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. A number of release dates for the most highly-anticipated would-be scary blockbusters have been delayed time and time again, including A Quiet Place Part 2 and most recently Nia DaCosta’s Candyman.
Convoluted as these shifts are (and may continue to be), 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:
Saint Maud - January 29, 2021
A24’s eye for horror has been an absolute joy and terror to behold since they released 2013’s Tusk and the indie studio has attracted other cult hits from the genre like The Witch, Hereditary and Midsommar. It’s newest inductee into the collection is Saint Maud, a horror film about a hospice nurse (Maud) who becomes obsessed with saving the soul of the patient in her care. This unsettling slow-burn movie is already in select theaters and expected to be released on demand and Epix on February 12.
Spiral - May 21, 2021
The famed Saw franchise continues this year with an exciting ninth entry called Spiral, directed by alum of the movies, Darren Lynn Bousman. Spiral stars Chris Rock as detective “Zeke” Banks, his rookie partner played by The Handmaid's Tale actor Max Minghella and THE Samuel L. Jackson as police veteran Marcus Banks. The pair of detectives find themselves investigating a mysterious killer leaving spiral symbols and targeting cops. Spiral looks like an exciting way for the Saw franchise to continue after 2017’s Jigsaw disappointed.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - June 4, 2021
The Conjuring franchise has come a long way since the first 2013 James Wan film hit theaters. The Warner Bros horror universe has created the Annabelle films, The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona. The main story will continue next year with The Devil Made Me Do It, which will once again follow real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). This time they are dealing with the real 1981 “Devil Made Me Do It” court case which marked the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
The Forever Purge - July 9, 2021
This summer’s horror season will rage on with another franchise return in July with The Forever Purge, the fifth and expected conclusion to the series that started back in 2013. The plot for the movie is being kept close to the vest for the time being, but we do know Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin and Ana de la Reguera are among the cast and Everardo Gout is directing The Forever Purge. Stick with us for more information on this coming release.
The Night House - July 16, 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.
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.
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.
A Quiet Place Part II - September 17, 2021
Another big horror sequel coming to theaters in 2021 is A Quiet Place Part II, once again written and directed by John Krasinski and centering on Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe as the Abbott family living in a world filled with lurking, sound-sensitive monsters. This time they’ll meet other survivors played by Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou as their survival transcends past simply staying silent. The movie will now come over three years after the original film made $340 million on a $17 million production budget and rave reviews.
Dark Harvest - September 24, 2021
Next up during Halloween time is David Slade’s adaptation of Dark Harvest which follows his work on the groundbreaking choose-your-own-adventure Black Mirror episode, Bandersnatch. The 2007 Norman Partridge novel is set on Halloween in 1963 and follows the October Boy, Ol’ Hacksaw Face or also known as Sawtooth Jack. Just like every year, he rises from the cornfield in a midwestern town with a butcher knife to a gang of teen boys who seek to confront him.
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.
Fear Street Trilogy - Summer, 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, will reportedly be loosely connected, but take place in different time periods. Netflix has an event called “The Summer of Fear” that will have each movie coming out about a month apart throughout the summer months. These sound like a lot of fun and we can’t want for a haunted-fueled summer!
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 Seventh Day - TBA, 2021
The Seventh Day was moved from a TBA 2020 release to a TBA 2021 release date, so it's up in the air as to when, but we'll still be looking out for this one. The movie starring Guy Pearce has been described as Training Day meets The Exorcist as it follows a famed exorcist who works with a rookie priest. So a buddy horror flick? The movie will be written and directed by The Dark’s Justin P. Lange and it also stars Keith Davisd and Stephen Lang.
Wendell & Wild - TBA, 2021
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 this year.
Till Death - TBA, 2021
Megan Fox will return to the horror genre in 2021 with a 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 the Jennifer’s Body star as their lead. The production kicked off in Bulgaria last summer and is expected to nab a release date for sometime in 2021.
Escape Room 2 - January 7, 2022
A follow up to 2019’s Escape Room is on the way at the top of 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. The plot has not yet been revealed.
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, 13 Reasons Why’s Dylan Minnetteand You’s Jenna Ortega. Bring it on Ghostface!
Morbius - January 21, 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.
So many horror movies to be excited for! Stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for more news and updates on these coming titles.