There’s never enough good horror movies coming out in October, are there? October 2021 was fairly wide open and I anticipated “Halloween Kills” would steamroll through the month, easily bringing in $100 million domestically during it’s first 7 to 10 days. Well, I was a bit off on that. “Antlers,” on the other hand did provide a nice, creepy, indie horror alternative for fans of movies like “The Witch” (however, it should be noted that co-writer Nick Antosca also created the Netflix series “Brand New Cherry Flavor” and produced the USA/SyFy Channel “Chucky” series).
Let’s take a look back at the horror business since October and what’s still ahead in November.
“Halloween Kills” got off to a nice start, but poor reviews may have lead to its overall lackluster October performance. After an opening weekend of $49.4 million on the Oct 15-17 weekend, it only pulled in another $36.5 from Oct 18 through Halloween. It was still a winner for the studio (never a guarantee in this era of COVID) with a worldwide take of $127 million as of the writing of this article.
“Antlers” is the type of film that likely would’ve opened to limited release in normal times, but the lack of new titles out may have been what allowed the film to open on 2,800 screens, which pushed its per-screen average down. The indie nature of the film, combined with having to go up against the second weekend of “Dune” in theaters lead to a Halloween weekend opening of $4.2 million, on its way to a worldwide total of $13.7 million.
Also opening Halloween weekend a little under the radar was the poorly advertised “Last Night in Soho” from visionary writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim, Baby Driver), which has had an almost identical financial performance as “Antlers.”
From earlier October business, the CG Addams Family 2 has performed well, topping $100 million worldwide and though it opened way back in August, Candyman (2021) still lingered in quite a few screens through October. The well-reviewed film performed well in America with $61.1 million, but didn’t do much overseas with just $16.2 million internationally. Is this film about an urban legend in the Chicago projects end up being to uniquely American to be able to appeal to an international audience?
Of course, there was still a lot of action in the world of streaming, which is where Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin premiered on Paramount+ on October 29. Amazon Prime welcomed the release of Bingo Hell from the next generation of horror, filmmaker Gigi Saul Guerrero. I had the great opportunity to chat with Gigi at a couple Etheria Film Festival events and she recently sat down with the ISA for a Horror event. You can watch the full video at the link below (Note: this video will only be available until Dec 1):
Now, to look ahead to November! The month has started off slow, but will finish stronger. Below are the theatrical release dates for Horror films in November. As always, be safe & cautious out there!
Black Friday (limited release) – Store employees vs. zombie-like shoppers. Already sounds fun even before you know Bruce Campbell is in it!
The Feast (limited) – Super creepy sounding, suspenseful dinner party
Ghostbusters (very wide) – Yeah, you know it!
Encanto (very, very wide) – Disney, supernatural, possibly drawing from local Columbian folklore (if anyone has good insight on this and would like to write a guest post, the welcome may is out for you)
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (wide) – Newest installment of the horror video game adaptation. Is considered either an origin story or a reboot of the Resident Evil series