Attention horror fans, our power need not rest until spooky season in this continued revival of horror brilliance. Supernatural ghost stories, fake blood, gore and jump scares are welcome all year round and thankfully there are a bunch of chilling horror movies planned to come our way within the next year. Whether it's the return of popular franchises with Candyman and Halloween Kills or original scares from M. Night Shyamalan and James Wan, there's a ton of upcoming movies from the genre to get ready for.
Starting Summer 2021, we have a solid line up of horror titles expected to be available to enter our eyeballs between today, the coming year and beyond. Check them out here:
False Positive - June 25, 2021
There will be tons of reasons to go out to the theaters this summer, but streaming services are also getting into the horror game, starting with Hulu’s False Positive. The movie starring Broad City’s Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux and James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan lead this A24 film. The movie that looks to be inspired by Rosemary’s Baby is about a couple having problems getting pregnant (Glazer and Theroux) seek out a fertility doctor (Brosnan). When she becomes successfully pregnant, something sinister starts to creep in.
Fear Street Trilogy - July 2, July 9, July 16, 2021
Netflix has announced it will release a series of three movies on its streaming platform based on R.L. Stine’s Fear Street book series. They are titled Fear Street 1994, Fear Street 1978 and Fear Street 1666 within three weeks. As the titles suggest, they will take place in different time periods, but will follow one storyline. The cast includes Gillian Jacobs, Sadie Sink and Olivia Welsh.The trilogy features These look like a lot of fun and we can’t wait for a haunted-fueled summer!
The Forever Purge - July 2, 2021
This summer’s horror season will rage on following the return of A Quiet Place and The Conjuring with another franchise return in July with The Forever Purge, the fifth and expected conclusion to the series that started back in 2013. The movie will follow the events of The Purge: Election Year where the Purge was outlawed. It will center on a Mexican couple escaping from a drug cartel who become at the mercy of a group of people who plan to unlawfully continue with their own Purge. Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin and Ana de la Reguera are among the cast and Everardo Gout is directing The Forever Purge.
Till Death - July 2, 2021
Megan Fox will return to the horror genre following her cult film, Jennifer's Body. The film called Till Death, which is about a woman who becomes handcuffed to her deceased husband thanks to a “sick revenge plot” and has to figure out how to survive and escape the killers on their way to kill her as well. The movie is written by Jason Carvey and directed by Scott Dale, both newcomers to a feature film as high profile as having Megan Fox star as their lead.
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions - July 16, 2022
A follow up to 2019’s Escape Room is on the way this summer after previously being delayed to 2022. The original film scored an impressive $155 million worldwide against a budget of just $9 million. Escape Room assembled a young cast in a mysterious and bloody escape room they must desperately find their way out of. And the coming second film will once again star breakout actress Taylor Russell and Logan Miller, but is also adding Orphan’s Isabelle Fuhrman and Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden as they become stuck in an another series of escape rooms.
Old - July 23, 2021
M. Night Shyamalan may have had a falling out with moviegoers going thanks to After Earth and The Last Airbender, but he’s since caught back the attention of horror fans with the continuation of the Unbreakable films and the AppleTV+ series Servant. Next on the docket for Shyamalan is an original film called Old, starring Thomasin McKenzie, Alex Wolff and Gael García Bernal. The movie will center on a family who goes on a tropical vacation and begins to age so rapidly they may live and die in a single day.
Don’t Breathe 2 - August 13, 2021
Fede Álvarez’s Don’t Breathe is getting a sequel that will see the return of Stephen Lang’s Blind Man. In the upcoming horror movie, Lang’s character will apparently be hidden away in an isolated cabin and taken in by a young orphan girl from a house fire. The inciting event will be when she gets kidnapped and the Blind Man must leave his house and help her. Evil Dead filmmaker Sam Raimi is a producer on the project and called it “the greatest idea for a sequel” he’d ever heard, per IGN.
The Night House - August 20, 2021
One of the most critically-acclaimed horror movies of the summer may be The Night House, directed by The Ritual and V/H/S director, David Bruckner. The movie stars Rebecca Hall as a widow who starts to uncover her late husband’s secrets following a series of hauntings at the lakeside home he built for her. The Night House already premiered at Sundance last year to excited nods and its trailer is absolutely chilling.
Candyman - August 27, 2021
Once a highly-anticipated summer 2020 release, Nia DaCosta’s Candyman is now one of the most exciting summer 2021 hopefuls. The movie is a spiritual sequel to the ‘90s franchise starring Tony Todd as the Candyman. It will take fans to the same Cabrini-Green public housing project of Chicago, which has now been gentrified. Visual artist Anthony (Abdul-Mateen) and his gallery director GF Brianna (Teyonah Parris) move there and learn about the horrors of the slasher story firsthand. Candyman is produced and co-written by Jordan Peele and helmed by the future director of Captain Marvel 2.
Malignant - September 10, 2021
James Wan has not only created a horror empire with his Conjuring universe, but recently became among directors of DCEU movies, but even so he’s now directed a wholly original horror idea in Malignant. We still don’t have many details about the movie starring Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel and Mckenna Grace, but we did get a quick first look via Warner Bros’ promotional video about its plans to release all of its films in both theaters and HBO Max on the day of its release in 2021.
Halloween Kills - October 15, 2021
Following the success of the 2018 return of Michael Myers, who faced off with Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode once again, director/co-writer David Gordon Green will be back for Halloween Kills, which will continue the thrilling saga. This Halloween reunion is expected to be a trilogy, which will also include Halloween Ends, coming to theaters one year after Halloween Kills in October 2022. The 2021 release will pick up just moments after the previous movie left off with Laurie, her daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson.
Last Night In Soho - October 22, 2021
Edgar Wright has been playing with genre throughout his career, between making Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Hot Fuzz. The filmmaker has made his first true horror movie with Last Night in Soho, a time-bending thriller that goes between in the ‘60s London and present day. The movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Jojo Rabbit’s Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp and the late Diana Rigg. We’re very much excited for this filmmaker driven horror title which will mark Wright’s first movie in four years.
Antlers - October 29, 2021
Antlers was initially expected for spring 2020, but has since been subjected to over a year of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Antlers follows Keri Russell as a teacher living in Oregon and her police officer brother played by Jesse Plemons as they become entangled with a situation with her student Lucas who is keeping a creature in his house. The movie is based on the short story The Quiet Boy, Guillermo del Toro produced the film and Scott Cooper (who previously helmed Out of the Furnace, Black Mass and Hostiles) directed the horror film now set for the weekend of Halloween.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City - November 24, 2021
Five years after Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil movie series wrapped up, Sony is rebooting the property with Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. The survival horror film coming this fall will star The Flash actor Robbie Amell, Kaya Scodelario. Avan Jogia, The Umbrella Academy’s Tom Hopper and Neal McDonough. The movie being directed by Johannes Roberts will reportedly take place in 1998 and center around the origins of Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City.
There’s Someone Inside Your House - TBA, 2021
Another Netflix offering coming to horror fans this year is There’s Someone Inside Your House, a slasher film based on a novel of the same name. It’s about a transfer student who finds herself in the center of some gruesome murder cases when she moves to a town in Nebraska. To up the scare factor, apparently the murderer at large wears a life-like mask of the victim’s face whilst killing them. Yep, here comes the chills!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - TBA, 2021
One of the most famous horror mainstays is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and the franchise is coming back sometime in 2021. The movie will be directed by some new talent David Blue Garcia from a screenplay by Chris Thomas Devlin from a story Don’t Breathe’s Fede Álvarez was part of crafting. The movie’s cast includes Eighth Grade’s Elsie Fisher and Star Trek’s Alice Krige. The movie has been completed, is officially rated R and is a sequel that will include the original Leatherface.
Jeeper Creepers: Reborn - TBA, 2021
Another horror franchise reportedly coming back this year is Jeepers Creepers with a movie called Jeepers Creepers: Reborn. The movie currently in post-production follows a woman named Laine dragged by her boyfriend to go to a HorrorHound festival in Louisiana. She begins to experience premonitions associated with the urban myth that is The Creeper. The movie is said to be the beginning of an all new trilogy for the Jeepers Creepers franchise.
Scream 5 - January 14, 2022
We’re especially gasping for joy about the return of the Scream franchise come 2022 with the directors of Ready or Not. Scream 5 will feature all our favorite original cast members, including Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, along with some fresh faces such as The Boys’ Jack Quaid, In The Heights' Melissa Barrera, 13 Reasons Why’s Dylan Minnetteand You’s Jenna Ortega. Bring it on Ghostface!
Morbius - January 28, 2022
Sony’s Spider-Verse franchise is building beyond Venom next year with the release of Morbius starring Jared Leto. The movie based on the Spider-Man villain will tell the story of scientist Michael Morbius (Leto), who finds a cure to his rare blood disease which leads him to become a living vampire. The second film Sony has made focusing solely on a Spidey villain will also star Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson and Michael Keaton, who may be connecting the franchise to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man universe over in the MCU.
The Black Phone - January 28, 2022
Sinister filmmakers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are teaming back up to adapt the 2004 Joe Hill short story The Black Phone with their Sinister star Ethan Hawke. The movie will be about Hawke’s Finney Shaw, who becomes kidnapped by a serial killer in a soundproof basement. While trapped, he finds a disconnected phone where he can transmit the voices of the killer’s past victims and they try to help him escape.
Wendell & Wild - TBA, 2022
Jordan Peele has an additional horror project in the works called Wendell & Wild, currently set to come out sometime next year. This time Peele has brought along his longtime Key & Peele partner Keegan-Michael Key to write the screenplay and star with him. Wendell & Wild is a stop-motion animation project that will be about two demon brothers who must face off against their arch-nemesis, a nun named Sister Helly and her two goth teens Kat and Raoul. Production has since begun on the film and it will be released through Netflix sometime next year.
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