The Best New Horror Movies to Watch in Theatres
8/11/2021 • 3 min read
Horror has come back strong in 2021, and there might be more new horror movies coming out in the next few months than we'll see in any other major genre. Several movies we originally expected to see last year are finally going to arrive in the next few months, from the revamped CANDYMAN to the slow-burn chiller ANTLERS — and there are a few other pleasant surprises, like the new sequel to the chilling DON'T BREATHE and a rebooted RESIDENT EVIL.
Here are the best new and upcoming horror movies to watch in theatres as we move into fall and winter 2021.
Don't Breathe 2
The original DON'T BREATHE shocked and surprised audiences by turning the familiar home invasion formula inside out, as three young people tried to rob an older blind man. Their target turned out to be a lot less vulnerable than they thought, however, and co-writer and director Fede Álvarez made sure things got very messy. In DON'T BREATHE 2, that not-quite victim, played once again by Stephen Lang, takes center stage. Rodo Sayagues, the co-writer of both movies, directs. Producer Sam Raimi said of this script "It's only the greatest idea for a sequel I've ever heard. I'm not kidding." Since he made both EVIL DEAD 2 and SPIDER-MAN 2, he knows what he's talking about with sequels!
The Night House
Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep it together – but then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly allure. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, yearning for answers. What she finds are secrets both strange and disturbing – a mystery she’s determined to unravel.
Do you dare say his name? Director Nia Dacosta (LITTLE WOODS) and producer Jordan Peele (GET OUT, US) team up for a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend of CANDYMAN. For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. Now, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s "Watchmen", US) learns the horrific true story behind Candyman. He turns the story into paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny. [October 16]
This is the latest creation from THE CONJURING universe architect James Wan and marks director Wan’s return to his roots with a new original horror thriller. Madison (Annabelle Wallis) is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities. Even worse, the perpetrator seems to be the same demonic presence that plagued Madison's life as a child.
The word most often used to describe this new movie from RAW writer/director Julia Ducournau is "shocking." TITANE (aka TITANIUM) is the story of a woman whose head was repaired with a titanium plate when she was a child, and of the very strange path her life takes afterward. There's really no way to describe it but the movie has been likened to the body horror created by director David Cronenberg. TITANE also surprisingly won the Palme d'Or at Cannes — aka the most prestigious prize in film. It's safe to say that there isn't likely to be another movie like this one any time soon.
Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. But when Michael manages to free himself, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. Evil dies tonight.
In ANTLERS, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. All of which sounds pretty nebulous, but the film's first trailer shows that the secret in question could be bloody, and monstrous. Part of the appeal of ANTLERS is that it is the first horror film from Scott Cooper, who previously made movies like CRAZY HEART, BLACK MASS and OUT OF THE FURNACE.
Last Night in Soho
In acclaimed director Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller, aspiring fashion designer Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker. LAST NIGHT IN SOHO blends elements of '70s and '80s horror and thriller movies into a dark and dangerous new experience!
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Writer/director Johannes Roberts, who made the two 47 METERS DOWN movies and THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, reboots the RESIDENT EVIL series. This movie explores Raccoon City as it adapts events from the first two "Resident Evil" games. Kaya Scodelario plays Claire Redfield while Robbie Amell appears as Chris Redfield, and Hannah John-Kamen and Avan Jogia play Jill Valentine and Leon Kennedy.
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