Fancy a movie night this Saturday? Need a TV show to binge on a quiet Sunday? Maybe you want a new game to play? Well, we may have something that could help give your weekend a much-needed pick-me-up with our Weekend Fuel! We’ve compiled a list of movies, tv shows and games that might be worth checking out over the next few days.
(Available to stream on Netflix, also available on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K)
If you’re looking for a frightening affair this weekend for the spooky celebrations, why not give the latest Halloween movie a play on Netflix?
David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) directs this latest sequel in the legendary horror franchise. Although this time, things are remaining very much grounded. Set 40 years since the fateful night Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) survived her traumatic encounter with Michael Myers, Laurie has seemingly moved on – now with a grown-up daughter (Archer’s Judy Greer). However, in true Halloween fashion, terror returns when Myers manages to escape his institution. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to her home town but this time, she’s ready for him.
A surprising box office success upon its release with a $255 million gross, it earned a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes where critics agreed that this new chapter makes up for decades of terrible sequels. On the back of the film’s success, we were due for the follow-up Halloween Kills in cinemas this year before COVID-19 disrupted the world of cinema. It’s now due in 2021 so now is a perfect time to catch up.
The Witches (2020)
(Available to rent on digital platforms)
Skipping cinemas and arriving on home premier rental across digital platforms just in time for Halloween is this reimagining of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale.
A young orphaned boy goes to live with his loving Grandma (Octavia Spencer) in a rural Alabama town. When they encounter some diabolical witches, they decide to hide at a seaside resort. However, they’ve decided to go at exactly the same time a flocking group of witches lead by their Grand High Witch (Anne Hathaway) who are planning to rid the world of children once and for all.
The Witches is no stranger in movies. The book was originally adapted into a British set film 1990 with Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch. The 2020 version is helmed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and features a strong cast including Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, Jahzir Kadeem Bruno and Chris Rock. This looks like some spooky fun for the family.
The Mandalorian – Season 2
(Available to stream exclusively on Disney+)
Baby Yoda is back to break the internet again! Time has flown since The Mandalorian’s arrival last year (or March for UK audiences) and the second season is finally here.
Picking up after it’s well-received debut season, The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) vows to help find The Child (or Baby Yoda, if that suits you) find its home – wherever that is. While The Mandalorian continues to protect his infant companion, various factions are all taking a particular interest in the youngling – especially the Jedi.
Expect more galactic conflicts across the universe with familiar faces like Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) on hand to help the bounty hunter whether they can. Also, expect some brand new faces in The Mandalorian story as Rosario Dawson, Timothy Olyphant and current WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks are all making appearances this season.
If you haven’t seen the first season, time to start binging that boxset!
(Available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back together again….somewhat.
The beloved duo from Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz feature in brand new spooky comedy Truth Seekers, exclusively arriving on Amazon Prime Video. The show takes a supernatural approach telling the exploits of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to track ghost sightings from across the UK. However, when the team start to encounter frequent and escalating supernatural experiences they may have stumbled upon a conspiracy that could bring about the end of the world for humankind.
While Pegg and Frost might not share the screen a lot in the show, they have quite an input behind the camera as they’re both featured in the main writing staff along with James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders. If you’re looking for your ghosts to be homegrown, this British series is certainly worth checking out.
(Available on PC, Playstation and Xbox)
Ubisoft’s hacking franchise is back for its third entry and it’s giving gamers a futuristic taste of a London under control by a private military.
In this sandbox action-adventure game, players must fight against the private militaries and government who are making everyday life difficult in Britain’s capital. With the ability to recruit anyone to assist you in this quest – whether it’s a disillusioned policeman or eager old age pensioner – take back control of London from its nightmarish surroundings. Giving players a choice in how they handle the quests, Watch Dogs: Legion offers a unique gaming experience whatever your strengths.
That’s all the Weekend Fuel suggestions we have for this week. Come back next Friday for another round-up of suggestions to power your geeky and nerdy needs for the weekend.
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