Fall is upon us and, unlike some genres of film, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies thankfully don’t see much of a change in frequency between the seasons. That means even as we enter into awards season and the big prestige dramas angle for Oscars, audiences still get films like The Predator, Venom, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But which upcoming films are fans most excited about? Fandango has the answers.
The company surveyed moviegoers and found out a few details about their most anticipated fall releases. Some may seem a bit contradictory, but these answers can be used to identify what about particular movies excites fans most.
As far as general film fervor goes, nothing topped Fantastic Beasts 2. The next entry in the Harry Potter-verse overcame casting controversy in its insistence that the abuse-accused Johnny Depp play the titular villain to keep the franchise buzz alive, beating out both Venom and the Disney sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet — both of which made the top five. But Fantastic Beasts 2 seems to be solely riding on the strength of its brand, since Tom Hardy — star of the unproven Venom — beat out Eddie Redmayne in the most anticipated actor category.
Actresses, however, are heading some exciting genre films on the strength of their casting. The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Cate Blanchett led over Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to Halloween, with Keira Knightley and Claire Foy trailing behind with their exciting autumn slates. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and astronaut biopic First Man are in audiences' minds with those actresses first, respectively.
Fall is also the time of Halloween (not just the franchise), which means horror films. And the list of most-anticipated horror illustrates just how strong the year’s slate is, even if some included (The Predator?) don’t seem to fit the category. Top dog Halloween beat out The Predator, which led over the Conjuring-verse entry The Nun, the Suspiria remake, and the mysterious Overlord. The two returning franchises are collecting lots of buzz, but thankfully all the movies yet to hit theaters are so different that audiences have plenty to choose from for their spooky fixes.