19 Scary Movies You Need to Watch

I’ll admit, a lot of what has happened this past year has felt like scenes from a horror movie. And you would think we’ve collectively had enough doom and gloom IRL…but somehow, despite everything that’s gone wrong in the world, curling up under a blanket and watching a good scary movie still feels right.

In fact, there have been studies about how seeing our worst fears unfold onscreen helps us better cope with them if they happen IRL. So whether you’re trying to brace yourself for the worst or just trying your best to survive 2021 like the rest of us, having a horror movie marathon isn’t the worst idea. Thankfully, there’s a great roster of frightening films coming out this year to help you do that. Here are our 19 favorite horror flicks hitting screens in 2021.

Things Heard & Seen

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An art restorer (Amanda Seyfried) and her husband (James Norton) move into a charming old house they make their own. Soon, they realize that moving may have been a mistake as they begin to see and hear things, uncovering dark secrets that live within the walls.

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw

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Detective Zeke Banks (Chris Rock) and his partner William Schenk (Max Minghella) are the lead investigators on a mysterious series of murders, with the killer leaving a trail of clues. The two feel like they’re getting close to solving the case, but what they don’t realize is that the deeper they dig, the more they’re actually playing into the killer’s game.

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A Quiet Place Part II

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After beating the odds and fighting their way out of the deadly events of the last movie, the Abbott family now has to face the outside world. The same rules apply and they have to stay silent to avoid the wrath of creatures that hunt by sound. But unfortunately for them, now there are more threats to worry about.

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are back and investigating one of their most high-profile paranormal cases yet. For the first time in U.S. history, a murder suspect is claiming demonic possession as a defense. The couple starts out by fighting for the soul of a young boy and winds up involved in something that even they, as total experts, never saw coming.

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The Forever Purge

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This is the fifth and final installment in The Purge film series and takes place after The Purge: Election Year. Adela (Ana de la Reguera) and Juan (Tenoch Huerta) get stranded on a ranch in Texas after escaping a Mexican drug cartel. But finding solace in their safe haven doesn’t last long, because a group of outsiders decides to keep the purge going beyond the allowed amount of time.

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The Power

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Val is a nurse trainee in 1974 London, ready to serve people in her community and help the sick. She’s eager to start at the East London Royal Infirmary, but the medical facility is nothing like she expected. She’s forced to face her personal trauma in order to defeat an evil force trying to torment her.

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Oxygen

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Liz Hansen wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no clue how she got there, what year it is, or where exactly she is. But her oxygen is running out soon. She needs to regain her memories and think fast in order to escape.

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The Woman in the Window

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Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is an agoraphobic psychologist who never leaves her home. Instead, she watches the world from her window. She especially likes to watch the family that lives in the building across from hers. It’s all harmless until one day she sees something she shouldn’t, and the authorities won’t believe her.

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The Djinn

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A mute 12-year-old boy is left home alone by his father, so he decides to summon a genie from “The Book of Shadows.” But the spirit summoned is not the same wish-granting creature from cheerful fairytales, and the boy is trapped with a sinister monster.

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Escape Room 2

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This movie is a sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller about a group of friends doing an immersive, life-size puzzle with deadly consequences. It picks up where the first film left off and stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Isabelle Fuhrman, Thomas Cocquerel, Holland Roden, Carlito Olivero, and Indya Moore.

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Don’t Breathe 2

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The Blind Man (Stephen Lang) is back, but it looks like he won’t be the bad guy this time. Since the events of the first movie, he’s been living a quiet life, hiding out in a cabin for several years with a young orphan girl he’s been caring for. But when a group of criminals kidnaps her, he’s forced to leave his life of peace behind.

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The Night House

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Beth (Rebecca Hall) is now widowed after her husband Owen (Evan Jonigkeit) seems to have taken his own life. He left her a note saying that she’s safe now. But from what? After mysterious bloody footprints and a disturbing presence in their house makes itself known, Beth slowly uncovers her husband’s secret…and what seems to be a creepy parallel universe.

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candy man

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A screenplay cowritten by Jordan Peele, candy man is a sequel to the classic 1992 horror film about a killer with a hook for a hand who is summoned when someone repeats his name five times while looking into a mirror. Set in present-day Chicago, artist Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his partner Brianna (Teyonah Parris) move into a new apartment in a gentrified area. Anthony is drawn to the urban legend and to the area’s history, and he uses them as inspiration for his art. But with his work, he unknowingly awakens a dark presence and unleashes chaos.

Premieres August 27, 2021

Malignant

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This new original horror film by Conjuring universe creator James Wan follows two women on the run from a horrifying creature. Not much else has been revealed about the movie’s storyline, but it already sounds extra spooky!

Premieres: September 10, 2021

Halloween Kills

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This is the 12th movie in the Halloween horror movie series and picks up where the last one left off. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) are all being pursued by killer Michael Myers on Halloween. The family works with whoever they can while trying to survive the night and stand up against the masked murderer.

Premieres: October 15, 2021

Last Night in Soho

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This movie counts The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy and The Crown actor Matt Smith among its main cast. It tells the story of a fashion-obsessed young woman who travels back in time to the ’60s to meet her idols. While this scenario is part dream and part nightmare, the woman later realizes that the cons far outweigh the pros and not everything is what it seems.

Premieres: October 22, 2021

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

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This is a reboot of a Resident Evil film based on the iconic video game series. The movie will star Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen, Avan Jogia, Tom Hopper, Lily Gao, Neal McDonough, and Donal Logue.

Premieres: November 24, 2021

Terrifier 2

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This is a sequel to the 2016 clown horror film Terrifier. Art the Clown is resurrected a year after the events of the first movie. And now, he’s out to hunt down two siblings on Halloween.

Premieres: TBD 2021

Wendell and Wild

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The upcoming stop-motion animated fantasy horror comedy is based on a script cowritten by Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, among others. It’s expected to be released on Netflix sometime this year.

Premieres: TBD 2021

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