The Geek Beat: 'Lights Out,' 'The Lost Boys,' and More Geeky Stuff to Look for In October

The Geek Beat: 'Lights Out,' 'The Lost Boys,' and More Geeky Stuff to Look for In October

Oct 05, 2016

It's October, and that means another Halloween season is upon us. It also means that this month's list of stuff to look for on shelves and in theaters has more than a few horror-friendly items.

Here are ten things to keep an eye out for during October:


Big Trouble in Little China / Escape From New York #1

Two iconic Kurt Russell characters in one crossover comic? That's some serious mullet! This six-issue series brings together Jack Burton and Snake Plissken for a wild adventure when Jack and the ol' Pork Chop Express get magically transported to Snake's dystopian world. The story was penned with the blessing of the films' director, John Carpenter, and the comics feature a variety of variant covers depicting Jack and Snake doing what they do best: looking cool while kicking butts. The first issue arrives this month, so ask about it at your local comic shop.


Lights Out

David Sandberg's full-length horror feature based on his terrifying 2013 short film proved to be just as scary over an extended running time, and earned excellent reviews on its way to more than $147 million worldwide in ticket sales. The film revolves around a supernatural entity that terrorizes a young woman and her family, moving and attacking them when the lights are off, only to disappear when the lights are turned on. The concept is simple enough, but if you're brave enough to watch the movie when it's available on the home entertainment side October 25, don't be ashamed if you get the urge to leave a light on.


Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1

This 80-page special edition comic features an impressive roster of writers and artists honoring the amazing DC Comics heroine on her 75th anniversary, just eight months before she gets her solo debut in Warner Bros. Pictures' live-action Wonder Woman movie. If you need a reminder why she's such an iconic superhero, this should provide more than a few in one issue packed with new stories and art from an all-star creative team that includes Jim Lee, Gail Simone, Brian Azzarello, and other popular comic writers and artists. The issue is expected to hit shelves October 26.


Universal Monsters Creature Silicone Tray

What would Halloween be without some classic monsters in your life – or better yet, in your drink? You can have that (and much more, depending on how creative you are) with this silicone tray featuring molds of the iconic monster from The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Nothing says “This is a Halloween cocktail” like the fishy face of the gill monster staring back at you from your drink. You can pick up the tray for $15 via Entertainment Earth.


Star Wars R2-D2 Coffee Press

Sometimes we could all use a friendly droid to get us through our morning routine. Fortunately, the folks at ThinkGeek have us covered with a fancy coffee press in the likeness of everyone's favorite astromech, R2-D2. The officially licensed Star Wars coffee press can make 32 ounces of coffee (that's about four cups), and has a $40 price tag. It's only available to pre-order now, but we suspect the overlap between Star Wars fans and coffee fans is large enough that you'll want to get on this one early.


Shin Godzilla (a.k.a. Godzilla Resurgence)

Toho Studios' highly anticipated reboot of the Godzilla franchise premiered in Japan earlier this year to rave reviews, becoming the highest-grossing Japanese film of the year so far. North American audiences will finally be able to check out the film this month, but only during a one-week run in the U.S. and Canada from October 11-18. The film will be shown on 440 screens during that time, and with English subtitles over Japanese dialogue. If you're a fan of the old-school, rubber-suited action of the classic Godzilla films, you'll want to check your local theater listings to find out where it's being shown around you.


DC Comics Batman Bat Signal Projector Lamp

At some point in life, we all wish we could point a light in the sky and get in touch with the Dark Knight. Now you can indulge at least part of that dream with your own, desk-sized Bat Signal. The tabletop lamp is sold by Entertainment Earth and uses a standard power plug adapter to send your shining call for assistance into the heavens. (Okay, it will probably only go as far as your ceiling, but it's a start.) Entertainment Earth has the Bat Signal Lamp available to order for $30, which seems like a real bargain if Batman does actually show up.



Sure, it's one of the more polarizing films of the year, but if you're a fan of Paul Feig's remake of Ghostbusters or wanted to wait until you could watch it from the comfort of your couch, the time is night to pick it up on DVD, Blu-ray, or your medium of choice. The movie will be available October 11 – just in time to add it to your Halloween movie marathon.


The Lost Boys #1

Joel Schumacher's 1987 film about eternally cool, teenage vampires in a California town received a few forgettable, straight-to-video sequels, but now the movie is getting a new sequel in comic-book form. Veteran horror writer Tim Seeley co-writes the sequel series, which follows brothers Sam and Michael Emerson in the aftermath of the '80s movie as they contend with a group of beautiful female vampires who have come for their long-lost sister, Star. The brothers are forced to once again team up with Edgar and Allan Frog in order to stop the latest batch of bloodsuckers, and the series promises to capture much of what made the original movie such a hit. The first issue is expected to arrive in comic shops October 12.


X-Men: Apocalypse

If you missed Brian Singer's wild, trilogy-concluding sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past earlier this year, you'll be able to bring it home this month. The third installment of the rebooted series that began with X-Men: First Class wasn't as well-received as its predecessor, but it did feature some cool sequences – particularly involving Evan Peters' speedy mutant Quicksilver – and introduced a new class of superhero mutants that are likely to take the franchise in a fresh direction down the road. The movie hit shelves October 4, so it's available now.


Question of the Week: What are you looking forward to reading, watching, or collecting this month?

Rick Marshall is an award-winning writer and editor whose work can be found at, as well as MTV News, Fandango, Digital Trends,, Newsarama, and various other online, print, and on-air news outlets. He's been called a “Professional Geek” by ABC News and Spike TV, and his personal blog can be found at You can find him on Twitter as @RickMarshall.

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