Here are the 10 best horror movies of 2022

The year was rich in terms of horror cinema. Toxic masculinity, body shaming, entertainment society or the pandemic, filmmakers have seized on social issues to deliver powerful, terrifying, but above all enjoyable films.

Abuelaby Paco Plaza (on VOD)

If the name Paco Plaza sounds familiar to you, it’s not for nothing. He is the man behind the famous saga Recommendation, among others. Suffice it to say that horror fans have always followed the latter’s achievements closely. And his recent work has been celebrated, both in Gerardmer’s public (where he walked away with the Jury Prize) and in the hall.

It must be said that Abuela is a concentration of suffering, perfectly staged and perfectly knows how to play to the expectations of the audience.euro rice. Rarely have we been so afraid of shadows, an old woman, or a mirror. A real achievement worth the detour.

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Menby Alex Garland (on VOD)

The return of Alex Garland, the man behind the cult Ex Machina and underrated Destruction, was not unanimous. It seems quite incomprehensible to us, but also with what is offered Men powerful, rare and surprising.

A film as stealthy as possible, about toxic masculinity (using the idea that all men are the same), staged with sharp precision, masterful Jessie Buckley, creepy Rory Kinnear, and where the tension turns. body horror the scariest.

to cutof Michel Hazanavicius (on VOD)

Michel Hazanavičius’ latest film, a remake of Shin’ichirô Ueda’s Japanese zombie comedy, has terrifying screams, gallons of fake blood and more. Do not cut! Like its model, it stages the making of a penniless zombie movie in sequence, immersed in a parallel dimension when real zombies invade the set.

After being tortured by the absolute inauthenticity of this parody of the Z series, the public is rewarded: from a fake horror comedy, the film turns into a true declaration of love for skilled cinema and technicians.·no·etc. inventor·and·who can shoot movies with the best intentions.

Future Crimesby David Cronenberg (on VOD)

Perhaps this option is the hardest to love, but certainly the most important. For many reasons (The Return of Cronenberg body horror, who hasn’t made a film in 20 years, presented at Cannes), but most importantly, the testament is the most autobiographical film by one of history’s greatest filmmakers. Then it’s nothing.

Behind this story of sex, mutilation, and a tattoo artist (Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart) growing like tumors in XXL casting, we can also detect a Hollywood criticism that does not recognize his talent. a queer and feminist take on sexuality, a summary of references to all his films, a reflection on the author’s place in this industry, all within a framework of technical mastery. Making a perfect horror film in a certain form of horror, agony and creepiness – demanding, but perfect.

Mediumby Banjong Pisanthanakun (on VOD)

Do you get the feeling that since The Exorcist, no possession movie has really caught on? Knowing this genre is bad enough, James Wan’s (first Conjuring was still a huge success) and evidence of non-openness to the rest of the world.

Because this year we had to look to the Thai side to see the full picture. As it is, Medium – here, straight to VOD – presents the story of an exorcism within a family of shamans in satirical guise, with diabolical efficiency and the strongest sequence of the year.

Sorrowby Rob Jabbaz (on VOD)

Biggest abomination of the year so far. And definitely the most enjoyable. Discovered at the Gerardmere festival last February, some of his images are clearly etched in our memory. We don’t know what’s more striking between the fornication of a leg being amputated by a zombie or the chewing of a still-fresh Achilles heel.

The fact is that in 1 hour and 40 minutes, the Canadian director Rob Jabbaz presents a collection of chilling nonsense against the background of the pandemic. I wish sick people here were addicted to blood and sex. It’s not always easy to follow during the Covid era. Dirty, sloppy, in bad taste. A perfect Halloween movie.

Boopby Jordan Peele (in theaters)

At the intersection of science fiction, horror and even a western, Jordan Peele offered his most ambitious yet political film this summer. Between a bloodthirsty chimpanzee and an invisible entity, the society of the play becomes a fountain of horror under the camera of the director, who has become a master of horror in less than a decade.

Emerald and OJ are descended from the invisible black horseman riding a galloping horse in the origin of 24 characters, considered one of the first films in film history. From the ranch where they raise horses for Hollywood in the middle of the Agua Dulce desert in California, they will be privileged witnesses to the destruction of an invisible entity. Those determined to claim or reclaim their place in the spotlight will risk their lives to be the first to film this menace from the sky. For his part, Peele and his influential cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shoot the film with true genius.

Barbarianby Zach Cregger (the October 26, 2022 on Disney+)

A pleasant surprise this Halloween 2022 comes to us from Disney + – anything is possible. This isn’t the first time a Fox horror film has aired directly on its parent company’s platform; nevertheless, this is still the most interesting and rich of the offers that the big-eared firm can offer us.

We’ll avoid telling you too much because the surprise of the story’s structure is its greatest strength. His screenplay could be nothing more than an exercise in ingenuity, wanting (and doing perfectly) to completely capture all the clichés of the genre, and knowing how to switch points of view when necessary, if not. at the same time false execution, held party, a perfect casting, obvious references without being too pompous (we strongly think Landing sometimes) and a political and social message rather than cotton. We over-deliver the ending, which does nothing to detract from the perverse pleasure to be had while watching.

smileby Parker Finn (in theaters now)

We are aware of that smile is the most basic movie on the list, but that doesn’t make it a bad horror movie. Parker Finn’s feature film adaptation of his own short film Laura hasn’t sleptproduced a box office surprise at the end of the year and took the recipe for success from the Blumhouse production: low budget, viral marketing (high-flying, it must be admitted) and, above all, a large number of fear of jumping will attract young people to dark rooms.

story smileIt will act as Joker’s perfect utopia, based mostly on references (Follows and Ring in the lead) to tempt the audience. The concept of an unusual smile that turns into a nightmare works very well in front of Parker Finn’s camera, whose scene is tinged with a certain emotion, leading us to an intimate introspection of the characters and their relationships (the dysfunctional family, the theme of mourning). , the charmer of memories), reminiscent of Mike Flanagan’s style. Smile, you will shiver.

Bonuses: pigBy Carlota Martínez-Pereda (in theaters November 2, 2022)

For Sara (Laura Galan), summer in a small Spanish village is, above all, synonymous with harassment and intense body shaming. Dubbed a “slut” by her bullies and verbally abused by her mother, she is faced with a dilemma when a mysterious stranger decides to attack three of these bullies. Sarah knows more than she cares to admit, but she doesn’t know whether to speak out in hopes of saving her executioners or to preserve the anonymity of this bloodthirsty stranger who wishes her well.

After a remarkable run at Sundance, pig created buzz at Austin’s Fantastic Fest before being awarded a BIFFF for critical acclaim. The first feature film adapted from a short film by Spanish director Carlota Pereda Serdita This was carried out in 2018 coming of age is a true horror film, but above all a radical proposal to evoke aggression and its dramatic consequences.

XTi from the West (closed November 2, 2022)

Forget it shout 5the breaker is a little nugget that caused a sensation at the South by Southwest festival of the year. With a name as simple as Sulphur, X prolific is a new film produced by the independent studio A24, which never does anything like the others. Ti West’s feature film takes us back to a forgotten era of American genre cinema, with blood, experimentation, (falsely) cheap aesthetics – movies you can watch outdoors behind the wheel of a convertible. It’s pleasant, irreverent, and above all, far from being as stupid and disgusting as the simple porno films that lead to a bloody massacre.

In addition to the exposure of two young actresses – Jenna Ortega and Mia Goth – the next film will be. the screaming queen big screen, X It’s a tribute to 1970s grindhouse production. Simultaneously sexy, violent, and strangely representative of old age, or more specifically, the sexuality of the elderly, Ti West’s reel rehabilitates horror in its purest, archaic form without reinventing it. form. The director has already planned a prequel (Pearl) and a sequel expected in the coming months with the traditional respect for exploitation films.

Article written by Arthur Cios, Adrien Delage and Manon Marcillat

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