8 new thrillers to watch in August 2021
Summer may be ending soon, but the cinematic sensations continue to be strong. Whether it’s at the movies, on Netflix, with Shudder, or through some other streaming service, everyone seems to be putting forward a lot of adrenaline-pumping, high-stakes movies. These films include the likes of a self-help writer trapped in a nightmare, a lawyer turned con artist, a notorious real-life killer, and more.
This original Shudder film follows a self-help writer after she discovers that a strange man walks into her home to try to kill her every night; however, he never succeeds. Stranger still, the author’s husband is aware of this. The mental toll it takes for the protagonist is already enough to make Fortunate a solid thriller, but the fact that those around him don’t take it seriously adds another layer of tension and trauma to his nightmare in this certified new film.
Directed by Natasha Kermani, Lucky stars Brea Grant, Dhruv Day Singh, Kaiser Mohammed, Hunter C. Smith and Kristina Klebe and is available digitally and on DVD on August 3.
The new Netflix movie, Beckett, leans more on the mystery side of the thriller genre. Here, a couple’s vacation turns into a nightmare when a boyfriend wakes up with a broken arm and his girlfriend is missing. To make matters worse, the police are after him for some reason, and they’re not afraid to use deadly force. As if things weren’t risky enough for the incumbent Beckett, the region in which he spends his vacations is in a state of political turmoil, creating an even more tense environment.
Directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, Beckett stars John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps and Alicia Vikander and is available August 13 on Netflix.
The character of John Boyega is an optimistic public defender who hopes to make a difference. however, it is difficult for someone to work within this legal system and maintain their idealistic ways. In Bare singularity – based on the bestselling novel – viewers will see if this lawyer finally hits his breaking point, as he works the justice system from a new angle: a drug heist.
Naked Singularity stars John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgård, Tim Blake Nelson and Linda Levin and premieres in theaters August 6 and on VOD August 13.
Another Shudder original is coming to the streaming service this month, shook sees a social media star become the latest victim of a terrorist campaign. It goes beyond online threats and toxic comments, as the villain physically torments others. He plays the role of Jigsaw in shook, and the protagonist must play his sick game or die.
Directed by Jennifer Harrington, Shook stars Daisye Tutor, Emily Goss, Nicola Posener and Octavius J. Johnson and is available on demand and digitally on August 17.
Another Netflix thriller on the streaming service this month is Nice girl. This film joins a long catalog of thrillers – like Taken and Pepper mint – which focus on a parental figure pursuing violent acts on behalf of their loved ones. However, this time the father figure takes his daughter on this journey with him. Tragically, Jason Momoa’s character has lost his wife, so he’s doing everything he can to protect his daughter while getting revenge.
Directed by Brian Andrew Mendoza, Sweet Girl stars Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Raza Jaffrey, Adria Arjona, Justin Bartha, Lex Scott Davis, Michael Raymond-James, Dominic Fumusa, Brian Howe, Nelson Franklin, Reggie Lee and Marisa Tomei. The film arrives on Netflix on August 20.
The thriller genre can easily overlap with other genres, as is the case with Resurrected. In this sci-fi thriller, a meteor hits a small town, transforming the environment into something uninhabitable. As Annihilation, what was initially contained could spiral out of control, prompting an exobiologist to learn exactly what is happening before it’s too late for Earth and humanity.
Directed by Eddie Arya, Risen stars Nicole Schalmo, Jack Campbell and Dominic Stone and is released on August 20.
Following in the footsteps of Lionsgate’s other murderous epic, John wick, The protected further explore the dynamic and dangerous world of contract killers. Instead of focusing on a lone wolf assassin, The protected focuses on Anna and Moody’s relationship, the latter saving the former as a child. This could cause them to have a dynamic similar to Big Daddy and Hit Girl’s in Kick ass or at Léon and Mathilda in The professional. Although they have a strong bond, things go wrong and Anna swears revenge in this thriller.
Directed by Martin Campbell, The Protege stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick and premieres in theaters August 20.
No man of god
This list would be incomplete without a movie based on the real crime, and No man of god comes down to one of America’s most talked about serial killers: Ted Bundy. However, instead of documenting his murders, No man of god takes place during Bundy’s jail time, where he agreed to divulge details of his crimes to FBI Agent Bill Hagmaier. With a glimpse of this real-life monster, No man of god will also explore the relationship between Bundy and Hagmaier.
Directed by Amber Sealey, No Man of God stars Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino and Robert Patrick and will premiere in cinema, on demand and digitally on August 27.
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