There has been no shortage of fear in the last few years.
Most of them, of course, came from the real world – as COVID-19 put all of us, to some degree, in very real danger.
Still, there has also been a fair share of horror to come from the film world. And those are the types we’re looking for during the Halloween season.
Most of the entertainment industry was shut down for over a year due to the pandemic, yet the horror film Machine remained right on pumping out terrifyingly good offerings during that time period. In fact, 2020 and 2021 have been great years for horror releases—some of which hit the big screens (often at drive-ins) and others went straight to streaming platforms.
Here’s a look at 10 of our favorite releases from the past two years. These are all widely available to stream/rent/buy right now. So, pick one (or all 10) and wish yourself a Happy Halloween!
No one is doing a better job in the horror-comedy genre than Christopher Landon these days. After giving the world the amazing “Happy Death Day” and solid sequel “Happy Death Day 2 U” — both of which are built on a “Groundhog Day”-esque storyline — the director may be hitting another hit out of the park with this film Can be considered a horror movie version of “Freaky Friday”. Vince Vaughn and Katherine Newton are brilliant as a serial killer and high school student who transforms bodies through the usual dark evil spell mumbo-jumbo.
It’s a chilling supernatural horror movie with few scenes – is there a monster crawling out of that deer carcass? – that can keep you awake at night. The film stars John-Paul Howard as Ben Shaw, who suspects that something wrong is going on with his neighbours. (Spoiler alert: he’s right.) “The Witched” really is a movie that lives up to its name, yet in all the right ways, and comes highly recommended for anyone who likes witch stories. She goes.
Wait a second – a horror movie starring Kevin James? Those goofy Kevin James flicks from ‘Zookeeper’ and ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ and ‘The King of Queens’ TV sitcoms? Yes, that Kevin James. And he’s pretty confident in his cinematic twist on the dark side, playing an ex-con who has more than he can chew on when engaging with 13-year-old Becky (Lulu Wilson) in this house-invasion tale. can cut.
“Saw” has been one of horror’s most consistently entertaining franchises, beginning with the stone-cold classic debut in 2004 and continuing through several well-directed sequels. This 2021 offering is a worthy addition to the legacy as well as a laudable reboot, offering plenty of new avenues for years to come and more in the “Saw” story to discover. Chris Rock stars in the film and adds a sense of humor to the mix—something the franchise has never really done before.
How safe are you really when you jump in that rideshare vehicle? You might be thinking twice about using an app to arrange your next ride after watching this Canadian thriller, which tells the story of a woman who has to leave the airport to see her father late at night. Requires a lift and instead ends up on a nightmare journey involving a supernatural creature known as the “Toll Man”. (Note: This should not be confused with the 2021 film of the same name starring Michael Smiley.)
Two forest rangers face more than they face as they enter the wilderness in this thoroughly gripping South African eco-horror film, which had its world premiere in the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2021. One of the Rangers moves between two existentialists – a father and son who survive, far off the grid – but as some sort of evil constantly gets closer, it becomes harder to survive. The film’s folklore-horror vibe should please fans of “Midsummer” and “The Wewitch.”
Rupert Friend — whose spin as CIA operative Peter Quinn helped make Showtime political thriller “Homeland” one of the best TV shows of all time — is at the top of his game playing graphic novel artist Jeff Wan, who is known for his role in the show. Must fight the dark forces so that his daughter can be saved. The film’s buoyant point is a bad marriage and impending divorce, and the horrors that follow underscore just how damaging these situations can be to children.
We fell in love with Megan Fox in the 2009 horror-comedy “Jennifer’s Body” and then managed to spend more than 10 years without seeing her in another movie. (We’re not fans of “Transformers” and somehow managed to miss 2016’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.”) Still, we’re back on the Fox bandwagon after catching the actress. The story of the anniversary celebration gone oh-so-wrong. Feel free to join us, but note that the bandwagon is already getting crowded with everyone excited about Fox getting this “comeback” role.
This is the movie that confirms the fears all parents have about kids spending too much time on their iPads, smart phones and other screens. So, in other words, the kids want to persuade their parents to watch something else, lest they face some harsh screen-time limits, as this chilling release tells the story of a monster who kills himself. A young boy hunts through a smart device. Yes, this movie has an app for that.
Let’s be clear here: Nicolas Cage has been the biggest thing about the movie business over the years, always coming across as pure, unadulterated Nicolas Cage, no matter what the call for a particular role. Don’t be He shines once again in this delightfully funny movie, very oddly enough, that can lead to nightmares for all of us, which is about Chuck E. I grew up celebrating my birthday in Paneer.
Bonus Pick: “Fatal”
James Wan is one of the greatest — and certainly the most successful — horror filmmakers of his generation, having mastered the “Saw,” “Conjuring” and “Insidious” franchises. The director has another winner with “Malignant,” which takes audiences on a thrilling ride of unexpected twists, scares and over-the-top action as it unravels the story of a troubled woman and a rising number of gruesome deaths. Is. around him.
“Malignant” isn’t widely available to stream, but we’re still adding it to our list as the best horror movie of the past two years. It was released simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max earlier this fall, although it has been pulled from Max. “Malignant” will reportedly be available for digital purchase from October 22, with Blu-ray and DVD versions on November 30. But keep your eyes peeled for a return to streaming at some point.