October Movie Releases to Look Out For

This October, look out for some big releases that have great concepts and trailers to back them up. Whether you are going to the theater or sitting at home, grab your popcorn and snacks to get watching. These releases range from family-friendly rides to masterpieces with societal commentary, along with some highly-anticipated flicks. 

“Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” 

Courtesy of Netflix.

Based on the novella of the same name from a Stephen King short story collection, “If It Bleeds,” the movie follows Craig (Jaeden Martell) who becomes friends with an old billionaire by the name of Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland). They get close to the point that Craig gives Harrigan a cell phone but the old man soon passes away. Craig texts Mr. Harrigan’s phone and gets unexpected responses; this is followed by paranormal happenings and sinister actions by the late billionaire. Check out the trailer here

“Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” will begin streaming on Netflix on Oct. 5. 

“Werewolf by Night” 

Courtesy of Marvel Studios.

The MCU goes full Halloween with this movie special. The trailer does not give much away other than a group of people tasked with hunting a Werewolf. Hopefully, it’s as creepy and grand as the trailer makes it out to be. The last Halloween-themed content Marvel put out was episodes of their shows “WandaVision” and “What If,” the latter of which had a zombie apocalypse. Check out the trailer here

“Werewolf by Night” will begin streaming on Disney Plus on Oct. 7. 


Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

This historical piece surrounds the tragic death of 14-year-old Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall) due to a lynch mob. His mother, Mamie Till Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler), pursues justice for Emmet’s death in this heartbreaking yet important film. “Till” is a movie that will reveal not just a mother’s worst nightmare but the tragic events seen in Black American history. Check out the trailer here

“Till” will be released in theaters on Oct. 14. 

“Halloween Ends”

Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Horror fans have kept on top of this movie, as it is the conclusion to the new trilogy directed by David Gordon Green. Iconic final girl, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) are on a mission to end the boogeyman: Michael Myers. Check out the trailer here

“Halloween Ends” will be released in theaters and on Peacock on Oct. 14.

“The Curse of Bridge Hollow” 

Courtesy of Netflix.

“The Curse of Bridge Hollow” follows Sydney (Priah Ferguson) who moves into a haunted house in the small town of Bridge Hollow. After accidentally releasing an evil spirit that brought all the town’s Halloween decorations to life, Sydney, her father (Marlon Wayans) and the town citizens must defeat this evil before the night ends. This movie sounds great if you want a Halloween setting with a lot of goofiness. Check out the trailer here

“The Curse of Bridge Hollow” will begin streaming on Netflix on Oct. 14. 

“Wendell & Wild” 

Courtesy of Netflix.

This animated film by Henry Selick, who directed movies like “Coraline,” now brought audiences to this movie. It follows Kat (Lyric Ross) who runs into demon brothers, Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Jordan Peele). This movie has stunning animation work and visuals along with what looks to be a strong story about loss with a toss of supernatural elements. Check out the trailer here

“Wendell & Wild” will be released in theaters on Oct. 21 and stream on Netflix starting Oct. 28. 

Out of all the movies on this list, “Wendell & Wild” seems the most promising on this list as it has one of the best acting duos along with a promising story. However, “Werewolf by Night” bringing back the best creature in movie history will be a blessing to MCU fans celebrating Halloween. And nothing can top “Halloween Ends” which, in my opinion, has the best and most brutal boogeyman to rule them all alongside a final girl that gets stronger with each movie. 

Depending on whether you want a straightforward piece of cinema or a slasher flick, there will be something to keep you entertained this month.

By Presley DePugh

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