By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The streamer has announced its lineup of original movies for this year, including a number of horror and dark fantasy titles.
The Netflix queue for 2022 includes the new TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (trailer and poster here), plus new movies from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (DELICATESSEN, THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN), producer Darren Aronofsky and scripter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (LAST NIGHT IN SOHO), Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD, NIGHTMARE CINEMA) and Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY, FREAKY), plus a Stephen King-based thriller and a Scott Cooper (ANTLERS) film about Edgar Allan Poe. You can see a trailer featuring clips from some of these flicks at the bottom of this page. The details:
BIGBUG (February 11; pictured above)
A group of bickering suburbanites find themselves stuck together when an android uprising causes their well-intentioned household robots to lock them in for their own safety.
DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
WRITERS: Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
PRODUCERS: Richard Grandpierre, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST: Elsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty, Stéphane de Groodt, Claude Perron, Youssef Hajdi, Claire Chust, François Levantal, Alban Lenoir, André Dussollier
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France
BOO! (title subject to change)
When a teenage girl accidentally unleashes an ancient and mischievous spirit on Halloween, causing decorations to come alive and wreak havoc, she must team up with the last person she’d want to in order to save their town–her skeptical father (Marlon Wayans).
DIRECTOR: Jeff Wadlow
WRITERS: Rob Rugan, Todd Berger, John R. Morey
PRODUCERS: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Nathan Reimann
CAST: Marlon Wayans, Priah Ferguson
CHOOSE OR DIE (April 15)
After firing up a lost ’80s survival horror game, a young coder unleashes a hidden curse that tears reality apart, forcing her to make terrifying decisions and face deadly consequences.
DIRECTOR: Toby Meakins
WRITERS: Simon Allen, Toby Meakins, Matthew James Wilkinson
PRODUCERS: Matthew James Wilkinson, John Zois and Sebastien Raybaud
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Simon Allen; Nick Angel, Liza Glucoft
CAST: Asa Butterfield, Iola Evans, Eddie Marsan, Robert Englund, Kate Fleetwood, Ryan Gage, Angela Griffin, Joe Bolland
Jamie Foxx stars as a hard-working blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires as part of an international union of vampire hunters.
DIRECTOR: JJ Perry
WRITERS: Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten
PRODUCERS: Shaun Redick, Yvette Yates Redick, Chad Stahelski, Jason Spitz
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, Peter Baxter
CAST: Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Karla Souza, Meagan Good, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Oliver Masucci, Snoop Dogg, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, Zion Broadnax
END OF THE ROAD
After losing her job, recently widowed Brenda drives her family cross-country to start a new life. In the New Mexico desert, cut off from help, they must learn to fight back when they become the targets of a mysterious killer.
DIRECTOR: Millicent Shelton
WRITERS: Christopher J. Moore and David Loughery
PRODUCERS: Tracey E. Edmonds, Mark Burg, Brad Kaplan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Ben Pugh, Erica Steinberg, Daniel Jason Heffner
CAST: Queen Latifah, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Beau Bridges, Mychala Faith Lee, Shaun Dixon, Frances Lee McCain
THE GOOD NURSE
Suspicious that her colleague is responsible for a series of mysterious patient deaths, a nurse risks her own life to uncover the truth in this gripping thriller based on true events.
BASED ON THE BOOK: THE GOOD NURSE: A TRUE STORY OF MEDICINE, MADNESS, AND MURDER by Charles Graeber
DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm
WRITER: Krysty Wilson-Cairns
PRODUCERS: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Michael Jackman
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Glen Basner, Ari Handel
CAST: Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Kim Dickens
On the eve of his 75th birthday, billionaire Charles Abernathy invites his four estranged children back home out of fear that tonight someone–or something–is coming to kill him. To ensure his family will help protect him from whatever’s coming, Abernathy puts each of their inheritances on the line–they’ll get nothing if he’s found dead by dawn.
DIRECTOR: Alejandro Brugués
WRITERS: Chris LaMont, Joe Russo
PRODUCERS: Paul Schiff
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Dan Clarke
CAST: Briana Middleton, Bob Gunton, Austin Stowell, Rachel Nichols, David Walton, Peyton List, Reese Alexander
MR. HARRIGAN’S PHONE
MR. HARRIGAN’S PHONE is from the latest collection of novellas IF IT BLEEDS from Stephen King, about a young boy living in a small town, who befriends an older, reclusive billionaire. The two form a bond over books and an iPhone, but when the man passes away, the boy discovers that not everything dead is gone, and finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave through the iPhone that was buried with him.
DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
WRITER: John Lee Hancock
PRODUCERS: Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum, Carla Hacken
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold
CAST: Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Joe Tippett
THE PALE BLUE EYE
THE PALE BLUE EYE is a project Scott Cooper has wanted to helm for more than a decade. The film is a Gothic thriller that revolves around a series of fictional murders that took place in 1830 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and surrounds a young cadet the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe, played by Harry Melling. Christian Bale portrays retired detective Augustus Landor, tasked with investigating the murders. THE PALE BLUE EYE is based on Louis Bayard’s best-selling novel of the same name. Bale is producing alongside director/writer Scott Cooper, John Lesher, and Tyler Thompson of Cross Creek Pictures.
BASED ON THE BOOK: THE PALE BLUE EYE by Louis Bayard
DIRECTOR: Scott Cooper
WRITER: Scott Cooper
PRODUCERS: Scott Cooper, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher, Christian Bale
CAST: Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, Hadley Robinson, Joey Brooks, Brennan Cook, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, Matt Helm, Steven Maier, Charlie Tahan, and Robert Duvall
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (February 18)
After nearly 50 years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.
DIRECTOR: David Blue Garcia
WRITER: Chris Thomas Devlin
PRODUCERS: Fede Alvarez, Herbert W. Gains, Kim Henkel, Ian Henkel, Pat Cassidy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jay Ashenfelter, Shintaro Shimosawa
CAST: Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Mark Burnham, Moe Dunford, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, with Olwen Fouéré (pictured above, as Sally Hardesty), Jacob Latimore and Alice Krige
Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore?
DIRECTOR: Roar Uthaug
WRITER: Espern Aukan
PRODUCERS: Espen Horn, Kristian Strand Sinkerud
CAST: Marie Wilmann, Kim Falck, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Gard Eidsvold
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Norway
WE HAVE A GHOST
Finding a ghost named Ernest haunting their new home turns Kevin’s family into overnight social media sensations. But when Kevin and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of Ernest’s past, they become a target of the CIA.
BASED ON THE SHORT STORY: “Ernest” by Geoff Manaugh
DIRECTOR: Christopher Landon
WRITER: Christopher Landon
PRODUCERS: Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, Dan Halsted
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Christopher Landon, John Fischer, Geoff Manaugh, Korey Budd, Nathan Miller
CAST: Anthony Mackie, David Harbour, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Tig Notaro, Jennifer Coolidge, Erica Ash, Isabella Russo, Niles Fitch, Faith Ford, Steve Coulter