October offers a month of music-based movies, knee trembling horror and gripping thrillers like Gone Girl (October 2). Did he do it or didn’t he? Based on the best selling book by Gillian Flynn, David ‘Se7en’ Fincher’s film casts Ben ‘new Batman’ Affleck as a husband who feels the glare of the media spotlight when he comes under suspicion following the disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike).
Life After Beth (October 3) When Zach’s girlfriend Beth comes back from the dead her family refuse to believe she’s a zombie. Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spiderman 2) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) star in a genre mashing ‘zom-com’. Packed with for gory gags it owes a debt to ‘Sean of the Dead’.
Jimi: All Is By My Side (October 24) Covers a defining year in the life of Hendrix, when the unknown went from playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene, the film charts his journey towards a breakthrough Monterey Pop Festival appearance in 1967. Outkast’s Andre 3000 is magnetic as Jimi discovering his powers performing songs by The Beatles and Muddy Waters.
Nightcrawler (October 31) does for the boulevards of Los Angeles what Scorsese’s Taxi Driver did for New York. Jake Gyllenhaal is on Oscar form as Lou Bloom, a wide-eyed dreamer and sociopath drawn to the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism. Armed with a video camera and police radio scanner he chases the next big story to sell to the TV networks because “if it bleeds it leads”.
’71 (October 10) Rising British star Jack O’Connell (Starred Up) plays a young squaddie thrown in at the deep end as part of the peacekeeping effort on Belfast’s mean streets during the Troubles in 1971. The rookie recruit becomes separated from his unit and goes on the run chased by the provisional militia while being helped by loyalists in a brutal thriller that will have you hooked.
Annabelle (October 10) Scare master James Wan (Saw, Insidious) brings back the creepy doll from the Warren’s museum of horrors in The Conjuring for her own spin-off shocker. Not much of a surprise when you consider Wan’s twitter handle is creepypuppet. Would you give a doll that looked like that to a little kid? People in horror movies never learn…
Bjork: Biophilia Live (October 17) Peter Strickland previously directed Berberian Sound Studio and worked with editor Nick Fenton (Sigur Ros film Inni) shooting footage of Bjork and her band performing every song from her eighth studio album ‘Biophilia’ at London’s Alexandra Palace in September last year.
Northern Soul (October 17) In 1974 two young Northern lads’ lives are transformed by the discovery of American soul music at a time when thousand of teenagers would dance the night away at venues like Wigan’s casino. Director Elaine Constantine pitches her film as the “story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come”.
The Babadook (October 24) This Aussie horror melds the family drama of a single parent’s struggles to raise her difficult six-year-old son with jumps and scares. When a disturbing book turns up at their house the boy is convinced it’s the monster he’s been dreaming about who will kill them both. A hallucinatory ride pushes them to the edge of sanity and you won’t be far behind.
Fury (October 24) Brad Pitt’s ‘Wardaddy’ leads a Sherman tank crew behind enemy lines in David ‘Training Day’ Ayer’s WWII drama. Expect gung-ho action mixed with emotional philosophising in a story focusing on the Allies’ final push in April 1945. Shot in Cornwall the film also stars Shia LaBeouf and The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal.
Time Is Illmatic (October 24) Director One9’s documentary marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nas’ seminal debut hip-hop album. Featuring interviews with Q-Tip and Alicia Keys it visits Queens, New York where he grew up and charts the influences that helped a 21-year-old Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones craft ‘Illmatic’, an album revered as one of the most influential hip-hop records ever produced.
Withnail and I (October 3) Writer/director Bruce Robinson’s enduring snapshot of late ’60s London gets a welcome re-release. The 1987 film follows two out of work actors (Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann) battling booze, boredom and unemployment in a brilliantly funny two-hander packed with memorable lines – “I must have some booze. I demand to have some booze!”
Ghostbusters (October 31) To celebrate its 30th anniversary Ivan Reitman’s classic comedy is being re-released. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis play a trio of uemployed parapsychology professors turned paranormal investigators primed to save New York city from an invasion of ghosts and ghouls – “He slimed me!”
Horns (October 29) Living under suspicions he violently raped and murdered his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) Daniel Radcliffe’s Ig wakes on the anniversary of her death to find horns growing from his head. They give him the ability to drive people to confess their sins so he looks for revenge on a quest to discover the true identity of Merrin’s killer in a fantasy thriller from Alexandre Aja.