The New and Upcoming Horror Movies to Watch in Theatres
We're quickly transitioning from fall to winter, and while Halloween is behind us, it's nevertheless a great time for new horror movies! Sure, the Halloween season is the conventional time to watch horror, but the short dark days of winter are just as good a time for new scary stories. Ultimately, horror is now a year-round event, and we couldn't be happier about that! (Just check out our exploration of Christmas horror movies to see what we mean.)
Quite a few great movies are on the way. FREAKY keeps the blood flowing in November, while a few movies meant for 2020 are finally on the way in the months to come, from ANTLERS to A QUIET PLACE PART II and the new CONJURING movie. And those are just the beginning of the new horror films coming in 2021! Here are the best new and upcoming horror movies to watch in theatres.
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It's a twisted take on the body-swap movie with a teenage girl who switches bodies with a relentless serial killer. That's quite a high concept, but FREAKY has a cast and filmmaking team who can make it scream. Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton, BLOCKERS) is just trying to survive the bloodthirsty halls of Blissfield High and the cruelty of the popular crowd. When she becomes the newest target of The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), her town’s infamous serial killer, senior year becomes the least of her worries. When The Butcher’s mystical ancient dagger causes him and Millie to wake up in each other’s bodies, Millie learns that she has just 24 hours to get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. The only problem is she now looks like a towering psychopath who’s the target of a city-wide manhunt while The Butcher looks like her and has brought his appetite for carnage to Homecoming.
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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.
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Superheroes meet horror as Sony expands Spider-Man's universe with MORBIUS. Jared Leto (SUICIDE SQUAD) stars as Michael Morbius, a brilliant scientist who is coping with a rare illness. In an attempt to find a cure, Morbius accidentally infects himself with a disease that turns him into a type of vampire. Adria Arjona (“Good Omens”) plays Morbius’ love interest, with Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) as the doctor's lifelong friend, Loxias Crown, and Tyrese Gibson (THE FAST AND FURIOUS franchise) as an FBI agent hunting Morbius. Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”) plays Morbius’ mentor.
A Quiet Place Part II
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A family's battle against sound-sensitive monsters continues in this sequel to the 2018 hit. A QUIET PLACE PART II picks up following the deadly events which confronted the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe) at home. Now, they must face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
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The barbed story of SAW continues as a sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game. SPIRAL is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger, from a story idea by Chris Rock.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
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The seventh movie in THE CONJURING UNIVERSE is a chilling story of terror, murder, and unknown evil sourced from the astonishing case files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. It starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes the Warrens beyond anything they have seen before — including the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed and Lorraine Warren under the direction of Michael Chaves (THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA). Series producer and THE CONJURING 2 screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick wrote the script; he produces with series creator James Wan.