Eve Brennan breaks down the very best of what’s coming to our screens this Halloween
With spooky season quickly approaching, a variety of films and series arrive with it! The following list contains the most anticipated arrivals of the season.
Halloween Ends - In cinemas now
The Halloween saga is ending this Halloween with the third film of the trilogy, and the 13th film in the franchise. The film has one of the most iconic villains of all time, Michael Myers, returning for his final face-off with the ultimate final girl Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), also reprising the character she first played in 1978. The film is set four years after its predecessor Halloween Kills and is expected to be a satisfying (and terrifying) conclusion. Halloween Ends will be available to watch in cinemas from October 14th.
Hocus Pocus 2 - Now Streaming
Fans of the original cult classic Hocus Pocus (1993) will be happy to hear that the wait is over and Hocus Pocus 2 is finally here, after almost 30 years of waiting. The film is being released on Disney+ and in cinemas, for those who prefer the real cinematic experience. All three of the Sanderson sisters (played by Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker) have returned and will be played by the original cast. Now streaming on Disney+.
Smile - In Cinemas Now
At this stage of the month, you should all have (unfortunately) seen the terrifying posters that are plaguing the sides of buses around Dublin. But this movie, despite its seemingly familiar story (coughs Truth or Dare), is being praised by The Guardian for being a “sadistically effective supernatural horror”. Many viewers claim the film to be far more disturbing than expected, which is usually an indicator that a horror film is ticking all the right boxes. While it is not for the faint of heart it could fit the tastes of those who think they can face the nightmares that follow. Smile is in cinemas now.
Dahmer - Now Streaming
Evan Peters plays a scarily accurate Jeffery Dahmer in this series showing the murders Dahmer committed, and how he was able to get away with them for as long as he did. The show is apparently very graphic and bloody. According to journalist Anne E. Schwartz who was a journalist at the time of Dahmer's original crimes and was involved in reporting on Dahmer's crimes, the series "does not bear a great deal of resemblance to the facts of the case" (re: The Independent).
It’s important to remember that this is a fictionalised retelling of real crimes that were committed against innocent and vulnerable people and thus the viewing of the show should be done in the respect of their memory and their families’ grief. Dahmer is now streaming on Netflix.
Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes - Now Streaming
Strangely enough, there are two Netflix specials focusing on the same serial killer to watch this Halloween. Conversations with a Killer should be more interesting for those who prefer more accuracy in their true crime stories. This documentary reveals never before seen interviews held by Dahmer’s legal team and analyses the circumstances and truths Dahmer attempted to cover about his crimes.
Werewolf by Night - Now Streaming
For those who find themselves in search of a more traditional horror experience, look no further than Marvel’s newest entry to Disney+: Werewolf by Night. Werewolf by Night is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first-holiday special and perhaps its most unique and ambitious one. This television special seems to contain all the elements of the classic Halloween film that gave way to the horror franchise that we know today (It is even in black and white!). The television special is streaming on Disney+ from October 7th.