New in Cinema: For the week that’s in it, the horror/comedy Slaughterhouse Rulez hits cinemas this Halloween (Wednesday the 31st) and promises to be heaps of silly English fun. If the draw of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost isn’t enough, then you’ll also be able to enjoy Michael Sheen (at his unctuous best), as well as child star Asa Butterfield (Hugo/The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) and Peaky Blinder’s Finn Cole. Juliet, Naked also hits Irish cinemas this week telling the story of a woman and her second chance at love in the form of an aging rockstar. Starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Ireland’s own Chris O’Dowd it garnered higher than average reviews for a romcom on its release across the pond last August.
New on Netflix: There is somewhat of a dearth of new series on Netflix this week after the frantic activity of the last few months but if you want a shot of nostalgia and idiotic good fun then Seth Rogen’s Superbad is back on the streaming service. If you’ve never seen it, shame on you. If you have, go watch it again. You’ll be rewarded with knowledge of the numerous pop-culture references the film spawned.
New Announcements: Last week saw the announcement that former cricketer Freddy Flintoff and Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness will be the new faces of BBC’s Top Gear. The show just hasn’t been the same since Jezza and the gang left and signing two second-rate, afternoon telly stars who have no particular experience with cars (other than that they’ve both been done for drink driving in the past) seems desperate to say the least. More interesting is the news that Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss (the minds behind Sherlock and Doctor Who) are developing a series based on Dracula which should be out sometime late next year.
Editor’s Recommendation: Indie sci-fi movies rarely get the look in they deserve, usually because they’re awful, but one absolute masterpiece that flew under the radar is Attack the Block. A quirky take on alien invasion set in a London council estate, it is a smart, tight and surprisingly suspenseful sci-fi/thriller starring a pre-fame John Boyega (Star Wars) and a cameo from Nick Frost as a weed dealer with the immortal line “smells like a shit did a shit”.