Directed by Josh Boone (‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘All We Had’), the superhero horror film ‘The New Mutants’ chronicles the story of five young mutants who are kept imprisoned at a maximum-security facility because of their dangerous abilities. The film stars Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair or Wolfsbane, a Scottish mutant with werewolf-like power; Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin or Magik, a Russian mutant with supernatural abilities and a dragon familiar; Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar or Mirage, a native-American mutant with the ability to conjure illusions from other people’s dreams and nightmare; Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa or Sunspot, a mutant from Brazil who can control solar power; and Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie or Cannonball, an American mutant with explosive thermo-chemical abilities.
The final entry in Fox’s ‘X-Men’ franchise, the film was caught in development hell for years before it was released. If you are a fan of the movie and want to watch similar content, read on. Many of these films similar to The New Mutants are available on Netflix, Prime Video, or other streaming services.
6. X-Men (2000)
‘X-Men is the film that essentially restarted the superhero genre. It tells the story of two groups of mutants. One is led by Charles Xavier or Professor X (Patrick Stewart), who believes that harmonious co-existence between mutants and humans can lead to future prosperity for both races. The leader of the other group, Erik Lehnsherr or Magneto (Ian McKellen), has become disillusioned with the prospect of co-existence and now adheres to the notion that mutants are the superior race, the next stage of human evolution. The bigotry and phobic behavior that the characters face are two of the most prevalent themes of both the franchise and the comic books it is based on.
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
In the facility they are held, the five main characters of ‘The New Mutants’ are regularly tortured and experimented on. While both Captain America (Chris Evans) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) are created in the laboratory, it is the harrowing details about the past of the latter that gets this film a mention on this list.
4. Brightburn (2019)
The premise of ‘Brightburn’ is pretty straightforward: What if Superman did not have the inherent morality of Clark Kent. Kyle and Tori Breyer (David Denman and Elizabeth Banks) find an alien boy in a spaceship that crash-landed on their farm and decide to raise him up as their own. They provide him with a loving home that is very much reminiscent of the Kent farm. However, where Jonathan and Martha Kent succeed in giving the world its greatest hero, the Breyers fail miserably and end up creating a monster.
3. Before I Wake (2016)
Mark and Jesse Hobson (Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth) become foster parents to eight-year-old Cody Morgan (Jacob Tremblay). At first, he appears to be completely normal, though a bit shy. They later learn that the boy has an incredible gift: All his dreams manifest into the real world and stays there until he wakes up. While initially, the Hobsons are amazed by his ability, they quickly realize that his nightmares can be deadly.
2. Chronicle (2012)
Directed by Josh Trank, ‘Chronicle’ is a superhero film that was shot in the found-footage style. it revolves around three teenagers (Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan) who gain superpowers after coming into contact with a mysterious, glowing blue object. Although they promise to each other that they will not abuse their newfound powers, one of them becomes increasingly violent while dealing with an abusive father and coping with the impending death of his mother, who has cancer.
1. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
In the third installment in the ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ franchise, a year has passed since the end of the second film, and the story opens with Freddy Krueger attacking a teenager named Kristen Parker (Patricia Arquette). After her mother erroneously concludes that she is hurting herself, Kristen is sent to a psychiatric hospital where she meets Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), a new intern therapist and the protagonist of the first film. Nancy, Kristen, and other young patients of the hospital team up to fight Freddy with their distinctive dream abilities.
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