With 2021 now way behind us and as our warmer months approach, we thought it to be the perfect time to cast our eyes out across the horizons of horror to come. With industry-halting restrictions in the past, 2022 is shaping up to be a great year for the horror fanatic. From the disastrous (ahem, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) to the delightful, it seems that this year is going to be a rollercoaster of blood, gore, scares and shocks.
The Black Phone
Release date: June 24, 2022
When 13-year-old boy, Finney, falls victim to a notorious kidnapper named ‘The Grabber’ (born with a name like that, what was he supposed to do?), he wakes up in a grimy soundproofed basement; empty besides a black phone that’s mounted on the wall.
As the trapped boy begins to descend into madness, the phone starts to ring. On the other side of the line are the basements previous occupants, the earlier victims of the masked villain. Eager to help Finney escape, they all offer their assistance to help the killer’s latest intended to escape.
The Black Phone looks to be a promising edition to the horror library. Ethan Hawke’s character portrayal seems similar to what we saw from the great Heath Ledger, back in The Dark Knight (2008). We can’t help but think this will work perfectly under the horror banner. From the trailer, you can expect supernatural scenes where the dead facilitate in Finney’s escape and a kick-ass anti-hero; what more could we ask for?
Release date: October 14, 2022
After the dramatic climax of Halloween Ends, Mr Myers is back to exact his revenge on the sleepy – yet entirely fictional – town of Haddonfield, Illinois. However, with original star Jamie Lee Curtis announcing that the ending will leave viewers feeling ‘angry’ and ‘agitated’, we are undecided on whether or not we are looking forwards to its release in October this year (2022).
Bad ending, or not; as with all the franchise’s predecessors, we know Halloween Ends will be a medley of gloriously creative kills and that, dear reader, is definitely something we can all look forwards to.
Michael Myers will be hacking a slashing his was through Haddonfield for our viewing pleasure on October 14, 2022, so we will all be left agitated and angry then, I guess.
Release date: September 19, 2022
It was 2007 when Norman Partridges book was published. Now, fifteen-years later, it has finally been adapted for the screen. While not much is known about Dark Harvest, we do know the plot surrounding the book. However, things may change in the transition- as we famously saw with Stephen King’s The Shining. Though we are hoping the fundamentals will remain the same, as the book is a great foundation for a classic Halloween-esque slasher.
Dark Harvest is set in a rural Midwestern town that hosts a special event every year called ‘The Run’. While this seems like a quaint country tradition, the truth is far more sinister. Every year, around Halloween-time, a monstrous Jack-O’-Lantern creature emerges in the local cornfield and heads into town to begin its killing spree. The entity is then challenged by gangs of locals to win a passage out of town.
The book follows two brothers as they hunt down the creature that has came to known as ‘Sawtooth Jack’ in a desperate bid to flee home and rid their town of annual terror, once and for all.
With a killer pumpkin; a return of the infamous, immortal, Mike Myers; and a haunted, ghost-conjuring phone set to grace our screens this year, 2022 is looking promising. We’re particularly looking forward to Hawke’s performance in The Black Phone. There’s something about the Joker-like undertones that look to work really well in a horror movie. Moreover, the story looks to be dark, gritty and violent; all of the things we love.
Alas, of course this isn’t a comprehensive list of horror movies coming out in 2022. I’ve chosen instead to write about the ones that stuck out to us the most. Stay tuned for ‘Notable Horror Movies Coming in 2022 (Part 2)‘. In the meantime, drop any suggestions in the comments below.