By Sanuj Hathurusinghe Ceylon Today Features
Just like that, in a blink of an eye, three quarters of 2021 has gone past. As the 10th month of the year dawns in the countries in higher latitudes, the trees start to shed leaves, sweaters and jackets start coming out of closets and that strange but oddly satisfying feeling of ‘hot in the sun but cold in the shade’ returns. Also, the dawn of October brings back pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks (in other countries), pumpkin carvings, spooky house decors, trick or treating, costume parties, and everything that is Halloween-y. At this rate the month of Halloween too will go past in quick time but before that happens and Mariah Carey starts singing how she doesn’t want a lot for Christmas on radio yet again, let’s take a look at all the horror movies that are about to hit cinemas in this October.
The Addams Family 2
Let’s start off with a ‘horror’ movie the whole family can enjoy. Following the success of their first on-screen adventures in 2019, the Addams family is ‘unhappy’ to see you again for the second time in their sequel The Addams Family 2. In this animated comedy sequel we meet everyone’s favourite spooky family getting tangled up in more whacky adventures and hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters.
Morticia and Gomez are not happy how their kids are growing up. Wednesday and Pugsley are skipping family dinners and totally consumed with ‘scream time’. In an attempt to recreate their family bond the parents decide to cram the whole family in their haunted camper and hit the road for one last family vacation. What could possible go wrong in their adventure across America filled with unexpected reunions of relatives and kooky character encounters right?
There's Someone Inside Your House
Based on the 2017 book with the same title by Stephanie Perkins, There's Someone Inside Your House follows the graduating class at Osborne High in a quiet small town in Nebraska. The lead character Makani Young moves to Nebraska from Hawaii to live with her grandmother and to finish her high school but as the graduation day nears her classmates begin to fall prey to a stalker killer, one by one. The mysterious killer intends to expose the darkest secrets of his targets to the entire town and Makani with her own mysterious past she’d very much like to keep to herself, must discover the killers true identity before becoming his next victim.
In this Halloween the saga of horror fans’ beloved Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the latest chapter of the Halloween series, Halloween Kills. Laurie faced her fears in the last Halloween movie where she finally managed to trap the masked murderer Myers caged and burning in her basement and escape with her daughter and granddaughter. Her relief of having being able to finally get rid of her lifelong tormentor is short-lived when Myers manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap. As the bloodbath continues Laurie prepares to defend herself yet again. With the help of a group of other survivors of Myers’ first rampage, Laurie forms a vigilante group that decides to take matters into their own hands to end Myers once and for all.
Based on the story, The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca, Antlers takes place in an isolated Oregon town where a middle school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with an enigmatic student of hers. Poking too much into the boy’s mysterious past leads to the terrifying encounters with a ‘Wendigo’ – a cannibalistic creature of Native American folklore.
Last Night in Soho
Last Night in Soho, featuring The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy and the 11th doctor of the popular BBC sci-fi TV series Doctor Who, Matt Smith, is a psychological thriller that revolves around Eloise – an aspiring fashion designer. In a mysterious turn of events, Eloise manages to time travel to the ‘60s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer Sandie. The allure of the initial glamour however, starts to fade away when the dreams of the past start to give glimpses of something far darner and sinister. The movie also is the last performance of the ‘60s Bond girl Margret Nolan and Game of Thrones star Diana Rigg.
Army of Thieves
Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead might not have gathered the best of reviews from critics but it was immediately accepted by the zombie-horror fans. Capitalising on this popularity, Netflix is bringing Army of Thieves – a prequel to the Army of the Dead – this October. The movie is set before the events of Army of the Dead and focuses on German safecracker Ludwig Dieter who is asked to lead a group of aspiring thieves on a top-secret heist during the early stages of the zombie apocalypse.
The last on the list is a movie with classic creatures of horror fiction appearing in modern-day world. Night Teeth centres on quirky college student Benny who decides to moonlight as a chauffeur one night to earn some extra cash. As fate would have it, he picks up two mysterious young women to drive around Los Angeles for a night of party hopping. Immediately taken captive by the charm of his two clients Benny later realises the girls have their own plans for him – for his blood to be exact. As the night spirals out of control and the sunrise is fast-approaching, Benny is forced to choose between fear and temptation if he wants to stay alive and save the city of angels.