Top 7 Movies to Look out for in October 2017

Thor Ragnarok

Which films should be on your radar this month?

October has some promising movies coming up as we ramp up into the end of the year, which usually features some of the Oscar-aspirants that will be competing during the award season. We’re going to countdown some of the best movies to look out for, those with a penchant for horrors or thrillers have a lot to look forward to!

Wish Upon

Release date: 6 October 2017

Of course, October is the month of Halloween, so there’s no surprise that things kick off with a terrifying horror. Coming from the makers of recent horror hit Annabelle, Wish Upon follows the story of a young woman who gets gifted a music box that has supernatural powers – and she quickly realises that all her deepest wishes come true. As the story unfolds, though, she also comes to realise each of these granted wishes carry a deadly price-tag and bloody mayhem ensues for her and everyone around her. Anyone who enjoyed Annabelle or Final Destination and is looking for a gruesome horror to sink their teeth into should probably look into this one.

Bladerunner 2049

Release date: 6 October 2017

Because everything 80s is striking back with a vengeance, the talented and courageous Denis Vilaneuve helmed the sequel to 1982’s cult noir thriller Bladerunner returns for the long-awaited sequel. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Deckard, the protagonist from the original film, and he and Ryan Gosling’s character, ‘Officer K’, band together to continue Deckard’s mysterious investigation and exploration of the replicant phenomenon – cyborgs that have developed an uncanny similarity to actual human beings. The trailers suggest that Vilaneuve has captured the atmosphere of the original well, but as always with sequels to cult classics, the movie won’t live and die by its nostalgic quality alone. Thankfully, the talent involved in this project is immense, so the signs are there that it may just live up to the original’s legacy.


Release date: 13 October 2017

The antagonist of the Saw franchise may have died, but this franchise definitely isn’t going to any time soon. Building on the successful tried-and-tested formula the Saw movies are so famous for, another psychopath has taken the Jigsaw mantle and is on the loose and is rounding up seemingly-innocent people to torture with disturbingly grotesque games of survival. Expect a serious bodycount and some inventively gruesome deaths in this one.


Release date: 13 October 2017

The world is in danger (again) and it’s up to Gerard Butler (300, Olympus has Fallen) to save the day. After an unprecedented series of natural disasters afflicts our planet, the world’s leaders come together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect Earth is attacking us, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes everything and everyone out.


Release date: 13 October 2017

A great cast of Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom,Toni Collette, John Malkovich, and Michael Douglas star in Unlocked. After failing to apprehend the terrorist behind a Paris attack that claimed dozens of lives, CIA agent Alice Racine (Rapace) is forced to live in London as a caseworker. Unexpectedly, she’s called back into action by her mentor, Eric Lasch, when the CIA discovers intelligence of another imminent attack. While “unlocking” the suspect, Alice discovers that the classified information she has uncovered has been compromised. Running for her life, Alice turns to an ex-soldier for help in preventing a lethal biological attack on London.

The Snowman

Release date: 13 October 2017

Based on the novel of the same name, Michael Fassbender playing detective Harry Hole in this British crime thriller where his character investigates alarming disappearances that appear to be orchestrated by a ruthless and cunning serial killer known as The Snowan. It promises a riveting narrative, since there seems to be some kind of link between detective Hole and the mysterious abductor, who puzzlingly leaves snowmen at each of his crimes to taunt those tasked with finding him. For those who like their thrillers stark and taut, this should be quite a nail-biter.

Thor: Ragnarok

Release date: 27 October 2017

The God of Thunder will ride the lightning back into theatres in what looks like it’s going to be his most action-packed solo film to date. Not only has Thor lost his trusty hammer Mjölnir, but he also has to face off against a powerful goddess in order to prevent the destruction of Asgard. He’ll be joined by long-time boxing-buddy Hulk as well as his mischievous brother Loki, and a few new characters too, but the main draw to this movie is going to be the stunning effects they’ve given us a glimpse of in the trailer. Expect Marvel’s cinematic universe to start ramping up the stakes in Ragnarok as we prepare for Avengers: Infinity War, which is likely to blow our collective socks off.

What movie are you most excited for this month? Let us know in the comments below and tweet us at @MenStuffZA!

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