The Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Films to Look Forward to in 2022

The Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Films to Look Forward to in 2022

After nearly two years of massive change for the global entertainment industry, we’re finally entering a period of relative stability. Numerous delays have seen movies pushed back again and again, but now that vaccine levels are getting high, and countries are starting to emerge from the covid-induced fog, we finally have a clear view of the 2022 Australian movie release schedule.

Over the last few months, many of the films that were scheduled for the back end of 2021 (some even from 2020) have been pushed way back into 2022. But, we’ve got a pretty solid idea of what this year will look like (as far as movies are concerned), so we’ve compiled a little list for you.

From Morbius to Avatar 2 and everything in between, here’s every major sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, horror – basically every flick on the 2022 Australian movie release schedule the team at Gizmodo Australia can’t wait to see.

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You can either click through to each month or scroll to see all the movies hitting cinemas in Australia this year.

January

Some of these are already in cinemas, as we’re somehow halfway through January 2022 already.

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The King’s Man. Image: 20th Century Studios

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The highly anticipated, long-awaited, direct sequel to the first two Ghostbusters movies is finally in theatres in Australia, even though viewers in the U.S. already had it for a while. And as you may have heard, Ghostbusters: Afterlife leans heavily into a deep knowledge of the original 1984 film, directed by Ivan Reitman. This time, his son Jason is behind the camera and the movie picks up the story about 30 years after audiences last heard from the franchise. Ghostbusters: Afterlife came out in Australia on January 1.

The King’s Man

The King’s Man is the prequel to the ultra-action-packed Kingsman movies and this flick has action for days. Its trailer is R-rated and holy moly, just prepare yourself for when you click through to our explainer if you’re yet to see the film. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, The King’s Man was rescheduled a whopping eight times, and some of those postponements were made even before coronavirus hit. The King’s Man finally came out on January 6.

The Addams Family 2

There’s no denying this one is a bit of a let down. The U.S. got The Addams Family 2 back in October 2021. It sticks to the usual trope of taking a family on a vacation to bring everyone back together is a little old. We’re also pretty salty about the long delay for Aussies, so here’s some character posters. The Addams Family 2 hit cinemas in Australia on January 6.

Scream

Scream returned with another sequel (yep, a fifth movie), but it’s not called Scream 5 and is instead just called Scream. Not confusing at all. But the title isn’t the only thing making a comeback. A lot of your favourite cast members are back on board for the new Scream movie and, of course, we see our old friend Ghostface. January 13 was when Scream hit cinemas in Australia.

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley is a 2021 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro. If you’re not convinced this is going to be stellar, it boasts a screenplay by del Toro and Kim Morgan, and it’s based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. The casting for this one is epic: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, and David Strathairn. Nightmare Alley is out in Australia on January 20.

 

February

Ah, February. The shortest month of the year (and packing only three movies on the Australian movie release schedule). Here’s what we know about each flick coming this month.

Uncharted. Tom, you're embarrassing Mark Wahlberg. (Image: Sony)
Uncharted. Image: Sony

Moonfall

Roland Emmerich really likes to blow up Earth and in his latest disaster film, he’ll do it again. This time though, it’s not climate change, Godzilla, or giant spaceships: it’s the moon. Here’s the plot: the world stands on the brink of annihilation when a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit and sends it hurtling toward a collision course with Earth. With only weeks before impact, NASA executive Jocinda “Jo” Fowler teams up with a man from her past and a conspiracy theorist for an impossible mission into space to save humanity. Moonfall hits cinemas in Australia on February 3.

Death on the Nile

Based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile is a daring mystery-thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh about the emotional chaos and deadly consequences triggered by obsessive love. Here’s the plot from Disney: “Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short”. Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer are among the big names in the case. Death on the Nile hits cinemas in Australia February 10.

Uncharted

As it makes the move from highly successful videogame franchise to the silver screen, this is Uncharted‘s chance to reach a whole different entertainment space. From the very first Uncharted game, the series was known for impressive action sequences, and we’re expecting those to be a strong focus of the movie. Uncharted is due February 17.

 

March

There are a handful of movies hitting Australian cinemas in March 2022 – here’s a bit of a blurb for each (and where you can find more details).

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The Batman. Image DC & Warner Bros

The Batman

We were teased with a little more of what to expect from Matt Reeves’ long-awaited The Batman in October. Everything we’ve seen from The Batman so far has been incredibly dark and this latest trailer was more of the same. Darker even. The trailer teases violence. Did I mention this version of Batman is dark? Instead of just doing justice to the legacy left behind most recently by Christian Bale and Ben Affleck, Robert Pattinson might just overlap them. He looks the right man for bringing Reeves’ vision to life when The Batman premieres on March 3.

Rumble

It’s been a long wait, but Paramount’s animated feature Rumble is nearly here. We got the Rumble trailer back in February 2020 (!) and it was super cute – raising the main question, though, why wasn’t this movie made years ago? A final release date for ‘the biggest underdog story ever told’ has been set, so we can now get excited for March 10 when Rumble hits cinemas in Australia.

The Lost City

Not to be mistaken for the 2005 drama/romance of the same name, The Lost City is an upcoming adventure/comedy flick about a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model who gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure. You can catch The Lost City on March 24 in Australia.

The Bad Guys

The Bad Guys sounds so freaking cute. Here’s what we’ve got so far from Universal and Dreamworks: Mr Wolf, Mr Snake, Mr Piranha, Mr Shark and Ms Tarantula hatch a plot to pull off the ultimate heist. Oh, we probably should mention it’s an animation. The Bad Guys hits cinemas in Australia on March 31.

Turning Red

Another animated flick due the same day as The Bad Guys is Turning Red. Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Turning Red is coming March 31.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The Sonic sequel finally got a name in February, which was clearly very creative. The sequel to the actually pretty solid adaptation of Sega’s iconic blue blur will spindash into theatres this March. Oh, another one of our favourite things is the logo that is…well, the old one but with a 2 on it. You can catch Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from March 31.

 

April

April 2022 is looking stellar, at least where the Australian movie release schedule is concerned. Here’s what we know about each flick.

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Morbius. Image: Marvel/Sony

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It’s also the third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts film series and the eleventh overall in the Wizarding World franchise. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore picks up where the 2018 film The Crimes of Grindelwald left off on April 7.

Ambulance

Universal is calling Ambulance a ‘breakneck thriller’. A decorated veteran, desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t – his brother, who is also a charismatic career criminal, and instead of a loan offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history. After being pushed back from its February release date, Ambulance will now hit cinemas in Australia on April 7.

Morbius

Morbius is the next film in Sony’s Marvel Spider-Man universe. We get Jared Leto (The Suicide Squad) as Michael Morbius. He’s got a rare blood disorder and wants to cure himself so he takes a dangerous risk, the result of which gives him access to powers and a dark side he didn’t know possible. If you haven’t already, check out the latest trailer, which is being released almost two full years after the first one and about four years since the project was first announced. Morbius is one of the movies we can’t wait to see in 2022. It hits cinemas on April 20, after being delayed from January.

The Northman

The Northman has had its release date pushed and now we’ll have to wait until April 22, 2022, to sink our teeth into what can only be described as an epic Viking thriller. Directed by Robert Eggers, The Northman is an epic revenge thriller that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father. The Northman hits cinemas in Australia on April 21.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nicolas Cage plays Nicolas Cage (who is unfulfilled and facing financial ruin), a man hired by an uber-rich guy to hang out and gets into some kind of weird, meta adventure. Basically, he accepts a $1 million offer to attend a wealthy fan’s birthday party and things take a wildly unexpected turn when a CIA operative recruits Cage for an unusual mission. It sounds very Nicolas Cage. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will debut in Australian cinemas April 21.

65

Little is known about sci-fi film 65, except that it’s directed by the screenwriters who created A Quiet Place and that it stars Adam Driver as an astronaut who lands on an alien planet. What more do you need to know though? 65 should be released in Australia on April 28.

 

May

We only have four movies coming to Australian cinemas in May 2022, but here’s what we know about them.

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DC League of Super Pets. Image: Warner Bros.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is one of the most intriguing parts of the MCU’s fourth phase — and as we head towards the future of Marvel film releases we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the film is about. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an ensemble film starring an array of new and returning characters. A blurb here wouldn’t do it justice, so here’s everything we know about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was originally due on March 24 but Disney has bumped its release date to May 5.

DC League of Super Pets

The DC League of Super Pets are super cute. The animation follows the adventures of crime-fighting pets Krypto the Super-Dog, Streaky the Super-Cat and Ace the Bat-Hound. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been cast Superman’s beloved canine pal, but we don’t know much else at this stage except that we have to wait until May. DC League of Super Pets hits cinemas in Australia on May 19.

Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise is back, this time playing a mentor-like figure to other pilots, albeit one who can still cut it up in the skies. Expect to see Maverick suit up one last time to save somebody, but ultimately it won’t be up to him, and the rookies will have to find it within themselves to get the job done. This isn’t a spoiler, it’s just a very likely plot. Top Gun: Maverick was originally expected to come out back in mid-2019 but we have now locked in May 26.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

When a giant sinkhole forms in front of their diner, Bob and Linda have to keep the restaurant afloat over the summer with a burger stand near the amusement park. Meanwhile, Tina, Gene, and Louise investigate the mystery of why the sinkhole formed in this animated movie musical. Also, there’s a robot. The Bob’s Burgers Movie is expected to hit cinemas in Australia on May 27.

 

June

So far, June 2022 creates a little bit of a dry spot on the Australian movie release schedule, but that’s OK, Lightyear is going to give us a lot to talk about when it lands.

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Lightyear. Image: Disney

Jurassic World: Dominion

Jurassic World: Dominion looks like an Indiana Jones dinosaur movie. We don’t know too much about this one just yet, except that post-production has wrapped up, with filmmaker Colin Trevorrow telling Twitter they had “put the last bit of reverb on the last roar”. Jurassic World: Dominion is coming to the movies on June 9.

Lightyear

The Toy Story franchise may have ended (for now) but we don’t have to say goodbye to Buzz Lightyear just yet. Pixar is tapping into one of its most famous characters with a new animated film Lightyear, and it will tell the story of the man behind the toy. Disney said the sci-fi action-adventure movie “presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans.” Alrighty then. Lightyear is coming June 16.

Minions: The Rise of Gru

While Minions were originally introduced in Despicable Me as cute little servants of Gru with little backstory, the Minions movie spin-off expanded on their history and explained their purpose: to find and serve the most evil person in any given era. Now we’ve got Minions: The Rise of Gru and there seems to be a dark side to this ‘kids’ flick that hits cinemas in Australia on June 23.

The Black Phone

The trailer for The Black Phone is intense and honestly if it’s anything to go off, we’re in for days of nightmares. Here’s the official description of The Black Phone, in case you don’t want to watch the trailer: “Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney”. Yep. June 30 is gonna be horrorific when The Black Phone rings.

 

July

Trying to remain neutral here, but I’m just too excited for Nope, which is one of the (currently) three films on the Australian movie release schedule for July.

Thor will have some new famous friends. (Photo: Marvel Studios)
Thor: Love and Thunder. Image: Marvel Studios

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder is obviously based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, aaaand it’s intended to be the direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the 29th film in the MCU. We’d tell you our thoughts, but for some stupid reason, Marvel won’t let critics put out reviews on Thor: Love and Thunder until closer to the release date, which was April 28, but now it’s July 7.

Nope

This horror flick has the most perfect title: Nope. Though Jordan Peele’s upcoming project with Universal’s been shrouded in mystery, the director’s track record of making imaginative, ambitious horror movies has given many people more than enough reason to get excited for Nope. From the looks of the movie’s new poster and the subtext of its title, that excitement might end up being justified. Nope hits cinemas in Australia on July 21.

Black Adam

Production wrapped on DC’s Black Adam movie in August, giving us Dwayne Johnson as the titular anti-hero. Black Adam is the main Antagonist of superhero Shazam and a sometimes enemy, sometimes ally of the Justice League. With Warner Bros. releasing several R-rated films in the DCEU, Black Adam is being kept at a PG-13 rating and is hitting cinemas in Australia on July 28.

 

August

Here’s everything we know about the few movies scheduled so far for August.

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Samaritan. Image: Balboa/MGM

Bros

All we’ve got so far on the Bros plot is this: two men with commitment problems attempt a relationship. Doesn’t overly sound like something Gizmodo Australia usually gets behind right? Wrong. Bros is the first major studio film to feature an all LGBTQ+ principal cast playing heterosexual roles. And this we’re f’ing here for. Bros hits cinemas in Australia on August 11.

Beast

The plot of Beast, staring Idris Elba, goes something like a father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator. Beast should hit cinemas in Australia on August 18.

Samaritan

We don’t know too much about Samaritan, except that it’s an upcoming superhero film directed by Julius Avery, written by Bragi F. Schut and starring Sylvester Stallone and Javon Walton. Samaritan is based on the Mythos Comics graphic novels. Coming on August 25, Samaritan has been described as a dark, new take on superhero movies.

The Bride

Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel stars as a woman who realises, maybe too late, that her new love isn’t what he seems. Big hint: the movie is said to be “Dracula-inspired.” The Bride is due August 25.

 

September

September is looking pretty good as far as movies coming to the big screen are concerned. Here’s what you can expect in September 2022 at the cinema.

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Cover of Salem’s Lot (the novel).

Secret Headquarters

In Secret Headquarters, a kid discovers a — you guessed it — secret headquarters underneath his home and starts to wonder if his estranged father might secretly be a superhero. Owen Wilson, Michael Peña and Jesse Williams star in this flick. Secret Headquarters hits cinemas on September 1 in Australia.

Salem’s Lot

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot – you already know what this 1975 horror novel adaptation is going to be like. Salem’s Lot has been brought to live-action multiple times since it was first published in 1975, but previous attempts were relegated to TV. Australia will have to wait until September 8 to watch one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2022 (at least for us!), Salem’s Lot.

Distant

We’ve been waiting patiently for the upcoming sci-fi flick Distant, but now we’re going to have to wait a little longer for the Spenser Cohen script to make the big screen, with Universal pushing the movie out from March to September. Distant follows an asteroid miner, Andy, who crash-lands his ‘transport ship’ on an alien planet after being struck by an asteroid. Distant has been confirmed for release on September 16.

Dark Harvest

Based on the book of the same name, Dark Harvest is set in a small U.S. Midwestern town, where a supernatural being, Sawtooth Jack, arises from the cornfields and approaches the town’s church, where violent gangs of teenage boys hungrily await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare in an annual harvest rite of life and death. Thanks David Slade for bringing Dark Harvest to the big screen on September 22.

Mission Impossible 7

If you need me to tell you Mission Impossible 7 is the next instalment in the franchise, you probably don’t need to see this movie. Tom Cruise is back for his portrayal of Ethan Hunt where he recently said he filmed the most dangerous stunt of his career on the first day of shooting Mission: Impossible 7. MI7 is coming to cinemas in Australia September 29.

 

October

October is usually the Halloween instalment of the Australian movie release schedule, so we’re banking on this list growing over the next few months. Here’s what we’ve got so far, and what you can expect.

What's up danger? More like, what's up new directors? (Image: Sony)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Image: Sony

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was so big, it needed three directors to bring it all together. Now we know the sequel will be the same, albeit this time with three new directors. Little is known about the highly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning original movie except that it’ll feature the return of Miles Morales. Beyond that, we assume it’ll also feature the return of the many other Spider-People from that film as well. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 is pencilled in for October 7.

Halloween Ends

Halloween Ends is the next instalment in the Halloween franchise and the flick following directly from Halloween Kills, which at the time of writing had only recently hit cinemas in Australia. It should be with us in time for Halloween, hopefully. Halloween Ends is expected to hit cinemas in Australia October 13.

 

November

There are three movies hitting Australian cinemas in November 2022 so far – here’s a bit of a blurb for each (and where you can find more details).

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The Flash. Image: DC

The Flash

After years of delays and major stumbling blocks in the form of studio disputesdirector exits and multiple script rewritesThe Flash movie is finally on track to release in 2022. The 12th film in the DC Extended Universe will basically see Barry Allen travel back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, which brings unintended consequences to his timeline. The Flash is one of the movies we cannot wait to hit cinemas, but November 3 seems so far away.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The upcoming (and recently delayedBlack Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever, has had to shut down its production, pushing its initial July 2022 release date out to November 2022. When it finally releases, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be the 30th film in the MCU. Disney has now confirmed it’s hitting cinemas in Australia on November 10.

Strange World

In this Disney animated adventure from Don Hall (whose credits include Raya and the Last Dragon, Moana and Big Hero Six), a family of explorers will need to learn to get along if they want to succeed in their latest mission. Strange World is expected to land on November 22.

 

December

We can’t believe it’s January 2022 and we’re already talking about December 2022. Anyway. Here’s a few movies you can expect to see in 11.5 months.

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Aquaman. Image: Warner Bros.

Avatar 2

Originally scheduled for 2014 and 2015, Avatar 2 and Avatar 3‘s release dates were then changed to December 2020 and 2021 before being delayed yet again. We’ve now locked in December 15 for the second instalment of James Cameron’s 2009 (!!!) Avatar. Avatar 2, fingers crossed, is coming to Australia on December 15.

Aquaman 2: The Lost Kingdom

The King of Atlantis is returning to the big screen on Boxing Day. Jason Momoa is obviously expected to return as Arthur Curry, who became the new king of Atlantis at the end of the first film. We don’t know a whole lot else yet, except of course what his suit will look like. Pencil in 26 December for Aquaman 2: The Lost Kingdom.

Mario

In what will likely be the last flick we see on the Australian movie release schedule, the untitled Mario film has a pretty decent voice cast. Chris Pratt will be voicing Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach, Charlie Day will voice Luigi, Jack Black will be playing Bowser aaand Keegan-Michael Key will voice Toad. While it’s yet to get a proper title, the upcoming Mario animated film will be produced by Illumination in association with Nintendo, with distribution by Universal Pictures and is scheduled for December 26.

 

2023 Australian movie release schedule

2023 is also starting to look stellar. So far we’ve got:

  • The Marvels on February 16
  • Wonka on March 16
  • The Little Mermaid on May 25
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods on June 1
  • Indiana Jones 5 on June 30
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on July 27
  • Untitled Exorcist Film on October 12
  • Dune Part 2 on October 19
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron on December 21

If there’s anything we learned from the last 18 months, it’s that theatrical release dates aren’t ever completely locked in until you’re sitting in a seat at the cinema. So stay tuned to Gizmodo Australia and we’ll update this article as more information becomes available AND as the big production houses lock in more movies. The last update was made January 20, 2022.

If you want to see what sci-fi, fantasy and horror TV shows and movies are coming to streaming services this year, head over here for our master list on that!