Looking for something creepy to watch this Halloween? We've put together a list of the scariest and most entertaining supernatural movies that were released in 2021 that you should be watching this October.
So, in no particular order, here are the ten films you should check out this Halloween...
1. The Banishing
'The Banishing' is based on the real life case of Borley Rectory, one of the most interesting and famous ghost cases in British paranormal history. For several decades the gothic-style Essex rectory held the title of "the most haunted house in England" after a ten-year-long investigation by famed paranormal researcher, Harry Price - played in the movie by Sean Harris. The film is very much a classic English haunting, told at a slower pace than the big budget Hollywood scarefests that dominate the supernatural horror genre.
2. The Resort
Streaming since April, 'The Resort' is an American supernatural horror film about four friends who head to a holiday island to investigate reports of paranormal activity at an abandoned resort. The movie is written and directed by Taylor Chien, who created the chilling myth of a half-faced girl who is said to haunt the island retreat off of Hawaii that was forced to shut down after unexplained disappearances of dozens of guests.
3. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
'The Devil Made Me Do It' is the most recent film in the 'Conjuring' universe having been released in 2021. It's the third core 'Conjuring' movie and tells a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The supernatural horror is based around one of the most sensational cases from the their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in US history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence.
4. The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt
'The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt' is a ghost hunting movie that follows firm paranormal believer Barry Dodds as he tries with increasing desperation to convince his friend Ian Boldsworth, a hardcore skeptic, that ghosts exist while on a road trip to some of the UK's most iconic haunted locations.
The comic duo started their journey into the paranormal together when they sat down to record the first episode of The ParaPod together in 2015. Since then there has been a total of 30 episodes of the podcast, as well as a handful of specials and sell-out live shows, which have notched up 2.3m downloads. Now their podcast is the first to become a feature film and it's a must-see for any fan of the paranormal.
5. Halloween Kills
Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode for a sixth time in the upcoming new thrilling chapter of the rebooted 'Halloween' series, which sees the saga of Michael Myers continue.
The 2018 movie ended as Laurie, her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left Myers burning in Laurie's basement, but the trailer seems to pick up moments later with Laurie being rushed to the hospital with injuries sustained during the final showdown in her home, which lead to her believing she'd finally killed the masked monster.
But Laurie is unaware that firefighters have taken it upon themselves to rescue Myers from the blaze, unaware of how dangerous he is. A mistake that costs them their lives and will surely result in the loss of even more lives unless the Strode women can come together to stop him once and for all.
'Malignant' is the latest supernatural offering from James Wan, the creator of the hugely popular 'Conjuring' franchise and stars Annabelle Wallis, who previously appeared in Wan's 'Annabelle'. Wallis plays Madison, a woman being haunted by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities. These dark vision seem to have a link to her childhood imaginary friend, who might not be what he appeared to have been.
7. A Quiet Place Part II
The sequel to the 2018 movie was originally due to be released in 2020, but was pushed back due to the pandemic. The follow-up continues the story of the Abbott family, who now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realise the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
8. Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin
'Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin' is the reboot of the supernatural found footage movie franchise that introduced us to a demon known as Toby who haunted the families of two sisters. 'Next Of Kin' is the only 'Paranormal Activity' film to not be given a theatrical release, instead it will premiere in the United States on Paramount+ on October 29. There's not yet any word on a release outside of the US. The video-on-demand service doesn't launch in the UK until next year.
9. The Sleepless Unrest: The Real Conjuring Home
'The Sleepless Unrest: The Real Conjuring Home' follows a small group of filmmakers and paranormal investigators who live in one of the most famous haunted houses in the world in an attempt to experience the haunting in the same way the homeowners do.
In the new documentary film, husband-and-wife directors, Kendall and Vera Whelpton, tackle the haunting at the world-famous house that inspired the first movie in 'The Conjuring' franchise. They're joined on their mission by paranormal investigators Richel Stratton and Brian Murray. The gang of four weren't just locked down inside for one night, or even 24 hours. Incredibly, they spent two weeks living with the haunting for the film.
10. The Water Man
A creepy cabin in a haunted forest - what more could you want from a ghost story? 'The Water Man' is a new family-friendly supernatural thriller and the directorial debut of David Oyelowo, who also stars in the movie as the father of an adventurous 11-year-old boy, Gunner. After hearing about the local legend of a ghost known as the Water Man who hides in the woods bordering a remote town in Oregon, Gunner - played by Lonnie Chavis - sets off on a quest to find him.