Cinemas are currently awash with horror films both old and new, designed to feed our hunger for being scared. Following hot on the heels of last month’s Saw X (which was grim, grisly, and gory) and the Nun 2 we have a lot of re-issues in particular.

Films like Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, Christine (a particular favourite of mine) and Beetlejuice will all be coming back to the big screen. However, the one which may well do the best box office is a film described by some as “the scariest movie ever”. In fact, my friend, the leading film critic, Mark Kermode believes it to be the greatest movie ever. I am referring to The Exorcist which is 50 years old this year. Also doing the rounds at the moment is a new sequel. Exorcist: Believer. Frankly it’s not very good, and despite trying hard to outdo the original in the shocks and horror department, it comes up short.

Disney continues its celebration of a 100 years of making films by re-releasing Frozen and you may also want to treat the kids to the latest Trolls movie. Trolls Band together will be the usual mix of bright, cheerful, musical with the loveable big haired dolls. There is also a new Paw Patrol movie out.

Kenneth Branagh returns as Agatha Christie’s Poirot in A Haunting in Venice. An enjoyable whodunnit set in a haunted house. The Creator is an excellent, big budget SciFi movie best summed up as The Terminator Meets Blade Runner. Blackberry is the story of the now defunct mobile phone which had a keyboard. The Old Oak is Ken Loach’s new film is about Syrian refugees arriving in a northern village, the pub landlord is welcoming but the other residents are not. Worth seeing.

The Great Escaper is a new film based on the true story of Bernard Jordan, a war veteran who in 2014, at the age of 89, “escaped his nursing home” in Hove and made his way across the channel for the D-Day events. It’s a wonderful film starring Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson. Caine is great but Glenda Jackson steels the show. It was her last ever film and she is fantastic.

The big release of October will be Martin Scorsese’ s new film Killers of the Flower Moon. Already being touted for Oscar success next year this epic film is set In the 1920s and sees members of the Osage Native American tribe of Osage County, Oklahoma, being murdered after oil is found on their land. The FBI decides to investigate. This is one not to be missed and certainly one to be seen on the big screen.

And that’s about all for now folks! Enjoy your cinema trips and don’t get too scared, it’s only a movie!

Main Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Andy Godfrey

Andy Godfrey is a speaker with Outreach UK and has been in full-time Christian work for many years. He is a founding member of the Mark Kermode Appreciation Society and has a collection of nearly 3,000 movies. He’s also an ardent Bristol City fan.

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