(CNN Spanish) — October is here and the best time of the year to watch a marathon of horror movies and series has been officially inaugurated for Halloween, the great night of horror in which children go out into the streets dressed up to ask for trick or treat and adults stay on the couch at home to see a story that will make them die of fear.
Here is a (varied) list of proposals for horror and suspense movies and series that were released this 2022 or are about to be released this month of horror. So get the popcorn ready and pick up some of these titles to watch on a spooky night.
The third film by New York director Jordan Peele focuses on the universe of aliens, a threat that will terrify two brothers —played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer— who live on a ranch where they train horses for Hollywood productions. When UFOs appear and kill their father, rather than run or hide, these brothers decide to try to capture video footage as evidence, hoping it will make them rich and famous. according to the synopsis of Universal. To do this, they receive the help of a technology salesman named Ángel Torres and a documentarian, Antlers Holst.
Peele uses the horror genre in this tape to make a social criticism, particularly the way in which the show is consumed. “The DNA of the movie has this big question mark about human addiction to the show,” says the director in one of the promotional trailers for the extended Blu-ray version of Nope.
For CNN’s Brian Lowry, Peele’s new film is close to what M. Night Shyamalan did in “Signs,” the hit sci-fi thriller that also centers on the appearance of UFOs.
“By setting much of the plot on a remote horse ranch outside Los Angeles, the writer-director-producer rides the terror on a smallish family scale, closer to M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” than of the grandeur of Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” despite those bubbling clouds and foreboding skies,” Lowry writes in his review.
“Nope” debuted at No. 1 at the US box office and grossed an estimated $44 million on its opening weekend in July of this year, according to Universal Pictures.
Lowry acknowledges that “Nope” is “beautifully shot” and its soundtrack is “excellent,” yet it doesn’t offer the full package of Peele’s first horror film, “Get Out.”
“It’s entertaining without quite living up to those exaggerated expectations.”
The Black Phone
Although “The Black Phone” premiered in the United States in 2021, it has entered this list because it only arrived in Latin America this year. This horror thriller starring Ethan Hawke follows the story of Finney (Mason Thames), a shy 13-year-old boy who is kidnapped by a sadistic killer and trapped in a basement where screaming is useless. Suddenly, the boy begins receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims who “are determined to make sure what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney”, explains the synopsis of Universal.
The tape is based on the short story of the same name, written by Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King.
“The Black Phone” is produced, directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of other renowned horror and suspense titles such as “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and “Sinister.”
Tess (Georgina Campbell), a young woman traveling to Detroit for a job interview, rents a house on Airbnb for the night. When she arrives she discovers that the house has already been rented and a mysterious man (Bill Skarsgård) is staying there. Anyway, Tess decides to stay, a wrong decision because she begins to hear scary sounds that take her to different parts of the house. She will soon realize that the stranger is not the only thing she fears, according to the movie synopsis.
“Barbarian” is the debut of Zach Cregger, who directed and wrote the film with obvious influences from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, “Psycho.”
“Writer-director Zach Cregger assumes you’ve seen “Psycho” or, if not, that the psychic trauma of that movie has infiltrated our culture enough that no 21st-century woman travels without worrying to some degree that any sweet and seemingly non-threatening stranger you meet on the road could be a serial killer.” write Peter Debruge in his review for Variety.
Where to see it? This horror thriller can now be seen in some theaters in the United States and Latin America. It will be available in streaming starting October 25 on HBO Max.
Sosie Bacon stars in this psychological horror as a doctor who investigates the reasons behind a strange and dramatic tragedy that her patient has suffered. After witnessing the incident, Dr. Cotter (Bacon) begins to experience a series of equally bizarre and terrifying circumstances involving an evil demon or spirit that feeds on and spreads from trauma. As horror grips her life, she realizes the answer lies in her own past. says the synopsis of the film directed by Parker Finn.
“Smile” is perhaps the most anticipated horror film release of the year, or at least the most publicized. Paramount Pictures made a creepy promo that went viral on social media. To get attention, they sent actors from the film to a baseball game where they would simply stand in the audience bleachers and smile in a peculiar, horror-movie-esque way.
Where to see it? “Smile” can now be seen in theaters in the United States and Latin America.
With “Halloween Ends” one of the most successful horror franchises of all time says goodbye. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in this new installment that takes place four years after the events of “Halloween Kills” and, since then, no one in Haddonfield has seen Michael Myers. Her new enemy is the young Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell) who was accused of murdering a child she was caring for and, since then, a cascade of violence and terror has been unleashed that will force Laurie to finally face the evil she cannot control. once and for all, says the synopsis.
Where to see it? “Halloween Ends” opened on October 14 in theaters in the United States and some in Latin America. Is available in streaming via Peacock.
Hocus Pocus 2
Will the nostalgia of those who grew up in the nineties be enough for the public to welcome the second installment of the classic Halloween Hocus Pocus? We’ll see. For now, CNN’s Brian Lowry says that Disney should benefit from that nostalgia 29 years later on a platform with a less demanding and familiar audience.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy return to play the wicked Sanderson sisters in the new film directed by Anne Fletcher.
“It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th century sisters, and they’re out for revenge. Now it’s up to three high school students to stop the voracious witches from wreaking a new kind of mayhem in Salem before dawn on All Saints’ Eve,” the film’s official synopsis reads.
Where to see it? “Hocus Pocus 2” premieres September 30 on Disney+.
Crimes of the Future
Called “the father of body horror,” David Cronenberg directs this sci-fi horror film that stars Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, and Léa Seydoux. “Crimes of the Future” premiered during the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d’Or and received a seven-minute standing ovation, according to Variety.
Although the film was applauded, more than one viewer left the movie theater due to the harsh and graphic images it poses. It is a difficult film to digest, according to the critics, but if you dare to see it, we leave you the official synopsis and the trailer to give you even an idea.
“As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), a famous performance artist, publicly shows the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), a researcher for the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks his movements, and that’s when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission: use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution. “.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
Guillermo del Toro has brought his horror anthology to the screen, a collection of eight grim tales told by some of today’s most revered horror creators, including the directors of “The Babadook,” “Splice,” “Mandy” and many more.
“The Master of Horror presents an unprecedented collection of genre-defining stories that will challenge our traditional notions of horror,” according to the Netflix synopsis.
“Imagine your mind as a cabinet where you keep your darkest thoughts and deepest fears. What would happen if you opened that cabinet for the world to see? We’re about to find out.” says the renowned Mexican director in the advance of the series.
Where to see it? “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities” premieres October 25 on Netflix.
The Midnight Club
“The Midnight Club is about a group of terminally ill teenage patients who reside at Brightcliffe Hospice and secretly meet every day at midnight to tell horror stories. The group makes a pact: whoever dies first must send a signal from the afterlife. Soon things get strange, according to the IMDB synopsis.
Where to see it? This horror series is available on Netflix.
From the creators of the acclaimed German series “Dark,” this new period mystery horror series tells how a group of migrants’ boat trip from Europe to New York turns into a nightmare when they run into a drifting ship.
Where to see it? “1899” will premiere on November 17 on Netflix.
CNN’s Bryan Lowry and Marianne Garvey contributed to this article