Biggest New US Movie Releases This Week: Halloween, The Night Comes For Us, The Guilty
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John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween was originally going to be titled The Babysitter Murders, but the decision to change the title helped create horror history. Forty years later, a new Halloween movie hits theaters just in time for the season of scares. Horror is as popular a genre now as it has ever been, and given the universally recognised franchise title, David Gordon Green's sequel/reboot is set to dominate the box office this coming weekend.
There are also a couple of great movies arriving on streaming services this week too. Another acclaimed chiller, The Witch in the Window, premieres on Shudder, while the insane Indonesian action movie The Night Comes For Us makes its explosive Netflix debut. There's also the digital release of the horror sequel Unfriended: Dark Web, and the Marvel sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp is now available to rent or buy.
The landscape for consuming movies has really changed over the past few years. The biggest films still debut the old fashioned-way--in theaters, with home releases still a few months off. But with the rise of streaming and Video on Demand, we are increasingly seeing simultaneous releases for smaller movies, with films getting a limited theatrical release on the same day that they are available to buy and rent digitally.
The rise of Netflix and Amazon as major players in film production has also disrupted standard release patterns. Netflix in particular has attracted some major directors, and their movies will bypass theaters entirely and premiere worldwide on the streaming platform. And of course, movies that did get a theatrical release continue to move to digital platforms after a few months. This is a great way to catch up on movies you might have missed on the big screen--or are keen to rewatch. So here's our look at the best and most interesting new movies in theaters and available to watch at home this week.