‘Halloween II’ And ‘The Final Destination’ Highlight Grisly Murder In This Week’s Box Office Poll

Lots of movies vying for your attention this week, so let’s get right to it. The big release of course is Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II,” a follow-up to his 2007 remake which continues the story in the rebooted universe. I’ll be straight with you readers: Zombie scares the crap out of me. I wore out my White Zombie CDs back in high school and I loved his contribution to the movie “Beavis & Butthead Do America,” but Zombie’s particular vision what is scary falls right in line line with the worst of my nightmares.

Also new in horror this week is the third “Final Destination” movie, titled “The Final Destination,” which I presume means it will be the last in the series. Until the inevitable reboot, of course. The flick comes to two flavors: regular and 3-D. For those who have no experience with the series, it’s sort of a prototypical “Saw”: a small group of people escape certain death after one has a premonition. The survivors then die one by one, in a series of increasingly elaborate set pieces. Good times.

If peace, love and happiness is more your speed, you can always opt for the Ang Lee-directed “Taking Woodstock” instead. It is, simply, a dramatization of the events leading to the famed 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair, which was moved to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, NY in what was a last-minute change. This is edging perilously close to being my own weekend pick, being that I grew up with daily exposure to ’60s and ’70s classic rock.

Sundance fave “Big Fan” also hits theaters this week, and I can’t recommend it enough. Written and directed by “The Wrestler” scribe Robert Siegel, “Fan” follows New York Giants super-fan Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt)… well, I don’t want to spoil it. Just know that Paul is the sort of fan who lives for the local call-in sports radio show, so much so that he writes his comments out in advance. He carries on like this as a sort of lovable loser until tragedy strikes… triggering an extreme response. All I’m saying.

“The September Issue” is everything that I don’t want to see in a movie, and so I imagine that it will be quite popular. It is a documentary about Vogue and Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of the magazine. The focus here is on the print mag’s first fall issue issue, which is a hotly anticipated item for fashion-hounds everywhere.

A variety of other limited releases are set to open this week as well, including “St. Trinians,” “Mystery Team” (another Sundance fave) and the Jeff Bridges/Justin Timberlake-starring “The Open Road.” Which will get you out of the house for a weekend screening?