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2022 has been a particularly rich year for excellent horror films. This is the top 10 for them RollingStone.
2022, the terrible year? Anyway, a year of horror with lots of great movies and lots of variety. Arthouse films rubbed shoulders with big-budget films and independent films. Elements of horror films have found their way into everything from cartoons to blockbusters (Doctor Strange is in a multiverse of madness Sam Raimi is nothing more than a movie evil Dead ended in the MCU).
Here are 10 horror movies in 2022 that made us lose sleep, pushed us out of our comfort zones, made us scream in the dark next to the other people in the room, and reminded us how powerful sex is.
(Honorable mention to some of the other scary movies of the year: Dashcam, Flux Gourmet, Fresh, The Innocents, Mad God, The Menu, Smile and Wounded Fawn. And if we hesitate recommend » such a twisted and unpleasant film Sorrow, a South Korean zombie flick that has even jaded horror fans in awe, we have to admit it does what it sets out to do. Be extremely careful with it).
10 – Screaming
Do you like horror movies about horror movies that pay homage to other horror movies and make them laugh? In that case, the latest installment in the meta-horror franchise probably sent you into seventh heaven. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (the same duo that gave us equally cheeky) Are you ready or not?) update the series Screaming for the period request franchise and the era of toxic fandom, Neve Campbell, Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) and plenty of Gen Z actors in the genre’s hall of mirrors. While the filmmakers may have an idea, they don’t forget the joy of seeing Ghostface wield a giant knife and take out teenagers one by one. Yes, you can do something ironic and scary in 2022 without selling your series.
9 – Boop
In this film, Jordan Peele asks: what if motherhood? The third type of dating it was actually a shark Sea teeth ? A review of Blockbusters, the writer-director’s third film, is hardly groundbreaking. Get out or like scary Us. However, his update of the 1950s horror/sci-fi is still ominous, and his quintessentially predatory flying saucer inspires fear every time it soars from cloud to cloud in search of new prey. Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer turn their hunt for humanity’s last stand to prove aliens are among us, and the subplot involving former child star Steven Yuen and a loose chimp is downright terrifying. It gets better and more disturbing with every viewing.
8 – Bones and all
No, Luca Guadagnino’s beautiful love story between young cannibals is not to everyone’s taste. Too sweet for jumpstarts and too extreme for mainstream Oscar-seeking audiences. Yes, it makes Camille DeAngelis’ coming-of-age novel the most romantic horror of the year. Taylor Russell’s missing and flesh-hungry teenager sets out to find information about her long-lost mother, only to uncover an entire community. eaters He lives on the edge of Reagan-era America. He also meets Lee (Timothée Chalamet), a handsome boy who shares his illness and quickly becomes his traveling companion. You might think it’s a Twilight for carnivores, but the film has some gut-wrenching sequences.
7 – pig
Sarah, a shy, chubby young woman masterfully played by Laura Galan, works at her parents’ butcher shop and endures constant taunts from a group of mean local girls. The sudden appearance of a rogue vagabond (Richard Holmes) and several unexplained disappearances suggest that a serial killer may be on the rampage in his small village; the question is, is it someone who can kill Sarah or be her guardian angel. Making his Spanish TV debut, director Carlota Pereda plays with both the revenge thriller and the scary horror and maniac tropes, but he also gives his hero a reason to root for him. visiting or becoming a disciple of a psychopath. The scenes of literal torture are nothing compared to the abuse Sarah endured. And the image of Galan, lying in a pool of blood on a lonely road, became instantly iconic.
6 – Soft and Quiet
What’s scarier than Freddie, Jason, Chucky and Michael Myers together? How about a bowl of neo-Nazi middle-aged white women? Beth de Araújo, in her first experience as a screenwriter and director, brings you an American nightmare unfolding in real time thanks to a complex set of shots that make you put yourself in the shoes of a group of women. Hate on Instagram. The natural and lighthearted side of their toxicity and the fact that newcomer to the group (Eleanore Pienta) is so easily persuaded to spit racist comments is a little too close to reality for comfort, and when the scene is set up as these troubled people. put your words into action, you know things will go from bad to worse. The final 30 minutes of this independent film about home invasion as a hate crime are so intense they’re almost impossible to watch. Take this as a compliment and a warning.
5 – Men
Alex Garland’s allegory of bad guys (we’re talking about male people here) was met with a wave of hostility upon its release. Let us suggest that this is the most unfairly underrated horror film of the last 12 months, and it more than deserves its place on this list. Recently widowed, Harper (Jessie Buckley) travels to the English countryside to grieve and heal. One day, he sees an evil, naked figure following him as he walks. He calls the police, who appear to help. No more than most of the men she met in town. We quickly understand what Garland is thinking, and the evidence of her message of systematic misogyny is only matched by her disturbing character, especially when the final act veers into hallucinatory territory. Buckley and his partner Rory Kinnear are both to be applauded for their work, as is the visual effects team.
4 – Don’t say anything
Father (Morten Burian), mother (Sidsel Siem Koch) and their young daughter (Liva Forsberg) are on vacation in Tuscany. At their villa, this Danish clan meets another family of three. The patriarch of the trio (Fedja van Huêt) couldn’t be more outgoing, and his wife (Karina Smulders) seems equally friendly and outgoing. Their son said nothing curiously. His parents explain that he suffers from a birth defect that affects his language. A few months later, the Danes are invited to visit their new friends at their home deep in the forest. And with this simple premise, director Christian Tafdrup descends the middle class into hell. Your new favorite European horror.
3 – Barbarian
2022’s horror hit, director Zach Cregger’s smart, funny, genuinely scary, and extremely brutal (when necessary) film is a twist on the old “don’t go to the basement.” At first it came out of nowhere, very quietly. (It topped the US box office in its opening weekend, which was considered a win by default, late summer being a dead zone for new releases). Then word of mouth started to spread, and even people who don’t normally like horror movies started noticing it. A woman (Georgina Campbell) rents an Airbnb in a tough neighborhood. When he goes there, another tenant (Bill Skarsgård) is already occupying the residence. Out of desperation, they agree to share the place. And then, in the middle of the night, he hears a strange noise…. Even when you think you know where this is going, Barbarian keep pulling the rug out from under you. We can’t wait to see what Cregger does next.
2 – Predator
And now something completely unexpected. Director Dan Trachtenberg’s contribution to the Predator universe isn’t just an exciting expansion of the franchise. It’s a B-movie masterpiece, a survival thriller, a horror film that’s extremely good at what it does, like its iconic alien and native follower. Sending everyone’s favorite interstellar fighter to the Commanche nation in 1719, this film takes a step back and brings new blood to the series (” New world ”) and gives us a classy action hero in the form of Naru played by Amber Midthunder. What’s more, he adds a skull to his armor to make the famous creature even more fearsome, culminating in death. 10/10, period.
1 – X
Tons of movie tributes Chain massacre, but it’s one of the few films that felt like it was being released on a double poster with Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece at the time. A film crew travels to a remote Texas farm to shoot the Lone Star State’s biggest porn movie. The pious elderly couple who own the property hardly tolerate the presence of guests. Still, the film’s star (Mia Goth) stirs up something in the matriarch of the house, and things get bloody. The Western naturally soaks up the gritty air of the horror classics and delights us with lanterns and gore that’s simply amazing (you have to go back to the early seasons.Hannibal finding something very grotesque and beautiful at the same time). But he also adds something unexpected to his repertoire: emotional resonance. And thanks to Mia Goth, she not only found a perfect scream queen, but also an outstanding collaborator; His work here and his partner in the film X, Pearl (which he co-wrote with West) helps build character through all the carnage on screen. We’ll watch this movie for the adrenaline rush of sex and violence. We come away witnessing an event that brings together the baser impulses and art… in more ways than one.
Fear of David
Translated by the editor