Horror

The Best Horror Movies of 2022

Get out the popcorn from the microwave and your most resistant cushions: the best horror movies of 2022 are coming strong. After a year marked by the expansion of COVID-19, and in which the film industry suffered greatly due to sanitary restrictions and confinement, it was more than ever desirable to enter a new year in which to enjoy on the big screen. Or, in this case, have a terrible time.

But in a good way, you already understand us. In 2021 we have had a good scary session thanks to these movies that we review here, with their corresponding release dates and some reasons why we could consider them the best horror movies of the year.

We’re talking about movies as terrifying as ‘Relic’ and ‘Candyman’, loaded with very powerful hidden messages, and also pleasant surprises like ‘The Night House’ and the long-awaited ‘Last Night in Soho’ by Edgar Wright.

In recent years, horror has been one of the most powerful genres. After the slasher rush in the eighties, the nineties and early 2000s were a succession of true horrors in the bad sense of the word, where the genre seemed drowned in sequels of sequels and in commonplaces that provoked more laughter than terror.

But in recent years the dynamic has completely changed. Creators like Ari Aster, director of ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommar’, or Robert Eggers with ‘The Witch’ have shown that the genre is more alive than ever and that it still has a lot to say.

And there is nothing like a good horror movie to show us the power of cinema, that of the staging, that of the atmosphere, the light, and the shadows. Every movie buff or aspiring filmmaker has ever dreamed of creating a horror movie that would hit viewers in their seats. In the year 2021, we have once again had many opportunities to enjoy one of the most popular genres of the seventh art.

Escape Room 2: You’re dying to get out

Although in times of pandemic we haven’t had the opportunity to visit too many ‘Escape Rooms’, we can’t wait to do so soon. The same ones that we have to see again on screen. The sequel to the horror film released in 2019 arrives, directed by Adam Robitel, to reintroduce us to a group of young people locked in a dangerous game where their ingenuity will mean the difference between life and death. It does not reach the level of its predecessor, although it is good entertainment.

Pray for us

Directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos and based on the book ‘Shrine’ by James Herbert, it tells the story of a hearing-impaired young woman who, after a supposed apparition of the Virgin Mary, is capable of performing miracles. With Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Carey Elwes in the cast, the film fails to turn its interesting starting point into a gripping look at religious fanaticism.

Halloween Kills

It’s hard to shake the feeling that this sequel to ‘Halloween Night’ is just a necessary bridge to its denouement in the third installment of David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween Ends’ trilogy. There are a lot of deaths (lots of them) and a relentless Michael Myers, but Jamie Lee Curtis is missing in action and her co-stars can’t make up for her absence.

Blood red sky

A woman with a mysterious blood disease is forced into action when a group of terrorists hijacks an overnight transatlantic flight. Of course, this proposal by Peter Thorwarth, of German production, is not lacking in originality, although the influence of ‘Train to Busan’ is appreciated. And in the comparison (odious) it loses a lot. Still, it’s one of the best Netflix movies in 2021, because who doesn’t love a good dose of high-flying gore.

Wrong Turn: Path to Hell

‘Km 666: Detour to Hell’ began in 2003 a saga that has not given us too much joy, but this remake directed by Mike P. Nelson presents something different and a little more exciting.

The story: A group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail come face to face with members of a community of mountain dwellers called “The Foundation.” A ‘survival’ who wants to talk about the current situation, from cancellation culture to rednecks

Army of the Dead

Of course, Zack Snyder was going to put The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ in his zombie movie (and maybe that’s also why it’s pretty low on our ranking of the best movies of 2021 ). It’s just a detail that shows what perhaps weighs down this Netflix movie: its obviousness and lack of new ideas.

Even visually, the filmmaker’s forte cannot draw us into his story of a group of thieves who infiltrate Las Vegas after a zombie apocalypse to steal loot from one of the casinos.

Spiral: Saw

Saw is back! The famous horror saga has decided to stop releasing sequels and go back to the beginning. Darren Lynn Bousman has hit the ‘reset’ button on the franchise, and the first step is this movie called ‘Spiral,’ starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.

In case you don’t remember what happened before, don’t forget to take a good look at the ‘Saw’ saga. Ready? Then you will discover that this ‘Spiral’ is not as good as we expected, but it is still faithful to certain elements of the saga.

Warren File: Bound by the Devil

Just in time for summer, the third installment of the ‘Warren File’ saga arrived, which reunited the Warren couple ( Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga ) to investigate a new paranormal case.

This time, they will have to discover what is behind the case of a man who is accused of murder after being possessed by a demon. Unfortunately, it seems that the bellows of the Warren are running out, although they always have the talent to surprise us a little more.

The Curse of Lake Manor

Visually impressive and with a fantastic setting, this feature debut by Roberto de Feo is an interesting film, although perhaps too ambitious for its possibilities.

Produced in Italy, it follows a paralyzed boy who lives with his mother in Lake Manor, an isolated mansion in the woods, which he is forbidden to leave. It has the classic elements of the genre (a sinister mansion, a somewhat gloomy clan, a sense of supernatural threat in the environment…) but it fails to shine with them.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

A reboot of a saga that, after six crazy titles orchestrated by Paul WS Anderson and Milla Jovovich, is inspired by the two fundamental Capcom video games that started the legend, Resident Evil (Shinji Mikami, 1996) and Resident Evil 2 (Hideki Kamiya, 1998), using its B-series horror exploitation flavor as the basis for creating a film that, on the other hand, never quite makes its intentions clear.

The Owners

Some thieves break into the house of some adorable old people, and the rest is pure classic ‘home invasion’ that tries to give a twist to the clichés. Julius Berg crafts a well-executed amalgamation of genres and tones, though he can’t play in the grandmaster league. It’s remarkable and effective, but it lacks a certain genius, perhaps a bad mood, to make it a truly eye-opening experience.

The Purge: Infinite

The end of the saga has come in this 2021 to plunge back into that night of violence without consequences. Twelve hours of terror in a city that accepts that murder is not a crime, and in which forces greater than vandalism come into play. Directed by Everardo Gout with a brutal satire of the extreme right in the United States.

Peninsula (Train to Busan 2)

The South Korean ‘Train to Busan’ was an absolute success all over the world, and that is why its sequel, entitled ‘Peninsula’, did not surprise us at all. Again: zombies galore.

The story takes us four years after the events we saw in the original film, a time when the entire country has been affected by the epidemic. A soldier will try to rescue the uninfected who are still trapped in the middle of the apocalypse.

Antlers: Dark creature

Based on a story by Nick Antosca (creator of one of the best Netflix series in 2021, ‘New Cherry Flavor’), produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Keri Russell (‘The Americans’), what could go wrong with this movie? ‘Antlers’ offers us risky, dark and surprising auteur terror of the first category.

The story places us in a small town in Oregon, where a teacher (Russell) and her brother ( Jesse Plemons ), the local sheriff, become interested in a mysterious and distant student.

Do not breathe 2

After the good reception of its first installment, directed by Fede Álvarez, ‘Don’t breathe’ will return to the screens with the help of Rodo Sayagues. In this sequel, we will meet Norman Nordstrom ( Stephen Lang ), a former soldier whose blindness does not prevent him from defending his home when it is attacked. On this occasion, he will have to rescue a girl who has been kidnapped.

A Quiet place 2

If ‘A Quiet Place’ left you wanting more, you won’t have to wait much longer to enjoy the sequel, again directed by John Krasinski and starring Emily Blunt. The world is the same: monsters terrorize the land, but their blindness allows small groups of humans to survive if they manage not to make too much noise. Silence will once again be key in this sequel, which will see the Abbot family embark on a dangerous journey. The end of this movie leaves everything on track for a third installment.

The street of terror: 1994, 1978 and 1666

This trilogy based on the successful series of novels by RL Stine, responsible for the mythical ‘ Nightmares ‘ saga, has become one of the horrific events of the summer of 2021. And its camp and casual tone is incredibly enjoyable, with effective scares and a plot that spans centuries: in 1994, in 1978, and in 1666. The three films have been directed by Leigh Janiak, responsible for ‘Honeymoon’ (2014), and it is a festival for lovers of the unpretentious genre.

Evil one

A new film by James Wan (who has signed some of the best recent horror films ) is always an event for any horror fan, and even more so if it is a film as ‘pure horror’ as this one. In it, a woman is paralyzed by visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens when she discovers that these waking dreams are, in fact, terrifying realities. The best way to enjoy it is to let yourself be carried away by its eccentricities and even by its weakest points. The experience is worth it.

Last night in Soho

Director Edgar Wright leaves behind his most delirious comedies (‘Zombies Party’, ‘Fatal Weapon’) to enter a darker terrain, that of the psychological thriller with shades of horror and inspirations taken from the Italian Giallo. This is ‘Last Night in Soho’, in which a fashion student discovers that London “is too much” and her violent past plunges her into a spiral of madness that could put her in danger. Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy star.

The Night House

What a surprise this film has given us that has not even been able to reach the cinemas. And what a pity: it is an absolutely terrifying experience, with ghostly apparitions, a reflection on trauma, and a game of mirrors that could soon be the result of the existence of parallel dimensions or the altered mind of its protagonist (a fantastic Rebecca Hall ) . . Without a doubt, one of the films that lovers of the genre should not have missed in 2021.

Relic

Without a doubt, one of the most talked-about horror movies of the year, and also one of the best. And it is that this Australian film was backed by critics, in addition to an award at the last edition of the Sitges Festival.

Natalie Erika James shows us three women from different generations in the same family ( Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Robyn Nevin ) who find themselves locked up in the house of the matriarch, who suffers from a neurodegenerative disease. James could thus join the most promising directors of the horror genre.

 

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