The 18 Best Horror Movies of 2022 (2023)

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2022 was a great year for horror movies. Horror movies are some of the most exciting releases each year. We all know what we're going to get from a Marvel movie, or an Oscar-bait drama like, say, Spencer (although it deserves the praise). But horror is a genre where some truly weird stuff can happen. Who doesn't want to see, say, Sebastian Stan play a charming cannibal, or the meta-filled murder spree in the fifth Scream film?

2022 has provided some strong additions to the growing catalogue of modern horror, plus a few misses (ahem, Morbius for one). Jordan Peele's Nope is without a doubt an Oscar contender (and lead actress Keke Palmer deserves heaps of praise). The South by Southwest darling Bodies Bodies Bodies brought a little humor and lot of scares from upcoming stars (such as Rachel Sennott and Chase Sui Wonders) and established names (Lee Pace, Amandla Stenberg, and Pete Davidson).Smile was an unexpected hit at the box office. Plus, Jamie Lee Curtis reprised her iconic role as Laurie Strode one last time in the final installment of the newest Halloween trilogy. Of course, not every film we expected this year came to pass; we're still waiting on Evil Dead Rise, which has now been moved to 2023. So if you're ready to catch up on this year's best releases, grab your popcorn and your nightlight—it's about to get spooky.

Here are the best horror films of the year and where you can stream them all right now.

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With Scream's January 2022 release, it's clear nostalgia will get people into theaters. The newest installment of the horror-movie-that-spoofs-other-horror-movies franchise did surprisingly well at the box office, and has already spawned another sequel. Fans of the franchise won't be disappointed.

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Taking a break from his Marvel Cinematic Universe role (and his recent stint on Pam and Tommy), Sebastian Stan stars opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones as a boyfriend with a peculiar appetite...

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Mia Goth, Brittany Snow, Kid Cudi, and Jenna Ortega (who also appears in Scream, and will lead Netflix's upcoming Wednesday Addams series) star in this raunchy A24 horror film about a group who rent a cabin from a mysterious old man to film an adult movie.

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Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) stars in this upcoming horror about a woman who has to grapple with a spirit attached to her estranged mother's ashes. Iris K. Shim wrote and directed, while Sam Raimi produced the film.

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Jared Leto stars in the Sony-produced adaptation of the Marvel anti-hero Morbius. Suffering from a lifelong blood disease, a doctor goes on a harrowing journey to find a cure and suddenly finds himself transformed into a powerful vampire. For better or worse, Morbius is one of the most talked about movies of the year. It's, uh, not great but if you want to see what all the fuss is about, here's where you can stream it now.

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Jessie Buckley stars in this upcoming horror movie directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation). We don't want to spoil too much about the film, but it's about grief, and well...a lot of creepy men.

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When an American woman moves with her boyfriend to Bucharest, she begins to suspect a man who lives in a nearby apartment building is a serial killer.

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Crimes of the Future

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Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortenson star in this gory horror sci-fi Crimes of the Future. When humans gain the ability to transform their bodies, an avant-garde artist showcases the manipulation of his body for audiences. Be warned: this one isn't for the faint of heart.

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The Black Phone

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Ethan Hawke stars in this dark thriller adapted from a story by horror and writer Joe Hill (of Locke and Key and NOS4A2). Hawke plays a kidnapper and serial killer who terrorizes a town. But his newest victim has the chance to get away when he discovers he can hear the kidnapper's past victims through an unplugged black phone in the room.

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Jordan Peele is back with another horror movie that's sure to be the talk of the year. Nope stars Steven Yeun, Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, and Euphoria's Barbie Ferriera. There's not much information about the movie yet, but from the cryptic trailer, we can make a decent guess it's alien-related.

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Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

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Starring Amandla Stenberg, Pete Davidson, Lee Pace and others, this upcoming slasher film debuted at South by Southwest in March. When a group of friends take a vacation, they realize one of them is trying to kill the rest of the group off.

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We're All Going to the World's Fair

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Technically this entry was shown at Sundance in 2021, but it didn't get its U.S. theater release until 2022; it made its way to HBO Max in September. If you want to watch a creepy horror flick that rides the line between mystery, terror, and realism, look no further than the critical indie hit We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, which tells the story of a young girl who gets into a weird online challenge that causes her own mental state to quickly devolve. Think of this as a companion piece to Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade—and one that comes with quite a few deeply unsettling moments.

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A reboot of the 1987 film of the same name, and the eleventh installment of the Hellraiser franchise, the newest film will star Jamie Clayton (Sense8, The L Word: Generation Q) as the villain Pinhead. The original film followed a couple who move into a new house and discover a strange puzzle in the attic, which calls aliens from another dimension who find pleasure in pain.

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Orphan: First Kill

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Orphan premiered back in 2009, but over a decade later, a prequel is in the works. With Isabella Furhman reprising her role as the murderess Esther, the new movie will also star Julia Stiles as a woman who has to fight to save her family from Esther's wrath.

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A prequel to X (which is actually a trilogy from director Ti West), Pearl follows Mia Goth's character from X and her life before she joins a group trying to shoot a porno in the 1970s.

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Justin Long's new movie is one of those films you want every horror fan to see, but you don't want to tell them too much about it so they don't get spoiled. But to give a simple explanation: a young woman discovers the house she's renting is occupied by someone already. Against her best judgement, she decides to stay the night. If you want to know more, it's best to just watch the movie.

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Writer/director Parker Finn establishes himself as yet another exciting talent in the horror space with Smile, a movie that feels kind of like a spiritual successor to The Ring, but includes a lot of things that great horror movies really need: exciting, almost Raimi-esque camerawork, a cast game for a movie that inevitably goes bonkers led by Sosie Bacon and Kyle Gallner, and some genuinely inventive and exciting scares and violent moments. Smile is a movie that will be watched by horror fans very late at night for years and years to come.

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Halloween Ends

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Jamie Lee Curtis is set to reprise her role in the third and final installment of the newest Halloween trilogy, where she'll (hopefully) kill Michael Myers once and for all. According to People, filming has already wrapped, and Curtis has said goodbye to final girl Laurie Strode for good.

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The Top 10 Scariest Horror Films Ever According To Rotten...
  1. The Exorcist (1973)
  2. Hereditary (2018) ...
  3. The Conjuring (2013) ...
  4. The Shining (1980) ...
  5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) ...
  6. Ring (2002) ...
  7. Halloween (1978) ...
  8. Sinister (2012) ...
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Is the movie 18+ scary? ›

I recommend this 13+ as long as they are mature enough, during sex scenes I would look away just as they can easily too. If your kids know what the jokes in the movie means then they are old enough to watch it, if they find it entertaining/funny which is the purpose of watching the movie.

What are the top 3 scariest horror movies? ›

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  • The Exorcist (1973) ...
  • Halloween (1978) ...
  • Paranormal Activity (2007) ...
  • The Shining (1980) ...
  • It Follows (2014)
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What is the word No 1 horror movie? ›

1. The Exorcist (1973)

What is voted the scariest movie? ›

Critic's Picks: 15 Scariest Movies of All Time
  • Don't Look Now (1973) ...
  • Halloween (1978) ...
  • Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) ...
  • The Shining (1980) ...
  • The Exorcist (1973) ...
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999) ...
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  • Funny Games (1997) Photo : Attitude Films/ Courtesy Everett Collection.
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What is the scariest psychological horror? ›

These must-see psychological horror movies will leave even the most reverent scary film fans questioning what's waiting out there in the darkness.
  • Wait Until Dark (1967) ...
  • Se7en (1995) ...
  • Misery (1990) ...
  • The Sixth Sense (1999) ...
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991) ...
  • M (1931) ...
  • The Shining (1980) ...
  • Psycho (1960)
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What is the first scariest movie? ›

Just a few years after the first filmmakers emerged in the mid-1890s, Mellies created “Le Manoir du Diable,” sometimes known in English as “The Haunted Castle” or “ The House of the Devil,” in 1898, and it is widely believed to be the first horror movie.

Is it illegal to watch R18 movies? ›

R13, R15, R16, and R18

It is illegal to sell, hire, show or give a film or video game with an age-restricted label to anyone under the age specified.

Can 12 year olds watch 18? ›

No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

What is R-rated movie? ›

R: 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.

What is the best horror story ever written? ›

  • Frankenstein. by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. ...
  • Dracula. by Bram Stoker. ...
  • 'Young Goodman Brown' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. ...
  • 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe. ...
  • 'Carmilla' by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. ...
  • 'The Turn Of The Screw' by Henry James. ...
  • 'The Great God Pan' by Arthur Machen. ...
  • 'The Monkey's Paw' by W. W. Jacobs.
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Who is the scariest horror movie killer? ›

Jason Voorhees

The star of the "Friday the 13th" films, Jason and his sheer size and murdering ways of camp counselors at Camp Crystal Lake garners him a spot near the top of this list. The camp cook-turned-mass-murderer uses a machete for his kills and that infamous hockey goalie mask to hide his face.

What is the number 1 rated movie ever? ›

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Over the course of several years, two convicts form a friendship, seeking consolation and, eventually, redemption through basic compassion.

Who is the king of horror movies? ›

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Stephen King's status as the master of horror is well-earned. The famous author has over 80 books to his name, but his unique ability to tap into the human psyche and uncover what scares us the most remains truly unmatched.

Who is the strongest horror movie? ›

  • Annie Wilkes - Misery. ...
  • Jigsaw - Saw Franchise. ...
  • Ghostface - Scream Franchise. ...
  • Leatherface - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. ...
  • Michael - Halloween. ...
  • Pazuzu - The Exorcist. ...
  • Pinhead - Hellraiser. ...
  • Chucky - Child's Play.
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What is the most liked horror movie? ›

By this metric, the three most highly rated horror films are The Birds (81% love or like it), The Silence of the Lambs (80%), and Resident Evil (79%). Another way to rank the results is by the share who say they loved each film.

What movie has a 100% rating? ›

'12 Angry Men' (1957)

12 Angry Men magnificently explores the human spirit in unparalleled ways, with excellent directing and flawless writing. It is undoubtedly worthy of having a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%.

What horror movie has the best reviews? ›

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  • The Lighthouse (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%) ...
  • The Babadook (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%) ...
  • Jaws (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%) ...
  • The Bride of Frankenstein (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%) ...
  • King Kong (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%)
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Can kids watch 18? ›

18 – for adults only

Films, videos and downloads rated 18 are not suitable for children. No one younger than 18 can go and see an 18 rated film in the cinema. No one younger than 18 may rent or buy an 18 rated video, DVD or download.

Do you have to be 18 to watch R18+? ›

R18+ Restricted category material. Any film with a R18+ rating is restricted to those 18 or over. Anyone under the age of 18 is strictly unable to view this film.

What does movie rating 18 mean? ›

Restricted (X 18+)

X 18+ films are restricted to adults. This classification is a special and legally-restricted category due to sexually explicit content including actual sexual intercourse or other sexual activity between consenting adults.

Why is 18+ rated? ›

It is rated R by the MPAA for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language. Violence: - Frequent non-graphic violence. - Brief, visually explicit portrayals of violence.


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