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Best Horror Movies of 2022 Ranked: New Scary Movies Best to Worst

We’re ranking all the new horror movies of 2022 by Tomatometer, like Scream, X, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more. (To recap 2021, see our best horror movies of 2021 list, or the Golden Tomato Awards, where A Quiet Place Part II took home the Best Horror Movie trophy.) We rank the movies Certified Fresh films first, followed by the Fresh and then Rotten. This list of best 2022 horror movies will update each week another genre entry arrives in theaters or streaming, so check back for all the new scary movies! —Alex Vo

Recently added: Pearl, the surprise prequel to X; Barbarianthe surprise Certified Fresh directed by Zach Cregger (from The Whitest Kids U’ Know); Speak No Evil, a social satire between the Danes and the Dutch with razor-sharp teeth; the Senegalese Saloumwhich also mixes in elements of heist and action genre; The Invitation, the Gothic vampire thriller starring Nathalie Emmanuel; decent prequel Orphan: First Kill; and cosmic horror Glorious, starring Ryan Kwanten and J.K. Simmons.

#1

The Innocents (2021)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102301%
Critics Consensus: The Innocents chillingly subverts the purity of youth in a powerfully acted thriller that lingers long after the credits roll.
Synopsis: During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal mysterious powers. But what starts out innocent soon takes a... [More]
Directed By: Eskil Vogt

#2

Hellbender (2021)
97%

#2
Adjusted Score: 98600%
Critics Consensus: Hellbender stirs a boiling cauldron of adolescent angst, serving up a coming-of-age story with dark horror overtones.
Synopsis: A teen and her mother live simply in a home in the woods, spending their time making metal music. A... [More]

#3

Saloum (2021)
96%

#3
Adjusted Score: 96842%
Critics Consensus: Smart, dynamic, and fast-paced, Saloum mixes tones and genres into a tart, smoothly blended treat.
Synopsis: Shot down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui... [More]
Directed By: Jean Luc Herbulot

#4

X (2022)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104589%
Critics Consensus: A fresh spin on the classic slasher formula, X marks the spot where Ti West gets resoundingly back to his horror roots.
Synopsis: In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their... [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#5

Prey (2022)
93%

#5
Adjusted Score: 107614%
Critics Consensus: The rare action thriller that spikes adrenaline without skimping on character development, Prey is a Predator prequel done right.
Synopsis: Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, "Prey" is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and... [More]
Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 98378%
Critics Consensus: Although it may strike some as too artsy for its own good, You Won't Be Alone puts a thoughtfully fresh spin on familiar horror tropes.
Synopsis: Set in an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, YOU WON'T BE ALONE follows a young girl who is... [More]
Directed By: Goran Stolevski

#7

Mad God (2021)
93%

#7
Adjusted Score: 95733%
Critics Consensus: A rich visual treat for film fans, Mad God proves that even in the age of CGI, the cinematic allure of stop-motion animation remains strong.
Synopsis: Follow The Assassin through a forbidding world of tortured souls, decrepit bunkers, and wretched monstrosities forged from the most primordial... [More]
Directed By: Phil Tippett

#8

Barbarian (2022)
92%

#8
Adjusted Score: 98492%
Critics Consensus: Smart, darkly humorous, and above all scary, Barbarian offers a chilling and consistently unpredictable thrill ride for horror fans.
Synopsis: Traveling to Detroit for a job interview, a young woman books a rental home. But when she arrives late at... [More]
Directed By: Zach Cregger

#9

Hatching (2022)
92%

#9
Adjusted Score: 97334%
Critics Consensus: A message movie in a hard horror shell, Hatching perches between beauty and revulsion -- and establishes director Hanna Bergholm as a bright new talent.
Synopsis: In HATCHING, 12-year-old gymnast, Tinja (Siiri Solalinna), is desperate to please her image-obsessed mother, whose popular blog 'Lovely Everyday Life'... [More]
Directed By: Hanna Bergholm

#10

The Sadness (2021)
91%

#10
Adjusted Score: 91596%
Critics Consensus: The Sadness lives up to its title with an unstintingly grim -- and overall effective -- slice of dystopian horror.
Synopsis: The city of Taipei suddenly erupts into bloody chaos as ordinary people are compulsively driven to enact the most cruel... [More]
Directed By: Rob Jabbaz

#11
Adjusted Score: 95670%
Critics Consensus: Narratively challenging and visually haunting, We're All Going to the World's Fair adds a uniquely ambitious and unsettling entry to the crowded coming-of-age genre.
Synopsis: Late on a cold night somewhere in the U.S., teenage Casey (Anna Cobb in her feature debut) sits alone in... [More]
Directed By: Jane Schoenbrun

#12

What Josiah Saw (2021)
90%

#12
Adjusted Score: 91482%
Critics Consensus: What Josiah Saw may be too unrelentingly unpleasant for some viewers, but this slow-burning look at generational trauma leaves a lingering, nightmarish impact.
Synopsis: Everyone in town knows about the haunted Graham Farm on Willow Road. You'll hear there's a bad history to it.... [More]
Directed By: Vincent Grashaw

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 91505%
Critics Consensus: Smartly creepy, You Are Not My Mother engages with a number of thought-provoking themes without sacrificing chills.
Synopsis: It's the week before Halloween. Char's bedridden mother, Angela, has mysteriously gone missing. All that remains is her abandoned car... [More]
Directed By: Kate Dolan

#14

Pearl (2022)
89%

#14
Adjusted Score: 94733%
Critics Consensus: Pearl finds Ti West squeezing fresh gore out of the world he created with X -- and once again benefiting from a brilliant Mia Goth performance.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Ti West returns with another chapter from the twisted world of X, in this astonishing follow-up to the year's... [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#15

Watcher (2022)
87%

#15
Adjusted Score: 93505%
Critics Consensus: Although its story may lack surprises, Watcher benefits from director Chloe Okuno's chilling grip on the material -- and Maika Monroe's terrific work in the leading role.
Synopsis: As a serial killer stalks the city, Julia -- a young actress who just moved to town with her boyfriend... [More]
Directed By: Chloe Okuno

#16

Glorious (2022)
87%

#16
Adjusted Score: 89255%
Critics Consensus: With thought-provoking themes lurking beneath its absurd premise, Glorious is a brightly blood-spattered genre treat from director Rebekah McKendry.
Synopsis: A heartbroken man finds himself trapped in a bathroom with a strange voice who says he may be the only... [More]
Directed By: Rebekah McKendry

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 96110%
Critics Consensus: Impeccably cast and smartly written, Bodies Bodies Bodies is an uncommonly well-done whodunit.
Synopsis: When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game goes awry... [More]
Directed By: Halina Reijn

#18

Medusa (2021)
83%

#18
Adjusted Score: 83345%
Critics Consensus: A stylish and well-acted tonal blend, Medusa confronts religious hypocrisy and sexism with invigorating anger.
Synopsis: Mari and her friends broadcast their spiritual devotion through pastel pinks and catchy evangelical songs about purity and perfection, but... [More]

#19

Speak No Evil (2022)
83%

#19
Adjusted Score: 86917%
Critics Consensus: A social satire with razor-sharp teeth, Speak No Evil offers a darkly delicious treat for fans of misanthropic thrillers.
Synopsis: On a vacation in Tuscany, two families -- one Danish, one Dutch -- meet and become fast friends. Months later,... [More]
Directed By: Christian Tafdrup

#20

Nope (2022)
82%

#20
Adjusted Score: 104838%
Critics Consensus: Admirable for its originality and ambition even when its reach exceeds its grasp, Nope adds Spielbergian spectacle to Jordan Peele's growing arsenal.
Synopsis: Two siblings who run a California horse ranch discover something wonderful and sinister in the skies above, and the owner... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele

#21

The Black Phone (2021)
82%

#21
Adjusted Score: 95755%
Critics Consensus: The Black Phone might have been even more frightening, but it remains an entertaining, well-acted adaptation of scarily good source material.
Synopsis: Finney, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where... [More]
Directed By: Scott Derrickson

#22

Resurrection (2022)
81%

#22
Adjusted Score: 88821%
Critics Consensus: Uneven yet steadily absorbing, Resurrection benefits greatly from Rebecca Hall's outstanding work in the leading role.
Synopsis: Margaret’s life is in order. She is capable, disciplined, and successful. Soon, her teenage daughter, who Margaret raised by herself,... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Semans

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 93454%
Critics Consensus: Quintessential if not classic Cronenberg, Crimes of the Future finds the director revisiting familiar themes with typically unsettling flair.
Synopsis: As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#24

Scream (2022)
76%

#24
Adjusted Score: 92082%
Critics Consensus: The fifth Scream finds the franchise working harder than ever to maintain its meta edge -- and succeeding surprisingly often.
Synopsis: Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the... [More]

#25

Master (2022)
74%

#25
Adjusted Score: 82008%
Critics Consensus: It can be didactic rather than truly suspenseful, but Master is an impressively well-crafted horror outing with a lot on its mind.
Synopsis: At an elite New England university built on the site of a Salem-era gallows hill, three women strive to find... [More]
Directed By: Mariama Diallo

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 100007%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Margo, who comes from a noble family, inherited a castle that she inspects with her ill-tempered husband Dieter. When they... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Kopacka

#27

Luzifer (2021)
100%

#27
Adjusted Score: 35408%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Johannes, an innocent, Kaspar Hauser-like man with the heart of a child, lives secluded in an alpine hut together with... [More]
Directed By: Peter Brunner

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 70809%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Let the Wrong One In follows young supermarket worker Matt, who is a little too nice for his own good.... [More]
Directed By: Conor McMahon

#29

Torn Hearts (2022)
89%

#29
Adjusted Score: 89654%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Blumhouse Television and EPIX present the cautionary tale of a rise to stardom set in the iconic Nashville Country Music... [More]
Directed By: Brea Grant

#30

The Changed (2021)
82%

#30
Adjusted Score: 52599%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Something has taken possession of the hearts and minds of the populace. Kim (Clare Foley), Mac (Jason Alan Smith), and... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mongillo

#31

Gatlopp (2022)
80%

#31
Adjusted Score: 71031%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A group of old friends reunites for a nostalgic evening of fun and games after a decade apart. After one... [More]
Directed By: Alberto Belli

#32

Shapeless (2021)
75%

#32
Adjusted Score: 75189%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ivy, a struggling singer in New Orleans trapped in the hidden underworld of her eating disorder, must face her addiction... [More]
Directed By: Samantha Aldana

#33

Kicking Blood (2021)
74%

#33
Adjusted Score: 74543%
Critics Consensus: Kicking Blood overcomes evident budget limitations with solid acting and a vampire story that has an emotionally impactful twist.
Synopsis: After falling for a charming recovering alcoholic, modern vampire Anna sets her mind, and heart, on quitting blood and becoming... [More]
Directed By: Blaine Thurier

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 79085%
Critics Consensus: Leaning into its ludicrous premise, Orphan: First Kill is a sequel that holds its own -- and for fans of campy horror, may even represent an improvement on the original.
Synopsis: Esther's terrifying saga continues in this thrilling prequel to the original and shocking horror hit "Orphan." After orchestrating a brilliant... [More]
Directed By: William Brent Bell

#35

The Cursed (2021)
73%

#35
Adjusted Score: 78338%
Critics Consensus: For a werewolf movie, The Cursed is frustratingly lacking in killer instinct -- but its intriguing additions to well-worn mythology add some necessary bite.
Synopsis: In the late 1800s, a once-peaceful remote country village is under attack--but by who or what, no one knows. Villagers... [More]
Directed By: Sean Ellis

#36

Homebound (2021)
70%

#36
Adjusted Score: 70180%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A twisted psychological thriller, Homebound follows Holly (Aisling Loftus), a young woman who travels with her new husband (Tom Goodman-Hill)... [More]
Directed By: Sebastian Godwin

#37

Men (2022)
69%

#37
Adjusted Score: 82146%
Critics Consensus: If its narrative and thematic reach sometimes exceeds its grasp, magnetic performances from a stellar cast help Men make the most of its horror provocations.
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper (Jessie Buckley) retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to have... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#38

Mosquito State (2020)
62%

#38
Adjusted Score: 61486%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: August 2007. Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca (Beau Knapp) sees... [More]
Directed By: Filip Jan Rymsza

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 62305%
Critics Consensus: House of Darkness finds writer-director Neil LaBute just as acerbic as ever, although he's made more compelling statements on sexual mores.
Synopsis: Justin Long and Kate Bosworth star in this seductive thriller from director Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man). Driving home to... [More]
Directed By: Neil LaBute

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 53227%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tim Blake Nelson, David Arquette, Angela Bettis, Thomas Hobson, Phil Morris and Tara Perry star in this exciting new take... [More]

#41

Room 203 (2022)
60%

#41
Adjusted Score: 35509%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When best friends Kim and Izzy move into a dark and mysterious apartment known as Room 203, they become convinced... [More]
Directed By: Ben Jagger

#42

No Exit (2022)
59%

#42
Adjusted Score: 62190%
Critics Consensus: No Exit isn't quite a white-knuckle ride, but it may provide just enough mileage for viewers seeking reasonably diverting popcorn thrills.
Synopsis: In "No Exit," Havana Rose Liu ("Mayday") makes her feature film leading role debut as Darby, a young woman en... [More]
Directed By: Damien Power

#43

Studio 666 (2022)
56%

#43
Adjusted Score: 62378%
Critics Consensus: Studio 666 doesn't quite take its horror-comedy hybrid to 11, but if you're in the mood, this cheerfully over-the-top outing is a lot of fun.
Synopsis: In STUDIO 666, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock... [More]
Directed By: BJ McDonnell

#44

A Banquet (2021)
56%

#44
Adjusted Score: 57718%
Critics Consensus: If it isn't without its share of empty calories, A Banquet remains a lavishly appointed treat for fans of slow-burning horror.
Synopsis: Widowed mother Holly (Sienna Guillory) is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey (Jessica Alexander) experiences a profound enlightenment and... [More]
Directed By: Ruth Paxton

#45

Day Shift (2022)
55%

#45
Adjusted Score: 61565%
Critics Consensus: Game stars and an appealingly goofy premise aren't enough to make up for Day Shift's uninspired action-comedy hijinks.
Synopsis: Jamie Foxx stars as a hard working blue collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Perry

#46

DASHCAM (2021)
48%

#46
Adjusted Score: 52028%
Critics Consensus: DASHCAM is visually and thematically provocative, although the film's grating protagonist undercuts its effectiveness.
Synopsis: At the start of the pandemic, an indulgent and self-deluded livestreaming improv musician abandons L.A. for London, steals her ex-band... [More]
Directed By: Rob Savage

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 17467%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After Max and Avery meet on a social media app for a first date, their evening takes a perilous turn... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rippberger

#48

The Long Night (2022)
35%

#48
Adjusted Score: 34540%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While searching for the parents she's never known, New York transplant Grace (Scout Taylor-Compton) returns to her childhood southern stomping... [More]
Directed By: Rich Ragsdale

#49

They/Them (2022)
33%

#49
Adjusted Score: 34961%
Critics Consensus: Although it deserves credit for its strong cast and inclusive premise, They/Them is too tonally messy to cut more than skin deep.
Synopsis: Kevin Bacon plays Owen Whistler in this slasher horror film set at an LGBTQIA+ conversion camp. Several queer campers join... [More]
Directed By: John Logan

#50

Umma (2022)
33%

#50
Adjusted Score: 33365%
Critics Consensus: Despite Sandra Oh's typically strong performance and glimmers of potential from writer-director Iris K. Shim, Umma is a cliché-ridden missed opportunity.
Synopsis: Umma, which is the Korean word for "mother," follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet... [More]
Directed By: Iris K. Shim

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 39088%
Critics Consensus: Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn't skimp on the gore, but Leatherface may have irrevocably lost his ability to terrify.
Synopsis: Melody (Sarah Yarkin), her teenage sister Lila (Elsie Fisher), and their friends Dante (Jacob Latimore) and Ruth (Nell Hudson), head... [More]
Directed By: David Blue Garcia

#52

The Cellar (2022)
30%

#52
Adjusted Score: 32540%
Critics Consensus: Although it doesn't tumble to The Cellar of the haunted house genre, this is a mostly musty exercise in second-rate supernatural horror.
Synopsis: Keira Woods' (Elisha Cuthbert) daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house. She soon discovers there is an... [More]
Directed By: Brendan Muldowney

#53

Choose or Die (2022)
30%

#53
Adjusted Score: 31538%
Critics Consensus: Flickers of frightening promise are muffled by an excessively franchise-focused story in Choose or Die, with frustratingly forgettable results.
Synopsis: After firing up a lost 80s survival horror game, a young coder unleashes a hidden curse that tears reality apart,... [More]
Directed By: Toby Meakins

#54

The Invitation (2022)
25%

#54
Adjusted Score: 27313%
Critics Consensus: Despite a very likable lead and a refreshingly light touch, The Invitation is ultimately too predictable to thrill as either a romance or a horror story.
Synopsis: After the death of her mother and having no other known relatives, Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel) takes a DNA test... and... [More]
Directed By: Jessica M. Thompson

#55

WarHunt (2022)
21%

#55
Adjusted Score: 21125%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 1945. A US military cargo plane loses control and violently crashes behind enemy lines in the middle of the German... [More]
Directed By: Mauro Borrelli

#56

Abandoned (2022)
20%

#56
Adjusted Score: 20481%
Critics Consensus: Horror fans seeking effective frights will almost certainly feel Abandoned by this well-cast but deeply disappointing haunted house story.
Synopsis: Abandoned follows the sharply intense lives of Sara (Emma Roberts), her husband Alex (John Gallagher Jr.), and their infant son... [More]
Directed By: Spencer Squire

#57

The Requin (2022)
20%

#57
Adjusted Score: 17729%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: There's terror in paradise when Jaelyn (Alicia Silverstone) and Kyle (James Tupper) arrive at a remote seaside villa in Vietnam... [More]
Directed By: Le-Van Kiet

#58

Firestarter (2022)
10%

#58
Adjusted Score: 18157%
Critics Consensus: There was plenty of room to improve on the original, but Firestarter trips over that low bar and tumbles toward the bottom of the long list of Stephen King adaptations.
Synopsis: For more than a decade, parents Andy (Zac Efron; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; The Greatest Showman) and Vicky... [More]
Directed By: Keith Thomas

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 5308%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A malevolent spirit bent on vengeance, stalks a young family visiting Mexico. Andrew, Carly and their son Danny travel to... [More]