10 Films to Watch for This ShOCkTOBER

Would it surprise you to learn that October is Saucy Josh’s favorite time of the year?  If you’ve got basic cable like I do, that means at least one Horror movie every night for 31 days!  All of this culminates, of course, in my favorite pseudo-pagan celebration, Halloween!

October is the busiest month for Horror film producers who seek to capitalize on the creepy vibrations of the season—and this year, terror looks exceptionally abundant.  In an effort to steer you towards the best and the bloodiest, I’ve created a guide for the sophisticated Horror coinsure.

See Saucy Josh’s Shocktober selections after the jump…

Phase 7, October 4th (DVD and VOD):  Distributed by Bloody Disgusting Selects, I’ve heard Phase 7 described as an Argentinean post-apocalyptic Horror-comedy.  The synopsis, however, makes it sound like a remake of Quarantine:  “In the film, Coco has just moved to a new apartment with his wife Pipi who’s seven months pregnant. At first, they don’t seem to notice the growing chaos around them, but when authorities quarantine their building after a deadly pandemic breaks out, Coco joins forces with his off-kilter but well-prepared and stocked next-door neighbor Horacio to defend his refrigerator and keep Pipi safe. Meanwhile, outside the building, Buenos Aires—and the world as the apartment denizens know it, is disappearing. The world is ending; got ammo?”

The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence, October 7th (Limited):  I don’t know why I keep reporting on this nasty little insect.  I fear I’ve already given this film more attention than it deserves.  Now that this film is running the festival circuit, reviews (and spoilers) are abundant, so if you want to know what this movie is about, just do the Google thang.  Or, you can read my FilmSponge.com articles here, here, here, here, and here.

The Woman, October 14th (Limited, AMC Theaters Only):  This film sparked tons of controversy when it played at Sundance in January.  A follow-up to the novel/film The Offspring, The Woman follows the last surviving member of a feral and cannibalistic family clan.  Synopsis: “The Woman is the last surviving member of a feral clan that has roamed the Northeast Coast for decades. When the last of her family is killed in a battle with the police, The Woman finds herself alone, severely wounded and vulnerable. Unfortunately, she is now a far too easy prey for local hunter, successful country lawyer and seriously disturbed family man Christopher Cleek. With his twisted set of ideals, Cleek decides to embark upon a deranged project – to capture her and “civilize” The Woman – a decision that will soon threaten the lives of Cleek, his family and The Woman”.  Interesting fact: Chris Cleek (the lead character’s name) is also the name of a famous Scottish cannibal circa 1600.

The Thing (prequel), October 14th:  I’ll be anxious to check out this prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing, although I doubt it will be as chaotic and disgusting.  Everything I’ve seen so far seems to suggest a sleek, polished movie.  I’ll try to keep an open mind, because I really WANT to like this movie.  Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., written by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer, The Thing stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Dennis Storhoi.

 

The Skin I Live In, October 14th (Limited):  The Skin I live In is being called a modern-day Frankenstien.  Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar, this Spanish language film stars Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya Marisa.  Synopsis:Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…”

Hellraiser: Revelations, October 18th (DVD and VOD):  As an avid Hellraiser fan, I have mixed emotions about what will be the 9th chapter in the Hellraiser saga.  The last 4 sequels have also gone straight to DVD and the overall quality of each film seems less than its predecessor.  Still, I’m such a nut for those sadistic Cenobites that I cherish every chance I have to see them (even in awful movies).  Unfortunately, for the first time ever, the iconic role of Pinhead will not be played by Doug Bradley.  I’d rather the Pinhead character not show up at all than see him played by another actor.  So why didn’t Doug sign on for Revelations after 8 previous films?  Probably because he knew the Weinstein Company was making a crappy movie on purpose.  So why am I looking forward to this atrocity?  Well, the effects are supposedly real good and I’ve heard a rumor that, for the first time, there will be a female Chatterer Cenobite.  That’ll be dope.

Martha Marcy May Marlene, October 21st:  Staring Lizzie Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley’s little sis), Martha Marcy May Marlene will be distributed by Fox Searchlight.  Written and directed by Sean Durkin, this film also stars Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes.  Synopsis: “Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman (Olsen) struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.”  Martha Marcy May Marlene joins a large subgenre of Horror dedicated to proving that cults are scary, like: The Wicker Man, Children of the Corn, Rosemary’s Baby, Martyrs, and, most recently, Red State.

Paranormal Activity 3, October 21st:  Chapter three of this found-film franchise is a true prequel, taking us back to 1988 to meet Katie and Kristie as children.  I think it’s a bit strange that this film touts an explanation for the haunting since Part 2 seemed to discuss the cause in great detail.  It sucks when you’re grandma makes a deal with a demon.  You can read more about Paranormal Activity 3 and watch the trailer over at FilmSponge.com.

Faces in the Crowd, October 25th (DVD):  How any movie starring Milla Jovovich could go straight to DVD is an absolute mystery to me, but Faces in the Crowd does just that.  Synopsis: The story centers on a woman who barely survives an attack by a serial killer and wakes up in hospital with a head injury that leaves her “face-blind.” No longer able to recognize faces, she must navigate a world in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them. All the while the killer is closing in, determined to eliminate the potential witness”.  This film sounds a million times better than The 4th Kind, and THAT film got a theatrical release.  WTF?

Tape 407: The Mesa Reserve Incident, October 31st, (?): I’ve got to thank the guys over at Dread Central for bringing this one to my attention. Tape 407 is an Airplane Horror movie presented as found-footage. While found-footage is not my favorite medium, this one looks amazing.  While Dread Central says Tape 407 carries an October 31st release date, information about this movie is almost impossible to find online.  So I don’t know if Tape 407 will have a limited theatrical release or if it will go directly to DVD and/or On Demand.  Synopsis: “One of Hollywood’s most terrifying new films, Tape 407 features lost footage too real for reality and too disturbing for fiction. The film opens with two teenagers flying from New York to Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve. Their nightmare begins when their plane hits extreme turbulence mid-flight. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government testing area. A handful of survivors, bloody and disoriented, are then insistently pursued in the darkness by an unknown predators that, unbeknownst to them, are part of the government’s top-secret Mesa Experiment. The film will take moviegoers on a whirlwind ride with a twist ending that will leave them breathless, shocked, and terrified.”  Sounds good to me!  The extended trailer is so good, it’s almost like a complete short-film.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Scream 4, October 4th (DVD): If you missed it in the theaters, check it out.  Not bad at all and I heard the DVD contains an alternate beginning.
  • The Caller, October 7th (Limited Release): This one looks like a remake of that Twilight Zone episode where the kid talks to his dead grandma on the telephone.
  • The Dead, October 7th (Limited Release): Zombies in Africa.
  • The Child’s Eye, October 11th (DVD):  Part four of the Pang Brothers The Eye franchise, for lovers of Asian Horror.
  • Atrocious, October 25th (DVD): This one is being called Spain’s answer to The Blair Witch Project.  I’m not a huge fan of the found-footage subgenre, but night-vision sure is creepy!

I hate to be a Negative Saucy, but you can probably skip the following:

  • Red State: Kevin Smith’s horrible Horror movie.  Saw it.  Hated it.  Read my review at FilmSponge.com.
  • Trespass: This home invasion film starring Nicholas Cage will be available On Demand the same day it gets a limited theatrical release (October 14th).  While Nick is a cool actor and it’s good to see him in a Horror movie, Trespass has already gotten some scathing reviews, earning only 2 out of 5 Skulls on Bloody Disgusting.
  • Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings: The first Wrong Turn film is awesome, but if this latest chapter is anything like the last two direct to DVD sequels, it’s gunna suck.  Fool me once, shame on me.  Fool me twice, fuck off.
  • The Howling: Reborn: I’m not interested in any remake that goes straight to DVD, and The Howling wasn’t that good to begin with.

Well, that’s it for this week my precious lovelies.  See Every-bloody next Friday!

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About Saucy Josh

I write a blog for intelligent Horror movie aficionados called Blood and Guts for Grown Ups: https://bloodandgutsforgrownups.wordpress.com/ View all posts by Saucy Josh

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