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Monday, January 4, 2021

New Year, New Nightmares: 16 Horror Movies, TV Shows and Games Debuting January 2021!

Most people think January is a dead zone for new movies, TV and video games, but the joke’s on them! We’re horror fans! We love the Dead Zone!

There’s nothing scarier on January 1 than Crackle! The streaming service is getting a jump start on the competition with the debut of Insomnia, a new eight-part sci-fi/thriller series about a group of strangers who are abducted and released in Moscow. If they fall asleep, they die, and the only way to survive is to kill their fellow abductees. 

Next up, HBO Max debuts a new series from acclaimed filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia (Witching and Bitching) on January 4. 30 Coins tells the story of an exiled exorcist who confronts the demons of his past, and a conspiracy involving a reality-altering, cursed coin. In her review of the first seven episodes for Bloody-Disgusting, critic Meagan Navarro declares “not only is this a trip worth taking, but 30 Coins continues to demonstrate why de la Iglesia is a modern horror master.”

“30 Coins”

Speaking of exorcisms, January 8 brings the debut of The Devil’s Light, a new supernatural thriller from The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm! The film tells the story of a world where demonic possessions are on the rise and the Vatican opens up exorcism schools around the world. But nuns are still not allowed to be exorcists, so Sister Ann has to find another way to pursue her calling. The Devil’s Light stars Jackie Byers, Colin Salmon and Virginia Madsen, and is currently scheduled to be released in theaters.

Horror hits a new altitude on January 12 with the debut of Horizon Line, a new thriller starring Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon as a married couple who find themselves in an unthinkable situation after the pilot of a Cessna dies in the middle of the ocean, leaving them stranded. Horizon Line debuts on Digital HD, and features a screenplay from Josh Campbell & Matthew Stuecken of 10 Cloverfield Lane. 

And if you’re looking for more scares on January 12, that’s also when the second season of the freaky anthology Two Sentence Horror Stories returns for its second season on The CW!

Netflix is pretty light on horror in January, but it does feature the real-life horrors of Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer on January 13. The true crime documentary tells the story of a series of grisly murders that took place in 1985, and the investigation that ended the shocking spree. 


Shudder gives us something to howl about on January 14 with the debut of Hunted, a survivalist thriller with a twist on the “Red Riding Hood” tale. The film tells the story of a woman abducted by serial killers and taken to the woods, only to escape and make an alliance with the woods to exact her vengeance. 

You’re cool so we’ll tell you: Don’t Tell a Soul arrives in theaters, On Demand and Digital on January 15! The new thriller stars Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer as teenaged brothers who steal money to help their sick mother, played by Mena Suvari. When they’re chased by a security guard, played by Rainn Wilson, he gets trapped in a well and a game of cat and mouse begins. 

But wait, there’s more: January 15 also features the second season premiere of the acclaimed Apple TV+ horror series Servant! New secrets are bound to be revealed as the series veers more and more into the supernatural.

‘Psycho Goreman’

There’s a new god in town, and his name is Psycho Goreman. The new horror comedy debuts in theaters, On Demand and Digital on January 22, and tells the story of a little girl who wields a magical amulet that controls an ultra violent demon from outer space, who begrudgingly does her bidding. And if you’re looking for an actual kids show, the Jurassic World spin-off series Camp Cretaceous returns to Netflix that same day!

For one night only, on January 26, Mike P. Nelson’s reboot of the long-running Wrong Turn franchise will play in theaters! The film once again finds a group of young people wandering into the woods and onto the land of a family of rural killers, with Matthew Modine playing one of their fathers, who might not arrive in time to save them. Tickets can be purchased at Fathom Events in addition to movie theater box offices beginning on January 8.

‘Wrong Turn’

Back at home, January 27 brings the debut of the new SyFy comedy series Resident Alien, starring Alan Tudyk as an extraterrestrial hiding out as small town, human doctor, who gets pulled into a mystery. 

Back on Shudder, January 28 brings the debut of The Queen of Black Magic, a remake of a 1981 Indonesian horror classic from director Kimo Stamboel (Headshot) and screenwriter Joko Anwar (Impetigore). The film tells the story of a family visiting a rural orphanage where the father was raised, only to fall prey to supernatural vengeance.

And in the world of gaming, the otherwise sparse horror offerings for January perk up with the release of The Medium, a psychological horror game about entering the spirit world for Xbox Series, PC via Steam and the Microsoft Store! Finally!

‘The Medium’

Last but not least, January 29 brings the debut of The Night, an Iranian psychological thriller from director Kourosh Ahari. The film tells the story of a married couple who spend the night in a hotel, where they become imprisoned, and are forced to reveal their darkest secrets.

All release dates and formats are subject to change, and there may be more surprises yet to come as January unfolds. Happy New Year from all of us here at Bloody-Disgusting!


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