Here’s your quick Pre-Fall Movie Round-Up. What supernatural and horrifying cinema is coming your way? Howling Village finally gets an American release on August 13th and August 20th brings us last year’s Sundance midnight movie, The Night House. August 27th ends our 22 year wait for Candyman to terrorize Chicago and theatergoers, while the first few weeks of September has a dose of the demonic Malignant and some otherworldly magic rings in Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings!
Howling Village –
Release Date: August 13, 2021 Director: Takashi Shimizu Writer: Daisuke Hosaka, Takashi Shimizu Cast: Ayaka Miyoshi, Ryôta Bandô, Tsuyoshi Furukawa
What’s It About? Ju-On veteran director, Takashi Shimizu brings more Japanese urban myth to the fore with Howling Village. Inunaki-mura is known as the howling village but no one knows where it is. What happens when you find it? I know I can’t wait to find out what terror lies within.
Howling Village will be available subtitled in American cinemas August 13, 2021
The Night House – Release Date: August 20th, 2021 Director: David Bruckner Writers: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis-Hall Sundance Film Festival horror darling What’s It About? The Night House is creator David Bruckner’s (The Ritual) second feature length film and we are on pins and needles awaiting his Hellraiser reboot next year. This psychological horror should deliver on the scares and supernatural horrors we need to get us through the summer.
The Night House is only in theaters August 20th, 2021
Candyman – Release Date: August 27th, 2021 Director: Nia DaCosta Writer: Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta Cast:Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett What’s It About? The fourth movie in an epic horror franchise? A “spiritual sequel?” A soft reboot? Whatever you call Candyman, if you’ve got hooks, bees, Cabrini-Green, and Tony Todd, you know I’ll be waiting in the dark… theater for the movie to start! Helmed by the new heavy-hitters of horror, Jordan Peele (Us, Get Out), Win Rosenfeld (Twilight Zone, 2019), and director Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), this film should deliver on scares and taking a hard look at gentrified areas where the projects used to be and how it affects our identities and the world around us.
Candyman is only in theaters August 27th, 2021
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Release Date: September 3rd, 2021 Director: Destin Daniel CrettonWriter: Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung What’s It About?While the first week of September isn’t offering anything new to sate your appetite for horror and gore, Marvel Studios is giving us plenty of the supernatural with Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Whether the eponymous rings are imbued with magic powers or ancient alien artifacts, this movie should be filled with amazing fights and dazzling effects.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in theaters nationwide and Disney+ Premiere Access on September 3, 2021 (with a Hollywood premier set on August 16)
Malignant – ReleaseDate: September 10th, 2021 Director: James Wu Writer: Akela Cooper, James Wan, Ingrid Bisu Starring: Annabelle Wallis What’s It About? The trailer for Malignant, James Wu’s latest foray into the horror genre has already given me nightmares, so I’m obviously obsessed with how much psychologic damage 111 minutes of this will do! Star Annabelle Wallis already has some some experience with the devil from being in Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation and it looks like she’ll need it!
Malignant is in theaters and HBOmax on September 10th, 2021
Special thanks to editor-at-large Richie Dueñez.