The 10 Best Horror Movies Released in the First Half of 2022! (2023)

It’s that time again; we’re halfway through another year. Already.

The first half of 2022 was much lighter on theatrical releases than the heavily stacked back half. Even still, it held no shortage of fantastic horror releases. The genre has proven time and time again that it thrives in every format, and offerings have become downright overwhelming on VOD and streaming platforms. From highly-anticipated theatrical releases to knockout indie debuts and even some massively under-the-radar titles, 2022’s best horrors deliver on variety.

As a refresher and to ensure great movies don’t fall through the cracks, here are the 10 best horror movies of 2022… so far!

Master

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ZOE RENEE stars in MASTER Photo: Linda Kallerus © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC

Writer/Director Mariama Diallo uses a New England curse to connect the past to the present, blending a variety of terrors, real and imagined, all funneled through the lives of three women.Master casts a bewitching spell of occult and psychological horror, underscoring the true source of fear in a potent way. Diallo’s deft layering of supernatural chills with historical terror and realism makes for a compelling experience that pulls you into the interior lives of these women. The style in capturing the increasingly dense mythology is impeccable. Diallo demonstrates a keen eye for composition and an ability to instill an unsettling atmosphere quickly. Darkness slowly closes around Jasmine, Gail, and Liv, causing them to struggle for air in a claustrophobic and hostile environment. Even if it doesn’t entirely stick its landing, it’s the precise type of intelligent, creepy, and complex horror that makes Diallo one to watch.

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The Black Phone

It’s 1978, and children are missing in a North Denver neighborhood. If that’s not enough, Finney (Mason Thames) and younger sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw) spend their home life walking on eggshells around their drunk dad (Jeremy Davies). But not long after one of Finney’s only friends goes missing, he crosses paths with the kidnapper (Ethan Hawke). Finney gets trapped in the kidnapper’s near-empty basement, save for a broken black phone, with no way out. With time of the essence as death looms, Finney gets help from beyond the grave as the kidnapper’s past victims dial in on the black phone. Director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story nestles a tender tale underneath the scares. Its biggest strength lies with its lead performances. Thames brings the heart, but McGraw is a rare exceptional talent. And Hawke is in a league of his own, playing against type in a remarkably unsettling way.

Bull

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Kill List‘s Neil Maskell stars as the eponymous Bull, a gang enforcer that adores his son Aiden (Henri Charles). But Bull mysteriously went silentfor a decade, gone without a trace. Now, he’s back and in search of his old gang, who are surprised to see him. It quickly becomes apparent that Bull is on a rage-fueled mission for payback against an egregious double-cross. At the top of his hit list are father-in-law and local crime boss Norm (David Hayman) and Bull’s drug-addicted wife Gemma (Lois Brabin-Platt), who happens to be Norm’s daughter. More than carve his path through personal justice, Bull wants to find his son. The latest by Paul Andrew Williams (The Cottage,Cherry Tree Lane) reads like a classic, gritty crime thriller turned vengeance quest but plays like a horror movie in many ways. The bloody kills, the creatively staged deaths, and an unrestrained killer marries a crime revenge-thriller with a slasher.

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See For Me

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Sophie (Skyler Davenport) was once a highly successful and renowned skier, but blindness seems to have cut her career short. The dashed dreams and aspirations bred resentment in Sophie, leading her to push everyone away as she clings tighter to stubborn independence. When Sophie takes on a cat-sitting job at a secluded mansion, she hides her blindness from the owner. Then three thieves break in, not realizing anyone is home. Sophie’s only means of defense and evasion comes from a phone app that allows an army vet and gamer, Kelly (Jessica Parker Kennedy), to operate remotely as her eyes.See for Me,directed by Randall Okita and written by Adam YorkeandTommy Gushue, is more interested in exploring the moral complexities of its protagonist. It offers an authentic performance with a visually impaired actor and gives Sophie agency with flawed complexity. It keeps Okita’s stylish thriller fresh and fascinating; even after the home invasion thrills evolve into something else.

The Sadness

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The premise, which sees a viral mutation cause the infected to become sadistically violent, reads like a familiar setup in outbreak horror. It quickly becomes apparent thatThe Sadnessrefuses to adhere to the average viral horror movie. Director Rob Jabbaz keeps a death grip on the pulse of the current climate, delivering a rage-filled manifesto that aims to tick off every cinematic taboo possible and tests your gag reflex in the process. It’s transgressive horror of the highest, most aggressive order. Heed all of the trigger warnings and then some. The filmmaker delivers his message with blunt force trauma, breaking all the rules along the way. It’s a vicious anthem that keeps you in its grip, forces you to stare into the abyss, and dares you to look away.

The House

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Netflix’s stop-motion animated anthology weaves together three creepy tales tethered to one house. The segments span time and tone, telling of a low-income family, an anxious developer, and a fed-up landlady who all become tied to the same mysterious house. Daughter Mabel (Mia Goth) navigates a mounting house of horrors as her parents lose themselves to newly acquired luxury in the first story. The second sees unwanted pests swarming and waylaying a developer’s plans, while the third segment closes the darkly comedic and unsettling anthology on an uplifting note amid an isolated dystopia. The Houseoccasionally unnerves but always taps into deep-seated dread. The animation is breathtaking, and the symbolism bears repeat viewings. Directed by Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, and Paloma Baeza,The Housefeatures voice acting by Mia Goth, Claudie Blakley, Matthew Goode, Mark Heap, Miranda Richardson, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Scream

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Ghostface and Jenna Ortega in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s “Scream.”

It’s been twenty-five years since the original series of murders in Woodsboro and a decade since the events of the last string of slayings. That means scar tissue has long developed over old wounds for both Woodsboro and its legacy players, as well as a semblance of peace. That is until Ghostface reappears and targets a new generation of Woodsboro teens.James Vanderbiltand Guy Busick’s screenplay evolves the franchise in clever and deeply poignant ways. Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett dedicateScreamto Wes Craven, and the horror master’s imprint looms large over their film. As intrinsic to the movie as Craven’s memory is, the filmmakers make it their own.

Watcher

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American Julia (Maika Monroe) uproots her life to accompany her half-Romanian husband Francis (Karl Glusman) to Bucharest for his high-pressure job. She’s left almost entirely on her own to adjust to a new country and culture, and it’s made even harder by the language barrier. Alone all day and increasingly at night, Julia stares out the window and notices an eerie face staring back. That feeling of being watched transforms into full-blown paranoia with the discovery that a killer named Spider has been stalking and decapitating women in the area. But is someone following Julia, or is it a byproduct of loneliness and culture shock? Chloe Okuno’s ability to create eerie unease from an uncomplicated premise impresses. It’s a measured, moody psychodrama that allows Okuno to wear her influences on her sleeves, making them her own, until one bloody and satisfying finale that seals the deal on Watcher being one of 2022’s best horrors.

The Innocents

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Writer/Director Eskil Vogt crafts a stunning portrayal of childhood morality with a tale of four children discovering supernatural abilities over a summer.The Innocents is a provocative look at the fine razor line between good and evil and the darker side of innocence. Four compelling performances ground the disturbing horror, adding complex emotions and morality to fuel the tension. Vogt twists the knife further by setting it under the bright Nordic sun; the terror these kids commit happens right under the adults’ noses, often in plain sight, with no one the wiser. The emotional authenticity heightens the horror, creating one of themost viscerally disturbing depictions of childhood in recent memory.

X

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Set in 1979 Texas, a group of aspiring adult filmmakers load up in a van and drive from Houston to the boonies to shoot. Producer Wayne (The Ring‘sMartin Henderson) enlists his girlfriend Maxine (Mia Goth), Bobby-Lynne (Brittany Snow), and Jackson (Scott Mescudi) to star. Then he’s rented a boarding house on the cheap from the reclusive elder Howard (Stephen Ure), who warns them to stay out of his wife’s sight. The porn production quickly devolves into a fucked up horror picture when things spiral out of control. The lean, straightforward narrative gets straight to the goods and never wastes time on heavy exposition. It’s all in the little details and the talented cast making these characters feel lived-in with a shared history.X demonstrates why West should be given full reign to go full throttle on deranged, savage, and intense horror comedies more often. It’s a blast, and one of the very best horror movies of 2022… so far.

Upcoming Festival Favorites to look out for in the second half of 2022: Sissy, Piggy, Bodies Bodies Bodies, Resurrection, Deadstream.

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FAQs

Which is the No 1 horror movie in the world 2022? ›

91% Critics Consensus: The Sadness lives up to its title with an unstintingly grim -- and overall effective -- slice of dystopian horror.

What scary movie is coming out 2022? ›

Terrifier 2 - October 6, 2022

Following the 2016 film Terrifier, a slasher sequel is set to see the return of Art the Clown. In Terrifier 2, the demonic killer clown is resurrected a year following the events of the first film and begins to hunt two siblings on Halloween night.

What is the scariest movie in the last 5 years? ›

Ranking of Horror Movies in the last 5 years
  • Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021) Sunghoo Park. ...
  • The Innocents (2021) Eskil Vogt. ...
  • Last Night in Soho (2021) Edgar Wright. ...
  • A Quiet Place (2018) John Krasinski. ...
  • The Wolf House (2018) ...
  • The Lighthouse (2019) ...
  • Hereditary (2018) ...
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Is the black phone based on a true story? ›

Joe Hill's Short Story Used a Serial Killer for Inspiration

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hill explained that, though his story took inspiration from real serial killers of the era, The Black Phone is not based on an actual case.

Is Nope scary? ›

The first thing you need to know about Nope is that Nope is not a horror movie. It certainly has elements that are creepy and frightening and downright unnerving, but Peele spends long stretches just hanging out with the characters where they're in no apparent danger at all.

Will there be a conjuring 4? ›

As of the release date for The Conjuring 4, Warner Bros hasn't been announced yet. If it happens we could expect the movie to premiere in early summer 2024 as each movie has three years gap in between.

Is the black phone Rated R? ›

"The Black Phone" is officially rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some drug use.

When did insidious 5 release? ›

What is ranked the scariest movie? ›

15 Scariest and Most Important Horror Movies of All Time
  • 8/15 Carnival of Souls (1962)
  • 7/15 The Exorcist (1973)
  • 6/15 Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • 5/15 Halloween (1978)
  • 4/15 The Shining (1980)
  • 3/15 Alien (1979)
  • 2/15 Psycho (1960)
  • 1/15 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
5 Jul 2022

What is the scariest true horror movie? ›

Horror Movies Based on True Stories: Here's The 10 Best
  • The Amityville Horror. Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers. ...
  • Dead Ringers. ScreamFactoryTV. ...
  • Open Water. Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers. ...
  • The Conjuring. Warner Bros. ...
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose. FilmTrailersChannel. ...
  • Wolf Creek. VVolfCreek. ...
  • The Exorcist. ...
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street.

What is the scariest movie ever Reddit? ›

That being said, the scariest movies I can recall are:
  • The Ring (2002)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  • The Haunting (1999)
  • Oculus (2013)
  • Paranormal Activity (2007)
  • Stir of Echoes (1999)
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How scary is The Black Phone? ›

The Black Phone has some jump scares that work to shock the audience, but the true horror lies in the trauma that is conveyed through the relatable characters. This is an intelligent thriller that takes its time to establish its narrative and tension. While the jump scares are present, they are few and far between.

Will there be a black phone 2? ›

Currently, there is no confirmation on a sequel or prequel of The Black Phone, however, it is certainly of interest to audiences and those involved in the making. Derrickson had even teased this idea prior to the release of the first movie. “It's something I'm very open to.

What kind of horror is The Black Phone? ›

The Black Phone is a 2021 American coming-of-age supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, who both produced with Jason Blum. It is an adaptation of the 2004 short story of the same name by Joe Hill.

Is black phone ok for 14 year olds? ›

MPAA explanation: violence, bloody images, language and some drug use.

Is the movie beast OK for kids? ›

Beast (2022) is rated R for blood, violent content and language.

How scary is insidious? ›

Insidious is full of some of the best jump scares in horror history, none of which are predictable. Part of what makes Insidious' jump scares so horrifying is that they are not just visual jump scares, but they are supported by loud sound effects, creating the perfect combination to create an ideal jump scare.

Will there be Annabelle 4? ›

A New Annabelle? There's no official word on whether or not Annabelle 4 is in development, so Annabelle Comes Home could very well be the last movie in the series.

Is the Curse of La Llorona part of The Conjuring? ›

The Curse of La Llorona (also known as The Curse of the Weeping Woman in some markets) is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves, in his feature directorial debut, and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. It is the sixth installment in The Conjuring Universe franchise.

Is it Chapter 3 coming out? ›

Release Date for IT Chapter 3

The exact date has not been set yet. Officials have yet to decide if there should be an IT Chapter 3 or not. The history of IT sequels shows that the Second Chapter of IT was released 2 years after the First Sequel. So we can expect a third in 2022.

How many F words are in The Black Phone? ›

Nearly 30 f-words litter the dialogue here. Many of them are uttered by Finney's little sister, Gwen, and directed at bullies, police officers and Jesus Himself.

Can a 13 year old watch a rated R movie? ›

Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated motion pictures in determining their suitability for their children.

Is The Black Phone 18+? ›

MPAA. Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some drug use.

When did insidious come out? ›

Are they making sinister 3? ›

Is Sinister 3 Cancelled? I must tell you that there will be no Sinister 3. Jason Blum, the producer of the first two films, was very candid in his interview revealing it all boiled down to a matter of money.

Will there be Insidious 5? ›

Insidious 5 has started filming ahead of its release in cinemas next year and some exciting names have joined the cast. The fifth movie was officially confirmed in October 2020 and the horror sequel will mark star Patrick Wilson's directorial debut.

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.

Is sinister scary? ›

"Sinister" is bloody terrifying. So if your looking for one of those sorts off genuinely scary movies (which don't come along that often) look no further. Its creepy, will make you jump a mile high, and is genuinely disturbing (in a good way) with an ending that'll stick with you for days afterwards.

Is Veronica the most scariest movie? ›

Not everyone thinks the film is scary

Despite plenty of Twitter users expressing their fear of the film, others have disagreed. One writes: “[Veronica] was good, quite scary, a few jump scares, creepy demons and Ouija boards… Yet definitely not THE scariest film I have ever seen”.

How scary is The Conjuring? ›

Parents need to know that The Conjuring is a truly scary horror movie that's based on a true story about a haunted house, a demon possession, and an exorcism. It's more frightening than gory; no characters die (except a dog), and not much blood is shown, except during an intense demon-possession scene at the climax.

What is the best true story in horror movies? ›

Horror, based-on-true-story (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  1. Devil in Ohio (2022) TV-MA | 356 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery. ...
  2. Dahmer (2002) ...
  3. My Friend Dahmer (2017) ...
  4. Hannibal (2013–2015) ...
  5. The Exorcist (1973) ...
  6. The Conjuring (2013) ...
  7. The Lighthouse (I) (2019) ...
  8. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

Is Michael Myers Based on a true story? ›

Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films.

Is Chucky based off a true story? ›

While Chucky, the killer doll from the Child's Play franchise, isn't a real life individual, he is actually inspired by an alleged true story. The real events that helped inspire what would become the story for Child's Play begin with the tale of Robert the Doll.

Which is the scariest exorcist movie? ›

The Exorcist (1973)

It ranks at the top of many lists of the best horror movies of all time. It, too, is based on a true story and was infamously plagued by strange happenings to cast and crew on and off the set. But, it's what we see on-screen that makes it the best, most terrifying exorcism movie of all time.

How much money did horror movies make in 2021? ›

Box Office Performance for Horror Movies in 2021
RankMovie2021 Gross
1A Quiet Place: Part II$160,215,764
2Halloween Kills$92,002,155
3The Conjuring: The Devil Ma…$65,631,050
4Candyman$61,186,570
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Is the black phone on Netflix? ›

“The Black Phone” is part of the deal between Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Peacock to bring all their releases to the platform 45 days after the theatrical release. However, this also means that the film won't be able to watch on other platforms such as Netflix or HBO Max.

When did the black phone come out? ›

What is the scariest movie based on a true story? ›

Often referred to as the scariest horror movie in history, “The Exorcist” is based on a true story. Well, it's actually based on a 1971 book of the same name by William Peter Blatty (who served as a producer and screenwriter on the film), but the book is based on the exorcism of Roland Doe.

Is The Exorcist ok for a 12 year old? ›

Parents need to know that The Exorcist is a mature horror film, not aimed at (or paced for) kids. No rock-music soundtracks or look-out-the-killer-is-behind-you scares, but rather an awful sense of corruption as demonic possession takes over an adolescent girl like a loathsome progressive disease.

Who is the best exorcist in the world? ›

Gabriele Amorth
The Reverend Gabriele Amorth S.S.P.
Born1 May 1925 Modena, Emilia, Kingdom of Italy
Died16 September 2016 (aged 91) Rome, Italy
NationalityItalian
DenominationCatholic
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What is the best selling horror movie? ›

Highest-grossing horror film franchises and film series
2The Mummy$1,824,640,106
1The Mummy Returns (2001)$433,013,274
2The Mummy (1999)$415,933,406
3The Mummy (2017)$409,231,607
4The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)$401,128,639
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Who watches the most horror? ›

Horror films tend to attract a slightly younger audience, predominantly under 25s. It is said that roughly 42% of horror audiences are women, with 58% being men. Horror films tend to intertwine with thrillers in the way that viewers seek out a certain thrill/scare by diving into a world which isn't their own.

Can a 12 year old watch The Black Phone? ›

For the most part, we suggest sticking with the 17 and up age rating for The Black Phone.

How scary is The Black Phone? ›

The Black Phone has some jump scares that work to shock the audience, but the true horror lies in the trauma that is conveyed through the relatable characters. This is an intelligent thriller that takes its time to establish its narrative and tension. While the jump scares are present, they are few and far between.

How long do movies stay in theaters? ›

A movie can stay in theaters for as little as a few weeks and several months. It all depends on what other movies are coming out, the popularity of the film, and the availability of theaters at a particular location.

Is The Black Phone rated R? ›

"The Black Phone" is officially rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some drug use.

How old do you have to be to watch a rated R movie? ›

For Rated R Features you must be 18 or older to purchase a single ticket for the feature. A parent or guardian, 21 or over, is required to accompany and remain in the feature with any underage individuals. Children under 3 are free except in reserved seating and recliner locations.

How old do u have to be to watch The Black Phone? ›

Restricted, Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian. This rating means the film contains adult material such as adult activity, harsh language, intense graphic violence, drug abuse, and nudity.

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