8 scarily good movies to watch this October


  • Movies
  • Thursday, 05 Oct 2017

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October is here, and you know what that means ... yup, Halloween, and lots and lots of horror movies to watch. Standing out from the crowd (for us, at least) are a live-action adaptation of hit Japanese anime Tokyo Ghoul, a remake of a classic 1980s thriller Flatliners, and even a movie about a Haunted Hotel in Genting Highlands.

But if you don't care for the scares, there are some pretty intriguing titles for you as well, including Blade Runner 2049 (sequel to the classic 1982 sci-fi film), award-winning Malaysian tearjerker Shuttle Life, local actioner Tombiruo, Korean comedy Midnight Runners, and of course, the big one in all senses of the word, Thor Ragnarok.

Who says October is all about the horror, eh?


Blade Runner 2049 (Oct 5)

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Thirty years after the events of the first film, Officer K, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, uncovers a long-buried secret that is potentially able to plunge what is left of society into chaos. With his discovery, K decides to go on a quest in search of a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years, Rick Deckard.

Why you should watch it:

The original Blade Runner is one of THE greatest sci-fi movies of all time. Just the fact that it is getting a sequel 35 years later, and one that also stars Harrison Ford, is enough to get us excited.


Tokyo Ghoul (Oct 5)

Cast: Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu, Yu Aoi, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Yo Oizumi

Director: Kentaro Hagiwara

Ghouls are humans who can only survive by eating the flesh of other humans, and they live secretly amongst us. A teenager named Ken Kaneki goes on a date with a ghoul called Rize, who predictably, attacks him but dies before she, er, finishes her meal. In a bid to save his life, Rize’s organs are transplanted into Ken, turning him into a half-ghoul who also has to eat human flesh to survive!

Why you should watch it:

The manga this is based on is pretty scary, but also has a really intriguing story as well. If the live-action movie can replicate even half of its source’s originality and tense storytelling, this should be worth a watch.


Midnight Runners (Oct 5)

Cast: Park Seo-joon, Kang Ha-neul, Park Ha-sun, Sung Dong-il

Director: Kim Joo-hwan

Two Korean National Police University students witness a kidnapping, and decide to investigate, despite not having the proper qualifications or skills to do so.

Why you should watch it:

Simply put, from the trailer, it looks hilarious. Even if you don’t understand Korean, the cast and action are animated enough to attract your attention, and there’s an easy chemistry between the two male leads Park Seo-Joon and Kang Ha-neul.


Shuttle Life (Oct 12)

Cast: Jack Tan, Angel Chan, Sylvia Chang

Director: Tan Seng Kiat

Ah Qiang is struggling to make ends meet while taking care of his mentally-challenged mother and five-year-old sister, Hui. Things get complicated when Hui is tragically killed in an accident, and Ah Qiang is unable to prove that she is his sister as she was never registered at birth.

Why you should watch it:

Filmed entirely in Pudu, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this looks like a real tearjerker. It's been making waves all over Asia, with lead actor Jack Tan winning two Best Actor awards in China recently, and the film snagging two nominations for the upcoming 54th Taipei Golden Horse Awards – Best New Director for director Tan Seng Kiat and Best Cinematography for Taiwanese cinematographer Chen Ko Chin.


Tombiruo: Penunggu Rimba (Oct 12)

Cast: Zul Ariffin, Farid Kamil, Nabila Huda, Faizal Hussein, Hasnul Rahmat

Director: Nasir Jani, Seth Larney

According to legend, Tombiruo is a magical creature who controls the forest. But in real life, Tombiruo is a masked man with uncontrollable magical power seeking to avenge his father by making those responsible for his death pay.

Why you should watch it:

Move over, Cicakman, Malaysia has a new masked superhero. The action looks decent, and the jungle setting plus mystical elements gives this a very exciting vibe.


Flatliners (Oct 19)

Cast: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons

Director: Niels Arden Oplev

A group of medical students begin experimenting with “near-death” experiences, but things start going horribly wrong when they are visited by physical manifestations of their childhood nighmares, which then spill over to their actul lives.

Why you should watch it:

From the trailer, this looks pretty trippy and scary at the same time, and also as if the original 1990 Flatliners if the makers of Final Destination made it. As the trailer says, just sit back, and enjoy the experience ...


Haunted Hotel (Oct 19)

Cast: Sushar Manaying, Azman Hassan, Teddy Chin, Alvin Chong, Li Chuan

Director: Ryon Lee

A female tourist from China and her friends decide to travel to Genting Highlands and end up staying at one of Asia’s most haunted hotels. You know what happens next.

Why you should watch it:

Hey, it’s Halloween season, and this is a horror film set in a very familiar setting in Malaysia. Should be good for some good old fashioned scares, and make you think twice about going up to hill in the near future.


Thor: Ragnarok (Oct 26)

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins

Director: Taika Waititi

Hela, the Goddess of Death, has risen from Hel and is waging war against Asgard. During the battle, she destroys Thor’s hammer and he is exiled to an unknown planet where he must race against time to prevent Ragnarok, i.e. the end of everything. But before he can do so, he must first face off against a fellow Avenger ... the Incredible Hulk!

Why you should watch it:

Because it’s a Marvel movie, darn it. Do you really need another reason to watch it? Ok, fine, here are a few more: Thor fighting Hulk, Loki joining Thor’s team, and Cate Blanchett looking like the evil version of Queen Galadriel from Lord Of The Rings. And if that’s not enough, Dr Strange might make an appearance too!


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