Good horror is made as much by scaring you in the moment as it is by making you anticipate the horror left to come. This list of upcoming horror movies will help you set up movie dates and clear your schedule when something like Halloween Kills releases. It’s also meant to give you a taste of what horror is coming down the pipeline, so your subconscious can start working on building up dread.
Knowing what’s coming out soon helps me “prepare,” because I’m a nerd and I like to read the book before I see the movie, assuming it’s a movie based on a book. Or if there’s a cool true-crime component to the story, I want to read up on that. It’s absolutely necessary to rewatch an original horror movie before seeing a sequel and make sure I’m caught up.
Bookmark this page if you want to check on what’s premiering soon. I’ll be adding new movies that are coming up every month. Here’s what’s this month:
August 27: Candyman
Finally a sequel to the 1992 classic that lives up to the Candyman name. Directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele, this version of Candyman features the baby from the original movie all grown up and still living in Cabrini-Green, which is now gentrified. This movie is a “spiritual sequel,” meaning that it exists in the same universe as the original Candyman, though it will focus on a new story.
September 3: We Need to do Something
A family seeking shelter from a tornado are tormented by… something. They begin to realize that whatever is going on is bigger than a tornado. The film is based on the book by the same name if you can’t wait for it to hit theaters.
September 10: Malignant
A new movie dreamed up and directed by Conjuring creator James Wan (with help from Akela Cooper and Ingrid Bisu). It will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on September 10. For some reason, Wan is keeping plot details of the movie under wraps.
Coming out in the rest of 2021:
October 6: There’s Someone Inside Your House
Based on the best-selling novel by Stephanie Perkins about a transfer student from Hawaii who becomes involved in a murder investigation in her new hometown in Nebraska. After teasing a theatrical release this film will released on Netflix.
October 8: Lamb
A “supernatural drama” from A24 about an isolated couple living in Iceland and the bizarre relationship they develop with a pet. I’m not sure if this will be scary enough to be pleasing to horror fans, but I’m including it because A24 + it looks creepy and unsettling.
October 8: The Manor
After experiencing a stroke, a woman is moved to a historic nursing home in her city. She suspects the building is haunted, but no one believes her. This will be the fifth movie in the anthological Welcome to Blumhouse series. This will be released onto Prime Video on October 8.
October 15: Halloween Kills
HIGHLY anticipated next installment after 2018’s Halloween sequel. The movie opens with Laurie Strode, her daughter, and her granddaughter being taken away from Laurie’s burning home. Laurie shouts at the emergency responders not to rescue Michael Myers, screaming “Let him burn!” Director David Gordon Green has hinted that this movie will have a high kill count, and we’re going to see just how much terror The Boogeyman can unleash on Haddonfield.
October 29: Last Night in Soho
A British psychological horror movie about a young fashion student who is mysteriously transported into the body of her favorite singer, Sandy, in 1966. At first, 1966 London is glamorous, but the woman soon learns that the past isn’t as innocent as she thought it was.
October 29: Antlers
A small-town teacher and her brother, the sheriff, become concerned about a local boy named Lucas, whom they suspect is secretly caring for a deadly supernatural animal.
November 5: Shepherd
British horror movie about a man working as a shepherd who descends into madness after the death of his wife.
November 11: Ghostbusters Afterlife
A single mom and her kids move to a dilapidated farm house that was left to them by the children’s grandfather. Soon they discover the old man was involved with the Ghostbusters. Now most people don’t believe in or remember the ghostbusters, even though escaped spirits are making the world more and more unstable.
Upcoming horror movies beyond 2021:
Abruptio. A horror anthology puppet movie a man who wakes up with a bomb in his head and has to follow orders in order to stay alive. The film includes Sid Haig’s last role before his death in 2019.
Jeepers Creepers: Reborn. Thankfully the franchise has decided to pick up and start working on new plotlines and characters. Victor Salva will not return as a writer or director. The plan is that this film would be the first of a second Jeepers Creepers trilogy.
Terrifier 2. In order to make this sequel to the cult hit Terrifier (2016), director Damien Leone launched an Indiegogo campaign and raised $250K on a $50K goal. The Terrifier clown is resurrected on Halloween night and again unleashed to prey on unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. The movie doesn’t have a release date yet, but Leone teased doing a series of “road show style” premieres.
Scream 5. The fifth installment of the Scream franchise will be released January 14, 2022.
Hocus Pocus 2. This movie is planned to be released in October 2022.
Previously released in 2021 — ICYMI
Fear Street Trilogy. An incredible Netflix trilogy that was released in parts in July 2021. All three movies are great teen slashers that pretty much every horror fan will enjoy. The throwback pop music makes these movies so fun and enjoyable.
The Forever Purge. According to writer/director James DeMonaco, this is the final Purge movie. This movie starts after the events of The Purge: Election Year (2016), with Charlene “Charlie” Roan being elected president and ending The Purge. A gang in Texas disagrees with the decision and decides they will purge whether it is legal or not, beginning “The Forever Purge.”
Till Death. Megan Fox stars as Emma, a woman trapped at a remote cabin handcuffed to her dead husband. It looks kind of like Mike Flannigan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game, but with a heist sub-plot.
Behind the Sightings. A psychological thriller horror film presented in a found footage/docu style. A married couple who make films together decides to investigate the 2016 clown sightings for their next project. I was going to say it looks a little low-budget for my taste but then the trailer got to the part where a clown rises out of the corn pit and it went full circle for me as being good campy rather than bad/low-budget.
A Classic Horror Story. An Italian horror movie premiered on Netflix. Five people carpooling together get into a car accident one night and wake up deep in the woods with no road to be found. The only thing worse than being lost in these strange woods is the realization that they aren’t alone.
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. A sequel to Escape Room (2019), taking place after Zoey and Ben decide to confront the evil Minos Corporation responsible for the escape room they encountered. However, instead they are put into another, more difficult escape room with other survivors. I’m sensing a Forever Escape Room installment somewhere down the line.
The Sleepless Unrest: The Real Conjuring Home. A Ghost Adventures-style documentary about a group of filmmakers who move into the former Perron home in Rhode Island. This was the house the first Conjuring movie was based on.
Old. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this highly anticipated horror thriller is about a family who mysteriously ages while spending a day at the beach.
Don’t Breathe 2. After the events of Don’t Breathe (2016), Norman Nordstrom aka “The Blind Man,” has been rebuilding his life at a cabin in the woods. He has abducted another young girl and has been raising her as his daughter. The girl is kidnapped, and The Blind Man has to hunt down his prey again. Stephen Lang reprises his role as The Blind Man.
The Night House. A grieving widow named Beth lives in the lake home her late husband built for her. After her husband’s passing, Beth comes to believe he is haunting her. She looks into his affairs and discovers the secrets he kept from her.