Coming Soon: October 15th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got the biggest new horror movie of Spooky Season, as well as Ridley Scott’s new big-budget epic, A24’s latest buzzworthy title, and more! Here’s what coming soon for the week of October 15th, 2021:

Featured Title: Halloween Kills

Three years ago, Blumhouse, director/co-writer David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride gave us Halloween, the continuation of the Laurie Strode/Michael Myers saga… which served as a direct 40-years-later sequel to the original 1978 John Carpenter horror classic, ignoring all of the sequels. The creative risk paid off, as the movie made nearly $160 million domestically… and now we’re getting the second installment in what’s now become known as the “sequel trilogy”, with the closing film Halloween Ends due in theaters in October of 2022.

Halloween Kills picks up right where the last movie left off, as Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) have escaped from Laurie’s fortress-like home, which is now in flames. However, despite being trapped in the basement of that fiery place, Michael Myers somehow makes it out… and is back on the prowl! Also starring Will Patton and, as original Halloween 1978 kid Tommy Doyle, Anthony Michael Hall… along with several returning cast members from the original 1978 movie, including Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers, and Nancy Stephens. Back on scoring duties is the man himself, John Carpenter, along with his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies. And finally, in case you weren’t aware: It was announced last month that Halloween Kills will be available to stream on the paid tiers of Peacock for a 60-day window, starting this Friday! (Opens Friday, October 15th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, with previews beginning at 7PM on Thursday, October 14th, and also streaming on Peacock.)

Opening in Theaters

The Last Duel

When it comes to making lavish historical period epics, Ridley Scott just won’t stop! The man who brought us Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, 2010’s Robin Hood and more over the past two decades now brings us this drama set in 14th-century France… which is his first movie of 2021, with House of Gucci coming out on November 24th! Jodie Comer stars as a wife who accuses her husband’s squire (Adam Driver) of raping her… causing her husband (Matt Damon) to request a duel to the death! Also starring Ben Affleck, who co-wrote the movie with Damon and Nicole Holofcener… and each writer specifically wrote scenes from one of the three main characters, to create a Rashomon-like narrative of dueling perspectives. (Opens Friday, October 15th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, with previews beginning at 6PM on Thursday, October 14th.)

New to Streaming and VOD

The Velvet Underground

Kicking things off on streaming exclusives this week is a new feature-length documentary on the legendary Lou Reed-led band, which was championed by Andy Warhol during its brief run. Directed by Todd Haynes, whose previous music-based films include the offbeat Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, and the David Bowie-inspired Velvet Goldmine. (Premieres Friday, October 15th on Apple TV+.)

The Trip

Dropping on Netflix is the latest wild-and-crazy flick from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow 1 & 2, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), in which he reteams with his What Happened to Monday? star(s) Noomi Rapace. A husband and wife head to a remote cabin to kill each other… only to encounter a group of deadly visitors with their own agenda! (Premieres Friday, October 15th on Netflix.)

The Medium

This week’s Shudder premiere comes to us from Thailand director Banjong Pisanthanakun, who’s best known for the original 2004 Shutter (not to be confused with its 2008 American remake)! A documentary crew follows what appears to be a young girl inheriting shamanism… only to discover that what’s controlling her may not be what they think it is! (Premieres Thursday, October 14th on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

The Silence of the Lambs

Fathom Events’ retro screening this week is a 30th anniversary presentation of Jonathan Demme’s unsettling 1991 Best Picture winner, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in their Oscar-winning roles as Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter, respectively… along with Scott Glenn, Kasi Lemmons, and Ted Levine as “Buffalo Bill”. (Showing Sunday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 20th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

Cat People

The State’s Spooktacular Series of vintage horror continues this week with the original 1942 Cat People (not to be confused with Paul Schrader’s 1982 version!). A Serbian woman (Simone Simon) marries an American man (Kent Smith)… but she fears that if they get intimate with each other, she will turn into a cat person! Directed by Jacques Tourneau (I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past). (Showing Wednesday, October 13th and Friday, October 15th at the State Theatre.)

Night of the Living Dead

The State’s Halloween celebration continues with George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 zombie movie, which is now playing in its gorgeous recent 4K restoration! Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Marilyn Eastman, and Karl Hardman. (Showing Thursday, October 14th, Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th at the State Theatre.)

Lamb

Hot on the heels of Titane, the State is bringing us their second new release title of the month! This is A24’s latest cinematic offering, which competed as this year’s Cannes, and ended up winning a newly-created “Prize of Originality”! A childless Icelandic couple (Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Gudnason) find that one of their sheep has given birth to a lamb that has, umm, an unusual characteristic… and they then decide to raise the lamb as their own child. (Showing Friday, October 15th, Saturday, October 16th, Sunday, October 17th and Thursday, October 21st at the State Theatre.)

The Fly

For its second Late Night at the State offering of October, we’re getting a banger of a horror classic: David Cronenberg’s disturbing 1986 remake of the 1958 flick, starring Jeff Goldblum as scientist Seth Brundle, whose experiments in teleportation go awry when he uses himself as a test subject… only for a fly to enter the teleportation pod with him, causing him to slowly turn into the terrifying “Brundlefly”! Also starring Geena Davis and John Getz… and produced, you may recall, by Mel Brooks! (Showing one night only, Friday, October 15th at the State Theatre.)

Beetlejuice

Speaking of Geena Davis… another of her late-1980s hits is also playing this weekend: Tim Burton’s utterly bizarre 1988 blockbuster starring Michael Keaton as the titular poltergeist man himself, who’s summoned by a newly-dead couple (Davis and Alec Baldwin) to help them scare their home’s new occupants into leaving. Also starring Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, and Jeffrey Jones. (Showing Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th at the State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Free Guy (2021)
  • The Green Knight (2021)
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Carlito’s Way (1993) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Misery (1990) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Victoria & Abdul (2017) (premieres Saturday, October 16th)

Hulu:

  • Censor (2021) (premieres Thursday, October 14th)
  • Out of Death (2021) (premieres Thursday, October 14th)
  • Dream Horse (2021) (premieres Monday, October 18th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Cowboys & Aliens (2011) (premieres Saturday, October 16th)
  • Wanderlust (2012) (premieres Saturday, October 16th)

Shudder:

  • Pulse (2001) (premieres Monday, October 18th)
  • Children of the Corn (1984) (premieres Monday, October 18th)
  • Blood and Black Lace (1964) (premieres Monday, October 18th)

Disney+:

  • No new movies on Disney+ this week. Sorry!

HBO Max:

  • In the Line of Fire (1993) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Point Break (1991) (premieres Friday, October 15th)

Peacock:

  • Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Dark Crimes (2016) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) (premieres Friday, October 15th)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) (premieres Friday, October 15th)

Paramount+:

  • Mommie Dearest (1981) (premieres Tuesday, October 19th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, October 14th: Three Dimensions: Chinatown Chronicles: Three by Wayne Wang: Chan is Missing (1982), Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985), Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
  • Friday, October 15th: Double Feature: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Existential Dread: Bright Future (2002), Creepy (2016)
  • Saturday, October 16th: Saturday Matinee: Miss Minoes (2001)
  • Monday, October 18th: True Stories: Stuffed (2019)
  • Tuesday, October 19th: Short + Feature: Endings and Awakenings: Between You and Milagros (2020), Too Late to Die Young (2018)

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Derrick Veurink has been consuming anything and everything movie-related since he was 5, and is an encyclopedic fount of random movie information. He is an avid physical media supporter, and sees nearly every major theatrical release. (Yes, even "Playmobil: The Movie".)
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