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  • Writer's pictureMaxwell J.

2022 Personal Year in Review

2022 Year in Review Posts:

Best Missed of 2021

Best Horror of 2022

Horror Awards (TBD)

Now that 2022 has finally passed, I can write this more personal diary entry for the year. This will mostly consist of fun statistics I tracked throughout the year, which will help me establish what sort of goals I’ll have for 2023.


From January to December, I watched a total of 393 horror films. This is slightly less than 2021 where I watched 423. This year presented more challenges to me in my personal and professional life as well as I reviewed far more movies this year, meaning I had to spend more time writing than watching.


When were all the movies I watched made?

1910s: 1

1920s: 1

1930s: 0

1940s: 0

1950s: 1

1960s: 2

1970s: 40

1980s: 49

1990s: 28

2000s: 13

2010s: 23

2020s: 208

Unreleased (Film Festival Releases without wide releases): 27


By watching 393 movies, I was able to explore a small fraction of the creative minds of 372 different directors.


Of these 393 films, 42 were directed by women and 14 had split male/female co-directors, meaning about 14% of all films were directed by women. This is an area that I was actively looking to improve upon this year and I succeeded in increasing the number (by 12) and percentage (by 4%). This is an area I would like to continue working on and I am excited to see the growing cultivation of female directors given how many new releases this includes (36 of the 42 films).


With 3 films each; City of the Living Dead (1980), Manhattan Baby (1982), and Aenigma (1987); The Fifth Cord (1971), The Girl in Room 2A (1974), and Footprints on the Moon (1975); Lucio Fulci and Luigi Bazzoni are my most watched directors of 2022.


Throughout the year I watched horror films in 28 different languages: with my most watched non-English language films being Spanish (20 films). In total, 87 films were presented in a non-English language. This was another area that I was actively looking to improve upon this year and I succeeded by increasing the total number of films by 27 and a wider variety of languages (28 compared to 19). I look forward to continuing this trend in 2023.


I watched horror films from 44 different countries.

Top Countries:

Sweden (7)/Japan (7)

Germany (8)

Mexico (10)/Australia (10)

France (17)

Spain (20)

Canada (22)

Italy (34)

United Kingdom (42)

United States (223)

Remaining Countries

Argentina (5), Austria (3), Barbados (1), Belgium (1), Brazil (1), Bulgaria (2), China (1), Denmark (4), Finland (5), Greece (3), Hungary (1), Iceland (1), Indonesia (1), Ireland (5), Latvia (2), Luxembourg (1), Malaysia (2), Morocco (1), Netherlands (3), Norway (6), Poland (3), Portugal (1), Russia (2), Serbia (2), South Africa (1), South Korea (3), Taiwain (3), Tunisia (1), Turkey (3), Uruguay (2), Venezuela (1), West Germany (2), Yugoslavia (2)


The average score I gave movies throughout 2022 is a 5.46 with the most common score of 5/10.


This year, two films receive the accolade of earning the higest score from me. Found footage arthouse horror The Outwaters (Unreleased) and the infamous French revenge film Irreversible (2002) are both new personal favorites after scoring a 9/10!


One film, however, share the lowest score I gave this year, which is a 1.5/10. This honor goes to the impossibly boring werewolf flick Howling: New Moon Rising (1995).

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed these fun facts and that you join me in diversifying your horror watching experience as I continue to strive to do!

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