Reel Reviewer Column: Halloween horrors

Jason Day previews the Halloween movies set to hit cinemas this month, including some classics

A Star is Born – out on October 5

This remake of remakes is garnering Oscar buzz for first-time director Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga who follow in illustrious footsteps.

The story is the same as the Barbra Streisand version – a top musician on his way down offers a helping hand to a singer, whose career goes stratospheric.

Halloween (1978) – 40th Anniversary – out October 10

Is it four decades since John Carpenter’s seminal, seasonal slasher was first released?

It also saw the first movie appearance by Jamie Lee Curtis (daughter of Psycho slasher icon Janet Leigh) as imperilled babysitter Laurie. Check my online review for why this is one not to miss on the big screen: halloween1978film

Smallfoot – October 12

Animation about a Yeti who must prove that humans exist after accidentally meeting a stricken parachutist. A cute and funny cryptozoological cartoon, featuring the voices of Channing Tatum and Zendaya.

Halloween (2018) – October 19

Jamie Lee Curtis returns in this new movie as Laurie, the by now emotionally troubled 60-something, living in fear that incarcerated killer Michael Myers will finish her off.

This time she’s prepared; she’s become a gun-toting gal wanting her own payback. Carpenter also returns, as Executive Producer, and from the trailer this lines up some great shocks.

Bohemian Rhapsody – October 26 Making this troubled biopic of Queen singer Freddie Mercury garnered as much attention as the movie (star Sacha Baron Cohen quit, amongst other disasters).

According to gossip, this is an airbrushing of Mercury’s wild life, but one thing is obvious. Remi Malik is a force to be reckoned with playing him.

Beetlejuice – October 26

Tim Burton’s stunningly original comic horror also has a birthday – 30 years young. Michael Keaton stars as a crude, debauched ghost conjured up by sweet, deceased couple Geena Davis and Alex Baldwin when awful people move in. The comic antidote to classic Halloween fair.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This column was published in the October 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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