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From Black Phone to X, These Are The Best Horror Movies of 2022

There are some nights when all we want to do is be comfortable in bed and watch a horror movie. We all love doing that, but what makes a scary movie scarier is knowing it is based on a true story. Knowing that somebody went through that terror, in reality, is something that does not let one sleep easily. 

Some new horror movies have been released this year which might be based on a real event. Here are the best Horror Movies 2022 on Netflix, and some are based on actual incidents ranked according to the story.

    8. Fresh 

Daisy Edgar Jones and Sebastian Stan starrer film Fresh is a rom com-turned-cannibal nightmare. The film brightly builds a budding romance for 33 minutes before discharging a sharp twist and a darkly comedic opening credit sequence. 

Stan goes wonderfully off-the-rails as an illegal salesman falling a bit too hard for his latest source of human meat. Edgar Jones is disorganized as the woman trying to lead an escape, and Lauryn Kahn’s script dodges choices that would make her lead seem too gullible. 

Fresh never loses steam, despite a violent climax that gives out justice with a bitter aftertaste.

    7. The Cursed

Criminally overlooked due to a theatrical release opposite very timid hits such as Dog and Uncharted, this early 1900s werewolf tale remixes classical mythology with some frightening new visions. 

Yellowstone scene-stealer Kelly Reilly shifts into a different gear as the mother of a cursed son, and Boyd Holbrook is solid as a werewolf hunter with a dark past. 

Directed with a steady hand by Sean Ellis and taking advantage of beautiful, foggy France shot on 35mm, The Cursed is sure to gain an audience when it hits a critical streaming service.

    6Men

Alex Garland’s latest nightmare is an all-too-timely fable about men controlling and gaslighting women. Effectively a two-hander, Men starrs the brilliant Jessie Buckley as a woman vacationing in the British countryside after the suicide of her husband. 

Unfortunately, she’s surrounded by dozens of men who resemble a sinister Rory Kinnear, who gamely portrays nearly all other characters with wavering hostility toward her. Although the film offers little insight into gender dynamics, several memorable scenes crank the tension up to 11. And with an incredibly divisive and disgusting final act, it’s a film designed to spur more discussion with each new audience.

    5. Scream

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the directing duo who helmed 2019’s clever horror mystery Ready or Not, revived the Scream franchise with a better-than-expected new chapter.

Legendary characters (Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell) share screen time with a brilliant young cast (including Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega and Jack Quaid), with plenty of twists and red herrings along the way. 

By revisiting some of the franchise’s best notes without being overly beholden to the past, the meta-by-design Scream can keep things fresh and avoid potential pitfalls.

    4. X

One of modern horror’s most compelling auteurs, Ti West roared back to the big screen with his first frightening feature since 2013’s The Sacrament. Well, it was worth the wait. 

A Texas Chainsaw Massacre remix featuring a van full of ponographers (including Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow and Scott Mescudi) clandestinely shooting their next film at the guest house of a conservative old couple. And the blood and surprises come quickly. 

Goth is a standout in a sneaky dual role, and West’s control of his material and ability to manipulate the audiences’ exceptions creates one of the year’s most fun rides.

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    3Watcher

Eight years after her breakout in It Follows, Maika Monroe starrs in another film where she’s constantly looking over her shoulder, in the best stalker movie since 2020’s The Invisible Man. 

Monroe starrs as Julia, a lonely ex-pat living in Bucharest, aimless while supporting her career-focused husband. She’s convinced that someone across the street is watching her and becoming increasingly bold in pursuing her around the neighbourhood…might it be the murderer she keeps seeing on the evening news? 

Watcher muddies the colours of a post- Rear Window story by writer and director Chloe Okuno. And showcases the vulnerabilities of a woman living in the city. Yet Julia is no pushover, and she’s an excellent cypher for an audience destined to spend the following days peering in on their neighbours and checking around every corner.

    2The Black Phone

Sinister and Doctor Strange creative duo C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson collaborated once more on this feature adaptation of a Joe Hill short story in which The Grabber (Ethan Hawke) abducts children in 70s, Colorado. T

he film evokes the spirit of Hill’s father, Stephen King’s best work, as kids grapple with supernatural abilities to defeat a psychotic villain. The script is sturdy enough to keep emotions swelling as much as frights, as it’s filled with the most lovable scamps this side of Hawkins, Indiana. 

Hawke chews all the scenery as the oft-masked Grabber in a frightening physical performance that begs for more appearances.

    1. Crimes of the Future

David Cronenberg’s latest incursion into body horror was, strangely, less disgusting than advertised but far more tied to the legend’s other inhuman abnormalities than could have been predicted. 

The lightly-sketched plot involves Viggo Mortensen as a man who grows extra organs in a ruined-Earth future, where his partner (Léa Seydoux) surgically removes them for captive audiences. 

Things become complicated once the government starts to get involved, and we’re introduced to a world of superfans (including a wacky Kristen Stewart), assassins and children who eat plastic trash cans. 

Cronenberg keeps the proceedings as cold and clinical as his characters, with long stretches of dialogue accentuating the gloss of artificiality that is as fascinating as it is alienating. Those who can dip into Cronenberg’s wavelength will be richly rewarded.

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