Coming Soon: October 22nd, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, another long-awaited pandemic-delayed blockbuster comes our way, plus a handful more pre-Halloween fright treats! Here’s what coming soon for the week of October 22nd, 2021:

Featured Title: Dune

Over the past decade, writer/director Denis Villeneuve has brought all sorts of challenging screen ideas to Hollywood… from his American debut in 2013’s unsettling Prisoners, to 2015’s ultra-intense Sicario, and the one-two sci-fi punch of 2016’s Arrival and 2017’s Blade Runner 2049. But all of this serves as a precursor to what’s undoubtedly his most ambitious effort yet: A brand-new film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s legendary sci-fi novel… or more specifically, the first half of said novel (with Part 2 dependent on how financially successful this go-round does). But the big question is: Will Villeneuve be able to succeed with adapting this seemingly “unfilmable” book? After all, the 1984 David Lynch version had quite a mixed reception back in the day (don’t forget to grab your glossary at the box office!)… and the 2000 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries didn’t fare any better!

This time around, Timothée Chalamet steps into the role of Paul Atreides, whose family becomes the stewards of the planet Arrakis, home of the precious spice melange… only to get involved with the planet’s Fremen, as well as fending off Arrakis’ huge sandworms! The stacked cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. (Opens Friday, October 22nd 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 21st, and also streaming on HBO Max.)

Opening in Theaters

Ron’s Gone Wrong

From Disney comes one of their family-friendly Fox acquisitions from the 2019 merger: This animated movie about a boy (Jack Dylan Grazer) whose dad (Ed Helms) gives him a present: a cutting-edge robot (Zach Galifianakis) who significantly malfunctions! Other voices include Olivia Colman, Justice Smith, and Rob Delaney. (Opens Friday, October 22nd 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 21st.)

The Harder They Fall

For those of you who can’t wait until November 3 for Netflix to start streaming their new all-Black Western, it’s opening two weeks early exclusively at Cinemark theaters! Jonathan Majors plays an outlaw who learns that his enemy (Idris Elba) is getting out of prison… so he reunites his crew to get revenge! Also starring Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Damon Wayans Jr., Deon Cole and Regina King; directed by Jeymes Samuel. (Opens Friday, October 22nd in Cinemark theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, with previews beginning at 7PM on Thursday, October 21st.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Night Teeth

Netflix adds to the Halloween festivities with this horror/comedy about an L.A. college student moonlighting as a chauffeur (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.), who drives around two party-hopping women (Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry). There’s one catch: They’re actually vampires, and they lead their driver into their dangerous and deadly vampire underworld! Also starring Alfie Allen, Alexander Ludwig, Sydney Sweeney, and Megan Fox. (Premieres Wednesday, October 20th on Netflix.)

Returning to Theaters

Howl’s Moving Castle

Studio Ghibli Fest 2021 continues this weekend, with 2004’s Oscar-nominated fantasy! The dubbed version – featuring the voices of Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Laurne Bacall, and Billy Crystal – will play on the 24th and 28th, with the original Japanese version (with English subtitles) playing on the 25th. (Showing Sunday, October 24th, Monday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 28th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

Rifftrax: Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes

Just in time for Halloween, the Rifftrax crew reunites for yet another live Fathom event! This time, Mike, Kevin and Bill will be riffing on the 1989 fourquel in the endless Amityville franchise, starring Patty Duke and Jane Wyatt! (Showing Tuesday, October 26th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

Them!

The State’s Spooktacular Series continues on with this 1954 creature feature, in which New Mexico atomic bomb tests turn regular ants into giant threats! Starring James Whitemore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, and James Arness. (Showing Wednesday, October 20th and Friday, October 22nd at the State Theatre.)

Young Frankenstein

Another Halloween treat this weekend is Mel Brooks’ 1974 horror-comedy masterpiece, starring Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick “Fronk-en-steen”, the grandson of the original Dr. Frankenstein, who travels to Transylvania and ends up performing his own reanimation experiments! Also starring Peter Boyle as the Monster, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, and an uncredited Gene Hackman as the blind man! (And for those of you who saw Bride of Frankenstein at the State a couple of weekends ago, you’ll notice that the very same lab equipment from that movie is reused in this movie, too!) (Showing Thursday, October 21st, Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th at the State Theatre.)

Lamb

You have one more chance to see A24’s latest dose of big-screen weirdness, in which an Icelandic farm couple take in a most unusual half-human, half-lamb hybrid as their own child! Don’t miss out! (Showing Thursday, October 21st at the State Theatre.)

13 Fanboy

Attention Friday the 13th fans: While you continue to wait for the hopeful next installment of the perennial horror franchise (12 years and counting!), you’ll get a kick out of this brand-new horror feature, which was directed, produced, co-written, and co-starring Deborah Voorhees… whom you may know as Tina from Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning! (Be sure to listen to our recent interview with Voorhees here!) The plot: A deranged Friday the 13th fan begins hunting down the actresses from the franchise’s numerous films! The movie also stars a number of series veterans and genre figures, including Dee Wallace, Kane Hodder, Adrienne King, and Corey Feldman! Of note: Local filmmaker and friend of the show Dominic Wieneke served as 1st assistant director on this movie when it filmed in New Mexico in late 2019 and early 2020… and following Friday night’s State screening, he’ll be interviewed about the movie in a Q&A co-moderated by the resident Fat Dude of Fat Dude Digs Flicks, Andy Heller, and our own Casey Kelderman! (Showing Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd at the State Theatre… and also premiering on VOD services starting October 22nd.)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Following the gala screening of 13 Fanboy, Late Night at the State returns once again with Tobe Hooper’s still-shocking 1974 horror flick about a group of young folks who happen to stumble by the wrong farmhouse while on a road trip… and end up being pursued by a family of deadly cannibals, including the infamous Leatherface! (Showing one night only, Friday, October 22nd at the State Theatre.)

Hocus Pocus

For the family, the State is bringing in the ultimate family Halloween favorite: Disney’s 1993 comedy about the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy), a trio of witches from 17th-century Salem who are accidentally reincarnated in the present day by young Max Dennison (Omri Katz)! Also starring Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, Charles Rocket, Stephanie Faracy, and (in a cameo appearance) Garry & Penny Marshall; directed by Kenny Ortega (Newsies, the High School Musical trilogy). Tickets are nearly sold out as of this writing… so don’t delay if you want to see this on the big screen! (Showing Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th at the State Theatre.)

Nosferatu

Finally, to close out the weekend, the State is heading back to the silent era with this special one-night showing of the 1922 F.W. Murnau horror flick, starring Max Schreck as the haunting vampire Count Orlok! For those of you who haven’t experienced a silent film in the State yet (like their January screening of Metropolis), this is the perfect opportunity! (Showing one night only, Sunday, October 24th at the State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Old (2021)
  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)
  • The Protege (2021)
  • The Night House (2021)
  • Joe Bell (2021)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013) (premieres Sunday, October 24th)
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) (premieres Monday, October 25th)
  • Begin Again (2014) (premieres Wednesday, October 27th)

Hulu:

  • The Marksman (2021) (premieres Saturday, October 23rd)
  • Come Away (2020) (premieres Monday, October 25th)
  • For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close (2020) (premieres Wednesday, October 27th)

Amazon Prime:

  • No more movies on Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!

Shudder:

  • The Addiction (1995) (premieres Monday, October 25th)
  • Just Before Dawn (1981) (premieres Monday, October 25th)
  • Rituals (1977) (premieres Monday, October 25th)

Disney+:

  • Rookie of the Year (1993) (premieres Friday, October 22nd)
  • Thumbelina (1994) (premieres Friday, October 22nd)

HBO Max:

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) (premieres Thursday, October 21st)

Peacock:

  • No more movies on Peacock this week. Sorry!

Paramount+:

  • The Marksman (2021) (premieres Monday, October 25th)
  • Come Away (2020) (premieres Monday, October 25th)
  • Rango (2011) (premieres Monday, October 25th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, October 21st: Three Dimensions: Three Scored by Curtis Mayfield: Super Fly (1972), Sparkle (1976), Short Eyes (1977)
  • Friday, October 22nd: Queersighted: Class Acts (9 films)
  • Friday, October 22nd: Double Feature: Sleeping with Danger: Klute (1971), In the Cut (2003)
  • Saturday, October 23rd: Saturday Matinee: Wombling Free (1977)
  • Monday, October 25th: True Stories: Porto of My Childhood (2001)
  • Tuesday, October 26th: Short + Feature: Psychic Connection: White Echo (2019), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

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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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