Six Must-Watch Movies on VOD for October
It’s easy to get mixed up in the melee of the Marvel/Disney/DC Machine these days. It seems to consume about 99.9% of entertainment news. The rest just ends up being white noise.
It used to be that you could meander the aisles of a video store for hours looking for hidden treasures old and new. Sadly, the era of the video store is long gone and now these hidden gems have found a new home. Video on demand.
Every month I’ll bring you my top six picks for what to seek out on VOD that month. Some of these I have seen. Some are just recommended on gut feeling or word of mouth. Without any further adieu, I present to you my Six Must Watch VOD Titles for the month of October.
1. Finder’s Keepers
This Lynchian documentary about a grill sold at auction containing an amputated leg and the ensuing custody battle over said leg is as crazy as it sounds. The film goes far beyond its exploitative premise and touches on real human emotion. Finder’s Keepers is darkly comic, wildly entertaining, and an emotional roller coaster.
Finder’s Keepers is currently available on most VOD platforms.
A good horror-comedy is tough to come by these days. Most fall flat within the first few minutes of their tired premise. A dedicated cast and a director committed to the insanity of the story can make all the difference. Such is the case with Deathgasm.
Two teenage metalheads in suburban New Zealand make a historic finding, ultimately unleashing hell on earth. Brodie, Zakk, and the rest of the band must battle the hordes of hellish monsters all while trying to keep the band together. This one is sure to please metalheads and gorehounds alike. Oh, and it also manages to squeeze in a few heartwarming moments as well. Kudos to director Jason Lei Howden for an epic good time and and awesome first feature length effort.
Deathgasm is currently available on most VOD platforms.
3. Beasts of No Nation
After the death of his father, Agu is trained by a sadistic warlord (Idris Elba) to fight in war torn West Africa. With Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) behind the lens and Idris Elba chewing up the scenery in front of the camera, this one is a can’t miss. A lot of strong words are being thrown around about this project, including the word Oscar.
Beasts of No Nation will be available on Netflix October 16th.
4. Bone Tomahawk
When a group of cannibals kidnap settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell) leads an unlikely group of gunslingers out on a hunt to rescue the victims. If the idea of Kurt Russell in a horror western isn’t enough to sway you, the early buzz out of Fantastic Fest should be. No final word on rating yet, but the rumor mill suggests it’s being released unrated to avoid an NC-17 rating for violence.
Bone Tomahawk will be available on VOD October 23rd.
5. Bloody Knuckles
Travis is an underground comic book artist. When one of his comics offends a local crime boss, the gangster retaliates by removing his drawing hand. Travis retreats into a drunken depression until his possessed hand returns to help him seek revenge. That’s just where things start to get weird. Bloody Knuckles isn’t a polished horror film, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a vulgar, violent, and often hysterical cinematic experience. A must see for any fan of absurdist horror. This is writer/director Matt O’Mahoney’s first feature film and he knocks it out of the park.
Bloody Knuckles is available via VOD October 29th
6. Tokyo Tribe
Based on the popular manga written by Santa Inoue, this tale is set in alternate Japan, where territorial street gangs, the Tokyo Tribes, go to war after lines are crossed. If that makes it sound only mildly interesting consider that this is an epic rap battle musical directed by Sion Sono. With Sono at the helm, you can count on the usual pervy blood soaked silliness he’s delivered before. While this one is receiving lukewarm reviews I’m including it because I believe Sono delivers something special every time he steps behind the camera.
Tokyo Tribe will be available via VOD October 23rd.
There are a few other films of note that are being released to VOD in October. Eli Roth’s Knock Knock will drop the same day as the highly anticipated The Final Girls on October 9th. Joel Edgerton’s masterful The Gift will hit on October 27th. The latter was not included in the must see six because it received a large theatrical release over the summer. If you didn’t catch then, I suggest you remedy that this month.
I’ll be back in November with 6 fresh new VOD picks for you.