Upcoming Halloween movies

Theaters up the fear factor with October’s new films


TJ Eagle, Author

With the Halloween season coming along fast, thrillseekers are eagerly awaiting new horror movies that will send shivers down their spine. Fear fanatics will be freaked over the upcoming releases in October when theatres will be taking a blast to the past to remember classic horror with Dementia 13, a remake of the 1963 film of the same name; Leatherface, the new segment to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series; and Jigsaw, the eighth installment in the Saw series.

Jigsaw will be a happy surprise for Saw fans as the last segment, Saw VII, was released in 2010. Saw VII was originally planned by producers to be the last title in the series but after feedback that the finale had just created more questions, several years of planning led to the return of Saw with a promise of long awaited answers. Directors Peter and Michael Spierig also promised a new take on the traps Saw is known for.

“We’ve got some pretty wild traps in the film — we don’t shy away from the gore. It’s such a perfect Halloween scarefest,” said Michael Spierig in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s perhaps not quite as vicious, which is something we tried to inject into it, but it’s still full of good fun gore, that’s for sure. And, on top of that, it’s got a really great mystery, and there’s very interesting twists. It’s Saw for 2017.”

The new Saw film will release on October 27 and has been hinted to feature Tobin Bell returning to play the iconic role of Jigsaw.

For those who just cannot wait that long for their slasher flick fix then this Friday the 13 may suffice with Happy Death Day. The film centers on Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman who is celebrating her birthday at a college party when she is murdered by a masked figure. She reawakens after her death to relive the day over and over again, dying in different brutal ways by the hand of the same killer. She realizes that to survive and live the rest of her life she must figure out the identity of her murderer.

In the meantime, moviegoers can get a taste of what is to come with IT, which was released on September 8. IT is a film adaptation of the 1986 Stephen King novel “IT” starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Bobcats who saw IT described the movie as a gruesome psychological horror. BHS senior Erin Stephens, who saw IT in theatres twice, said “I liked it. I thought it was scary in a freakish way – I was cringing the whole time.” She then demonstrated how she hid behind her hands in fear during the film.

Another senior at BHS, Devin Thistle, agreed by saying “IT really freaked me out. The movie messes with your head.”

Both students remarked that the movie far exceeded their expectations, partly because the premise of a clown terrorizing children did not frighten them until they saw how it was executed.

Hopefully the other releases in the Halloween season will be just as horrifically good.


Collis, Clark. “’Jigsaw’ First Look: Directors Tease Next Installment in ‘Saw’ Saga.” EW.com, Time Inc, 13 July 2017, ew.com/movies/2017/07/13/jigsaw-first-look-saw/.