It used to be that horror fans would wait all year long for the late fall/October horror dump, when the studios vomited out every even remotely scary movie they’d have sitting around on their shelves. That’s not so much the case anymore — The Conjuring, The Purge, and Insidious 2 all skipped the Halloween market — but you can still count on October for a couple of good popcorn flicks. This year we’ve got one hotly contested remake, another adaptation of the great vampire granddaddy, Dracula, and a long delayed concept horror film. Let’s see what we’ve got to look forward to, shall we?
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is an interesting entry on this roster as the film was actually made in 2007, staring hot-now Amber Heard, and fell into distribution hell. The rights for the U.S. release have been bouncing around ever since, but Mandy Lane has already seen release in Europe and has been widely available for download for years. Directed by Jonathan Levine of The Wackness, 50/50, and Warm Bodies fame, the film attempts a self aware look at the slasher films of the ’80s. It’s long been ranked as one of the great unreleased horror films, and it’s finally seeing the (limited) light of day in the U.S. Limited release on October 11th.
“A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.”
Possibly the biggest film in this month’s crop, this “reimagining” is the 3rd adaptation of the classic King novel. I won’t blame you if you missed the really horrendous TV mini-series; everyone did. I’m personally of the opinion that DePalma’s 1976 movie is practically pitch perfect, but I was onboard for this remake as soon as the two female leads were announced. Chloë Grace Mortez has made some great films in the horror field already (Let Me In was a rare remake that was as good as the original film) and Julianne Moore is practically perfect in every way, her disastrous turn as Clarice Starling not withstanding. Carrie is due in theaters October 18th.
“A re-imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King.”
I might be really excited for the Carrie remake, but I am stupid excited for Dario Argento’s Dracula. The Italian director is responsible for some of the best horror films to come out in the last 40 years, including a personal favorite and perrenial fixture in “best of” lists, Suspiria. His stab at Dracula features Rutger Hauer as van Helsing and Argento’s daughter, Asia, as Lucy, and it’s in 3D! Limited release begins on October 4th.
Some might argue with me on calling Gravity a horror film, but to them I say, “Did you see the theatrical trailer for this?” I practically started hyperventilating. Horror is a genre of fear, and fear isn’t limited to ghosts, goblins, and serial killers. Sci-fi and horror often cross paths and tend to blend very nicely together — see Alien or Event Horizon for other hybrid movies. Gravity was released on October 4th and is probably playing in a theater near you.
“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.”