Best Horror Movies 2021 is the annual Heaven of Horror list and it’s finally here. Want to make sure you don’t miss out on the best horror movies of the past year? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our list featuring the best releases we watched and reviewed this past year. Check out our “Best of 2021” list right here!

Best Horror Movies 2021 is a list we almost didn’t make for this past year. Simply because we had too many new movies, we needed to watch and review for the beginning of 2022.

However, to our very pleasant surprise, several readers started contacting us and requesting a “Best Horror Movies” for the past year. Obviously, we can’t resist that kind of flattery, so here we go!

In 2021, we reviewed more genre movies and series than ever before: A whopping 340 titles!


To check out our “Best of 2020”-list as well? Click here to read that one as well >

Since we do have so many great genre movies to choose from in 2021, we’ve split them up into sub-genres. All of which we’ve invented for the very purpose of making this list. In other words; Same procedure as every year!

Let’s begin this “Best of 2021” with our top-rated horror movies of 2021.

The very Best Horror Movies of 2021

Let’s start with the movies we gave a top rating in 2021. That means 5 out of 5 blood splatters. These are movies we loved, would recommend, and watch again ourselves!

Best Feel-bad Horror Movie

Antlers – Movie Review (5/5)

Best Family Horror Movie

Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Movie Review (5/5)

Best Genre Bender Movie

The Soul – Netflix Review (5/5)

Best low budget horror movie

The Toll – Movie Review (5/5)

Best Horror Movies 2021 with 4 splatters

Not every movie can get a top rating, but getting 4 out of 5 is pretty damn good too. That’s why we’re also including the movies that managed to get this rating from Heaven of Horror.

We’re covering the Horror, Thriller, and Sci-Fi genres on this website, so these genres are included on the list at the very end. Also, these genres do tend to overlap quite a lot.

Horror Movies released on Shudder in 2021

Best Foreign Horror Movie

The Medium – Shudder Review (4/5)

Best Christmas Horror

The Advent Calendar – Shudder Review (4/5)

Best Creepy Horror Movie

Son – Movie Review (4/5)

Best LGBTQ Horror Movie

The Last Thing Mary Saw – Fantasia Review (4/5)

Best Ghost Horror Movie

Martyrs Lane – Fantasia Review (4/5)

Best Slow-burn Slasher Movie

Honeydew – Movie Review (4/5)

Best Creepy-Crawly Horror Movie

Mosquito State – Shudder Review (4/5)

Best Horror Movies of 2021 on Netflix

Here’s a list of the best Netflix horror movies released on the streaming platform in 2021.

Best Netflix Horror Movie

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 – Netflix Review (4/5)

Best Netflix Horror-Comedy

The Trip – Netflix Review [Fantastic Fest] (4/5)

Best Horror Niche movies of 2021

There are so many amazing indie and low-budget horror movies. Often, they are found in niches and may run mostly at film festivals. However, you should still seek these out as soon as you can. Also, hopefully, most of them will be picked up by one of the streaming giants at some point. 

You can find so many brilliant horror treats in the below horror niche movies.

Best Occult Horror Movie

Hellbender – Fantasia Review (4/5)

Best Pandemic Horror Movie

The Sadness – Fantasia Review (4/5)

Best Eco Horror Movie

The Feast – Fantasia Review (4/5)

Best Exorcism Horror Movie

The Exorcism of God – Review [Fantastic Fest] (4/5)

Best Vampire Movie

All the Moons – Fantasia Review (4/5)

Best Horror Mystery

The Night House – Movie Review (4/5)

Best Low-Budget Horror Mystery

When I Consume You – Fantasia Review (4/5)

Best Horror Reboot

Candyman – Movie Review (4/5)

Best Psychological Horror Movie

The Vigil – Movie Review (4/5)

Best Slow-burn Horror Movie

Luzifer – Review [Fantastic Fest] (4/5)

Best Thrillers of 2021

Just as we love our horror movies, we do also love a good thriller. Let’s face it, a good thriller has wide appeal and can tell some amazing and important stories. Here’s our best thrillers of 2021:

Best Christmas Thriller

Silent Night – Movie Review (4/5)

Best Revenge Thriller

Bull – Fantasia Review (4/5)

Best Sci-fi Thriller

Night Drive – Movie Review (4/5)

I usually keep up-to-date with all the horror news, and make sure Heaven of Horror share the best and latest trailers for upcoming horror movies. I love all kinds of horror. My love affair started when I watched 'Poltergeist' alone around the age of 10. I slept like a baby that night and I haven't stopped watching horror movies since. The crazy slasher stuff isn't really for me, but hey, to each their own. I guess I just like to be scared and get jump scares, more than being disgusted and laughing at the grotesque. Also, Korean and Spanish horror movies made within the past 10-15 years are among my absolute favorites.
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