Coming Soon: October 30th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We’ve got one last blast of spooky season movies to take us up to Halloween, with new horror debuting on streaming and in theaters, as well as the big-screen return of some all-time horror classics! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of October 30th, 2020:

Featured Movie: The Craft: Legacy

Leading the charge this week is, appropriately enough, a new offering from Blumhouse… and, unlike this month’s Amazon “Welcome to the Blumhouse” burnoffs, this movie was intended for theatrical release by Sony, until Jason Blum talked the studio into going the PVOD route for Halloween. The movie in question is the sequel/soft reboot to 1996’s cult favorite The Craft, which assembles a new group of teen witches (Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna, Godeon Adlon, and Lovie Simone). Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny also star, and the movie is written and directed by actress Zoe Lister-Jones, who employed a mostly-all-female crew for her second feature helming job. (Premieres Wednesday, October 28th on VOD services.)

https://youtu.be/J60ueFp-jv8

Opening in Theaters

Come Play

On the theatrical front, the lone new release this weekend is indeed a horror movie… and it comes to us from Spielberg’s Amblin to boot! The movie follows Oliver (Azhy Robinson), a young autistic boy who is inseparable from his iPhone and iPad… and who unwittingly summons a 10-foot monster named Larry, who is only visible via said devices, taking “augmented reality” into a whole new direction. Community‘s Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr. play the kid’s parents, who work to stop Larry from fully entering our world. The movie is written and directed by Jacob Chase, who is adapting his 2017 short film Larry into feature-length form here. (Opens Friday, October 30th in theaters nationwide.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQwiqhdMQ7g

Spell

Hot on the heels of a dual theatrical/VOD run for Love & Monsters two weeks ago, Paramount is taking another movie for a dual release this weekend, with this chiller from director Mark Tonderai (best known for Jennifer Lawrence’s 2012 movie The House at the End of the Street) and writer Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium). When a plane carrying a man (Omari Hardwick) and his family crashes during a snow storm, the father awakens in the attic of a Hoodoo woman (Loretta Devine), who traps him with her dark magic. (Premieres Friday, October 30th on VOD services, and in select theaters nationwide, including the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTznGVd8nyo

New to Streaming and VOD

His House

Netflix also has a scary movie on tap this weekend: a Sundance 2020 entry in which a refugee couple from the Sudan seek asylum in England. They are then placed in an extremely dilapidated apartment… which just so happens to be haunted as well. Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu, and Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith star; this is the debut feature of writer/director Remi Weekes. (Premieres Friday, October 30th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYY0QJhlXjc

Toys of Terror

Warner Bros. also has a straight-to-VOD spooky movie this week… although this was always destined for direct-to video status. This one’s about a family who moves into a secluded mansion right before Christmas, where the kids find a toy chest in the attic. When they open it, the toys inside come to life… and they start to murder people! Directed by Nicholas Verso (Boys in the Trees). (Premieres Tuesday, October 27th on VOD services.)

https://youtu.be/VwxIsArT5c0

May the Devil Take You Too

Not to be outdone this weekend, Shudder has their weekly horror movie premiere on tap: a sequel to 2018’s Indonesian horror flick May the Devil Take You. The sequel follows Alfie (Chelsea Islan), who is still haunted by unnatural visions, two years after escaping the terrifying events of the previous film. (Premieres Thursday, October 29th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_j4Ath2mO8

Holidate

So far, we’ve only been talking horror movies in this week’s article, which is appropriate in the immediate lead-up to Halloween. But Netflix isn’t even going to wait for Halloween to be done in order to start unleashing their onslaught of new Christmas movies… which might be the most frightening thing to happen this week! 🙂 This holiday rom-com stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey as two friends who make a Christmas pact to be each other’s platonic dates for holiday parties for an entire year. But despite their best intentions, they fall in love for realsies! The movie, which also stars Kristen Chenoweth, is directed by John Whitesell, whose film oeuvre includes Big Momma’s House parts 2 *and* 3, David Arquette’s See Spot Run, and the holiday non-classic Deck the Halls. (Premieres Wednesday, October 28th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxaaAoI57fk

Returning to Theaters

Scream

Do you like scary movies? I hope you do, because Wes Craven’s game-changing 1996 movie that revitalized the horror genre returns to Cinemark theaters just in time for Halloween! Scream was previously recognized by The Killer Countdown as the best horror movie of the 1990s… and with Scream 5 already filming in advance of a January 2022 release date, now’s as good a time as any to start getting prepared for Ghostface’s return! The movie stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, and – in one of moviedom’s most memorable opening sequences – Drew Barrymore! (Opens Friday, October 30th in Cinemark theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://youtu.be/AWm_mkbdpCA

The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen

Cinemark’s final Halloween offering this month is another all-timer: the 1973 William Friedkin tale of a possessed 12-year-old girl, starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, and Max von Sydow. Just to be clear, the version that Cinemark is showing this week is Friedkin’s preferred 2000 director’s cut re-edit, which was originally advertised as The Version You’ve Never Seen. (Opens Friday, October 30th in Cinemark theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dh8B_6hfMQ

Halloween (1978)

A couple of weeks ago, we talked in Coming Soon about how Cinemark was bringing back 2018’s Halloween to the big screen. Well, just in the nick of time, they’re now bringing in the 1978 John Carpenter original as well… but only for one night! (Showing Friday, October 30th only in Cinemark theaters nationwide, including the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5ke9IPTIJQ

Alita: Battle Angel

And now, a pretty random pick for a nationwide theatrical re-release this weekend: Robert Rodriguez’s 2019 sci-fi movie Alita: Battle Angel, starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, and Mahershala Ali, and produced by James Cameron. The movie has developed a strong Internet fandom in the past couple of years, which led to its fan base (also known as the “Alita Army”) swamping Cinemark’s social media to get the movie back in theaters… which in turn led Disney/Fox to slate a full-blown re-release in nearly 2,000 theaters nationwide. Who knows if this will actually manage to move the needle in terms of getting the sequel that the movie’s ending clearly set up… but nonetheless, here’s the rare chance to see those big eyes on a big screen again! (Opens Friday, October 30th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://youtu.be/U3D2vmWD88w

V for Vendetta

Prepare to “remember, remember the 5th of November” with the 2005 adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel, starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, and produced by the Wachowskis! With the movie also making its 4K Blu-ray debut on Tuesday, November 3rd, I guess they might as well do a theatrical re-release to promote it! (Opens Friday, October 30th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSA7mAHolAw

Apollo 13: 25th Anniversary

“Houston, we have a problem!” In honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary, Fathom Events is bringing Ron Howard’s Oscar-nominated 1995 space drama Apollo 13 back to theaters for a 2-day engagement. The all-star cast includes Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan… and of, course, Clint Howard! (Playing Sunday, November 1st and Monday, November 2nd in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7djSpiSCJ74

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Orpheum!

This Halloween weekend, let’s do the Time Warp again! The Orpheum Theater, in conjunction with Sioux Falls Alive, is putting on the first local screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in many years! The 1975 cult classic, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick, will be playing at 8:00 PM on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31… and a special midnight showing will also be held late Saturday night as well. Tickets are $15 each, and are currently available at the Washington Pavilion’s web site… and for maximum interactivity, prop bags are also being sold for an additional $10. (Be sure to visit the Pavilion link above for important information on the rules for these showings… not just for COVID purposes, but also to prevent prop-based damages as well!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4plqh6obZW4

Cinema Falls Presents: On the Rocks!

This weekend also brings the first Cinema Falls big-screen offering since March’s COVID shutdown! Starting Friday, October 30th, Cinema Falls is sponsoring a one-week run of Sofia Coppola’s new Apple TV+ film On the Rocks, starring Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, and Marlon Wayans. Showtimes will be at 4:30 PM and 7:20 PM each day through Thursday, November 5th; all tickets will be $8 each, and can currently be purchased on the West Mall 7’s web site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4p0vjj_C8s

Have a Beer with Your Movie at the West Mall 7!

On the Rocks isn’t the only big West Mall 7 news this weekend, as the local independent budget theater is bringing a game-changer to the moviegoing experience in the Sioux Falls area! Starting Thursday, October 30th, the West Mall 7 will be selling beer, after more than 2 years of trying to get Sioux Falls City Council approval. Beer will only be sold from 4:00 PM onward each night at the theater. While this is not the first Sioux Falls movie theater to sell beer, it is the first theater to do so in over 35 years… and it will provide a new competitive advantage among the city’s growing theatrical scene. For more information, check out the Argus Leader’s recent story, and also be sure to read the West Mall 7’s extensive policies on the matter.

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Friendsgiving (2020)
  • Parasite (2019) (Criterion Collection 2-disc special edition!)
  • The Last Starfighter (1984) (new Arrow Video special edition!)
  • Deadly Games (Dial Code Santa Claus) (1989) (Vinegar Syndrome 4K edition!)
  • Daughters of Darkness (1971) (Blue Underground 4K edition!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering Sunday, November 1st, except where noted):

  • The 12th Man (2018) (premieres Saturday, October 31st)
  • Boyz N the Hood (1991)
  • Casper (1995)
  • Easy A (2010)
  • The Impossible (2012)
  • The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
  • Jumping the Broom (2011)
  • Knock Knock (2015)
  • Little Monsters (1989)
  • Mile 22 (2018)
  • The Next Karate Kid (1994)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
  • Piercing (2018)
  • Platoon (1986)
  • School Daze (1988)
  • Snowden (2016)
  • Yes Man (2008)
  • Prospect (2018) (premieres Monday, November 2nd)

Hulu (all movies premiering Sunday, November 1st, except where noted):

  • Bad Therapy (2020) (premieres Thursday, October 29th)
  • 12 Rounds (2009)
  • 3 Ninjas (1992)
  • Alien Nation (1988)
  • Antwone Fisher (2002)
  • Article 99 (1992)
  • Beerfest (2006)
  • Big Daddy (1999)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • The Bourne Identity (2002)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • Breathless (1983)
  • Bringing Down the House (2003)
  • Broadcast News (1987)
  • Children of the Corn (2009)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • Dead Presidents (1995)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • The Expendables (2010)
  • The Expendables 2 (2012)
  • The Expendables 3 (2014)
  • Firewalker (1986)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Foxfire (1996)
  • From Russia with Love (1963)
  • Fun in Acapulco (1963)
  • The Horse Whisperer (1998)
  • Hud (1963)
  • I Heart Huckabees (2004)
  • I Spy (2002)
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • Jumping the Broom (2011)
  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
  • Kiss the Girls (1997)
  • Knocked Up (2007)
  • The Last Waltz (1978)
  • Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Little Giants (1994)
  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  • The Living Daylights (1987)
  • Lord of War (2005)
  • Lost in Space (1998)
  • Love Hurts (1990)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
  • Maverick (1994)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • Mr. Majestyk (1974)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
  • The Net (1995)
  • Next Day Air (2009)
  • Octopussy (1983)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
  • Pacific Heights (1990)
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
  • Platoon (1986)
  • The Prestige (2006)
  • Ronin (1998)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • The Spy Next Door (2010)
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • Universal Soldier (1992)
  • A View to a Kill (1985)
  • W. (2008)
  • Wanted (2008)
  • The Waterboy (1998)
  • Wetlands (2019)
  • Wild Hogs (2007)
  • Wild Things (1998)
  • Working Girl (1988)
  • The World is Not Enough (1999)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967)
  • Blue Story (2020) (premieres Wednesday, November 4th)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering Sunday, November 1st, except where noted):

  • I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015) (premieres Saturday, October 31st)
  • 28 Days Later (2003)
  • Article 99 (1992)
  • As Good As It Gets (1997)
  • Boyz N the Hood (1991)
  • Breathless (1983)
  • Country Strong (2011)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Deja Vu (2006)
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
  • The Expendables (2010)
  • The Expendables 2 (2012)
  • The Expendables 3 (2014)
  • Firewalker (1986)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
  • The Insider (1999)
  • The Iron Lady (2011)
  • The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
  • The Last Waltz (1985)
  • Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
  • Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
  • More Than a Game (2009)
  • Mr. Majestyk (1974)
  • Next Day Air (2009)
  • Platoon (1986)
  • Romancing the Stone (1984)
  • Ronin (1998)
  • The Sapphires (2013)
  • Silverado (1985)
  • Step Up (2006)
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Thank You for Smoking (2006)
  • Twilight (2001)
  • Underworld (2003)
  • Underworld: Evolution (2006)
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
  • W. (2008)
  • Wall Street (1987)
  • Water for Elephants (2011)
  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
  • You Got Served (2004)
  • Zookeeper (2011)
  • Blue Story (2020) (premieres Wednesday, November 4th)

Shudder:

  • Emelie (2015) (premieres Monday, November 2nd)
  • Salem’s Lot (1979) (premieres Monday, November 2nd)
  • Urban Legend (1998) (premieres Monday, November 2nd)

Disney+:

  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) (premieres Friday, October 30th)

HBO Max (all movies premiering Sunday, November 1st, except where noted):

  • Emma. (2019) (premieres Saturday, October 31st)
  • 10,000 BC (2008)
  • 13 Going On 30 (2004)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • Above The Rim (1994)
  • All Is Bright (2013)
  • America, America (1964)
  • Anchors Aweigh (1945)
  • Another Cinderella Story (2008)
  • The Arrangement (1969)
  • Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002)
  • Autumn In New York (2000)
  • Baby Doll (1956)
  • Battleship (2012)
  • Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)
  • Billy Madison (1995)
  • Blast From The Past (1999)
  • Blood Work (2002)
  • The Bridge Of San Luis Rey (2005)
  • Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
  • The Bucket List (2007)
  • The Children (2009)
  • A Christmas Carol (1938)
  • Chronicle (2012)
  • City Island (2010)
  • City Slickers (1991)
  • Clash Of The Titans (2010)
  • Critical Care (1997)
  • Cruel Intentions (1999)
  • The Dancer Upstairs (2003)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • David Copperfield (1935)
  • Dead Man Walking (1995)
  • Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
  • The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
  • Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
  • Dolphin Tale (2011)
  • Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
  • The Eagle (2011)
  • East Of Eden (1955)
  • Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
  • The Enforcer (1976)
  • A Face In The Crowd (1957)
  • The Fast And The Furious (2001)
  • Femme Fatale (2002)
  • The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
  • Free Willy (1993)
  • Friday The 13th (2009)
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (2009)
  • The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Genius (2016)
  • Get Santa (2014)
  • Girl In Progress (2012)
  • Grumpier Old Men (1995)
  • Grumpy Old Men (1993)
  • Guys And Dolls (1955)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • Happy Gilmore (1996)
  • Heidi (2006)
  • High Fidelity (2000)
  • High Society (1956)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
  • Hollidaysburg (2014)
  • House On Haunted Hill (1999)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
  • The Iron Giant (1999)
  • J. Edgar (2011)
  • Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
  • Jason X (2002)
  • King Kong (1976)
  • The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  • The Lego Movie (2014)
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
  • License To Wed (2007)
  • Life Stinks (1991)
  • Linda And The Mockingbirds (2020)
  • Little Man Tate (1991)
  • Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
  • The Losers (2010)
  • Lowriders (2017)
  • Made (2001)
  • The Madness Of King George (1994)
  • Magic Mike (2012)
  • Magnum Force (1973)
  • Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003)
  • The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)
  • The Mask (1994)
  • Menace II Society (1993)
  • Miss Julie (2014)
  • Money Talks (1997)
  • Mr. Nanny (1993)
  • Music And Lyrics (2007)
  • Must Love Dogs (2005)
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
  • Needful Things (1993)
  • The Neverending Story (1984)
  • The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1991)
  • New York Minute (2004)
  • Nights In Rodanthe (2008)
  • Nothing Like The Holidays (2008)
  • Now And Then (1995)
  • Ocean’s 11 (1960)
  • Old School (2003)
  • On The Town (1949)
  • A Perfect World (1993)
  • Pleasantville (1998)
  • The Pledge (2001)
  • Popstar (2005)
  • Practical Magic (1998)
  • The Prophecy (1995)
  • The Prophecy 2 (1998)
  • The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)
  • Prophecy 4: The Uprising (2005)
  • Prophecy 5: The Forsaken (2005)
  • Radio Days (1987)
  • Red Tails (2012)
  • The Right Stuff (1983)
  • Rock Star (2001)
  • Rosewood (1997)
  • Rumor Has It (2005)
  • Salvador (1986)
  • Scoop (2006)
  • The Sea Of Grass (1947)
  • The Secret Garden (1993)
  • Sinbad Of The Seven Seas (1989)
  • The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)
  • The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
  • Some Came Running (1958)
  • Space Cowboys (2000)
  • Splendor In The Grass (1961)
  • Sudden Impact (1983)
  • Summer Catch (2001)
  • Swingers (1996)
  • Swordfish (2001)
  • A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)
  • Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009)
  • Terms Of Endearment (1983)
  • Thief (1981)
  • Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
  • Tightrope (1984)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
  • Torque (2004)
  • Tower Heist (2011)
  • Troll (1986)
  • Troll 2 (1990)
  • True Crime (1999)
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
  • Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
  • Untamed Heart (1993)
  • Veronica Mars (2014)
  • A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
  • We Bought A Zoo (2011)
  • Wild Wild West (1999)
  • Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004)
  • The Witches Of Eastwick (1987)
  • The Wood (1999)
  • A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
  • Wyatt Earp (1994)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, October 29th: Six Films by Faith and John Hubley – Date with Dizzy (1955), Tender Game (1958), Moonbird (1959), Of Stars and Men (1961), The Hole (1962), Everybody Rides the Carousel (1976)
  • Friday, October 30th: Double Feature: Twice Bitten – Nosferatu (1922), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
  • Saturday, October 31st: Saturday Matinee – The Illusionist (2010)
  • Sunday, November 1st: Frame of Mind: Psychiatry On-Screen – Blind Alley (1939), Possessed (1947), The Dark Past (1948), The Cobweb (1955), Autumn Leaves (1956), The Mark (1961), David and Lisa (1962), Pressure Point (1962), The President’s Analyst (1967), Solaris (1972), Old Boyfriends (1979), Bad Timing (1980), Dressed to Kill (1980), The Ninth Configuration (1980), Ordinary People (1980), House of Games (1987), The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Monday, November 2nd: A Dream is What You Wake Up From (1978)
  • Tuesday, November 3rd: Short + Feature: Stand-Up Guys – Stand Up (2008), Lenny (1973)
  • Tuesday, November 3rd: Criterion Collection Edition #1051 – The Elephant Man (1980)
  • Wednesday, November 4th: Old Boyfriends (1979)

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