The Best New Horror Movies to Watch in Theatres
2/16/2021 • 3 min read
Most of 2020 was its own sort of all-too-real horror story, and to be honest, we're ready for the more palatable fare of horror movies. Quite a few films we originally expected to see last year are slated to arrive in the next few months, from the revamped CANDYMAN to the latest entry in the CONJURING series — 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 spring and summer 2021.
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
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.
The Forever Purge
The latest and possibly final entry in THE PURGE movie series is once again written by James DeMonaco, who has written every entry in the franchise and also directed the first three movies. Everardo Gout, who wrote and directed the thriller DAYS OF GRACE, directs this mysterious new entry, about which we currently know very little. We do know that Will Patton and Cassidy Freeman play important roles, as do Mexican actors Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta. More importantly, we know that DeMonaco has referred to this sequel as "a great way to end it all." A purge for THE PURGE? We'll find out this summer!
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!
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]
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.
Check out our look at great horror remakes!
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