The Halloween season might be coming to a close, but that hasn’t stopped big horror movies from releasing in November 2021. Ghosts, zombies, vampires, and more await audiences in theatres and streaming services.
Ordered by their release date, these five varied horror offerings should be on everybody’s to-watch list this November 2021.
If you’re after some other great movie suggestions, make sure to check these out:
- 7 Biggest Horror Movies Releasing October 2021
- 5 Great Movies to Watch in October 2021
- The 10 Best Movies on Shudder
5. Dead & Beautiful
Releases November 4 worldwide on Shudder.
Five rich, spoiled Taiwanese friends take turns in designing unique, lavish experiences for each other to try and satiate their boredom. One night’s activities in Taipei take a turn for the supernatural, and they all awaken the following morning with vampire fangs and a thirst for blood that threatens those around them—and their own friendships.
Written and directed by David Verbeek, Dead & Beautiful has been described as the spiritual sibling of Only Lovers Left Alive, a moody vampire movie that favours character over plot. The stylish trailer seems to merit this description, but has more of a focus on individual existential experiences over romance.
The vampire sub-genre has proven to be a fantastic backdrop for exploring both big themes and complicated characters. Meaning Dead & Beautiful has a lot of potential to deliver an indie thinkpiece along with beautiful cityscape visuals.
4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Releases November 19 in US theatres.
A PG-13 horror movie for the whole family, Ghostbusters: Afterlife looks to recapture the spectral magic of the original 80’s classics. The sequel is written and directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), original franchise director Ivan Reitman’s son.
Set thirty years after the events of Ghostbusters II, the sequel focuses on a single mum (Carrie Coon) who moves into a decaying farmhouse in Summerville, Oklahoma with her two kids (Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace). The town develops a mysterious earthquake problem, and it’s up to the kids (and their family and friends) to solve the old mystery involving their late grandfather.
With screenings at both CinemaCon and New York Comic Con already past, there are advanced reviews and impressions of Ghostbusters: Afterlife available, and they all seem to agree that it is packed with nostalgia, with lots of references to previous entries in the series. Whether this makes it a good movie or not has proven somewhat more divisive.
3. Black Friday
Releases November 19 in US theatres and November 23 for On Demand.
Everybody’s favourite surrogate horror uncle, Bruce Campbell, is back with another horror-comedy involving some evil dead. Set in a toy store on Thanksgiving night during the start of the annual Black Friday sales, the employees band together to protect each other from a hoard of ravenous holiday shoppers infected with a mysterious parasite.
The social commentary is appropriately on the nose for a satirical take on every retail employee’s most feared day of the year. Bruce Campbell plays Jonathan, the cheery store manager, but also serves as producer. Alongside Campbell, the film stars Ivana Baquero (The Shannara Chronicles), Devon Sawa (Final Destination), and Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite).
With a funny concept and stellar cast, Black Friday looks like it could be added to the strange, yet wonderful, treasure trove of horror movies set near Christmas that provide lite seasonal scares and laughs. If the trailer is anything to go by, audiences will at least get some fresh B-Movie zombie-like visuals, and another welcome Bruce Campbell performance.
2. The Feast
Releases November 19 in US theatres and On Demand.
Fans of unnerving folktale horror will want to give The Feast their attention when it releases in November 2021. Taking place in the mountains of Snowdonia in Wales, Annes Elwy (Little Women) leads this story of a rich family gathering disturbed by their strange waitress.
Having already made the major festival rounds, small horror critics and big outlets alike have praised the movie for first-time film director Lee Haven Jones’ grotesque parable on modern environmentalism. It’s also told entirely in the Welsh language, adding yet another unique element to appreciate.
The trailer certainly looks to take a trip into the weird and unnerving. If it can live up to the high bar set by critic reviews with audiences, The Feast is sure to become yet another beloved independent horror offering.
1. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Releases November 24 in US theatres.
One of the biggest horror video game franchises gets turned into a movie…again. Rebooting Resident Evil‘s presence on the big screen may still involve production companies who helped make the Mila Jovovich films, but writer and director Johannes Roberts has taken every opportunity to state that he wants Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City to achieve a dark and creepy tone.
Taking inspiration from the first two games in the series, the film features both the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon Police Department as its central locations. All the major characters from those stories will also star. This includes Claire (Kaya Scodelario), Leon (Avan Jogia), Chris (Robbie Amell), Jill (Hannah John-Kamen), Ada (Lily Gao), and Wesker (Tom Hopper). Further solidifying Roberts’ faithfulness to the survival horror franchise is his occasional use of fixed camera angles.
The trailers might not resonate with the director’s “dark and creepy” aspirations, but they have certainly packed a whole host of references in just a few minutes of footage. Those who complained about the Paul W. S. Anderson films not including enough material from the Capcom titles can’t say the same for this newest iteration of Resident Evil on film.
However Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City turns out, it’s definitely one of the biggest horror movies releasing this November 2021, and is sure to attract a horde of curious fans.