As we inch closer to Halloween this October, get ready for a wide range of spooky films, from blood-curdling slasher films to beloved sequels. It’s time to bust out the popcorn and Halloween candies for thriller movie nights!

For the less gutsy moviegoers, don’t miss the blockbusters and comedies this month, along with a couple of critically-acclaimed films that have been getting some Oscar buzz lately.

There’s also Golden Village’s 10th Love and Pride Film Festival, which runs from Oct 4 to 14 with six LGBT-themed titles to explore the idea of acceptance.

Venom

Release date: October 4, 2018
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott
Genre: Action/Adventure

Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams star in Venom. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Hardy joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the lethal protector, Venom. Investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Hardy) starts digging into a shady foundation set by the notorious founder, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). His obsession with taking down the organisation has caused him his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, he winds up infected with a malevolent, powerful symbiote that gives him incredible new powers, as well as the chance to do whatever he wants, as long as he’s willing to share his body with it. 

 

A Star Is Born

Release date: October 4, 2018
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
Genre: Romance/Drama

Lady Gaga in her first feature film. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut in A Star is Born, starring alongside music superstar Lady Gaga in her first lead role in a major motion picture. The musical romantic drama is the third remake of the original 1937 film, which was first adapted into a 1954 musical, and then remade as a 1976 rock music romantic drama film with Barbra Streisand. Cooper plays a down-and-out country singer-musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with a struggling artist Ally (Gaga). Maine is inspired to help her just as she is about to give up on her dream to become a singer. The pair’s relationship blossoms, but Maine’s personal vices sink him, and his creative output — to rock bottom.

Gaga penned a few songs in this new take on the tragic love story, which premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival to critical acclaim.

 

The Negotiation (Korean)

Release date: October 4, 2018
Cast: Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin
Genre: Action/Thriller

Hyun-Bin, the weapons dealer. (Photo Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Korean action-thriller The Negotiation stars Son Ye-Jin as Ha Chae-youn, the no-nonsense crisis negotiator for Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, and Hyun Bin as the arms dealer Min Tae-gu. Ha, who specialises in defusing hostage situations, is shaken by a failed intervention that resulted in a death of a young woman. Instead of accepting her resignation, the agency puts her in charge of a new case where she has only 12 hours to save the hostages on a deserted island.

 

96 (Tamil)

Release date: October 4, 2018
Cast: Vijay Sethupathy, Trisha Krishan, Janagaraj, Kaali Venkat
Genre: Romance

96 marks the directorial debut of Prem Kumar. (Photo Credit: Chennai365)

96 is a travelogue romantic film which stars Vijay Sethupathy and Trisha Krishan, along with Janagaraj and Kaali Venkat. This musical drama will mark the debut of Prem Kumar as a director, and the first time both lead actors pair up as a couple.

 

Loveyatri (Hindi)

Release date: October 5, 2018
Cast: Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain
Genre: Drama

Aayush Sharma makes his feature film debut. (Photo Credit: in.com)

Loveyatri is a musical romantic contemporary love story of Sushrut and Michelle (Manisha), which revolves around the festival of Navratri. Sushrut, a middle-class earnest boy from Vadodara, is a happy go lucky chap who runs Garba (traditional Gujarati dance form) classes, while Michelle is a young and beautiful Indian girl who is extremely bright and focused on her career. Sushrut and Michelle meet during Navratri and their love blossoms over food, conversations, travel, and heart touching moments during the nine days of the festival. Due to a misunderstanding, Michelle heads back to the UK, away from all the warmth, colour light and love that she found in India. Sushrut follows suit in hopes to win back his love.

 

Andhadhun (Hindi)

Release date: October 5, 2018
Casting: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte
Drama: Drama

Ayushmann Khurrana plays a blind pianist. (Photo Credit: Mensxp)

When you are blind, the world talks to you in a dozen different ways, and if you listen, there is music in everything. Ayushmann Khurrana plays a happy-go-lucky blind pianist in Pune who is hopelessly stuck trying to compose his own tunes. Through an encounter with Sophie (Radhika Apte), he starts performing at the bar that is owned by Sophie’s father. A retired Bollywood star, Pramod Sinha, is impressed by Akash and invites him to a private concert at his condo. At Pramod’s house, Akash encounters his wife Simi, a beautiful woman with a dark secret. And in the blink of an eye, Akash finds himself among deadly characters, each blinded by love, greed, desire and the sheer will to survive. Andhadhun is a cocktail of music, murder and madness.

 

First Man

Release date: October 11, 2018
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Patrick Fugit, Ciaran Hinds, Pablo Schreiber
Genre: Drama

Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

First Man is a biographical drama film based on the book by James R. Hansen about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The film reunites La La Land Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling, who plays the titular character in this movie. It looks at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong and the years leading up to the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Recently-crowned Emmy award winner Claire Foy also stars in the movie as the wife of Armstrong, alongside Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll and Christopher Abbott.

 

The Happy Prince

Release date: October 11, 2018
Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson
Genre: Drama/History

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Written, directed and starring Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince is a British biological film about the last days of Oscar Wilde, an Irish poet and playwright who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. This gripping drama tells the story of Wilde’s final years, where he was released from prison after the conviction for “gross indecency” – an indiscreet affair he had with Lord Alfred Douglas (Colin Morgan). Shunned by British society, the once-celebrated playwright was forced into exile in France, living his last three years in misery. Colin Firth and Emily Watson respectively star as Reggie Turner, Wilde’s devoted friend and Constance Lloyd, Wilde’s long-suffering wife.

 

Paskal: The Movie (Malay)

Release date: October 11, 2018
Cast: Hairul Azreen, Ammar Alfian, Henley Hii
Genre: Action

Hands up! (Photo Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Inspired by a true story, Paskal: The Movie follows lieutenant commander Arman Anwar, a Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) special force Paskal operative who has an illustrious service history. As Arman’s father lost his life while serving his country, his mother has always been bitter about Arman’s choices and predicament. During a dangerous mission, one of his teammates died and another one was dismissed. Just when Arman decided to ask for transfer, he is needed for one last mission that would change his world forever.

 

Helicopter Eela (Hindi)

Release date: October 12, 2018
Cast: Kajol Devgn, Riddhi Sen, Tota Roy Chowdhury
Genre: Drama

Bollywood star Kajol stars as an overprotective mom. (Photo Credit: DNAIndia)

Helicopter Eela features Kajol in the lead role as Eela, an aspiring singer and a single mother who has given up all her dreams to raise her only son, Vivan (Riddhi Sen). But now her little child is all grown up and being a typical young millennial, he doesn’t want his mother’s life to revolve around him. Being an overprotective mother, Eela joins her son in college in order to spend more time with Vivan, but her plans backfire when he reprimands her for invading his privacy. The film is based on the play Beta Kaagdo, written by Anand Gandhi.

 

Halloween

Release date: October 18, 2018
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle
Genre: Thriller

It’s coming… (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode in Halloween, the 11th instalment in the Halloween franchise. Set 40 years after the original film, Strode comes to her final showdown with Michael Myers (Nick Castle), the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. This American slasher film is directed by David Gordon Green, with horror maestro and original co-creator John Carpenter as the creative consultant.

 

Shadow

Release date: October 11, 2018
Cast: Deng Chao, Sun Li
Genre: Drama/Action/Period

Zhang Yimou was inspired by the strokes of the Chinese ink brush painting. (Photo Credit: Kuaibao)

Set during China’s Three Kingdom’s era (AD220 – 280), Shadow tells the story of a great king and his people who were exiled from their homeland. Together, they develop a plot to regain control of their land. The events are told from the points of view of the king, his general, the women trapped in the royal palace, and a commoner called “Lord of the World”. Directed by Zhang Yimou, the visual style of this period film was inspired by the yin and yang symbol, and Chinese ink brush painting.

 

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Release date: October 18, 2018
Cast: Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris
Genre: Comedy

Trick or treat! (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Halloween comes to life in a brand-new comedy adventure, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books. It reintroduces the series’ recurring villain, Slappy the Dummy, as the main antagonist of the film.  After stumbling upon Haunted House, one of Stine’s mystery novels, two boys face an onslaught from witches, monsters, ghouls and a talking dummy. Directed by Ari Sandel, the film stars Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

 

The Great Battle (Korean)

Release date: October 18, 2018
Cast: Jo In-sung, Nam Joo-Hyuk, Seolhyun
Genre: Action

Jo In-Sung as a general. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

The Great Battle is a period war film loosely based on the siege of Ansi Fortress in 645 AD, during the Tang Dynasty. Chinese emperor Taizong (Park Sun-Woong) attempted to conquer the Goguryeo capital, a kingdom in the Korean peninsula. To defend the fortress and save his kingdom, Yang Manchun (Jo In-sung) and his comparatively ragtag crew of a mere few thousand Goguryeo troops fought an epic 88-day battle against half a million invading Tang soldiers.

 

Serenity

Release date: October 18, 2018
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Not your simple love story. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey, Serenity centres on a fishing boat captain, Baker Dill (McConaughey), who is forced to grapple with his past after a mysterious woman, Karen (Hathaway) tracked him down in a small island in the Caribbean, begging Dill to save her. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he had tried to forget, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be what it seems.

 

Badhaai Ho (Hindi)

Release date: October 19, 2018
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta
Genre: Comedy/Drama

Family. (Photo Credit: DNAIndia)

Badhaai Ho is a comedy-drama directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma. The coming-of-age movie features a family entertainer who celebrates love, family and everything in between. Nakul (Khurrana) – who seems of marriageable age himself – is still struggling to come to terms with the fact that his mum is expecting when he spills the news to his girlfriend (Sanya). The film also stars Surekha Sikri and Sheeba Chaddha.

 

Hunter Killer

Release date: October 25, 2018
Cast: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Toby Stephens
Genre: Action/Adventure

Gerard Bulter as captain Glass. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Deep under the arctic ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers that a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. The Russian president has been kidnapped by a rogue defence minister while on a visit to a Northern marine base. With his crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to save the Russian president and avoid sparking World War III. This action thriller is directed by Donovan Marsh, based on the 2012 novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace.

 

Beautiful Boy

Release date: October 25, 2018
Cast: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan
Genre: Drama

Timothée Chalamet as Nic Sheff. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy is a heartbreaking and inspirational biographical drama directed by Belgian film director and screenwriter Felix Van Groeningen. The film chronicles a family’s experience with addiction through the eyes of David Sheff (Steve Carell), who watches his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) struggle with relapse and recovery. While Nic is addicted to drugs, his father becomes addicted to finding a cure for Nic. Beautiful Boy is Groeningen’s English feature film debut.

 

Bad Times At The El Royale

Release date: October 25, 2018
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Chris Hemsworth
Genre: Action/Adventure

Stop and think. (Photo Credit: IMDB)

Bad Times At The El Royale is a thriller film set in the 1960s where seven strangers who each have a dark secret meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. As the strangers — among them a preacher (Jeff Bridges), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), Southern gangster (Dakota Johnson), and a former singer (Cynthia Erivo) — settle into their rooms, they discover that something strange is afoot inside and outside the hotel. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell.

 

5 Weddings

Release date: October 26, 2018
Cast: Nargis Fakhri, Rajkummar Rao, Bo Derek, Candy Clark
Genre: Comedy/Drama

Rajkummar Rao makes his Hollywood debut. (Photo Credit: Cinestaan)

5 Weddings is a 2018 romantic comedy set in the United States and India. An American journalist (Nargis Fakhri) travels to India for what she thinks will be an easy magazine feature on Bollywood weddings, only to have the assignment interrupted by a police officer (Rajkummar Rao), who is assigned the task of escorting her. Although convinced that there is journalistic espionage behind the innocent magazine article, their journey unfolds in a colourful mosaic of lost loves, transgender tangles and culture clashes. Directed by Namrata Singh Gujral, the film also stars Academy Award nominee Candy Clark, Golden Globe nominee Bo Derek and Dutch-American actor Anneliese Van der Pol.

 

Sources: Golden Village Pictures, IMDB, DNAIndia, Chennai365, in.comKuaibao, Mensxp Cinestaan

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