Horror hidden gems of 2022

Among the big theatrical releases of horror films such as Scream (2022)And the barbaricAnd the NoAnd the smilingIt’s been an overwhelming year to keep up with what to watch. We at Dread Central have been super busy putting together our best lists for 2022, but no matter what we can never include every movie we loved from the year. Many horror films are sadly released on VOD with little to no marketing, dooming them to remain in the digital depths of streaming libraries. That’s why we’re highlighting 15 of the best-kept horror mysteries from this year, hidden gems that are just begging to be discovered.

Andy Baker tape

“Last known footage of food blogger Jeff Blake and his half-brother Andy Baker.”

It’s the year of cooking horror’s Andy Baker tape Worth discussing alongside food menu. The chemistry between the two stars of the film makes this one of the most compelling found footage films of the past decade.

Andy Baker tape Streaming now on Tubi.

Happy breathing

“Recovering addict Dylan is ready to celebrate one year of sobriety on Christmas Day. Before the clock strikes midnight, his former demons lure him into failure, in the form of a talking golden door, an ex-drug dealer, and magic tricks.”

Director Shane Brady’s film debut is one of the best addictive pictures ever seen in cinema. Tragic and funny, sci-fi adventure and drama, Happy breathing It takes you on a painful and necessary journey about life as an addict.

Happy breathing Available on VOD.

Dawn breaks behind the eyes

“A couple spends eternity in a castle until their reality begins to shift, as the unknown enters their lives.”

This movie is best experienced without knowing the plot. Don’t search for anything. Just get ready for a strange and enticing ride.

Dawn breaks behind the eyes Streaming now on Tubi.


“Fay L. Ryan is a successful personal growth writer, grieving the loss of her husband. She retreats to a cabin on the ship to finish her next book only to find that more than just her past will haunt her.”

fi It’s a labor of love from director KD Almond and co-star (and co-star) Sarah Zanotti. Zanotti plays Faye in an excellent performance and demands a one-woman performance that deserves more recognition.

fi Streaming on Prime Video and Tubi.

feed me

After the death of his wife, a devastated man spirals into an abyss of nocturnal tremors and depression and finds himself in the home of a deranged cannibal who convinces him to kill in the most brutal way imaginable.

Like I said earlier, cannibals are in this year. This cannibal looks like Ted Lasso in a bad wig. feed me Absolutely disgusting, with putrid odors practically seeping out from the screen. But beneath that thick layer of gore, there’s a surprising sense of dark, gritty humor that’s maddening and exhilarating.

feed me Available on digital and VOD.


“When four troubled criminals decide to run a drug operation in an abandoned house, they find a mysterious locked room. As the house draws them into this secret space, it confronts them with their deepest evils and with their darkest thoughts, eventually pitting them against each other.”

This Irish horror movie is a marriage of Session 9 And the kill list, a beautiful example of slow-burn storytelling with a killer payoff. Let this one crawl under your skin.

Watch it now on Tubi.


“Monique ventures out of quarantine to visit an old friend who suffers from nightmares. She finds herself drawn into a hellish dreamscape where she must face her greatest fear — or risk not having it at all.”

This is pandemic horror. Terrifying and eerily familiar, Andy Mitton delivers one of the scariest movies of the year.

portentous Available on digital and VOD.

Save the company

“A chain of fateful events begins to unravel after two corrupt insurance salesmen knock on the wrong door and find themselves trapped inside a serial killer’s basement, putting their lives and jobs at risk.”

2022 was the year of the cannibals, and here’s why Save the company He deserves more love. This biting satire about capitalism and corporate greed is equal, if not better, than this year’s Fresh.

Save the company Available on VOD.

the passenger

Passengers of a truck carrying an injured flight passenger should avoid sitting next to it during the flight.

Spanish filmmakers Raul Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez strive for body horror gold in this sci-fi thriller that will make John Carpenter smile. Plus, for a horror movie to contain almost entirely a truck is quite an achievement.

the passenger Available now on digital and VOD.


“Tensions rise when a stripper and a religious protester are held together in a peep booth and must band together to survive the apocalypse in 1980s Chicago.”

Luke Boyce detector is the neon-infused small budget homage to ’80s horror. His take on a one-location horror movie perfectly illustrates the creativity of pandemic horror.

detector Available now on Shudder.


Close best friends Cecilia and Emma run into each other after a decade of silence. Cecilia is invited on Emma’s bachelorette weekend where she gets stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully with a taste for revenge.”

Sisi is a fresh take on a revenge story told through the lens of millennial cynicism and corrupt influencers. This slash is of a different color.

Sisi Available now on Shudder.

Backslash / back

“When Maika and her wild friends discover an alien invasion in a small Arctic village, it’s up to them to save the day. Using their makeshift weapons and their knowledge of horror movies, the aliens know you don’t mess with the girls from Pang.”

John Carpenter thing By way of a coming-of-age movie about teenage Inuit girls, Nyla Innuksuk’s film debut is simply badass. Its small cast handle their first roles with enthusiasm, which helps smooth out some of the film’s rough edges.

Backslash / back Available now on Shudder.

Two witches

Pregnant young mom Sarah is convinced she received the evil eye from a dark-eyed, mysterious old woman while dining with her up-and-coming and insensitive partner Simon. When the couple go to visit his New Age friends Dustin and Melissa, dark forces are unleashed after an ill-advised attempt to consult a Ouija board to allay her fears. Meanwhile, tensions rise between grad student Rachel and her new roommate Masha after a violent incident involving a man who is brought home by the eccentric and impulsive young woman.

The film debut of Pierre Tsigardis was simply amazing. Two witches It pays homage to the European horror of the ’70s and ’80s while also forging its own gory path. In addition, Rebecca Kennedy’s performance is quite scary.

Two witches Streaming now on ARROW.

When he starts screaming

“When Norman Graysmith is invited to the home of an aspiring serial killer, Aidan Mendel, he thinks he has the subject of the documentary that will make his career.”

This takes over What do we do in the shadows? It gets darker as the documentary crew follows a growing serial killer family. Just when it feels like it leans more into comedy, it delivers a punch that will have you terrified all over again.

When he starts screaming Available on digital and VOD.

You will not be alone

In 19th century Macedonia, a young girl is kidnapped and then transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit. Curious about life as a human, the witch accidentally kills a peasant in a nearby village and then assumes the form of her victim to live life in her skin. Her curiosity is ignited, and she continues on Using this shocking power to understand what it means to be human.”

Goran Stolievsky’s enchanting slow burn is as much a meditation on the true meaning of existence as it is a harrowing piece of body horror. Quiet and tragic You will not be alone It rewards sick viewers with one of the most emotional horror experiences of 2022.

You will not be alone Available on digital and VOD.


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