The Halloween Season comes with it’s own genre of movies, many of which are originally released specifically in October. Whether horror or the myriad of it’s sub-genres, thrillers, or family fun fare – movies are a great part of OctoberTime.
There’s obviously a lot of examples of great OctoberTime cinema in nearly 100 years of the medium. More than any other genre, scary movies tend to be subject to sequels, prequels, origin stories and remakes – sometimes several. Last year’s list of new films wasn’t terribly impressive. The only one I even bothered to add to my permanent library is “31” from Rob Zombie.
The first thing to be excited about is that all of the major realease OctoberTime movies are rated R. It is very difficult to produce a decent PG-13 horror movie, though Hollywood tries. And usually fails miserably.
Annabelle Creation (Annabelle 3)
August 11 2017 (R)
Yes, this is the third installment of a spinoff of a modern horror movie… BUT it’s rated R and there are a lot worse franchises out there.
September 8 2017 (R)
Now we are getting rolling. This is actually the first feature film, the original IT was a TV mini-series. The problem is that I have never heard of anyone involved with the project and Stephen King based films have a wide miss/hit ratio. But… it’s rated RRRRRRRRR 🙂
October 20 2017 (R)
I’m just going to copy and paste from my original post. If I am counting correctly, this is the 8th film in the series, and also another reboot. The original is of course a classic, and I enjoyed the two films from 15 years ago – even though Michael Bay was involved. You just can’t beat R. Lee Ermey. I have high hopes for this new one, and took notice that both Lili Taylor and Stephen Dorff are in leading roles. Both have backgrounds in the horror genre. Lili did a great job in The Conjuring, one of the best horror films of the modern era. Old guys like me will remember Deacon Frost…um, I mean Stephen Dorff’s work in FearDotCom. As long as it’s better than Texas Chainsaw 3D, I’ll be happy.
October 27 2017 (R)
Copying myself again. Waiting 10 Years for Jigsaw! Say what you will, but I loved the SAW franchise. John Kramer is at the top of the Super Awesome Antagonist list. We finally get another installment, a prequel/reboot if you will, to continue Kramer’s story. Tobin Bell himself returns as John/Jigsaw and I am ready to line up at the theater. The Spierig brothers were in the director’s chair(s), and that’s not a bad thing. This pair of Aussie’s brought us 2009’s Daybreakers, with Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Ethan Hawke. (Thier IMDB page says only that they were born in Germany, but trust me – they’re Australian). They’re no James Wan, but I am confident that they can do a decent job. Especially since the last seven films had four different directors. Hopefully they don’t have a transition scene fetish like Darren Lynn Bousman.