What a wild year it has been! My blog has grown exponentially and I’m so proud of it. Thank you to everybody that have continued to support me and shown my posts some love. I appreciate each and every one of you! To end the year with a bang, I will be sharing my five favourite horror movies of the year. 2022 gave us some excellent spooky films. We were really spoiled for choice. These were the best of the best in my opinion. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Fresh was my first favourite horror movie of 2022, hitting Disney+ and Hulu in March. It examined the trials of modern online dating with a disturbing twist. The story follows Noa (Daisy Edgar Jones), a woman tired of not getting anywhere romantically. One evening, she meets the charming Steve (Sebastian Stan) in a grocery store and their love affair begins. Things seem too good to be true and as expected, they are. Noa soon learns that her new boyfriend has an insatiable appetite…for her. The artistic direction of this movie was insane. It was shocking at times and definitely not for the faint of heart, but I loved every second. Furthermore, the ending made me laugh out loud. Perfection!
Not long after Fresh was released, X graced us with its presence, and we were never the same. Little did we know what was coming. Directed by Tai West, this story follows a group of actors that set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, under the noses of their reclusive hosts. However, when the elderly couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives. If you love the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974, this movie will give you all the nostalgia. It’s sexy, violent and shocking. Furthermore, it introduced me to Mia Goth, who plays both Maxine and Pearl (more on that below). The world instantly fell in love with her, hence the rapid franchise expansion. This was such a fun movie and one that easily retained its place on my favourites list.
As mentioned above, the success of X led us to Pearl, which somehow managed to be even better than its predecessor. Set as a prequel, this story set in the 1920’s follows young Pearl, a woman eager to become a star and leave the farmhouse she grew up in. Willing to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true; we watch our protagonist unravel on screen as she descends into madness. Once again, Mia Goth completely stole the show with her outstanding performance. She delivers a 9-minute monologue toward the end of the film which gave me chills. I don’t know how she manages to be so captivating but if she doesn’t win an award for her acting, I’ll riot! A sequel to X, titled MaXXXine, will most likely hit cinemas in 2024 and Mia already claims it as her favourite in the franchise. I can’t wait!
4.) Terrifier 2
I already discussed Terrifier 2 in my franchise ranking, which you can check out here. On Halloween, Art the Clown is reanimated, only to discover he has a new sidekick – a little girl dressed exactly like him. Together, they target the daughter of a family who is able to interact with him in her dreams. From there, the night turns into a fight for survival. If you thought the first movie was gory, you better prepare yourself for the sequel. It was over two hours long but not a second felt wasted. The soundtrack, vibrant visuals and of course, the shocking violence, made this a feature I won’t forget. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
Last but certainly not least, we have Nope, which in my opinion was the best horror movie of 2022. I wrote up a review for it here. It follows two siblings that run a California horse ranch, who discover something wonderful and sinister in the skies above. Jordan Peele continues to outdo himself. This movie stayed with me long after the credits finished rolling. I still think about it now. The scares were truly effective, there was symbolism everywhere you looked and the acting…truly phenomenal. I would love to say more but I urge you to see it for yourself.
Thank you so much for reading! What were your favourite horror movies of the year? I hope you all have a safe and happy new year! See you in 2023!
Peace & Love xoxo