Fans of horror films will find the upcoming All Hallows Eve season promising. I have thirteen movies on my radar for this year and they range from family friendly works to all out terrifying! Plus, I’m glad I can get my viewing on now rather than wait for the official start of the Autumn season.
Usually, these films are reserved for late Sept release, but it’s already begun. I’m just sad one of the films doesn’t have an American release since it got yanked at the last minute. Hopefully it’s just an oversight and will find a place in home video or streaming closer to the date. The first film on my list fits into the spooky tradition quite well.
Presented in chronological order are (to note, not every movie has an official poster):
This movie was originally planned for an early September release but was pulled. Thankfully, if the information from filmrating.com is correct, the September 22 date suggests one part of the world can see it. People living in Argentina have a chance and sadly, I feel not giving this film a wide release is an injustice since the story is perfect for the upcoming season.
From the IMDB, “A legendary monster called October Boy terrorizes residents in a small Midwestern town when he rises from the cornfields every Halloween with his butcher knife and makes his way toward those who are brave enough to confront him.”
Thankfully, we do have this teaser trailer to keep fans sated until a new date is offered for those living in North America or other countries.
Thankfully, we have other movies with confirmed release dates and they are:
Jeepers Creepers Reborn
Fans of Horror Hound’s conventions know how a day goes. Meet geeks, freaks, and cosplayers of the ghoulish persuasion, and it’ll be a merry time for all. But for Chase (Imran Adams) and Laine (Sydney Craven), what they learn about the host city may be worse.
It’s said the local urban legend, The Creeper, is real, and he’s out for blood at this event! This product can easily lampoon convention culture, or just be an all-out YA adventure.
This reboot of a beloved sitcom from the silver age of television may not be for everyone, but when Rob Zombie is involved, many metalheads will be curious.
Here, he’ll look at the courtship of Eddie’s father–Herman Munster and Lily. Her maiden’s name was never made known in the series, and we’ll learn about her pre-marital day in this take!
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone
This film based on a short story by Stephen King follows a young boy who loves reading. When he meets a reclusive bookworm, Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland), the two form a bond which even stretches beyond the grave. EVP communication is widely accepted to contact the other side, but when you’re in continuous conversation, I suspect what this film examines is far worse than what Cole Sear suffered in The Sixth Sense.
Fans of Clive Barker’s film will either hate this reboot or love it.
Usually, it’s best to not reimagine popular horror icons of the past. All we have to look at is where Friday the 13th and Evil Dead fared. With the latter, we had a gender swap of the lead character, and in Hellraiser, we have the same thing happening, but this time, it’s the Cenobite who is getting a feminine touch! The idea can work.
But for everyone else, there may be something to like. When this tale concerns a young girl finding a puzzle box and whom she meets is played by an actor, I’m curious where this version will go.
Spirit Halloween: The Movie
Anyone who bought their decorations from the store, Spirit Halloween will get a chuckle out of the fact they also helped produce Spirit Halloween: The Movie. It is no doubt developed to sell product, and if the terror is perfect, that’s okay. Here, we follow three middle schoolers to the store. They are locked in after hours, and when they discover it’s haunted, what’s next is an easy decision.
Christopher Lloyd and Rachael Leigh Cook have roles in this film, and although this presence won’t sell the beast, hopefully watching this work by David Poag, an up-and-coming director, won’t kill the curious cat since it’s all about selling that product and giving this pop up shop a place in popular culture.
After last year’s Halloween Kills, four years have passed, and Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) is determined to free herself from the past. Michael Myers is still around and haunts her nightmares. She has plans to put an end to his rampage and this film will pick up from where the last film left off, hopefully answer some lingering questions and truly put everything to rest.
For newcomers, I suspect a home video box set release is planned for winter release so that fans can get to see how the terror has developed over the years. Technically, all fans need to know are the last two films. But for those looking for a bigger context, It wouldn’t be fair to just offer one off releases when this franchise has been around for more than four decades!
When the horror anthology V/H/S first debuted in 2012, its success had producers rush to make a sequel to keep up with consumer demand. New visionaries hired to fashion new tales created V/H/S/2. Another collection, titled Viral, went to VOD. And as for what’s next, fans couldn’t wait, and we have a series that deliciously riffs on the “retro.”
V/H/S/94 riffs on the year handheld cameras were the hottest thing in consumer electronics, and the latest V/H/S/99 will consider the rise of DVD technology. According to Bloodydisguisting.com, this collection is said to show “the final punk rock analog days of VHS while taking one giant leap forward into the hellish new millennium.”
Although Hellraiser 3 was ahead of its time with its similar styling, perhaps poking fun at emerging media trends was too soon.
Elliot Jones (Thomas Jane) is a vampire slayer whose motive is to take vengeance on all who laid eyes on his daughter. But he can’t do it alone. What he needs is help from the social media front and as for what they can do, it can either make or break a career. In what’s cool about this work is that it considers the TikTok age for video blogging is big. YouTube is yesterday’s news:
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
This filmmaker is very enthusiastic about the occult, and he’s picked the talents who will contribute to this anthology. Fans can expect eight macabre tales! Two of which will be from his own fertile mind, and the others from Michael Shea, Mika Watkins, Emily Carroll, Henry Kuttner, Panos Cosmatos & Aaron Stewart-Ahn.
The bonus here is that we get two stories adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s works. One day del Toro will get to make his Mountains of Madness.
Wendell & Wild
Henry Selick and Jordan Peele are the creative force behind this stop-motion epic, Wendell & Wild. It’s about two demon brothers, Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele), who enlist the aid of a mortal to send them to the land of the living.
This film has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and reports are very positive!
It’s a different kind of spooky tale when considering Selick’s breakout work was Coraline. As for what kind of hijinks will ensue depends on fans believing real scares are in store.
Prey for the Devil
It’s tough to top this description: In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, the Catholic Church reopens exorcism schools to train priests in the Rite of Exorcism. On this spiritual battlefield, an unlikely warrior rises: a young nun, Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers).
Unlike other comic book / manga takes, this version gets serious. When compared to giving The Nun from the Conjuring series its own solo outing, I’d much prefer this one. It’s tough to take the fictionalised take of the Warren’s role in the paranormal seriously, but perhaps for this movie, it’ll definitely say to oust evil is a matter of faith.
Ace fighter pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair (Charlotte Kirk) isn’t safe anywhere she goes, and while on duty in Afghanistan, she gets shot down. With nowhere to go while behind enemy lines, finding an abandoned bunker is not the best idea. In what she finds is much worse. It concerns eugenics, secret genetic experiments, and we know where this story goes.