Ah, it’s October again. The time of year when the nights get darker, the leaves start to fall and you keep looking over your shoulder as the cold wind nips at the hairs on your neck.
The month of scares and frights are upon us once again and with it some new movies to check out.
This October features some highly anticipated films, including some action thrillers, films of extraordinary adventure and bewilderment and of course the types of films that make you jump out of your skin.
First up is “Pan,” a new take on the classic tale of the young orphan Peter who was whisked away to the mystical world of Neverland.
Next on the weekend’s playlist is “Steve Jobs,” the drama biopic of the individual credited as the driving force behind the ingenuity and innovation of the digital age. Reinvigorated with life by Michael Fassbender’s reportedly extraordinary portrayal of the late CEO of Apple Inc., this film delves into the trials and tribulations of the life of a man who gave everything to revolutionize technology for the world.
Thirdly for the weekend is the IMAX 3D experience of “The Walk,” the true story of the tightrope walker who walked in the void between the twin towers. Joseph GordonLevitt stars as the real-life Philippe Petit who with a rag-tag team of international assistants pulled off the impossible and highly dangerous task of walking between the two buildings of The World Trade Center.
There are three scary movies coming out this month, two of which are on this weekend.
First up is “Crimson Peak,” a house where Tom Hiddleston’s new wife is stuck in and is scared into madness when all the ghosts and demons and curses of this old house start coming after her.
Next is the film adaptation of R. L. Stine’s “Goosebumps,” where a foolish boy accidentally releases all of the author’s monsters into their world and must take up the bone-chilling task of rounding them up… with Jack Black nonetheless.
“Bridge of Spies” is another new release this weekend. The Spielberg thriller follows Tom Hanks as he is a lawyer brought in by the CIA during a tense period of the Cold War to rescue a pilot imprisoned behind enemy lines in the Soviet Union.
Prior to Halloween weekend are the release of five films, two of which are clearly overshadowing the rest.
Probably the scariest film to come out this year, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” is the fifth installment in this horror franchise that is poised to leave you scared beyond belief.
Slated to supposedly be the “last” of the “Paranormal” films, this follows the freaky encounters of a family who finds an old film camera in their new house, which reveals hidden secrets locked away in another scary alternate world.
The other film viewers are most expected to see is “The Last Witch Hunter.” At the helm of this story is action icon Vin Diesel, a valiant warrior now the last of his kind, set to protect the modern world from vicious witches and hordes of supernatural creatures.
Kaulder (Diesel) long ago was cursed with immortality, sentencing him to an eternity of fighting monsters and mourning for his loved ones he lost.
Parting from the traditional route of horror films on Halloween, this weekend’s premieres consist of a political thriller set in South America and a zombie apocalypse comedy.
Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star as rival political campaign strategists in “Our Brand is Crisis,” which follows a Bolivian presidential campaign as Bullock’s character is brought out of retirement to help a struggling candidate gain the upper hand against a corrupt president who is driving the country into the ground.
The other premiere of this weekend pits three boy scouts against the undead in “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.” After they realize their small town has been overrun with flesh-eaters, three friends team up with a smoking cocktail waitress to save mankind from the townsfolk they grew up with.
With a trailer packed full of witty one-liners, cliché gags and gory overkill visuals, this film seems like it will draw more laughs than screams.
For more information, check out upcoming films on flixter or IMDb.
Brady Wesp is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.