Doctor Sleep, based on Stephen King’s book of the same name, is a sequel to The Shining (in the movie’s case, the 1980 film version). A now-grown Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has become a distraught alcoholic. He still sees his old friend Dick Halloran (now played by Carl Lumbly) from time to time, in the form of “shining” (the ability to communicate using one’s mind) from the afterlife. After a man named Billy Freeman (Cliff Curtis) meets him and takes him in, Dan joins AA and begins to repair his life. Soon, however, Dan discovers a girl (Kyliegh Curran) who can shine more powerfully than anyone he, or the evil psychic superhumans hunting her (led by Rebecca Ferguson), have ever experienced, and Dan feels the need to protect her from them.
The Lighthouse is the latest film from Robert Eggers, director of the truly superb The Witch. Two lighthouse keepers in New England (Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe) start out rather hostile toward each other, but eventually start to become friends. However, both men seem to be harboring dark secrets, and the more stir crazy they get, the more curious they grow about each other’s pasts.
Directed by Fred Durst, of all people, The Fanatic is a stalker flick about a guy named Moose (John Travolta) who idolizes an actor named Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa). After just barely missing his chance to get Dunbar’s autograph, Moose approaches him in the alleyway as he is leaving. When Dunbar understandably tells him off, it only makes Moose even more obsessed with him, and that obsession soon begins to spill over into Hunter’s personal life.
Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell is the completion of his slasher trilogy about the Firefly family, preceded by 2003s House of 1000 Corpses and 2005s The Devil’s Rejects. After miraculously surviving a shootout with the police, Baby Firefly (Sherri Moon Zombie), Otis “Driftwood” Firefly (Bill Mosley), and Captain Spaulding (the, as of recently, late Sid Haig) are all put on death row. But following a bloody prison break, assisted by a new member of the Firefly clan, their half-brother Winslow Foxworth Coltrane, AKA “the Midnight Wolf-Man” (Richard Brake), the titular killers attempt to make a break for Mexico.
It: Chapter Two picks up 27 years after the first film left off (with intermittent flashbacks thrown in). When Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård) resurfaces after a twenty seven-year sleep, Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa), who chose to remain in their hometown of Derry, must reunite the Losers Club: Bill (James Macavoy), Richie (Bill Hader), Eddie (James Ransone), Ben (Jay Ryan), Stanley (Andy Bean), and Beverly (Jessica Chastain). Together, they’ll have to finish what they started all those years ago to defeat Pennywise for good.
The Banana Splits Movie is a horror movie based on the kids’ show of the same name from Hanna-Barbera/Sid and Marty Krofft. In this version, however, they’re not quite as cute and cuddly. A little boy named Harley (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) is obsessed with the Banana Splits, a quartet of goofy, lovable animatronic characters who play songs and games on their TV show. When Harley gets to go to a taping of the show for his birthday, he is absolutely overjoyed. But when the show’s cast and crew are told that the show is being canned, and that this taping will be the last episode, the Splits don’t take it very well, and Harley, his mother (Dani Kind), his older brother (Romeo Carere), his douchebag stepfather (Steve Lund), his reluctant plus-one, Zoe (Maria Nash), and the rest of the studio audience end up in the path of the Splits’ murderous rage.