The superhero movie-train keeps on moving along this month with a first time starring appearance for a very famous Spidey villain, and the first trip to the moon is explored by Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong to round things off at the month-end.
Release date: 5 October 2018
Every comic book character imaginable seems to be up for their own solo movie these days, so it should come as no surprise that one of the Marvel universe’s most famous villains, Venom, is receiving his first big-screen solo outing this month. Eddie Brock, portrayed by Tom Hardy, is a journalist that discovers a sinister lab where a seemingly innocent company is doing grotesque tests on people. In his bid to get the truth, he meets up with an entity that’s going to help him get just that, but also a whole lot more. The symbiote known as Venom fuses with Brock, sets out to cause some serious havoc, and won’t care how big the bodycount is that gets left behind.
The House with a Clock in its Walls
Release date: 5 October 2018
Movies about kids that get mixed up with all things magical and dangerous have become a bit of a genre unto themselves, and anyone who needs their itch scratched for a movie iteration of an interesting novel need look no further than this. Ten-year-old Lewis is sent to live in a sleepy hollow with his quirky uncle in a dilapidated house that has a mysterious tick-tock noise in its walls. He soon finds out that his uncle and an equally unusual neighbour are magicians; and after he disturbs the undead, the town’s quiet and tranquil image is broken – with a secret world of magicians, the supernatural, and ancient curses being revealed. Jack Black plays the aforementioned quirky uncle, which probably makes the price of admission worth it alone.
Release date: 19 October 2018
The Halloween franchise, along with a few other cult classic horror movies from the 80s and 90s, are absolute icons for horror fans of this generation. John Carpenter returned to write for this one, the first time since 1982’s Halloween 3, so rather than simply being another notch in the franchise’s belt, it should showcase some of the original tension and macabre frights that made the original so memorable. Jamie-Lee Curtis returns in the role as Laurie Strode, who has been a pivotal character throughout the movie’s timeline – this time to endure one last encounter with Myers, and hopefully to come out the other side alive. This is the way to enjoy Halloween if you insist on getting some scares.
A Star is Born
Release date: 12th October
While a musical romantic-comedy is likely an acquired taste, the votes seem to be in and A Star is Born appears to be a genre film that has achieved wider appeal successfully. It’s the third iteration of the 1937 film of the same name, this time with the leads being Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper’s character Jackson Maine is an established musical artist who takes Gaga’s Ally under his wing, but the pair develop a romantic relationship that unfolds a complex tale between the two and a host of other characters. The supporting cast that also includes Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott, and with some dramatic beats of the story, this will likely make this the ideal date movie to choose in October.
Release date: 26 October 2018
Thriller movies that use modern technology as a plot device for their narratives aren’t new, and social media and smartphones are the subjects of study in this mystery-thriller starring Star Trek‘s John Cho as David Kim. When his teenage daughter goes missing and the trail goes cold, his last resort is to delve into her laptop and digital life in order to find her. Using smartphones, laptops, and all manner of technology, he has to retrace her online life to find any secrets that may give a clue as to where she can be found. David Cho is generally known for his comedic roles, but has shown he is more than capable of pulling off dramatic roles when given good material to work with.