Okay, faithful readers. I need you all to chime and check in on this phenomena we’re experiencing this year. Around my house we’re not feeling what’s going on because I have the house overly decorated with scary shit and there’s always a horror film playing. But in the theaters there’s a distinct lack of horror films being released this Halloween season. What the hell is going on? And it’s not just a lack of theatrical releases. There’s a noticeable void of horror films and horror-themed films playing on cable as well. Last weekend I was surfing through our pay channels and the scariest thing on any of them (I get five pay channels free of charge due to U-Verse really screwing up our installation) was THE CABLE GUY with Jim Carey. If you’ve seen it you know how horrifying it is!!
The upcoming October 18, 2013 release of CARRIE is the only national theatrical release on the normally crowded season schedule. And what about the greatly timed pre-Halloween October 25, 2013 weekend? There’s NO HORROR RELEASES SCHEDULED for that weekend. What the fuck??
We’re still going to get some horror releases this month, but most of them will be limited releases and video-on-demand horror films. NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR opens this Friday in a very limited theatrical release and VOD platform; ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, a film made in 2006, is getting a very limited theatrical release on October 11, 2013; HAUNTER, starring Abigail Breslin, is getting a very limited released on October 18, 2013; and also on October 18, 2013 we’ll be getting BIG ASS SPIDERS, by Mike Mendez. Sure BIG ASS SPIDERS sounds fun, but it also sounds like a movie that would be right at home airing on the SyFy channel.
So why do you think we’re seeing a void in horror releases in the 2013 Halloween season? I have my thoughts but I wanna hear from you.