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8/11/2021 • 4 min read
2022 has been an exciting year for new horror movies. Now that fall is here, horror movie season is in full swing. HALLOWEEN ENDS, and SMILE (above) are all taking audiences on wild rides. Even more movies are on the way, too, all of which will be in contention for the freakiest movie of the year award.
Here are the best scary movies out now, and the new horror movies coming to theaters in 2022. But as we’ve already hit the midway mark of the year, we can start gearing up for some early 2023 horror releases as well!
Want to know what scary movies you can see right now in movie theatres?
This supernatural horror film follows a young nun named Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) who believes that exorcisms are her calling. However, she must contend with the institutions of the Catholic church, which forbid sisters from performing exorcisms. With the help of a mentor, Sister Ann observes priests in training sessions to perform the sacred rite. But a particularly disturbed patient at the school bears a malevolent force with strange ties to her past, and Sister Ann must prove herself in order to save her own life. The cast includes Virginia Madsen and Ben Cross. [Opens on October 28]
The following movies will play in movie theatres in the coming weeks and months.
From a story by horror maestro James Wan, MEGAN follows roboticist Gemma (Allison Williams) who employs artificial intelligence to create a new doll named M3GAN. Life-like and programmed to be both a kid’s best friend and a parent’s friend too, Gemma ends up using the M3GAN prototype when she suddenly gains custody of her orphaned niece. But utilizing M3GAN has far more dire consequences than Gemma expected. Ronny Chieng and Brian Jordan Alvarez also star. Read more about M3GAN here. [Opens on January 13, 2023]
The new M. Night Shyamalan movie is based on a novel called "The Cabin at the End of the World," by Paul Tremblay. Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake, miles from anyone else. Four strangers show up, telling Wen's parents that the family has to help the strangers save the world, by taking the worst action possible. Read more about A KNOCK AT THE CABIN here. [Opens on February 3, 2023]
Though the final title is yet to be revealed, we know this new SCREAM movie follows up on the early 2022 release that was simply titled SCREAM. (This is going to become confusing.) The filmmakers behind the 2022 movie return, and so do many of that movie's new characters — the survivors, anyway. Crucially, however, this movie will take the action away from Woodsboro. The setting is New York City, which means that the SCREAM series gets its own version of JASON TAKES MANHATTAN. [Opens on March 10, 2023]
Julius Avery, who made the WWII horror movie OVERLORD, tells the story of Father Gabriele Amorth, a real priest who was the Vatican's lead exorcist for years. He reportedly performed more than 100,000 exorcisms. Based in part on two books by Amorth, "An Exorcist Tells His Story" and "An Exorcist: More Stories," the movie features Russell Crowe in the lead role. While this sounds like it could easily be more of a drama than anything else, knowing that it comes from Avery as a director, and is backed by the genre label Screen Gems, tells us to expect some actual horror. [Opens on April 7, 2023]
The Deadites attack once more in this continuation of Sam Raimi's legendary series from writer/director Lee Cronin. This fifth EVIL DEAD movie changes things up a bit, with new characters and a new setting. Beth (Lily Sullivan) pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland), who is raising three kids on her own in a cramped L.A. apartment. Their reunion is overshadowed by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie's building, giving rise to flesh-possessing demons, and thrusting Beth into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable. Read more about EVIL DEAD RISE here. [Opens on April 21, 2023]
Patrick Wilson directs this new chapter of the long-running series in which he has also been a star. This movie returns the focus to the "present," after two sequels that looked back at some of the story's origin points. The official synopsis says that "Josh Lambert heads east to drop his son Dalton off at an idyllic, ivy-covered university. However, Dalton's college dream becomes a nightmare when the repressed demons of his past suddenly return to haunt them both." Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins all return to their roles as members of the Lambert family. [Opens on July 7, 2023]
From the director of SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK and THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE comes this new horror film adapting “The Captain’s Log” chapter from Bram Stoker’s iconic 1897 novel “Dracula.” The film will follow the crew of a merchant ship called the Demeter, tasked with carrying a private cargo of fifty wooden crates to London from Carpathia. Soon the crew is stalked by a ruthless, otherworldly figure as they struggle to survive it on their voyage. But when the ship finally arrives on London’s shores, the crew has vanished. Stars Corey Hawkins, David Dastmalchian, Liam Cunningham, and Aisling Franciosi. Read more about THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER here. [Opens on August 11, 2023]
This is a horror comedy for the whole family. Rosario Dawson plays Gabbie, the new owner of a big mansion — but then she and her son discover that ghosts roam the halls. So they recruit four people to help them reclaim the house. There's an inventor (Lakeith Stanfield) who may have created a camera that can see ghosts; a psychic (Tiffany Haddish); a priest (Owen Wilson); and a grumpy old historian (Danny DeVito). [Opens on August 11, 2023]
This sequel to THE CONJURING spin-off THE NUN is only just going into production, but we know that Storm Reid stars in the 1950s-set story. Michael Chaves (THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT) directs. [Opens on September 8, 2023]
Some of the team behind the last two HALLOWEEN movies, particularly director David Gordon Green, reunite for this new take on one of the most classic horror movies of all. Leslie Odom Jr and Ellen Burstyn (who was in William Friedkin's original THE EXORCIST) both appear in the cast. We don't know much about the plot of this one, but Green's EXORCIST is planned as a direct sequel to the original movie — we're not even going to think about what that does to all the other continuity of the series but we can't wait to see what happens! [Opens on October 13, 2023]
Jigsaw will return in 2023! How? We do not know, since the character died many movies ago, even if his influence was felt for a long time following his end. We also don't know how this connects to the other movies in the series. Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed several of the SAW sequels, and also the sidequel SPIRAL, said in 2021 that "just because we made SPIRAL doesn't mean SAW ceases to exist… [SPIRAL] is not the ninth film in the SAW franchise. There easily could be a SAW IX that follows [the 2017 sequel] JIGSAW." We will probably have to wait a few months to learn enough about this new movie to even begin to guess what it will be about. [Opens on October 27, 2023]
Haunted by an incident from his childhood, author Ben Mears returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot. He's looking for inspiration for his next book but discovers that the town is being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire and his human servant. Based on the novel by Stephen King. Read more about SALEM'S LOT here. [2023 Release Date TBA]
David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE) directs this adaptation of the novel by Norman Partridge. A legendary monster called October Boy terrorizes residents in a small Midwestern town when he rises from the cornfields every Halloween with his butcher knife and makes his way toward those who are brave enough to confront him. [2023 Release Date TBA]
All images courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
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