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  • Laine Thelian

Release Calendar for the Scariest Film & TV [February 2021]

Updated: Jun 10

Valentine's Day-month presents us with her loveliest horror offerings. (Plus, some of our favorites that are leaving HBO Max in February - so don't miss out!)

February 1, 2021 - "Possessor" (Hulu) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Brandon Cronenberg's latest sci-fi thriller, "Possessor," (now available on Hulu!) follows secret agent and elite, corporate assassin, Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough), who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other peoples' bodies and commit assassinations.


Writer/Director: Brandon Cronenberg

Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh

February 2, 2021 - "The Funeral Home" (VOD) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Bernardo, his wife and stepdaughter live with the dead in every sense as a family of undertakers in "The Funeral Home." Naturally, several ghosts haunt their home which doubles as funeral parlor but soon it becomes apparent there is a presence there that means them harm. And soon this family, already on the edge, must deal with some of the very ghosts who haunted them before they passed on.


Writer/Director: Mauro Ivan Ojeda

Cast: Luis Machin, Celeste Gerez, Camila Vaccarini

February 4, 2021 - "A Nightmare Wakes" (Shudder) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Psychological thriller,"A Nightmare Wakes," is an adaption of "Frankenstein," told through the life of Frankenstein's very own author, Mary Shelley. As she gives birth to her masterpiece, she gives birth to a monster.


Writer/Director: Nora Unkel

Cast: Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Claire Glassford

February 9, 2021 - "Sator" (VOD) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

A unique horror hybrid, "Sator," examines the insidious presence and role of the supernatural entity, Sator, on Adam (Gabriel Nicholson) and his family. The indie horror film is inspired by writer-director Jordan Graham's life and his family's battle with mental illness -- Graham even includes testimonials of his own grandmother and her experiences with Sator.


Writer/Director: Jordan Graham

Cast: Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson, Aurora Lowe, Gabriel Nicholson

February 10, 2021 - "Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel" (Netflix)๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

True crime docu-series "Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel," explores the infamous 2013 murder of Canadian college student, Elisa Lam, who was found inside a water tank on the DTLA hotel roof.


Director: Joe Berlinger

Cast: Viveca Chow, Artemis Snow, Tom Scorzone

February 11, 2021 - "Red Dot" (Netflix) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

In an effort to rekindle their relationship, David and Nadja take a hiking trip to the North of Sweden when they find themselves in the target zone of a mysterious red laser dot. Romance turned nightmare when elemental survival thriller, "Red Dot," forces the couple to flee into the wilderness to escape the unknown shooter.


Director: Alain Darborg

Writers: Alain Darborg, Per Dickson

Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Nanna Blondell, Anastasios Soulis

February 12, 2021 - "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (Nickelodeon) ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Season 2 of Nickelodeon's reboot anthology series"Are You Afraid of the Dark" (Curse of Shadows) follows a brand new group of teenagers who make up the Midnight Society as they're haunted by the Shadowman in their cursed seaside village.


Director: Jeff Wadlow

Writers: JT Billings & BenDavid Grabinski

Cast: Bryce Gheisar, Arjun Athalye, Beatrice Kitsos, Malia Baker, Dominic Mariche and Parker Queenan

February 12, 2021 - "Into the Dark: Tentacles" (Hulu) ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Hulu's Valentine's Day installment of "Into the Dark" returns with "Tentacles" - a film Brad Miska of The Bloody Disgusting calls "straight-up aquatic body horror!" Tara and Sam are head over heels in love until their relationship takes on a terrifying form, entwining their lives in this psycho-sexual thriller by Blumhouse Productions.


Director: Clara Aranovich

Writers: Alexandra Pechman & Nick Antosca

Cast: Evan Williams & Kasey Elise

February 12, 2021 - "Saint Maud" (VOD) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

A boldly original, yet eerie debut for writer-director, Rose Glass, and A24's latest release, "Saint Maud," follows a newly pious hospice nurse who becomes obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient. Nurse Maud comes to believe that this is her holy calling. Is it divinity or is it madness?


Director/Writer: Rose Glass

Cast: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight

February 14, 2021 - "Talking Evil" (Discovery+)

Your Valentine's Day just got a whole lot creepier with "Talking Evil" hosted by Alexis Linkletter (Unraveled, the First Degree) - a brand new true crime talk show airing exclusively on Discovery+ beginning February 14.


Cast: Alexis Linkletter

February 14, 2021 - "The Food That Built America" (History) ๐Ÿ“บ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

The season 2 series premiere of "The Food That Built America" shares the history behind food titans' race to the top of the food chain and reveals the sometimes bloody rivalries between iconic food brands, including McDonalds, Kellogg, Kraft and many more.


Director: Nick White

Writers: Brian Burstein & Yoshi Stone

February 19, 2021 - "The Violent Heart" (VOD) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

The plot of "The Violent Heart" follows a boy who witnessed his sister's murder fifteen years earlier. Struggling to find his place in the world, Daniel meets Cassie. A modern take on Romeo and Juliet, these two star-crossed lovers are threatened when deeply buried secrets of their small town come to light.


Director/Writer: Kerem Sanga

Cast: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Lukas Haas, Jovan Adepo, Grace Van Patten

February 19, 2021 - "I Care a Lot" (Netflix) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Marla Grayson, court-appointed legal guardian and caregiver, cunningly seizes her elderly wards' assets to serve her own financial benefit and calls it "care." But, "I Care A Lot" takes a turn when Marla finds her next victim has ties to a powerful gangster.


Director/Writer: J Blakeson

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza Gonzรกlez

February 21, 2021 - "Allen V. Farrow" (HBO) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

HBO's controversial docu-series "Allen V. Farrow," follows Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's scandalous sexual abuse allegations. Debuting on February 21, 2021, it will feature exclusive home movies, in-depth interviews and never-before-heard audio tapes.


Directors: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering

February 22, 2021 - "Open 24 Hours" (Shudder) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

After setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire and escaping his wrath, a paranoid woman tries to rebuild her life one step at a time, starting with a new job at an all-night gas station in "Open 24 Hours."


Writer/Director: Padraig Reynolds

Cast: Vanessa Grasse, Brendan Fletcher & Emily Tennant

February 25, 2021 - "The Dark and the Wicked" (Shudder)

Plagued by waking nightmares, two siblings suspect that something evil is taking over their family at an isolated farmhouse in "The Dark and the Wicked." We reviewed Bryan Bertino's ("The Strangers") latest film at 2020 Fantasia Festival and loved it!


Writer/Director: Bryan Bertino

Cast: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbot Jr., Michael Zagst & Julie Oliver-Touchstone

February 26, 2021 - "Wrong Turn (Reboot)" (VOD) ๐ŸŽž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Despite warnings to stick to the trail, a group of hikers cross into land inhabited by the Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their people. Find out what happens next in the seventh installment of the frightening film series, "Wrong Turn."


Director: Mike P. Nelson

Writer: Alan B. McElroy

Cast: Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega

*February 22, 2021 "Us" Leaves HBO Max *

*February 28, 2021 - "Doctor Sleep" Leaves HBO Max *


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