October has long been associated with Halloween and horror films, but that doesn’t mean that the season is entirely devoid of quality sci-fi entertainment. In fact there are a number of great science fiction movies currently scheduled for theatrical release this upcoming October. What follows is a list of some of the more notable entries in the genre that Pittsburgh genre fans can catch in theaters over upcoming four weeks.
“Frankenweenie” – Scheduled for a wide release on Oct. 5, this feature looks to be a safe bet for genre film fans both young and old. The film is a black and white 3-D stop-motion animated fantasy helmed by director Tim Burton. “Frankenweenie” is a remake and expansion of a 1984 Burton short of the same name. The original 30-minute “Frankenweenie” short caused Burton to be fired from Disney, as company executives deemed the film to frightening for their intended child demographic. Both the original short and the upcoming feature film tell the story of a boy who brings his dog back to life by utilizing some impressive scientific maneuvers. The film’s references to James Whale’s classic 1931 “Frankenstien” are obvious and should delight all but the most jaded science fiction film fan.
“Cloud Atlas” – This upcoming sci-fi/fantasy epic has an impressive list of high-profile talent attached to it. Written and directed by the Wachowski siblings Lana and Andy (the duo responsible for “The Matrix” films) in conjunction with the German filmmaker Tom Twyker (whose previous movies include “Run Lola Run” and “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”), “Cloud Atlas” promises to be a major point of discussion among science fiction fans when the film is released on Oct. 26. The movie is an adaptation of a novel of the same name, written by David Mitchell and published in 2004. The original book told six different inter-connected stories that took place in a wide variety of places and points in history.
“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” – In honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, this family oriented sci-fi classic will be re-released in theaters for one day on Oct. 3. The film will play at the Cinemark at Robinson Township for matinee and evening screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. This is the perfect chance to give the young budding sci-fi fan in your life the chance to catch this classic on the big screen.