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The most anticipated new horror movies of 2022

Bodies Bodies Bodies
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The new horror movies of 2022 are a ridiculously exciting bunch. We're now into July and the good news is that we've still got months of brilliant upcoming horror movies on the way. It's been a fun year already but still to come is a brand new horror from the man behind Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele, there's a fresh Predator movie on the way, and we've even got the giddily high-concept horror Fall as two young women decide to climb a 2000ft radio tower and things go horribly wrong. Not only that but there's fresh terror from A24 with Gen Z scarefest Bodies Bodies Bodies and even a Blumhouse queer conversion horror with the smartly titled slasher They/Them.  

And if you don't want to head to the cinema, streaming services are packed with fresh horror straight from the best film festivals too.  Check out the best Shudder movies to see our favorites currently on the horror streamer and some of the movies below will be arriving on digital at the same time as they release in cinemas. As ever, the release dates are subject to last-minute changes but there should be enough to pop in your blood-spattered diary. Ready yourself for the most exciting new horror movies in 2022.   

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The Reef: Stalked 

Release date: July 29, 2022 

If you’ve seen 2010 Aussie horror The Reef, you’ll be very aware of why one of the collective nouns for a group of sharks is a ‘shiver’. Because that’s what you do every time you think about the movie. Well, in excellent news for your chewed nerves, director of the original, Andrew Traucki, is back for more great white action. The Reef: Stalked stars The Vampire Diaries’ Teressa Liane, Ann Truong, Kate Lister, and Saskia Archer as a group of friends who get together for some bonding after trauma at home. So of course they decide to go kayaking and diving in azure waters and find even more tragedy. Traucki is well known for his love of using real creatures in his features so expect the tension to be ranked up substantially by the presence of a very real shark instead of a CG critter.  

Nope

Release date: July 22 (US), August 12 (UK)

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 Bodies

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

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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...   

Prey 

Release date: August 5, 2022 (Hulu) 

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 looks like it could all change with prequel Prey from 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg. Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, we join young warrior Naru, played by Amber Midthunder, as she battles against a Predator who has arrived on Earth. 

Going from the trailer above, this could be ludicrous amounts of brutal fun. Especially given that Trachtenberg has taken direct inspiration from none other than Kratos. "I teased a while ago that I took inspiration from the latest God of War video game, and those two things are in the trailer," he told Comicbook.com. "One is his shield, that you see briefly. And the other is not a Predator gadget, but just the way that Nadu, wields her axe, she invents something very cool for that Tomahawk. And that comes from a mechanic in that video game. I think the shield is something super cool. There's a couple things that are the same, but even those things function slightly differently."

Fall 

Release date: August 12, 2022  

Are you ready for some literally high concept horror? Well fasten your carabiners and hope for the best because we’re joining Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) as they clamber up a 2000ft radio tower. And sure, they get to the top but that’s when the trouble starts…  Why does no one ever just go for a nice walk to process trauma? Thrillers like this work best in their simplicity - Blake Lively vs shark in The Shallows or the trapped skiers of Frozen - and the trailer above absolutely nails the desperate, not to mention vertigo-inducing tone. This pair are going to have to go through the wringer if they want to survive and we’re more than happy to go through it with them. Let’s just hope it’s better than The Ledge…     

Hatching  

Release date: September 16, 2022 

The problem with the idea of the perfect family, is that there are always secrets. And sometimes those secrets involve a creature that a young girl has hatched from an egg she found in the forest/ Tinja is a 12 year old gymnast who spends her life trying desperately to please her overbearing mother but what she finds inside the egg turns their family upside down. This Finnish horror directed by Hanna Bergholm looks as gorily delicious as poached eggs made by David Cronenberg. If you don’t want to watch the trailer above, we won’t give away what cracks its way into the world but Bergholm knew she wanted it to be a real tangible thing.

“I really knew that I wanted this creature to be a practical effect creature, and not a CG character,” she told Screenrant. “I wanted it to have a real physical presence, and knew that we needed the best possible person to be in charge of making this puppet.” She recruited specialist Gustav Hoegen who has been in charge of animatronics for Star Wars, Prometheus and Jurassic World. “On set, we had five puppeteers moving the puppet with rods, and there was Gustav moving all the facial expressions and fingers with remote controls. That actually was very technical and very challenging, because it needed multiple takes to really make it look real.”

Halloween Ends 

Halloween Kills (2021)

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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)

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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 but then there's the bad news. Neve Campbell has announced that the offer for her to return as Sidney Prescott just wasn't right, stating (as reported by Deadline) “Sadly I won’t be making the next Scream film. As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream. I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise. It’s been a very difficult decision to move on. To all my Scream fans, I love you. You’ve always been so incredibly supportive to me. I’m forever grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years."

This passes the torch to four remaining  survivors from Scream 2022 Sam (Melissa Barrera), Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown), Chad (Mason Gooding), and poor human pin cushion Tara (Jenna Ortega) who for Scream 6 will be trying to start a new chapter in their lives only for Ghostface to try and end it swiftly once again. And it doesn't make up for the lack of Sidney but we do know that Hayden Panettiere will be returning as much-wronged Scream 4 character Kirby. Every cloud, eh? 

     

Salem’s Lot 

Salem's Lot

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Release date: April 21, 2023 

Just when you didn’t think there could be any more Stephen King adaptations, another tome is added to the ‘time for a remake’ shelf. And this time, it’s a heavy hitter. For those of a certain age, one of the most terrifying horror moments lurks in Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot TV series from 1979 as a vampire child arrives at a window asking to be let in…. This means no pressure for Conjuring Universe staple Gary Dauberman on both directing and screenplay duties. The good news is that given that he is also responsible for the screenplay of both parts of IT, Dauberman already has keen King conversion chops. The similar ‘terror in a small town’ theme of Salem’s Lot as a vampire holes up in the old house on the hill could mean very good things. There's been no official reveal of a poster or trailer but the art above was revealed after a tie-in edition of the book was spotted online. The movie was initially meant to release in 2022 but New Line has staked out an April 2023 date instead thanks to some late extra shooting and Covid delays. You’ve got a little longer to prep your garlic.   

 Deadstream  

Deadstream movie

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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. 

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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…    

Hellraiser 

Hellraiser

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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.”

Evil Dead Rise 

New horror movies Evil Dead Rise

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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!”   

Louise Blain
Louise Blain

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.