The thriller genre covers a lot of ground; however, May seems to be focusing a lot on neo-Westerns and novel adaptations for film, TV and streaming. From all-star level casts to familiar yet welcomed approaches to the genre, the following thrillers can be enjoyed this May from the comfort of home with Netflix, Apple TV+ and Hulu or in theaters.
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale has been one of the biggest staples for Hulu since 2017, when its first season premiered. Based on the book of the same name by Margaret Atwood, the series takes place in an apocalyptic America where women have been reduced to property and the birth rates are declining at an exponential rate. Throughout the series, audiences have gone on a tense journey alongside June Osborn, and that continues with the fourth season. While the season started at the end of April, new episodes will be released throughout May.
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Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name and created by Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale, stars Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle, Samira Wiley, Nina Kiri, Alexis Bledel, Bahia Watson and Bradley Whitford. New Episodes air Tuesdays on Hulu.
The Woman in the Window
A woman who’s agoraphobic cannot go outside, but she can watch the terrors of the world from the supposed safety of her apartment, witnessing her neighbor being stabbed. However, as seen in the trailer, her neighbor’s husband, their son and the cops do not believe her, leading to a psychological thriller that already feels reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. With such a star studded cast, the bar is set high for this film, which is based off the book by A.J. Finn.
Directed by Joe Wright and written by Tracy Letts, The Woman in the Window stars Amy Adams, Donat Balaj, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Gary Oldman, Brian Tyree Henry, Julianne Moore and Jeanine Serralles. The film airs May 14, 2021 on Netflix.
While the first two episodes premiered at the end of April, the rest of the season will go through May on Apple TV+. Another thriller based on a novel, this time by Paul Theroux, Mosquito Coast is about a family’s life being uprooted after the US Government decides to pursue the father for reasons unknown to his kids. From what’s already known about the show, it’s setting itself up to be a neo-Western thriller.
Created by Tom Bissell, Mosquito Coast stars Justin Theroux, Melissa George, Logan Polish and Gabriel Bateman. The series airs new episodes Friday on Apple TV+.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
Another neo-Western thriller and novel adaptation on this list is Those Who Wish Me Dead. After witnessing his father’s murder, a teenager is pursued by assassins, with his only hope being a fire warden. On top of the threat of killers, a forest fire is on the brink of burning everything around them. Whether it’s in theaters or at home, this film’s director, Taylor Sheridan, has succeeded in this genre before, with writing credits for Sons of Anarchy, Hell or High Water, Wind River and Sicario under his belt.
Directed by Taylor Sheridan and written by Michael Koryta and Charles Leavitt, Those Who Wish Me Dead stars Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Finn Little, Tyler Perry and Jon Bernthal. The film premieres in theaters and on HBO Max May 14, 2021.
Wrath of Man
Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham are leaning into their strengths with Wrath of Man, as both have plenty of experience dealing with action thrillers. The film is about a new security guard who surprises his colleagues with his killer skills. As Wrath of Man progresses, why he’s so good at this starts to come to light, and his goals are much more personal than expected.
Directed by Guy Ritchie and written by Ritchie, Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson, Wrath of Man stars Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Rocci Williams, Josh Hartnett, Jeffrey Donovan and Scott Eastwood. The film premieres May 7, 2021 in theaters.
A new thriller genre has emerged in recent years, with filmmakers using just what can be recorded on a laptop screen to tell their stories. Perhaps best executed in Searching, this trend continues with Profile, which happens to be directed by the producer for the former film and Unfriended. Based on the true story about a journalist trying to expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, Profile appears to be using its unique form of storytelling to its advantage.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, Profile stars Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, Amir Rahimzadeh, Morgan Watkins and Emma Carter. The film is set for a theatrical release May 14, 2021.
While other entries on this list see the protagonists often dealing with human threats, Endangered Species has the leading characters come face to face with the dangers of the wild. A wealthy family on vacation in Kenya quickly fall to the bottom of the food chain after their safari vehicle breaks downs, and they must do whatever they can to survive.
Directed and written by M.J. Basset and written by Isabel Bassett, Endanger Species stars Rebecca Romijn, Philip Winchester, Isabel Bassett and Michael Johnston. The film comes out May 28, 2021 in limited theaters.
For those in need of a classic murder mystery, The Dry seems to have the set up for exactly that. Based on a novel by Jane Harper, the case the lead investigator is trying to solve brings up unpleasant memories from his own tragic past. Fueled by lies and conspiracies, The Dry has the basics to be a decent crime-thriller.
Directed by Robert Connolly and written by Connolly and Harry Cripps, The Dry stars Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Julia Blake, Bruce Spence, William Zappa, Matt Nable, James Frecheville and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor. The film comes out in theaters May 21, 2021.
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