The best horror movies of the year, ranked by horror

It’s been a banner year for horror movies. While 2022 was packed with good movies, it also saw the world’s biggest IP contract for the first time in nearly a decade (with no Star Wars or Marvel movie topping the box office this year) but amid all that theatrical turmoil and horror proved Again it is the most reliable type in town.

The hack hits the smaller budget like smiling And the barbaric It became a true word of mouth, shattering ticket sales expectations and reminding moviegoers that there are some scares worth experiencing in the theater — if you’re able to. Even a picnic house sprinkled a small budget Terrifying 2 I managed to scare off a shocking profit.

But box office success wasn’t the only place horror films have thrived this year. Some of the world’s best directors, including Jordan Peele, Luca Guadagnino, and David Cronenberg, have branched out from the horror genre they’ve worked on in the past and combined it with new genres, giving us blockbuster alien films, cannibal love stories, and a whole new kind of crime. .

And as has been the case for the past several years, theaters weren’t the only place to find major horror this year. Premium streaming services like HBO Max, Paramount Plus, Netflix, and the rest have gotten into the horror game with varying degrees of success. But the real standout for 2022 was Shudder.

A streaming service with the best original programming pound-for-pound, Shudder has once again flown the horror flag high, releasing thrilling, and often fantastic, movies like wounded fawnAnd the resurrectionAnd the HelpbenderAnd the SaloumAnd the The last thing Mary sawAnd the death streamAnd the dark glassesAnd the SisiAnd the Gourmet Fluxand a truly wild stop-gap marvel good food. This year, you could have limited yourself to the Shudder originals and still be amazed at the fact that it was one of the best years of horror in recent memory.

To celebrate the greatness in horror movies from theaters to streaming and everywhere else, we’ve compiled a list of the best horror movies of 2022. Since everyone deserves exactly the horror they want, we ordered them based on fear. Horror isn’t easy to define, so we’ve divided the subject into two categories: terror, which can be anything from creepy to something really scary, and gore, which is just about how bloody a movie is. Each category gets a rating out of five, and then we add the two numbers to arrive at the science apprehension score, more or less.

Of course, like any year and any list, there are always movies that find themselves on the wrong side of the genre lines. These narrow lines have preserved great films like Saloum or victim, which both felt like slightly more action than horror, are off this very list. But with caveats in mind, here are the best horror movies of 2022, ranked by how scary we think they really are:


Photo: Christine Ramage/Shouder

the show length: 1 h 26 d
exit: John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Bowser
ejaculate: Zelda Adams, Toby Bowser, Lulu Adams

A sweet (and a bit sick) coming-of-age movie about a girl who lives in the woods with her mother and learns they belong to a long line of witches. Helpbender It’s not terribly scary or gory, but it’s loads of fun and looks excellent, with little splatters of blood that feel more like an addition to the color palette than something gross. – Austin Joslin

  • Terrorism: 1
  • Gore: 1
  • Total fear points: 2

Helpbender Available to stream on Shudder.

food menu

Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy in THE MENU.

Photo: Eric Zachanowich/Searchlight Pictures

the show length: 1 h 27 d
exit: Mark Milhaud
ejaculate: Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult

Violence, blood and mayhem are all presented as part of the game food menu, but it earns its place on this list by not being terribly graphic. So while it’s possible (and encouraged) to be at least upset by the growing horror at this restaurant, it’s relatively easy to sit back and enjoy a feast of laughter and fine dining. –Zusha Melman

  • Terrorism: 1
  • Gore: 2
  • Total rarity score: 3

food menu It will be available to stream on HBO Max on January 3.


OJ Haywood (Daniel Kaluya), Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer) and Angel Torres (Brandon Perea) stand in a dry field in Nope

Photo: Universal Pictures

the show length: 2h 10m
exit: Jordan Peele
Throw: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Stephen Yeun

No It follows two brothers (played excellently by Danielle Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) as they attempt to capture undeniably factual evidence of a UFO. This is Jordan Peele’s least scary movie yet, but it’s also arguably his most entertaining, and it’s a huge tribute to the director. Get out And the we.AG

  • Terrorism: 2
  • Gore: 2
  • Total rarity score: 4

No Available to stream on Peacock.

future crimes

Léa Seydoux eyes Kristen Stewart furiously as Viggo Mortensen lies between them in an Assassin's Creed-style robe and hood in Future Crimes

Photo: Nikos Nikolopoulos/Neon

the show length: 1h47
exit: David Cronenberg
Throw: Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart

Surgery is the new sex, and during it future crimes Not too scary, it highlights the vivid visuals of the surgery scenes, which increases the mystery factor considerably. It’s a great sci-fi thriller with effective world building and excellent production design from the master of body horror himself. – people house

  • Terrorism: 1
  • Gore: 4
  • Intimidation Score: 5

future crimes Available to stream on Hulu.

We all go to the World’s Fair

Casey, shrouded in glow in dark face paint and holding a stuffed animal eyeball in front of her left eye, stares ominously into her webcam at the We All Go to the World's Fair.

Photo: Utopia

the show length: 1 h 26 d
exit: Jane Schoenbrunn
Throw: Anna Cobb and Michael J Rogers

The nerve-wracking horror film from writer-director Gene Schoenbrunn is at once a coming-of-age story with strong transient themes, and also an ode to the weird corners of the internet. The movie is light on horror scares (although there is a lot of tension and uncertainty), but there are sequences from real-life cyberpunks that lean into physical horror, with some gore. – PV

  • Terrorism: 2
  • Gore: 3
  • Intimidation Score: 5

We all go to the World’s Fair Available to stream on HBO Max.

Orphan: First kill

Isabelle Fuhrmann as Esther in Orphan: Kill First by looking at something on the shelf

Photo: Steve Ackerman/Paramount Pictures

the show length: 1h39m
exit: William Brent Bell
Throw: Isabelle Fuhrmann, Julia Stiles, Rossif Sutherland

Late advance contract for orphan 25-year-old Isabelle Fuhrmann returns to once again play a 9-year-old, and the result is a perfectly executed terrifying horror flick. While Esther certainly gets her fair share of people in this movie, she’s not particularly gory and has a nice balance of fun and scary. – AG

  • Terrorism: 3
  • Gore: 2
  • Intimidation Score: 5

Orphan: First kill Available to stream on Paramount Plus.

Adult Swim Yule Record (aka Hearth)

A log fire roaring yol

Photo: adult swimming

the show length: 1 hour 31 d
exit: Casper Kelly
ejaculate: Megan Hayes, Tordy Clark, Brendan Patrick Connor

Lots of cooks Director Casper Kelly has done it again — he’s been “hiding a macabre act of surrealism behind late-night adult filler content.” but with Adult Swim Record Yule Also known as the stove, he did himself. What begins with a locked shot of a Christmas log explodes into a circular exercise of horror warped with bizarre dream logic that puts the filmmaker in camp with David Lynch and Sam Raimi. The undercover feature film stars Andrea Ling and Justin Miles as a couple at a crossroads, hoping a romantic getaway will nudge them in the right direction. A group of stoners rolling into Georgia’s packed cabin that same night instantly kills the vibe. A group of crazed hillbillies killing people. This is the tip of the iceberg, as alternate dimensions, aliens, and ghosts of Georgia’s racist past find their way into Kelly’s puzzle box. Members Lots of cooks The director is Cheddar Gunn Mandy He will immediately understand the cartoonish nightmare conflict and the violent realism that erupts all around the stove. For everyone else… Uh, get on board! – Matt spots

  • Terrorism: 2
  • Gore: 4
  • Total rarity score: 6

Yule Log (aka Hearth) Available to stream on HBO Max.

wounded fawn

Josh Rubin from the horror film Shudder A Wounded Fawn holds a lantern with a bandage on his head

Photo: Peter Mamontov/Shudder

the show length: 1 hour 31 d
exit: Travis Stevens
Throw: Sarah Lind, Josh Rubin

One of the strongest under-the-radar horror entries of the year, wounded fawn It is about a serial killer who brings his latest victim to a cabin in the woods. The serial killer element already heightens the horror (and gore) of the movie, and the back half is one of the year’s most delirious (and free) sequels. Get ready for spooky icons to appear and some bloody killings. – PV

  • Terrorism: 3
  • Gore: 3
  • Total rarity score: 6

wounded fawn Available to stream on Shudder.

Bones and everything

A young woman (Taylor Russell) rests her forehead on a young man (Timothy Chalamet) with streaks of pink dye in his hair.

Photo: Yannis Drakoulidis/MGM

the show length: 2h 11m
exit: Luca Guadagnino
Throw: Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance

A road trip romance might not seem like an obvious choice for the top three spots in the horror movie rankings, but when Luca Guadagnino’s cannibal love story is laced with this much gore, and Mark Rylance’s performance is so disturbing, the slick starts to explain itself. Except for all the blood and guts, Bones and everythingThe central love story between the characters played by Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell is so good and well grounded that it makes Bones and everything One of the sweetest movies of the year, along with one of the most hideous and creepy. – AG

  • Terrorism: 2
  • Gore: 5
  • Total Intimidation Score: 7

Bones and everything Available to rent from YouTube, Apple TV, and other services.


Rebecca Hall screams in her car in Shudder Resurrection

Photo: IFC Films

the show length: 1h 43m
exit: Andrew Seamans
ejaculate: Rebecca Hall, Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman

resurrection Relatively light on blood for a movie that ranks so high on this list. Instead, its glories rest on the scare factor, with an overall sense of unease and tension constantly permeating this taut film. Rebecca Hall’s performance is more than enough to sell the film’s deep, lingering dread, but with Tim Roth doing his best to threaten, resurrection He really takes it to the next level – and that’s all before the bleak (and bloody) final act. – ZM

  • Terrorism: 5
  • Gore: 3
  • Total Fear Score: 8

resurrection Available to stream on Shudder.


Georgina Campbell pulls on a rope at Barbarian

Photo: 20th Century Studios

the show length: 1 h 42 d
exit: Zach Krieger
Throw: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justlin Long

barbaric It is definitely one for the freaks. It’s perhaps the most divisive horror movie of 2022, thanks to some wild twists in tone and story. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those with a taste for it, barbaricThe unbridled excitement – which is best left as it is, if that’s possible – is worth the trepidation here. For those who don’t (or wish to be warned), there are a couple of brutal on-screen deaths that rank high for gore, mostly telegraphed. Either way, you should probably watch it. – ZM

  • Terrorism: 5
  • Gore: 4
  • Total Fear Score: 9

barbaric Available to stream on HBO Max.

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