Upcoming Horror Movies 2020/21

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As usual in our MONTH OF HORROR we take a look at upcoming horror film that we are excited about. Almost all th film on the list would been released already if it wasn’t for this crazy year we have all been living through. Hopefully, things will return to normal next year. The list includes completely new stuff, sequels to newer horror films, a “spiritual sequal”, and a might old circus horse returning to the arena for the 12th time! In other words, there should be something for everyone.

Let us know in the comments below which one you are most excited about. What other horror films coming out in the next year are you looking forward to?

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Candyman (2021)

Director: Nia DaCosta

Written and produced by Jordan Peele (Get out, 2017) this is not a remake of the 1992 Candyman but rather a “spiritual sequel”. The film is set in the same Chicago neighbourhood, now gentrified and settled by urban elites. An artist, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us, 2019), moves his family into the neighbourhood and encounters the legend of Candyman, which begins to affect his art and as he delves into the macabre details of the story in order to boost is career as a painter his sanity begins to unravel. Candyman is a story that deserves a great film and the approach taken here is preferable to a straight out remake. It will be interesting to see what DaCosta and Peele can deliver, when we finally get to see it. Candyman was originally slated for this year but has been pushed to 2021 due to Covid-19.

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A Quiet Place Part II (April, 2021)

Director: John Krasinski

John Kransinski was widely applauded for A Quiet Place (2018) in which he co-starred with wife Emily Blunt. It wasn’t his directorial début, at least in terms of numbers, but it was certainly a statement that he has something to offer as a director. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by monsters who are ultra-sensitive to sound and follows the Abbott family yeat again. This time around they leave their home and find that the outside world offers other threats besides the monsters. The actors all reprise their roles and Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, 2002) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, 2006) are added to the mix. Based on the trailer we can look forward to another nail-biting round of horror. The film is a bit of an oddity as it has already premiered. It did so in New York City on 8th March this year and was scheduled for a wide release in late March. However, due to Covid-19 the wide release has been pushed to April 2021.

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Last Night in Soho (April, 2021)

Director: Edgar Wright

The on the list that I am personally most excited about is Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho. Wright has already proven that he is a master of different genres, and has tackled horror before, a genre he is very influenced by, but in a humorous way as was the case with the superb zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead (2004). According to Wright, Last Night will be a departure from his previous films, and he is visually very inspired by the psychological horror films that were particularly plentiful and interesting in the 1960s and 1970s. Especially the films Repulsion and Don’t Look Now are cited as influences. In the film Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, 2016) plays Sandy, a girl obsessed with fashion who mysteriously enters 1960s London and meets her idol, but soon discovers that things are not as pleasant as first suspected and things begin to unravel. IT will be exciting to see what a psychological horror movie by Edgar Wright looks like.

 

 

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June, 2021)

Director: Michael Chaves

Since the release of The Conjuring (2013) there has been no end to the sequels and spin-off and people seem to like them as they continue to draw huge crowds. Next year will see the release of the second direct sequel to The Conjuring, abtly titled The Devil Made Me Do It. Farmiga and Wilson reprise their roles as the Warren couple, a real-life couple who spent their lives investigating claims of paranormal activity and the director’s helm is taken bu Michael Chaves, who directed the Conjuring spin-off The Curse of La Llorona (2019). This third installment takes places in the early 1980s and is based on the case of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, the first case in the U.S. were a defendant pleaded innocence due to demonic possession. The case attracted worldwide publicity at the time and it will be interesting to see how it translated to screen. The Devil Made Me Do it is one of the many films pushed back due to Covid-19 and was originally set for release September of this year. Now, hopefully, we get to see it next June.

 

 

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Halloween Kills (October, 2021)

Director: David Gordon Green

Michael Myers is impossible to kill. If you haven’t learned that over the past 42 years then you haven’t been paying attention. As the teaser trailer below shows (spoiler warning!) the apparently decisive victory against Myers in 2018’s Halloween wasn’t conclusive. Pratically nothing is known about the plot except that it is a continuation of the eternal fight between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. David Gordon Green returns as director as does Danny McBride as screenwriter. One has to wonder how many fresh ideas can be left in what will be the 12th instalment of the Halloween franchise, but we shall have to wait and see.

Halloween Kills is another film which has been pushed back due to Covid-19. Originally set to be released October of this year it has been pushed to October 2021 to coincide with the Halloween season. The already planned sequel called Halloween Ends, set to be released in 2021, is pushed to October 2022.

 

NB: the teaser trailer contains spoilers from Halloween (2018).

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