All the Horror You Need to Stream in February 2021

Wondering what's good, gory, and gothic in streaming this month? We've got you covered.

Horror Streaming February

Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the genre content coming to and leaving from your favorite streaming services. Here’s a guide to all the essential horror streaming in February 2021.


Smell that? Love is in the air. A love…of horror, that is!

Valentine’s Day may fall in February, but don’t let the cheap chocolates and the gradually increasing daylight fool you: this month’s as spooky as the rest of ’em! After all, what could be more romantic than pledging your undying love for horror films? Passive entertainment remains a challenge as the world continues to burn (thanks, ongoing global pandemic!). So, if you can, give yourself and the genre a little love this month.

Speaking of which: February comes bearing blood-soaked gifts, from hotly anticipated new releases to old bangers waiting to be re-discovered. We’ve got a body-swapping sophomore flick from Brandon Cronenberg, a nihilistic family haunting, an underrated British counterculture gem, and the best Dracula dance film ever made.

Be sure to peruse the complete list below, calendar in hand, for a full picture of what horror flicks are coming and going from your favorite streaming services this February.


Pick of the Month: Possessor (2020)

Possessor February Streaming

Synopsis: There’s losing yourself in your work, and then there’s this. Tasya Vos is an elite assassin; a corporate mercenary who commandeers the minds and bodies of unsuspecting victims to fulfill her deadly contracts. But when her latest assignment gets the better of her, Vos finds herself trapped in the mind of a hostile target that would see her destroyed.

Possessor makes good on the often unfulfilled promise of its peers. For a change, the gore actually lives up to the hype! The film’s two nightmares are devilishly compatible: an intrusive sense of dissociation coupled with a corpulent knockdown of chipped teeth and mangled flesh. While ultimately Possessor amounts to more of a concept than a narrative, its visceral gait is more than enough to get under your skin. The loss of bodily autonomy, a simultaneous crunch of bone and self, is more compelling than half of the lesser fare in Possessor‘s “elevated” weight class.

Brandon Cronenberg‘s second film deftly quells any residual handwaving leftover from his wanting debut. There can be no doubt: he is a tremendous talent well worth watching. As Vos, Andrea Riseborough is as fantastic as we’ve come to expect; a cool killer who finds herself in the throes of an identity crisis at work and at home. Christopher Abbott has been fantastic for a long time (especially in 2018’s Piercing), and I hope more directors follow Cronenberg’s lead and give the man more starring roles. All told: Possessor is not above being genuinely queasy and disgusting. And I respect that.

Arrives on Hulu on February 1st.


The frog-worshiping motorcycle death cult answer to Easy Rider

Psychomania

Synopsis: In an otherwise peaceful English village, spoiled brat Tom Latham chooses to raise hell with his occult motorcycle gang. Sure enough, the goth apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Tom’s black-magic dabbling mother just so happens to know the secret to immortality. So, how do you cheat death? Frog magic and just plain deciding not to die, of course! Thrilled at the prospect of being an eternal public nuisance, Tom giddily sails off a bridge, only to burst out of his grave with a vengeance. Soon enough the gang’s name, “The Living Dead,” takes on a more literal meaning.

Released as The Death Wheelers in the US, the 1973 film Psychomania is a bonkers example of a larger aesthetic shift in early 1970s British horror from the gothic chills to modern thrills. Of the bunch, Psychomania is perhaps the weirdest example of an attempt to cash in on the youth market. The kids love nothing more than pagan frog cults, zombies, and motorcycle culture. Right?

Psychomania was directed by Australian-born Hammer Films veteran Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire), and he brings much of the black humor and efficient pacing that defined his marvelous work throughout the 1960s. Ted Moore, who shot seven of the James Bond films, contributes his professional touch. And the legendary John Cameron‘s pre-synth score is as haunting as it is underrated.

Beryl Reid (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and George Sanders (Village of the Damned) co-star as Tom’s Satan-worshiping mother and her spooky butler, respectively. All this amounts to a wonderfully offbeat gem with eccentricities to spare. There is no better film about a frog-worshiping, motorcycle death cult.

Arrives on Shudder on February 22nd.


Guy Maddin takes a bite out of Dracula

Dracula Pages From A Virgins Diary

Synopsis: In the late 19th century, a mysterious foreigner, Count Dracula, arrives in London. The unsuspecting socialite Lucy invites the stranger into her home. Her mistake proves fatal, and Dracula bites Lucy, who succumbs to the Count’s curse. Her fiancé entrusts her care to Dr. Van Helsing, who confidently diagnoses the vampiric source of her affliction. When Lucy dies under mysterious circumstances, Van Helsing and literature’s preeminent himbo, Jonathon Harker, are on the case!

Look, I’m Canadian. And there is nothing more Canadian than the government producing a silent-era-styled performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula directed by our nation’s greatest weirdo, Guy Maddin. If this isn’t already a Heritage Minute, it should be.

Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s Diary is, as The New York Times astutely remarks, simultaneously beautiful and goofy. A fine line to walk, no doubt, but one which Maddin frequently, and graciously, skips across with ease. Here, Maddin’s reputation for stylish anachronism is on full display, with Dracula mimicking many of the aesthetic traditions and special visual effects of the era.

Amidst its delirious stylish flares, the film is impressively loyal to Stoker’s text, making it one of Maddin’s most accessible films. And yet, Maddin’s pointedly postmodern touch is undeniable. Notably, in casting Chinese-Canadian Zhang Wei-Qiang as the titular Count, Maddin’s Dracula underlines the xenophobic themes of Stoker’s text in ways past and future films have yet to match.

Think you’re well-versed with the Dracula corpus? I implore you: this wildly sexy Canadian silent-era pastiche dance film is the Dracula film.

Arriving on The Criterion Channel on February 28th.


A grief-propelled new release that doubles down on nihilism

The Dark And The Wicked

Synopsis: Drawn to their rural childhood home, a sister and brother visit their dying, bed-ridden father. Isolated on their secluded goat farm, the siblings grow increasingly paranoid and suspicious that something evil is targetting their family. After a horrific tragedy confirms their unease, the siblings are forced to confront their grief and lack of faith as the increasingly hostile presence strengthens its chokehold on their lives.

The Dark and the Wicked is a rare 2020 release in that it is a film that was released in 2020. What a concept. For a decidedly dark year, the film is, well, fittingly dark. There are enough jump scares to satisfy the contingent of genre ghouls who get off on a good jolt. But The Dark and the Wicked hits hardest when it leans into ambiguity and its admirably unrelentingly bleak atmosphere.

The film sits comfortably on the same shelf as other modern psychological family affairs like The Babadook and Mama. Though, if you take issue with the increasingly popular trauma-as-horror trend, your mileage may vary. But if you’re a fan of nihilism (like our own Rob Hunter, who christened the film as one of the year’s best horror offerings), The Dark and the Wicked may just be worth a peek.

Arrives on Shudder on February 25th.


Streamable Horror Incoming This Month

Streaming ServiceMovieDate
Amazon PrimeKiki (2017)February 1
Amazon PrimeThe Haunting in Connecticut (2009)February 1
Amazon PrimeThe Village (2004)February 1
HBO MaxThe Amityville Horror (1979)February 1
HBO MaxThe Amityville Horror (2005)February 1
HBO MaxGhoulies (1985)February 1
HBO MaxGhoulies II (1987)February 1
HBO MaxJacob’s Ladder (1990)February 1
HBO MaxThe Last Exorcism (2010)February 1
HBO MaxMonkey Shines (1988)February 1
HBO MaxMy Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009)February 1
HBO MaxSaw (2004)February 1
HBO MaxSaw II (2005)February 1
HBO MaxSaw III (2006)February 1
HBO MaxSaw IV (2007)February 1
HBO MaxSaw V (2008)February 1
HBO MaxSaw VI (2009)February 1
HBO MaxSaw: The Final Chapter (2010)February 1
HuluAmerican Psycho (2000)February 1
HuluAmerican Psycho 2 (2002)February 1
HuluBug (1975)February 1
HuluDistrict 9 (2009)February 1
HuluFrom Hell (2001)February 1
HuluGargoyles: Wings of Darkness (2004)February 1
HuluHaunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia (2013)February 1
HuluThe Omen (1976)February 1
HuluDamien – Omen II (1978)February 1
HuluPhase IV (1974)February 1
HuluPossessor (2020)February 1
HuluThe Tenant (1976)February 1
Hulu12 Hour Shift (2020)February 4
HuluYou’re Next (2013)February 12
NetflixAll My Friends Are Dead (2021)February 3
NetflixThe Conjuring (2013)February 21
NetflixThe Conjuring 2 (2016)February 21
NetflixTwo Sentence Horror Stories (Season 2)February 24
NetflixThere’s Someone Inside Your House (2021)February TBD
ShudderAudrey Rose (1977)February 1
ShudderThe Queen of Black Magic (1981)February 1
ShudderVampire's Kiss (1988)February 1
ShudderHead Count (2018)February 2
ShudderA Nightmare Wakes (2017)February 4
ShudderA Discovery of Witches (ep. 205)February 6
ShudderNight Tide (1961)February 8
ShudderThe "Whispering Corridors" TrilogyFebruary 8
ShudderWhispering Corridors (1998)February 8
ShudderMemento Mori (1999)February 8
ShudderWishing Stairs (2003)February 8
ShudderCarmilla (2019)February 9
ShudderThe Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013)February 9
ShudderAfter Midnight (2019)February 11
ShudderJoe Bob Put A Spell On You (9pm ET)February 12
ShudderA Discovery of Witches (ep. 206)February 13
ShudderBasket Case (1982)February 15
ShudderThe Ninth Configuration (1980)February 15
ShudderOutcast (2010)February 15
ShudderShook (2021)February 18
ShudderA Discovery of Witches (ep. 207)February 20
ShudderOne Missed Call (2008)February 22
ShudderOpen 24 Hours (2018)February 22
ShudderPsychomania (1973)February 22
ShudderThe Dark and the Wicked (2020)February 25
ShudderA Discovery of Witches (ep. 208)February 27
The Criterion ChannelThe Ghost Goes West (1935)February 27
The Criterion ChannelDracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)February 28
TubiUrban Legends: Final Cut (2000)February 1
TubiTexas Chainsaw (2013)February 7


Horror Titles Expiring from Streaming Soon

On Their Way Out: These films have one foot in the grave—bump ‘em to the top of your February 2021 queue while you can!
Streaming ServiceMovieDate
HBO MaxThe Conjuring (2013)February 20
HBO MaxUs (2019)February 22
HBO MaxThe Devil Inside (2012)February 28
HBO MaxDoctor Sleep (2020)February 28
HBO MaxStephen King's Needful Things (1993)February 28
HBO MaxTeen Witch (1989)February 28
HuluDistrict 9 (2009)February 8
HuluStir of Echoes (1999)February 14
HuluAmerican Psycho (2000)February 28
HuluAmerican Psycho 2 (2002)February 28
HuluCujo (1983)February 28
HuluThe Dead Zone (1983)February 28
HuluThe Last House on the Left (1972)February 28
HuluThe Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)February 28
NetflixDon’t Knock Twice (2016)February 8
The Criterion ChannelArsenic and Old Lace (1944)February 28
The Criterion Channel20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
The Criterion ChannelBell, Book and Candle (1958)February 28
The Criterion ChannelThe Night of the Hunter (1955)February 28

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