The year 2022 might go down in history as a year full of the craziest horror movies ever made. And we thought Malignant in 2021 was off-the-rails. This year, it seemed that filmmakers really wanted to go crazy and hit audiences with veering plotlines, non-sequitur time jumps, and insane character arcs.
On one hand, you had the hugely successful Smile which pretty much followed a familiar formula, and that was comfy. On the other, you had the films below such as Barbarian which, even if you watched the trailer couldn’t prepare you for what was to come.
If you like that kind of broadside horror, then you are probably going to like the others on this list. These movies have you assuming one thing, but they eventually derail and take you on a completely different path (or two) which gives an elevated meaning to the term “spoiler alert,” because any spoilers would have to come directly from another person and not necessarily the trailer.
Warning. There might be some mild spoilers ahead, but we doubt it.
Barbarian (HBO Max)
This is probably the biggest success on this list. Barbarian was compared to Malignant on a spiritual level because it is so utterly insane, so fantastic, that audiences were left with jaws agape as the credits rolled. A collective “what did I just watch” was a common critique.
Run Sweetheart Run (Prime members)
In this movie what you think you know doesn’t really matter. Although this trailer gives a little more away than it should, there is probably no way you are expecting what you are in for. Like a game of Snake.io, the plot shifts and turns with evil vigor. Go in as blind as possible.
Significant Other (Paramount+)
Here is another film that should have done better at the box office. Gory, suspenseful, and wholly surprising, Significant Other gets really high marks for starting as one thing and ending up as something completely different. The best feeling in the world is being confident you know where it is heading then something so insane happens that you question your ability to pre-judge a movie ever again.
Orphan: First Kill (Paramount+)
Oh, so you know the original movie, therefore the gimmick has been spoiled, so the sequel is just compost. Wrong! First Kill relies on your knowledge of the original, yes, but it uses that as a manipulation to get you nearly halfway through this film. If you don’t let out an audible “WTF?!” you are watching it wrong!
Found footage isn’t dead. Well in Deadstream it kind of is, but that might be too much of a mild spoiler. This movie is so off-the-rails it makes The Evil Dead look like The Notebook. Those who were not happy with 2021’s Dashcam can rest easy as this movie not only has an irritating protagonist but manages to find ways to catch you off-guard at every turn.
Halloween Ends (Peacock)
As divisive as this movie was, we are going to put this in the honorable mentions category because some of the things fans hated about it are kind of what made it so great. What some people were expecting to happen from this trilogy stinger, didn’t. In fact, some people said it shouldn’t be called a Halloween movie at all.
In the words of the late Karen Nelson (Judy Greer), Jamie’s daughter, “gotcha!”
Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film
Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.
While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.
Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.
We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.
M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside
M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.
Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.
The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:
“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”
Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.
‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year
Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.
Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.
Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:
“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”
The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.