Need Some Spook? These Are the 35 Best Scary Movies That’ll Give You Nightmares in 2022 (2023)

If you're one of those weirdos who likes to watch nightmare-inducing movies for fun, then hi! Welcome! You've come to the right place! And while 2022 has already been kind of a living nightmare (lol), Hollywood has decided to release a whole bunch of freaky new movies to ensure we never sleep again. From the star-studded Scream revival to the bloody Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot, the best horror movies of 2022 so far are pretty terrifying...and best of all, there are even more hair-raising films to come later this year. Eek!!!

On this list, you can expect to see another horrifying masterpiece from Jordan Peele, a much-anticipated thriller starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh, the final installment in the Halloween movie franchise (maybe), and a WHOLE lot more. And we'll be sure to keep this list updated with new trailers and release dates as they're confirmed, so if you're a horror movie fan, make sure to keep this page bookmarked. Now, without further ado: all the new and upcoming scary movies from 2022 that will have you sleeping with the lights on until at least 2023. Maybe 2024.


Released in January, the fifth installment of the iconic Scream movie franchise is set 25 years after the original film, following a new Ghostface killer and a whole bunch of new victims (as well as some old ones, of course). Get ready to see familiar faces including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette.


The Requin

Also released in January, this action thriller follows a couple on a trip to a remote seaside villa in Vietnam, where they find themselves swept out to sea by a sudden storm...and also surrounded by a group of great white sharks. Fun!


Texas Chainsaw Massacre

This sequel to the 1974 classic horror film came out in February, following Leatherface as he emerges after 50 years of hiding and torments a new batch of victims in his remote Texas town.


No Exit

Released in February, this thriller revolves around a college student who gets stuck in a blizzard during a trip home. Luckily, she isn't alone, as she's stranded along with a group of others...but as it turns out, one of the people among them is a kidnapper.


You Are Not My Mother

When her bedridden mother goes missing, Char is understandably disturbed, but when she returns, things get increasingly erratic and frightening. The title alone should give you a dark hint at what's to come here.


Studio 666

In the mood for a horror comedy...starring the Foo Fighters? Then you gotta watch Studio 666, which came out in February and follows the rock band as they move into a creepy Encino mansion to record their 10th album.



Released in March, Fresh stars Daisy Edgar-Jones as a young woman who discovers that her new BF (played by Sebastian Stan) has an appetite for flesh. Unfortunately for her, she discovers this during an isolated weekend away with him.


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Regina Hall stars in this psychological horror (which came out in March) as the first Black "master" at an elite New England university, where dark secrets—and the ghost of a woman accused of witchcraft—seem to linger everywhere.



This Sandra Oh-led supernatural horror flick also came out in March, revolving around a woman whose quiet farm life is turned upside down after her estranged mother arrives from Korea for a *very* unexpected visit.



Released in March, this slasher flick follows a group of actors as they set out to make an adult film in rural Texas. But when their elderly hosts find out what their guests are up to, things take a dark turn.



Christina Ricci stars in this one as a woman in an abusive relationship who attempts to escape with her seven-year-old son...but they end up in an equally-terrifying situation at a remote farmhouse.


You Won't Be Alone

This horror flick debuted in April, telling the story of a young girl who is kidnapped and transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit in 19th-century Macedonia.



This one's about a preteen gymnast with a perfectionist mother who finds an odd egg in the woods...and things devolve once it hatches an unusual creature.


We're All Going to the World Fair

In this coming-of-age horror drama (which came out in April), a lonely teen who lives with her widower father becomes obsessed with an online role-playing horror game, and as you can probably expect, things get REAL creepy.

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Choose or Die

This Netflix original premiered in April, following a broke young coder who decides to play a creepy computer game from the '80s, not realizing that—rather than playing for money—she's actually playing for her life.


Torn Hearts

Released in May, this horror flick from Blumhouse Television and Epix tells the story of a country music duo who visit the eerie mansion of their fave music idol, only to find themselves in an increasingly twisted situation.


The Innocents

This Norwegian movie hit the United States in May 2022, and it stands as the highest-ranked horror movie of the year on Rotten Tomatoes. It's about a group fo children during summertime who start to reveal very dark, supernatural secrets when adults turn their backs.



In this folk horror film, a widowed young woman goes on a solo trip to the English countryside only to discover that she's not actually alone and that someone—or something—may be stalking her.



Maika Monroe stars in this one as Julia, a young actress who moves to Bucharest with her boyfriend and finds herself being watched by a sinister neighbor, all while a serial killer terrorizes the city.



Another Blumhouse Television and Epix production, this horror film revolves around a group of misfit high schoolers as they attempt to handle a zombie attack during a school field trip gone horribly wrong.


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Crimes of the Future

Starring Lea Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen, and Kristen Stewart, this sci-fi horror takes place in the near future and revolves around a creepy performance artist who displays his experimental body modifications as ~art.~


The Black Phone

This truly chilling thriller revolves around 13-year-old Finney, who finds himself locked in a soundproof basement by a masked killer named the Grabber. Finney's only hope for escape: a disconnected phone, through which he can speak to the Grabber's previous victims.



The fifth installment in the Predator franchise, this prequel is set in the early 1700s and follows a highly-skilled female warrior as she attempts to protect her tribe against an alien predator.



Starring Theo Germaine, Kevin Bacon, Carrie Preston, and Anna Chlumsky, this movie takes place at a gay conversion camp, where the staff's especially dark intentions soon make themselves clear.



Jordan Peele is back with what is another mind-blowing horror film. With headlining cast members Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun, plus a cowboys and aliens plotline, what's not to love?


In this thoughtful movie from director Anita Rocha da Silveira, a group of young Brazilian women become a roving street gang who have little mercy for those who cross them.


Bodies Bodies Bodies

While this slasher flick is more about the comedy than the horror, it's still worth the watch. In it, a group of dysfunctional friends starts dying off one by one during a remote weekend getaway.



In this chilling psychological thriller, a woman's carefully-constructed life starts to unravel when a dark visitor from her past comes back to haunt her after two decades.


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The Invitation

Formerly titled The Bride and with a cast that includes Nathalie Emmanuel, this contemporary horror flick follows a young woman who's swept off her feet by a handsome suitor, only to realize that he's *definitely* not the person he claims to be.

Premiere date: August 26, 2022 in theaters

Salem's Lot

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Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, this horror movie remake stars Lewis Pullman as Ben, a writer who returns to his hometown in search of some inspo but instead finds a whole bunch of vampires.

Premiere date: September 9, 2022 in theaters

Don't Worry Darling

Florence Pugh and Harry Styles play a married couple in this Olivia Wilde-directed psychological thriller. Need we say more? The film is set in the 1950s and centers on Florence's housewife character as she becomes increasingly suspicious of her husband's dark and dangerous secrets.

Premiere date: September 23, 2022 in theaters

Halloween Ends

Halloween Ends marks, well, the end of this legendary horror movie series. Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michael Myers face off one last time. And Laurie will hopefully bring an end to the murderer's reign of evil.

Premiere date: October 14, 2022 in theaters

Prey for the Devil

In this supernatural horror flick starring Virginia Madsen, a nun who feels called to perform exorcisms attempts to save one of her institution's most disturbed patients, which brings her face-to-face with a terrifying demonic force.

Premiere date: October 28, 2022 in theaters

The Menu

Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult star in this horror comedy as a young duo who travel to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant, where the menu offers are...unexpected, to say the least.

Premiere date: November 18, 2022 in theaters

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What's the scariest film on Netflix 2022? ›

Best Horror Movies On Netflix 2022: 18 of the best new releases horror films on Netflix UK - ranked by Rotten Tomatoes
  • Death Note - 100% Loosely adapted from the popular manga series, the 2017 film Death Note has a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. ...
  • Creep 2 - 100% ...
  • His House - 100% ...
  • Halloween - 96%
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Who is the most horror movie in the world? ›

Highest-grossing horror films
2The Sixth Sense1999
3War of the Worlds2005
4I Am Legend2007
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What scary movie is based on a true story? ›

"The Exorcist" (1973)

Often referred to as the scariest horror movie in history, “The Exorcist” is based on a true story.

What is the scariest movie of all time Reddit? ›

  • The Ring (scared me the most as a kid)
  • The Witch (creepy and well made)
  • Paranormal Activity (was also scary as a kid)
  • The Conjuring (speaks for itself)
  • REC (Cool but not that scary)
8 May 2022

Which horror movie has the most jump scares? ›

1. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is far and wide the most 'jumpy' horror movie ever made with 32 jump scares to enjoy throughout the film. Set in 1993.

What is the scariest movie on Hulu 2022? ›

Best Scary Movies on Hulu
  1. Hellraiser (2022) A reimagining of Clive Barker's 1987 classic horror film, the Hulu Original horror film, Hellraiser, stars Jamie Clayton as the iconic horror villain, Pinhead. ...
  2. The Resort. ...
  3. Censor. ...
  4. Parasite. ...
  5. Black Swan. ...
  6. Blair Witch. ...
  7. Fresh. ...
  8. Matriarch.
12 Oct 2022

What horror movies does Netflix have? ›

Popular on NetflixExplore more
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil.
  • It.
  • Things Heard & Seen.
  • There's Someone Inside Your House.
  • The Wretched.
  • The Privilege.

What is a very scary movie? ›

More Scary Movies to Watch

Jaws (1975) this thriller about a killer shark made generations of movie-goers afraid of the water. The Changeling (1980) one of the scariest haunted house movies ever made. Poltergeist (1982) a suburban family is terrorized by malevolent ghosts.

Are there any actually scary movies? ›

  • Saw (2004) 7.6/10. 84% Watch at Apple TV. ...
  • The Birds (1963) 7.6/10. 83% Watch at Peacock. ...
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004) 7.9/10. 93% Watch at AmazonPrimeVideo. ...
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 7.4/10. 84% ...
  • Evil Dead 2. 7.7/10. 89% ...
  • A Quiet Place (2018) 7.5/10. 83% ...
  • Paranormal Activity (2007) 6.3/10. 57% ...
  • Suspiria (1977) 7.3/10. 83%
4 days ago

Is the ring scary? ›

What Parents Need to Know. Parents need to know that The Ring is a 2002 remake of a Japanese film that is very, very scary. Four people and a horse die on-screen, with the potential for many more untimely demises throughout.

What was the first American horror movie? ›

The Selig Polyscope Company in the United States produced one of the first film adaptations of a horror-based novel. In 1908, the company produced the film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, directed by Otis Turner and starring Hobart Bosworth in the lead role.

How scary is the movie Old? ›

All in all, Old is less scary than the sum of its parts. It's still extremely effective at getting under your skin, but it lands more in the fun-scary camp than the scary-scary one.

Which is the most expensive movie in the world? ›

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Which country has the best horror movies? ›

Spain comes up with the best horror movies every year. Their horror movies aren't just about jumpscares or sheer weirdness but the concepts are beautifully fleshed out. The theme of a horror movie is one of the most under-rated and overlooked aspect of the viewing experience.

Is there any scary movies coming out in 2022? ›

One of the first horror films to be released in 2022 is Scream. The fifth installment of the horror franchise takes place twenty-five years after the original, and finds a new Ghostface killer hunting down victims with ties to the OG.

Which is the scariest exorcist movie? ›

1. Exorcist II: The Heretic. Image via Warner Bros.

Is black phone on Netflix? ›

Where you can stream The Black Phone. The Black Phone is only available in theaters.

Is The Black Phone based on a true story? ›

Joe Hill's Short Story Used a Serial Killer for Inspiration

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hill explained that, though his story took inspiration from real serial killers of the era, The Black Phone is not based on an actual case.

What horror movies are based on true stories? ›

Best scary movies based on true stories
  • Zodiac (2007) Film. ...
  • The Amityville Horror (1979) ...
  • The Conjuring (2013) ...
  • Poltergeist (1982) ...
  • Compliance (2012) ...
  • 10 Rillington Place (1971) ...
  • Open Water (2003) ...
  • Snowtown (2011)
4 Oct 2022

Will there be a conjuring 4? ›

Befitting spooky season, the fourth installment in "The Conjuring" movie series has officially been announced as in development. This weekend, Deadline confirmed that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick would return as the screenwriter for the yet-to-be-named "Conjuring" sequel.

Are there any new horror movies coming out soon? ›

  • HellholeWhere to Watch October 26, 2022.
  • In Search of Darkness: Part IIIWhere to Watch December 1, 2022.
  • Evil Dead RiseWhere to Watch April 21, 2023.
  • Untitled K-12 SequelWhere to Watch January 1, 2023.
  • I Did Believe In Her, "The Lady"Where to Watch October 24, 2022.
  • Blood RelativesWhere to Watch November 22, 2022.

Who is the best Exorcist in the world? ›

Gabriele Amorth
The Reverend Gabriele Amorth S.S.P.
Died16 September 2016 (aged 91) Rome, Italy
OccupationExorcist and writer
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Is The Exorcist safe to watch? ›

Parents need to know that The Exorcist is a mature horror film, not aimed at (or paced for) kids. No rock-music soundtracks or look-out-the-killer-is-behind-you scares, but rather an awful sense of corruption as demonic possession takes over an adolescent girl like a loathsome progressive disease.

Why is The Exorcist so disturbing? ›

Infamous scenes include Regan urinating on the carpet in front of dinner guests, stabbing at her genitals with a crucifix, desecrating a statue of the Virgin Mary, and, of course, the head-spinning scene. There is also the possessed Regan's use of obscene and graphic language.

How scary is black phone? ›

The Black Phone has some jump scares that work to shock the audience, but the true horror lies in the trauma that is conveyed through the relatable characters. This is an intelligent thriller that takes its time to establish its narrative and tension. While the jump scares are present, they are few and far between.

How long do movies stay in theaters? ›

Most mainstream movies stay in theaters for an average of four weeks. Some only last for about two weeks, and some run significantly longer. Theater run duration is not scheduled in advance (although theaters and movie executives can attempt an educated guess for planning purposes).

How does The Black Phone end? ›

The phone acted as a portal that connected the people in this realm to those who had departed. The boys had done their best but were not able to escape. Robin tells Finney that he had to escape, if not for himself, then for all those people who had met their fateful end in that very basement.

How many kids were taken in The Black Phone? ›

The Black Phone's Grabber, played by Ethan Hawke, took six victims in the movie. Here's everything we know about the six boys he grabbed.

Does black phone have a happy ending? ›

In the end, we see Finney finally stand up to free himself from The Grabber's sadistic clutches. He returns to school, where his persistent bullies no longer harass him as he's proven his ability to stand in the face of evil truly.

How long is black phone? ›


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