It’s tough keeping up with all the new movies being released on home video formats and in theaters, so each month I’ll do my best to compile a list of as many new and upcoming horror, thriller, and other genre films as I can. Release dates will, of course, be subject to change, and these lists will be updated as much as possible, but the goal here will be to keep some attention on these movies so they don’t get lost in the deluge of new movies that constantly pass us all by.
October 2019 Theatrical Releases
Wrinkles the Clown
October 4 (limited theatrical, VOD on the same date)
This is supposedly a documentary on a real-life scary clown living in Florida, though some brief research on my part reveals that the legitimacy of the background to the story is questionable. Regardless, this could be an interesting and personal look at the scary clown phenomenon that spread throughout the internet a few years ago, even if it isn’t true.
The Dead Center
October 11 (limited)
The Dead Center is produced and stars Shane Carruth (who wrote, directed, and produced Primer), so that has me interested. The trailer doesn’t show a whole lot, but that could be a good thing. I like creepy, psychological horror, so this might be pretty good.
October 11 (limited)
I think Bong Joon-Ho is a filmmaking master (he did The Host and Snowpiercer among other great movies), so I’m definitely going to see this. It’s tough to tell exactly what’s going in in Parasite, but that’s a good thing. It definitely looks like it gets dark.
Zombieland: Double Tap
I wasn’t crazy about the first Zombieland, and I’m betting this one is more of the same. All four of the lead actors are back which is nice, and the additions to the cast look good, but this will definitely be towards the bottom of my list.
October 18 (limited)
Written and directed by Robert Eggers (who previously wrote and directed The Witch from 2017), The Lighthouse looks like a psychological horror movie about isolation and madness. There looks to be a fair amount of black (and white) comedy as well, and possibly some Lovecraftian allusions. Plus, Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattison are probably amazing in this.
I first saw a shorter version of the trailer for Countdown in a theater, and I 100% thought it was a parody trailer trying to tell everyone to turn off their cell phones. I had to look it up online to make sure it’s a real movie, and I’m still not completely convinced. This does not look interesting to me, but since it is a horror movie I might end up seeing it anyway.