Oct 4, 2022
It's fright time!
Halloween season is my absolute favorite time of the whole entire year. I actually consider it a holiday because, well, that’s the kind of thing I like to do in my world. And, in addition to the leaves changing color and the weather cooling down, even if just a tiny bit (I’m lookin’ at you, Deep South), it’s also the time for two of my other favorite things on the planet: candy and movies.
Because I’m a giant grown-up.
Yes, yes, I love the decorations and the trick-or-treaters, the dressing up and (sometimes) the parties, but it’s also the time of year when the days get shorter and the nights get longer, signaling, at least to me, it’s time to start switching from a fight-or-flight mode to more of a rest-and-digest mode. And lucky for your little eyeballs, that means consuming a whole bunch of entertaining content to gush about to you.
The month of October is the perfect time to grab some snacks and veg out with your peeps in front of your favorite classic scary movies for thrills and laughs, or in front of newly released scary movies for, you know, thrills and screams.
I’m just kidding.
Here’s a list of some new, noteworthy horror flicks releasing this month, streaming and in theaters.
Among the Living – From Dread comes a story about a brother and sister stranded in the aftermath of a deadly outbreak. Brother fights to protect sister while searching for refuge from an infected population with, yep—you guessed it: an uncontrollable thirst for blood. Looks like a bloody good time to me! Currently available in theaters and streaming
Terrifier 2 – Cult horror icon Art the Clown is back with a vengeance after being resurrected by a sinister entity. He returns to the timid town of Miles County where he targets a teen and her younger brother on Halloween night. In theaters October 6
Deadstream – Shudder fans, unite! This feature directorial debut from husband-wife filmmakers Vanessa & Joseph Winter follows a disgraced internet personality attempting to win back his followers by livestreaming one night alone in a haunted house. This gonzo horror-comedy is full of bodily fluids, gore, and ghostly creatures, a la Sam Raimi. Streaming on Shudder October 6
Significant Other – Starring Jake Lacy (White Lotus) and Maika Monroe (It Follows), this trailer offers the creep on a Blair Witch standing-in-the-corner level. The story follows a young couple on a backpacking trip through the Pacific Northwest, whose trip quickly goes south when they discover they are not alone. Streaming on Paramount+ October 7
Hellraiser – Produced by Clive Barker and directed by The Night House’s David Bruckner, this reboot has already received raving reviews for being both gory and elegant, poetic and “super violent.” Staring Jamie Clayton (Sense8) as the new Hell Priestess, Pinhead, leader of the Cenobites, Adam Faison, and Goran Visnjic (ER, Timeless). Streaming on Hulu October 7
Werewolf by Night – When the leader of a monster-hunter guild passes, leaving the throne open for a new leader, his widow assembles a group of the most ruthless monster slayers for a ceremonious hunt to determine their new leader. Enter Jack Russell (Gael Garcia Bernal), a reluctant hunter harboring a few shocking secrets, and what ensues is nothing short of a 100% Rotten Tomato score. Streaming on Disney+ October 7
Halloween Ends – Alas, the final installment of the Halloween reboot trilogy is finally here. Set four years after Halloween Kills, which released in 2021, Michael has disappeared, and Laurie is living with her granddaughter and writing her memoir; then, all hell breaks loose, but not by whom you’d think. In theaters and streaming on Peacock October 14
V/H/S/99 – Brad Miska and Bloody Disgusting’s franchise that horrified audiences and physically made them sick when the first installment dropped in 2012 is back and invites you to get ready to party like its 1999. This one assembles directors Johannes Roberts, Maggie Levin, Flying Lotus, Tyler MacIntyre, and Vanessa & Joseph Winter for five new horror tales that each highlight a hellish vision of the year 1999. Streaming on Shudder October 20
Matriarch – Shit gets super weird in this folk horror tale starring Jemima Rooper (TV’s Flowers in the Attic) and Kate Dickie (The Green Knight, Peaky Blinders). After an overdose, Rooper’s character moves home and in with her estranged mother (Dickie) and soon discovers everyone around her is protecting an unspeakably dark secret involving not only her mother but also Rooper’s terrifying destiny as well. Streaming on Hulu October 21
Resurrection – Who doesn’t love Rebecca Hall (The Night House), especially in a creepy psychological drama? Margaret (Hall) leads an orderly, successful life perfectly balancing the demands of her career and solo parenthood. Everything is under control, right up until her careful balance is upended by the return of an unwelcome past shadow (played by Tim Roth), who carries the horrors of Margaret’s past with him. Streaming on Shudder October 28
Currently Available Honorable Mentions:
Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice’s beloved vampire story is back and in tv series format with some reimagining. Simply put, it is spectacular, and seeing Game of Thrones’ Greyworm in vampire form is absolutely beautiful. Currently streaming on AMC+
Dahmer – Evan Peters brilliantly plays convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer with unnerving finesse in this TV horror series that tries to figure out how Dahmer was able to evade detection for more than a decade after murdering 17 teenaged boys and young men. Yes, it’s gross, and indeed, it’s heavy, but it’s absolutely worth the watch just to see Peters in action. Currently streaming on Netflix
Raven’s Hollow – Oh, Edgar! This gorgeously photographed, artistic Gothic period horror film follows West Point cadet Edgar Allen Poe (eek!), and four other cadets, on a training exercise in upstate New York when they come upon and are drawn by a gruesome discovery into a forgotten community reminiscent of Sleepy Hollow. Currently streaming on Shudder and AMC+
Barbarian – I’ll admit, if Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers) is in it, there’s a hot chance I’m watching it. I don’t care what this guy is doing; I’m always laughing. When a young woman discovers the Airbnb she booked is occupied by a stranger, she decides to stay the night anyway, then discovers there so much more to fear than just an unexpected house guest. Currently in theaters and streaming on HBOMax and Disney+
Creepy Mention Coming Soon:
Wednesday – Netflix’s anxiously awaited update to The Addams Family focuses on the fam’s daughter as an older, updated version of the character. What excites me most about this series is its director. It will be the first-ever TV show directed by one of my personal favorite horror masters, Tim Burton. Mark your calendars. Stars Jenny Ortega in the lead and includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christina Ricci, and Luiz Guzman, to name a few. Streaming on Netflix November 23
Keep Your Eyes Peeled:
The Last of Us – Holy shit. What a heavy hitter. Who doesn’t love a heart-pounding zombie apocalypse? This HBO series adaptation of the video game franchise stars Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) as an apocalypse survivor out for redemption in a world riddled with mutated humans into zombies called “clickers.” Also stars Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones), Nick Offerman (The Resort), and Melanie Lynsky (Yellowjackets). Releases in 2023 … stay tuned!