With the movie world getting somewhat back on track following many delays throughout 2020, there are some big-name sequels and franchise releases on the cards in 2021. However, there are also a handful of smaller yet equally-as-interesting films on the horizon too. We’ve rounded up 5 of the under-the-radar releases you need to know about:
Release date: 25 June 2021
Based on Ubisoft’s popular horror-fantasy whodunnit game where you have to work out who is a werewolf and who isn’t, Werewolves Within is a comedy-horror from director Josh Ruben. The film follows a small-town cop (Sam Richardson of Detroiters) who has to get to the bottom of some grizzly werewolf attacks. It looks hilariously macabre and anytime Richardson is on screen, it’s a good time; so we’re looking forward to this one.
The Water Man
Release date: 7 May 2021
Directed by David Oyelowo (who starred in The Cloverfield Paradox and Gringo), The Water Man follows a young boy, hoping to save his sick mother by venturing into the remote Wild Horse forest in search of a mythical figure who possesses the secret to immortality. It’s got some M. Night Shyamalan vibes and the blend of real-world and fantastical elements looks to make for an intriguing watch.
Release date: 30 April 2021 (Amazon Prime)
Action-packed revenge-thrillers aren’t hard to come by these days, but there’s just something about them that gets our blood pumping. Without Remorse, based on a Tom Clancy novel, stars Creed‘s Michael B. Jordan as a Navy SEAL soldier who loses his girlfriend. Of course, he’s not going to let things be and goes on a manhunt to find the ones responsible for his loss.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Release date: 30 April 2021 (Netflix)
Directed by Michael Rianda (Gravity Falls), and produced by Oscar winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie), The Mitchells vs. The Machines follows a quirky, dysfunctional family’s road trip that is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope. The movie features the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, and Eric Andre,
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
Release date: 14 May 2021
Part reboot, part sequel for the Saw franchise, Spiral: From the Book of Saw sees Chris Rock in the starring role, alongside Samuel L. Jackson. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran, brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Rock) and his rookie partner take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the centre of the killer’s morbid game.