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All the Horror You Need to Stream in January 2022

Because what says “new year, new me” like folk horror and micro-budget genre films?
Streaming Horror January
By  · Published on January 2nd, 2022

Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the horror content coming to and leaving from your favorite streaming services. Here’s what to watch in January 2022.

However you feel about new year’s resolutions, you have to admit that something about January fills the air with the spirit of renewal and change. It’s a month dedicated to new discoveries, beginnings, and turned-over leaves. Which, for horror fanatics, can mean diving deep into under-seen and under-explored genre crannies with a heartened spirit and a hardened resolve.

In that spirit, this month, I’m recommending a swath of offerings that might be collecting dust on the back of your watch list; daunting sub-genres, exploitation oddities, and films that have unfairly fallen through the cracks. Whether your tastes veer towards sci-fi horror, psychedelic video nasties, or historically relevant silent features that miraculously survived the ravages of time.

Be sure to peruse the complete list below, calendar in hand, for a full picture of what horror movies are coming and going from your favorite streaming services in January 2021. Keep in mind that all dates listed below may not apply to viewers outside the US.

January 2022 Horror Streaming Cheat Sheet

Horror Streaming Highlights for January 2022

Pick of the Month: The Witch Who Came From The Sea

The Witch Who Came From The Sea

Synopsis: Set in a decrepit coastal town, we follow Molly, a single woman who idolizes the memory of her father, who died at sea. Only, that’s not how her sister Cathy remembers it. From her sister’s recollection, their father was a violent, sexually abusive drunk. And while Molly’s fragile conscious rejects the facts, her imaginative subconscious finds more direct ways of confronting her traumatic past. And when a news report announces a shocking double murder with eerie echoes to Molly’s depraved daydreams, fantasy and reality begin to bleed into one another, rather literally.

An anomaly both of genre film and the career of Blaxploitation director Matt Cimber, The Witch Who Came From the Sea is a peerless descent into psycho-sexual muck. Simultaneously transfixing and difficult to watch, Th Witch Who Came From the Sea is a vicious riptide of substance abuse, seaside squalor, and feminine rage.

Featuring an early taste of the photographic talents of the GOAT Dean Cundy and a script by star Millie Perkins’ late husband, Robert Thom (Death Race 2000), The Witch Who Came From the Sea is a unique, sickening, and unforgettable watch. If you are partial to the likes of ImagesPossession, or Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, you can’t afford to miss this exploitation gem.

Available on Shudder January 4th.

A folk horror collection for newbies and old hats

The Blood On Satan's Claw

Synopsis: One of the most unnerving corners of horror cinema, “folk horror” is a primeval sub-genre full of isolated rural hideaways, local legends, and old-world beliefs. This impressive updated collection from Shudder is a bonafide 101 course on the thrills and chills folk horror has to offer.

Releasing in tandem with the streaming premiere of Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched, a documentary about (you guessed it) folk horror, Shudder’s “The Folk Horror Collection” is getting a wildly impressive revamp. The word “unprecedented” is not out of place for the goodies in store.

New to the collection are the “unholy trinity” of English folk horror, largely credited with laying the groundwork for the subgenre’s Western permutations: Blood on Satan’s Claw, The Wicker Man, and The Witchfinder GeneralThese nihilistic nightmares from the British isles dabble in an especially Anglo-Saxon flavor of ritualistic sacrifice and paganism.

But, as Adam Scovell rightly notes for the BFI, the term “folk horror” has outgrown its British roots to include a large swath of spooky international offerings, many of which are represented in Shudder’s updated collection.

In addition to the aforementioned unholy trinity, the collection will be adding the Southern Gothic chiller Eve’s Bayou on January 1st. Then, on January 10th, the collection expands with a more international flair with the addition of Alison’s Birthday (Australia), Clearcut (Canada), Edge of the Knife (Haida Nation /Canada), Eyes of Fire (US), Il Demonio (Italy), Lake of the Dead (Norway), Leptirica (Yugoslavia), Lokis (Poland), Tilbury (Iceland), and Wilzcyzca (Poland).

Arriving on Shudder January 1st and 10th.

The most terrifying abduction film of all time

Fire In The Sky

Synopsis: In the fall of 1975, a group of loggers watches their friend get beamed up right before their eyes. Reeling from the disappearance and the media maelstrom that has descended on their small town, the loggers do their best to support one another and their own psyches as they come to grips with what they saw. Then, on a stormy night, their abducted friend returns.

In films, alien abduction films rarely feel truly terrifying. Maybe the cultural proliferation of little grey men is to blame. Perhaps all of those tasteless probe jokes have begun to sour.

So it’s no small feat that Fire in the Sky succeeds where so (so, so) many others have failed. Based very loosely on the infamous Travis Walton incident, Robert Lieberman’s 1993 film focuses on the PTSD-riddled human impact of an extracurricular abduction that radically affected the lives of those affected.

Straddling a tonal line between absolute nightmare fuel and TV movie levels of sincerity, an endearing cast and exquisite work from both cinematographer Bill Pope and the effects geniuses over at Industrial Light and Magic make this space oddity a must-watch for anyone who wished abduction films had 500% more body horror.

Arriving on Hulu January 1st.

A significant (and spooky) rediscovery of pioneering African American cinema

Hell Bound Train

Synopsis: Surreal, stuttering visual allegories eschew linear storytelling for fluttering glimpses of the sins of the Jazz Age, presided over by a glee-filled horned devil. Culminating with a colossal and genuinely jaw-dropping train derailment (in truth: a model train yeet’d into a bonfire), the dreamlike quality of this 16mm artifact makes for a compelling testament to the visionary and renegade spirit of its filmmakers.

Created by self-taught filmmakers James and Eloyce Gist, two African American evangelists who weaponized cinema as a tool for their traveling minister, Hell-Bound Train coincides with Criterion’s Pioneers of African American Cinema collection. Presented on the streaming platform with a score by Dr. Samuel Waymon (who genre freaks might recognize as the man behind the atmospheric soundtrack of Bill Gunn’s Ganja and Hess), the film is a must-watch for those looking to deepen and decolonize their watch habits (and spice things up with a silent picture here and there).

Leaving the Criterion Channel on January 31st.

Streamable Horror Incoming This Month

Fresh blood: A list of all the horror content coming to streaming services in January 2022.
Streaming ServiceMovieDate
ARROWVampira a.k.a. Old Dracula (1974)Jan 3
ARROWHelga She Wolf of Stilberg (1978)Jan 3
ARROWShock (1977)Jan 3
ARROWHotel Poseidon (2021)Jan 3
ARROWInseminoid a.k.a. Horrorplanet (1981)Jan 7
ARROWPrey (1977)Jan 7
ARROWDeadly Games a.k.a. Dial Code Santa (1989)Jan 7
ARROWThe Mangler (1995)Jan 10
ARROWPerdita Durango (1997)Jan 10
ARROWThe Day of the Beast (1995)Jan 10
ARROWStill Tickin’: The Return of a Clockwork Orange (2000)Jan 13
ARROWTerror (1978)Jan 14
ARROWCradle of Fear (2001)Jan 14
ARROWChildren Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972)Jan 14
ARROWBloodbath at the House of Death (1984)Jan 14
ARROWThe Devil’s Nightmare (1971)Jan 14
The Criterion ChannelDelicatessen (1991)Jan 1
HBO MaxAnnabelle Comes Home (2009)Jan 1
HBO MaxAmityville 3-D (1983)Jan 1
HBO MaxAmityville II: The Possession (1982)Jan 1
HBO MaxConstantine: City of Demons (2018)Jan 1
HBO MaxThe Curse of La Llorona (2019)Jan 1
HBO MaxThe Exorcist (1973)Jan 1
HBO MaxHobo With A Shotgun (2011)Jan 1
HBO MaxIt Chapter Two (2019)Jan 1
HBO MaxJohn Dies At The End (2012)Jan 1
HBO MaxMimic (1997)Jan 1
HBO MaxMimic 2 (2001)Jan 1
HBO MaxMimic 3: Sentinel (2003)Jan 1
HBO MaxThe Nun (2018)Jan 1
HBO MaxPractical Magic (1998)Jan 1
HBO MaxScooby-Doo (2002)Jan 1
HBO MaxScooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)Jan 1
HBO MaxThe Shining (1980)Jan 1
HBO MaxTim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)Jan 1
HBO MaxWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)Jan 1
HBO Max​​Malignant (2021)Jan 27
HuluThe Collection (2012)Jan 1
HuluFire in the Sky (1993)Jan 1
HuluThe Haunting (1999)Jan 1
HuluJacob's Ladder (1990)Jan 1
HuluParanormal Activity 3 (2011)Jan 1
HuluProphecy (1979)Jan 1
HuluResident Evil (2002)Jan 1
HuluSeven (1995)Jan 1
HuluSinister (2012)Jan 1
IMDb TVAmerican Psycho (2000)Jan 1
IMDb TVScouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)Jan 1
IMDb TVUnderworld (2003)Jan 1
IMDb TVUnderworld: Awakening (2012)Jan 1
IMDb TVUnderworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)Jan 1
Netflix1BR (2019)Jan 1
NetflixGremlins (1984)Jan 1
NetflixI Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)Jan 1
NetflixI Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)Jan 1
NetflixInterview with the Vampire (1994)Jan 1
NetflixParanormal Activity (2007)Jan 1
NetflixScary Stories: To Tell in the Dark (2019)Jan 1
NetflixThe Lost Boys (1987)Jan 1
NetflixThe Wasteland / The Beast (2022)Jan 6
Paramount+10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)Jan 5
Paramount+Black Sunday (unclear which version)Jan 5
Paramount+Fire in the Sky (1993)Jan 5
Paramount+Jacob’s Ladder (unclear which version)Jan 5
Paramount+Paranormal Activity (2007)Jan 5
Paramount+Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)Jan 5
Paramount+Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)Jan 5
Paramount+Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)Jan 5
Paramount+Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)Jan 5
Paramount+Red Eye (2005)Jan 5
Paramount+Resident Evil (2002)Jan 5
Paramount+The Stepford Wives (unclear which version)Jan 5
Paramount+Scrooge (unclear which version)Jan 5
PeacockDawn of the Dead (2004)Jan 1
PeacockThe Descent (2006)Jan 1
PeacockThe Descent Part 2 (2010)Jan 1
PeacockHellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)Jan 1
PeacockHotel Transylvania 2 (2015)Jan 1
PeacockThe Little Strangler (2018)Jan 1
PeacockScream (1996)Jan 1
PeacockScream 2 (1997)Jan 1
PeacockThe Cabin in the Woods (2012)Jan 3
PeacockTwilight (2008)Jan 16
PeacockThe Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)Jan 16
PeacockThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)Jan 16
PeacockThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)Jan 16
PeacockThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)Jan 16
Prime VideoAlien Vs. Predator - Requiem (2008)Jan 1
Prime VideoEve’s Bayou (1997)Jan 1
Prime VideoJohn Tucker Must Die (2006)Jan 1
Prime VideoPredator (1987)Jan 1
Prime VideoThe Village (2004)Jan 1
Prime VideoDeadly Detention (2017)Jan 5
Prime VideoHotel Transylvania: Transformania (2021)Jan 14
ShudderBlood on Satan’s Claw (1971)Jan 1
ShudderWitchfinder General (1968)Jan 1
ShudderThe Wicker Man (1973)Jan 1
ShudderSinister (2012)Jan 1
ShudderLake Mungo (2008)Jan 1
ShudderEve’s Bayou (1997)Jan 1
ShudderBlood for Dracula (1974)Jan 3
ShudderFlesh for Fraknenstein (1973)Jan 3
ShudderDark August (1976)Jan 4
ShudderDream No Evil (1970)Jan 4
ShudderMalatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1970)Jan 4
ShudderThe Child (1977)Jan 4
ShudderThe Premonition (1975)Jan 4
ShudderThe Witch Who Came From The Sea (1976)Jan 4
ShudderBeyond Dream’s Door (1989)Jan 5
ShudderWinterbeast (1992)Jan 5
ShudderFatal Exam (1990)Jan 5
ShudderFor the Sake of Vicious (2022)Jan 6
ShudderWoodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2022)Jan 10
ShudderEyes of Fire (1983)Jan 10
ShudderIl Demonio (1963)Jan 10
ShudderAlison’s Birthday (1981)Jan 10
ShudderLeptricia a.k.a. The She-Butterfly (1973)Jan 10
ShudderClearcut (1991)Jan 10
ShudderWilczyca a.k.a. The Wolf (1983)Jan 10
ShudderLake of the Dead (1958)Jan 10
ShudderTilbury (1987)Jan 10
ShudderLokis (1970)Jan 10
ShudderEdge of the Knife a.k.a. SGaawaay K'uuna (2018)Jan 10
ShudderThe Last Thing Mary Saw (2022)Jan 20
ShudderThe Last Matinee (2020)Jan 24
ShudderDachra (2018)Jan 24
ShudderBoris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (2022)Jan 27
TubiAliens (1986)Jan 1
TubiMachete (2010)Jan 1
TubiAmerican Psycho 2 (2002)Jan 1
TubiGhost Ship (2002)Jan 1
TubiThe Crazies (2010)Jan 1
TubiThe Exorcist (1973)Jan 1
TubiThe Omen (2006)Jan 1
TubiThe Sixth Sense (1999)Jan 1
TubiThe Fly (1986)Jan 1

Horror Titles Expiring from Streaming Soon

Streaming ServiceMovieDate
HBO MaxBlack Death (2011)Jan 31
HBO MaxGhost in the Machine (1993)Jan 31
HBO MaxRabid (1977)Jan 31
HBO MaxThe Hunt (2020)Jan 31
HBO MaxUnderwater (2020Jan 31
HuluBlack Swan (2009)Jan 31
HuluResident Evil (2002)Jan 31
NetflixA Ghost Story (2017)Jan 6
NetflixThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (2011)Jan 15
NetflixThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (2012)Jan 15
NetflixThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)Jan 15
NetflixThe Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)Jan 15
NetflixTwilight (2008)Jan 15
NetflixShutter Island (2010)Jan 31
The Criterion CollectionMercy, The Mummy Mumbled (1918)Jan 31
The Criterion CollectionHell-Bound Train (1930)Jan 31
The Criterion CollectionMommie Dearest (1981)Jan 31
The Criterion CollectionDoctor X (1932)Jan 31
The Criterion CollectionWhat Have You Done to Solange? (1972)Jan 31
The Criterion CollectionThe Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)Jan 31

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Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior contributor at Film School Rejects. She currently runs three columns at FSR: The Queue, How'd They Do That?, and Horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer for hire. Meg can be found screaming about John Boorman's 'Excalibur' on Twitter here: @TheWorstNun. (She/Her).