7 pop culture delights to look forward to in October

Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

1. Frankenstein (October 1)— Sherlock director Paul McGuigan helms a retelling of this horror classic starring Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay (aka Harry Potter, Professor X and Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey). Also look out for Dr. Who and Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss and Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance.

2. Cosplay Mania (October 3 and 4)—If you can’t wait until Halloween, or if you are a cosplayer who has waited for this years biggest local event devoted to cosplay—Cosplay Mania at the SMX is only one week away. Fan favorite Kaname returns while Japan based Australian wrestler Ladybeard makes his debut. Visit www.cosplaymania.com for more event details.

3. Pan (October 8)—Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller star in this “origin story” written by Jason Fuchs (who will also be writing the Wonder Woman movie) and directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice). What does Jackman’s Blackbeard have to do with Peter and who was Captain Hook before he became a pirate?

4. The Walking Dead Season 6 (October 12)—Are you ready? Effects master Greg Nicotero directs the first episode and it clocks in at 90 minutes. That should make the fans happy. The safety of their current sanctuary—the village of Alexandria (with it’s suburban homes, Carol’s cookies and town hall meetings) is clearly under threat. Could the infamous ‘Wolves’ finally be knocking on their door?

Oh, and welcome back, Morgan.

5. Crimson Peak (October 14)— Maestro Guillermo del Toro directs this much-awaited tale of a haunted house in the mountains of north England and the dark secrets within set to doom the newly married life of Thomas Sharpe (geek girl darling Tom “Loki” Hiddleston) and Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska). Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam co-star.

6. Black Mass (October 21)— Johnny Depp fans are waiting for this one. For the most part, it seems the last great performance they seen from him was in 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Word is, Black Mass directed by Scott Cooper finally showcases once again, Depp’s talent as an actor. Also starring in this film on the life of Irish-American gangster Whitey Bulger are: Benedict Cumberbatch, new powerhouse Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll and Peter Sarsgaard.

7. Halloween (October 31)— For some of us, it’s considered Christmas, and as far as holidays are concerned, it’s the highlight of the year. Free candy and costumes, scary movie marathons, or just vegetating in your room reflecting on the departed—it’s all good. No “forced” giving, extra traffic or extra expenses.


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