The year 2022 has been quite an entertaining ride for movie buffs till now. With over half of it already behind us, it is time to look back at some of the major releases. And it was not just dramas, rom-coms, comedies or action that kept us hooked but the best and most thrilling horror movies too.
Consequently, content flooding the theatres and OTT platforms regularly makes it natural to miss out on some of the best ones. And speaking of horror movies, there are plenty of them including sequels, new instalments and indie movies comprising the staple tropes from the genre such as malevolent characters and bloody scenes, if not jump scares always, but interesting stories of course.
If you are a fan of the horror genre and are in the dark regarding which nail-biting scary movies are making viewers peek through their fingers, some of the best horror movies released in 2022 so far, are here to make your movie night more thrilling.
While there are many promising horror films which are yet to roll out this year, it is time to run through all those best movies that have kept viewers up all night and sent chills down their spine.Take a look at some of the best horror movies of 2022 that you may have missed
The Black Phone
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Ethan Hawke as Grabber, Mason Thames as Finney and Madeleine McGraw as Gwen
An adaptation of a Joe Hill short story of the same name, this nerve-wracking horror film is sure to terrify even the toughest horror fans.
Set in the 1970s, The Black Phone revolves around 13-year-old Finney, an extremely warm-hearted young boy, who is targeted by school bullies and tries to stay away from his abusive father after school hours. However, his sister Gwen has his back with her sharp tongue.
Their hometown faces a rough period as cases of missing children rises. While the residents name the mortifying serial killer ‘The Grabber,’ Finney becomes his latest victim. Finney is locked up in a sound-proof basement with a disconnected black phone through which he can talk to the spirits of The Grabber’s previous victims.
The film comes after Derrickson departed from Marvel‘s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and though it may not have jolting jump scares and ghosts lurking behind, brilliant performances by an incredible cast make the eerie atmosphere come alive. It is also the first film after Sinister (2012) which brings Derrickson, Hawke and screenwriter C Robert Cargill together.
Orphan: First Kill
Directed by: William Brent Bell
Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther, Julia Stiles as Tricia Albright and Rossif Sutherland as Allen Albright
If the very image of Esther brings back nightmares of the 2009 film Orphan, you must watch this new Paramount Pictures horror movie. This 2022 title is a prequel to the original movie and traces the origin of Esther — a young girl who breaks away from a psychiatric hospital in Estonia and takes on a new identity.
If you thought that this one won’t be as spooky as the previous film because you know how things would play out, hold that thought. Bell serves twists on the existing plot and takes the audience on a wild, terrifying ride.
Interestingly, Fuhrman was aged 25 at the time of filming this new movie, but Bell’s adept techniques and camera angles made her look younger than she appeared in the 2009 film.
The film received positive reviews from critics and surprised producers who did not anticipate such an overwhelming response.
Directed by: Chloe Okuno
Maika Monroe as Julia, Karl Glusman as Francis and Burn Gorman as Watcher
Julia is a young actress who moves to Bucharest with her boyfriend but finds herself being constantly watched by a creepy neighbour. If dealing with this wasn’t enough, the city is haunted by a serial killer.
One of the best horror movies to roll out this year, Watcher marks Okuno’s first feature film and targets a common societal issue telling women that they are absolutely safe and need not overreact to minor problems.
The film may not have too many surprise scenes and abrupt cuts but it does make you wonder about every person you come across in real life.