Take the popcorn out of the microwave and your most resistant cushions: the best horror movies of 2021 are coming strong. After a year marked by the expansion of COVID-19, and in which the film industry has suffered greatly under sanitary restrictions and confinement, we want more than ever to enter a new year in which to enjoy on the big screen. Or, in this case, have a terrible time. But in a good way, you understand us. In 2021 we are having a good scary sessions thanks to these films that we review here, with their corresponding release dates (which could change as the situation in our country continues to evolve) and some reasons why they could become the best horror films of the year.
In recent years, horror has been one of the most powerful genres. After the rush of slasher In the eighties, nineties and early 2000s they were a succession of true horrors in the bad sense of the word, where the genre seemed drowned in sequels of sequels and in platitudes that provoked more laughter than terror. But in recent years the dynamic has completely changed. Creators like Ari Aster, director of ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommar’, or Robert Eggers with ‘The Witch’ They have shown that the genre is more alive than ever and that it still has a lot to say.
And the thing is that there is nothing like a good horror movie to show us the power of cinema, that of staging, that of atmosphere, light and shadows. Every movie buff or aspiring filmmaker has ever dreamed of creating a horror movie with which to hit viewers in their seats. We are sure that this year 2021 we have had (and we will have) again many opportunities to enjoy one of the most popular genres of the seventh art.. Although the dates continue to dance in the premieres that remain in these crazy times of pandemic (sorry), we can assure that we will have quite a few terrifying dates throughout this 2021. Here are the most outstanding ones.
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Escape Room 2: You’re dying to get out
Release date: July 30.
Although in times of pandemic we have not had the opportunity to visit too many ‘Escape Rooms’, we are dying to do so soon. The same ones that we have to see it again on the screen. The sequel to the horror film released in 2019 arrives, directed by Adam Robitel, to introduce us again to a group of young people locked in a dangerous game where their ingenuity will mean the difference between life and death. It does not reach the level of its predecessor, although it is good entertainment.
Review of PHOTOGRAMS of ‘Escape Room 2: You die to get out’
Pray for us
Release date: March 31st.
Directed by Evan spiliotopoulos and based on the book ‘Shrine’ by James Herbert, tells the story of a young woman with a hearing impairment who, after an alleged apparition of the Virgin Mary, is capable of performing miracles. With Jeffrey dean morgan and Carey Elwes in the cast, the film fails to turn its interesting starting point into a gripping look at religious fanaticism.
Blood red sky
Release date: July 23 (Netflix).
A woman with a mysterious blood disease is forced into action when a group of terrorists hijack a night transatlantic flight. Of course, this proposal is not lacking in originality. Peter thorwarth, of German production, although the influence of ‘Train to Busan’ is appreciated. And in the (hateful) comparison it loses a lot.
PHOTOGRAM review of Blood Red Sky
Wrong Turn: Path to Hell
Release date: July 23th.
‘Km 666: detour to hell’ began in 2003 a saga that has not given us too many joys, but this remake directed by Mike P. Nelson presents something different and a little more exciting. The story: A group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail come face to face with members of a mountain community called “The Foundation.” A ‘survival’ who wants to talk about the present situation, from the culture of cancellation to the rednecks
Wrong Turn PICTURE Review: Path to Hell
Army of the dead
Release date: may 14.
Of course Zack snyder he was going to put ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries in his zombie movies. It’s just a detail that shows what perhaps weighs on this Netflix movie: its obviousness and lack of new ideas. Not even visually, the filmmaker’s fortress, can drag us into his story of a group of thieves who infiltrate Las Vegas after a zombie apocalypse to steal loot in one of the casinos
Review of PHOTOGRAMS of Army of the Dead
Release date: May 21th.
‘Saw’ is back! The famous horror saga has decided to stop releasing sequels and return to the beginning. Darren lynn bousman has hit the ‘restart’ button in the franchise, and the first step is this movie titled ‘Spiral’, which features Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson as protagonists. In case you do not remember what happened before, do not forget to give a good review of the ‘Saw’ saga. Ready? Then you will discover that this ‘Spiral’ is not all the good that we expected, but still it is faithful to certain elements of the saga.
Review of PHOTOGRAMS of Spiral: Saw
The Warren File: Forced By The Demon
Release date: June 4.
Just in time for the summer came the third installment of the ‘Warren File’ saga, which reunited the Warren couple (Patrick Wilson and Vera farmiga) to investigate a new paranormal case. This time, they will have to discover what lies behind the case of a man who is accused of murder after being possessed by a demon. Unfortunately, it seems that the Warrens’ bellows are waning, although they always have talent to surprise us a little more.
PHOTOGRAM Review of The Warren File: Forced by the Demon
The curse of Lake Manor
Release date: January 22.
Visually stunning and with a fantastic setting, this first film by Roberto de Feo It is an interesting film, although perhaps too ambitious for its possibilities. Made in Italy, it follows a paralyzed boy who lives with his mother in Lake Manor, an isolated mansion in the woods, which he is forbidden to leave. It has the classic elements of the genre (a sinister mansion, a somewhat gloomy clan, a sense of supernatural threat in the environment …) but it fails to shine with them.
PHOTOGRAPH review of The Curse of Lake Manor
Release date: March 5th.
Some thieves break into the house of some adorable old men, and the rest is pure classic ‘home invasion’ that tries to give a twist to the clichés. Julius Berg he makes an amalgamation of well-executed genres and tones, although he can’t play in the league of grandmasters. It is remarkable and effective, but it lacks a certain genius, perhaps bad temper, to make it a truly eye-opening experience.
Review of PHOTOGRAMS by The Owners
The Purge: Infinite
Release date: July 17th.
Fans of ‘The purge’, enjoy this fifth installment, because it will be the last. The end of the saga has arrived in 2021 to immerse ourselves in that night of violence without consequences. Twelve hours of terror in a city that accepts that murder is not a crime, and in which forces greater than vandalism come into play. Directs Everard Drop with a brutal satire of the extreme right in the United States.
Peninsula (train to Busan 2)
Release date: April 23rd.
The South Korean ‘Train to Busan’ was an absolute success around the world, and that is why we were not surprised by its sequel, entitled ‘Peninsula’. Again: zombies galore. The story takes us four years after the events we saw in the original film, a time when the entire country has been affected by the epidemic. A soldier will try to rescue the uninfected who are still trapped in the middle of the apocalypse.
You don’t breathe 2
Release date: 20th of August.
After the good reception of its first installment, directed by Fede Alvarez, ‘Do not breathe’ will return to the screens with the Rodo Sayagues. In this sequel we will meet again with Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang), a former soldier whose blindness does not prevent him from defending his home when attacked. This time, you will have to rescue a girl who has been kidnapped. The irony! To no one’s surprise, it’s a great movie that we shouldn’t underestimate for its sequel quality.
Review of PHOTOGRAMS of You do not breathe 2
A quiet place 2
Release date: June 18.
If ‘A quiet place’ left you wanting more, you won’t have to wait much longer to enjoy the sequel, again directed by John krasinski and starring Emily blunt. The world is the same: monsters terrorize the earth, but their blindness allows small groups of humans to survive if they manage not to make too much noise. Silence will once again be key in this sequel, which will see the Abbot family embark on a dangerous journey. The end of this film leaves everything on track for a third installment.
Review of PHOTOGRAMS of A Quiet Place 2
The street of terror: 1994, 1978 and 1666
Release date: July 2, 9 and 16.
This trilogy based on the hit novel series by RL Stine, responsible for the mythical saga ‘Nightmares‘, has become one of the horror events of the summer of 2021. And its campy and casual tone is incredibly enjoyable, with effective scares and a plot that stretches for centuries: in 1994, in 1978 and in 1666. All three films have been directed by Leigh Janiak, responsible for ‘Honeymoon’ (2014), and is a festival for lovers of the unpretentious genre.
Criticism of PHOTOGRAMS of La calle del terror
Release date: September 3.
A new movie by James Wan | It is always an event for any horror fan, especially if it is a film as ‘pure horror’ as this one. In it, a woman is paralyzed by visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens when she discovers that these waking dreams are, in fact, terrifying realities. The best way to enjoy it is by letting yourself be carried away by its eccentricities and even its weakest points. The experience is worth it.
Criticism of FOTOGRAMAS de Maligno
the candy man
Release date: August 27th.
Remake of the classic ‘Candyman, the domain of the mind’, this film by Our DaCosta made by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Doctor Manhattan in the ‘Watchmen’ series) tells the story of a couple who move into their new apartment, in a building that hides a dark past: a murderer who is invoked by repeating his name five times in front of the mirror. But what if it’s not an urban legend from the past? This remake reminds us of those best classic horror movies not to be missed.
Criticism of PICTURES of Candyman
Release date: January 15.
Without a doubt, one of the most talked about horror films of the year, and also one of the best. And it is that this Australian film was endorsed by critics, in addition to an award in the last edition of the Sitges Festival. Natalie Erika James shows us three women of different generations in the same family (Emily mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Robyn nevin) who are locked in the house of the matriarch, who suffers from a neurodegenerative disease. James could thus join the most promising female directors in the horror genre.
Criticism of PHOTOGRAMS by Relic
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