- 2022 was a great year for horror lovers, from “Pearl” to “Hatching.”
- Many scary movies premiered throughout the year, and most are now streaming.
- Here are a few of the best, under the radar films you probably missed and where to find them.
‘Speak No Evil’
Christian Tadfrup’s “Speak No Evil” might not be one of the flashiest horror movies of 2022, but it’s arguably one of the bleakest. It follows Danish couple Bjørn (Morten Burian) and Louise (Sidsel Siem Koch) who find themselves at odds with another couple after being invited to stay with them in their holiday home.
The heinous ulterior motive behind the invitation is downright disturbing, especially for audiences who happen to be parents. Although it’s not packed with jump scares, the terror is long lasting. To say any more would be to ruin Tadfrup’s haunting twist, but it’s safe to say that the ending of “Speak No Evil” will stay with you for a long, long time. —Eammon Jacobs
Where to Watch: “Speak No Evil” is currently streaming on Shudder or for purchase on Apple TV.
The origin story of the octogenarian villain in “X” is the focus of this gory but stylish period piece. Pearl (Mia Goth) yearns for a glamorous existence and a chance at fame, but is foiled at seemingly every turn by her family. So naturally, she takes things into her own hands, and, with the help of a pitchfork and an axe, creates a new reality for herself. “Pearl” is profoundly disturbing, but also a must-watch for fans of Ti West’s “X.” —Libby Torres
Where to Watch: “Pearl” is currently for purchase on Amazon, Google, Apple TV, and Vudu.
A smart, scary send-up of social media livestreaming, “Deadstream” follows a fictional disgraced internet personality trying desperately to regain his footing after being canceled. Joseph Winter, who co-directed the film with his wife Vanessa, stars as obnoxious gamer and livestreamer Shawn, who gets more than he bargained for while camping out in a haunted house.
The film is filled with some genuinely hilarious moments (Shawn’s fans, for example, urge him to engage in increasingly risky activities via livestream comments), but the jokes never overshadow the malicious presence in the home that’s slowly revealing itself to Shawn. —Libby Torres
Where to Watch: “Deadstream” is currently streaming on Shudder.
Who’s the real monster in “Hatching”? Is it 12-year-old Tinja’s cold, domineering, perfection-obsessed influencer mom, or the creature that emerges from an egg that lonely Tinja nurtures after finding it in the woods?
“Hatching” is destined to be a new body-horror classic. But it’s also a delightfully twisted coming-of-age movie, with a sickening sense of impending doom propelling the movie to a shocking ending. —Caralynn Matassa
Where to Watch: “Hatching” is currently streaming on Hulu.
“Resurrection,” starring underrated modern horror icon Rebecca Hall, is way up at the top of the “disturbing” scale. That’s what makes it one of the most memorable of the year.
The film, which also stars Tim Roth, follows Margaret (Hall), a successful but stressed single career woman who’s not exactly looking forward to her soon-to-be 18-year-old daughter going off to college. Things only escalate (and get progressively more mind-bending) when David (Roth), a mysterious figure from Margaret’s past, resurfaces.
“Resurrection” is an intense exploration of motherhood, anxiety, and the lengths one will go to in order to protect their child. —Caralynn Matassa
Where to Watch: “Resurrection” is currently streaming on Shudder and available for purchase on Amazon, Google, Apple TV, Vudu, and YouTube.
“Hellbender” proves that there are still unique stories to tell within the over-trodden “young woman discovers she’s a witch” genre. The indie instant classic is a family affair; it was written and directed by real-life couple John Adams and Toby Poser and their daughter, Zelda Adams, and also stars Toby and Zelda as the mother-daughter metal band at the heart of the film.
Izzy (Zelda Adams) lives a peaceful, secluded life with her Mother (Toby Poser). Things start to become unglued when Izzy has a run-in with some teens and uncovers her true self. Things get delightfully hellish from there, leading to a bombastic and genuinely surprising conclusion. —Caralynn Matassa
Where to Watch: “Hellbender” is currently streaming on Shudder.
Atmospheric and spooky, “She Will” follows an aging actress (Alice Krige) as she journeys to a remote area of Scotland with her nurse (Kota Eberhardt) to recover from a double mastectomy. As it turns out, the land on which the retreat sits is where witches were burned hundreds of years ago.
But “Hocus Pocus,” this is very much not. What ultimately unfolds is a profound and moving story of trauma, female strength, and vengeance. —Caralynn Matassa
Where to Watch: “She Will” is currently streaming on Shudder.