As leaves fall, Hogs play and mid-term stress rises, October means one thing: it’s spooky movie time.
Although Halloween may look different this year, streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ bring audiences a wealth of October-themed flicks. Those looking for a festive movie night can choose between recent releases or nostalgic classics — both sure to put you in the Halloween spirit.
Released Oct. 7, Hubie Halloween stars Adam Sandler as Hubie Dubious, a kind-hearted loner from Salem, Massachusetts who finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery. One of Netflix’s top-trending movies, Hubie Halloween takes its audience on a journey alongside Dubious rescuing Halloween — perfect for any family movie night.
For fans of foreign films, Netflix released #Alive Sept. 8, focusing on video gamer Jun-u's struggle for survival as he’s forced to stay alone in his apartment during a zombie apocalypse. This South Korean zombie horror film draws parallels found in the struggles many have faced during the pandemic.
The Silence of the Lambs, a 1991 cult-classic, is available on Netflix. The film follows Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, assigned to hunt down the serial killer Buffalo Bill, a criminal notorious for torturing and skinning his victims. This psychological-thriller takes its audience down a path of understanding the twisted mind of Bill, as Starling seeks advice from the incarnated cannibal killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Newly engaged and innocent sweethearts Brad and Janet stumble upon an eerie mansion in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. They discover that the head of the household, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, is an alien scientist. Through elaborate dance sequences and rock songs, the 1975 cult-classic Rocky Horror offers audiences an over-the-top, unapologetic sci-fi horror musical and is available on Hulu. It’s customary for audiences to dress up for the showings, for a maximum theatrical experience — a pair of fishnet stockings and red lipstick will do the trick.
For any history buffs, J.J. Abrams’ 2018 film Overlord is available on Hulu, offering a historical chiller set during WWII. The film follows two American paratroopers caught behind enemy lines during a D-Day invasion. As the pair ventures further into enemy territory, they discover a Nazi-run scientific lab filled with ungodly, supernatural experiments.
The unsettling, psychological horror film Hereditary follows the Graham family as they grieve the passing of the matriarch of the family. Terrifying secrets unfold as the family learns their ancestry, leaving audiences to question the uncanny events. This 2018 film, described as The Exorcist for the new generation, is available on Amazon Prime.
Robert Eggers’ 2019 black-and-white, slow-burn horror film The Lighthouse stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers living on a mysterious and remote New England island in the 1890s. This A24 produced film, available on Amazon Prime, creates a bizarre and brutal tale as the pair try to maintain their sense of sanity.
In this classic 1985 whodunit movie, Clue offers audiences a light-hearted comedy and remains one of the defining films for the murder mystery genre. Available on Amazon Prime, the film follows six strangers anonymously invited to a dinner party at a secluded mansion. After the host is killed and bodies begin to pile up, the group is forced to cooperate with the staff to figure out who the killer is.
Jack Skellington, the King of Halloweentown, stumbles through a portal to Christmastown. In this bright-colored, warm-spirited town, Christmas is celebrated every day and Jack is determined to bring the new holiday back to his own town—with a plot to kidnap Santa Claus. Tim Burton’s classic 1993 stop-motion animated film, Nightmare Before Christmas, and is available on Disney+.
Hocus Pocus, a classic 1993 Halloween flick, has become a staple for many during the month of October. The movie follows three witchy sisters who are brought back to life by teenager Max Dennison on Halloween night. With the help of a magical cat, it’s up to Max, his kid-sister and his girlfriend to save the town of Salem. This film is available on Disney+.
American Psycho stars Christian Bale as the complex character of Patrick Bateman. Set in 1987 New York City, Bateman is a handsome, young professional, living a gruesome second-life as a serial killer. Bale’s performance in this 2000, satirical-thriller, nails the dichotomy of a preppy professional and maniac psychopath perfectly, and is available for free on Peacock TV.
For the month of October, Peacock TV is offering audiences a free viewing of the Harry Potter series. The series spans over a total of eight installments, chronicling the lives of the young wizards, Harry Potter and his two friends Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasly. The film stars the group as they study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with the main story arch following Harry’s quest to defeat Lord Voldemort.
Whether you're a scaredy-cat or a horror fanatic, there's something for everyone on this list that's sure to bring the spirit of the spookiest holiday right to your sofa for the rest of October — or the rest of the year.