2021 Year in Review: The Best Horror Movies

2021 Year in Review: The Best Horror Movies

It is that time of the year where we share our best of 2021 list. I love this time of the year because I often get to highlight films maybe you haven’t seen and hopefully, it inspires you to check the movies out. So, with that being said, I share the best Horror movies of 2021 with you.

Sound of Violence

I remember watching the movie as a part of the SXSW Film Festival and in my review, I talked about seeking that next high when it comes to watching the film. The movie follows Alexis (Jasmin Savoy Brown), who uses the tragic events of her past to seek a similar high (obviously in a different manner).

When Horror is done right, it can truly stand apart from the pact and highlight what the genre can bring to the table. Within the Sound of Violence, Alex Noyer brings a unique and fresh idea that is straight badass. The entire film is an edge-of-your-seat style of thriller that has a killer performance from Jasmin Savoy Brown.

Spencer

People might think I am crazy for the addition of Spencer because it is not labeled a “horror film.” However, to understand Horror is to know that the genre can range from internal Horror, external Horror and even the Horror of the life you are living. The battles that Princess Diana faced were traumatic and watching it unfold within Pablo Larrain’s film was often hard to watch.

The film was elevated by Jonny Greenwood’s powerful and haunting score that enhances the Horror elements I was speaking of. Factor that in with a haunting yet moving performance from Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana. The movie is one of the year’s best Horror films.

The Manor

Psychological horror thrillers are right up my alley. Axelle Carolyn wrote and directed a haunting film about the concerns of people putting their elders in nursing homes. I loved the way she added a serious emotional element to the story that put us in the family’s shoes.

The entire cast from Barbara Hershey, Nicholas Alexander, and Bruce Davidson bring the story to life. If you haven’t watched the film, it is available on Amazon Prime Video.

A Quiet Place Part II

John Krasinki’s original A Quiet Place was a great piece of filmmaking that was an insane theatrical experience. I have yet to rewatch the original because it gave me that theater atmosphere I don’t think I can replicate. On the other hand, sequels are challenging and often unneeded. I remember hearing there would be a sequel and was slightly disappointed because some movies are left as standalone.

However, Krasinski blew those questions out of the water with an insane follow-up that I believe is even better than the original. The way he explored the world preexisting to what happened in the original was done in a way that kept you engulfed in the story. Still, as of this day, Millicent Simmonds gave one of the better performances of the year. Her remarkable way of captivating us with her facial expressions was insane. If you liked the original, a worthwhile sequel that you would like.

Candyman

Remaking movies aren’t always easy and the classic that is Candyman was one that I was intrigued to see what they would do to bring a fresh take on the story.

Nia DaCosta brought the goods in this movie. I loved her take on this old classic that watched Yahya Abdul-Mateen II deliver another bold and daring performance. Abdul-Mateen II blew me away with his performance within Anthony McCoy. The supporting players in Colman Domingo and Vanessa Williams were also great.

The tight run time, scary aspects and haunting performance made Candyman one of my favorite horror films of the year.

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