16 Fall 2018 Movies That You Shouldn't Miss
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
We're coming into October, and it's the start of Halloween season, which means there are jumps and scares in the theaters right around the bend, including the direct sequel to John Carpenter's Halloween. Now, there are plenty of movies coming out in the next few months, but we have some suggestions to make your film selection process a bit easier.
Taking a look at movies coming out between September and November, there are some big and under the radar releases you should keep your eye on. As you're probably well aware, right in the smack dab of this three month period is October, which is home to Halloween, so of course, there are going to be a few new horror movies to check out. Obviously, the one to keep your eye on is first on the list, The Nun, breaking out of the Conjuring universe; that's in theaters now.
If you're still looking for familiar fare, there is a new Predator movie in September, Venom in October, and the Fantastic Beasts sequel in November. And mixing both familiarity with horror is the sequel to John Carpenter's Halloween, which ignores every sequel to the first Michael Myers movie.
Because there are plenty of movies coming out, we've narrowed it down to 16 that look pretty awesome and should be on your list to check out from horror, to sci-fi, to comedy, and more… But mainly, lots of horror.
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Spinning out of The Conjuring 2, The Nun examines the phantasmic creature originally seen in the 2016 Conjuring sequel. A priest heads to Romania to investigate the death of a young nun, and of course, he has to confront the titular demonic entity. The trailer of the movie is frightening enough. It's so frightening, in fact, that it had to be pulled from YouTube.
Read our The Nun review.
If you've been jonesing for another Freddy Krueger movie, and are too impatient to wait around for another reboot, then Mara might be just the movie you're looking for. Olga Kurylenko plays Kate, a criminal psychologist who is assigned to a murder with mysterious circumstances. Kate learns of an ancient demon who kills people in their sleep. To set it apart, the film deals with the very real affliction known as sleep paralysis as well.
It's been eight years since the last Predator movie, and fans should be pretty excited about the next addition to the franchise. In this newest installment, the extraterrestrial hunters come back to Earth and do what they do best: kill. The trailer looks like a lot of fun, and I'm just glad this isn't a reboot.
Read our The Predator review.
Don't Leave Home
Following in the footsteps of Hereditary, The Witch, and It Follows, Don't Leave Home is the story of an American artist who heads to Ireland to investigate an urban legend, and things get weird. The movie debuted at 2018's SXSW and earned 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. It's an atmospheric horror movie, so don't expect jump scares left and right, and from the looks of the trailer, the movie will dive into Catholic and Irish folklore and mythos.
If you're looking for more traditional "jumps and scares" horror, Hell Fest will be the movie to check out. At a horror-themed amusement part, a serial killer shows up and murders people left and right. A group of friends think this is real while the rest of the park-goers think it's all part of the show. Check out the trailer for yourself.
I Think We're Alone Now
In this post-apocalyptic movie, Peter Dinklage plays a man who thinks he's the only survivor after the apocalypse. However, he discovers there's another survivor, played by Elle Fanning. We've only seen one brief trailer for the movie, but it looks pretty cool. Additionally, it's being directed by Reed Morano, whose previous work includes a few episodes of Hulu's A Handmaid's Tale.
I Still See You
Speaking of cataclysmic events on Earth, I Still See You starts off with an unknown amount of people simply disappearing. However, remnants of the long gone still exist on Earth, like ghosts. You can see them but they're merely echoes of the person. You cannot interact with them. One woman thinks one of these remnants is trying to kill her, so she and a friend try to figure out who this remnant was before he died. It's a bit of a teen horror-thriller, but the trailer looks pretty fun and the concept is great.
Venom is the only choice for superhero faire during the fall. However, it's the perfect character for the Halloween season. The movie follows Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, who investigates a company using alien symbiotes on human hosts. Somehow, Brock gets a symbiote of his own, and he becomes an anti-hero with a weird voice. Sure, the trailers have been polarizing--to say the least--but it's a comic book movie and hardcore comic fans will see it regardless.
Bad Times at the El Royale
The trailer for Bad Times at the El Royale is a bit confusing. What is this movie? What genre does it fit under? Why do I want to see this so bad? The movie comes from writer/director Drew Goddard, who is the mind behind Netflix's Daredevil and Cabin in the Woods--along with Joss Whedon. The story revolves around a hotel on the literal border of California and Nevada. A group of people are staying there, all of whom have a dark past.
There have been a lot of Halloween sequels--as well as a reboot which had its own sequel. However, the 2018 Halloween movie tosses all of the sequels out the window, as this movie will be a followup to the 1978 original film. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to reprise the role of Laurie Strode, who is still haunted by the events of that Halloween night, 40 years prior. It looks fantastic, and this could finally be the Halloween sequel we've been waiting for. Sorry, Busta Rhymes.
Originally rumored to be part of the incredibly confusing Cloverfield universe, Overlord takes place on the eve of D-Day as American paratroopers go behind behind German lines and find that there's a Nazi experiment with some supernatural forces behind it. At least, that's what the trailer makes it seem is happening. It's a bit confusing. However, the movie has some exceptionally talented writers behind it, so this should be solid.
Rami Malek stars as the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in this upcoming biopic. According to the synopsis, the movie will follow the band up until their appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Malek has been fabulous as Elliot Alderson on USA's Mr. Robot, so it will be exciting to see how he steps into the role of Mercury, which is a far departure from Elliot.
Remakes are a part of Hollywood, and that's just how it is. While many times, a Hollywood remake of an awesome movie can turn out to be a disappointment, Suspiria seems like it will be pretty fantastic, especially after the release of the latest trailer. The movie follows a young woman who joins a German dance company, and she finds out there is something sinister and supernatural happening. The original is amazing, and you should see that as well, but maybe do it after you see the remake.
The next installment in the Fantastic Beasts series, which takes place in the Harry Potter universe--decades before Potter's birth--is The Crimes of Grendelwald. We're assuming it will examine the crimes of Johnny Depp's character Gellert Grindelwald. The new movie takes place at Hogwarts and features Jude Law playing a young Albus Dumbledore.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
A sequel to the Disney hit Wreck-It-Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet follows the titular character voiced by John C. Reilly. He and his pal Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) venture out of the arcade and into the world of the internet, where they will undoubtedly go on a crazy adventure, which features a ton of Disney princesses. It will be a light-hearted and fun movie, which we'll all probably need after that slew of horror movies from the past two months.
Closing out November is the sequel to 2015's Creed. This time around, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) is training for the biggest fight of his life, as he takes on Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu). In Rocky IV, Viktor's father Ivan Drago killed Adonis' father Apollo Creed during a boxing match. While Rocky may have gotten closure on the event, Adonis hasn't. Hopefully, the robot from Rocky IV makes a brief cameo, and hopefully, it's to give someone else a birthday cake.