The second year of the ongoing pandemic has made another wonderful year of terror. The theatrical titles delayed last year saw them finally launch in 2021, and many have experimented with day-and-date release strategies. Streaming services and video-on-demand markets continued to offer a crazy selection, and more film festivals have joined the virtual space. It all seemed like 2020 bleeds into 2021 in a weird way.
The result is a year in which horror continues to cross and dominate the mainstream. The ongoing trend of serious adult horror has been broken by a new emerging trend of crowd-pleasing horror. The audience made it clear that the films that resonated the most were the titles that allowed them to escape these unprecedented and stressful times, whether through a light escape or a relaxed franchise comeback.
Again, the genre offered plenty of catharsis, relief, escape, and welcome chills, and not always as expected. Viewers couldn’t stop talking about the year’s best deep-seated horrors that thrilled the crowds, showcased originality, and spotlighted a new wave of great debuts by filmmakers to watch going forward.
These are our picks for the top 10 awards of 2021.
James Wan sets clear limits to the kind of madness that can be expected from the opening scene of Madness with its polarizing return to horror. Channeling the Dark Castle scene of the late ’90s, the opening sequence puts together an eerie plot that seems to be lifted from the ’90s in terms of tone and bloodshed, suggesting a wild ride forward where you’re along its outrageous wave, or you’re not. It’s a relentlessly entertaining riot, from the prison cell massacre featuring Zoe Bell wearing a mullet to Maddy Hasson’s “Are You Adopted?!” delivery line Wan and screenwriter Akila Cooper provided a breath of fresh air, and the film’s unbridled reception cements its place here.
9. House of the Night
Writers: Ben Collins and Luke Petrovsky (super dark times, sirenand director David BrucknerritualAnd South, V/H/S.Exploring the possibility of an existence beyond the grave in a painful form of loss and grief. On top of that, Bruckner delivers a consistent level of pulsating horror with one unsettling and frightening atmosphere. Emphasis on static. night house The incessant barrage of intense fears begins almost immediately, and never stops. Bruckner once again shows a knack for crafting intimidation and an unsettling atmosphere.
Producer and co-writer Na Hong Jin Follow wailing He continues to explore faith and the clash of beliefs. Only this time, it’s a nightmare in a documentary style set in Thailand. Co-Writer/Director Pangong Bisanthanakon (shutter) limits his time, and allows audiences to get attached to the family at the center of the tenure issue. Then it accumulates in fear. At first, the fears were subtle. Then it builds. A video similar to video footage of Mink’s nocturnal activity was found to be even more disturbing. Even then, she couldn’t prepare for the sheer madness of the climax, the onslaught of spiritual display and the horrific horrors. It’s bloody, shocking, and unpredictable. It will also break your heart.
Writer/director Corinna Faith uses the incessant late 1973 blackout that plunged London into darkness every night, due to a miners’ strike, as the backdrop for this hospital haunt. Faith uses a familiar ghost story from the period as a basis for creating a psychologically powerful story filled with the dread of enclosed spaces and the fears caused by claustrophobia. Rose Williams’ poor performance as a young nurse targeted by the darkness and duplicity of the film’s title delivers an emotional punch that still lingers.
6. Candy Man
Every aspect of the production is amazing. The bold color palette and Cara Brower production design filled with mirrors and reflective surfaces for the bogeyman of the same name to hide, and the challenging shots and frames Nia DaCosta uses to navigate around those mirrors keep you firmly in the grip of this movie from the start. There is even an art to horror. Gore is used thoughtfully and with purpose, and restraint on bloodletting has the same effect. It all makes for a rich visual feast that re-examines the horror legend and leaves you asking DaCosta to command another horror feature as soon as possible.
Once again, Julia Docornu finds unique and aggressive ways to use physical horror that leads to instant disgust while gaining instant sympathy. Thanks to her horrific actions, Alexia has become anti-heroine, sociopath, and completely magnetic. These amazing feats never stop; They only turn into something else when you find a strange father figure. Titanium He throws everything at the audience in an aggressive style. Deserved visceral violence, tenderness, and even the most unusual sexual encounters. Ducournau makes it all, both visually and narratively, remarkably coherent. It centers on a pair of main characters who are totally committed to their strangely charming but deeply flawed characters.
4. The pause
Writer/director Keith Thomas brings a fresh perspective to a familiar setting without sacrificing any fears. The ominous atmosphere and disturbing moments send goose bumps. The film maker also takes important measures to ensure that this story is told in an accessible manner. A familiar story of demonic possession is enriched by its subtext of generational trauma, and its core themes of guilt and religious commitment are inherently debatable regardless of beliefs. It is global. A long, untapped corner of religion and folklore is finally being explored excitingly and chills in the process.
3. The Green Knight
Writer/director David Lowery adapts to the unknown A written 14th century poem titled “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” makes it one epic feast for a movie. Lori deconstructs it, creating powerful sword and sorcery intensely thematically, visually, and narratively. green knight He does not entrap you in his progressive captivating spell; It consumes you completely from the opening frame. It’s a spooky and frightening atmosphere, whether it’s misty landscapes, haunted houses in the jungle, opulent castles, or sprawling battlefields adorned with corpses. It’s a triumphant cinematic experience that transcends multiple genres with an emphasis on sword and sorcery, which is the only reason it’s not a bit higher on this list.
2. The boy behind the door
Filmmakers David Charbonnier and Justin Powell plunge straight into the heart of evil with their relentless, boundary-pushing thriller. They know how to block out the scene and use sound design to maximize the suspense and how to keep the pressure on a steady clip. It’s a taut thriller, which gets bolder with the age of the hero. Lonnie Chavis carries a lot on his little shoulders all the time, which makes him even more impressive because of the dark matter. The intense thriller tosses the concept of housebreaking on its head while leaving you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath.
1. The sergeant
Prano Bailey-Bond’s feature debut is an atmospheric immersion in the Video Nasty era, leading to the creative and nightmarish critique of the ethical scrutiny and censorship that fueled it. Niamh Algar excels as a strict, old-fashioned woman who slowly detaches from seismic shifts in her own safe little bubble. The neon colors of frenzied nightmares seep into the dull colors of reality, signaling a visually stunning descent into madness. Bailey-Bond makes a powerful love letter to this complex, adorable, charming, and uninterested in holding hands. Sgt It issues a dummy warning that you can’t modify previous shocks, lest they come back and bite you.