With 2021 officially in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward to a fresh 12 month slate year of brand new movies. But which films are we looking forward to the most? Let’s take a look at our ten picks for the films that you might want to keep on your moviegoing radar in 2022.
10. Cosmic Dawn (Feb. 11)
I had never even heard of this movie prior to doing some research for this list. After watching the trailer, Cosmic Dawn shot straight up my 2022 most anticipated list. As a fan of both independent film and Lovecraftian horror, I couldn’t help but get a little giddy watching this trippy trailer.
9. Dark Harvest (Sep. 9)
Every Halloween a knife-wielding monster visits a small, out-of-the-way Midwestern town where it’s confronted by brave young men looking to cash in on the reward for slaying the beast. Part slasher, part monster movie, part book adaptation, Dark Harvest is shaping up to be the perfect spooky season adventure of the new year.
8. Everything Everywhere All at Once (Mar. 25)
I positively adored Swiss Army Man, the previous film from filmmaking duo simply known as Daniels. Their sophomore feature looks equally quirky with a refreshing take on the whole multiverse concept, which of course is all the rage right now. Plus Michelle Yeoh is an absolute badass.
7. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part I) (Oct. 7)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still the best film featuring the iconic web slinger. Not only that, but this blogger contends that it’s one of the best films of the 21st century so far. While the ending wrapped everything up with a satisfying bow, I’m never going to say “no” to more of those delightful characters, their fascinating world, or that jaw-dropping animation.
6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 7)
Nearly a decade-and-a-half later, Marvel Studios keeps finding ways to shake up their cinematic universe. Lately, their films have been leaning into the idea of the multiverse. After Spider-Man: No Way Home, I’m ready to dive back into the madness with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Not to mention Sam Raimi has taken over directing duties, which means we’re in for a wild ride.
5. Nope (Jul. 22)
Jordan Peele took the world by storm with Get Out, which won him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Though I wasn’t a fan of how his last film, Us, ended, I can’t deny the events that his movies have become. Peele seamlessly blends social commentary told from a perspective often overlooked in the horror genre with his singular brand of humor. Even if you’re not a fan, his results are something wholly their own.
4. The Northman (Apr. 8)
Following The Witch and The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers has become one of the most exciting and unique voices in the industry right now. His next project will tell a tale of viking revenge, which is a story conceit that will always tingle my fantasy fancy. With Eggers leading the charge, I already know we are in for something special.
3. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (Apr. 22)
Nicolas Cage is one of the most talented performers of his generation. Don’t let his past financial struggles or his prolific filmography fool you. Massive Talent looks like the film he was destined to make. In it, Cage plays himself portraying versions of his most iconic characters at the behest of a eccentric and wealthy fan. Shut up and take my money!
2. Scream (Jan. 14)
The Scream films have taken up permanent residence in my heart. I love all of them to varying degrees. For that reason, I’ll always get hyped to see some psycho yet again dawn that iconic Ghostface mask. What’s more, the film is written and directed by directing partners Radio Silence, whose last picture was Ready or Not, which is one of my very favorite films from the last decade.
1. The Batman (Mar. 4)
Batman is my favorite character in fiction. So of course I’m looking forward to a new movie about the Caped Crusader. But what makes The Batman my most anticipated film is: 1. The unreliable stacked cast lead by the talented Robert Pattinson in the titular role and 2. Matt Reeves is directing the picture and hot off his amazing Planet of the Apes trilogy. Judging by the trailers, this gritty take on the Dark Knight is everything I pictured reading the comics. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to see a movie.
Don’t Worry Darling, Samaritan, The Black Phone, Mission: Impossible 7, Halloween Ends, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Fabelmans, The Killer, The Gray Man, Thor: Love and Thunder, Knives Out 2
Those are our most favorite films that we know are currently coming down the pipe for 2022. Which films are you looking forward to seeing the most? And which ones did we leave off our list that you think should be on there? Sound off in the comments below to let us and the rest of the movie loving world know what you think!