Horror and action franchises alike ranging from ‘Saw’, ‘The Nun’ and ‘Expendables’ return to movie theaters this coming month in a surprisingly strong September.
The hot days of summer are slowly starting to fall behind us, and with them go some of the biggest blockbusters that we’ll see at the movies this year. But the start of fall means there’s now room for other gems to be found in theaters this coming month; thrills and chills and plenty of action to spare.
The return of favorite but undersung franchises like the ever-expanding universe of The Conjuring, The Expendables, and the Denzel Washington-led Equalizer are all returning to theaters this September, along with a couple of other surprises. Read our list of upcoming movies coming out below and let us know which ones you’re most excited to see.
‘The Equalizer 3’ September 1st (Theaters)
Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) has struggled to reconcile the horrific things he’s done in the past and finds a strange solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Finding himself surprisingly at home in Southern Italy, he discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.
‘The Nun II’ September 8th (Theaters)
1956 – France. A priest is murdered. An evil is spreading. The sequel to the worldwide smash hit follows Sister Irene as she once again comes face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun. Taissa Farmiga returns and is joined by Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid, Anna Popplewell, and the incomparable Bonnie Aarons (reprising her role from The Nun), surrounded by an ensemble cast of international talent.
‘A Haunting in Venice’ September 15th (Theaters)
A Haunting in Venice is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, and is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh). Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets. Reuniting the team of filmmakers behind 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and 2022’s Death on the Nile, the film is directed by Branagh with a screenplay by Michael Green based upon Agatha Christie’s novel “Hallowe’en Party”.
‘Elevator Game’ September 15th (Shudder)
Socially awkward teenager Ryan (Gino Anania) ingratiates himself into a group of recent high school graduates that run an online web series debunking urban legends. But Ryan has a secret: his sister disappeared months earlier, and he believes they – and a dangerous online challenge called ‘The Elevator Game’ – were responsible. In an attempt to gain more information as to the whereabouts of his sister, Ryan persuades the group to play the game once more, and risk unleashing the most fearsome consequences imaginable.
‘Dumb Money’ September 22nd (Theaters)
Dumb Money is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall videogame store) into the world’s hottest company. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich – until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down.
‘Expend4bles’ September 22nd (Theaters)
A new generation of stars join the world’s top action stars for an adrenaline-fueled adventure in Expend4bles. Reuniting as the team of elite mercenaries, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone are joined for the first time by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia. Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on and the skills to use them, The Expendables are the world’s last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give “new blood” a whole new meaning.
‘The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster’ September 22nd (Shudder)
Vicaria (Laya DeLeon Hayes) is a brilliant teenager who believes death is a disease that can be cured. After the brutal and sudden murder of her brother, she embarks on a dangerous journey to bring him back to life. Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster thematically challenges our ideas of life and death. Bomani J. Story, the film’s writer and director, crafts a thrilling tale about a family that, despite the terrors of systemic pressure, will survive and be reborn again.
‘The Creator’ September 29th (Theaters)
As a future war between the human race and artificial intelligence rages on, ex-special forces agent Joshua (John David Washington) is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI. The Creator has developed a mysterious weapon that has the power to end the war and all of mankind. As Joshua and his team of elite operatives venture into enemy-occupied territory, they soon discover the world-ending weapon is actually an AI in the form of a young child. This is the latest film from director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One), and with it being his first in seven years, it’s hotly anticipated.
‘Saw X’ September 29th (Theaters)
That’s right. You already know what it is. Saw is back and in a big way: John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is back. The most disturbing installment of the franchise yet explores the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s most personal game. Set between the events of Saw and Saw II, a sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer – only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through devious, deranged, and ingenious traps.