It’s the month of trick or treat but before you start your horror movie marathon, try these fun holiday vibe movies on for size. Escape into grand adventure, superhero action or wild video game hijinks – streaming on Showmax this October.
The Lost City (24 Oct)
Loretta Sage (Oscar winner Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant but reclusive author who has spent her career writing popular romance-adventure novels set in exotic locations. Alan (People’s Choice winner Channing Tatum) has dedicated his life to playing Dash, the hero character in her books.
Loretta is kidnapped while on tour to promote her new book by an eccentric billionaire (People’s Choice winner Daniel Radcliffe), who hopes she can lead him to the treasure of an ancient lost city from her latest story.
Alan sets out to save her, wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life as well as on the pages of her books. Thrown into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair must collaborate to survive the elements in order to find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.
Lost City is currently the world’s 18th biggest box office hit of 2022. At the 2022 MTV Movie + TV Awards, Radcliffe won Best Villain, while Bullock was nominated for Best Performance and Best Team, alongside Tatum and two-time Oscar winner Brad Pitt.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (27 Oct)
Sonic The Hedgehog 2, the world’s favorite blue hedgehog, returns for a next-level adventure. It is currently the ninth biggest box office hit of 2022 globally.
Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero after settling in Green Hills. Dr. Robotnik returns, this time accompanied by a new partner, Knuckles, in search of an emerald with the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and sets out on a global quest to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.
As Dr. Robotnik in the first film, Jim Carrey won the 2021 Critics Choice Super Award for Best Villain. Listen out for Idris Elba who joins the cast as Knuckles.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (27 Oct)
Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the seventh-biggest box office hit of 2021, finds Eddie Brock attempting to relaunch his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady. Eddie and his extraterrestrial companion have their hands full when another symbiote, Carnage, settles into Cletus.
Oscar nominees Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and Naomie Harris co-star in the film, which is directed by Andy Serkis, the king of performance capture (better known as King Kong, Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, and Caesar in Planet of the Apes).
“A sequel aimed squarely at fans of the original’s odd couple chemistry, Venom: Let There Be Carnage eagerly embraces the franchise’s sillier side,” critics agree on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Suicide Squad (Now Streaming)
What could go wrong if our only hope for saving the world is a gang of supervillains?
The Suicide Squad was nominated for four Critics Choice Super Awards in 2022, including Best Superhero Movie, Best Actor (John Cena as Peacemaker and Idris Elba as Bloodsport), and Best Actress (Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn).
Welcome to Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the United States of America. Where the worst Super-Villains are imprisoned and will go to any length to escape, including joining the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X on a search-and-destroy mission to the island of Corto Maltese.
On Rotten Tomatoes, The Suicide Squad has a 90% critics’ approval rating, with The Evening Standard calling it “an epic that’s as adorable as it is violent” in their five-star review.