The best horror films of 2022, not to let you sleep at night

For lovers of the genre and for those who want to try a little adrenaline, the bible of cinema Variety drew up the list of best horror films of 2022.

Variety points out how many of the best titles of the year drew on recurring and looming angers and fears in this precise historical moment: from environmental degradation (“Crimes of the future”), to the oppression of women (“Men”), from the toxic culture of the Internet (“Scream”), to the subject of surveillance (“Watcher”) up to sexual repression (“X”). Because horror has always played on our most unconscious or manifest terrors, and for this reason it attracts and annoys at the same time.

Here is the list, the choice is yours:

  1. THE CURSED In rural 19th-century France, a mysterious, perhaps supernatural threat scares a small village. John McBride, a pathologist, arrives in town to investigate the danger and in the meantime exorcise some of his demons. This tale of werewolves of the early 1900s, directed by the skilful hand of Sean Ellisremixes classic mythology with scary new visions.
  2. WATCHER As a serial killer roams the city, Julia, a young actress who has just moved to the city with her boyfriend, notices a mysterious stranger watching her across the street.
    Eight years after its debut in It Follows, Maika Monroe stars in another movie where she constantly looks over her shoulder, in what is arguably the best stalker film since 2020’s “The Invisible Man”. Monroe plays Julia, a lonely expat living in Bucharest, and spends her days wandering aimlessly while the husband is career-focused. She is convinced that someone across the street is watching her and becoming more and more daring in stalking her around her neighborhood. Could she be the killer she keeps seeing on the evening news?
  3. THE BLACK PHONE After being kidnapped by a child killer and locked up in a soundproof basement, a thirteen-year-old boy begins receiving calls on a phone disconnected from the killer’s previous victims.
    The creative duo (“Sinister” and “Doctor Strange”) formed by C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson collaborated once again on this adaptation of a Joe Hill short story in which “The Grabber” (Ethan Hawke) kidnaps children in 1970s Colorado. The film evokes the spirit of the best work of Hill’s father Stephen King as the children face supernatural abilities to defeat a psychopathic criminal.
  4. RESURRECTION Margaret’s life is in order. She is capable, disciplined and successful. She is all under control. Until David returns, which brings with it the horrors of her past.
    This surreal and unnerving revenge film by the writer-director Andrew Semans has as its protagonist a very good one Rebecca Hallas a woman whose life begins to crumble when she starts seeing her abusive ex (a charming and menacing Tim Roth) at his neighborhood haunts in Albany. Hall’s performance is frightening in her vulnerability: how many of us could do as she did and lose our minds if our center of gravity were shifted? While most of the film appears “frozen”, a bloody and outrageous ending turns the story into grand guignol
  5. NOPE Residents of a lonely gorge in the California hinterland witness a disturbing and chilling discovery.
    The third film by Jordan Peele does not reach the sublime peaks of Us or Get Out, but it’s an ambitious science fiction show that definitely pushes his directorial ambitions forward. Without revealing the surprises, a strange cast of characters (played by Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott and Steven Yeun, all excellent) are confronted with something that looks a lot like a flying saucer causing hustle and bustle in horse farms.
  6. BARBARIAN A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she rented is not what it seems.
    Things are not going too well for Tess (Georgina Campbell), who is just trying to find a safe place to stay while in Detroit for a job interview. The comic actor Zach Cregger, here in his horror directorial debut, loving the genre and knowing exactly how to manipulate audience expectations, creating a fast pace. Blending modern fears with old school horror technique, Barbarian it will surely become a Halloween cult.
  7. SCREAM Sidney returns to his hometown to try to find out who committed a series of ferocious crimes. Fifth installment in the series and direct sequel to Scream 4released in 2011, is the first film not to be directed by Wes Cravenwho died in 2015, but by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the directorial duo who directed the clever horror mystery of 2019 Ready or Not. Historical characters (Courteney CoxDavid Arquette and Neve Campbell) share the screen with a bright young cast (including Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, and Jack Quaid), amidst plenty of twists and turns along the way. By revisiting some of the best situations of the original without being overly tied to the past, Scream keeps glued to the chair, a sign that Ghostface not only is it back, but it has never gone out of style.
  8. HALLOWEEN ENDS The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode reaches a thrilling climax in this final installment of the series (thirteenth film in the saga and the last of the trilogy that began in 2018). Screenplay by John Carpenter, directed by David Gordon Green, the inevitable Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie and Michael who continues to terrorize the small town of Haddonfield in Illinois.
  9. THE MENU A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant run by famed chef Slowik, who has prepared an important molecular cuisine menu where food is treated as conceptual art, but his approach to gastronomy holds shocking surprises. to the guests. Directed by Mark Mylodinterpreters Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult And Ralph Fiennes in the role of the cook
  10. CRIMES OF THE FUTURE Set in the unspecified future, where humanity has begun to experience a range of biological changes including the near complete disappearance of physical pain and infectious diseases, the latest foray of David Cronenberg in horror he sees Viggo Mortensen And Lea Seydoux in the role of Saul Tenser and Caprice, a couple of world famous artists, who perform performances of surgical removal of new organs of tumor origin from the body of the same Tenser, performing in front of the public. And let’s not say anything else.
  11. DEADSTREAM A disgraced internet influencer wants to win back his followers by broadcasting a night of his alone in a haunted house live. But when he angers a vengeful spirit, his live movie becomes a fight for survival
  12. X: A SEXY HORRO STORY In 1979, a group of young directors decide to shoot an adult film in rural Texas, but when they are captured by their lonely elderly guests, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives. One of the most compelling authors of modern horror, Ti West returned to the big screen after 2013’s “The Sacrament”, and it was worth the wait. A remix of “Don’t Open That Door” with a van full of pornographers (including Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow and Scott Mescudi) who clandestinely shoot their film in the guest house of an old conservative couple. But blood and surprises come quickly.
  13. MEN A young woman goes on vacation alone in the English countryside after the death of her ex-husband, an apparent suicide. But someone or something seems to emerge from the woods and begins to haunt her …

The best horror films of 2022, not to let you sleep at night