Gore or Less

By David Moye

With Halloween looming at the end of the month, filmmakers have long used October as a way to scare up loot with horror movies.
This year is no exception: seven films set for release in October will give horror fans a frightening time deciding which to see. This guide should ease those fears, helping prioritize which creature features to watch in the theater and which to save for TV.

10/5: "Sinister"

Ethan Hawke is a true-crime novelist who, through found video footage, learns about a murder that occurred in his new home and is attracting a supernatural entity. Hey, it's better than a foreclosure. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star Vincent D'Onofrio plays a scenery-chewing professor, while former Senator Fred Thompson plays a sheriff who probably doesn't believe Hawke's discoveries, because that would shorten the movie. Directed by Scott Derrickson ("The Day The Earth Stood Still").

10/5: "V/H/S"

Like "Sinister," video footage plays an important role in "V/H/S," which tells the tale of thugs hired to rob a deserted house and acquire a rare VHS tape. The film is comprised of short clips that may or may not be what the person who hired the thugs is actually searching for. "V/H/S" got decent reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, but the film would have been better it had been called "Beta" or "Laserdisc" or "Viewmaster." Calvin Reeder and Lane Hughes star in the movie directed by indie filmmakers Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg and a quartet known as Radio Silence.

10/19: "Paranormal Activity 4"

The fourth film in this popular series is actually a direct sequel to the second movie, which ended with the Katie character kidnapping the little boy named Hunter.
Now named Robbie, the boy and his fake mom have moved into a new house and, as might be expected from the title, start experiencing paranormal events in their home.
Katie Featherston reprises her role as "Katie." Ariel Schulman, who directed "Paranormal Activity 3," returns for this film.

10/19: "The ABCs Of Death"

This film is actually 26 short films by 26 filmmakers from around the world, each focused on bringing horror to a different letter of the alphabet.
Haven't seen the movie, but if I had to choose the best letters to describe it, based on the concept, I'd it sounds A Bit Contrived and will likely to lead to lots of ZZZZZZZZs.

With Halloween looming at the end of the month, filmmakers have long used October as a way to scare up loot with horror movies.
This year is no exception: seven films set for release in October will give horror fans a frightening time deciding which to see. This guide should ease those fears, helping prioritize which creature features to watch in the theater and which to save for TV.

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