We are halfway through the month of October and that means that Halloween is only a mere two weeks away. In celebration of the spookiest month of the year, the PlayStation Network‘s ‘Midnight Movie‘ program is going to be rolling out a different horror movie available for download every Saturday starting in the late afternoon.
The first movie is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Francis Ford Coppola adaptation starring Gary Oldman and Keanu Reeves which was not exactly a critically acclaimed film but definitely has that Gothic feel to it. While I can’t see your average person making plans to spend each Saturday night watching the new free movie, I would imagine that there are sure to be a lot of gamers who would take a break from their late night gaming session to check out a flick. At this time Dracula is the only announced title and there is no word on what other movies to expect from the PSN, but check back to the PlayStation Store every Saturday between 5 P.M. and 3 A.M. West Coast time to see what is available.
On top of a free movie, the Store is going to be offering different monster/creature themed movies at a discount. Among those listed include Let the Right One In, Dawn of the Dead, and The Fog with plenty more promised down the road.
I think that what Sony is trying to do here is establish themselves as a competitor to the Xbox Live experience, but not trying to enter the same arena. Whereas many associate Xbox Live with its community driven features, Sony wants to grab hold of the media market, as indicated by their enhanced Netflix update. Sure, Microsoft’s console does possess many of the qualities that the PlayStation 3 does, but this Midnight Movie set of releases could be the start of something very interesting.
What old monster/creature films would you like to see pop up as one of the PlayStation Store’s Midnight Movies?