Coming Soon: October 2nd, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got some streaming prestige dramas, a couple of spooky movies, and the start of October’s slew of Halloween-themed theatrical re-releases! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of October 2nd, 2020:

Featured Movie: Hocus Pocus

No, you’re reading this correctly: Our featured Coming Soon movie this week is the nearly-30-year-old Halloween comedy Hocus Pocus, the 1993 comedy starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of 17th-century witch sisters who are resurrected in the modern day. But why? Well, as you may be aware, Disney has been pulling more and more of their major new releases from the theatrical release schedule as the pandemic rages on… such as last week’s announcement that Black Widow and Spielberg’s West Side Story remake have been pushed back from the end of this year into 2021.

But, since thousands of theaters are currently open nationwide (and are starving for movies to show), Disney has been re-releasing some of their older movies into theaters to fill the gaps in the release calendar. (This is a rarity for Disney, since, in the past, they have infamously refused to have their older movies be shown in theaters… a policy that they recently extended to their newly-acquired Fox library.) For example, you may recall that, in last week’s Coming Soon, I noted that Disney brought back The Empire Strikes Back to theaters for its 40th anniversary… a re-release that cracked the weekend box office top 5, with just over $900,000. And since there are no new nationwide theatrical movie releases this week, Disney is using this weekend to kick off a series of Halloween family classics in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide, which will run through the month of October.

Disney’s lead-off movie for this series is indeed Hocus Pocus, directed by Kenny Ortega (the High School Musical trilogy) and co-written by Mick Garris (the 1994 miniseries version of The Stand). Now, Hocus Pocus was kind of a box office bomb back in 1993, in part because Disney chose to open this Halloween-centric movie in theaters on… July 16th. But since then, Hocus Pocus has become a modern Halloween family classic via home video and frequent cable airings. And since many of its fans have never seen this on the big screen, I think lots of people will go to theaters this weekend to see it. But does it have a shot of displacing Tenet for the #1 box office spot? 🙂 (Opening Friday, October 2nd in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFm_2RyxXjQ

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

The Boys in the Band

Debuting on Netflix this week is a new filmed adaptation of the award-winning Off-Broadway 1968 play, brought to us from producer Ryan Murphy. It’s about a group of gay men who get together for a birthday party in 1968 New York, only for the party to unravel when the host’s college roommate shows up. This movie is based on the 2018 Broadway revival, and its entire cast returns for this film version, including Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells. Joe Mantello, who directed the 2018 revival play, also helms this movie version. (Premieres Wednesday, September 30th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=862Pb9oDDAo

The Glorias

Debuting on Amazon this week is a non-traditional biopic on feminist activist Gloria Steinem from director Julie Taymor, whose film work includes Titus, Frida and Across the Universe… but who’s more known for her Broadway work, ranging from the smashing success of the stage version of The Lion King to the infamous debacle that was Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Not unlike Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, Taymor recruits multiple actresses to play Steinem at different points in her life, including Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, and Lulu Wilson. The movies also stars Janelle Monae as Dorothy Pitman Hughes, and Bette Midler as Bella Abzug. (Premieres Wednesday, September 30th on Amazon Prime Video.)

https://youtu.be/Iw7P90tJSJs

Vampires vs. the Bronx

Also dropping on Netflix this week is this horror-comedy from Oz Rodriguez, who’s been SNL‘s director of digital shorts since 2012. It follows a group of young Bronx kids (Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV) who are already on edge trying to save their neighborhood from gentrification… when a group of vampires decide to show up. 🙂 Other familiar faces making appearances in this movie include Method Man, Sarah Gadon, Shea Whigham, SNL‘s Chris Redd, and… Zoe Saldana?!? (Premieres Friday, October 2nd on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2yfp6oj2hw

Welcome to Sudden Death

You probably haven’t heard of Universal 1440 Entertainment… but if you’re a movie fan, you’ve definitely heard of some of their movies. You see, Universal 1440 is the direct-to-video division of Universal Pictures that’s responsible for slapping together knockoff sequels to their major blockbusters. You ever wonder how we got four sequels to The Scorpion King? That was them! Remember when Dolph Lundgren starred in Kindergarten Cop 2? That was them, too! And, of course, they’re also the group that’s given us the recent Child’s Play direct-to-video sequels, like Cult of Chucky! (Not to mention the Tremors sequels, the latest of which we’ll discuss here in a few weeks.)

This week, Universal 1440 brings us the cheapie quasi-sequel to the 1995 Jean-Claude Van Damme “terrorists at a hockey game!” action movie Sudden Death. But this time, the terrorists have taken over a basketball game instead… and instead of JCVD, our hero this time is the great Michael Jai White (of Black Dynamite fame), who plays the security guard (and former Special Forces officer) who has to take them down. (Premieres Tuesday, September 29th on Netflix, DVD and VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0iMuVeuLkU

Scare Me

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: a horror-comedy in which two writers (Aya Cash and Josh Ruben) meet at a Catskills cabin. However, when a power outage strikes, the two decide to start telling scary stories to each other… and the stories end up coming to life! The movie also co-stars SNL’s Chris Redd (his second horror-comedy appearance in this week’s article!), and is written and directed by Josh Ruben as well. (Premieres Thursday, October 1st on Shudder.)

https://youtu.be/NeYWT7CnFK0

Returning to Theaters

Beetlejuice

This week, Cinemark is kicking off a “Fright Nights” series of horror movies for October… and along with the aforementioned Hocus Pocus, this week they’re bringing in the Tim Burton 1988 horror-comedy Beetlejuice, starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, and Michael Keaton as the ghoul whose name we dare not say! (Opens Friday, October 2nd in Cinemark theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ickbVzajrk0

Friday the 13th: 40th Anniversary

This weekend, Fathom Events is bringing back the original 1980 horror movie that started it all, Friday the 13th, to theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary. For horror fans, it also serves as a prelude to Scream Factory’s highly-anticipated October 13th release of the Friday the 13th Collection 16-disc Blu-ray box set! (Playing Sunday, October 4th n select theaters nationwide, including the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px0AfbRnOiE

Siouxperconline… and the Final Killer Countdown!

Back Lot 605 has been a proud supporter and participant of Sioux Falls’ Siouxpercon convention in previous years. But due to COVID-19, a physical edition of Siouxpecon was not possible this year. However, taking its place this year is a virtual online version, appropriately titled… Siouxperconline!!! It will consist mainly of pre-taped interviews with a variety of guests, which will all be available on https://siouxperconline.com on October 3rd-4th. For movie fans, guests to keep an eye out for include:

In addition, Back Lot 605 will also be contributing to Siouxperconline! On Sunday, October 4th at 1:00 PM Central time, we will be live-streaming the final episode of The Killer Countdown! For this final show, show regulars Casey Kelderman, Blake Ginithan, and Sam Lenz, along with special guest Andy “Fat Dude Digs Flicks” Heller, will be counting down the top 20 horror movies of the 1980s! It’s sure to be an exciting and much-debated list… so be sure to tune in! In addition, the show will be held at the aforementioned Spellbound Magic Shop… and limited seating is available for up to 20 people! To join the show in person, please RSVP; for more information on how to do so, head on over to the official Facebook page for this event!

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Silencing (2020)
  • The Elephant Man (1980) (The Criterion Collection)
  • Ghost Ship (2002) (Scream Factory Collector’s Edition)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering Thursday, October 1st, except where noted):

  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
  • Along Came a Spider (2001)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Cape Fear (1991)
  • The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
  • Employee of the Month (2006)
  • Enemy at the Gates (2001)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Free State of Jones (2016)
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
  • Gran Torino (2008)
  • Her (2013)
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  • Human Nature (2001)
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
  • The Longest Yard (1974)
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
  • The Prince & Me (2004)
  • Poseidon (2006)
  • The Outpost (2020)
  • Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
  • Superman Returns (2006)
  • Troy (2004)
  • WarGames (1983)
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018)
  • Yogi Bear (2010)
  • Colombiana (2011) (premieres Monday, October 4th)

Hulu (all movies premiering Thursday, October 1st, except where noted):

  • 31 (2016)
  • Across the Line (2015)
  • After Life (2010)
  • AntiTrust (2001)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Blade (1998)
  • Blade II (2002)
  • Blade: Trinity (2004)
  • Blood Ties (2014)
  • Blue City (1986)
  • The Curse of Downers Grove (2015)
  • Deep Blue Sea (1999)
  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2011)
  • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
  • Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
  • The Executioners (2018)
  • The Express (2008)
  • The Eye (2008)
  • Fallen (1998)
  • Girls Against Boys (2013)
  • Good Hair (2009)
  • Guess Who (2005)
  • Hostel (2006)
  • Hostel: Part II (2007)
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  • The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
  • Interview with the Vampire (1994)
  • Joe (2014)
  • Judy & Punch (2019)
  • Kicking & Screaming (2005)
  • Killers (2010)
  • Lady in a Cage (1964)
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  • Martyrs (1996)
  • Mud (2013)
  • Nurse 3D (2014)
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
  • The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
  • The Quiet Ones (2014)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • The Sandman (2018)
  • Senorita Justice (2004)
  • Sk8 Dawg (2018)
  • The Skull (1965)
  • Snakes on a Plane (2006)
  • Spaceballs (1987)
  • Species (1995)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • Thanks for Sharing (2013)
  • Tooth Fairy (2008)
  • Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
  • Vampire (2011)
  • Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
  • When a Stranger Calls (2006)
  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  • Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015)
  • Ma Ma (2015) (premieres Saturday, October 3rd)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering Thursday, October 1st, except where noted):

  • 30 Days of Night (2007)
  • 8MM (1999)
  • Battlefield Earth (2000)
  • The Big Hit (1998)
  • Blood Ties (2014)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • The Departed (2006)
  • Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
  • Funny Girl (1968)
  • The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961)
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999)
  • The Grudge 3 (2009)
  • Guess Who (2005)
  • Joe (2014)
  • John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)
  • Killers (2010)
  • Kindred Spirits (2020)
  • La Sucursal (2019)
  • Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
  • Mud (2013)
  • National Security (2003)
  • Next Level (2019)
  • Noose for a Gunman (1960)
  • Nurse 3D (2014)
  • The Pianist (2002)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • Senorita Justice (2004)
  • Southside with You (2016)
  • Spaceballs (1987)
  • Species (1995)
  • Thanks for Sharing (2013)
  • Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
  • The Wedding Planner (2001)
  • The Transporter Refueled (2015) (premieres Tuesday, October 6th)

Shudder:

  • The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) (premieres Thursday, October 1st)
  • The Masque of the Red Death (1964) (premieres Thursday, October 1st)
  • The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) (premieres Thursday, October 1st)
  • Theater of Blood (1973) (premieres Thursday, October 1st)
  • From Beyond (1986) (premieres Thursday, October 1st)
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003) (premieres Thursday, October 1st)
  • The Deeper You Dig (2019) (premieres Monday, October 5th)
  • The Monster Club (1981) (premieres Monday, October 5th)
  • WNUF Halloween Special (2013) (premieres Monday, October 5th)

Disney+:

  • Maleficent (2014) (premieres Thursday, October 1st)
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) (premieres Friday, October 2nd)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) (premieres Friday, October 2nd)
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) (premieres Friday, October 2nd)

HBO Max (all movies premiering Thursday, October 1st, except where noted):

  • Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
  • All-Star Superman (2011)
  • American Reunion (2012)
  • Analyze This (1999)
  • Analyze That (2002)
  • The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
  • Ball of Fire (1941)
  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
  • Beginners (2011)
  • Best in Show (2000)
  • Blow (2001)
  • Bombshell (1933)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Boomerang (1992)
  • The Butterfly Effect (2004)
  • Cats & Dogs (2001)
  • Catwoman (2004)
  • Cellular (2004)
  • Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
  • City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994)
  • Clean and Sober (1988)
  • The Client (1994)
  • Collateral Beauty (2016)
  • The Color Purple (1985)
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003)
  • Constantine (2005)
  • Cradle 2 the Grave (2005)
  • Critters 2 (1988)
  • Critters 4 (1992)
  • The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)
  • Death Sentence (2007)
  • Deerskin (2020)
  • Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
  • Deliverance (1972)
  • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1969)
  • Dreamcatcher (2003)
  • Edge of Darkness (2010)
  • Empire of the Sun (1987)
  • Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Eraser (1996)
  • Firewall (2006)
  • Frantic (1988)
  • Frequency (2000)
  • Friday (1995)
  • The Friday After Next (2002)
  • Galaxy Quest (1999)
  • The Golden Compass (2007)
  • Gothika (2003)
  • Grudge Match (2013)
  • Hairspray (1988)
  • Hairspray (2007)
  • The Haunting (1999)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
  • The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)
  • Horror of Dracula (1958)
  • The Hunting Ground (2015)
  • I Am Sam (2002)
  • Infamous (2006)
  • The Informer (1935)
  • The Invisible War (2012)
  • Jonah Hex (2010)
  • The Last Kiss (2006)
  • The Last Mimzy (2007)
  • Laws of Attraction (2004)
  • Lethal Weapon (1987)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
  • Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
  • Libeled Lady (1936)
  • Life as We Know It (2010)
  • Little Baby Bum (2011)
  • Little Big League (1994)
  • Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
  • Malcolm X (1992)
  • Man of Steel (2013)
  • Marie: A True Story (1985)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)
  • Mister Roberts (1955)
  • Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
  • The Mummy (1959)
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
  • Next Friday (2000)
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)
  • Nothing Sacred (1937)
  • Open Water (2004)
  • Open Water 2: Adrift (2007)
  • The Pelican Brief (1993)
  • A Perfect Murder (1998)
  • The Perfect Storm (2000)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
  • Presumed Innocent (1990)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • Roger & Me (1989)
  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
  • Scanners (1981)
  • Se7en (1995)
  • Semi-Pro (2008)
  • Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985)
  • Shame (2011)
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • Sleight (2017)
  • Son of Batman (2014)
  • Steel (1997)
  • Superman vs. the Elite (2012)
  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Turtles in Time (1993)
  • They Were Expendable (1945)
  • The Thin Man (1934)
  • The Thing (2011)
  • A Time to Kill (1996)
  • Tin Cup (1996)
  • TMNT (2007)
  • Training Day (2001)
  • Turistas (2006)
  • U.S. Marshals (1998)
  • Us (2019)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
  • A Very Brady Sequel (1996)
  • When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  • Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
  • The Whole Ten Yards (2004)
  • The Wings of Eagles (1957)
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  • Downhill (2020) (premieres Saturday, October 3rd)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, October 1st: Directed by Pedro Costa – Casa de lava (1994), Ossos (1997), In Vanda’s Room (2000), Colossal Youth (2006), Vitalina Varela (2019)
  • Friday, October 2nd: Double Feature: Prying Eyes – Peeping Tom (1986), Odd Obsession (1959)
  • Saturday, October 3rd: Saturday Matinee – The Yearling (1946)
  • Sunday, October 4th: 1970s Horror – Trog (1970), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Daughters of Darkness (1971), Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), The Nightcomers (1971), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), Images (1972), Death Line (1972), Season of the Witch (1972), The Crazies (1973), Don’t Look Now (1973), Ganja & Hess (1973), Sisters (1973), Theater of Blood (1973), The Wicker Man (1973), Black Christmas (1974), Deathdream (1974), It’s Alive (1974), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Shivers (1975), The Tenant (1976), The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Rabid (1977), Coma (1978), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Long Weekend (1978), The Brood (1979), The Driller Killer (1979)
  • Monday, October 5th: Directed by Barbara Kopple – Harlan County USA (1976), American Dream (1990)
  • Tuesday, October 6th: Short + Feature: Chaos Reindeers – Deer Boy (2017), Antichrist (2009)
  • Wednesday, October 7th: We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

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About the Author
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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