Netflix is finally in the Halloween spirit and is unloading all sorts of new movies and series over the course of this coming October 2017. What’s most exciting is that it’s not just a bunch of films we’ve already seen but new titles such as the previously reported Cult of Chucky, the newest Child’s Play film, not to mention we’re also getting James Wan’s Kevin Bacon-starrer Death Sentence and even the black and white indie Veronica.
Kevin Bacon stars as a mild-mannered executive who witnesses a crime that changes him forever, leading him to the conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.
“A reclusive female psychologist who has stopped practicing medicine decides against her better judgment to take the case of disturbed Veronica de la Serna, a young woman whose previous therapist has mysteriously disappeared. As a condition of their cure agreement, the intrigued psychologist requires Veronica to stay with her in her remote country house for the duration of the treatment. But Veronica proves to be a stubborn patient trying to outsmart her doctor every chance she gets. Prepare for startling Alfred Hitchcock-style twists and Brian De Palma-type turns as both will discover what lies behind their shared deepest secrets.” (FrightFest UK) Directors: Carlos Algara & Alejandro Martinez-Beltran.
“Gary and his friends who are into gaming, renaissance fairs and various unsavory vices, stumble across a rare, medieval board game called “13 Demons.” They discover the game has a dark history and was banned from most countries long ago for strange and mysterious reasons including unexplained deaths attributed to the game. The object is to free the Realm of Darkhaven from the 13 Demons of the Apocalypse. They chalk it up to urban legend and decide to play, what they don’t know is that the 13 Demons presently walk the Earth disguised as humans. Slowly, the game consumes them, seducing them into believing they are “The Golden Paladins,” and are on a holy mission to save the world. But when the news reveals a number of local deaths caused by tree branches, baseball bats, hammers, etc. from assailants adorned in body armor, the thin line between reality and fantasy is shattered and the horrific realization that they are in way over their heads sets in.”
Cult of Chucky
In the brand new sequel, “Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay, Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany, Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.”
Brad Dourif once again provides Chucky’s voice, while his daughter, Fiona, will be reprising her Curse role. Also returning are Summer H. Howell (Curse of Chucky), Jennifer Tilly (Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky) and Alex Vincent, star of the first two Child’s Play films who returned in a shocking post-credits sequence in Curse.
After screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Julia Ducournau’s award-winning psychological horror thriller Raw (read my review) hits Netflix. Our very own Joe Lipsett also reviewed the film, explaining that it “perfectly balances horrific and comedic elements.”
“Garance Marillier portrays the teenaged Justine, who commences her studies at veterinary school to follow in her family members’ footsteps. Raised as a vegetarian, Justine is pressured at school to try meat for the first time. Once she does, she plumbs both the depths of her own soul and tests the limits of her darkest cravings.”
“Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and ’80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template – and the high-water mark – with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.”
Described by its director as “The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick”, Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast – pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katherine Ross, and television favourite Noah Wyle – and an evocative soundtrack of ’80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran.
Mindhunter, Season 1 (Netflix original)
Written by playwright Joe Penhall and Scott Buck, “Mindhunter” is based on the 1996 book “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” by former special agent John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, which goes behind the scenes of some of Douglas’ highest-profile cases, including the man who hunted prostitutes in Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle’s Green River killer.
“Set in 1979, the TV series centers on the inquisitive and skilled FBI Agent Bill Tench (McCallany). Along with fellow serial killer investigator in the behavioral science unit, FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), Tench interviews serial killers to help them solve current murders.”
A nice surprise is that in addition to the series being directed by David Fincher, The Amityville Horror’s Andrew Douglas also helmed an episode, as well as Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), and Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking).
“Mindhunter” features Jonathan Groff (Looking), Holt McCallanay (Sully), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Hannah Gross (Unless).
The Babysitter (Netflix original film)
McG’s The Babysitter stars Bella Thorne, who also is featured in Dimension Films’ long-delayed Amityville: The Awakening.
“The Babysitter follows a lonely, 12-year-old boy who falls in love with his hot babysitter only to discover that she’s part of a satanic cult that wants to kill him.”
The movie also stars Robbie Amell, Samara Weaving, Andrew Bachelor, Hana Mae Lee, and Judah Lewis. Terminator Salvation‘s McG directed from Brian Duffield’s script, which received top placement on the 2014 Blacklist.
Chiller’s “Slasher: Guilty Party” (Netflix original)
“Set in the remote Canadian winter wilderness, the story revolves around a group of former summer camp counselors who are forced to return to the isolated campground to retrieve evidence of a crime they committed in their youth. Before long the group, and the camp’s latest inhabitants, members of a spiritual retreat with their own secrets to hide, find themselves targeted by someone – or something – out for horrific revenge.”
“Slasher 2: Guilty Party” stars Leslie Hope (24,NCIS, Suits) leads a large ensemble cast comprised of returning actors including Paula Brancati (Sadie’s Last Days on Earth, Degrassi: The Next Generation), Jim Watson (The Strain, Between), Christopher Jacot (Rogue, Eureka), Joanne Vannicola (Being Erica), Jefferson Brown (Rookie Blue, Degrassi: The Next Generation), and Dean McDermott (Ecstasy, CSI). New cast members this season include Lovell Adams-Gray (Lost & Found Music Studios, Dead of Summer), Kaitlyn Leeb (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, Heartland), Rebecca Liddiard (Houdini & Doyle, MsLabelled), Melinda Shankar (Degrassi: The Next Generation, How to Be Indie), Sebastian Pigott (Rogue, Revenge), Paulino Nunes (Designated Survivor, Brooklyn), Madison Cheeatow (Heartland, Sadie’s Last Days on Earth), Ty Olsson (The 100, Supernatural), and Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience, Taken).
1922 (Netflix original film)
1922 is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novella that follows the events after a man kills his wife.
Thomas Jane (The Punisher, The Mist) and Molly Parker (The 9th Life of Louis Drax, The Road) stars in the adaptation with Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard, Brian D’Arcy James and Neal McDonough.
“1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page storytelling of a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is told from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.”
1922 was directed by Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours), who also adapted the novella. Ross M. Dinerstein produced.
The Mist, season 1
Based on a story by Stephen King, the story centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other. Family, friend, and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.
Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. star.
Stranger Things 2 (Netflix original)
“It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.”
Confirmed for the second season are Paul Reiser, Brett Gelman, Linnea Berthelsen, Dacre Montgomery, Will Chase, Rob Morgan, and Sadie Sink. They join the returning Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton.