The 10 best thrillers of 2022

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With the recent wave (read: tsunami) of true crime television in the air right now, we thought it was a good time to post this PSA. Consider this a friendly reminder that the best thrills may, in fact, be limited to two hours, or even three hours, if you watch The Batman. If you’re on week six wondering who killed Brenda in Under the banner of heaven, or who killed Kathleen in The Staircase, or who killed Betty in Candyor who killed – okay, you get it – so spin up those great thrillers and wrap up the murder mystery in 120 minutes.

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A24 stans, assemble! Men is the latest horror flick from your indie friend’s favorite entertainment company. This movie, starring Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear, comes from writer/director Alex Garland, the mind behind Ex-Machina and Annihilation.

Men follows the story of a young widow who goes on a solo trip shortly after her husband’s apparent suicide, and naturally, psychological mayhem ensues.

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The latest from writer/director David Cronenberg, Future Crimes with Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart. This “body horror” film premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, receiving a six-minute standing ovation and consideration for the Palme d’Or.

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R-Patz in the emo era = thrilling. Released in March of this year, director Matt Reeves’ Gotham City film is suitably dark, gritty, and three hours long. The Batman also stars Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as A Character I Won’t Spoil, and Colin Farrell as The Penguin.

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s most exciting role in recent years sees him playing himself in “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” while being a career criminal executing a $32 million bank robbery with his adopted brother, candy manby Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Ambulance mixes quiet suspense with levels of Michael Bay action, including high-speed chases involving helicopters and (you guessed it) ambulances.

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This crime drama stars Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch and Dylan O’Brien and follows the story of an English tailor who serves a family of gangsters. The clothe is Graham Moore’s directorial debut, and he has already won an Oscar for his screenplay of The imitation gamea historical thriller.

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“What’s more exciting than a star-studded cast?” asks the jaded viewer, forcing a vibe. The man from the north stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Björk. Bjork! This film follows the story – which would later inspire Shakespeare Hamlet– about a Viking prince on a journey to avenge the death of his father at the hands of his uncle.

Airing June 6

Netflix’s latest sci-fi thriller stars smoky shows Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett. Based on a short story by bestselling author George Saunders, spider head follows a pair of inmates undergoing psychotropic treatment in a futuristic, black mirror-esque, experimental penitentiary.

Airing June 17

What did we say about the star actors? Thrilling! Netflix’s action thriller, The gray man, stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Rege-Jean Page and Billy Bob Thornton. The film follows the CIA’s most adept mercenary on the run from international assassins and “former psychopathic colleagues” (a modern day nightmare).

Airing July 15

Jordan Peele’s latest joint, Nope is a horror film that follows small-town residents confronted with a “mysterious and abnormal event”. With Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, Nope hits theaters this summer.

In theaters July 22

Don’t worry darling, we couldn’t forget Don’t worry, darling. Florence Pugh and Harry Styles are helming this psychological thriller from director Olivia Wilde, but it looks like Chris Pine will be responsible for those thrills.

In theaters September 23

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