5 Horror Films To Look Out For In 2022

2022 Horror films to add to your watchlist

It’s no secret that 2021 was a fairly mixed year for horror. For every well-reviewed horror film like Candyman (2021) and Titane, we had disappointments like Spiral and Malignant. So what horror titles should fans look forward to in the New Year?

With this list, we are going to try something different. Obviously, there are higher-profile releases coming up like Scream (2022) and Halloween Ends. But since these movies are part of big franchises they already have an inbuilt audience. Instead, this list is going to focus on original IP, or first adaptations to encourage us to watch a more diverse range of films. Now join us as we spotlight five horror movies that you should watch in 2022. 

Abruptio (????)

Puppets are creepy at the best of times. So the idea of a full-length horror film made using puppets sounds like a match made in heaven. Our story here follows Les Hackel who wakes up one morning with a bomb implanted in his neck. Though it is not clear when the film will be released it is predicted for some time in 2022. And with unique presentation at its core along with a great voice cast (including the talents of Jordan Peele, Robert Englund, the late Sid Haig, and James Marsters among others) this definitely feels like a production to keep an eye on.

Puppet horror Abruptio, coming sometime in 2022 // Credit: HellBent Pictures LLC

Bed Rest (15th July)

The first film from director Lori Evans Taylor (who is also writing the upcoming Final Destination 6). Bed Rest’s narrative is about a pregnant woman who tries to figure out if her house is haunted or if she is simply imagining the spooky occurrences happening around her. With a fresh talent behind the camera and a script that was on the Black List (a list of popular unproduced screenplays) in 2015, there is every possibility that this will be a creepy start for a new horror talent.

Nope (22nd July)

Jordan Peele’s latest movie reunites him with Daniel Kaluuya and also includes Steven Yuen and Keke Palmer in the cast. Some people may need more details to be convinced to watch Nope, but when you have made movies as great and impactful as Get Out and Us, little information is needed for horror fans to get excited about Jordan Peele’s next project.

Let’s hope Nope is another home run for Jordan Peele // Credit: Universal Pictures

Dark Harvest (9th September)

We all love having a new iconic villain to gush over, and Dark Harvest appears to be offering just that. Based upon a novel by Norman Partridge and brought to us by cult horror favourite David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night & Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) this film concerns an annual tradition where a monster, called Sawtooth Jack, rises from a cornfield to scare and kill any residents of a midwestern town unfortunate enough to come across his path. One hope exists however. If one of the residents is able to kill him they can earn their freedom and escape the town. While the plot sounds interestingly subversive what catches our attention here is the prospective look of the antagonist, a monstrous creature with the head of a pumpkin (see the picture below). If done right Sawtooth Jack could join Jack Skellington and Sam as a modern Halloween icon. 

Sawtooth Jack on the front cover to the Dark Harvest Book // Credit: Deadline

Don’t Worry Darling (23rd September)

Like with Jordan Peele’s Nope, excitement for Don’t Worry Darling is largely based on the pedigree of those involved. This is Olivia Wilde’s sophomore directorial effort after the well-received Booksmart. It also stars the incomparable Florence Pugh alongside Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, Harry Styles and Wilde herself. But the story also looks intriguing, focusing on a 1950s housewife who slowly begins to uncover the dark secrets at the heart of a community that her husband is involved with. With an enticing premise and that kind of talent, there is no need to worry about the movie finding an enthusiastic audience.

Florence Pugh and Harry Styles in Don’t Worry Darling // Credit: Warner Bros

And these are just five 2022 horror movies to add to your watchlist. Which films did I miss that you are looking forward to? Please get discussing and let’s get excited for horror in 2022. Happy New Year horror fans.

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Josh Greally

Writer and filmmaker. I have a masters in directing film and television and have written film reviews for several smaller sites in the past. Films are my life, but I also enjoy writing, reading, listening to music and debating.