October, the month before the holidays and the influx of huge films hit the big screen that pertain to all genres. It’s also the time of the year when horror movies glut the theatres. Are any of them really that good?
Many times movie production companies will throw together a film to make back its budget or because they know they’ll make money at certain points of the year, as seen with the atrocity that was When the Bough Breaks. October is one of those golden times for horror movies. Currently in theatres this week is the sequel to the classic The Blair Witch Project, Blair Witch. As of now it’s the only true horror film in theatres. It has its share of creepy moments, albeit it takes a while to get going. Yet it has strengths, primarily in its audio, that anyone looking for a good scare will be happy.
However, only two big budget films dealing with horror will be coming out in the upcoming weeks. One is a sequel to the failure of a film Oujia that is most likely going to be a cash grab that hopefully crashes and burns so this “franchise” can die. Next comes a comedy that will be a part of Tyler Perry’s Madea series that revolves around the holiday. It’ll most likely follow Perry’s usual formula about how the titular character helps a struggling woman with additional comedic hijinks that should be there just for a cheap laugh but enjoyable all the same.
As for this week, people should look towards Deep Water Horizon if they’re looking for something truly riveting. Mark Wahlberg’s performance and how the film displays the tragic event that occurred with the oil spill’s explosion makes one grasp at how truly devastating this event was far more than any news outlet can. You will not walk out of this theatre talking. Instead you’ll feel like you were punched in the gut at how heavy this film is and the Oscar-worthy direction and portrayal it has.
If you prefer a softer, happier set of films to go view, look no further than Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the animated family film Storks. The former provides a more mature dialogue for those who desire an adult story to follow. While it seems like a knockoff of the X-Men films, it has its own unique spin on things that’ll keep a viewer intrigued enough to feel it is worth their time. With stellar visuals and audio, the film is a beautiful thing to watch come to life as these characters display the cavalcade of diverse abilities they all have. Storks brings a family film that comes off as childish and has a slightly complex plot. Yet it is nothing but an enjoyable ride that continues the streak of fantastic animated movies this year. Generally, it is a comedy, buddies’ journey film that will have adults and kids chuckling throughout with enough heart to have everyone happy.