Fans of the horror genre won’t have to wait until October to enjoy horror movies, as some of the biggest releases of the year are arriving this summer. The horror genre has been going through a great run in recent years thanks to adaptations of popular works (as is the case of Andy Muschietti’s IT duology), remakes, and original stories as well, such as Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Us. The world of streaming has also offered new platforms for horror movies, especially those that don’t fit the “standard” seen in cinemas, and during the coronavirus pandemic, they have also served as a home to those that couldn’t get a proper theatrical release.
The pandemic heavily impacted the entertainment industry, forcing studios to halt production on movies and TV shows and delay the release of many movies. Among the first horror movies to be delayed due to the pandemic was A Quiet Place II, which will finally see the light in 2021, as studios have embraced the advantages of having streaming platforms through which they can share their movies without much fear of losing in terms of box office numbers, as many streaming services offer the option of paying a fee to watch new releases. However, there are still some movies that will make it to cinemas around the world, while others will have both a theatrical and digital release to make sure no one misses them.
As a result of all the delays, the summer of 2021 will have a generous amount of horror movies releasing in theaters and streaming platforms – from some of those that should have seen the light last year to titles that were already planned to be released this year, to others that will benefit from a double release. Here’s every horror movie coming in summer 2021.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – June 4
The Conjuring shared universe continues its expansion, and the third installment in the main timeline will finally arrive in June 2021. Titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (though also referred to simply as The Conjuring 3), the movie will follow Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) as they get involved in yet another chilling story of terror, murder, and unknown evil, though this one might be their scariest case. Based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, the Warrens will look into the case of a boy who after murdering his landlord claimed demonic possession as a defense during his trial. The Conjuring 3 will be released in theaters and simultaneously on HBO Max for one month.
Werewolves Within – June 25, July 2
On a lighter note, Werewolves Within is a horror comedy directed by Josh Ruben and based on the video game of the same name from Red Storm Entertainment. When a snowstorm traps town residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived ranger Finn (Sam Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that is terrorizing the town. Werewolves Within will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in June and will get a limited release on June 25 before hitting video on demand on July 2.
The Forever Purge – July 2
The Purge franchise is coming to an end this year with The Forever Purge, a direct sequel to The Purge: Election Year. Following the presidential elections from the previous year and the abolition of the Purge, Adela (Ana de la Reguera) and Juan (Tenoch Huerta) escape from a drug cartel and end up stranded on a Texas ranch. There they are at the mercy of a group of outsiders whose plan is to unlawfully continue their own Purge, and Adela and Juan become their targets.
The Night House – July 16
The Night House is a psychological horror movie directed by David Bruckner. After the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. Beth then starts having disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, so she begins to dig into her husband’s belongings, looking for answers – but what she finds are strange and terrible secrets along with a mystery waiting to be solved.
Old – July 23
M. Night Shyamalan’s latest project arrives in July 2021 and it’s titled Old. This supernatural psychological fantasy horror thriller is inspired by the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters and follows a family who on a tropical holiday discover that the secluded beach they are at is causing them to age rapidly, reducing their lives into a single day. Starring are Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Thomasin McKenzie, and Eliza Scanlen.
The Green Knight – July 30
From the realm of medieval fantasy horror comes a movie written and directed by David Lowery titled The Green Knight, based on the poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It’s the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s headstrong nephew who goes on a quest to confront a gigantic green-skinned stranger known as the Green Knight. Also starring are Alicia Vikander, Sarita Choudhury, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Ralph Ineson, and Erin Kellyman.
The Last Matinee – August 8
Directed by Maxi Contenti, Uruguayan horror The Last Matinee (otherwise known as Red Screening) is something of a love letter to Giallo and 1990s Slashers. It sees an audience attending the last showing of a horror film in a small downtown cinema picked off by a murderer. The only person to notice that something strange is going on is the projectionist’s daughter.
Don’t Breathe 2 – August 13
Five years after Fede Álvarez’s Don’t Breathe was released, comes the sequel appropriately titled Don’t Breathe 2, this time co-written by Álvarez and director Rodo Sayagues. The movie will reunite viewers with Norman Nordstrom/The Blind Man (Stephen Lang), who has been hiding for several years in an isolated cabin and taken in and raised a young girl orphaned from a house fire. Their quiet life is destroyed when the girl is kidnapped, forcing the Blind Man to leave his hiding place to save her.
Demonic – August 20
Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, Demonic is a supernatural chiller, which remains something of an enigmatic mystery despite the big name attached to it. In it, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed. It’s coming to theaters initially, Demonic will land on-demand and digital a week later.
Candyman – August 27
Our DaCosta’s candy man is finally seeing the light this summer. candy man is a direct sequel to the 1992 movie of the same name and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and Tony Todd. Chicago’s Cabrini towers were torn down years ago, but the legend of a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, who can be summoned by repeating his name five times to a mirror, is still alive. In the present day, artist Anthony McCoy (Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend Brianna (Parris) move into a luxurious loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition. As Anthony’s career goes through some difficulties, he meets a Cabrini Green old-timer who exposes him to the tragic and horrific nature of the true story behind the Candyman. Anthony begins to explore the details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, but unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his sanity and unleashes a wave of violence.
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- The Forever Purge (2021)Release date: Jul 02, 2021
- The Night House (2021)Release date: Jul 16, 2021
- Old (2021)Release date: Jul 23, 2021
- The Green Knight (2021)Release date: Jul 30, 2021
- Candy Man (2021)Release date: Aug 27, 2021
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