has arrived and it looks like things are going to get elevated. How do you follow up on Get Out and Us? Well it looks like you introduce inescapable horror from the skies. Despite hinting at all kinds of terror from above, the trailer wisely never shows us whats up there, instead revealing only the terrified reactions from those below. Nope stars Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya alongside Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun as California residents who make an “uncanny and chilling discovery.” Please let it be truly terrifying aliens. We’re long overdue some seriously scary ETs.  And if Peele’s in charge, we’re going to forget them anytime soon. 
Bodies Bodies Bodieshttps://youtu.be/DMgLMaLlK9k

Release date: August 5, 2022 (Peacock)
Just when you thought this year’s Scream was enough meta horror for 2022, A24 would like to have its satirical say. From director Halina Reijn, Bodies Bodies Bodies looks like scary movie crack for Gen-Zers. It stars Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, and Rachel Sennott and A24 is calling the movie a ‘razor-sharp murder mystery’ as a group of twenty somethings decide to play a game at an isolated house party. As is the way of horror movies, the game goes off the rails when someone ends up very dead and the murderer must be found. The Rotten Tomatoes score from the SXSW screening earlier this year isn’t just fresh but frankly on the vine at 96%. Reijn is best known as a Shakespearean actress as well as  director so Bodies Bodies Bodies feels like a bit of a joyous curveball. “My whole life has been Hedda Gabler, The Taming of the Shrew,” she told EW.com. “I was like, Can I please have some f—ing fun?” Going by the trailer above, she’s definitely got her wish. 
They/Them

(Image credit: Blumhouse )
Release date: August 5, 2022
A Blumhouse slasher movie set in a conversion therapy camp directed by the writer of Gladiator and The Aviator? It’s already clear that They/Them isn’t just searingly smartly named. Say it out loud… Kevin Bacon stars as the director of Whistler Camp, a retreat dedicated to converting LGBTQ+ teens. It all goes even MORE wrong when a killer starts picking off members of the camp.  This is John Logan’s directorial debut and clearly the movie he was always meant to make.  “They/Them has been germinating within me my whole life,” Logan told Variety. “I’ve loved horror movies as long as I can remember, I think because monsters represent ‘the other’ and as gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with those characters who were different, outlawed, or forbidden. I wanted to make a movie that celebrates queerness, with characters that I never saw when I was growing up. When people walk away from the movie, I hope they’re going to remember the incredible love that these kids have for each other and how that love needs to be protected and celebrated.” Once again, horror not so quietly being the best genre to address important societal themes…   
Halloween Ends 

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)
Release date: October 14, 2022
If Halloween Kills made you angry with its combination of nonsensical posturing and its frankly absurd ending then apparently we ain’t seen nothing yet. In an interview with NME, Jamie Lee Curtis has revealed that there is more ire to come for the finale to the pandemic delayed trilogy. “So there’s one more film to make and I know what it’s about, and it’s going to blow people’s minds open,” she says. “It’s going to make people very angry and it’s going to be shocking because it asks a lot of questions. So that’s all I can tell you.” After the events of the last movie, it will be interesting to see where David Gordon Green and his crew take Michael Myers next. Hopefully the reason we’ll be angry won’t be because of Jamie Lee Curtis being underused for a second movie in a row… 
Scream 6

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)
Release date:  March 23, 2023 
These days you’ve gotta have a sequel! After the stratospheric success of Scream in cinemas in January, there was no way Ghostface was going to up and die with those kinds of numbers. Team Radio Silence are back for more corn syrup and meta-horror with Scream 2022 directors Matt Bettinelli-Lopin and Tyler Gillett confirmed to be at the helm once again, and James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick on script duties. “Is this real life? Getting to collaborate once again with our friends on the next installment of the Scream story is more than we could have hoped for. We are overwhelmed that we get to continue to play in the sandbox that Kevin and Wes created. It is, as Ghostface would say, an honor,” Vanderbilt and Busick said in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter. 
So far, Courtney Cox has been confirmed to be returning for the sequel. Sidney Prescott herself, Neve Campbell, hasn’t given the thumbs up just yet but was pleasantly positive back in January when asked about future sequels. “It would seem there’s always more stories to be told in Woodsboro and there is a taste for it,” she told Screenrant. “So, I think, if people love this one, I would imagine there will be an appetite and we, of course, would all love to be a part of it.” Who knows what the new rules will be this time around as the ultimate requel gets a sequel, but chances are, some savvy cine-literate humans in mortal danger will explain it to us as we go.      

Joaquin Phoenix on set of his upcoming movie ‘Disappointment Blvd.’ in Montreal 2/2 [ Via: Daily Mail ] pic.twitter.com/4kQIUtoHFKJuly 27, 2021

 Deadstream  

(Image credit: Shudder)
Release date: TBC 2022 (Shudder) 
Modern technology is always irresistible for the found footage genre and after the success of 2020’s lockdown Zoom hit, Host, there are even more horrors depicting life in a world of social media. In Deadstream, it’s streaming culture’s chance to shine as a disgraced influencer attempts to claw back his sponsors and fans with a live streamed night in a haunted house. Cue plenty of satisfying grainy camera angles as he places live streaming webcams around the property and flicks between them on his iPad as the audience looks and comments on. Of course, he also happens to summon a demon by accident. Honestly, it could happen to anyone. 
This is the debut feature of husband and wife writer/director duo Vanessa and Joseph Winter and it’s a genuinely brilliant skewering of streamer culture as well as a gory low budget romp. There are some genuine scares as well as Evil Dead-style splattery silliness, and plenty of laughs to go around as Shawn – played by Joseph Winters – battles the supernatural inhabitants of the house. Even better is that after its debut screening as part of SXSW’s Midnighters collection, it’s been picked up by Shudder and will, somewhat fittingly, be streaming later in 2022.    
Disappointment Blvd. 
Release date: TBC 2022 
If your takeaway thoughts from Ari Aster’s defining horrors Hereditary and Midsommar were ‘could have been longer’ then his new A24 treat will be right up your street. Aster’s long awaited so-called “nightmare comedy’ is apparently four hours long, but we have few details as to what’s actually going to fill all of those minutes. What we do know is that it stars Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Michael Gandolfini, and the official plot describes it as “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.” There’s no official release just yet for this third slice of the horror that lurks in Aster’s brain but you can almost guarantee that none of us will sleep well after it. Four hours…    
Orphan: First Kill  

(Image credit: Dark Castle )
Release date: TBC 2022 
After watching Zoom-based horror-fest Host on Shudder you’ll know to be very, very afraid of what the team has cooked up next for Blumhouse. If Host made you not want to open your laptop ever again, imagine what Dashcam will do for cars. Host director Rob Savage is back at the helm and Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley once again joined him on writing duties for another Covid set horror. This time we’re on the road with a woman as she gives a lift to someone who may not be what she seems…  
“If Host is a very quiet, ‘I’m alone in the house by myself’ kind of movie, this is everyone yelling, nothing getting heard — the angry discourse movie that just adds to the cacophony,” Savage told The Hollywood Reporter. “In the same way that Host is really about planting a flag and saying, ‘This is what it’s like being in lockdown during 2020,’ Dashcam is doing the same but in a different way. It’s trying to be like, ‘This is how people were feeling and interacting with each other at this time.’” The film screened to great critical fanfare earlier in 2021 so 2022 is looking likely for a general release.  Apparently it’s one to see with a crowd… 
Hellraiser 

(Image credit: Entertainment Film Distributors)
Release date: TBC 2022 
Why should Michael Myers, Ghostface, Leatherface, and Candyman have all the fun of being back for the 20s? It’s only natural that Hellraiser’s Pinhead would be suffering from some serious FOMO.  The good news but probably not for us, is that Clive Barker’s monstrosity is returning from a descent into straight to video depravity. Known for terrifying trip to the woods monster movie The Ritual, director David Bruckner has finished shooting his “reimagining” for Hulu and Clive Barker himself is in a producer role. 
Excitingly, this version of Hellraiser is a little different though. The L Word: Generation Q actress Jamie Clayton has been revealed as the new Pinhead. As reported by THR, Clive Barker was all praise on the new take on his creations. “Having seen some of the designs from David Bruckner’s new Hellraiser film, they pay homage to what the first film created, but then take it to places it’s never been before. This is a Hellraiser on a scale that I simply didn’t expect. David and his team are steeped in the story’s mythology, but what excites me is their desire to honour the original even as they revolutionise it for a new generation.”
Skull

(Image credit: Fox)
Release date: TBC 2022 
The Predator series has sadly stumbled along of late. Knowing the potential of our favourite heat detecting aliens means that every recent outing has been increasingly disappointing. But that might all change with a new prequel in the works from 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg. A Collider interview with producers John Davis and John Fox revealed that Skull is almost finished filming. And this isn’t a case of ‘X attractive people have to fend off deadly attacks in the 21st century’. Skull is a prequel and a full origin story about the Predator’s first jaunt to earth. It follows a Comanche woman, played by Amber Midthunder, breaking gender norms to become a warrior and fight back. 
“It goes back to what made the original Predator movie work,” says Davis. “It’s the ingenuity of a human being who won’t give up, who’s able to observe and interpret, basically being able to beat a stronger, more powerful, well-armed force.” And Davis was vague as to whether this will be full on horror or less brutal in tone. “It all depends on how you end up cutting it, right? It was conceived as an R-rated movie,” he says. “It could easily end up PG-13. I guess I’m going to find out what it has to be or what it is when it’s all cut together.”
Skull$19.99at Amazon
Evil Dead Rise 

(Image credit: Lee Cronin )
Release date: TBC 2022 
Just when you thought another classic horror series couldn’t resurrect with a jump scare hand through grave soil, along comes Evil Dead Rise. Excitingly, this isn’t a sequel to Fede Alvarez’ terrifying reboot back in 2013 but actually a follow up to the first three classic movies, with original Deadite creator and director Sam Raimi on executive producer duties. Bruce Campbell isn’t returning as Ash but he is involved as an exec producer, and he and Raimi personally selected filmmaker Lee Cronin as the director of this new slice of the splattery franchise. 
Cronin debuted with the atmospheric The Hole in the Ground in 2019 and started proudly shooting Evil Dead Rise in New Zealand in June. That’s his shot from Twitter above. “The Evil Dead movies filled my brain with terror and awe when I first saw them at 9 years old,” Cronin told Variety. “I am excited and humbled to be resurrecting the most iconic of evil forces for both the fans and a whole new generation.” No pressure, Lee, it better be groovy…        
The LaLaurie Mansion Series 
Release date: TBC 2022
Whether it’s a good thing or not, we now live in a world where entire franchises are announced before even the first movie has been released. The writers of the first two The Conjuring movies, Chad and Carey Hayes, have teamed up again and revealed an entire series of horror movies revolving around the infamous LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans. Once home to none other than Nic Cage, who allegedly only lasted one night of horrific screams and bumps in the night, this grim abode is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the world. The good news is that if you’ve done your horror homework and watched American Horror Story Coven, you’ll already know its most villainous resident. 
Played by Kathy Bates in AHS, Madame LaLaurie was both a New Orleans socialite and horrific 19th century serial killer, responsible for the horrific torture, mutilation and murder of a number of Black slaves. Her secret was only revealed when a fire broke out at her mansion and firefighters discovered some of her barely alive victims in diabolical states. 
Not content with just one movie, the Hayes brothers are going to tell multiple stories of the mansion throughout history, from its horrific beginnings, all the way to modern day. Plus, they’re considering writing some of it from inside the house. “We love writing films in which we get to tell true stories – incorporating moments that people can look up and discover did in fact happen,” they announced in a press release. “With the LaLaurie House we get to do exactly that… there is a wealth of documentation of a very dark and frightening past of true events. Not to mention that after spending some time there, what we personally experienced was truly unnerving. We haven’t been this excited about a project since The Conjuring!”   

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The most anticipated new horror movies of 2022

The new horror movies of 2022 are a ludicrously exciting bunch. Not only do we have fresh found-footage horror from the creators of  Zoom-based 2020 terrorfest Host, but there’s a fresh Hellraiser experience on the way, and even a new Predator movie on the horizon. As ever, smart horror is on the cards too with folk nastiness from Alex Garland in Men, A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies, and Blumhouse gay conversion slasher, the perfectly titled They/Them. Further proof that the genre continues to thrive as it explores fresh societal themes in inventively dark ways.  
And there’s never been more ways to watch new horror movies as they land. While cinema releases are still the case for some movies, streaming services like Peacock and Shudder are racking up plenty of new scary movies. Shudder in particular is happily buying up festival favorites for essential home viewing. So whether you want to watch from home or in cinemas, here are the essential dates for your diary for the most exciting new horror movies of 2022.  
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Dashcam

Release date:  June 3, 2022 
After watching Zoom-based horror-fest Host on Shudder you’ll know to be very, very afraid of what the team has cooked up next for Blumhouse. If Host made you not want to open your laptop ever again, imagine what Dashcam will do for cars. Host director Rob Savage is back at the helm and Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley once again joined him on writing duties for another Covid set horror. This time we’re on the road with a woman as she gives a lift to someone who may not be what she seems…  
“If Host is a very quiet, ‘I’m alone in the house by myself’ kind of movie, this is everyone yelling, nothing getting heard — the angry discourse movie that just adds to the cacophony,” Savage told The Hollywood Reporter. “In the same way that Host is really about planting a flag and saying, ‘This is what it’s like being in lockdown during 2020,’ Dashcam is doing the same but in a different way. It’s trying to be like, ‘This is how people were feeling and interacting with each other at this time.’” Ironically, it’s one to see with a crowd. 
 Men 

Release date: June 3, 2022 
What happens when Alex Garland does folk horror? Well, Men apparently. The Annihilation and Ex Machina writer and director recently confirmed that his A24 horror steers away from his previous, more fantastical work. “Yeah, it’s not sci-fi,” he told Empire Online. “If we’re gonna get into subgenres, the subgenre here is folk horror. It’s the horror of rural England. It’s certain kinds of churches, certain kinds of forest – the shadows within dark green. That kind of thing.” 
If it sounds like Garland is being purposefully vague, he definitely is. The plot of Men isn’t quite clear but Jessie Buckley plays a woman trying to get away from a tragedy by renting a home in a small English village. It’s there where she realises she is being stalked by multiple men who are all played by Rory Kinnear. Even this strange concept is enough for us in Garland’s safe hands and, going by the trailer above, things are going to get interesting. 
The Black Phone 

Release date: June 24, 2022 
Scott Derrickson might now be well known as the director of Doctor Strange but horror fans know better. We know Derrickson as the man behind the terrifying Sinister, which only recently was dethroned by Zoom-based horror Host as the scariest movie of all time according to ‘science.’ With The Black Phone, Derrickson is firmly back in horror territory – terroritory? – directing Ethan Hawke in a truly villainous role as a child abductor. Watch the trailer above if you dare.  
It’s already screened at various horror festivals and the reviews so far are excellent – with Bloody Disgusting branding Hawke ‘skin crawling’ in their review – but you might not want to know too much. Keeping things vague, The Black Phone is based on a Joe Hill short story of the same name which has been adapted by Derrickson and Sinister writer C. Robert Cargill. Prepare to to be terrified by the Tom Savini designed mask alone…   
Nope

Release date: July 22, 2022
Finally, we no longer have just one word and a mysterious poster to go on. The first trailer for Nope, Jordan Peele’s next directorial project, has arrived and it looks like things are going to get elevated. How do you follow up on Get Out and Us? Well it looks like you introduce inescapable horror from the skies. Despite hinting at all kinds of terror from above, the trailer wisely never shows us whats up there, instead revealing only the terrified reactions from those below. Nope stars Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya alongside Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun as California residents who make an “uncanny and chilling discovery.” Please let it be truly terrifying aliens. We’re long overdue some seriously scary ETs.  And if Peele’s in charge, we’re going to forget them anytime soon. 
Bodies Bodies Bodieshttps://youtu.be/DMgLMaLlK9k

Release date: August 5, 2022 (Peacock)
Just when you thought this year’s Scream was enough meta horror for 2022, A24 would like to have its satirical say. From director Halina Reijn, Bodies Bodies Bodies looks like scary movie crack for Gen-Zers. It stars Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, and Rachel Sennott and A24 is calling the movie a ‘razor-sharp murder mystery’ as a group of twenty somethings decide to play a game at an isolated house party. As is the way of horror movies, the game goes off the rails when someone ends up very dead and the murderer must be found. The Rotten Tomatoes score from the SXSW screening earlier this year isn’t just fresh but frankly on the vine at 96%. Reijn is best known as a Shakespearean actress as well as  director so Bodies Bodies Bodies feels like a bit of a joyous curveball. “My whole life has been Hedda Gabler, The Taming of the Shrew,” she told EW.com. “I was like, Can I please have some f—ing fun?” Going by the trailer above, she’s definitely got her wish. 
They/Them

(Image credit: Blumhouse )
Release date: August 5, 2022
A Blumhouse slasher movie set in a conversion therapy camp directed by the writer of Gladiator and The Aviator? It’s already clear that They/Them isn’t just searingly smartly named. Say it out loud… Kevin Bacon stars as the director of Whistler Camp, a retreat dedicated to converting LGBTQ+ teens. It all goes even MORE wrong when a killer starts picking off members of the camp.  This is John Logan’s directorial debut and clearly the movie he was always meant to make.  “They/Them has been germinating within me my whole life,” Logan told Variety. “I’ve loved horror movies as long as I can remember, I think because monsters represent ‘the other’ and as gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with those characters who were different, outlawed, or forbidden. I wanted to make a movie that celebrates queerness, with characters that I never saw when I was growing up. When people walk away from the movie, I hope they’re going to remember the incredible love that these kids have for each other and how that love needs to be protected and celebrated.” Once again, horror not so quietly being the best genre to address important societal themes…   
Halloween Ends 

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)
Release date: October 14, 2022
If Halloween Kills made you angry with its combination of nonsensical posturing and its frankly absurd ending then apparently we ain’t seen nothing yet. In an interview with NME, Jamie Lee Curtis has revealed that there is more ire to come for the finale to the pandemic delayed trilogy. “So there’s one more film to make and I know what it’s about, and it’s going to blow people’s minds open,” she says. “It’s going to make people very angry and it’s going to be shocking because it asks a lot of questions. So that’s all I can tell you.” After the events of the last movie, it will be interesting to see where David Gordon Green and his crew take Michael Myers next. Hopefully the reason we’ll be angry won’t be because of Jamie Lee Curtis being underused for a second movie in a row… 
Scream 6

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)
Release date:  March 23, 2023 
These days you’ve gotta have a sequel! After the stratospheric success of Scream in cinemas in January, there was no way Ghostface was going to up and die with those kinds of numbers. Team Radio Silence are back for more corn syrup and meta-horror with Scream 2022 directors Matt Bettinelli-Lopin and Tyler Gillett confirmed to be at the helm once again, and James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick on script duties. “Is this real life? Getting to collaborate once again with our friends on the next installment of the Scream story is more than we could have hoped for. We are overwhelmed that we get to continue to play in the sandbox that Kevin and Wes created. It is, as Ghostface would say, an honor,” Vanderbilt and Busick said in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter. 
So far, Courtney Cox has been confirmed to be returning for the sequel. Sidney Prescott herself, Neve Campbell, hasn’t given the thumbs up just yet but was pleasantly positive back in January when asked about future sequels. “It would seem there’s always more stories to be told in Woodsboro and there is a taste for it,” she told Screenrant. “So, I think, if people love this one, I would imagine there will be an appetite and we, of course, would all love to be a part of it.” Who knows what the new rules will be this time around as the ultimate requel gets a sequel, but chances are, some savvy cine-literate humans in mortal danger will explain it to us as we go.      

Joaquin Phoenix on set of his upcoming movie ‘Disappointment Blvd.’ in Montreal 2/2 [ Via: Daily Mail ] pic.twitter.com/4kQIUtoHFKJuly 27, 2021

 Deadstream  

(Image credit: Shudder)
Release date: TBC 2022 (Shudder) 
Modern technology is always irresistible for the found footage genre and after the success of 2020’s lockdown Zoom hit, Host, there are even more horrors depicting life in a world of social media. In Deadstream, it’s streaming culture’s chance to shine as a disgraced influencer attempts to claw back his sponsors and fans with a live streamed night in a haunted house. Cue plenty of satisfying grainy camera angles as he places live streaming webcams around the property and flicks between them on his iPad as the audience looks and comments on. Of course, he also happens to summon a demon by accident. Honestly, it could happen to anyone. 
This is the debut feature of husband and wife writer/director duo Vanessa and Joseph Winter and it’s a genuinely brilliant skewering of streamer culture as well as a gory low budget romp. There are some genuine scares as well as Evil Dead-style splattery silliness, and plenty of laughs to go around as Shawn – played by Joseph Winters – battles the supernatural inhabitants of the house. Even better is that after its debut screening as part of SXSW’s Midnighters collection, it’s been picked up by Shudder and will, somewhat fittingly, be streaming later in 2022.    
Disappointment Blvd. 
Release date: TBC 2022 
If your takeaway thoughts from Ari Aster’s defining horrors Hereditary and Midsommar were ‘could have been longer’ then his new A24 treat will be right up your street. Aster’s long awaited so-called “nightmare comedy’ is apparently four hours long, but we have few details as to what’s actually going to fill all of those minutes. What we do know is that it stars Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Michael Gandolfini, and the official plot describes it as “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.” There’s no official release just yet for this third slice of the horror that lurks in Aster’s brain but you can almost guarantee that none of us will sleep well after it. Four hours…    
Orphan: First Kill  

(Image credit: Dark Castle )
Release date: TBC 2022 
After watching Zoom-based horror-fest Host on Shudder you’ll know to be very, very afraid of what the team has cooked up next for Blumhouse. If Host made you not want to open your laptop ever again, imagine what Dashcam will do for cars. Host director Rob Savage is back at the helm and Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley once again joined him on writing duties for another Covid set horror. This time we’re on the road with a woman as she gives a lift to someone who may not be what she seems…  
“If Host is a very quiet, ‘I’m alone in the house by myself’ kind of movie, this is everyone yelling, nothing getting heard — the angry discourse movie that just adds to the cacophony,” Savage told The Hollywood Reporter. “In the same way that Host is really about planting a flag and saying, ‘This is what it’s like being in lockdown during 2020,’ Dashcam is doing the same but in a different way. It’s trying to be like, ‘This is how people were feeling and interacting with each other at this time.’” The film screened to great critical fanfare earlier in 2021 so 2022 is looking likely for a general release.  Apparently it’s one to see with a crowd… 
Hellraiser 

(Image credit: Entertainment Film Distributors)
Release date: TBC 2022 
Why should Michael Myers, Ghostface, Leatherface, and Candyman have all the fun of being back for the 20s? It’s only natural that Hellraiser’s Pinhead would be suffering from some serious FOMO.  The good news but probably not for us, is that Clive Barker’s monstrosity is returning from a descent into straight to video depravity. Known for terrifying trip to the woods monster movie The Ritual, director David Bruckner has finished shooting his “reimagining” for Hulu and Clive Barker himself is in a producer role. 
Excitingly, this version of Hellraiser is a little different though. The L Word: Generation Q actress Jamie Clayton has been revealed as the new Pinhead. As reported by THR, Clive Barker was all praise on the new take on his creations. “Having seen some of the designs from David Bruckner’s new Hellraiser film, they pay homage to what the first film created, but then take it to places it’s never been before. This is a Hellraiser on a scale that I simply didn’t expect. David and his team are steeped in the story’s mythology, but what excites me is their desire to honour the original even as they revolutionise it for a new generation.”
Skull

(Image credit: Fox)
Release date: TBC 2022 
The Predator series has sadly stumbled along of late. Knowing the potential of our favourite heat detecting aliens means that every recent outing has been increasingly disappointing. But that might all change with a new prequel in the works from 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg. A Collider interview with producers John Davis and John Fox revealed that Skull is almost finished filming. And this isn’t a case of ‘X attractive people have to fend off deadly attacks in the 21st century’. Skull is a prequel and a full origin story about the Predator’s first jaunt to earth. It follows a Comanche woman, played by Amber Midthunder, breaking gender norms to become a warrior and fight back. 
“It goes back to what made the original Predator movie work,” says Davis. “It’s the ingenuity of a human being who won’t give up, who’s able to observe and interpret, basically being able to beat a stronger, more powerful, well-armed force.” And Davis was vague as to whether this will be full on horror or less brutal in tone. “It all depends on how you end up cutting it, right? It was conceived as an R-rated movie,” he says. “It could easily end up PG-13. I guess I’m going to find out what it has to be or what it is when it’s all cut together.”
Skull$19.99at Amazon
Evil Dead Rise 

(Image credit: Lee Cronin )
Release date: TBC 2022 
Just when you thought another classic horror series couldn’t resurrect with a jump scare hand through grave soil, along comes Evil Dead Rise. Excitingly, this isn’t a sequel to Fede Alvarez’ terrifying reboot back in 2013 but actually a follow up to the first three classic movies, with original Deadite creator and director Sam Raimi on executive producer duties. Bruce Campbell isn’t returning as Ash but he is involved as an exec producer, and he and Raimi personally selected filmmaker Lee Cronin as the director of this new slice of the splattery franchise. 
Cronin debuted with the atmospheric The Hole in the Ground in 2019 and started proudly shooting Evil Dead Rise in New Zealand in June. That’s his shot from Twitter above. “The Evil Dead movies filled my brain with terror and awe when I first saw them at 9 years old,” Cronin told Variety. “I am excited and humbled to be resurrecting the most iconic of evil forces for both the fans and a whole new generation.” No pressure, Lee, it better be groovy…        
The LaLaurie Mansion Series 
Release date: TBC 2022
Whether it’s a good thing or not, we now live in a world where entire franchises are announced before even the first movie has been released. The writers of the first two The Conjuring movies, Chad and Carey Hayes, have teamed up again and revealed an entire series of horror movies revolving around the infamous LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans. Once home to none other than Nic Cage, who allegedly only lasted one night of horrific screams and bumps in the night, this grim abode is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the world. The good news is that if you’ve done your horror homework and watched American Horror Story Coven, you’ll already know its most villainous resident. 
Played by Kathy Bates in AHS, Madame LaLaurie was both a New Orleans socialite and horrific 19th century serial killer, responsible for the horrific torture, mutilation and murder of a number of Black slaves. Her secret was only revealed when a fire broke out at her mansion and firefighters discovered some of her barely alive victims in diabolical states. 
Not content with just one movie, the Hayes brothers are going to tell multiple stories of the mansion throughout history, from its horrific beginnings, all the way to modern day. Plus, they’re considering writing some of it from inside the house. “We love writing films in which we get to tell true stories – incorporating moments that people can look up and discover did in fact happen,” they announced in a press release. “With the LaLaurie House we get to do exactly that… there is a wealth of documentation of a very dark and frightening past of true events. Not to mention that after spending some time there, what we personally experienced was truly unnerving. We haven’t been this excited about a project since The Conjuring!”   

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