Cover Here are the best new movies to watch in Hong Kong cinemas this October 2021 (Art: Chesca Gamboa/Tatler Hong Kong)

From Venom Let There Be Carnage, Last Night in Soho to Halloween Kills, here are the best new movies to see this October at Hong Kong cinemas

October is an exciting month for movies. There’s plenty of film festivals happening across the region, from the Busan International Film Festival to the Tokyo International Film Festival later in the month and of course, our very own Hong Kong Asian Film Festival. This is perhaps why there’s not a lot of movies coming out in the cinemas compared to other months but that doesn't mean you still can’t see one on the big screen.

If you’re looking for something to go with Halloween, Halloween Kills and Last Night in Soho are your go-to picks. For something more dramatic, don’t miss The Man With the Answers and The Last Duel. If something more action-packed is more to your liking then best to check out The Comeback Trail or Venom Let There Be Carnage. Whatever you're looking for, there's plenty to choose from.

Here, we break down the best new movies coming to Hong Kong cinemas this October.

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1. The Comeback Trail

A remake of the 1982 film of the same name, The Comeback Trail has Robert Di Niro headlining the movie together with Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman. The story revolves around greedy film producer, Max Barber (De Niro)who decides to produce a dangerous new film—all to kill his lead actor so he can take his insurance money.

He casts ageing movie star Duke Montana (Lee Jones) as the lead. Assuming that Duke is past his prime, Max didn’t even expect him to shine in his role and certainly not someone that can be killed too easily so he raises the stake, eventually making the best movie of his career.

Release: October 7

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2. Venom Let There Be Carnage

Tom Hardy returns to the screen as Venom in this sequel, Venom Let There Be Carnage. Fans of the comics will recognise the name of another symbiote in the title and it’s not surprising that Carnage will be part of the sequel as hinted in the previous movie.

Eddie Brock (Tom) is still struggling to co-exist with Venom but the two try to establish rules so they can peacefully live. But when serial killer, Celtus Kasady becomes the host to another symbiote, the unlikely pair will once again have to team up to stop their new enemy.

Release: October 13

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3. The Last Duel

The Last Duel, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, boasts a star-studded cast that includes Oscar winners, Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck as well as Emmy winner, Jodie Comer. Four-time Oscar nominee and visionary filmmaker, Ridley Scott helms the epic drama filled with betrayal and vengeance against brutality and female oppression in 14th century France.

Based on actual events in the eponymous book by Eric Jager, the movie follows Marguerite de Carrouge (Comer) who claims that she’s been raped by her husband’s best friend. To get to the matter, her husband, Jean de Carrouge (Damon) challenges his friend and squire, Jacques Le Gris (Driver) to trial by combat, which means death to either of them.

Release: October 14

4. Masquerade Night

The follow-up to the adaptation of Keigo Higashino’s best-selling series is coming out this October. Masquerade Night sees the unlikely duo of undercover cop and hotelier back to tackle another challenging case after Masquerade Hotel in 2019.

The action drama movie takes off after an anonymous letter is delivered to the police with a warning that the killer involved in a mysterious homicide that happened a few days ago, will strike again at Masquerade Night, the New Year’s Eve countdown party in Tokyo. Rogue detective, Kosuke Nitta (Takuya Kimura) goes undercover as a hotel clerk to catch the culprit. Similar to his previous case, Nitta teams up with Naomi Yamagishi (Masami Nagasawa), a hotelier. The ragtag team will need to uncover the identity of the suspect before time runs out.

Release: October 21

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5. The Man With the Answers

This Greek drama, shown exclusively at Broadway Cinematheque, follows Victor, an ex-diving champion who’s in his early 20s and lives with his grandmother in a seaside town in Greece. He longs for his glory days long gone and makes ends meet by working at a furniture factory. But his grandmother'’ death takes a toll on him so he decides to go on a road trip to Germany. On the boat to Italy, he meets Matthias, an adventurous young German who is returning home.

He eventually joins Victor on his trip. The free-spirited Matthias pushes the uptight Victor out of his comfort zone. But as their adventures draw to a close, they end up having more questions than answers.

Release: October 21

6. Halloween Kills

What is Halloween without a Halloween movie? Halloween Kills is the sequel to 2018’s Halloween and the 12th instalment in the Halloween franchise. The slasher film takes place right after Laurie Strode, her daughter Judy and granddaughter Allyson leave Michael Myers caged in the basement of Laurie's burning house.

But Michael is able to free himself. Now, the three women join a group of survivors that decided to band together to hunt down Michael.

Release: October 21

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7. Last Night in Soho

The Queen’s Gambit star, Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Eloise in Edgar Wright's psychological trailer, Last Night in Soho. Eloise is an inspiring fashion designer who crosses paths with a charismatic singer, Sandie. But amidst all the glitz and glamour that Eloise seeks is something much darker.

Release: October 28


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