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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.) 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!

Recently added: Hellbender.

#1

Hellbender (2021)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98511%
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]

#2

X (2022)
95%

#2
Adjusted Score: 105498%
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: A group of actors sets out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive... [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 97585%
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

#4

Hatching (2022)
91%

#4
Adjusted Score: 94216%
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

#5
Adjusted Score: 94931%
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

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 91095%
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

#7

Scream (2022)
76%

#7
Adjusted Score: 91655%
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, Calif., a new killer dons the... [More]

#8

Master (2022)
74%

#8
Adjusted Score: 81847%
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

#9

Luzifer (2021)
100%

#9
Adjusted Score: 36454%
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

#10

The Cursed (2021)
74%

#10
Adjusted Score: 79243%
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

#11

No Exit (2022)
58%

#11
Adjusted Score: 59919%
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

#12

Studio 666 (2022)
55%

#12
Adjusted Score: 61042%
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

#13

A Banquet (2021)
54%

#13
Adjusted Score: 56616%
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

#14

The Long Night (2022)
36%

#14
Adjusted Score: 36306%
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

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 17925%
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

#16

Room 203 (2022)
60%

#16
Adjusted Score: 35562%
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

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 38840%
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

#18

The Cellar (2022)
31%

#18
Adjusted Score: 33444%
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: A woman must confront an ancient and powerful entity after her daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new... [More]
Directed By: Brendan Muldowney

#19

Umma (2022)
27%

#19
Adjusted Score: 27959%
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

#20

Choose or Die (2022)
32%

#20
Adjusted Score: 32432%
Critics Consensus: Flickers of frightening promise are muffled by an excessively franchise-focused story in Choose or Die, with frustratingly forgettable results.
Synopsis: Tempted by a chance to win unclaimed prize money, two friends reboot a mysterious 1980s video game and step into... [More]
Directed By: Toby Meakins

#21

The Requin (2022)
23%

#21
Adjusted Score: 17827%
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

#22

WarHunt (2022)
21%

#22
Adjusted Score: 21126%
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

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 5333%
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]

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