Summer is drawing to a hot, sticky close, leaving behind the waves of superhero-stuffed blockbusters, outrageous action flicks, and mind-bending indies. But do not lament! The coming of fall means the crisp crunch of fallen leaves, sweater weather, and a new slew of sensational cinema for genre fans.
SYFY FANGRRLS has scoured the release schedule for the coming autumn months, stretching from the last gasp of summer to the Thanksgiving holiday to uncover the titles most worthy of your anticipation. We've got creepy creatures, mysterious manors, paranormal predators, a deadly dance academy, our fave fantasy bae Peter Dinklage, and the return of Michael Myers.
The Little Stranger
"There's something evil in this house."
As a follow-up to his critically acclaimed drama Room, director Lenny Abrahamson has turned to horror, adapting Sarah Walters' haunting gothic novel. During the summer of 1947, a country doctor called Faraday (Star Wars' Domhnall Gleeson) becomes entangled in the affairs of the once esteemed Ayres family. Their fortunes have fallen. Their once handsome manor has turned to decay, and something strange stalks them through its sprawling halls. Can this man of science reason with the malevolent force to save the house's charming heiress (Luther's Ruth Wilson) before it's too late?
The Little Stranger opens August 31.
"Get away from my brother."
Directing duo Jonathan Baker and Josh Baker make their feature debut with an expansion of their celebrated short film "Bag Man." Kin centers on young Eli (Myles Truitt), a kid who stumbles across a mysterious, ultra high-tech weapon that becomes his key defense in protecting his older, ex-con brother (Sing Street's Jack Reynor) from a bevy of threats, including federal agents, some other-worldly soldiers, and a ruthless gangster played by a tatted-up James Franco. Mad Max: Fury Road's Zoë Kravitz and Dennis Quaid co-star.
Kin opens August 31.
"God ends here."
Spun off from The Conjuring movies, The Nun focuses on the sinister sister introduced in the totally chilly Conjuring 2. Before paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren tangled with the possessed Annabelle doll or tried to rid haunted houses of ghoulish ghosts, an angel-faced sister (Taissa Farmiga) and a mournful priest (Demián Bichir) confronted an unholy spirit. So begins a new chapter in terror and a new branch of this frightening franchise.
The Nun opens September 7.
"Predators don't just sit around making hats out of rib cages."
Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black resurrects the Predator franchise with a action-packed sequel that stars X-Men: Apocalypse's Olivia Munn, Logan's Boyd Holbrook, The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski, Deep Blue Sea's Thomas Jane, Black Panther's Sterling K. Brown, Game of Thrones' Alfie Allen, Moonlight's Trevante Rhodes, and Keanu's Keegan-Michael Key. Once "the ultimate predator" turns up in the backwoods of Georgia, it's up to a frustrated science teacher and a rowdy band of ex-soldiers to save mankind from utter annihilation.
The Predator opens September 14.
"The better you are at science fair, the worse you are at dancing."
After winning rave reviews out of Sundance and SXSW, Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster's crowd-pleasing documentary is rolling out a theatrical release, beginning in New York and picking up steam as the school year gets rolling. Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the world as they prepare to compete in prestigious and fiercely challenging International Science and Engineering Fair. They come from different backgrounds and face different obstacles, but all share one goal: to win Best in Fair.
Science Fair opens in limited release September 14, expansion to follow.
I Think We're Alone Now
"It felt lonely when it was me and 1600 other people in this town."
Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage stars as a reclusive misanthrope who finds a grim pleasure in the solitude of being the lone survivor of the apocalypse. But everything changes once Grace (Super 8's Elle Fanning) shows up. You had us at Dinklage. The post-apocalyptic premise and Fanning are gravy. That this sci-fi drama is directed by The Handmaid's Tale's Emmy-winning helmer Reed Morano? That's just… is double gravy a thing?
I Think We're Alone Now opens September 21.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
"Do you know what a warlock is?"
Director Eli Roth made his name with gruesome films like Cabin Fever and Hostel. Now, he wants to bring the exhilaration of scary movies to the next generation of horror fans with his adaption of John Bellairs' spooky gothic-horror children's novel. The House with a Clock in Its Walls centers a young orphan whose eccentric uncle owns a house filled with wonders, monsters, magic, and possibly the power to end the world as we know it! Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle MacLachlan join forces to bring some frightful panache to this family-friendly fantasy.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls opens September 21.
Bad Times At The El Royale
"The El Royale: No place for a priest."
As a tantalizing follow-up to the wild and frightening Cabin In the Woods, writer/director Drew Goddard reteams with Chris Hemsworth for a steamy horror-thriller filled with mystery and menace. Seven strangers converge upon the titular hotel, seeking to bury secrets and gamble on redemption. But they're in for one hell of a night. Co-starring with an alluringly mustachioed and shirtless Hemsworth are Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, and The Good Place's Manny Jacinto.
Bad Times At The El Royale opens October 5.
"You know I prayed every night that he would escape…so that I could kill him."
Set 40 years after the original Halloween, this highly anticipated horror film promises the final confrontation between the genre-defining Final Girl and the iconic masked-murderer Michael Myers. Forget that smattering of subpar sequels. Jamie Lee Curtis is back and badass as Laurie Strode. And horror auteur John Carpenter serves as executive producer, teaming with Blumhouse Productions, screenwriter Danny McBride, and director David Gordon Green to bring a modern edge to the classic slasher.
Halloween opens October 19.
Director Luca Guadagnino had us swooning over his rapturous romance Call Me By Your Name. Now, he wants to make our stomachs churn, our hearts race, and our spines tingle with a daring adaptation of Dario Argento's iconic and witchy classic, Suspiria. In Guadagnino's remake, Dakota Johnson stars as an American dancer who risks everything to join the esteemed Markos Dance Academy in Berlin. But behind the beguiling smiles of instructor Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton) lurk terrible secrets and unspeakable horrors.
Suspiria opens November 2.