Coming Soon: October 9th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got a truly massive amount of new movies to discuss! Since it’s October, a number of these new movies are timed for spooky season… but there are still plenty that aren’t as well! Plus, we’ve got a handful of theatrical re-releases to talk about, too! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of October 9th, 2020:

Featured Movie: Hubie Halloween

The week’s biggest movie comes to us courtesy of Netflix… and in particular, their massive deal with Adam Sandler! Hot on the heels of his career-best performance in Uncut Gems, the Sandman’s follow-up effort is essentially a Halloween riff on Grown Ups 2. Sandler plays Hubie Dubois, a resident of Salem, Massachusetts who is bullied and mocked by pretty much everyone in town. But when spooky stuff starts happening on Halloween night, Hubie ends up having to save his hometown! As per usual for Sandler, the supporting cast is jam-packed with familiar faces, including Julie Bowen (a Happy Gilmore reunion, at long last!), Kevin James, Maya Rudolph, Ray Liotta, Rob Schneider, Michael Chiklis, Kenan Thompson, Tim Meadows, Shaquille O’Neal, and many more! (Premieres Wednesday, October 7th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY3SuNvqQPw

Opening in Theaters

The War with Grandpa

Next, we have the first major nationwide theatrical release in 4 weeks… which speaks to just how desolate the moviegoing situation is right now. And on top of that, this movie was actually filmed in 2017, and has been in release limbo ever since… in part because the ill-fated Weinstein Company put this into production right before Harvey got #MeToo’ed. (The company that is releasing the movie this weekend, 101 Studios, previously put out another Weinstein leftover, The Current War, back in October of 2019.)

The movie’s plot is pretty simple: When young boy Peter (Oakes Fegley) finds out that his grandpa (Robert De Niro) is moving into his family’s house and taking his bedroom, Peter sets off an all-out prank war to get his room back. The movie’s over-qualified supporting cast also includes Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, and Jane Seymour. It is also directed by family-film director Tim Hill, who’s best known for 2007’s Alvin and the Chipmunks. (Premieres Friday, October 9th in theaters nationwide.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EohVvIWg-Oc

Yellow Rose

The latest in Sony’s post-reopening slate of smaller independent movies, this drama is about a Filipina teenage girl (Eva Noblezada) living just outside Austin, Texas, who wants to become a country singer… and is left to fend for her own in Austin after her undocumented mother is captured by ICE. Written and directed by Diane Paragas (her feature film debut), the movie also stars Princess Punzalan, Lea Salonga, and Dale Watson. (Premieres Friday, October 9th in theaters nationwide.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oI5sUWvFWo

New to Streaming and VOD

Charm City Kings

HBO Max’s latest acquisition is this coming-of-age Sundance hit, about a 14-year-old Baltimore kid (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) who wants to join the dirt-bike club that his older brother was in before his tragic death. The movie also stars Teyonah Parris, William Catlett, and Meek Mill, and is directed by Angel Manuel Soto. However, this movie also has some heavy-hitters behind the scenes: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are executive producers, and Barry Jenkins (of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk fame) has a co-story-writing credit! (Premieres Thursday, October 8th on HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cvrs-BCs6o

Spontaneous

The first of various October-friendly releases this week is a offbeat teen romantic comedy, in which two teens (Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer) fall in love during a pandemic where teenagers start spontaneously exploding set in a world where people start inexplicably exploding. (Yes, that is the timely (?!?) setting for this movie!) Also starring Rob Huebel and Piper Perabo, this is the directorial debut of Brian Duffield, who wrote Netflix’s The Babysitter, as well as the underrated Kristen Stewart thriller Underwater that came out back in January. (Premieres Tuesday, October 6th on VOD services.)

https://youtu.be/0dt523AHZWY

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Our next October chiller is this, the second feature film by acclaimed actor/writer/director Jim Cummings (Thunder Road). Cummings plays a small-town sheriff who’s investigating a series of murders that appear to be caused by werewolves. However, said sheriff keeps shouting to the rafters that there are indeed no such things as werewolves… even as things get grislier and grislier. Co-starring in this movie are Riki Lindhome and, in his final screen appearance, the late Robert Forster. (Premieres Friday, October 9th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q03zOoH-hGo

The Doorman

On the action front, we have this new flick starring Ruby Rose as an ex-Marine-turned-doorman for a high-rise apartment. But when a group of thieves, led by Jean Reno, stop by to rob the apartments while their tenants are gone for the weekend, Ruby Rose has to take them down! Ryûhei Kitamura, the Japanese filmmaker who’s best known for such films as Versus and Godzilla: Final Wars, directs this action flick. But he also helmed 2008’s The Midnight Meat Train, which Back Lot 605 will be discussing in a couple of weeks as part of this month’s Clive Barker miniseries! (Premieres Friday, October 9th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pugLE1ifvbY

Books of Blood

Next, we have the movie that is currently justifying our Clive Barker miniseries, since the new Candyman has been delayed into 2021: a new horror anthology film inspired by Barker’s short stories. Brannon Braga (a veteran of many Star Trek TV series) brings this to the screen, with some help from executive producer Seth MacFarlane. (Premieres Wednesday, October 9th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj3sRzcvCJc

Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!

And in a case of complete tonal whiplash, we’re transitioning from Clive Barker to… Scooby-Doo?!? We sure are, because this week brings us Scooby’s very first Halloween-themed movie… which, to be honest, I’m still surprised by! After the controversial casting of Will Forte in Scoob! earlier this year, Matthew Lillard is back as the voice of Shaggy, as God intended. Plus, in true Scooby-Doo fashion, this movie has a couple of special guest stars: Elvira, and Bill Nye the Science Guy! (Premieres Thursday, October 6th on VOD services and DVD.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxy0FN6nvNM

The Forty-Year-Old Version

Another Sundance hit dropping on streaming this week, this is about a struggling 40-year-old New York playwright who decides to reinvent herself as a rapper… using her life stories and midlife crisis as fuel for her lyrics. Radha Blank, the star in this movie, also wrote and directed this, her debut feature. (Premieres Friday, October 9th on Netflix.)

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

The Lie

This week, Amazon is kicking off their 8-film “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series of movies – 4 of which will premiere this month, with the final 4 dropping in 2021. The plotline for the first installment: When a teenage girl (Joey King) impulsively kills her best friend, her parents (Mireille Enos and Peter Sarsgaard) scramble to try and cover it up. Veena Sud, who’s best known as the creator of AMC’s The Killing, writes and directs this drama. (Premieres Tuesday, October 6th on Amazon Prime Video.)

https://youtu.be/czIBLZxLlzk

Black Box

Also part of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series is this thriller about a single dad who loses his wife in a car accident, then undergoes an experimental “black box” treatment that causes him to question his identity. Mamoudou Athie and Phylicia Rashad star in this movie, written and directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. (Premieres Tuesday, October 6th on Amazon Prime Video.)

https://youtu.be/nj6JIzrIzxk

The Cleansing Hour

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere, which follows two guys who host a webcast in which they film exorcisms… albeit exorcisms that are fake and elaborately staged. However, they’re in for a rude awakening when the latest guest for their webcast – the fiancé of one of the show’s hosts – is actually possessed! Written and directed by Damien LeVeck, this stars Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, and Alix Angelis. (Premieres Thursday, October 8th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUGfkayica4

Returning to Theaters

Coco

Last week, we talked about how Disney was kicking off a series of Halloween classic nationwide re-releases with 1993’s Hocus Pocus. Well, in case you hadn’t heard, Hocus Pocus ended up making nearly $2 million at the box office last weekend… enough to put it in 2nd place for the weekend behind Tenet! Disney is attempting to keep the Halloween success going this weekend, with Pixar’s 2017 animated flick Coco, which won 2 Oscars (for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song). And best of all, this time you won’t have to sit through that darn half-hour Frozen Olaf holiday special beforehand! 🙂 (Opens Friday, October 9th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvr68u6k5sI

Total Recall: 40th Anniversary

Welcome to the party, Richter! Paul Verhoeven’s tremendous 1990 action/sci-fi hybrid starring Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to theaters this weekend, and is being presented in a stunning new 4K restoration. (Playing Saturday, October 10th and Tuesday, October 13th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMYtmVag1Xc

Psycho: 60th Anniversary

Finally, Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal horror classic is also returning to theaters this weekend, as a TCM/Fathom Events 60th anniversary event. Of special note, this is the new “uncut” version that was just released on Blu-ray and 4K last month, with about 20 seconds of scintillating material (by 1960s standards) that was removed in the late 1960s for the general release. (Playing Sunday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF2-hfvz1Hg

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Before the Fire (2020)
  • Valley Girl (2020)
  • The Tax Collector (2020)
  • Save Yourselves! (2020)
  • The Secret Garden (2020)
  • 300 (2007) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Moneyball (2011) (premieres Wednesday, October 14th)

Hulu:

  • Scream 4 (2011) (premieres Thursday, October 8th)
  • Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) (premieres Friday, October 9th)
  • Infamous (2020) (premieres Sunday, October 11th)
  • Savage Youth (2018) (premieres Sunday, October 11th)
  • Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) (premieres Sunday, October 11th)
  • The Swing of Things (2020) (premieres Monday, October 12th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Archive (2020) (premieres Thursday, October 8th)
  • Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) (premieres Friday, October 9th)
  • Jack and Jill (2011) (premieres Saturday, October 10th)

Shudder:

  • Mohawk (2017) (premieres Monday, October 12th)

Disney+:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) (premieres Friday, October 9th)
  • X2: X-Men United (2003) (premieres Friday, October 9th)

HBO Max:

  • Cats (2019) (premieres Saturday, October 10th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, October 8th: Watching the Polls – Primary (1960), The Best Man (1964), Shampoo (1975), The Last Party (1993), The War Room (1993), Election (1999)
  • Thursday, October 8th: Criterion Collection Edition #248: Videodrome (1983)
  • Friday, October 9th: Criterion Collection Edition #833: Cat People (1942)
  • Friday, October 9th: Double Feature: Slime Time – The Blob (1958), Beware! The Blob (1972)
  • Saturday, October 10th: Saturday Matinee – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
  • Sunday, October 11th: Starring Joan Crawford – The Unknown (1927), Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Our Modern Maidens (1929), Possessed (1931), Grand Hotel (1932), Dancing Lady (1933), Sadie McKee (1934), Love on the Run (1936), The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937), Mannequin (1937), The Women (1939), Strange Cargo (1940), A Woman’s Face (1941), Above Suspicion (1943), Mildred Pierce (1945), Humoresque (1946), Possessed (1947), The Damned Don’t Cry (1950), Harriet Craig (1950), Sudden Fear (1952), Queen Bee (1955), Autumn Leaves (1956), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Strait-Jacket (1964), Trog (1970)
  • Monday, October 12th: Criterion Collection Edition #1039 – Town Bloody Hall (1979)
  • Tuesday, October 13th: Short + Feature: Someone’s Watching – Influenza (2004), Caché (2005)
  • Wednesday, October 14th: Films by Jenni Olson – Blue Diary (1998), The Joy of Life (2005), 575 Castro St. (2009), The Royal Road (2015), In nomine Patris (2019)

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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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