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Daily Archives: October 1, 2017

‘It’, ‘Kingsman’, ‘American Made’ battle for the top spot at the box office

Apologies for the late wrap-up report. I was at Hamilton Comic Con today with my Little Princess, where we got to meet Ernie Hudson aka Winston Zedmore of Ghostbusters fame. I’m going to eschew analysis this week, because it’s be a long day.

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In a tight race for first place, it’s estimated that It has come out on top with $17.3 million. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is right behind it in second with $17 million, while Tom Cruise’s American Made is in third with an estimated $16.85 million, a low haul for a Cruise film that critics actually enjoyed quite a bit. The race between the three films could change when the actuals are out on Monday.

As for the rest of the top five, The LEGO Ninjago Movie was in fourth place with $12 million, while the 0% fresh Flatliners bombed big time at the box office, landing in fifth place with $6.7 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) It – $17 million
2) Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $16.5 million
3) American Made – $15 million
4) The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $10 million
5) Flatliners – $8 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) It – $17.3 million
2) Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $17 million
3) American Made – $16.85 million
4) The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $12million
5) Flatliners – $6.7 million

Next weekend sees the release of Blade Runner 2049. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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31 Days of Horror: 7 Essential Halloween Specials You MUST WATCH This Year

Every October I do my best to hunker down and revisit some of my favorite Halloween specials as the month progresses. These Halloween specials are SO ESSENTIAL that to miss out on them could spoil the season entirely. Now say my name three times into a dark bathroom mirror and the list will appear after the jump!

Now, I know this list promised seven Halloween specials but October is a long month; if I’m being honest you could binge the entirety of this list in an afternoon. That being said, I have a couple of shows that can be used to pad things out a bit.

HONORABLE MENTION: The X-Files

As near as I can recall there never was a proper Halloween episode of the show that kept me home on either Friday or Sunday nights from 1993 to 2002. There was one episode (Season 1: “Ghost in the Machine”) that took place on Halloween and it wasn’t even the central plot point. But for Mulder and Scully every day was Halloween, right? There are a myriad of X-Files episodes you can watch that make for prime October viewing (Just nothing past season 7, okay?).

HALL OF FAME: The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror

Another staple of the season, “Treehouse of Horror” had to be included just by sheer volume alone. But which to choose? Even if you “haven’t watched since 1999” the show still churns out Halloween specials that are decent by even the most exacting standards (I will probably regret writing that). I’m sure if they were all averaged out you would come up with a “B” average and that’s not bad for a show that’s been around since time immemorial.

Now on to the list…

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The week in horror: 31 Days of Horror returns, The Mummy video game + more

A Biff Bam Pop tradition returns, a busy week for Stephen King, and lots more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

Biff Bam Pop! announces the return of 31 Days of Horror

As is our custom every October, today Biff Bam Pop! is proud to launch the 2017 edition of 31 Days of Horror. Over the course of the month, we’ll have features on great horror films, books, music and much more, as we celebrate the season of screams. Look for guests along with the awesome roster of genre lovers of BBP recommending and reminiscing about their favourite frights via 31 Days of Horror.

Gerald’s Game debuts on Netflix

This past Friday saw the Netflix debut of Gerald’s Game, the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel from director Mike Flanagan. The film has received rave reviews across the board, currently sitting at 89% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, with King himself saying Gerald’s Game is “hypnotic, horrifying and terrific.“

Stephen King and Owen King release Sleeeping Beauties

It was a busy week for King, as this past Tuesday saw the release of Sleeping Beauties, a collaboration with his son Owen King. The Kings are currently on a book tour that brings them to Toronto’s Koerner Hall this Thursday for a sold-out speaking engagement. Sleeping Beauties takes place in the Appalachian town of Dooling, as women there, and around the world, of all ages are falling asleep after being encased in cocoons. The book is published by Simon and Schuster.

Trailer for Polaroid drops

A trailer for the upcoming film Polaroid was released this week:

From the producers of the The Ring and The Grudge and based on the award-winning short by Lars Klevberg, comes the next iconic and bold new vision in horror: Polaroid. High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

Polaroid stars Mitch Pileggi, Kathryn Prescott, Grace Zabriskie and Madeleine Petsch, and will be out December 1st.

The Mummy gets a 16-bit video game

Well, nobody was asking for it, but later this year Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Steam users are getting a 16-but game based on The Mummy. It’s doubtful you’ll see a Tom Cruise likeness in this one. According to the log line:

A powerful ancient evil has arisen, and the war to save humanity has begun! The Mummy Demastered throws you into a 16-bit-inspired battle against the undead in a 2D, nonlinear, action-packed adventure. As an elite agent in the monster-hunting Prodigium organization, you must use a variety of weapons, upgrades, and mysterious artifacts to defend mankind against the supernatural hordes of Princess Ahmanet.

Your Prodigium unit is already on the scene, but HQ lost contact with them hours ago. Only by exploring tombs, forests, abandoned tunnels, and the cursed streets of London will you discover the fate of your allies. But beware – Ahmanet commands legions of undead, insects, plague-ridden vermin, and worse! If you’re not careful, you’ll be the next soul in her army.

 

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