Ranking my Top 10 Films of 2021: Which Movies Made The Cut?

It’s that time of year again! As we get closer and closer to approaching 2022, I thought it would be the perfect time to count down my Top 10 Films of 2021. 

There are still a lot of movies that I have not seen yet, but I wanted to highlight some of my favorites of the year so far!

My Top 10 Films of 2021 are:

10

Fear Street Part Two: 1978

Fear Street 

Image courtesy of Netflix

I really enjoyed the entire trilogy, but part two was on another level. It really channeled the slasher vibe of Friday the 13th with lots of gore and fun sprinkled in to keep the audience invested, as we turned back time in the best possible way!

9

Wrong Turn (2021)

Wrong Turn 2021

Image courtesy of Showtime

It seems like there is a new reboot or reimagining popping up constantly, but Wrong Turn managed to really capture my attention. It’s very different from the original film and the sequels that I can really do without. It takes a creepy folk horror vibe and brings us a Final Girl worth getting excited about in a truly terrifying entry!

8

The Night House

The Night House

Image courtesy of Prime Video

A very different kind of horror movie that really stirred many of my emotions and created a powerful conversation about death and grief. This movie chilled me to my core and also made me contemplate things in my own life. You need to be in the right state of mind to watch this, but if you are looking for something beyond the average haunted house film, this is one to watch!

7

Free Guy

Free Guy

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This movie made me smile so much the entire time! Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer were a dream team and I just loved everything about this movie. The humor works and it is a nice escape to truly transport you somewhere else worth going! I loved it!

6

Pig

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My favorite performance by Nicolas Cage by far! I didn’t know what to expect when I started this movie, but it brought me on such an emotional journey in an unexpected way. This movie was brilliant and touching. I think it really created an important conversation about grief and loss in such a unique way.

5

Till Death

Image courtesy of Netflix

I thought I had seen this type of movie before, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie and it became one of my favorite guilty pleasure thrillers of all time. Megan Fox puts forth a valiant effort and really reels us in as we witness her attempt to survive her chilling and deadly circumstances.

4

Candyman (2021)

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This film managed to continue the original story of Candyman in a relevant and effective way. The visual effects were chilling and stunning, creating a new kind of terror. I loved this film from start to finish and can’t wait to watch it again, but be careful about what you say in front of the mirror…

3

Malignant

Image courtesy of HBO Max

Completely bonkers but in the best possible way! This movie was like nothing I have ever seen before and I don’t think I truly appreciated it until I watched it a few times. Visually stunning, an effective music soundtrack, and an out of this world performance! We have really gotten some solid horror entries in 2021 and Malignant is leading the pack for sure!

2

Nobody

Image courtesy of Prime Video

Jam-packed with lots of action, Bob Odenkirk delivers in this fantastic fast-paced movie. This movie is right up there along with Taken, as it lets you tune out everything in the world and just focus on pure entertaining fun. This was the first film I saw back in movie theaters and I was beyond impressed!

Drum roll please…

1

Last Night in Soho

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An elegant and consuming film from start to finish. I loved every single second of this film. The fashion and setting were breathtaking and the performances were truly fantastic. This film is twisted and dark, but it has such an artistic flair to it as well. It captivated me completely and is my number one pick by far! An exceptional film worth getting excited about!

I hope to see more films from 2021 soon, but I hope you enjoyed the list! I wish you all a happy and healthy new year and can’t wait to review more new films in 2022! Happy viewing!

Spoiler-Free Review of “The Night House” on Demand: Emotionally Stirring Mystery

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“I didn’t think we had secrets…”

The Night House originally released in theaters on August 20th 2021. It is now currently available to rent on demand. The psychological horror film stars Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg and Evan Jonigkeit. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-eight minutes.

After the tragic and unexpected death of her husband, Beth is left alone to cope with everything in the lake house he built for her, but quickly discovers that a supernatural presence may be lurking on the property.

Here is the trailer:

The Night House brings something new to the table as it explores the deepest and darkest parts of grief in an unsettling way. Does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Rebecca Hall’s portrayal is convincing and moving.

The majority of the movie focuses on Beth and I thought that Rebecca Hall was really moving on screen. It’s not easy portraying grief in such a compelling way and I thought that she really gave her character a lot of layers that one could relate to.

There was also a dry sarcastic side to Beth and I thought that helped lighten up the movie here and there because it was really heavy at some points.

Not the kind of horror I expected…

And I mean this in the best possible way. From the trailer, I thought I was going to watch another haunted house movie and I experienced something very different. I like when horror movies think outside the box and this movie really provoked an emotional response to some horrifying unknown mysteries surrounding both life and death.

I was never bored and the mystery at the core kept me completely invested.

The Cons:

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You need to be in the right state of mind to watch this movie…

This movie really stuck with me but I also thought that a lot of the content was really emotionally draining. The movie creates an important discussion on grief and depression, but I really needed a clear head to watch this. This isn’t one of those movies where you can just turn your mind off and enjoy. It will make you think and that’s not necessarily a con, but more of a warning if you are not emotionally prepared to watch this.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’m all for a horror movie that pushes boundaries and really tries to do something different and that’s what this film accomplished. The kind of horror we witness is truly unsettling and disturbing, but that’s also because it mirrors so many of the thoughts and emotions we go through on a daily basis.

Overall, this was a compelling and moving watch that really made me think about a lot…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Night House in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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