The temperatures are starting to cool and the leaves are falling from the trees, setting the stage for October’s arrival and all the hauntingly delicious treats that are to come. Before digging into the devilish films that take center-stage in the build-up to Halloween, don’t forget that there’s still plenty of interesting, potential terrifying, films hitting theaters this month.
To help get you ready, here’s a short-list of eleven films coming to theaters in October that appear to be theater-worthy tales.
Blade Runner 2049
Director: Denis Villeneuve.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Summary provided by the official YouTube trailer.)
The Mountain Between Us
Director: Hany Abu-Assad.
Cast: Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. (Summary provided by the official Youtube trailer.)
The Florida Project
Director: Sean Baker.
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto and Bria Vinaite.
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Vinaite) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter. (Summary courtesy of A24.)
Happy Death Day
Director: Christopher Landon
Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Jason Bayle, and Phil Wu.
Blumhouse (producer of Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe of La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity. (Summary provided by the official YouTube trailer.)
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Director: Simon Curtis.
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Will Tilston, and Kelly Macdonald.
Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? (Summary provided by the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: Martin Campbell.
Cast: Jackie Chan and Pierce Bronson.
The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat- and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. (Summary provided by the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson.
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer, Charlotte Gainsbourg, James D’Arcy, Toby Jones, Chloë Sevigny, and J.K. Simmons.
When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. (Summary provided by the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: Dean Devlin.
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Ed Harris, and Andy Garcia.
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it. (Summary provided by the official YouTube trailer.)
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Director: Angela Robinson.
Cast: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton.
In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises. (Summary provided by the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: George Clooney.
Cast: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac.
Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon. (Summary provided by the official YouTube trailer.)
Director: Ruben Ostlund
Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Terry Notary.
Christian (Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. (Summary provided by the official Youtube trailer.)