The 20 Best Horror Movies of 2022 (2023)

A new year means new movies. Specifically, that means new horror movies, which let's be real, are some of the most exciting releases. We all know what we're going to get from a Marvel movie, or an Oscar-bait drama like, say, Spencer (although it deserves the praise). But horror is a genre where some truly weird stuff can happen. Who doesn't want to see, say, Sebastian Stan play a charming cannibal, or the meta-filled murder spree in the fifth Scream film?

With the year already more than halfway through, 2022 already has some strong additions to the growing catalogue of modern horror, plus a few misses (ahem, Morbius for one). And there's still exciting releases to come. Jordan Peele's Nope is easily the most anticipated movie of the year, let alone the most awaited horror film. The South by Southwest darling Bodies Bodies Bodies is sure to bring a little humor and lot scares from upcoming stars (such as Rachel Sennott and Chase Sui Wonders) and established names (Lee Pace, Amandla Stenberg, and Pete Davidson).Plus later this year, Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as Laurie Strode one last time in the final installment of the newest Halloween trilogy. So grab your popcorn and your nightlight—it's about to get spooky.

One final note: most of these movies are already out, or went to theaters and have yet to hit streaming services. But don't worry, we'll keep you updated throughout the year as to where you can get your scare on.

1

Scream

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Paramount

With Scream's January 2022 release, it's clear nostalgia will get people into theaters. The newest installment of the horror-movie-that-spoofs-other-horror-movies franchise did surprisingly well at the box office, and has already spawned another sequel. Fans of the franchise won't be disappointed.

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2

Fresh

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Hulu

Taking a break from his Marvel Cinematic Universe role (and his recent stint on Pam and Tommy), Sebastian Stan stars opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones as a boyfriend with a peculiar appetite...

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3

X

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A24

Mia Goth, Brittany Snow, Kid Cudi, and Jenna Ortega (who also appears in Scream, and will lead Netflix's upcoming Wednesday Addams series) star in this raunchy A24 horror film about a group who rent a cabin from a mysterious old man to film an adult movie.

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4

Umma

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Sony Pictures

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Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) stars in this upcoming horror about a woman who has to grapple with a spirit attached to her estranged mother's ashes. Iris K. Shim wrote and directed, while Sam Raimi produced the film.

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5

Morbius

Jared Leto stars in the Sony-produced adaptation of the Marvel anti-hero Morbius. Suffering from a lifelong blood disease, a doctor goes on a harrowing journey to find a cure and suddenly finds himself transformed into a powerful vampire. For better or worse, Morbius is one of the most talked about movies of the year. It's, uh, not great but if you want to see what all the fuss is about, here's where you can stream it now.

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6

Firestarter

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Ken Woroner/Universal Pictures

Based on a Stephen King novel, and rebooting the original 1984 adaptation, Firestarter stars Zac Efron as a father trying to protect his daughter from a shady government group when she gains pyrokinetic powers.

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7

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A24

Jessie Buckley stars in this upcoming horror movie directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation). We don't want to spoil too much about the film, but it's about grief, and well...a lot of creepy men.

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8

Watcher

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Universal

When an American woman moves with her boyfriend to Bucharest, she begins to suspect a man who lives in a nearby apartment building is a serial killer.

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9

Crimes of the Future

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Metropolitan Filmexport

Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortenson star in this gory horror sci-fi Crimes of the Future. When humans gain the ability to transform their bodies, an avant-garde artist showcases the manipulation of his body for audiences. Be warned: this one isn't for the faint of heart.

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10

The Black Phone

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Universal

Ethan Hawke stars in this dark thriller adapted from a story by horror and writer Joe Hill (of Locke and Key and NOS4A2). Hawke plays a kidnapper and serial killer who terrorizes a town. But his newest victim has the chance to get away when he discovers he can hear the kidnapper's past victims through an unplugged black phone in the room.

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11

Nope

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Universal

Jordan Peele is back with another horror movie that's sure to be the talk of the year. Nope stars Steven Yeun, Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, and Euphoria's Barbie Ferriera. There's not much information about the movie yet, but from the cryptic trailer, we can make a decent guess it's alien-related.

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12

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

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A24

Starring Amandla Stenberg, Pete Davidson, Lee Pace and others, this upcoming slasher film debuted at South by Southwest in March. When a group of friends take a vacation, they realize one of them is trying to kill the rest of the group off.

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13

We're All Going to the World's Fair

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Utopia

Technically this entry was shown at Sundance in 2021, but it didn't get its U.S. theater release until 2022; it made its way to HBO Max in September. If you want to watch a creepy horror flick that rides the line between mystery, terror, and realism, look no further than the critical indie hit We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, which tells the story of a young girl who gets into a weird online challenge that causes her own mental state to quickly devolve. Think of this as a companion piece to Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade—and one that comes with quite a few deeply unsettling moments.

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14

Orphan: First Kill

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Orphan premiered back in 2009, but over a decade later, a prequel is in the works. With Isabella Furhman reprising her role as the murderess Esther, the new movie will also star Julia Stiles as a woman who has to fight to save her family from Esther's wrath.

Orphan: First Kill is currently in theaters.

15

Pearl

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A24

A prequel to X (which is actually a trilogy from director Ti West), Pearl follows Mia Goth's character from X and her life before she joins a group trying to shoot a porno in the 1970s.

Pearl is currently in theaters.

16

Smile

Writer/director Parker Finn establishes himself as yet another exciting talent in the horror space with Smile, a movie that feels kind of like a spiritual successor to The Ring, but includes a lot of things that great horror movies really need: exciting, almost Raimi-esque camerawork, a cast game for a movie that inevitably goes bonkers led by Sosie Bacon and Kyle Gallner, and some genuinely inventive and exciting scares and violent moments. Smile is a movie that will be watched by horror fans very late at night for years and years to come.

Smile is currently in theaters.

17

Halloween Ends

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David Livingston

Jamie Lee Curtis is set to reprise her role in the third and final installment of the newest Halloween trilogy, where she'll (hopefully) kill Michael Myers once and for all. According to People, filming has already wrapped, and Curtis has said goodbye to final girl Laurie Strode for good.

Halloween Ends is set to premiere in theaters on Oct. 14, 2022.

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18

Evil Dead Rise

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Warner Bros; New Line Cinema; Ghost House

Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell (otherwise known as Ash of the Evil Dead franchise), are co-executive producing the fifth installment of the popular Evil Dead franchise. Rather than focus on Ash, the newest film will follow two sisters who encounter a mysterious book (you know the one) that makes them fight for their lives. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will go straight to HBO Max for streaming.

Evil Dead Rise will premiere on HBO Max sometime in 2022.

19

Hellraiser

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Hulu

A reboot of the 1987 film of the same name, and the eleventh installment of the Hellraiser franchise, the newest film will star Jamie Clayton (Sense8, The L Word: Generation Q) as the villain Pinhead. The original film followed a couple who move into a new house and discover a strange puzzle in the attic, which calls aliens from another dimension who find pleasure in pain.

Hellraiser will premiere on Hulu on October 7.

20

Disappointment Blvd.

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JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX

Director Ari Aster, who also helmed Hereditary and Midsommar, is back with Disappointment BLVD, a horror-comedy starring Joaquin Phoenix, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, and others. There's not much besides a logline, courtesy of Variety: “An intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.”

Disappointment BLVD has no official release date yet.

Milan PolkMilan Polk is an Editorial Assistant for Men's Health who specializes in entertainment and lifestyle reporting, and has worked for New York Magazine's Vulture and Chicago Tribune.

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What is the #1 scariest movie on Netflix 2022? ›

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What scary movies are coming out in 2022? ›

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What is the scariest movie Top 5? ›

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  • It Follows (2014)
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What's the top 5 scariest movie on Netflix? ›

The Best Horror Movies on Netflix
  • #8. Cam (2018) 93% 53% #8. ...
  • #7. Sweetheart (2019) 93% 50% #7. ...
  • #6. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 95% 91% #6. ...
  • #5. The Old Ways (2021) 95% 47% #5. ...
  • #4. Jaws (1975) 97% 90% #4. ...
  • #3. Under the Shadow (2016) 99% 73% #3. ...
  • #2. Creep 2 (2017) 100% 72% #2. ...
  • #1. His House (2020) 100% 74% #1.

What movie has the most jump scares? ›

1. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is far and wide the most 'jumpy' horror movie ever made with 32 jump scares to enjoy throughout the film. Set in 1993.

What horror movie has the most kills? ›

15 Horror Movies With The Most Kills, Ranked
  • Halloween Kills (2021) - 30+ Kills. ...
  • This Mist (2007) - 30+ Kills. ...
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) - 40+ Kills. ...
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2011) - 56+ Kills. ...
  • 30 Days Of Night (2007) - 60+ Kills. ...
  • Us (2019) - 66+ Kills. ...
  • Carrie (1976) - 70+ Kills.
27 Oct 2022

Who is the most brutal horror movie killer? ›

#1 JASON VOORHEES (Friday the 13th: Part 2, 1981)

Jason Voorhees is the number one scariest killer on this list. Jason has the highest body count in slasher history with about 157 kills across his movie career.

What scary movie is based on a true story? ›

"The Exorcist" (1973)

Often referred to as the scariest horror movie in history, “The Exorcist” is based on a true story.

Will there be a conjuring 4? ›

The Conjuring 4 is officially in the works with The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick returning along with producing duo James Wan and Peter Safran, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today.

Why horror movies are the best? ›

People like the feeling they experience when they get scared. A study by journal Communication Research quotes that the people having a liking towards horror films enjoy the intense feelings such a fear. It also claims that when you are scared, the immediate response of our mind goes into either fight or flight mode.

What is the number 1 scariest movie in America? ›

Nearly 45 years after its release, John Carpenter's "Halloween" still remains the gold standard for all horror movies.

What horror should I watch? ›

The best horror movies
  • The Exorcist (1973) Film. Horror. Director: William Friedkin. ...
  • The Shining (1980) Film. Horror. ...
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Film. Horror. ...
  • Alien (1979) Film. Science fiction. ...
  • Psycho (1960) Film. Horror. ...
  • The Thing (1982) Film. Horror. ...
  • Rosemary's Baby (1968) Film. Comedy. ...
  • Halloween (1978) Film. Horror.
20 Oct 2022

What are the 10 best horror movies on Netflix? ›

Got it!
  • Till Death. Netflix.
  • Unfriended. Neflix.
  • Creep. Netflix.
  • The Babysitter. Netflix.
  • It. Netflix.
  • Fear Street. Netflix.
  • Hush. Netflix.
  • The Ritual. Netflix.
29 Oct 2022

What horror movie has the best rotten tomatoes? ›

Best Horror Movies 2021
  • #1. A Quiet Place Part II. 91% 89% #1. ...
  • #2. My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To. 98% 58% #2. ...
  • #3. The Boy Behind the Door. 97% 63% #3. ...
  • #4. The Amusement Park. 96% 47% #4. ...
  • #5. Slaxx. 96% 45% #5. ...
  • #6. Candyman. 84% 63% #6. ...
  • #7. The Delivered. 95% 56% #7. ...
  • #8. Lucky. 93% 29% #8.

What movie has the most f words? ›

The 10 Most Profane Movies of All Time, Ranked by The Number of F-Bombs
  • Alpha Dog (2006) - 367 f-words. ...
  • Straight Outta Compton (2015) - 392 f-words. ...
  • Casino (1995) - 422 f-words. ...
  • Nil by Mouth (1997) - 428 f-words. ...
  • Summer of Sam (1999) - 435 f-words. ...
  • Uncut Gems (2019) - 560 f-words. ...
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - 569 f-words.
1 Jun 2022

What was the first Jumpscare in a movie? ›

Poster for Cat People (1942), which featured the Lewton Bus, the first jump scare.

What movie has the most Jumpscares on Netflix? ›

The show, a horror mystery-thriller that debuted on October 7, has broken a world record for its plethora of jump scares, according to a news release from Guinness World Records. Igby Rigney and Iman Benson in Netflix's spooky teen drama 'The Midnight Club.

What is the scariest horror monster? ›

The Scariest Movie Monsters, Ranked
  • 7/7 The Bear - Annihilation.
  • 6/7 Death Angels - A Quiet Place.
  • 5/7 The Entity - It Follows.
  • 4/7 The Babadook - The Babadook.
  • 3/7 The Alien - The Thing.
  • 2/7 Xenomorph - Alien.
  • 1/7 Pennywise - It.
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What movies make people pass out? ›

Horror film 'Terrifier 2' is causing viewers to puke, faint in theater; producer warns of 'graphic violence' A low-budget sequel film in the "Terrifier" film series is causing visceral reactions from moviegoers - with many viewers sharing they puked or passed out due to the goriness of the movie.

When was horror most popular? ›

In the early 1970s, horror broke into the mainstream in a big way, primarily with the astronomical success of “The Exorcist” in 1973, which alone topped the collective total of any box office year in the decade.

What horror movie has no deaths? ›

Freaks (1932)

Although the movie is indeed hard to watch, there are surprisingly no recorded kills. Even near the end, when all the "freaks" gang up on the two antagonists, Hercules and Cleopatra, they are never killed.

What movie has the most human deaths? ›

Titanic (1997) - 307 deaths

James Cameron's box-office breaking, Oscar-winning Titanic depicts one of the biggest disasters of the 20th century, and as such, it rather appropriately features the most on-screen deaths of any movie in that genre.

Who is the best slasher killer? ›

Best Slasher #1 - Michael Myers (Halloween, 1978)

Who is the king of horror movies? ›

Stephen King's status as the master of horror is well-earned. The famous author has over 80 books to his name, but his unique ability to tap into the human psyche and uncover what scares us the most remains truly unmatched.

Who is the best horror character of all time? ›

From Octavia Spencer's “Ma” to Michael Myers from Halloween, here are the best murders and paranormal monsters we all know and love.
  • Jack Torrance in The Shining. ...
  • Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series. ...
  • Carrie White in Carrie. ...
  • Annabelle in The Conjuring and Annabelle. ...
  • Ghostface in Scream. ...
  • Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist.
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Who is the most horror person? ›

Meet history's 10 most murderous real-life monsters in this week's feature!
  • Timur (1336-1405) ...
  • Ilse Koch (1906-1967) ...
  • HH Holmes (1861-1896) ...
  • Thug Behram (1765-1840) ...
  • Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614) ...
  • Empress Wu Zetian (625-705) © Blogspot. ...
  • Belle Gunness (1859-?) © BelleGunnessTheMovie. ...
  • Vlad the Impaler (1431-1477) © Spike.
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Are horror movies real or fake? ›

Horror films have produced some of the most iconic figures in pop culture. But not all scary movies are completely fictional — some are actually based on real life. For example, "The Conjuring" was based on the real life Perron family.

Is Pennywise real? ›

No. Pennywise is a fictional character.

Is insidious 3 a true story? ›

It is based on real-life paranormal investigators Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, which appeared in James Wan's film The Conjuring (2013), played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. This film marked Leigh Whannell's directorial debut.

Is insidious 5 coming out? ›

Insidious 5 is out in cinemas on July 7, 2023.

Is La Llorona Conjuring? ›

Despite what you might have heard, The Curse of La Llorona is not part of The Conjuring Universe like Annabelle and The Nun.

Did Annabelle 4 come out? ›

The film is dedicated to Lorraine Warren, who died on April 18, 2019. Annabelle Comes Home was released on Digital HD on September 17, 2019, and on Blu-ray and DVD on October 8, 2019. It was released in a May 2022 Blu-ray collection with the other The Conjuring Universe movies.

Is it healthy to watch horror? ›

Watching frightening films can give you much more than a good scare, they can also help relieve stress and anxiety. (Yes, really.) Monsters under the bed, zombies rising from the grave, and chainsaw-wielding maniacs aren't exactly the first things that come to mind when one is trying to conjure soothing images.

Is horror movie good for brain? ›

The results of multiple studies approve that scary scenes advance the level of adrenaline, releasing neurotransmitters in the brain. Faster reaction, better alertness, improved concentration, and a plethora of other advantages can be witnessed as a result of a single movie session.

Why scary movies are healthy? ›

But for others, horror can help provide relief from pent-up tension. They're a way to practice feeling scared in a safe environment, refocus your brain away from real-life anxieties and enjoy the release that comes after the movie's over.

What's the best on Netflix 2022? ›

The most popular shows ranking on our guide to the best-reviewed on Netflix include Stranger Things (which aired its fourth season in 2022), phenom Squid Game (which will air its second season in 2023 or 2024), video game curse-breaking adaptations (Arcane: League of Legends, The Witcher, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners), crime ...

What's the most watched thing on Netflix 2022? ›

As of October 2022, the most popular English-language Netflix TV show of all time was the fourth season of American science-fiction series "Stranger Things," based on number of hours viewed in the show's first 28 days on the platform. It counted over 1.3 billion hours viewed.

What will Netflix remove in 2022? ›

Clueless
  • Leaving Nov. ...
  • Leaving Nov. If Anything Happens I Love You.
  • Leaving Nov. Scary Movie 5.
  • Leaving Nov. America's Next Top Model: Seasons 21-22.
  • Leaving Nov. Suffragette.
  • Leaving Nov. Donald Glover: Weirdo.
  • Leaving Nov. Bridget Jones's Baby.
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What are the top 3 Netflix movies? ›

Below, we've assembled the current list of the most popular movies on Netflix in the U.S., along with more information about each film.
...
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)
  2. The Wonder (2022) ...
  3. R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned (2022) ...
  4. Falling for Christmas (2022) ...
  5. The Bad Guys (2022) ...
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Whats #1 on Netflix right now? ›

Most Popular on Netflix: A Look at Today's Top 10
  • The Crown. Years: 2016-2022. Creator: Peter Morgan. ...
  • Love Is Blind 3. Year: 2022. Creator: Chris Coelen. ...
  • Ancient Apocalypse. Year: 2022. ...
  • Manifest. Year: 2022. ...
  • Warrior Nun. Year: 2022. ...
  • Where the Crawdads Sing. Year: 2022. ...
  • Falling For Christmas. Year: 2022. ...
  • The Bad Guys. Year: 2022.
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What are 5 most watched Netflix? ›

Watched for 84.31 million hours this week. Watched for 79.27 million hours this week.
...
Most Popular TV (English)
#TV (English)Hours viewed in first 28 days
1Stranger Things 41,352,090,000
2DAHMER: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story856,220,000
3Bridgerton: Season 2656,260,000
4Bridgerton: Season 1625,490,000
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What is hot on Netflix right now? ›

Popular on Netflix
  • Manifest.
  • Stranger Things.
  • Breaking Bad.
  • Dead to Me.
  • Lost in Space.
  • The Walking Dead.
  • The Last Kingdom.
  • Orange Is the New Black.

What is the most watched show of all time? ›

Most watched broadcasts of all time

Super Bowl XLIX, with 114.4 million viewers, is number one.

Is Netflix gone? ›

Netflix is up!

We are not currently experiencing an interruption to our streaming service.

Is Netflix free in 2022? ›

No, Netflix doesn't offer a free trial.

Why do movies leave Netflix? ›

Netflix licenses TV shows and movies from studios around the world. Though we strive to keep the titles you want to watch, some titles do leave Netflix because of licensing agreements.

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