Luckily, 2022 has a lot of good stuff on the horizon. From horror to comedy to superheroes to action, a lot of really innovative movies and talented filmmakers will be putting their stuff on display.
A little weird! But mostly just semantics. Anyway, here are the movies we already love in 2022—and a bunch more that we’re still super eager to check out.
Luckily, scream was made by directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin with the main goal of being something Craven would be proud of—and they achieved that mission.
The guys—Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Wee Man, et cetera—may have gotten older, but the fun, thankfully, remains the same. jakass forever is the high-quality lowbrow humor that fans of this franchise have been loving for 20+ years (even longer if you count the original MTV series). And as long as these guys want to keep taking part in this madness, we’ll be watching.
The term “Hitchcockian” gets thrown around far too often, but one filmmaker who can actually try to be like the master of suspense and come through with 100% success is the great Steven Soderbergh.
Sodey teams up with Zoë Kravitz for a fantastic thriller that’s got a simple, premise: basically a modern version of Rear Window. And it crushes it.
We’ve seen lots of Batman before, but Batman is something different. We’ve got a new Dark Knight in Robert Pattinson, an actor known to take huge risks.
Director Matt Reeves has helmed more than a few good movies, and his neo-noir, unique take on Batman is another one for the list. Now, we just wait to see what he does next.
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Writer/director Ti West is at his best when he’s in nostalgia-horror mode (check out The House of the Devil!), and he went for it big time with X, an A24-produced comedy about a group of young filmmakers (including lead Mia Goth, playing a dual role, along with Brittany Snow, Kid Cudi, and new Scream Queen Jenna Ortega)who set out to make an adult film in Texas, before shit gets really out of control. The movie is a slow-burn, but really pays off in the end—and is a far better tribute to The Texas Chain Saw Mas
Ti West and Mia Goth have a second elite horror movie in 2022 with Pearl, an origin story prequel to X. The film follows Goth as the titular character, set against the backdrop of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. Where X is more of a slasher, Pearl is a horror-driven character study that builds and builds as it goes; West has described it as a “demented Disney movie,” and that feels just about right. You’ll need to lock in to appreciate the intricacies of this character-driven story, but the last 20-30 minutes or so—and Goth’s masterful performance within it—make it so, so worth it.
We’re All Going To The World’s Fai
We’re All Going To The World’s Fair was a hit at Sundance back in 2021, but it was officially released—and later landed on HBO —in 2022. The movie is a low-budget but incredibly inventive and interesting type of grounded horror centered on the modern world of internet “challenges” and the kinds of weird things that can stem from them. Part real horror, part unsettling realism, if you’d imagine a combination of Candyman, Unfriended, and The Ring with the terrifying realism of the little-seen Compliance, you’d get We’re All Going To the World’s Fair. And for my fellow short attention span havers, even more good news: it’s only 85 minutes or so long.