September’s arrival means two things. First, that school is back in season, which means a return to old routines, much-appreciated cooler weather, and a fresh round of illnesses. (Yay for daycare, ugh!) Secondly, it means we’re officially less than a month away from 31 days of celebrating Halloween!
The best part about Halloween becoming more and more of an event is that we get a ton of scary movies around this time of year, and September really ramps up the horror movie releases. As a fan, I love seeing what movies are released, especially if the September horror movies are buzzy or promising. However, it’s not always great seeing the not-so-good offerings.
And while I’m a little late with the post (see the aforementioned daycare illnesses, boooo), September is off to a roaring start. That’s mostly due to It: Chapter Two, which is clearly the star of September horror (read my recap of the first half of It here).
Rounding out the strong September horror releases are Extra Ordinary and Bliss. Both these films are fresh off the festival circuit – Extra Ordinary was one of my favorite films from SXSW 2019, and Bliss has garnered rave reviews from festivals like London’s Frightfest. Villains and Candy Corn both seem like BONKERS horror movies that might actually be loads of fun. Satanic Panic might also be a worthwhile watch, being the second horror-comedy in a month (like Ready or Not) to link rich people staying rich with satanic worship. If that doesn’t say something about current attitudes in our society right now, I don’t know what does.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of unimpressive trailers this month, which is disappointing because a lot of these films are also from the festival circuit. Freaks (TIFF), Corporate Animals (Sundance), Bloodline (Fantastic Fest), Prey, and Buckout Road seem like movies to try to watch for free (but legally!). Polaroid is September’s official cheesy teen-horror movie that’s been dumped because no one is checking for it.
Depraved, a loose adaptation of Frankenstein, seems to be winning lots of praise, despite its trailer’s commitment to cliché plot points and mediocre acting. (I’m super fucking picky when it comes to Frankenstein adaptations, so you’ll have to forgive me for my skepticism.) Eli Roth’s latest production, Haunt, is giving me major “Saw, but in a haunted house” vibes, so feel free to skip it.
And then there’s Rob Zombie’s most recent installment in his series about Captain Spalding and his Firefly family of raving, murdering psychopaths. Personally, I’m not a fan of Rob Zombie’s films because I find them self-indulgent, shallow imitations of far better movies, but some people really love him, so…take my opinion for what it is. An opinion.
Check out all these September horror trailers below!
It: Chapter Two
“Defeated by members of the Losers’ Club, the evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to terrorize the town of Derry, Maine, once again. Now adults, the childhood friends have long since gone their separate ways. But when people start disappearing, Mike Hanlon calls the others home for one final stand. Damaged by scars from the past, the united Losers must conquer their deepest fears to destroy the shape-shifting Pennywise — now more powerful than ever.”
Satanic Panic (VOD)
“Sam’s first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact.”
“A disillusioned field surgeon who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft.”
“Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world. It’s a place where Abnormals are a constant threat — or so she believes. But when a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening, Chloe soon learns that the truth isn’t so simple — but the danger is very real.”
“On Halloween, a group of friends encounters an extreme haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.”
“High school loner Bird Fitcher finds a vintage Polaroid camera that holds dark and mysterious secrets. She soon realizes that those who get their picture taken by it meet a tragic and untimely death.”
Candy Corn (VOD)(Blu-ray)
“It’s Halloween weekend, and a group of bullies is planning their annual hazing on local outcast Jacob Atkins. When they take things too far, he’s resurrected to seek revenge against those who wronged him.”
3 From Hell
“Crazed killers Baby Firefly, Captain Spaulding and Otis Driftwood unleash bloody mayhem after escaping from prison.”
“An egotistical megalomaniac CEO leads her staff on a corporate team-building trip that involves a weekend of caving in New Mexico. When they become trapped underground after a cave-in, the group must pull together to survive.”
“Haunted by dark memories of childhood abuse, Evan, a social worker and first-time dad, struggles to keep his need for revenge in check.”
“Mickey and Jules are lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car dies after a gas station robbery, they break into a nearby house looking for a new set of wheels. What they find instead is a dark secret, and a sweet-as-pie pair of homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out.”
“A woman who has supernatural abilities must save a possessed girl. Though driving instructor Rose has a love-hate relationship with her abilities, she decides to help Martin and his daughter Sarah.”
“To help rehabilitate a high school senior for behavioral issues, he is placed on an uninhabited island, but soon finds he is not alone. Being discovered could prove deadly.”
“A hard-partying artist develops an insatiable craving for blood.”
The Curse of Buckout Road (VOD)
“A young film crew is lured to a place where grisly murders occurred years ago.”
What September horror releases are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!