2022’s already looking like a big year for the horror genre, returning to the classics with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Scream amongst others. As a fan of horror, there’s loads I’m hoping to catch, but here are my 10 most anticipated frightening flicks of the year:
Release Date: January 14th
Synopsis: Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, California, a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.
Scream has been a huge favourite of mine for years so to have the cast reunite for a fifth time in what looks to be a homage to the original is exciting. Whilst many people were speculating over the appearance of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire in No Way Home, I’m holding out hope on Matthew Lillard returning to Woodsboro.
Orphan: First Kill
Release Date: January 28th
Synopsis: Leena, a murderous sociopath who looks like a child due to a medical condition, escapes from an Estonian psychiatric facility. Leena impersonates the missing daughter of a wealthy family, but becomes pitted against a determined mother.
The first Orphan movie really surprised me considering I went into it with low expectations but the plot is cleverly crafted and the level of violence shocked me; I’m not too sure how well this prequel will bode but I am looking forward to watching how Esther’s journey unfolds.
Release Date: January 28th
Synopsis: There’s terror in paradise when Jaelyn and Kyle travel to a remote seaside villa in Vietnam for a romantic getaway. A torrential storm descends, reducing the villa to little more than a raft and sweeping the young couple out to sea. Suddenly, another danger appears — a school of great white sharks. With her injured husband watching helplessly, Jaelyn must battle the deadly predators alone.
It’s a typical stranded at sea trope but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a sucker for creature features. Shark horrors these days are rarely worth a second mention so I’m not expecting anything spectacular from The Requin. That being said, I still love a shark film and this one looks as though it takes inspiration from the frightening true story Open Water (2003).
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Release Date: February 18th
Synopsis: Melody, her teenage sister Lila, and their friends Dante and Ruth, head to the remote town of Harlow, Texas to start an idealistic new business venture. But their dream soon turns into a waking nightmare when they accidentally disrupt the home of Leatherface, the deranged serial killer whose blood-soaked legacy continues to haunt the area’s residents — including Sally Hardesty, the sole survivor of his infamous 1973 massacre who’s hell-bent on seeking revenge
Talk about convoluting timelines; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a true classic so any attempt to recreate or succeed its legacy will probably be met with a lot of criticism. Reintroducing Leatherface to the modern world hasn’t always been successful but the recent years have been optimistic for cult revivals. Plus, original final girl, Sally, is joining the crazed murderer again.
You Won’t Be Alone
Release Date: April 1st
Synopsis: In 19th-century Macedonia, a young girl is kidnapped and then transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit. Curious about life as a human, the witch accidentally kills a peasant in the nearby village and then takes her victim’s shape to live life in her skin. Her curiosity ignited, she continues to wield this horrific power to understand what it means to be human.
You Won’t Be Alone has an interesting and frightening concept that leaves me curious in the actual genre of the film. Based on the trailer, the narrative seems a little simplistic (which really makes a good horror in most cases), but at the same time appears open for a few horrifying reflections on human nature.
Release Date: July 22nd
Synopsis: Nope is an upcoming American horror film written, directed, and produced by Jordan Peele under his Monkeypaw Productions banner. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun, and is scheduled to be released by Universal Pictures on July 22, 2022.
Not much is actually is known about Jordan Peele’s latest horror, however, that can usually be quite a good thing. No risk of spoilers, nothing to expect, just going in totally unaware, and often, that’s what makes his films so fascinating to watch – good or bad.
Release Date: October 15th
Synopsis: The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to an end.
After Halloween Kills, I want to be hopeful for an engaging sequel and final chapter to the series. There’s a lot missing from 2021’s instalment, including the charm and excitement of the original. Considering the way Halloween Kills ended, my fingers are crossed for Jamie Lee Curtis to have a more prominent role.
Release Date: TBA
Synopsis: Hellraiser is an upcoming American horror film directed by David Bruckner, with a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, from a screen story by David S. Goyer.
Given that I only watched the original in the last 2 years, I’m not overly keen on this reboot like I am with others. I do think it deserves a second chance at the big screen having been let down by weak characters and questionable acting; the premise holds strong, especially for its time, and has potential to fulfil actual terror.
Hocus Pocus 2
Release Date: TBA
Synopsis: Hocus Pocus 2 is an upcoming American fantasy comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher, written by Jen D’Angelo and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. A sequel to the 1993 film Hocus Pocus, the film will star Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Doug Jones reprising their roles from the first film.
Technically Hocus Pocus isn’t a horror in the stereotypical sense but it’s spooky family fun every Halloween and I’ve been waiting far too long for this sequel. Seeing the BTS of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy has awoken the child within me and I’m excited.
Wolf Creek 3
Release Date: TBA
Synopsis: An American family takes a dream trip to the Australian outback and soon draws the attention of notorious serial killer Mick Taylor. A hellish nightmare ensues as the couple’s two children escape only to be hunted by Australia’s most infamous killer.
As grotesque and far fetched it may be at times, Wolf Creek is a widely underrated franchise that details the horror of being stranded in an unfamiliar country with a psycho on your tail. The scenario is made all the more scary by the fact that similar events have happened in real life over the years.