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Friday, January 8, 2021

21 Horror Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2021

Let’s try this again, shall we? Last year teased the potential for another great year for horror, with a slew of highly anticipated theatrical releases. All of that derailed quickly only a quarter into 2020, thanks to a pandemic we’re still not through yet. That means that while many of those anticipated titles got bumped to 2021, the release schedule remains precarious.

The good news is that the industry is adjusting; many of the titles once designated as theatrical releases will now receive a PVOD release either simultaneously or a few short weeks after they arrive in theaters. Warner Bros., for example, announced that their 2021 titles would be available on HBO Max on the same day as the theatrical release. In other words, dates may shift but not quite as drastically as last year. Knock on wood. And as 2020 proved, the indie and festival slate never fails to deliver genre surprises throughout the year.

We’re excited to check out these 21 horror titles in 2021, but perhaps even more excited knowing that it’s only the beginning of what’s in store.

Psycho Goreman – January 22

After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding. With writer/director Steven Kostanski (The Void, Leprechaun Returns) behind it, you know Psycho Goreman will emphasize that gore.

The Vigil – February 26

Desperate for income, Yakov reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante to take on the responsibility of an overnight “shomer,” fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed’s dilapidated house to sit the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong. This one’s a supernatural chiller rooted in Jewish lore and demonology.

Come True – March 12

A teenage runaway takes part in a sleep study, so she has a place to stay. Instead, she finds herself on a terrifying and nightmarish journey into the dark depths of her mind. Come True is from writer/director Anthony Scott Burns, the mind behind the chilling “Father’s Day” segment in Holidays.

A Quiet Place Part II – April 23

Following the first film’s events, the Abbott family is forced to venture beyond the home they’d made for themselves. They realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path…

Last Night in Soho – April 23

A psychological horror film directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead). Anya Taylor-Joy stars as a fashion-obsessed girl who finds a way to travel back to the 1960s, where she encounters her idol, a charismatic aspiring singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.

Godzilla vs. Kong – May 21

King Kong and Godzilla duke it out for dominance in this King of the Monsters heavyweight championship event. Look for Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler to reprise their roles from the previous Godzilla film, while Adam Wingard is directing.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw – May 21

Director Darren Lynn Bousman returns to helm the ninth film in the Saw franchise. Chris Rock stars as detective “Zeke” Banks, his rookie partner played by Max Minghella, and Samuel L. Jackson as police veteran Marcus Banks. The detectives find themselves investigating a mysterious killer leaving spiral symbols and targeting cops. Expect this entry to shake up the formula, at least a little bit.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – June 4

The third entry in the main Conjuring series, and seventh in the expanded universe, this film takes on one of the most sensational cases from the Warrens’ files. One that marks the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense. While Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as the Warrens, Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) picks up the directorial reigns this time.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife – June 11

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard star as the two grandkids but look for appearances by most of the original main cast as well. 

The Forever Purge – July 9

The final entry in the franchise. Set after Election Year‘s events, The Forever Purge follows Adela (Ana de la Reguera) and Juan (Tenoch Huerta), who finds solace at a Texan ranch, having fled a drug cartel in Mexico. They’ll run into trouble when a group of outsiders decides to keep purging beyond the allotted time when people can break all laws.

The Green Knight – July 30

Dev Patel plays Sir Gawain, who encounters the mysterious Green Knight (Ralph Ineson), intent on striking a perilous bargain. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers, which becomes a more profound journey to prove his worth. From visionary writer/director David Lowery, expect a heavily stylized take on the Arthurian legend, full of nudity and bloodshed.

Don’t Breathe 2 – August 13

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Fede Alvarez co-wrote this surprise sequel but handed the directorial reigns over to Rodo Sayagues. Stephen Lang returns to play the Blind Man, who appears to be the protagonist this round. In Don’t Breathe 2, the Blind Man has been hiding out for years in an isolated cabin and has taken in and raised a young girl orphaned from a house fire. He’ll have to leave his haven to save her once she’s kidnapped.

Candyman – August 27

Directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele, this spiritual sequel returns to Cabrini-Green. Visual artist Anthony (Abdul-Mateen) and his girlfriend Brianna (Teyonah Parris) move there and learn about the horrors of the slasher story firsthand. 

Resident Evil – September 9

The Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night) helmed reboot inspired by Capcom’s popular games keeps mum on plot details as of now. Based on what we know so far, including the cast, we can expect it to pull from the first two games. We also know that Roberts hopes to capture the games’ visceral terror.

Halloween Kills – October 15

The war between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode rages on in this new installment. This time Tommy Doyle and Lindsey Wallace return as adults to rejoin the fray. Expect double the kills, according to director David Gordon Green.

Army of the Dead – TBD Summer, Netflix

Zack Snyder makes his long-awaited return to zombie action-horror. Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. There’s no official date yet, but Netflix has announced Army of the Dead for summer 2021.

The Deep House – TBD 

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The latest by French filmmaking duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (InsideAmong the Living) takes on aquatic horror. While diving in a remote lake, a couple of YouTubers who specialize in underwater exploration videos discover a house submerged in deep waters. The divers find the house was home to vicious crimes and soon become trapped. Even worse, the pair realize they’re not alone. Currently marked as in post-production and slated for a 2021 release in native France, a worldwide release likely won’t be far behind.

Malignant – TBD

Plot details are nil, but who cares when it’s James Wan’s return to horror. Described as an original Giallo thriller, Wan directed off a screenplay by Akela Cooper and JT Petty with story by Wan and Ingrid Bisu. The MPAA gave it an R-rating for “Strong horror violence, gruesome images, and for language.” It may not have an official date yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

Saint Maud – TBD

A24 still hasn’t set a new date for their festival darling, though it’s been released in the U.K. Between that and the film’s initial Easter date, we’re hoping Saint Maud rises around Easter this year. It follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

Slaxx – TBD, Shudder

During an overnight shift at a trendy clothing store, a possessed pair of jeans embarks on a killing spree. It’s up to new employee Libby to stop the bloody rampage. Yes, you read that correctly; this slasher-comedy features a killer pair of jeans. While that’s every bit as silly as it sounds, the deaths do get delightfully bloody.

There’s Someone Inside Your House – TBD, Netflix

An adaptation of the book by Stephanie Perkins, the story sees the graduating class at Osborne High being targeted by a masked assailant intent on exposing each victim’s darkest secret. Only a group of misfit outsiders can stop the killings, but they’ll have to do it before their dark secrets are exposed. This slasher is directed by Patrick Brice (CreepCreep 2) and will arrive sometime this year on Netflix.


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