October is going to be a great month! There’s so much happening in the genre world that there’s no excuse for staying at home. From running with zombies and watching Ghostbusters to book launches and World Fantasy Con, we’ve got you covered!
From its conception as a spoof trailer in Grindhouse, I’ve loved Machete. I have high hopes for Machete Kills – only Robert Rodriguez can pull off this level of absurd! Danny Trejo is back as Machete Cortez along with an insane cast. Charlie Sheen plays the President of the United States, Mel Gibson’s a deranged billionaire and there are too many kick ass woman to count. Trailer HERE!
Release date: 11 October
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba all in the same movie? YES PLEASE! I was pleasantly surprised with the first Thor movie. I loved the tongue in cheek take on the comic. Who knew Thor was so funny? And the science fiction take on Asgard is awesome. The visual team did a great job making a rainbow bridge look cool. Trailer HERE!
Release dates: 30 October (international); 8 November (USA)
Future Cinema – Ghostbusters
Future Cinema is back with a Ghostbusters theme just in time for Halloween. For those who aren’t familiar with Future Cinema they regularly put on live cinema experiences and this time its Ghostbusters at The Troxy. Originally opened as a grand cinema in 1933, The Troxy’s been restored to its former glory in East London and is a great location to watch any film (its built to hold an audience of 3520 people. This isn’t the first time Future Cinema has hosted an event at The Troxy. Last year they put on Bugsy Malone which ended with the audience re-enacting the epic splurge-filled finale with foam pies on paper plates! Not many details have been announced yet but if their previous events are anything to go by – It’s going to be awesome. For more info…
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(we’re all excited about these so thought we’d share the credit!)
Brighton, 31 October to 3 November
I hope you all got your tickets because there are no more for sale and the transfer period has been closed! This is only the third time the event has been held outside the United States so it’s going to be HUGE! Although China Mieville is no longer Master of Ceremonies, they have come back strong with Sir Terry Pratchett now appearing as a very special guest. We’re still waiting on the programme to be released, but it’s going to be great! With publishers, agents and authors from all around the world flying in. Events will include Kaffeeklatsches with publishers and authors, the GEMMELL AWARDS as well as the banquet where the World Fantasy Award winner will be announced. More info…
If you’ve never taken part in a zombie run then you should definitely check this out. Run around London with your friends being chased by zombies and finish the evening off at a special event with a bar and music where you can celebrate your survival, or toast fallen comrades! You can volunteer as well, which means you get to go to Zombie School and get free access. All you have to do is be one of the zombies during the event! More info…
The Kitschies present…Secret Histories
The Kitschies (responsible for one of the coolest and respected awards in genre) are hosting a talk with Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, Declare, Hide Me Among the Graves), Kate Griffin (A Madness of Angels, Stray Souls, The Glass God) and Lavie Tidhar (Osama, The Violent Century). You can get tickets here.
The Book of the Dead launch
Another anthology from Jurassic London, the same people responsible for The Kitschies, and most recently, the amazing anthology The Lowest Heaven. Their anthologies are always works of art and full of some of the best fiction by great authors. The Book of the Dead includes short stories from Paul Cornell, Lou Morgan, Adam Roberts and Den Patrick and is being produced in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society. If you can, definitely get your hands on one of their limited editions. Only 100 numbered copies will be produced. Paperback and hardback editions will also be available.
The trailers of this film have been making huge waves over the last few months. From Alfonso Cuarón, who directed both Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkhaban and Children of Men, this looks to be an amazing film about a pair of astronauts (George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) trying to survive after their space shuttle is damaged. The footage looks incredible and we can’t wait to watch it! Be prepared for some serious vertigo and new reason to be scared of heights! Trailer HERE!
Release date: 4 October
Ender’s Game exclusive panel hosted by MCM London Comic Con
JforJetpack is incredibly excited to be attending this panel with stars and filmmakers on 7 October! Guests include Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Gavin Hood (writer/director) as well as the producers.
Which leads us into…
We’re always looking for a good SF film, and hopefully this one delivers. The book deals with some very dark issues and hopefully the film won’t shy away from including them. It doesn’t look like Valentine or Peter will be making an appearance, which takes away a rather huge plot thread and motivation for Ender, and is rather focusing on the shiny space battles, but it’s good to see Harrison Ford back in space and gruff as ever as Graff! (sorry, had to) Trailer HERE!
Release dates: 25 October (UK & Ireland)
…and MCM London Comic Con (25th to 27th October)
This will be happening at the Royal Victoria Dock and you can get your tickets here. Some of the highlights and special guests will be: Thomas Jane (The Punisher, The Mist), actors from Warehouse 13 and Under the Dome, James Cosmos (Jeor Mormont from Game of Thrones) with tons of events, memorabilia and other fans to geek out with! For more info…
So much happening in October! Make sure you check out some of these events…we’ll see you there!