On The Radar: October Film Releases UK

Venom – October 3rd 

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed

This is one of the films I’m super excited about in the coming month. Although Venom is not set within the Marvel cinematic universe (Sony is heading the production) there have been rumours of Tom Holland (Marvel’s Spider-Man) making an appearance in the film.

A Star is Born – October 5th

Director: Bradley Cooper
Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

As a Gaga fan, I’m also really excited for this film. It’s a chance for her to show off her acting skills, and seeing her without her makeup is actually really refreshing. Directed by Bradley Cooper in his directional debut, Cooper has remade the 1937 classic, which follows a country singer as he falls for an unknown singing star.

Johnny English Strikes Again – October 5th

Director: David Kerr
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy, Emma Thompson

I am 100% not excited for this film but I had to include it…It honestly baffles me how much garbage can be renewed. Like for real who is watching these films?

Bad Times at the El Royale – October 12th

Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth shirtless with a moustache? Yeah okay, I’m in. The premise consists of seven strangers who meet at El Royale, a run-down motel in Lake Tahoe, to bury their deepest secrets, but will it all go to plan?

First Man – October 12th

Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A, First Man will feature Ryan Gosling as the lead role alongside the likes of Claire Foy and Jason Clarke. Since it’s showing at the Venice Film Festival, it has received positive review all round.

Mandy – October 12

Director: Panos Cosmatos
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Andrea Riseborough

This cosmic minefield looks trippy AF, but something I would definitely be willing to try when it comes out next month. Premiered at the Sundance Festival this year, Nicolas Cage has been praised for his performance, so I’m excited to see if he can pull off something other than a crazy madman.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – October 12th

Director: Ari Sandel
Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Ken Jeong

Carrying on from the success of the first instalment, Goosebumps 2 looks like a spooky teen dream. Honestly, at Halloween, I live for Halloween films like this. I can strongly see this getting roped in with the likes of Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown.

Smallfoot – October 12

Director: Karey Kirkpatrick
Starring: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito

Out today, Smallfoot features big names such as Channing Tatum, Danny DeVito, Zendaya, LeBron James and so many more. It follows a Yeti after he discovers a human.

Hunter Killer – October 19

Director: Donovan Marsh
Starring: Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler, Linda Cardellini, Common

Based on a 2012 novel by Don Keith and George Wallace, Hunter Killer’s narrative follows a select group of Navy SEAL’s who must save the Russian President…..OK.

Halloween – October 19

Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak

Back for the 50 billionth time is Michael. I don’t know how many times this dude is gonna defeat death but I’m over him. Also, if you’re up for watching Jamie Lee Curtis looking like Dr Brakish Okun from Independence Day then this is the niche film for you.

Bohemian Rhapsody – October 24

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Dermot Murphy, Mike Myers

Based on the life and times of Freddie Mercury, I’d be up for watching this biopic. Malek, in the trailer at least, gives a great first impression of his character interpretation. Let’s just see if this comes through in the film.

The Hate U Give – October 26

Director: George Tillman Jr
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa

Based on a book of the same name released last year, The Hate U Give follows the black lives matter movement, and the life of one young girl in particular, who witnesses the murder of a friend at the hands of police.

Slaughterhouse Rulez – October 31

Director: Crispian Mills
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Michael Sheen, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg

If you’re looking for something popcorn worthy on Halloween itself, it might be worth checking out Slaughterhouse Rulez. The narrative is set in a boarding school once a sinkhole opens up in a nearby fracking site…Talk about on trend political horror.

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