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The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of 2022 | ScreenRant

Now that the movie release schedule in America is slowly moving back to normal, the 2022 release slate is starting to intrigue audiences, and it's a particularly exciting year for horror. Fans of the genre are looking forward to sequels, adaptations, and brand-new chilling tales to premiere on the big screen next year.

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While audiences may not know much about some of these titles, they have enough buzz behind them to start generating excitement as the latest talent behind the camera gets a new spotlight. Further, the expansion of existing franchises into new, spooky territory will allow everyone to get in on the horror fun next year.

10 Wendell And Wild - 2022

Although its release date is not finalized, audiences can expect the stop-motion animated Wendell and Wild to release on Netflix in 2022. The film comes from Coraline director Henry Selick and features Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as demon brothers who are at odds with a powerful nun and a troupe of goth teenagers.

Not much is known about the film beyond its minimalist and cute poster, establishing an aesthetic of whimsical horror for the film that aligns with the bleak fantasy worlds of Selick's past work. Fans of dark animated tales and comedic horror films, though, are eagerly awaiting Wendell and Wild's release.

9 They Hear It - 2022

The 2018 short film They Hear It will be adapted into a feature-length movie by the short's director Julian Terry, with It Follows' David Robert Mitchell co-writing the script. Like the short, the planned 2022 release will focus on a malevolent presence called The Sound that haunts those who hear it.

Since this project is still in development, it's unclear whether the 2022 release window will stay intact, but indie horror fans have been waiting for this project for a few years, now. The mysterious nature of The Sound is a tantalizing tease for what this movie will have in store for moviegoers next year.

8 Firestarter (2022) - 2022

One of several upcoming Stephen King adaptations set to arrive soon, Firestarter seems likely to release in 2022, although it does not have an official release date yet. Based on the novel of the same name, the film stars Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong as the title character with the psychic ability to start fires.

In addition to the usual hype that surrounds a Stephen King adaptationFirestarter has received a boost in excitement thanks to a video of a pyrotechnic stunt from set. King fans and movie fans alike are excited to see how this film brings the classic story into the 21st century.

7 The Crooked Man - 2022

A part of The Conjuring Universe, The Crooked Man does not have a set release date yet, despite being in development for quite some time, but a 2022 release is feasible. Even though The Crooked Man has been delayed in the past, the spooky story of a haunted zoetrope toy is still one of the few announced Conjuring films in the pipeline.

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The Crooked Man was a standout spirit in one of the franchise's best movies, The Conjuring 2, and the idea of a spin-off starring the eerie figure is enticing to many horror fans. While The Crooked Man's development has been troubled, the franchise's notoriety for producing dark and beloved ghost stories shows promise.

6 The Black Phone - January 28, 2022

Expected in late January, The Black Phone is exciting horror fans, because it is adapted from a Joe Hill short story and is directed by Sinister filmmaker Scott Derrickson. The film follows Mason Thames' Finney Shaw, who tries to escape his kidnapper, played by Ethan Hawke, with the help of the voices of the dead transmitted through the title phone.

Even though it's adapted from a short story, The Black Phone is gaining attention because of its unique premise, as well as Derrickson's previous horror experience. With no poster or trailer yet, it's difficult to determine exactly what this film will look like, but the premise and pedigree suggest an intense experience.

5 Dark Harvest - September 9, 2022

A spooky harvest tale releasing next autumn, Dark Harvest, which will be directed by David Slade, is based on the novel of the same name by Norman Partridge. The film will star Emyri Crutchfield and Casey Likes as residents of a town haunted by a supernatural being called October Boy.

Fans of literary horror are eager to see October Boy brought to life on the big screen, and the novel's Bram Stoker Award-winning pedigree shows promise. Production is not set to start until August of this year, however, so moviegoers will have to wait to see footage from the eerie, small-town adventure.

4 Untitled Jordan Peele Film - July 22, 2022

Between Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele has established himself as a maker of popular and socially conscious horror films, and a mysterious third project of his will release next summer. Set to star Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, and Steven Yeun, the untitled project is being kept tightly under wraps.

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While it's unclear exactly what Peele's latest film will be about, fans expect a combination of socially conscious horror and comedic refrains based on his past work. The star-studded cast and tantalizing lack of details also have fans on the edge of their seats for the inevitable title, poster, and trailer reveals.

3 Morbius - January 28, 2022

The oft-delayed Morbius is unusual in the world of superhero films, as the titular Spider-Man villain brings the horror genre to the forefront of his story. After suffering from a number of delays and debuting its trailer last year, the film starring Jared Leto as Morbius, the Living Vampire, will finally release early in 2022.

Fans of both superheroes and vampires are intrigued to see how the combination of the two genres translates to the big screen. Meanwhile, the dark trailer shows off a grim aesthetic for the superhero movie. So, while some other movies may get fans excited for Morbius, the final product will be something completely unique.

2 Halloween Ends - October 14, 2022

David Gordon Green's rebooted Halloween trilogy will release its second entry, Halloween Kills, this year, leaving the final chapter, Halloween Ends, for 2022. While little is known about this film, Judy Greer and Jamie Lee Curtis are likely to reprise their roles from the first two entries.

Green has teased that Halloween Ends will be a more personal film than its action-packed predecessor, so fans can expect Laurie Strode and Michael Meyers' final battle to end with high emotions. It's unclear whether Halloween Ends will be a true ending for Michael, but fans look forward to seeing how the trilogy resolves.

1 Scream (2022) - January 14, 2022

Ten years after Scream 4, a fifth entry in the iconic slasher franchise is coming out early next year, simply titled Scream, resetting the numbered sequels of the series. Much of Scream's original cast of characters is returning - including Sidney, Dewey, and Gale - as a new Ghostface killer appears.

This will be the first Scream film made without Wes Craven as a director, but moviegoers are still looking forward to a nostalgic return to Woodsboro, as teased by a recent picture of Ghostface. The meta-slasher series has always revealed the contradictions at the heart of the horror genre, and this film will probably be no different.

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