After living through the actual horror show that was 2020 and early 2021, you might be thinking, "Hey, thanks universe, but I'm done feeling scared/terrified/even mildly horrified forever." And that would be a totally fair life stance to take. In the last year and change, we've all lived out a bunch of classic horror movie plots—a mysterious global pandemic à la Contagion, Purge-esque riots, it's been a lot! So, like we said, if the real world has fulfilled your fear quotient for the next decade or so, that's understandable. But if you're the kind of person who still wants to feel some occasional, controlled, and most importantly, fictional thrills and scares, that's totally valid, too, and 2021 is here to deliver.
We've done the research so you don't have to and pulled together a handy list of some of the scariest and most chilling and thrilling movies coming out in 2021. Of course, since we're not out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic, how firm these planned release dates are and just how these movies might be available to watch remains to be seen. And, PSA, even if movie theaters in your area are open and showing one or more of these movies in the coming months, remember to follow ongoing guidelines regarding quarantining and social distancing for the safety of yourself and others.