Has anyone around here even heard of this month? Apparently it’s where horror movies go when they are ready to be released, and where we’ve relegated a little known horror franchise about a big dummy in a Bill Shatner mask. Well, there’s another one of those coming, so at least there’s that.
The Horror Release Roundup is our recurring feature breaking down the screams and scares that are heading your way every month. This time around we have everything (or at least our attempt at everything) coming at you in October of 2018. Enjoy the trailers and our respective thoughts below.
Interested in reading up on previous months? Try checking out our archive.
10/02/2018 - VOD, LIMITED THEATRICAL
A young woman obsessed with horror subjects herself to hours of grueling torment inside an extreme haunt in an attempt to confront her fears and conquer the tragic past that haunts her.
Jack: People overestimate how much a legal waiver can do. Also, why are extreme thrill seekers “more specific guests”? People who want to avoid extreme haunts are precisely as specific as people who are drawn to them. Yeesh, this movie is going to be a rough watch for pedants. Is this the start of a spate of extreme haunt flicks?
Jake: Extreme haunts don’t need much more in the genre space than what The Houses October Built provided but what I do like is that this seems like it might hit on some good paranoia which is intriguing. It definitely doesn’t look bad and this is the right month for a flick like this.
Mark: This strikes me as basically Houses October Built but not found footage. Normally I’m the found footage guy, but I can totally get behind the vibe of this one. Nothing beats a good movie about a haunt gone wrong. What’s real? Who can you trust? Why is it half haunted house and half kinky sex brothel? I’ll have to tune in to find out. For science.
TALES FROM THE HOOD 2
10/02/2018 - VOD
Keith David stars as a contemporary Mr. Simms to tell bloodcurdling stories about lust, greed, pride and politics through tales with demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms's haunting stories will make you laugh...while you scream.
Jack: The concept of Tales from the Hood is really cool. Also, why aren’t there more anthologies centered around the deadly sins? Now, are these movies made for me, and did they have enough material to make the sequel? The answers to both of those is probably not, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them.
Jake: At least this month didn’t start off with a zombie movie. Plus we are greeted with a mercifully short trailer for an anthology! Typically this would be super duper exciting, but watch this...
Mark: No one? Not even the crypt keeper? You, sir, need to check yourself. That being said, it’s been a while since we’ve had a fresh anthology movie come out, so bring this one on. Why not?
SLEEP NO MORE
10/02/2018 - VOD
A bunch of idiot college students do a sleep deprivation study and somehow prove that if you are an insomniac you can open a portal to hell or something.
Jack: I bet they wouldn’t let those people do that if they were left handed. Fucking world is against left handed people. And fuck me, I bet this is right along the lines of that “you only use 10% of your brain” horseshit. I’m out.
Jake: There’s something mildly alluring to this. I don’t think it’s going to be good or make sense, but this looks totally watchable. Maybe I’m just drawing additional excitement because it’s like the inverse of all those goddamn sleep paralysis movies we’ve been seeing lately.
Mark: This strikes me as a movie that will drive Jack up a wall, and I find that to be incredibly charming. I have a feeling my enjoyment of this one will be exactly inversely proportional to his. In case you were curious he was denied entrance into a paid sleep-study program thing in college for being left handed and has been bitter ever since.
10/05/2018 - NETFLIX
A brother-sister team who fake paranormal encounters for cash get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted estate turns very, very real. Also, apparently it’s animated.
Jack: I really dig this concept. Fake ghost hunters scamming gullible people who then get really haunted is an awesome idea. If this thing carries the execution through to the end, and the trailer gives me no reason to believe it won’t, then this could wind up being one of the best releases this month.
Jake: Even with Jack’s bullshit criticism of me on the podcast, this is still over 120 seconds when you remove the edges. Sick of his shit… also, why is the only thing I could think of during that trailer is how the voiceover reminds me of one of the voices in Session 9? Also also, this looks pretty good.
Mark: Did they just kill a main character in the first 20 seconds of the trailer? I’m no expert on trailer design, but might that be a bit much of a giveaway? On the bright side, regardless of whether or not said character lives through the movie, I will walk away feeling amazing. Because I’m amazing, and that’s the power of positive thinking.
10/05/2018 - THEATRICAL
When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego "Venom" to save his life.
Jack: Yes. Yep. Yes. Please. Yes. Although I don’t understand why the face still looks like Spider-Man, given that the symbiote (they pronounce that oddly in this) never bonded with ol’ P.P. in this iteration. Oh well, one of those things I won’t care too much about, just like how terrible of a reporter Eddie Brock appears to be here. Investigative reporting means more than trespassing and yelling.
Jake: superhero movies don’t do it at all for me so I will let the other guys comment on this one and just say that this trailer is well over 120 seconds, therefore I earn a fantasy point.
Mark: Are we positive this will be a horror movie? It’s just dark spiderman with Jenny Slate saying sim-by-ote, but every single movie outfit I could find lists this as horror so we’re rolling with it. Hey, you don’t have to twist my arm to get me to watch Tom Hardy in anything.
10/12/2018 - NETFLIX
A man attempts to rescue his sister who's been kidnapped by a religious cult.
Jack: Well fuck. The Raid 2 might be the best action movie of all time, and now the writer and director of that is moving into horror? I don’t even care what’s in this trailer (though it does look good), I will be seeing this one just to see what he can do.
Jake: Man, this movie promises some cringe-worthy shit. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I am excited for it. Only hesitation is that I really hope this doesn’t turn out to be an overly-long slogfest but another 120 second trailer does not inspire confidence. Fantasy point.
Mark: The number one thing I will take away from this trailer is the kid in a mask boogeying on a barrel at what appears to be quite a nice hoedown at about the 39 second mark. You get after it little kid. I do, however, have a feeling that that scene is misleading me as to how wholesome this movie will be because everything after that bit gets dark. Netflix’s last period horror piece (1922) was a real letdown for me so I’m hoping this completely different group of people don’t also let me down. That’s reasonable, right?
I STILL SEE YOU
10/12/2018 - VOD, THEATRICAL
Set nine years after an apocalyptic event that killed millions and left the world inhabited by ghosts.
Jack: Is it the incident that made the ghosts? Because it seems like every death in history should have made them, not just this one disaster. Also, did anyone else think this was a 9/11 movie for like the first 20 seconds or so?
Jake: People and ghosts living together. Mass hysteria! That is all… Almost. Also fantasy point.
Mark: If you’re curious, Jake gets a “horror fantasy point” every time there is a trailer over 2 minutes long. You should really listen to our podcast… As far as this movie goes, I feel like rates of car accidents would go WAY up. Also, couldn’t you just trespass the hell out of places and then duck behind a door and fade away? This world would be absolutely fucked-in-half by crime. Wouldn’t it?
GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
10/12/2018 - THEATRICAL
Halloween comes to life in a comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine's 400-million-selling series of books.
Jack: Stop it, movie. This is Goosebumps 2. To the extent the idiot youth of today didn’t know who R.L. Stine is, that ended when the first movie did boffo box office or whatever weird jargon Variety uses. You don’t need to spend a significant portion of the trailer for your sequel selling me on Goosebumps.
Jake: The first one was pretty charming but the first one had Jack Black and you can’t just replace Jack Black with the fat kid who gets stabbed in IT. Also, fantasy point.
Mark: Pre-trailer trailer. Love it. The funny thing about this trailer is that the first half of it happened in the first movie. Seems a bit odd to have that much of a recap. I saw the first one, it was charming and good fare for kid-friendly horror. I am concerned at the distinct lack of Jack Black in the trailer.
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
10/12/2018 - NETFLIX
Based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. A few oddly prophetic children grow up to be supremely disturbed adults. Hilarity ensues.
Jack: Hell yes. Not only is the original 50’s novel upon which this is based awesome, but the 60’s movie is pretty rad, too. Sure, the 90’s movie shit the bed a little, but what didn’t in the 90’s? And Flanagan has earned enough of my trust that I will be tuning in on release day.
Jake: This looks like it’ll be a series worth checking out as soon as it drops. Flanagan has obvious, proven chops and this should carry you right through the Halloween season. I’ll forego fantasy point here because this is a series, not a movie.
Mark: So, Mike Flanagan was a pretty good investment by Netflix yeah? He just kinda works in the background churning out what promises to be good content that they can cash in on like twice a year. It’s a win-win. Note that the wins there are for Netflix and for the consumer. I assume Flanagan is chained to a typewriter in Netflix’s bank vault, so it might be a lose for him.
10/19/2018 - VOD
A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.
Jack: So, this is the plot of more than one episode of Law & Order SVU, at least one episode of Law & Order Criminal D’Onofrio, and more than a few movies. That doesn’t make it bad, but it does mean that it’ll have to be bringing something pretty special to stand out, and the trailer just . . . doesn’t look like it.
Jake: Probably (definitely) more thriller than horror but whatever. I would imagine it’s probably against protocol to promise a kid you’ll find their kidnapped parent, but hey, people never follow protocol. Protocol is boring. I hope this isn’t boring.
Mark: Jake, shush, you’re boring the people. Meanwhile Roger Ebert says this is a good movie so I’m almost positive it will be a bit of a slog. Too bad, the trailer made it seem pretty interesting, but also isn’t this just the plot of The Call?
10/19/2018 - THEATRICAL
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Jack: I don’t like the original Halloween (or any other film in the series) as much as most people seem to, but that doesn’t mean that this movie doesn’t look pretty great. Because it does.
Jake: Holy 160 second trailer, assholes! Stop it. We are all going to see this shit anyway so stop lying about how it’s Strode’s last confrontation with Myers and stop fucking blowing your wad in your trailer. There better be some good scares in here that this didn’t touch or I’m just gonna flip.
Mark: Not to be a wet blanket, but I am 100% positive that is not how we keep emotionally deranged high-security prisoners. Is the prison supposed to double as a gigantic human chess board when the press isn’t watching? This movie looks great and we’ll all be seeing it. Also, with a movie this big I don’t feel like there is much else to add to the conversation.
10/19/2018 - VOD
A man becomes the superintendent of a large New York City apartment building where people mysteriously go missing.
Jack: Why would you put the miserable fucking CG fire in the god damned trailer? You should (ideally) have like, 70-90 minutes of stuff to pull from, so just pick a piece without awful looking fire. Also, when the best accolade you can muster is that it’s from “A writer” of Black Swan, I’ve got a feeling there is just not a whole lot going on here.
Jake: I’m just getting punchy now but this was the most unnecessary of all the unnecessary 120 second trailers this month. I don’t give a shit if Val Kilmer is in your movie.
Mark: Single. Piano. Key. Hell yeah. That old chestnut. Love it. Also, how did no one realize that Val Kilmer was super creepy before this movie, because he pulls it off eerily well. I mean, granted, I’m betting he actually turns out to be the good guy somehow, but he’s still creepy.
10/26/2018 - LIMITED THEATRICAL
Kate attends her estranged sister's bachelorette party at the request of their dying father. The weekend, held at a remote cabin booked on a home sharing app, turns into a savage life-or-death struggle that pits family against family, and past against present.
Jack: Looks surprisingly decent and well acted, especially given that the budget appears nearly non-existent. I really hope I remember to give this one a shot, because this is one of the indie flicks that could surprise you.
Mark: I actually appreciate the humor that’s been stitched into this trailer. The gore effects look decent for what must be a relatively low budget. I feel like there’s been an odd uptick in these types of murder-party type home invasion movies over the last year and none of them have particularly piqued my interest, but this one might change my mind. If it’s widely available enough that I can somehow get access to it I could totally see myself enjoying this.
TOP 1/BOTTOM 1
Jack: Venom - I very nearly picked this as my most anticipated horror movie for all of 2018, and I only held back because I wasn’t sure it was horror-y enough. Now that it’s almost here, I’m too excited to give a fuck.
Jake: Apostle - This looks like it’s beautifully made and though I’m honestly trying to find something that isn’t Halloween just to mix things up, I do think this will be a well made movie that has the potential to be a strong entry.
Mark: Halloween - I mean, it’s the heavy hitter for the month. I actually wonder if that’s why significantly fewer movies are scheduled for this October over last. Just got to get out of Michael’s shadow, you know? The Haunting of Hill House gets runner up.
Jack: I still See You - Nope. No thanks. Just not all that interested in straight up generic ghosts these days. Creepy door-closing and candle-blowing-out ghosts? Sure. But straight up Patrick Swayze in Ghost ghosts, interacting with people and whatnot? Ehh.
Jake: Goosebumps 2: Not enough Jack Black and I’m thinking this could get awfully tired awfully quickly. Tales from the Hood 2 looks like a worse movie so I’ll give it an honorable mention, but I think this Goosebumps flick is just a whole lotta yawn.
Mark: I Still See You - Weirdly this is a pick based on the overall quality of the month. Frankly, I will still be inclined to see this movie which is quite a departure from my normal Bottom 1’s. I think my big hangup is just that I’m going to have too many questions about this horror dystopia that will likely go unanswered and will distract me from watching the actual movie.