Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many films chose to push their premieres from 2020 to 2021 in order to have a theatrical release. Now, as our world is opening back up, these films will soon be in theaters nationwide and we’ll be able to finally enjoy them. Many of these films are highly anticipated sequels to existing franchises, from “Saw” to “The Conjuring” to “Halloween” to “A Quiet Place,” while others tell new and exciting stories. Take a look at the gallery below to check out 2021’s must see horror movies, then let us know your thoughts on the films from this list in the comments section on social media.
“Spiral: From the Book of Saw”—May 21st
Initially intended to be released in May 2020, this film is the ninth installment of the “Saw” franchise. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (who’d previously directed “Saw II,” “Saw III” and “Saw IV”) and starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, this film follows a group of detectives investigating their city’s murders who become a part of the killer’s game.
“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”—June 4th
This film is the sequel to 2013’s “The Conjuring” and 2016’s “The Conjuring 2,” as well as the eighth overall film in “The Conjuring” universe. This film stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Lorraine and Ed Wilson, paranormal investigators fighting to save the soul of a young boy.
“The Forever Purge”— July 9th
This film is the fifth and (alleged) final installment of “The Purge” franchise and serves as a direct sequel to 2016’s “The Purge: Election Year.” This film picks up after the election and the abolition of the purge, following a Mexican couple who escapes from a drug cartel to a ranch in Texas, only to be ambushed by a group of outsiders.
“Don’t Breathe 2″—August 13th
This film is the sequel to the 2016 film, “Don’t Breathe,” which follows a group of young adults who become trapped in a blind man’s house after breaking in. The sequel follows The Blind Man, played again by Stephen Lang, who’s living in a cabin with an orphaned girl took in after a house fire, only to be rattled when a group of criminals kidnap the girl and force The Blind Man to find her.
Directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele, this film serves as a sequel to the original 1992 film of the same name. It follows a painter who becomes haunted by the legends of the Candyman and is inspired to create art like he never has before.
“A Quiet Place Part II”—September 17th
Following the events of 2018’s “A Quiet Place,” this film is directed by John Krasinski and stars Emily Blunt, who reprises her role in the first film. The film follows Blunt’s character and her children as they silently navigate the outside world, which is plagued by monsters who hunt using sound.
“Halloween Kills”—October 15th
The sequel to 2018’s “Halloween,” which took place 40 years after the original film and followed up with the first killing spree’s sole survivor, Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises the role of Strode for this film, which begins directly after the events of the 2018 film.
“Last Night in Soho”—October 21st
Director Edgar Wright, who’s best known for 2004’s “Shaun of the Dead” and 2010’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” has brought us a psychological horror film like no other. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, this film follows an aspiring fashion designer who time travels to the 1960’s only to realize that this era is not what it seems.
Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro, this is one of the most highly anticipated films on this list. It follows a school teacher, played by Keri Russell, and her sheriff brother, played by Jesse Plemons, who become concerned by a young boy who’s secretly keeping a mysterious creature in his home.
“There’s Someone Inside Your House”—TBD
The premiere date of this film has yet to be officially announced, however, Netflix has acquired the rights. The film is based on a 2017 novel of the same name and follows a high school student who moves to Nebraska only to find herself at the center of the town’s gruesome murder cases.