Want to know what’s coming soon to digital and what to watch right now on FandangoNOW? Here is your weekly guide to the latest releases:
What are the latest new releases to watch right now?
If you love the music of Morrissey and his old band, The Smiths, you’ll want to check out The More You Ignore Me, which is now available digitally for purchase or rental. The ‘80s-set British comedy is set to the group’s songs while following a dysfunctional family, the deteriorating mental health of its matriarch, and the daughter’s obsession with the Manchester crooner.
Following its Home Premiere rental period earlier this year, Marco Pontecorvo’ Fatima is now available to purchase digitally. The drama follows the true story of three children who claim to see visions of the Virgin Mary during World War I. The cast includes Joaquim de Almeida, Goran Visnjic and Harvey Keitel.
Also new to buy or rent digitally, with a much more recent story, is Totally Under Control. The latest documentary from prolific Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) chronicles the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the myriad reasons for its tragic scale. And if that sounds too politically one-sided, you can counter it with the brand new Dinesh D’Souza documentary, Trump Card.
What movies are great to pair with those new releases?
British movies set to specific discographies are a great tradition, and like the latest example, many are set in the ‘80s. The hit 2000 drama Billy Elliot, for example, mostly features the songs of the band T.rex. And last year’s Blinded by the Light is primarily propelled by the music of Bruce Springsteen. Either of those would make a great double feature with The More You Ignore Me.
Any other Gibney doc would be great to pair with Totally Under Control, but the medical fraud focus of last year’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley fits best with the subject matter. Also, I think the cyber-warfare doc Zero Days is very good and under-seen. Totally Under Control sort of does for COVID-19 what the Oscar-winning Charles Ferguson doc Inside Job does for the 2008 financial crisis, so there’s another recommended pairing.
Are there any other big movies coming out this week?
This Friday, October 16, sees the release of The Devil Has a Name for digital purchase. The dark comedy is directed by and co-stars Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos and is based on a true story of an oil company clashing with farmers whose land they’ve poisoned. The ensemble cast also includes David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Martin Sheen and Alfred Molina.
What are some great horror movie collections to buy this month?
Do you love horror franchises? Rather than buying them installment by installment, most of your favorite series can be found bound together. For the modern classics, Final Destination has a five-film collection, Alien has a six-film collection, Friday the 13th has an eight-film collection and A Nightmare on Elm Street has a nine-film collection!
Other branded non-franchise sets I’d recommend picking up include the original Universal Monsters films grouped in an eight-film collection, plus the six-film Vincent Price Collection, the five-film Stephen King Collection, the Stephen King 6 Movie Collection, which has all different titles, and the Stephen King 8 Movie Collection, which has some overlap with the six-title pack.
In the simply named 5 Film Horror Collection, you get The Devil’s Rejects, Winchester, It Follows, Sinister and The Cabin in the Woods. If you’re looking for something extra, the 10-Film Best of Horror Collection comes with The Shining, The Exorcist, the original Poltergeist, The Conjuring, Annabelle, The Lost Boys, the 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, It, and the redos of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Can you recommend some great binge bundles to rent?
Continuing with the horror movie collections, there are also a few available for rental at specially discounted binge bundle prices. You can watch the two-film collection of Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and you can watch the two-film collection of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
Are we celebrating any big anniversaries this week?
This week marks notable anniversaries for a number of classic films, including the disaster drama The Last Days of Pompeii, which turns 85, the Bette Davis gem All About Eve, which turns 70, the action-Western The Magnificent Seven, which turns 60, the Steve McQueen poker drama The Cincinnati Kid, which turns 55, the Gregory Peck crime drama I Walk the Line, which turns 50, and the True Grit sequel, Rooster Cogburn, which turns 45.
More modern classics with anniversaries include Reversal of Fortune, which turns 30, and the aforementioned dance drama Billy Elliot and the political drama The Contender, both of which turn 20. Also, the comic book movie Red turns 10, while the Oscar-winning drama Room and Guillermo del Toro’s gothic romance Crimson Peak are both already five years old.
Which classic family films are popular to revisit on FandangoNOW this month?
While there have been plenty of worthy new releases to watch digitally, the spooky month of October has seen a rise in Halloween-ready family favorites s experiencing a resurge in popularity. The 1993 Disney family film Hocus Pocus is the top nostalgia-driven pick, followed by Tim Burton’s 1988 ghost comedy Beetlejuice and Disney and Burton’s 1993 stop-motion animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas.
What are the 10 most popular new movies on FandangoNOW?
4. Cut Throat City
5. Death of Me
6. Bill & Ted Face the Music
8. Then Came You
9. The Secret: Dare to Dream