With the easing of restriction and the rolling out of the vaccine, it’s looking up for our socials lives. Theaters are opening up worldwide and your HBO Max and Paramount Plus are also offering big screen gig at your home. So either way the movie industry had already made a plan to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
To my spooky lovers, 2021 is giving us a lot to be scared by. There’s everything from exciting debuts and original stories to big-budget sequels and big-time directors making their triumphant returns to the genre. Whatever makes you scream, there’s bound to be at least one movie for you this year.
So here is our list of 10 horror movies you will likely enjoy this year.
Army of the dead
Release Date: May 21 (Netflix)
Zack Snyder made one great directorial debut with his 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, so his triumphant return to the genre is enough to poke our interest. Add a fun, flashy locale like Las Vegas and a plot revolving around a casino heist, and baby, you’ve got a stew going. This looks like just the type of balls-to-the-wall horror film . And if this one movie isn’t enough for you, well don’t worry, because Army of the Dead is also getting a live-action prequel, as well as an animated spin-off series
Release Date: May 21 (theatrical)
Here’s something we didn’t see coming: Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson are starring in the ninth installment of the hugely popular Saw franchise. And yet, that alone has us excited for Spiral, which sees Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) returning to the franchise to direct the reboot. The film promises a detective thriller about a mysterious killer targeting cops and leaving spiral symbols in his wake, but fans of the franchise know to expect a lot of gory traps and severed limbs. Plus, seeing Samuel L. Jackson go up against Jigsaw should have horror fans giddy in anticipation.
A quiet place II
Release Date: May 28 (theatrical)
Last year, we looked forward to see A Quiet Place Part II and were robbed of that chance, the long-anticipated sequel to one of the best original horror films in recent memory, and that only makes us more excited to finally see it released later this year, hoping there won’t be any delays this time. The Abbott family, sans John Krasinski’s character, finally ventures to the outside world and will have to fight for survival against the terrifying noise-seeking monsters that roam the Earth. The first film was a tense and terrifying experience that also managed to pull at the heartstrings, so getting to see more of this world makes Part II a must-watch.
Release Date: June 4 (theatrical and HBO Max)
We truly don’t have enough courtroom horror movies, despite the few that have come out being relatively effective. Thankfully, the latest installment in The Conjuring franchise wants to change that, with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson returning as Ed and Lorraine Warren for another fun and terrifying adventure — this time in a courthouse! The Devil Made Me Do It is based on the first-known court case in the U.S. in which the defendant claimed innocence via demonic possession. The idea of someone on the witness stand suddenly speaking in Latin and levitating as a priest shouts “Objection!” feels like just what the franchise was missing. As long as we have a scene where Wilson sings an Elvis song, or someone does a take on “You can’t handle the truth” but makes it about the devil, we’re happy.
The Forever Purge
Release Date: July 9 (theatrical)
The quite successful Purge franchise is coming to an end, and they are planning to go out with a bang. These movie have always seemed political and somewhat topical , so we can’t wait to see how this one plays out. The Forever Purge picks up shortly after 2016’s Election Year, which saw the titular Purge night abolished. The film follows a Mexican couple escaping a drug cartel in Texas while running into a group looking to keep the horror alive by purging even after the allotted time. Ending a franchise is difficult but exciting, so we can’t wait to see if The Forever Purge can pull off a satisfying conclusion to the franchise.
The Green Knight
Release Date: July 30, 2021 (theatrical)
Horror fantasy is an under-explored genre, which is something that most people appreciate when given the time to watch, so we can’t wait to see what The Green Knight does to push it forward.
Release Date: August 27 (theatrical)
Candyman has been at the top of many a horror fan’s list of most anticipated movies from the moment it was announced. This spiritual sequel to the 1992 film of the same name is produced by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele, and from his previous master pieces this movie will be an interesting one . Of course, previous work alone doesn’t make a great movie, but so far what we’ve seen from the trailers to that phenomenal animated short film telling the origin of the titular titular “villain” promise a harrowing, terrifying, and unsettling film. This will be one movie to keep us up at night, and for some millennials who didn’t experience the candyman hype back then, get the chance to hype on it now.
Resident Evil (2021)
This franchise has been there for a minute now, which started as games. From all the previous movies it has, its again getting a revamp this year that should please gamers, well and us who generally love horrors. This film will tell the origin story of the sinister Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City, with Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell leading the cast as the popular Claire and Chris Redfield from the first two games. Director Johannes Roberts promises a film that’s scarier than its predecessors and captures the visceral terror of the Capcom games, well hopefully that is true.
Halloween Kills (2021)
Release Date: October 15 (theatrical)
An addition to the sequel list to oddly successful horror films, we’re getting close to the middle chapter of the Halloween reboot/sequel trilogy. The previous film was a surprisingly fun, tense, and emotionally deep exploration of trauma that still featured a human jack-o’lantern. Halloween Kills promises to up the game with a ‘by a margin higher’ body count and the return of Tommy Doyle and Lindsey Wallace, as well as the Myers house and a topical exploration of mob violence that is sure to spark a lot of fan conversation in-between all the screams and cheers.
Last Night in Soho (2021)
Last Night in Soho is an original horror film based on an idea by Wright that is said to be inspired by British horror classics like Don’t Look Now and includes a star-studded cast led by Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie. Hoping it will fulfill the expectations fans have.