Looking ahead at the calendar, this October is month of horror releases. Every week features a new fright film debuting either in theaters or on home video, which should prime viewers for Halloween.
It begins this Friday, October 3. First comes director David Fincher’s much-anticipated psychological thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn; also opening this weekend is the prequel to The Conjuring, called Annabelle. On October 10, audiences get another revisionist classic monster tale with Dracula Untold. The following week on the 17th, the kiddies can enjoy The Book of Life, which takes place in an underworld modeled after the Day of the Dead in Mexico. On October 24, the supernatural schlocker Ouija opens, and the following week, on Halloween day, comes the demonic horror movie Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Fans of the large VOD and Blu-ray horror markets have plenty to look forward to as well. Arriving on-demand a month before its theatrical release is V/H/S: Viral, the sequel to the fun anthology horror series of V/H/S and V/H/S 2. Also available this month is Extraterrestrial, the new film from Grave Encounters directors The Vicious Brothers. On October 21, horror-comedy fans can also rent or buy Life After Beth, which stars Dane Dehaan as a guy whose girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) dies and comes back as zombie (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon also star).
Along with newer films, this month’s looks back in The Definitives and Re(focused)views will feature two horror titles. First up in The Definitives is Philip Kaufman’s outstanding, paranoid remake Invasion of the Body Snatchers from 1978, starring Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum. Later in the month in Re(focused)views, I’ll take a look at Fright Night 2, a long-absent-from-home-video title that doesn’t deserve to be forgotten.
After October is over, you’ll have had your fill of horror movies and so will I. Fortunately, November marks the beginning of the holiday movie season, which means a lot of blockbusters, award-worthy titles, and festival winners. I’ve also made a personal vow to write about nothing but comedies and romances in The Definitives and Re(focused)views for the rest of the year. Expect some Powell and Pressburger, Tati, and Hughes before the year is out.