Trending horror films like Terrifier 2 and Barbarian prove that 2022 has been a big year for horror fans, but more importantly, it has produced a host of bizarre and famous characters, from good guys to terrifying villains who have the potential to change the current horror scenario.
As usual, horror protagonists often go through extensive character development in the face of brutal atrocities and chilling events. 2022 has many protagonist types to offer, from rogue anti-heroes to innocent children, which truly breaks new ground in the genre.
10/10 Finney (The Black Phone)
The Black Phone is one of the most popular horror releases of the year, starring Ethan Hawke as the terrifying “Grabber”, a strange serial killer who sees his method starting to fall apart after he removes Finney, who is able to communicate with ghosts from The Grabber precedent. victims.
The Black Phone is one of those horror films where a supporting character steals the show whenever she’s on screen, with Finney’s sister Gwen Blake standing out as the film’s moral MVP. Still, Finney isn’t far behind, especially considering his changes throughout the film from a quiet, shy boy to a young man who can hold his own and fight for his life. .
9/10 Pearl (Pearl)
If Pearl weren’t so special, he wouldn’t have a movie just for her. Arguably one of the most terrifying villains of 2022 with her role in X, she returns as a main character in the sequel Pearl, where viewers can finally witness the violent origin story of how Pearl went from an innocent farm girl to a ruthless serial killer.
Unlike X, viewers can’t help but root for Pearl, regardless of her obsessive desire for success and impulsive motivations to kill. More importantly, Mia Goth gives body and soul to this character, which makes Pearl so terrifying and unique.
8/10 Dr. Rose Cotter (Smile)
Dr. Rose Cotter is one of the easiest horror characters to love in a long time. Though haunted by the traumatic events of her past, she is an accomplished doctor and a caring wife, but she becomes the target of an evil curse with devastating consequences. Rose wastes no time in denying the entity tormenting her, quickly using her wit to figure out the curse and find a way to counter it.
After countless victims of the Curse of the Smile, Dr. Rose has come closest to defeating it for good, after a relentless fight against her own mind. Unfortunately, she faces an inevitable fate at the hands of the film’s terrifying entity.
2022 is a big year for Anya Taylor-Joy, from her mystical role in The Northman to the witty Margot in The Menu, a horror comedy that spirals into barbaric mayhem. In the film, a small group of wealthy guests travel to a remote island to enjoy a sumptuous menu at an exclusive restaurant, where a renowned chef has prepared surprising surprises for each guest.
Margot is such an easy character to love because, alongside the film’s main antagonist, played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes, she seems to be the only person among the guests with even the slightest trace of personality. Among the stupidity of the rich, Margot is the first to suspect that something is wrong, and the only one capable of turning the game against the boss.
6/10 Maximum (X)
At the beginning of X, Maxine says, “I’m not going to accept a life I don’t deserve,” and she totally lives up to those words. A budding actress surrounded by fans, she stands out as the most talented member of the group.
After all of her friends are murdered by the shooting location handlers, Maxine is the only one who manages to get the better of the elderly couple who threatened them. She takes advantage of not only her mind but her body as well, a gift and a curse that ignited her unattainable desire to be young again in her Pearl. The confrontation between protagonist and antagonist is priceless, especially considering how they mirror each other.
5/10 Laurie Strode (Halloween ends)
Laurie Strode is one of the most recurring horror protagonists of all time. Over several decades and over 10 movies, she ran away from Michael Myers, eventually killing him in the process, or she died trying, then she came back, etc. In Halloween Ends, Laurie Strode is back for a final showdown against her nemesis, played by the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis who gave her character a soul.
After a series of gruesome murders by Myers, one of the victims being his daughter, Laurie finally gets the better of the serial killer, striking him multiple times and throwing his body into a metal shredder. Last but not least, it’s also great to see Laurie finally leading the quiet life she deserved, definitely one of the horror MVPs of the year.
4/10 GU and Emerald (No)
No, there are two incredible protagonists and the truth is that one cannot live without the other. Emerald and OJ are two close but completely different brothers: Emerald is a budding entertainer with enough energy to light up an entire city. On the other hand, OJ is a secretive and cautious rancher and the first to notice that something bad is happening around his familiar ravine.
The two have unique chemistry and contrasting qualities that together are essential in battling Nope’s terrifying villain, a bloodthirsty alien creature. Emerald is the bold one, always ready to put herself in danger in direct confrontation, while OJ is the vigilant warrior, who observes and analyzes the creature’s behavior to understand its weak points. Together, the two defeat a seemingly invincible and unknown force.
3/10 Noa (fresh)
Noa is the soul of Fresh, an unexpected thriller that is sure to make viewers’ stomachs drop. It’s painfully relatable; a vulnerable but intelligent young woman looking for a meaningful relationship in an age full of useless dating apps and awkward dates.
It’s not fair to blame her for falling for the wrong guy, as almost anyone would have fallen for Steve’s charming ways, unaware that he’s actually a sadistic cannibal. Noa seems like an innocent and fragile woman on the surface, and she uses that on her behalf to turn the tables on Steve and free more victims from his evil captivity.
2/10 Tess (Barbarian)
All Tess wanted was a peaceful stay in Detroit while looking for a job, but instead she found herself trapped in an underground labyrinth of dark corridors inhabited by a gigantic woman who has been stalking her, taken as her little girl.
From start to finish, Barbarian makes it clear to viewers that Tess isn’t safe in this house, first hinting at Bill Skarsgård posing a threat, but then revealing a much more deadly threat. Tess does her best to help those around her and ends up being used and thrown away like nothing, though her kind heart indirectly causes her to develop a bond with the “monster” of the film, and mutual understanding and respect. between them. ‘ life.
1/10 Naru (Prey)
Naru is arguably the horror MVP of the year, starting with Prey as an inexperienced slayer and evolving into a mortal woman who can think fast and wield every weapon at her disposal to battle the many enemies that threaten her and her life. tribe.
Eventually, Naru manages to outwit the Predator, an evolved alien creature with a deadly arsenal, turning the game against him by adapting to his predator’s abilities and behavior and proving that he is no longer harmless prey. In the process, he faces the threat of foreign invaders and learns important lessons about family and togetherness, ultimately saving most of his tribe from the dangers that surrounded them on all sides.