We’re not lab scientists, but we did weigh several different factors when building our list of the 13 scariest movies of 2021 to date.
We considered things like Rotten Tomato fan scores, Shudder, critic insights and other factors from across the movie landscape, including box office numbers. You could always recommend these to a friend (if you want to scare the life out of them)—or even invite them over and console each other through the terror.
And FYI, although the original release dates might say otherwise, all of these were eventually released in 2021 (Covid-related confusion being the culprit).
The third installment of this freaky series is currently eighth at the box office. That shouldn’t be surprising, given the unique type of historically slanted scare the first two provided.
Noel Murray of the Los Angeles Times made us want to watch this story of a self-help author being stalked with his description of the film by director Natasha Kermani: “As the filmmakers dial in tighter on those keen observations, their movie gets more and more chilling.”
This over-the-top and strange film has found its way onto most people’s lists of the top horror films of 2021 so far: siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord from millions of years ago.
This may be the first movie you’re forced to watch with one eye and one ear closed. Hopefully, the edge of your seat is comfortable.
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A hospice nurse becomes obsessed with her patient in Saint Maud, which has been around for critiquing since its debut in January and has held up—at a strong 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The logline for Slaxx kind of sells itself, huh? “A possessed pair of jeans terrorizes trapped workers at a trendy clothing store.”
This horror film about a murderous hairdresser has been praised for its uniqueness and strong characters.
In this film directed by S.K. Dale, a wife (Megan Fox) wakes up … handcuffed to her dead husband.
A forest ranger and a postal worker uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing a community in this horror-comedy.
A young man agrees to fulfill the duties of a “shomer,” the Jewish practice of looking after a dead body for a night … you can probably guess where that plot is going.