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Screen Time - October 2023

We take a look at the biggest films and TV series that are making their debut over the spookiest month of the year.

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"It's a new month and the spookiest one of the year at that, which means there are plenty of exciting new movies and TV shows to get excited about. With horrors that align with the frightening theme of the month, Marvel projects and even Oscar hopefuls, October 2023 has a lot in store for fans. So, with this being the case, let's dive into a new episode of Screen Time to see what the month has lined up for film and TV fans. But before we do get started, a quick reminder. We've based our choices on a UK release calendar, so be sure to check for accurate local listings and dates."

"This October isn't quite offering up the same number of frightening thrillers as we have seen become common in the past, but that doesn't mean there aren't some unsettling films debuting to spook your socks off. Director David Gordon Green has taken it upon himself to create a true sequel to the iconic 1973 film, The Exorcist, and as you would hope, this film is shaping up to be horrifying, scary, and a true contender for most terrifying project this year, never mind just October."

"Kihou Kwan's favourite villain-turned-hero is returning to Disney Plus in October, as picking up after the events of Season 1, Tom Hiddleston's Loki is looking to once again travel through timelines to work with the TVA to prevent a universe dictated by Jonathan Major's Kang the Conqueror from taking effect. With Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Sofia de Martino's beloved Sylvie all returning, this new season will even introduce some new faces such as Kihou Kwan's who is making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut."

"How do you stop a prolific serial killer from making a bloody return decades after his first murder spree? Simple, you go back in time and stop him in the first place. This is the story that Prime Video's Totally Killer will be looking to offer this October, with Kiernan Shipka starring as a young woman who travels back in time to stop the infamous Sweet Sixteen killer from ever drawing first blood."

"Yes, Goosebumps has been adapted multiple times before into a live-action format, but no, that doesn't stop in Disney. The horror series is making a return on the most unsettling day of the entire year, Friday the 13th, in October, with the series seeing a group of five high schoolers working to stop supernatural forces they unintentionally released from ravaging and devastating the town that they call home."

"It wouldn't be October if Mike Flanagan wasn't releasing a new horror project for Netflix.
Following Midnight Mass, The Haunting of Hill House, The Midnight Club and The Haunting of Bly Manor, Flanagan is looking to debut The Fall of the House of Usher this year.
This miniseries is an adaptation of the works by Edgar Allan Poe, and sees Carla Gugino leading a rather stacked cast including Mark Hamill and Rahul Kohli."

"While Ubisoft doesn't seem to have any plans in place to actually expand the video game world of Far Cry 3's Blood Dragon DLC, the French company has teamed up with a talented director that made Netflix's Castlevania series a huge success. Ady Shankar will be heading up this new animated project that combines various Ubisoft IP and is based predominantly on the sci-fi setting of Blood Dragon."

"If there was one film this October that has had Oscar buzz surrounding it ever since its announcement, it would be Martin Scorsese's next project, Killers of the Flower Moon.
This film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone explores the horrifying events that saw members of the Asaji tribe murdered, and soon after, a major FBI investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover being put into effect. With an immensely long runtime, this film will no doubt be fighting for Best Picture come March, when the next Academy Awards are hosted."

"After years of development, Blumhouse's Five Nights at Freddy's film is set to finally arrive this October. Coming from director Emma Tammey, this film sees Josh Hutchison starring as a security guard who is tasked with getting through the night shift at the Freddy Fazbear's Pizza restaurant. Anyone who's played or seen the games in action will know that this is hardly as easy, or safe, as it may seem."

"Wrapping off October, Netflix has another major film in store for fans. Bringing together Chris Evans and Emily Blunt, Pain Hustlers looks to explore how a struggling mother and a failing pharmacy manager team up to turn a bankrupt pharmacy into the centre point of a criminal conspiracy."

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