Peek a BOO… the SPOOKY season is upon us…. iIt’s Halloween!
We’re well into October, the month of Halloween, and to get you in the mood, we’ve put together a list of 10 movies, apart from the usual Hocus Pocus/Frankenstein fare.
Also be sure to check our Halloween ‘Spookymeter’ before watching a movie from the recommended list, to decide if it’s super scary, scary, or not so scary.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018)
Spookymeter: Not-So-Scary – Fantasy – Kids and Family
Cast: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro
Synopsis: Based on the children’s classic written by John Bellairs, this magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis, who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking noise.
The Mortuary Collection (2019)
Spookymeter: Scary – Haunted House – Male/Female 18+
Cast: Tristan Byon, Eden Campbell, Clancy Brown
Synopsis: What’s better than an Anthology of Horror tales at this time of the year? A young drifter is hired as a mortician and learns a series of twisted tales about the place from an eccentric senior mortician.
The Wolfman (2010)
Spookymeter: Scary – Monster Movie – Male/Female 16+
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins
Synopsis: Joe Johnston’s remake of universal’s classic monster movie ‘The Wolfman’ about an American bitten by a werewolf and eventually cursed by it. It offers intense visuals in a mysterious castle filled with love, murders, and monsters.
Corpse Bride (2005)
Spookymeter: Not So Scary – Animation – Kids and Family
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson
Synopsis: When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. A must watch hilarious ageless classic.
Spookymeter: Scary – Urban Legend – Male/Female 16+
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Tony Todd
Synopsis: The sequel to the 1992 horror film returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend first began. Revisiting or watching the 1992 movie as a precursor is highly recommended.
Spookymeter: Scary –Mystery – Male/Female 16+
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Synopsis: Jordan Peele’s (Get Out) underrated gem, about a family’s beach vacation that turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and terrorize them. The storyline is full of wacky twists and surprises which makes it a must watch for Halloween.
The Night House (2021)
Spookymeter: Super Scary – Haunted House – Male/Female 18+
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Evan Jonigkeit
Synopsis: In a haunted house on a lake in upstate New York, a grieving widow encounters her dead husband and begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets. The movie, directed by David Bruckner, is the one for the new age horror lovers.
Spookymeter: Scary – Supernatural- Male/Female 16+
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn
Synopsis: Do all the superhuman babies grow up to be heroes? What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, proves to be something far more sinister?
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
Spookymeter: Not-So-Scary – Comedy – Kids and Family
Cast: Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd
Synopsis: We all watch the 1984 classic as part of our Halloween celebrations. This year, director Jason Reitman brings a new take to franchise. The movie tells the story of two kids discovering their connection to the original Ghostbusters. In cinemas 18 November 2021.
Spookymeter: Super Scary – Cult – Male/Female 18+
Cast: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne
Synopsis: The secret ancestry of a family is revealed over the course of the movie. The more they discover, the more they uncover the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Want more from the same director? Check out Midsommar (2019).
Have yourself a heart-pounding and unnerving Halloween!
Source: IMDB and YouTube
BOO to you from our CREW!
Halloween will soon be upon us, and while this day is celebrated around the world with costume parties and trick-or-treating, it is also a day that has long inspired some of the scariest films over the years.
Whether you’re in the mood for a good scare or prefer to celebrate the day with a bit of humor, there’s a Halloween movie for every taste.
New movie releases over the weekend of Halloween include:
Terminator: Dark Fate
Director – Tim Miller
Starring – Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Addams Family
Directors – Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
Voiced by -Oscar Isac, charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz
In addition to the above, there are also older movie releases you can watch in the comfort of your home to get into the spirit of Halloween. From childhood classics, psychological thrillers and cult favorites, we guarantee you’ll find something to ‘tickle your fancy’ from our list of 30 spooky movies to watch this Halloween:
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Halloween movies need not be dark, bloody, and nightmare-inducing. For many, the Halloween season doesn’t begin until they’ve viewed this classic starring Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever worn a Beetlejuice-inspired costume for Halloween or, more important, dressed up as Winona Ryder’s Lydia (aka the goth girl) from the movie. The movie also stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton.
Who agrees that Toni Collette should have been nominated for all the awards for this Ari Aster movie? And how about that terrifying lucking sound her daughter makes in the movie… creepy!
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Tim Burton’s unlikely love story is just eerie enough to include in your Halloween must watch line-up. The movie stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.
For those who get a thrill from horror movies, John Carpenter’s Halloween is a must watch. Get ready to witness for the first time, or all over again, murderer Michael Myers escapes a psychiatric hospital on the night before Halloween then returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois to terrorize scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee Curtis reprised her role as Laurie Strode in the 2018 continuation of the time-tested franchise.
Practical Magic (1998)
Looking for enjoyable escapism? Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman play supernatural sisters earnestly attempting to end a family curse that keeps them from finding true love.
The Nun (2018)
The trailers alone were terrifying enough! The movie – about a mysterious Romanian abbey, is sure to give you full-blown nightmares.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Not your average scary movie, Trick ‘r Treat follows five interwoven stories over the course of one fateful Halloween.
Get Out (2017)
Fans were captivated by this horror/thriller by Jordan Peel – starring Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya. The twists and turns will keep you guessing until the very end.
The world has gone all zombie… with only a few humans left to fight them off – which Woody Harrelson has no problems doing! The sequel Zombieland: Double Tap released in cinemas on 17 October 2019. Might as well watch them both this Halloween!
The Sixth Sense (1999)
“I see dead people” is one of the most famous movie quotes in history, and it all started in The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. This is a definite must watch/re-watch this Halloween.
The Ring (2002)
The good thing about watching this movie in 2019 is that videotapes pretty much don’t exist anymore. The bad thing is that the movie is still rather. We bet you’ll think twice about answering any phone calls while watching the movie. The film also has a sequel – The Ring 2, which released in 2005. Think you can handle watching both movies back-to-back?
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
This underrated vampire Western from director Ana Lily Amirpour is a satisfying black-and-white film for anyone who loves cats, hates men who disrespects women, and has an ear for good music.
The Conjuring (2013)
This horror film by director James Wan provides typical haunting tricks that seems fresh and terrifying once again, and guaranteed to haunt you long after you turn the lights back on. Also check out its sequel – The Conjuring 2, which released in 2016.
Watching a serial killer torture strangers for almost 2 hours is another way to get into the Halloween spirit… right? A fan of such? Then do watch its sequel from 2005 – Saw II.
You can’t let Halloween pass by without watching this one and its sequels: Screen 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000) and Scream 4 (2011).
The Others (2001)
It’s hard to look away from Nicole Kidman’s powerhouse performance as Grace, a loving and religious mother who tries to protect her children from a photosensitivity disease that keeps them indoors.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The original Freddy Krueger film still gives a fright – decades later. If you really want a serious spook, have a marathon with all the sequels, including the 2010 remake.
A Quiet Place (2018)
In this gripping and clever monster movie, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt put their marriage to the test by starring side by side in this super-scary release where an entire family must live in silence.
Jordan Peele’s most recent thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss.
The Witches (1990)
This tale of a young boy who stumbles upon a gaggle of witches is still so popular that it’s getting a remake in 2020 which will star Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.
Whether you opt for the 1990 original or this movie, you’ll likely need to sleep with the lights on after a viewing of this terrorizing tale. And if this movie leaves you wanting more… the sequel – IT Chapter 2, hit cinemas in September and should probably be still screening at select cinemas across the region.
Family Halloween Flicks:
Based on the popular book, Coraline follows a young girl who accidentally finds herself in an eerie version of her own world.
Jack Black stars in the thrilling live-action version of R.L. Stine’s popular books. Kids and adults will love seeing their favorite Goosebumps monsters terrorize and trick a charming small town. Yikes! And while you are at it, also watch its 2018 sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.
Scooby -Doo (2002)
Who said Halloween movies can’t be light, fun and mysterious? Scooby-Doo – starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Linda Cardellini and Matthew Lillard combines comedy, a few thrills.
This legendary movie features three kooky college professors who lose their university jobs. Naturally, they opt for careers in the ghost-busting business, and they team up to de-haunt houses and save people from the supernatural. We dare you to watch this classic without singing “who ya gonna call!” The 2016 Ghostbusters stars an all-female cast which includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wig and Kate McKinnon – down right hilarious! Summer 2020 will also witness the release of yet another Ghostbusters movie… we can’t wait!
The Adams Family (1991)
Did anyone else wish they were part of the Addams family after watching this classic? Talk about one freakishly cool family!
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Monsters need vacations too, which is this premise behind this animated feature starring the voices of Adam Sandler as Count Dracula and Selena Gomez as his daughter, Mavis. While you are at it, also watch its sequels: Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
Monster House (2006)
The scariest house on the street has a mind of its own in this spirited adventure story.
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Eddie Murphy and his family take on the spooky residents of a neglected mansion in this Disney favorite that’s suitable for the whole family.
We ‘witch’ you a Happy Halloween!
Sources: Cosmopolitan, Country Living and Glamour
Summer is officially upon us!
As the temperature reaches fever pitch over the months ahead and outdoor activities become close to impossible, cinema offers an ideal escape from the heat. Cool down by sipping a cold soda or an icy slush, indulge in deliciously flavoured popcorn and watch some of the best content the industry has to offer.
Q1 2019 witnessed the release of a number of blockbusters – from M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller Glass, Bollywood’s first rap-based movie Gully Boy and a record-breaking comedy-adventure movie Total Dhamaal, to sci-fi blockbuster Alita: Battle Angel and Oscar winner Jordan Peele’s US.
No doubt those movies were big, but what lies ahead is even bigger!
At the start of Q2, we watched Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame sink the Titanic (1997) to gain the spot of being the second highest grossing movie of all-time. With the remaining months of Q2 and Q3 set to deliver an array of blockbusters – rom-coms, animation, horror, thriller, superhero sagas and much more, get ready to be blown away!
Here’s our compilation of must watch movies over Summer 2019:
Aladdin – Releasing on May 23rd 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Releasing on May 30th 2019
Ma – Releasing on May 30th 2019
The Hustle – Releasing on June 6th 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – Releasing on June 6th 2019
Dark Phoenix – Releasing on June 6th 2019
Bharat (Hindi) – Releasing on June 6th 2019
Rocketman – Releasing on June 13th 2019
Shaft – Releasing on June 13 2019
The Zoya Factor– Releasing on June 13th 2019
*Awaiting the release of the trailer
Toy Story 4 – Releasing on June 20 2019
Men in Black: International – Releasing on June 20th 2019
Yesterday – Releasing on June 27th 2019
Annabelle Comes Home – Releasing on June 27th 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home – Releasing on July 4th 2019
The Lion King – Releasing on July 18th 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – Releasing on August 1st 2019
Artemis Fowl – Releasing on August 8th 2019
Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Releasing on August 8th 2019
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Releasing on August 15th 2019
It: Chapter Two – Releasing on September 5th 2019
Please Note: Movie release dates are subject to change.
What does this mean for brands/advertisers?
Reach out to a larger and more captive audience – who rather be cooling down indoors over a movie.
Capitalize on re-targeting audiences as they re-visit cinemas to watch not one but multiple movies over summer – which also leads to greater brand recall.
Don’t miss out on giving your brand the best screen treatment it deserves this summer. Contact a member of the sales team for more information on cinema advertising opportunities.
All the movie trailers from Super Bowl 2019 including Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories and Avengers: Endgame
The 53rd staging of Super Bowl – one of the most-watched events on TV, took place on Sunday 3rd February 2019, and even though there weren’t as many big blockbusters teases this year, we still got looks at Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Wonder Park, Jordan Peele’s Us, and more.
Here are the trailers that aired during the big game and its pre-show:
Alita: Battle Angel (February 14, 2019)
Captain Marvel (March 7, 2019)
Wonder Park (March 14, 2019)
US (March, 2019)
Avengers: Endgame (April 25, 2019)
Toy Story 4 (June 20, 2019)
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (August, 2019)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (August, 2019)
Don’t miss out advertising your brand alongside these blockbusters – guaranteed to usher in large cinema audiences across the Middle East.