Admittedly, New Year’s Eve is one of my least favorite holidays, but the best part about the close of December is the prevalence of year-end retrospectives. Here’s a compilation of links to different websites honoring the horror genre’s best offerings of 2022:
BookRiot: “The 10 Best Horror Books of 2022”
CrimeReads: “The Best Horror Fiction of 2022”
Paste Magazine: “The Best Horror Books of 2022”
Vulture: “The Best Horror Novels of 2022”
LitReactor: “The Must Read Horror Graphic Novels of 2022”
Esquire: “The 23 Best Horror Films of 2022 (So Far)” [posted in October]
Rolling Stone: “10 Best Horror Movie of 2022”
Collider: “10 Horror Movie Protagonists Who Made Smart Decisions in 2022”
Dread Central: “Top 10 Horror Movies of 2022”
But when it comes to this kind of stuff, nobody does it better than:
Bloody Disgusting: “Top 15 Best Horror Movies of 2022”; “The Top Ten Scariest Scenes in 2022 Horror Movies”; “The 10 Best Kills in 2022’s Horror Movies”; “12 Best International Horror Films of 2022”; “The Year of Unforgettable Horror Monologues”; “The 8 Funniest Horror Movie Moments of 2022”; “10 Best Horror TV Series of 2022”; “2022: The Year Jenna Ortega and Mia Goth Dominated the Horror Scene”
Any other sites I missed, and which you would recommend checking out? Let me know!
Finally, I’ll weigh in here by citing my favorite pieces of horror-related media from 2022 (note that I say “favorite” rather than “best,” because I still have a big list of items to read/watch):
Favorite TV Series: “Wednesday” (reviewed here)
Tim Burton, The Addams Family, Jenna Ortega, and Edgar Allan Poe? Count me in(vested wholeheartedly).
Favorite Horror Film: “X”
This clever twist on the slasher formula had it all: a gripping story, stellar performances by the ensemble cast (led by Mia Goth in a dual role), crazy kills, and stunning visuals (both beautiful and grotesque)
Favorite Anthology: Classic Monsters Unleashed
Dracula and Frankenstein Monster and Dr. Moreau; Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, and the Headless Horseman: oh my, what an entertaining collection of new stories paying homage to legendary horror figures.
Favorite Novel: Reluctant Immortals
A clever and terrifically entertaining updating/reimagining of Dracula and Jane Eyre. I’ll have a lot more to say about this book shortly here at Dispatches from the Macabre Republic, in the next installment of Dracula Extrapolated.