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Discover some of the best horror films of 2022 and prepare to find out who takes home a coveted Fangoria Chainsaw Award.

Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2023

As we horror fans are all too well aware, much of the best in cinematic achievements come from genre films and filmmakers. Yet that work rarely receives any mainstream awards recognition.  Thankfully, we have the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards to come in and do the lord’s work, shining some well-deserved light on the phenomenal, under-appreciated work being done in the realm of horror.

The 2023 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards will premiere exclusively on Shudder on Sunday, May 21st, at 9 pm ET.

2022 was a banner year for horror, which means the competition is stiff for this year’s competition.

FANGORIA Editor-in-Chief Phil Nobile agrees:

“2022 is going to go down in history as one of the greatest years in horror entertainment. It honestly feels like a new Golden Age for the genre, and we definitely felt the pressure to do the moment justice with this year’s show.”

Regardless of who wins, all the nominees deserve recognition, and we encourage you to seek out any of the year’s best films you may have missed.

So, here’s a rundown of who is in the running for a 2023 Fangoria Chainsaw Award, along with some helpful links and information to encourage you to feast on all this incredible horror goodness. Titles with in-depth reviews are linked under each category. 

ALL NOMINATED MOVIES:

The Found Footage Phenomenon, In Search of Darkness: Part III, Living with Chucky, Pennywise: The Story of IT, This is Gwar, Nanny, Orphan: First Kill, Pearl, Resurrection, Nope, Prey, Watcher, A Wounded Fawn, Bones and All, Hellraiser, The Black Phone, Barbarian, Scream, Bodies Bodies Bodies, X, Crimes of the Future, Men, The Menu, Halloween Ends, Terrifier 2, The Munsters, Hatching, V/H/S/99, Jurassic World Dominion

JUMP TO A SPECIFIC CATEGORY:

BEST WIDE RELEASE MOVIE

Resurrection

Barbarian

A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems.

Watch on HBO Max.

The Black Phone

Finney Shaw is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who’s being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected phone on the wall starts to ring, he soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the murderer’s previous victims — and they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

Watch on Prime Video.

Nope

A man and his sister discover something sinister in the skies above their California horse ranch, while the owner of a nearby theme park tries to profit from the mysterious, otherworldly phenomenon.

Watch on Prime Video.

Pearl

Trapped on her family’s isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the bitter and overbearing watch of her devout mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies, Pearl’s ambitions, temptations, and repressions collide.

Watch on Fubo or Showtime.

X

A group of actors sets out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts, but when the elderly couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives.

Watch on Fubo or Showtime.

BEST LIMITED RELEASE MOVIE

Resurrection

Orphan: First Kill

After escaping from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Leena Klammer travels to America by impersonating Esther, the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But when her mask starts to slip, she is put against a mother who will protect her family from the murderous “child” at any cost.

Watch on Prime Video or Paramount.

Resurrection

A woman’s carefully constructed life is upended when an unwelcome shadow from her past returns, forcing her to confront the monster she’s evaded for two decades.

Watch on Hulu or Shudder.

Something in the Dirt

Maverick filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead offer up a twisted reflection of our paranoid times in this inventive mix of buddy comedy and sci-fi thriller.

Watch on Hulu.

Terrifier 2

After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to Miles County where he must hunt down and destroy a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night. As the body count rises, the siblings fight to stay alive while uncovering the true nature of Art’s evil intent.

Watch on Prime Video, Hoopla, or Screambox.

Mad God

The Assassin travels through a nightmare underworld of tortured souls, ruined cities and wretched monstrosities forged from the primordial horrors of the unconscious mind of Phil Tippett, the world’s preeminent stop-motion animator.

Watch on Shudder.

BEST FIRST FEATURE

The Sadness

Blood Relatives

A nomadic recluse living on the fringes of socie