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The Best New Horror Movies to Watch in Theatres

8/11/2021 • 3 min read

After kicking off with SCREAM, 2022 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for horror movies. Over the next few months, highly anticipated, original scares from directors like Ti West, Jordan Peele, and Scott Derrickson will be filling up theater screens – so long as COVID doesn’t get in the way. West’s X, Peele’s NOPE, and Derrickson’s THE BLACK PHONE are among some of the most compelling additions to the horror release lineup.

Here is a comprehensive list of the best new and upcoming horror movies that will be hitting theaters as we move into spring and summer 2022.

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The Devil’s Light

A young nun believes that she has a knack for exorcisms – except for the fact that sisters are not allowed to perform them. But when Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) obtains a mentor who senses her natural talent, she becomes involved with exorcism training sessions. However, Ann’s desires are tested when she encounters a disturbed individual harboring a particularly malevolent demonic power that has a mysterious connection to her past. From German director Daniel Stamm (THE LAST EXORCISM, THEM, INTO THE DARK), this supernatural horror film features horror alum Virginia Madsen (CANDYMAN).

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Studio 666

Did you ever think you'd read the phrase "Foo Fighters’ horror movie?" We did not! This rock and roll horror comedy stars the band and is based on a story from founder Dave Grohl. The plot features the Foo Fighters as they rent a mansion where they plan to record their upcoming 10th album. But the mansion has a grisly past. As Grohl deals with writer’s block, the evil spirits within the house take control and suddenly the prolific musician has more than enough creative inspiration. This will prove fortuitous for the band – so long as they can survive. The cast features a handful of familiar comedic faces like Will Forte (MACGRUBER), Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), and Whitney Cummings ("2 Broke Girls"), alongside Jenn Ortega, who just recently starred in the newest SCREAM, and Leslie Grossman ("American Horror Story"). The screenplay is co-written by Rebecca Hughes and PET SEMATARY (2019) writer Jeff Buhler. Judging from the trailer, it looks as if STUDIO 666 will be a bloody good time.

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Following a six-year break from directing feature films and coming 11 years after his last horror movie, indie horror darling Ti West (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE INNKEEPERS, THE SACRAMENT) returns to the genre that made him. Distributed by A24 (MIDSOMMAR, THE WITCH), X takes place in 1970s, and follows a road-bound, pornographic film crew that makes a stop at a secluded farmhouse in Texas. The homeowners, an isolated older couple, are welcoming… but a little too welcoming. When night falls, things begin to go south for the young filmmakers. Starring Mia Goth, Brittany Snow, rapper Kid Cudi, Jenna Ortega, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, and Martin Henderson, the first trailer for X dropped on January 12 and we couldn’t be more excited for West’s fun, retro-tinged new fright fest.

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The Black Phone

The newest horror film from the acclaimed SINISTER and DOCTOR STRANGE creative team Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill stars Ethan Hawke in the role of a lifetime. Hawke portrays a ghastly, mask-clad child kidnapper and serial killer, who nabs five children in 1970s suburban Colorado. When one such child, Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), is taken and imprisoned in a soundproof basement, he discovers a disconnected cellphone that allows him to speak to the voices of the killer’s previous victims. As the voices attempt to help Finney escape, Finney’s sister, Gwen (Madeleine McGraw), starts experiencing strange visions integral to the case. An adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2004 short story of the same name, THE BLACK PHONE premiered at the 2021 Fantastic Fest to positive reviews. A terrifying trailer has since been released, making the hype all that more intense. 45 days after its theatrical debut on June 24, the film will be available to stream on Peacock as well.

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Bed Rest

When Julie Rivers (Melissa Barrera, seen above in SCREAM) finally gets pregnant after years of trying to start a family, she and her husband are ready for a fresh start as they move into a new home. But Julie begins to become undone when she is instructed to take mandatory bed rest, becoming anxious and revolting against the restraints of her bedridden lifestyle. This isn’t helped when Julie starts experiencing ghostly visions that cause those closest to her to question her sanity. Soon, Julie is forced to battle her past and present demons for the safety of herself and her unborn child. The film sounds like an exciting role for IN THE HEIGHTS breakout Melissa Barrera, who also recently dipped her toes in the horror waters with the latest SCREAM movie. BEST REST will mark the feature directorial debut of Lori Evans Taylor, whose script had been on the Hollywood Black List of notable unproduced screenplays for years, and who has co-written the next FINAL DESTINATION movie that is currently in pre-production.

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Jordan Peele’s return to the director’s chair might be the biggest deal of the summer. Nothing more than a vague poster has been seen since last July, but that's enough. The critically acclaimed mastermind behind GET OUT and US is returning with another succinctly-titled horror film: NOPE. No plot details for the film are known beyond the poster, which depicts an image of a solitary cloud in the center of a dark and stormy sky, hanging over what appears to be a brightly lit town off in the distance, with a kite tail trailing beneath it. Only time can tell what it all means, but we do know that NOPE will mark a reunion between Peele and his GET OUT star Daniel Kaluuya. Filling out the cast will be Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Barbie Ferreira, Terry Notary, and Brandon Perea. NOPE will be employing cinematographer Hoyt van Hoytema, who has an impressive filmography with films such as INTERSTELLAR, TENET, DUNKIRK, and AD ASTRA.


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All images courtesy of Lionsgate, Open Road Films, STXFilms, Universal Pictures.

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