Horror Takes Hold of the Stars



“When witches go riding, & black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, Tis near Halloween.” Unknown
The closer we get to Halloween, the creepier it gets around here. Halloween (the horror movie not the holiday) took us on one frightening trip back in time, catapulting us into the petrifying present (no ominous black cat required). Does Michael Myers have what it takes to hold our horror attention this weekend? Will the nightmare-inspiring Suspiria contain the stuff (movie) dreams are made of, highlighting The Fog soon to roll in, or will a little more Venom be all we need to satisfy our dark cinematic desires? Perhaps Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will be the most desirable locale this weekend, offering a more imaginative, less creepy, place to visit.
Maybe A Star is Born is what we need to fill our movie nights with magic instead of malevolence. No worries about all the wickedness which surrounds our story days, though, since the Hunter Killer is soon to arrive, with a strange assist from Johnny English Strikes Again, each promising to protect us from all the evilness occurring from pre-Mid90s and beyond (in their own unique way).
Then there’s the kindness and courage found within the First Man. With the moon casting the ultimate backdrop, will his star be the last to shine?
Scary or starry? I just can’t decide which film to see first! Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Halloween Heads Home


Halloween, the sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, arrived in classic-horror style, horrifying its way to the top of the box office charts (audiences were apparently too scared to deny Michael Myers his deadly due), dimming the light emanating from A Star is Born, who stood strong despite the scare-fest currently occurring in our starry universe while knocking Venom off of its anti-hero pedestal. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween offered a sweet respite from the scariness as the First Man, being a first-class gentleman, counted his lucky stars.
Our stars counted on the pleasure of our company this weekend, where we were offered the most surreal connections, a horror “legend” battled alongside Gaga and Gosling while Harding and all-things Halloween went head-to-head.
Which of our stars made the greatest connection with you this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Halloween $77.5 million.
2. A Star is Born $19.3 million.
3. Venom $18.1 million.
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween $9.7 million.
5. First Man $8.6 million.

Halloween’s Happy Horrors



With All Hallows’ Eve on the horizon, and an eerie darkness filling the air, does anyone have a chance against the latest and possibly most lethal version of Halloween, not to mention Michael Meyers, who promises to slaughter everyone who dares darken his deadly door, including Venom, who we know doesn’t scare easily? Might A Star is Born light the way to safer cinematic terrain, where a troubled but Beautiful Boy can heal without all that ugliness, the First Man can tell tales of a different kind of stars and Smallfoot can remind us that even the littlest among us can inspire the biggest dreams?
Can good dreams (i.e. profits) be realized out of all those entertainingly Bad Times at El Royale?
During these imaginatively evil times, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (or anyone) for missing out on all the fun, both sinister and sweet this weekend?


Venom Remains the Victor


Venom was still poisoning the rest of the competition, keeping them far from his wicked-but-winning limelight. A Star is Born for the Big Screen, apparently, casting one tuneful light throughout our cinematic skies. Lighting the rest of the way, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween darkened our path in-a-PG-kind-of-way, making for a nice place to visit pre-Halloween. The First Man was first rate while Smallfoot, clearly first in his class, was happy to still be playing among those big stars.
The moon and the stars were out in full display this weekend, things that go bump in the night offered a creative place to crash, an alter-ego provided us with a poisonous but profitable personality and humanity found a home in the animated universe, all within our home-away-from-home movie theaters.
Which of our colorful tales made you feel at home this weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Venom $35.7 million.
2. A Star is Born $28 million.
3. First Man $16.5 million.
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween $16.2 million.
5. Smallfoot $9.3 million.

Goosebumps Gets Ready to Meet the Stars



As we get closer to Halloween, will those Venom(ous) spirits consume our movie nights or will a family-friendly tale create Goosebumps (2): (where a) Haunted Halloween promises a spooky good time? Can Smallfoot, quite clearly a G-rated gem, take an even bigger leap thanks to the littlest moviegoers? Might we happily stay in the sweet present moment (horror aside) within A House With a Clock in its Walls or will we bypass all that cuteness to attend “class” at Night School, hoping to learn the biggest lessons (any time of day or night?) Moving forward, will Bad Times at the El Royale spell good times within our neighborhood movie theaters?
Casting her own spell, perhaps A Star is Born, being the wise-but-troubled star she is, can counsel an also-troubled but Beautiful Boy, whose struggles outweigh the lofty goals of the First Man in space. How high will he soar this weekend? Still flying high in our strange, sparkling space, the stars requesting A Simple Favor, not fooling anyone by their misleading title, promise to complicate things even more.
I simply can’t wait for the weekend!

Venom Crushes the Stars


Antiheroes abound in our Reel World, typically shoving their competition, in the most heroic of ways, out of their exclusive limelight. This week was no exception, when Venom arrived, with all his Marvel malice, breaking box-office records while clobbering his less-marvelous competitors. More musical than malicious, Hollywood remade a remake, resulting in A Star is Born (after apparently being reborn…try to keep up). Smallfoot remained big among the littlest stargazers. Audiences were still learning life lessons within the Night School “classroom.” The House With a Clock in its Walls kept us happily in the present moment.
Presently speaking, Marvel(ous) Stars came in all shapes and (sometimes scary) sizes this weekend, making our cinematic time priceless (but profitable by Hollywood studio standards).
Which of our priceless tales brought value to your weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Venom $80 million.
2. A Star is Born $41.3 million.
3. Smallfoot $14.9 million
4. Night School $12.3 on.
5. The House With a Clock in its Walls $7.3 million.

The Stars Among Us



Halloween and all it inspires has certainly motivated much in the movies playing out these days in Hollywood. The Predator and The Nun have found common ground, reveling in the Hell Fest currently being featured. Sure to fit right in, Venom, with all of his Marvel-made personalities, promises to be the freaky character to beat this weekend. Will his sense of self take a beating?
The House With a Clock in its Walls clearly knows what time of year it is but rebelliously promises to be way more wholesome than hellish. Then there’s A Simple Favor still providing a bit of trouble-free (for us, anyway) mystery at the request of many. Fortunately, class is in session within that crowded Night School, sure to make us even wiser, helping us solve any cinematic mystery coming our way.
Mystery to no one, Smallfoot is taking big steps among the big boys. Will he corner the market among the minors? What about The Happy Prince? Will he discover true happiness at the box office?
Of course, if A Star is Born this weekend, it may be courtesy of a classic tale filled with your typical fame and misfortune.
How fortunate are we to get to play a part in all of that?