'Black Adam', and 8 other films lighting up cinemas this October


(From left) 'The Woman King', 'Black Adam' and 'Halloween Ends'.

Obtorber is here, and you know what that means... scary movie time!

The Halloween season is here, and the cinemas will be screening a number of horror flicks, from a reboot of the classic Jeepers Creepers and another installment of cult following slasher film Halloween, to local horror flick Talbis Iblis.

There will also be star-studded movies galore, with A-listers gracing the likes of Amsterdam, Ticket to Paradise, and God Father.

And if you thought the summer superhero season is over, think again. Dwayne Johnson makes his superhero debut in a big way with Black Adam, the latest addition to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), while those who prefer Japanese fare would be thrilled to see Ultraman Shin in the cinemas.

God Father (Oct 5)
Cast: Chiranjeevi, Salman Khan, Nayanthara, Puri Jagannadh, and Satyadev Kancharana.
Director: Mohan Raja

Synopsis: After the death of a political leader, a mysterious man steps in to ascend to the throne.

Why you should watch it:

A remake of the popular 2019 Malayalam film Lucifer, the film stars big names like Chiranjeevi, Salman Khan and Nayanthara. If that is not convincing enough, check out the trailer which looks promising and is packed with action, similar to the previous film.

Amsterdam (6 October)
Cast: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Swift, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alessandro Nivola, Rami Malek, and Robert De Niro.
Director: David O. Russell

Synopsis: Set in the ‘30s, it follows three friends, a doctor, a nurse and an attorney who witness a murder and become suspects themselves and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.

Why you should watch it: A ridiculously talented ensemble star-studded cast in a period mystery comedy film? What more could you as k for? Helmed by the same director who gave us The Oscar-nominated films Silver Linings Playbook’ and American Hustle, the premise is an intriguing one, and the trailer offers everything promises a cracking mystery and lots of great performances as well.

Shin Ultraman (6 October)
Cast: Takumi Saitoh, Masami Nagasawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Daiki Arioka and Akari Hayami
Director: Shinji Higuchi

Synopsis: Giant unidentified lifeforms classified as the “S-Class Species” have been terrorising Japan. As the threat worsens, a silver extraterrestrial giant dubbed “Ultraman” appears from beyond Earth’s atmosphere to defeat the monster and save humanity.

Why you should watch it: That’s right, folks. Ultraman is back with a new addition to the franchise. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane by reminiscing and reliving your childhood memories with this highly anticipated superhero flick.

Ticket to Paradise (6 October)
Cast: George Clooney and Julia Roberts
Director: Ol Parker

Synopsis: Two divorced parents decide to team up and travel to Bali to stop their love-struck daughter, Lily from making the same mistake they made 25 years ago.

Why you should watch it: Are you a fan of watching good old romantic-comedy films, especially in a cheesy, late 2000s style? Then this is the movie for you. To top it all, it stars THE George Clooney and THE Julia Roberts. Tell me another pair of actors with better chemistry than these two. We’ll wait.

Halloween Ends (13 October)
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, James Jude Courtney, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Kyle Richards
Director: David Gordon Green

Synopsis: Four years after the events of the previous film Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter, Allyson and is finishing writing her memoir. just as she is about to let go of her past and embrace life after decades of being haunted by the spectre of serial killer Michael Myers, she hears about the killing of a boy, which ignites a cascade of violence and terror that forces Laurie to finally confront the evil killer once and for all.

Why you should watch it: Sure, Halloween Kills was quite disappointing, and the trailer for this one does seem to venture into familiar territory a little too much, but hey, who could say no to another classic Michael Myers slasher?

Jeepers Creepers: Reborn (13 October)
Cast: Sydney Craven, Imran Adams, Jarreau Benjamin, Dee Wallace and Gray Graham
Director: Timo Vuorensola

Synopsis: Chase and Laine head to the Horror Hound festival, where Laine begins to experience unexplained premonitions and disturbing visions associated with local legend the Creeper. After winning a VIP tour to a Creeper Themed Escape room, Liane believes that something unearthly has been summoned and she is the centre of it.

Why you should watch it: Another classic horror returns promising bigger scares and spooks. Though nothing beats the original Jeepers Creepers, this rebooted version is worth giving a shot, as the premise sounds pretty interesting and the trailer does look promising.

Black Adam (20 October)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui and Pierce Brosnan
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Synopsis: Imprisoned for using the almighty powers of the ancient gods for vengeance, after nearly 5,000 years have passed, Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Why you should watch it: First of all, it stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. That's always a good reason to watch a movie. Secondly, Black Adam is not your typical superhero – he is actually a villain, or rather, an anti-hero who is the arch enemy of Shazam. With Johnson's star power fueling it and some atypical superhero action, Black Adam could be the a fresh start for DC's superhero slate it so badly needs.

Talbis Iblis (20 October)
Cast: Azira Shafinaz, Nasha Aziz, Zul Ariffin, Amir Nafis and Jay Iswazir
Director: Kabir Bhatia

Synopsis: Talbis Iblis revolves around Hajar, an unmarried woman, who decides to run away from the city to give birth in secret to avoid bringing shame to her family. Arshad sends Hajar off to Mak Ju, a midwife, who takes care of her during and post pregnancy, however, she has her own hidden agenda.

Why you should watch it: you're bored of all those Hollywood horror remakes and sequels, maybe give this local horror flick a try. After all, Talbis Iblis is helmed by Kabir Bhatia, the brains behind films like Sangkar, Pulang and Juang, so you can be sure he won't disappoint.

The Woman King (27 October)
Cast: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim and John Boyega
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Synopsis: Based on powerful real-life events, The Woman King is a historical epic film about the remarkable story of the all-female army unit of the Agojie that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey with skills and fierceness during the 17th to 19th centuries.

Why you should watch it: Positively reviewed by many critics upon its release, The Woman King features a powerful performance by Viola Davis (who is already being hyped up for the Oscars), and judging by the trailer, is set to be a historical epic full of action and massive battles.

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