Written by: Maine Dela Cruz
All of a sudden, we’ve been living through scenes from classic horror movies in the previous year and a half. These include “Contagion” and “The Purge”. In other words, if the current troubles of the real world have fed your anxiety enough for at least the next ten years, that is understandable. And for the rest of us horror fans who just can’t get enough of being scared and shocked by fictitious thrills and chills sometimes, we have horror movies of 2021 to thank for that, because that’s exactly what we need. Of course, we can binge-watch all these easily. Thanks to our fast and unlimited internet connections at home.
With Halloween just around the corner, ghosts and murderers fill our screens, and dramatic music rings in our ears. Horror movies are just so ingrained in our culture especially now. When we live in scary times, filmmakers are driven to create scary movies. And occasionally, they’re really good.
Why Do Some People Find Horror Films Fun?
According to Heidi Mathers, an AP Psychology teacher, what occurs in the majority of people is an arousal of their sympathetic nervous system and activation [to produce] adrenaline. She compared viewing a horror movie to riding a roller coaster, stating that both boost people’s pulse rates and respirations.
The Emotion Theory explains why the horror genre fans enjoy watching horror cinema while others find them disturbing. According to the Emotion Theory, our perception of identical physiological clues might vary depending on the individual. As a result, the majority of people have a quick heartbeat and increased breathing. However, people who adore horror films might equate the film to a roller coaster ride. It’s all about the adrenaline rush.
Best Horror Movies 2021
Halloween is hands-down the greatest time of year for a horror movie marathon. Now, it’s with the best of the year’s 2021 horror film releases. Without further ado, let’s dig in! In no particular order, here are the 20 best horror movies in 2021:
1. Willy’s Wonderland
Directed by Kevin Lewis, this horror film talks about a quiet loner (Nicolas Cage). He finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning Willy’s Wonderland. It is an abandoned family fun center. But this wonderland has a dark secret that this “Janitor” is about to discover. He soon finds himself locked in an epic battle with possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls. To survive, he must fight his way through each of them.
2. Fear Street Trilogy
Premiered in July, it’s three movies for the price of one! This Netflix original horror trilogy is based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series of the same name, follows a group of teens in the small town of Shadyside who discover the town’s sinister past might be the reason for current, terrifying events.
Fear Street Part One talks about a teen and her friends taking on an evil force. The latter plagued their notorious town for centuries after a series of brutal slayings. Meanwhile, Fear Street Part Two is about a summer of fun that turns into a gruesome fight for survival. This is because a killer terrorizes Camp Nightwing in the cursed town of Shadyside. Lastly, the third film takes us back to 1666, when a colonial town is gripped by a witch hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come, while teenagers in 1994 try to put an end to their town’s curse before it is too late.
3. A Quiet Place Part II
If a sequel does its job well, it will build on the strengths of the first film while also expanding the idea in new and exciting ways. Thanks to writer-director John Krasinski and the Quiet Place II cast, Emily Blunt, the second film succeeds admirably in this regard. What we loved about A Quiet Place II is its fascinating new plot point to keep the saga going. Instead of hiding out at their farmhouse, the Abbott Family realizes they’ll have to take the road in search of a more secure place to live this time. Aliens with heightened senses of hearing wander the countryside in search of fresh prey.
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4. Last Night in Soho
In acclaimed director, Edgar Wright’s psychological horror film, Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie), an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie (Anya Taylor Joy). But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker. The cast also includes Matt Smith and Jessie Mei Li.
5. Wrong Turn
This movie rebooted the Wrong Turn film franchise and focuses on a group of hikers who take a—you guessed it—the wrong turn while hiking the Appalachian Trail and find themselves under attack by the mountain community who lives there. The cast includes Charlotte Vega, Adain Bradley, Emma Dumont, Dylan McTee, Daisy Head, Bill Sage, and Matthew Modine.
6. Werewolves Within
Finn (Sam Richardson) and Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) are forest rangers and postal workers who must protect the peace and find the truth behind a mysterious beast that has begun terrorizing the neighborhood.
7. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
It takes some skill to keep a franchise feeling fresh when you’re working within a franchise that includes evil nuns, killer dolls, and numerous demonic possessions, but Conjuring 3 handles the assignment well enough. This time around our ghost-chasers are working on a case in which an unlikely murderer blames the devil for his crimes.
This new film is the latest from Insidious and The Conjuring director James Wan. A pregnant woman begins seeing visions of gory deaths as they’re committed in real life. And this is all by a mysterious disfigured man named Gabriel. While investigating the murders, she discovers that Gabriel is a part of her past, and may be coming for her.
9. Spiral: From the Book of Saw
If gore and some more gore is your horror movie vibe, may we present the latest (and, 9th!!) film in the Saw franchise: Spiral. Though the original Jigsaw killer (you know, a creepy-voice man with a creepy clown puppet who makes victims solve near-impossible death puzzles to prove their worth) has apparently died, a copycat is on the loose. It’s up to Detective Zeke Bank (Chris Rock) to solve the puzzle and save lives.
10. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Based on the long-running Resident Evil video game series, this movie will serve as a reboot to the film franchise of the same name. Not much else is known about the plot right now though.
11. The Amusement Park
Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, The Amusement Park stars Martin’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies, and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker’s early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The “lost” film was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York City.
12. Halloween Kills
The movie, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, takes place during Halloween 2018 and follows Laurie Strode and her family as they work with, well anyone who they can to rise up against Michael Myers.
Admittedly, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the legendary horror movies ever made that we can’t help but compare to every slasher horror movie made in the succeeding years. In spite of the fact that it’s overlong and overly familiar, this one manages to be both viscerally powerful and memorable in a disturbing way. The premise of Honeydew is similar to that of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Wrong Turn franchises: clueless city dwellers inadvertently stumble across a small, distressing community deep in the woods. Despite this, the film’s creepiest moments are undeniably effective, one of which involves an improbably bonkers cameo by Lena Dunham (who plays herself).
14. Come True
18-year-old Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone) enrolls in a university sleep research to get rid of her nightmares, but she quickly finds she’s become a conduit for a terrifying new discovery. Anthony Scott Burns (Our House) returns with a new piece of science fiction that plays with the reader’s perceptions of reality by twisting dreams and making horrors come true. COME TRUE is a memorable cinematic fantasy that’s well worth the time and effort it takes to fully appreciate it.
15. The Night House
Recent widow Beth, played by Rebecca Hall, is forced to cope with the sudden loss of her beloved husband at the lakeside home he constructed for her. She does her best to maintain her composure, but the dreams don’t let her. Visions of a ghostly apparition in the house appealing to her frighten her. On the contrary, she begins sifting through her husband’s stuff, desperate for information. Secrets weird and unpleasant await her, which she intends to uncover.
16. Jakob’s Wife
A small-town minister’s wife, Anne has felt that her life has shrunk in the last 30 years. In the wake of a fortuitous encounter with “The Master,” she has a newfound feeling of confidence and a hunger for adventure. Because of the growing number of victims, Jakob understands that he will have to battle for the wife he took for granted as Anne becomes increasingly divided between her new, alluring world and her old one.
17. Till Death
Emma, played by Megan Fox, wakes up chained to her deceased husband after a beautiful evening in their isolated lakehouse. She is stranded in the midst of winter and must fend off hired assassins in order to save herself from her husband’s deranged scheme.
18. Army of the Death
It follows a zombie epidemic that has left Las Vegas in ruins and cut off from the rest of the world, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Zack Snyder’s Justice League). Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) approaches Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a displaced Vegas resident and former zombie war hero, with the ultimate offer: The government will destroy the city in 32 hours if you don’t get the $200 million from a vault beneath the quarantine zone. Ward accepts the assignment, collecting a motley team of specialists for the robbery, hoping the payment will help him reconcile with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell) Some of the cast include Ana de la Reguera, Omari Hardwick, and Tig Notaro.
19. The Forever Purge
An elderly couple finds themselves left in Texas following the abolition of the Purge in the previous film in the franchise. They are harassed by a group of strangers who are trying to keep the Purge from ending. The movie stars Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Leven Rambin, Will Patton, and Cassidy Freeman.
20. The Power
1974 London Trainee nurse Val (Rose Williams) starts her first day at the dilapidated East London Royal Infirmary as Britain prepares for a nationwide blackout. With most patients and employees relocated, Val is forced to work the night shift in a dark, mostly empty hospital. Val must confront both her horrific history and her darkest fears in order to battle the malicious entity intent on destroying everything around her.
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