October is always a prime month for horror movies (what with, you know, Halloween and all), and there seems to be even more blood-soaked offerings than usual this year, with no less than nine fright fests set to hit theaters over the next 31 days.
Take a look at what tricks and treats are in store for you, including the fourth installment in the "Paranormal Activity" series, a 3-D sequel to "Silent Hill" and a return to form for Tim Burton with the animated "Frankenweenie."
Release Date: Oct. 5
Starring: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell.
The Horror: Heh heh, well, "The Horror" in that stop-motion animated kind of way. "Frankenweenie" tells the gruesome yet heartwarming tale of Victor Von Frankenstein, a young boy with a passion for homemade monster movies who resurrects his pet dog Sparky after the poor pooch is hit by a car. Victor then has to deal with a neighborhood suddenly up in arms and terrified of the back-from-the-dead canine, who's really just the same old lovable best pal he's always been (albeit now with a few scars and a couple of bolts in his neck). Screenwriter John August ("Big Fish") expands director Tim Burton's 1984 short film into what is reportedly a welcome return to form for the macabre filmmaker who's spent the last couple of years lazily churning out mildly amusing yet immediately disposable trifles like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows."