Movies in the Horror genre

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Smile

Has the COVID-19 pandemic brought out the best in horror filmmakers? 2022 has not been a good year for cinema, but it has been a very good year for horror. Smile represents the latest in an impressive roster of horror films that have pushed the en...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Disturbing Images, Profanity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Parker Finn
Cast: Sosie Bacon, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, ...
Pearl

For those enamored with Ti West’s extraordinarily entertaining 2022 horror film, X, his latest effort, Pearl, is required viewing, although it’s a much different kettle of fish. For those unfamiliar with X, however, Pearl may feel incomplete ...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Ti West
Cast: Mia Goth, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland, ...
Barbarian

For roughly two-thirds of its 100-minute running length, Barbarian is a top-notch excursion into the dark, twisty tunnels and catacombs of a mystery-cum-monster movie. The film’s overreliance on horror movie clichés during the final half-hour w...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Zach Cregger
Cast: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgard, Justin Long, ...
Resurrection

The most interesting aspect of Resurrection comes from guessing how insane the main character is and whether anything she’s seeing is real. Still, those are primarily intellectual curiosities and I’m not sure how well they gel in feature lengt...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2022-07-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Andrew Semans
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman, ...
Black Phone, The

The Black Phone is a throwback to a time when horror was more about fear and suspense than blood and gore. Oh, there’s some of the latter in the movie but far too little to sate the appetites of those who attend the genre purely to be entomb...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-08-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Intense Terror)
Genre: Horror
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Ethan Hawke, ...
Men

Men is Alex Garland’s third film, following in the wake of Ex Machina and Annihilation. It is his least accessible production to-date, venturing into the psychotic horror hinterlands where movies like Darren Aaronofsky’s mother! reside. It’s...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-08-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Horror/Science Fiction
Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu, ...
Firestarter

Firestarter, one of Stephen King’s most recognizable titles, reached bookstores in 1980 and was subsequently nominated for several prestigious awards. However, as has often been the case with King’s novels, the movie regurgitation, released in...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-06-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Horror/Science Fiction
Director: Keith Thomas
Cast: Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, ...
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Spoiler Note: The review is “spoiler lite” with nothing beyond what has been shown in the trailer and other officially sanctioned pre-release material. However, although I don’t reveal any cameos that are in the film, I mention some that are...

Run Time: 2:06
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-07-26
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Action/Horror
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, ...
Morbius

Sony/Columbia Pictures was on a nice roll recently with their Spider-Man-related movies: Into the Spider-Verse, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. It has all come to a grinding halt with Morbius. Although it would be diff...

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-06-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Horror
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, ...
Barbarians

Barbarians starts out as a tense psychological thriller unfolding against the tableau of a not-so-friendly dinner before morphing into something decidedly physical and creepy. Yet the home invasion that flips the movie at the halfway point doesn...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2022-04-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Charles Dorfman
Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Tom Cullen, Iwan Rheon, ...