Thursday, May 26

‘Last Night in Soho’ star Anya Taylor-Joy’s biggest horror hits

Anya Taylor-Joy’s latest project, Last night in Soho, takes her away from the chess boards of The Queen’s Gambit and drops her into terrifyingly familiar territory: a hair-raising thriller. Yes, before she was Beth Harmon or the last (and greatest) incarnation of Jane Austen. Emma, Anya Taylor-Joy was better known as the scream queen. The Argentine-British actress got her big break starring in the Robert Eggers film The witch before appearing in every witchy, creepy, scary and exciting part that the casting directors could put her into. By Edgar Wright Last night in Soho capitalizes on Taylor-Joy’s talents of terror, presenting her as the spirit of a 1960s singer who haunts a modern fashion student (Thomasin McKenzie).

While we have no idea when Last night in Soho will land on streaming services, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your Anya Taylor-Joy horror fix without leaving home this weekend. A ton of Taylor-Joy’s haunting early parts air on HBO Max, Prime Video, and more. We’ve taken the liberty of checking Anya Taylor-Joy’s IMDB profile for her top five Halloween-worthy movies and shows. There are The witchobviously and his last girl surrenders Break apart, but also underrated projects like Morgan and The miniaturist.

Are here Last night in Soho Star Anya Taylor-Joy’s Five Creepiest Roles On The Broadcast …


‘The witch’ (2015)

THE WITCH, Anya Taylor-Joy, 2015. © A24 / courtesy Everett Collection
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Anya Taylor-Joy’s most iconic role is no Beth Harmon? Thomasin, a Witch-worshiping Puritan Teen-turned-Demon, in Cult Hit The witch. Robert Eggers’ psychological horror film follows a family of early American settlers who are driven out of their Puritan community and find themselves struggling to survive on a farm on the edge of a vast desert. A missing baby, a black goat and spooky things converge to alienate Thomasin from his family and into the slavery of royal witchcraft.


‘Morgan’ (2016)

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Taylor-Joy’s first big flashy role afterThe witch I was in the often forgotten killer Android movie, Morgan. Taylor-Joy plays the titular Morgan, a girl with synthetic DNA. A star-studded cast including Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Michelle Yeoh, and Jennifer Jason Leigh take turns being terrified of Morgan, and for good reason. Taylor-Joy portrays her as creepy beyond belief (and talented at chess!). The good news is that creepy isn’t Taylor-Joy’s only horror mode …


‘Split’ (2016), ‘Glass’ (2019)

SPLIT, from left: Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, James McAvoy, 2016. ph: John
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Look, Anya Taylor-Joy isn’t a master of the horror genre simply because she knows how to be creepy. She also knows how to survive the tumult of young heroines in these chilling thrillers. In 2016, she played Casey Cooke, a brave girl who manages to keep her cool (mostly) when she and her friends are kidnapped by James McAvoy’s character afflicted with multiple dangerous personalities. Taylor-Joy was so successful in M. Night Shyamalan’s movie that she brought her back for the Split / Unbreakable Transversal Glass in 2019.


‘The miniaturist’

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The horror genre is not limited to magical monsters, terrifying androids, and frights. In 2018, Anya Taylor-Joy starred in the underrated and underappreciated limited series. The miniaturist. Taylor-Joy plays Petronella, a sweet and intelligent teenager who is married to a distant merchant in 17th-century Holland. Her husband presents her with a replica of their stately home dollhouse that she fills with beautiful miniatures made by a mysterious craftsman. Things get weird when the dolls come up with predictions about the house that soon come true …


‘The new mutants’ (2020)

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Despite her obvious rank, during one hot minute, Anya Taylor-Joy was in danger of being typecast as a witch. After the film festival and the broadcast success of The witch, was cast to play the iconic Magik in the X-Men franchise film New mutants. The superhero movie was meant to be, you guessed it, a horror riff of the Marvel genre. The scariest of The new mutantsHowever, that is how long it took to get out. When the film was finally released during the pandemic, Taylor-Joy’s performance emerged as one of the few bright spots in the pulpy film. (And she’s really cool!)

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