Spooky season is upon us. Halloween is just around the corner, and when it comes to the film industry it usually means we can expect a host of weird movies. While October 2022 will offer some projects that fit this bill, this month it also has a collection of action, comedy, animated, fantasy and drama films and series that are worth keeping an eye on. As for what they are, we’ll be here to tell you all about them in the latest episode of Screen Time.
But before we dive in, a little cleaning. We based our selections on a release schedule in the UKso be sure to check around for accurate local listings.
The Woman King – October 7
In this epic action tale, Viola Davis plays the fearless general Nanisca, who is tasked with training the next generation of warriors to protect the African kingdom of Dahomey from invading settlers. With the story itself inspired by real events, this film also features a rather stacked cast, including the likes of Lashana Lynch and John Boyega.
Amsterdam – October 7
Large groups of Hollywood A-listers all in one movie are becoming quite common these days, but the latest film to enter this is Amsterdam directed by David O. Russell, a film that tells the story of three friends who get framed for murder and eventually discover a bizarre and outrageous plot that has defined American history. With Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington starring, along with an almost endless list of beloved names, including Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Mike Myers, Robert De Niro and Taylor Swift, this silly murder mystery is trying to be a of the biggest previews of the month.
Werewolf By Night [Disney+] – October 7
When you think of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and various other heroes and characters probably come to mind. But you probably don’t associate the black and white werewolf TV specials in the same vein, which is what makes Werewolf by Night so unique. Coming to Disney + in early October, this show will tell the story of a werewolf superhero, who uses his supernatural alter-self to defeat evil.
Halloween Ends – October 14
It looks like Michael Myers’ Laurie Strode and Jamie Lee Curtis have been stuck in conflict for years and years, and frankly they have. But that turmoil is drawing to a close this October, when Halloween Ends arrives, and sees the couple finally get a conclusion to their stories. Set four years after Halloween Kills, this installment of the series sees Laurie once again facing her iconic killer, despite having enjoyed a few years of release from the fear and anger that once defined her.
Shantaram [Apple TV+] – October 14
Apple doesn’t produce nearly as much original content as that of other streaming services, but when it has something fresh in its way, it usually has a pretty cool angle. And that’s the case in the next series, Shantaram, a story of a heroin addict played by Charlie Hunnam who is sent to prison for robbery, before escaping and transforming into a doctor living in the slums of Bombay. Inspired by Gregory David Roberts’ best-selling book, this series is looking to offer a wide range of action and drama.
The School for Good and Evil [Netflix] – October 19
While summer and September have been huge for Netflix, October is a slower month for the streaming service. That said, one of the big projects he has in the pipeline is the fantasy film directed by Paul Feig, The School for Good and Evil, a tale that depicts two young best friends, Sophie and Agatha, who find themselves on conflicting paths after being accepted. in a charming school that trains heroes and villains from fairy tales.
Black Adam – October 21
For many viewers, this is probably the movie of the month. The action movie starring Dwayne Johnson based on the DC character, Black Adam, appears to be in many ways a reboot of the DC Extended Universe, as this film not only introduces the powerful antihero, but is also bringing the Justice Society of America with it. for an absolutely chaotic, loud and explosive superhero story.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi [Disney+] – October 26th
We’ll have to wait until the New Year for the next season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, but luckily, in the gap between now and then, Disney has another animated Star Wars project to serve. Known as Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, this series tells the story of a group of several iconic Jedi warriors from the prequel era, including the likes of Count Dooku, Mace Windu, Ahsoka Tano and Qui-Gon Jinn, featuring the the latter two played by their respective previous actors / voice actors, Ashley Eckstein and Liam Neeson.
All Quiet on the Western Front [Netflix] – October 28
You’ve most likely heard of the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. Maybe you’ve also read the works of Erich Maria Remarque, or seen one of the previous film adaptations, but if not, Netflix will soon take a crack at the story of a young German soldier’s experiences in World War I. Coming from director Edward Berger, and starring various prolific German figures such as Daniel Brühl, this film will once again aim to serve a semblance of the kind of horrors soldiers faced during this monumental moment in human history.
Big Mouth – Season 6 [Netflix] – October 28
It may not be as objectively scary as a slasher movie, but there’s no denying that the trials and tribulations of puberty can be a terrifying time. This is what makes the return of Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth at the end of October even more fitting. Bringing back the cast of teenage friends and the hormonal monsters who aim to guide them through this stage in their lives, this season will once again deliver all kinds of silly and hilarious antics.
And that makes us for another month of Screen Time. Be sure to return just before the beginning of November, to see what the coldest month has to offer for film and TV fans.