It's official. There's never been a better time to be a horror fan. The new horror movies for 2022 and beyond are an exciting and terrifying bunch. There's also never been more places to watch the best new horror movies. You don't always need the big screen experience. Streaming services like Peacock, and Disney Plus/Hulu are racking up more scary movies than ever and, of course, niche horror streamer Shudder continues to pick up the scream of the crop from various film festivals. Check out our best Shudder movies if you don't want to have to wait for any terror.
But what's still to come? Well Ti West's surprise X prequel, Pearl, looks quite literally bloody brilliant and we've got a new Evil Dead, fresh Hellraiser, and Jamie Lee Curtis is promising that evil will actually die tonight in Halloween Ends. We've also got fresh Gen Z horror Bodies Bodies Bodies on the way - it's already out in the USA - and some truly high-concept horror as two friends decide to climb an abandoned radio tower. Let's get some scary dates in your calendar with the most exciting new horror movies of 2022 and beyond.
Release date: August 30, 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…
Bodies Bodies Bodies
Release date: Out now US, September 2, 2022 (UK)
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.
Release date: September 16, 2022
The idea of a bonus Ti West movie is already exciting enough without Pearl being the ‘X-traordinary origin story’ of Mia Goth’s elderly, not to mention nefarious, character from X earlier this year. Given the sheer amount of work necessary to film during the pandemic, West shot X back to back with Pearl and didn't reveal its existence until X was out. “I came out of quarantine and I was like, ‘We’re already building all of this stuff, it’s COVID and we’re on the one place on Earth where it’s safe to make a movie. We have the whole crew from ‘Avatar 2’ who’s on break. We should make two movies,’” West told Indiewire. “The miracle of A24 was that they thought this was actually a good idea.” Going by the hilariously dark trailer above, Pearl is erring even further into comedy horror territory than X as we go back to World War I to discover quite the lengths the titular antihero was willing to go to become famous. Spoiler: villainous ones.
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.”
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…
Release date: November 18, 2022
By now we all know the kind of dining experiences depicted in The Menu. The Michelin stars… the moss and algae scavenged from local woodlands… the Instagram lighting… the potential for the entire thing to be an elaborate set up to kill you. OK, maybe not the last one, which is where an ominous chef played by Ralph Fiennes comes in to mix things up a bit. Anya Taylor Joy and Nicholas Hoult are a couple on the hunt for a next level evening of eating but pick up a knife and fork for an altogether different kind of epicurean nightmare. The dark comedy of the trailer above is already pretty delicious so we can’t wait to see how this one plays out. Oh, and it’s from one of the directors of Succession and Game of Thrones so some unexpected twists and turns will surely be on, well, the menu.
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?
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.
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.
Joaquin Phoenix on set of his upcoming movie ‘Disappointment Blvd.’ in Montreal 2/2 [ Via: Daily Mail ] pic.twitter.com/4kQIUtoHFKJuly 27, 2021
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…
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
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!”