Sundance 2022: Here’s the Horror Playing in the Festival’s Midnight Section Next Month

Sundance Sundance 2022 Horror Midnight 'Hatching'

Every January, there’s bound to be at least one major horror discovery out of Sundance Film Festival. I still vividly remember the night when buzz about Ari Aster’s Hereditary swept through every party in Park City; the morning I threw a clenched fist in the air during the sublime climax of Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy; and the rapture with which the world premieres of Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor and Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor were received.

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Sundance has now revealed its 2022 Midnight lineup, which the fest says includes “horror and comedy to works that defy genre classification. These films will keep you wide awake, even at the most arduous hour.” All of them are intriguing, but I for one am already desperate to see the egg/body horror Hatching as soon as humanly possible.

Here’s the horror coming to the mountain next month…

Babysitter (Canada, Dir. Monia Chokri)

“After a sexist joke goes viral, C├ędric loses his job and embarks on a therapeutic journey to free himself from sexism and misogyny. His girlfriend Nadine is exasperated by his narcissistic introspection, until they hire a mysterious and liberated babysitter to help shake things up.”

FRESH (U.S., Dir. Mimi Cave)

“The horrors of modern dating seen through one young woman’s defiant battle to survive her new boyfriend’s unusual appetites.”

Hatching (Finland, Dir. Hanna Bergholm)

“While desperately trying to please her demanding mother, a young gymnast discovers a strange egg. She tucks it away and keeps it warm, but when it hatches, what emerges shocks everyone.”

PIGGY (Spain, Dir. Carlota Pereda)

“Sara deals with constant teasing from girls in her small town. But it comes to an end when a stranger kidnaps her tormentors. Sara knows more than she’s saying and must decide between speaking up and saving the girls or saying nothing to protect the strange man who spared her.”

Speak No Evil (Denmark, Dir. Christian Tafdrup)

“A Danish family visits a Dutch family they met on a holiday. What was supposed to be an idyllic weekend slowly starts unraveling as the Danes try to stay polite in the face of unpleasantness.”



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