‘Halloween’, and 7 more movies to watch this October

  • Movies
  • Thursday, 04 Oct 2018

Knife to meet you again, Michael. Photo: UIP Malaysia

October is here, and you know what that means: it's Halloween time and scary horror movies galore!

Unlike last October, horror movie buffs will have quite a few to choose from this year. In fact, there are scary movies from all over the world releasing this month, including Singapore’s 23:59 The Haunting Hour (Oct 4), Spain’s The Inhabitant (Oct 25), Turkey’s Beddua: The Curse (Oct 4) and Indonesia’s Sabrina (Oct 18).

From the US, we’ve got Santet: Black Magic (Oct 25), Malicious (Oct 18), The School (Oct 11), and last but not least, the return of Michael Myers with the latest Halloween (Oct 18). Oh, there’s also Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (OCt 25), but that’s probably going to be more funny than scary.

If scary movies aren’t your thing, then why not check out some award-winning and critically acclaimed movies from Europe at the European Union Film Festival? The EUFF will kick-off on 19-29 Oct at GSC Mid Valley and Pavilion, before moving on to Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in November. For more details, visit this website.

There are also films from other genres worth checking out, like First Man (Oct 11), starring Ryan Gosling as the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong; A Simple Favor (Oct 11), starring Malaysian star of the moment, Henry Golding alongside Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively; Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves’ Destination Wedding (Oct 18), which was originally supposed to show in September; and closer to home, Gol Dan Gincu Vol. 2 (Oct 25), the sequel to the hugely popular Gol & Gincu from 2005.

But to kick the month off, we’ve got a Marvel superhero movie that looks pretty scary as well – Venom (Oct 4)!

Venom (Now showing)

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Eddie Brock is a journalist who investigates the powerful Carlton Drake, but ends up becoming a host for an alien symbiote that gives him superhuman strength and power, but also a twisted, rage-fuelled darkness.

Why you should watch it:

From our review: “Entertaining but somewhat formulaic, this origin story at least gets the job done, establishing Venom as the first major player in Sony Pictures’ new Spider-Man cinematic universe.”

Project Gutenberg (Now showing)

Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Aaron Kwok

Director: Felix Chong

A master counterfeiter named “Painter” is at large, and his work is so perfect that the Hong Kong police can’t distinguish between the counterfeits and the real banknotes. To hunt him down, another painter called Lee Man is called in to assist with the case.

Why you should watch it:

It’s got two Hong Kong screen legends, Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok, facing off against each other. That final scene in the trailer of Chow changing his demenaour with a mere downturn of his mouth just reminded us of just what a treat this could be.

A Simple Favor (Oct 11)

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Director: Paul Feig

Stephanie is a mummy blogger who befriends the enigmatic Emily. One day, her friend goes missing, so Stephanie and Emily’s husband Sean team up to search for her, but along the way, they discover that Emily might not be who she seems.

Why you should watch it:

Would you look how far Henry Golding has come? From hosting a little-known TV show in Malaysia to being married to Blake Lively on screen! The actor’s follow-up project to Crazy Rich Asians is directed by Paul Feig (but it is apparently from the ‘darker side’ of the director), and also stars Anna Kendrick, which makes this even more of a must watch.

First Man (Oct 11)

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler

Director: Damien Chazelle

Based on the true story of Neil Armstrong, and his road towards becoming the first human being to ever step on the moon in 1969.

Why you should watch it:

First of all, Ryan Gosling as the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, is already a tantalising prospect. Secondly, it IS about one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments, and it should be interesting to see things from Armstrong’s point of view of a change. (Unless you’re one of those conspiracy theorists who think the moon landing was staged, in which case, you should stick to your X-Files reruns).

Bad Times At The El Royale

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth

Director: Drew Goddard

Set in the 1960s, a group of people have gathered at the seedy El Royale hotel. Each of them has a shady agenda and secrets that could lead to an explosive confrontaion between them.

Why you should watch it:

The cast list alone is worth watching this for, but with former Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Cloverfield writer and creator of Netflix’s Daredevil, Drew Goddard, behind the camera, we’re hoping for a great story with lots of twists and turns and well-written dialogue. Plus Jeff Bridges is in it. The Dude abides.

Halloween (Oct 18)

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak

Director: David Gordon Green

A sequel that takes place 40 years after 1978’s Halloween, in which masked psychopath Michael Myers escapes from prison and the first film’s sole survivor Laurie Strode takes it upon herself to rid the world of the killer once and for all.

Why you should watch it:

Jamie Lee Curtis is back back back, and Michael Myers is going to stab stab stab. After all the last few Halloween movies, we’re hoping having these two face off once more will be able to make things a lot more interesting this time around.

Gol Dan Gincu Vol. 2 (Oct 25)

Cast: Diana Danielle, Ummi Nazeera, Sharifah Amani, Sazzy Falak, Syafiq Kyle, Aedy Ashraf

Director: Umi Salwana Omar

Two students, Zak and Yaya, share the same first name (Zakiah) get into a fight that goes viral on social media. As a punishement, the university assigns the cuo to community service at a home for troubled teens run by Jijie, where they start to bond over the kids they oversee, and well, football.

Why you should watch it:

The first Gol Dan Gincu (back in 2005!) was a milestone in Malaysian film, spawning a 26-episode TV series and making stars out of Fazura and Sazzy Falak. While it’s surprising that it took so long for a sequel to be released, here’s hoping it will be able to do justice to the message of female empowerment that the first one conveyed.

Rampant (Oct 25)

Cast: Hyun Bin, Jang Dong-gun, Jo Woo-Jin, Kim Eui-Sung

Director: Kim Sung-Hoon

The nation of Joseon is overrun by zombie-like creatures called “Night Demons”, and its greatest fighter, Prince Yi Chung, is called back after ten years as a political hostage with the Qing Empire to fight these monsters.

Why you should watch it:

Korean actor Hyun Bin is a man in demand. He is in two high profile Korean movies released this month – this, and The Negotiation – but Rampant gets our pick because its Wikipedia page describes it as a ‘South Korean historical action zombie film’. Hyun Bin fighting zombies in medieval Korea? We can't think of a better way to spend Halloween.

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