by alexis wilson
Sometimes, you need to watch something that’s not as scary as real life. Here are a few of the best horror movies of 2021 so far.
Fear Street Trilogy
Director Leigh Janiak explores a curse that has doomed residents in the fictional town of Shadyside for centuries in this three-part R.L. Stine adaptation. Set in 1994, 1978, and 1666, the Fear Street trilogy is a gory, delightfully entertaining reframing of the slasher genre.
Heroes actor Brea Grant stars in and wrote the Shudder original, which is another new take on the slasher. Directed by Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl), Lucky is the tale of a man who repeatedly breaks into the home of a self-help author and her partner trying to kill them.
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James Wan returned to his Saw-era roots with Malignant, an absolutely bonkers story of a woman who witnesses murders remotely after hitting her head: "Right after Aquaman, I knew I was jumping into Aquaman 2 at some point, but... I needed a palette cleanser.”
Adapting Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters’ graphic novel Sandcastles, Old portrays a group of vacationers on a remote beach where time is not on their side. Starring Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, and Rufus Sewell, Old is one of M. Night Shyamalan’s weirdest.
Rose Glass’ directorial debut stars Morfydd Clark as a religion-obsessed nurse caring for those sick with lymphoma, and the more carnally-minded Amanda, played by Jennifer Ehle. A bit unnerving, Saint Maud manages to become its own endeavor, sure to gather devotees.