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All the Horror Headed Our Way on Friday, October 13th!

The final Friday the 13th of 2017 brings a whole lot of horror fun with it.

Once upon a time, a brand new installment of the Friday the 13th franchise was penciled in for release on Friday, October 13 of this year, which would’ve been absolutely perfect. After all, what could possibly be better than getting a new Friday the 13th movie on a Friday the 13th just weeks before Halloween?!

Alas, that film just wasn’t meant to be. But that’s okay, because we’ve got a whole lot of new horror content to consume when the calendar flips over to Friday, October 13!

For starters, Blumhouse is taking advantage of the date with the release of Happy Death Day on Friday the 13th. The film, directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked One) and being released in theaters, looks to put a really fun spin on the slasher flick, trapping a young woman in a time loop that forces her to get killed by a mask-wearing maniac every single day until she can solve her own murder. It’s like Friday the 13th meets Groundhog Day, which should make for perfect Friday the 13th viewing.

Another new film being released on October 13 is Natalia Leite’s M.F.A., which Brad described in his review as being one of the most important films of the year. Francesca Eastwood plays an art student who confronts her attacker after being sexually assaulted, digging deep into the widespread campus violence that has been brushed under the rug. Many “rape-revenge” films are pure exploitation, but this one looks to confront troubling current issues head on and spark important discussions.

M.F.A. will hit limited theaters and VOD outlets.

Also arriving on VOD and Digital HD this Friday the 13th is Bone Tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99, starring Vince Vaughn in a role that’s likely to forever alter the way you look at Vince Vaughn. He stars as Bradley, a down-on-his-luck former boxer who winds up in prison after a gunfight with the police. In prison, “his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.”

Kalyn Corrigan saw Brawl in Cell Block 99 at Fantastic Fest, writing in her review that the exploitation-style thriller is “utterly ravenous and insanely cool.”

Before they unleash the second season of “Stranger Things” on October 27th, Netflix has another Halloween treat for us on October 13th. The Babysitter, directed by McG, promises a whole lot of bloodshed, centered on a young boy who discovers that his hot babysitter is a member of a Satanic cult. Worse yet, she and her friends want to make him their next sacrifice.

Speaking of Netflix…

Friday, October 13 also marks the arrival of Netflix’s “Mindhunter, an original series produced by David Fincher, who also directed several of the episodes. The 11-episode debut season follows an agent in the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit who tracks down serial killers and rapists and interviews them in the hopes that they can help solve current murders. Sounds a bit like The Silence of the Lambs, doesn’t it?

With Fincher on board, this one promises to be a standout October offering.

Another streaming service celebrating Friday the 13th this year is Amazon, set to drop the Prime Member Exclusive series “Lore” next Friday. The anthology series, based on the same-named podcast. presents the frightening and often disturbing tales based on real people and events that have led to our modern-day myths and legends.

Six episodes of “Lore” will arrive on October 13th, including the tale of a boy given a doll that seems to have a sinister life of its own; a family whose home appears to be inhabited by a spirit from the other side; and a German village that hunts for a murderous creature.

Fans of true horror should definitely dive deep into “Lore.”

IFC Midnight will release 78/52 in theaters, VOD, and on all digital platforms on October 13, a documentary that shines the spotlight on a single scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho: the infamous shower scene, of course. The doc explores the scene from multiple angles, focusing on its complicated technical aspects and its huge impact on the culture and the future of movies. Interview subjects include Guillermo del Toro, Elijah Wood, Danny Elfman, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Anthony Perkins’ son, Osgood Perkins.

The documentary’s title, by the way, refers to the number of setups (78) and the number of cuts (52) in the notorious shower scene.

Looking for some kid-friendly frights to enjoy with the whole family on Friday the 13th? Look no further than Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob: Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom,” a stop-motion Halloween special that brings The Flying Dutchman back down into Spongebob’s underwater lair. His goal? To make sure Spongebob and his friends are scared on Halloween.

Not only is Friday the 13th: The Game finally getting a Playstation 4 and Xbox One physical release on October 13, but as we learned this week, a brand new map based on Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, along with The Final Chapter‘s Jason, will also arrive on that date. Additionally, a tease today suggests that Part 3 character Chuck will make his way into the game as a new playable counselor.

We may not be getting a new movie, but we won’t be without Jason this Friday the 13th!

Also on the video game front, The Evil Within 2 arrives on October 13.

For more horror fun on Friday the 13th, be sure to tune into AMC, as they’ll be airing Jason Goes to Hell, Freddy vs. Jason and Jason X beginning at 8pm!



  • Brandon

    Is Cell Block 99 considered for Horror because of the horrors of prison?

    • MaryMaria

      I think it’s the ultraviolence and S. Craig Zahler. I really liked Bone Tomahawk, so I’m interested in the director’s new films. Vince Vaughn isn’t a stranger to genre work with The Cell and True Detective, either.

      • Jesse Gordon

        If only i could erase him in Psycho from my mind as it seems you have.

        • MaryMaria

          Haha! Oh noooo! What have you done?! The memories are returning!

  • Not to mention The Punisher (non-horror), if it isn’t delayed.

    • turk

      I read it is delayed. But I never saw a solid release date to begin with.

      • It was announced for 13 October. Now, it looks like it’s getting delayed because of the shooting.

  • Biscoito18

    Happy Death Day and The Babysitter for me. 😉

  • Kyle Cole

    Have that day off from work, so I’m having a Friday the 13th marathon!!

  • Mr. Red Right Hand

    netflix kickin hulu’s ass

  • Grimphantom
    They are ok most of them. Happy Day Death obviously will be the one taking over the Box Office unless Blade Runner still does well…..should’ve gone with R-rated.

    Vince Vaughn movie? Yeah….no matter what movie, i really dislike him for some reason. The Babysitter from Netflix looks alright but gets tired that the pretty boys and girls are either the victims or the killers. Spongebob special looks good and cool for the Friday the 13th game, at least we get something from the franchise.

  • Aaron Reason

    Also The Evil Within 2 comes out that day.

    • boxcar182

      Yes! Already pre-ordered on PS4.

      • Aaron Reason

        Me too. I cannot wait to go back into Stem and deal with Mobius.

  • Noah Garcia

    Yes another list!!

  • zombie84_41

    I hate that friday the 13th game so damn much I was expecting so much more from it and was hugely let down.

  • Jerko Vičić

    Apparently, Netflix should also release a new J-horror/thriller Re:Mind. Does anyone know more details?

  • Trav

    I’m honestly pretty excited about “Happy Death Day”, as it looks like a solid murder mystery with a cool spin on it.

  • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

    Happy Death Day is about the stupidest title imaginable. I literally cannot believe that’s the best they could come up with.

    Then again, the film itself looks like insipid shit. I’m still trying to figure out whose niece or daughter that lead “actress” is.

  • El Capo

    They forgot to mention The evil within 2 comes out on Friday the 13th


    Happy death day looks pretty good I will definitely be checking that one out

    Check out my life size Michael Myers I just finished

    • J Jett

      you made that mask? if you did that’s fucking awesome! i wish they had used your mask (or the original’s mask from the original film) in all the sequels. it’s perfect and genuinely scary (unlike most, if not all the masks used in the parts 4 through RESURRECTION). the only thing i don’t like about your video is the music. no offense. i just prefer the original’s piano or HALLOWEEN II’s updated electronic score. but again, awesome job!

  • Bee

    We will be getting a new installment of Friday The 13th on October 13th. Vincente Disanti’s Never Hike Alone fan film comes out and it’s looking to be LEGIT!

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    Happy Death Day makes me bust out into GWAR every time I read it. 0% chance that song gets featured in the movie though…

    Oh, and it looks stupid.

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