Stay Spooky: Horror Film & TV Picks for October 2020
Updated: Jan 7
Get ready to celebrate Halloween all month long with this incredible lineup of 36 brand new horror films and television shows. Here's a rundown of all the new spooky shows and movies worth checking out in October.
"Death of Me" (pictured above) will be released Friday, October 2 in theaters and on VOD platforms.
10/1: "Scare Me" - Shudder 10/1: "Mass Hysteria" - VOD 10/1: "Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood" - Netflix
10/2: "Death of Me" - VOD 10/2: "Vampires vs. the Bronx" - Netflix 10/2: "Hosts" - VOD 10/2: "Monsterland" - Hulu 10/2: "Possessor Uncut" - Theaters 10/2: "The Binding" - Netflix 10/6: "The Devil to Pay" - VOD 10/6: "Black Box" - Amazon 10/6: "The Lie" - Amazon 10/6: "Spontaneous" - VOD 10/6: "Swamp Thing" - The CW 10/7: "Hubie Halloween" - Netflix 10/7: "To the Lake" - Netflix 10/8: "The Cleansing Hour" - Shudder 10/9: "The Wolf of Snow Hollow" - VOD
10/9: "The Haunting of Bly Manor" - Netflix 10/10: "Eli Roth's History of Horror" - AMC 10/13: "Broil" - VOD 10/13: "Evil Eye" - Amazon 10/13: "Nocturne" - Amazon 10/14: "A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting" - Netflix
10/15: "The Mortuary Collection" - Shudder 10/19: "Unsolved Mysteries Vol. 2" - Netflix 10/20: "Tar" - Theaters 10/20: "Redwood Massacre Annihilation" - VOD 10/21: "Rebecca" - Netflix 10/22: "32 Malasana Street" - Shudder 10/22: "Cadaver" - Netflix 10/26: "50 States of Fright S2" - Quibi 10/28: "Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight" - Netflix 10/30: "His House" - Netlfix 10/30: "The Day of the Lord" - Netflix 10/31: "Come Play" - VOD
1. Thursday, October 1: Scare Me (Shudder)
During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred (Josh Ruben) and Fanny (Aya Cash) commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in their Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear. Written and directed by Josh Ruben. Also starring Chris Redd and Rebecca Drysdale.
2. Thursday, October 1: Mass Hysteria (VOD)
A group of salem witch trial reenactors find themselves at the center of a modern day witch hunt. Directed by Arielle Cimino and Jeff Ryan and written by Jonathan T. Coleman and Christopher O'Connell. Starring Geena Santiago, Jeff Ryan and Scott Swayze.
3. Thursday, October 1: Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood (Netflix)
In 1900 Munich, ambitious brewer Curt Prank uses brutal tactics on his quest to build a beer hall that will dominate the city's lucrative Oktoberfest. Created by Christian Limmer, Ronny Schalk and Alexis Wittgenstein. Starring Misel Maticevic, Martina Gedeck and Klaus Steinbache.
4. Friday, October 2: Death of Me (VOD)
A vacationing couple must discover the mystery behind a strange video that shows one of them killing the other. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Ari Margolis, James Morley III and David Tish. Starring Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth and Alex Essoe.
5. Friday, October 2: Vampires vs. the Bronx (Netflix)
Three gutsy kids from a rapidly gentrifying Bronx neighborhood stumble upon a sinister plot to suck all the life from their beloved community. Written and directed by Osmany Rodriguez and written by Blaise Hemingway. Starring Jaden Michael, Gregory Diaz IV and Sarah Gadon.
6. Friday, October 2: Hosts (VOD)
A family falls victim to a series of violent murders when they invite their neighbors over for Christmas dinner. Written and directed by Adam Leader and written by Richard Oakes. Starring Neal Ward, Nadia Lamin and Frank Jakeman.
7. Friday, October 2: Monsterland (Hulu)
Encounters with Gothic beasts, fallen angels and werewolves drive broken people to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and beast. Starring D. Dumebi Egbufor, Mason Schneiderman and Taylor Schilling.
8. Friday, October 2: Possessor Uncut (Theaters)
Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies - ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients. Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
8. Friday, October 2: The Binding (Netflix)
While visiting her fiancé's mother in southern Italy, a woman must fight the mysterious and malevolent curse intent on claiming her daughter. Written and directed by Domenico Emanuele de Feudis and written by Daniele Cosci. Starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Federica Rosellini and Sebastiano Filocamo.
9. Tuesday, October 6: The Devil to Pay (VOD)
After the disappearance of her husband, a struggling farmer in an isolated Appalachian community fights to save her son when the cold-hearted matriarch of the oldest family on the mountain demands payment of a debt that could destroy a decade's old truce. Written and directed by Lane Skye and Ruckus Skye.
10. Tuesday, October 6: Black Box (Amazon)
After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is. Written and directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour and written by Wade Allain-Marcus and Stephen Herman. Starring Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad and Amanda Christine.
11. Tuesday, October 6: The Lie (Amazon)
A father and daughter are on their way to dance camp when they spot the girl's best friend on the side of the road. When they stop to offer the friend a ride, their good intentions soon result in terrible consequences. Written and directed by Veena Sud and written by Sebastian Ko and Marcus Seibert. Starring Peter Sarsgaard, Joey King and Cas Anvar.
12. Tuesday, October 6: Spontaneous (Amazon)
Get ready for the outrageous coming-of-age love story about growing up...and blowing up. When students in their school begin exploding (literally), seniors Mara and Dylan struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. Written and directed by Brian Duffield. Starring Katherine Langford, Piper Perabo and Charlie Plummer.
13. Tuesday, October 6: Swamp Thing (The CW)
Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, only to discover the dark, terrifying mysteries of the swamp. Created by Gary Dauberman and Mark Verheiden. Starring Crystal Reed, Virginia Madsen and Andy Bean.
14. Wednesday, October 7: Hubie Halloween (Netflix)
Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem and its Halloween celebration, Hubie Dubois is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something is going bump in the night, and it's up to Hubie to save Halloween. Directed by Steven Brill and written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler.
15. Wednesday, October 7: To The Lake (Netflix)
Based on the bestselling novel by Yana Vagner, a group is faced with the end of civilization when a terrifying plague strikes. They must risk their lives, loves and humanity in a brutal struggle to survive. Directed by Pavel Kostomarov and written by Yana Vagner and Roman Kantor. Starring Viktoriya Agalakova, Viktoriya Isakova and Kirill Käro.
16. Thursday, October 8: The Cleansing Hour (Shudder)
Another successful "exorcism" streamed online - or so it seems. Can the "exorcist", producer and their team bring the ratings up? Ratings skyrocket, when a real demon gets involved. Written and directed by Damien LeVeck and written by Aaron Horwitz. Starring Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis.
17. Friday, October 9: The Wolf of Snow Hollow (VOD)
Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there's no such thing as werewolves. Written and directed by Jim Cummings. Starring Jim Cummings, Riki Lindhome and Robert Forster.
18. Friday, October 9: The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry hires a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose. Created by Mike Flanagan. Starring Victoria Pedretti, Tahirah Sharif and Benjamin Ainsworth.
19. Saturday, October 10: Eli Roth's History of Horror (AMC)
Back for a second season, an in-depth look at the history and pop cultural significance of horror films. Interviewees this season include Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Ari Aster, Bill Hader, Nancy Allen, Megan Fox, Greg Nicotero, Rob Zombie, James Brolin, Edgar Wright, Piper Laurie, Leonard Maltin, Katharine Isabelle, Jack Black, Slash, Rachel True, Ashley Laurence, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, Mary Harron, John Landis, Tom Savini, Karyn Kusama, and many others. Directed by Kurt Sayenga. Starring Eli Roth.
20. Tuesday, October 13: Broil (VOD)
After troubled 17-year-old Chance goes to live at her draconian grandfather's estate, she uncovers a dangerous family secret. Her only hope for survival may come from a killer-for-hire who has a fortuitous stroke of culinary genius. Written and directed by Edward Drake and written by Piper Mars. Starring Jonathan Lipnicki, Avery Konrad and Timothy V. Murphy.
21. Tuesday, October 13: Evil Eye (Amazon)
A superstitious mother is convinced that her daughter's new boyfriend is the reincarnation of a man who tried to kill her 30 years ago. Directed by Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani and written by Madhuri Shekar. Starring Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani and Bernard White.
22. Tuesday, October 13: Nocturne (Amazon)
An incredibly gifted pianist makes a Faustian bargain to overtake her older sister at a prestigious institution for classical musicians. Written and directed by Zu Quirke. Starring Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman and Brandon Keener.
23. Wednesday, October 14: A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (Netflix)
Recruited by a secret society of babysitters, a high schooler battles the Boogeyman and his monsters when they nab the boy she's watching on Halloween. Directed by Rachel Talalay and written by Joe Ballarini. Starring Tom Felton, Indya Moore and Oona Laurence.
24. Thursday, October 15: The Mortuary Collection (Shudder)
On the cusp of retirement, an eccentric mortician recounts several of the strangest stories he's encountered in his long career, but things take a turn for the phantasmagorical when he learns that the final story - is his own. Written and directed by Ryan Spindell. Starring Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer and Jacob Elordi.
25. Monday, October 19: Unsolved Mysteries Vol. 2 (Netflix)
The first season of "Unsolved Mysteries" (the reboot) is getting a second volume that includes six more episodes. "In six new episodes, Unsolved Mysteries profiles more unexplained disappearances, tragic events, and bizarre occurrences. Perhaps one viewer holds the key to solving these cases. Detectives, journalists, and family members offer intriguing theories in this gripping series." Created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer.
26. Tuesday, October 20: Tar (Theaters)
In the murky depths of Los Angeles' world-famous La Brea Tar Pits there lies an ancient secret - a creature that, awakened by underground construction, turns a night of somber packing for Barry Greenwood and his co-workers into a desperate fight for survival. Written and directed by Aaron Wolf and written by Timothy Nuttall. Starring Timothy Bottoms, Graham Greene and Aaron Wolf.
27. Tuesday, October 20: Redwood Massacre 2: Annihilation (VOD)
Twenty years ago at the infamous Redwood Farm, the owner went mad and killed his family and himself. Shrouded in urban legend ever since, a stranger obsessed with the unsolved Redwood murders convinces a group of bereaved family members to venture into the wilderness in the hope of proving the existence of the notorious burlap bag-masked maniac. Written and directed by David Ryan Keith. Starring Danielle Harris, Damien Puckler and Gary Kasper.
28. Wednesday, October 21: Rebecca (Netflix)
A young newlywed arrives at her husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death. Directed by Ben Wheatley and written by Jane Goldman. Starring Lily James, Armie Hammer and Keeley Hawes.
29. Thursday, October 22: 32 Malasana Street (Shudder)
A family moves into a new house in the Malasana neighborhood of Madrid, fulfilling their dream of living in the big city, a house where dreams turn into nightmares. Directed by Albert Pintó. Written by Ramón Campos, Gema R. Neira, David Orea and Salvador S. Molina.
30. Thursday, October 22: Cadaver (Netflix)
In the starving aftermath of a nuclear disaster, a family of three attends a charitable event at hotel, which takes a dark turn when when people start to disappear. Written and directed by Jarand Herdal. Starring Gitte Witt, Thomas Gullestad and Thorbjørn Harr.
31. Monday, October 26: 50 States of Fright (Quibi)
Created by Sam Raimi, the series explores stories based on urban legends from different places in the United States, taking viewers deeper into the horrors that lurk just beneath the surface. The second installment features urban legends from Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, and Washington. Cast this season includes Taissa Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Christina Ricci, and Elizabeth Reaser.
32. Wednesday, October 28: Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (Netflix)
A group of technology-addicted teenagers must fight for their lives against dangers lurking in the forest. Written and directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski and written by Jan Kwiecinski and Mirella Zaradkiewicz. Starring Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz, Michal Lupa and Wiktoria Gasiewska.
33. Friday, October 30: His House (Netflix)
A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface. Written and directed by Remi Weekes. Written by Felicity Evans and Toby Venables. Starring Bradley Banton, Mevis Birungi and Javier Botet.
34. Friday, October 30: The Day of the Lord (Netflix)
A retired priest hides himself away from the world to face down his own inner demons and his doubts about faith. When he's pulled out of retirement by an old friend begging him to help his daughter, he considers the exorcism a potential for redemption — if she's even possessed at all. Written and directed by Santiago Alvarado and written by Ramón Salas. Starring Dolores Heredia, Ximena Romo and Juli Fàbregas.
35. Saturday, October 31: Come Play (VOD)
Based on the short film from 2017, parents fight to save their son when a mysterious creature uses his electronic devices to break into our world. Written and directed by Jacob Chase. Starring Azhy Robertson, Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.