It used to be easier to track when the good movies were coming out. Things followed the calendar for the most part, with summer blockbusters and Oscar bait and family movies coming out the holiday season. Horror movies came out in October, just as they should. The rest of the year was considered dump months. Then, Hollywood started extending the summer, horror movies were released throughout the year, and Oscar worthy films came out at the beginning of the year. Except for September. It has always been a dump month. Here are the best movies to be released during the month.
Mother! (September 15, 2017)
One of the most polarizing movies of recent years, this Darren Aronofsky psychological horror was never given a fair chance. Despite glowing critical reviews, audiences seemed more concerned with the “F” rating it received from CinemaScore. Keep in mind, CinemaScore is the same “industry leader” that gave the underrated Bug an “F” and multiple Tyler Perry movies an “A+”.
Pulp Fiction (September 23, 1994)
September of 1994 was an impressive month for movies. Along with Quiz Show and The Shawshank Redemption, the most influential movie of the past 25 years was released. There is not anything that can be said about Pulp Fiction that has not been said already. Has the impact of Quentin Tarantino’s second effort been overstated? Watch 2018’s Bad Times at the El Royale and decide for yourself.
Easy A (September 17, 2010)
The movie that transformed Emma Stone into EMMA STONE. A smart script about a high school student who embraces and feeds into all the salacious rumors about her sexual escapades. The plot may be familiar – there are only so many directions you can go in a coming of age story – but it still manages to be incredibly engaging.
Gone Girl (September 26, 2014)
Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, director David Fincher’s adaptation is a memorable film with strong characters. The story is mesmerizing and the direction is unsurprisingly great. A stylish movie that does a great job of steering the audience’s emotions without ever coming off as manipulative. Word of warning: the ending is guaranteed to upset.
Zombieland (September 25, 2009)
Zombie movies were already overdone in 2009, so a film with the title Zombieland is sure to be a bore. It takes about five minutes for detractors to be proven wrong. Much like Shaun of the Dead, the movie takes a tired premise and uses comedy to make it worthwhile. Not the most novel idea, but adding interesting characters, strong performances, and a great cameo from Bill Murray equals one of the best horror comedies ever.