Spooky season is upon us, which means we’ll be watching horror movies even more than usual. Think you can handle a scare a day? We have a suggestion for each and every day in October, based on a weekly theme (and what’s currently streaming, of course).
Each week, we’ll release a new, themed watch-list, so check back every Thursday for more blood-curdling suggestions. Stream (and scream) away. Want to share your thoughts on the films? Join our #hallostream team on the @lamag Instagram.
Week One: Home Sweet Home?
Seven movies that will make you think differently about your cozy home.
October 1: House of 1,000 Corpses – Netflix
The first installment in Rob Zombie’s Firefly Trilogy is every bit as gross, disturbing, and hilarious as it was when it came out in 2003. Captain Spaulding delights (RIP Sid Haig). Dr. Satan terrifies.
October 2: The Amityville Horror (1979) – Amazon Prime
This “true” story of the Lutz family’s brief tenancy at a Long Island house with a dark past will make you rethink the charms of Dutch colonial homes by the bay. James Brolin is truly menacing as a patriarch possessed.
October 3: Castle Freak – Shudder
Ten years after 1985’s Re-Animator, horror master Stuart Gordon sends horror icons Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton to an Italian castle with an unsavory something in the basement.
October 4: We Are Still Here – Amazon Prime
A couple (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) mourning the loss of their son find they’re not alone in the New England farmhouse where they were hoping to find peace.
October 5: Paranormal Activity 3 – Amazon Prime
This threequel sends viewers back to the 1980s with sisters Katie and Kristi, the former of whom we met as an adult when she and boyfriend Micah were tormented by a malignant entity in the first installment. Controversial opinion alert: Paranormal 3 is by far the best of the franchise.
October 6: Poltergeist (1982) – Netflix
Tobe Hooper directed this chiller about a family victimized by evil entities inside their unassuming new home (of course, also by careless capitalists and their relentless suburban sprawl). If you saw it as a kid, you’re still scarred by a certain doll in Robbie’s room.
October 7: House (1977) – HBO Max
An evil house starts gobbling up school girls in this Japanese horror-comedy classic that’s as weird and wonderful as it is visually stunning.
Week Two: Teenage Scream
Seven movies that make adolescence seem dangerous as hell.
October 8: Sleepaway Camp — Shudder/Peacock
If it feels like summer camp-set slashers are a dime a dozen, Sleepaway Camp will prove you wrong. Grotesque and delightful through and through, it also has one of the most outrageous endings in horror history.
October 9: Chopping Mall — Shudder
Long before shopping malls really did have robot security guards, Chopping Mall imagined the tech running amuck when a group of teens get locked in their local galleria overnight. (Fun fact: While the Beverly Center was used for exterior shots, the movie was actually filmed at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.)
October 10: Scream — Hulu
Bad hair, worse wardrobe, good ’90s fun. Keep an eye out for a fun cameo by director Wes Craven.
October 11: Slumber Party Massacre — Shudder/Criterion Channel
Teenage girls being terrorized by a killer with a power drill might sound a little on the nose, but this is one of the genre’s few woman-directed offerings.
October 12: One Dark Night — Shudder
Feel like you’ve forgotten how mean teenage girls can be? This is a scary reminder. But the bullies get more than they bargain for when they make a friend stay the night in a mausoleum.
October 13 : Ginger Snaps — Shudder
Teen girl gets her period and literally turns into a dangerous creature. Adolescence metaphors at their bloody finest.
October 14: The VVitch — Showtime/Kanopy
Teenage Thomasin’s superstitious, puritanical family turns on her after a series of misfortunes befall them. Luckily, a goat named Black Phillip has options for her.
Week Three: We Are the Monsters
Horror movies are great at cutting social commentary, and these do a great job at mining our anxieties about the human race and American society.
October 15: Us — HBO Max
Jordan Peele’s fantastic follow-up to Get Out can be (and has been) interpreted a lot of ways, but there’s something very telling about doppelganger Red telling her other, “We’re Americans.”
October 16: Society — Amazon Prime
Ready your barf bag. This delightfully gross commentary on classism in America takes body horror to another level.
October 17: An American Werewolf in London — HBO Max
An American tourist quite literally terrorizes London and the English countryside. Gee, it’s almost like England quite literally created a monster.
October 18: 28 Days Later — Sling
In the grand tradition of zombie movies, Danny Boyle’s 2002 foray proves the living can be just as scary as the dead.
October 19: Dawn of the Dead (2004) — Peacock
This remake of George Romero’s commentary on mindless consumerism sends the undead to the mall. The 1978 original isn’t currently streaming, but it’s worth seeking out too.
October 20: Train to Busan — Prime Video
Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 zombie thriller about an outbreak on a train might hit all little too close to home in the middle of a pandemic, but it’s a must.
October 21: The Descent — Hoopla
Sightless freaks terrorize a group of spelunkers, but the deeper underground they go, the more human drama is dredged up.
Week 4: Masking for It
These movies about masked maniacs will almost make you forget that unmasked people are the scary ones these days.
October 22: Alice, Sweet Alice — Prime Video and Kanopy
A murderer in a translucent mask and yellow raincoat runs amuck in this supremely weird and timely (unfortunately) commentary on religious fanaticism.
October 23: Eyes Without a Face — HBO Max
An obsessed doctor, father of a disfigured daughter, is the baddy in this French classic. Still, Christiane’s mask is creepy as hell.
October 24: You’re Next — Peacock
Psychopaths in animal masks learn the hard way that you should never underestimate a woman raised by survivalists in Adam Wingard’s gory-fun 2011 thriller. (And be ready to have this song stuck in your head.)
October 25: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) — Shudder and The Criterion Channel
Meet the Sawyers. Leatherface is excited to have you for dinner.
October 26: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives — Prime Video
No one hates staying dead more than Jason Voorhees. The hockey mask-clad murderer rises from the dead to terrorize Forest Green (formerly Crystal Lake) in this sequel.
October 27: Creep — Netflix
Mark Duplass is incredible in this horror about a Craigslist deal gone wrong. And wait till you meet Peachfuzz!
October 28: Halloween (1978) — Shudder
A painted William Shatner mask becomes an icon of horror in this John Carpenter classic.
Week 5: Freaky Franchises
We’re wrapping up the month with three great horror franchises, including one that’s managed to produce seven films in as many years. Not every one is a winner, but all in all, you’ll get some scares.
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October 29: The Conjuring Universe
The Conjuring ◍ The Conjuring 2 ◍ Annabelle ◍ Annabelle: Creation ◍ Annabelle Comes Home ◍ The Nun ◍ The Curse of La Llorona
October 30: The Insidious Series
Insidious ◍ Insidious: Chapter 2 ◍ Insidious: Chapter 3 ◍ Insidious: The Last Key
October 31: The Exorcist Francise
The Exorcist ◍ The Exorcist II: The Heretic ◍ The Exorcist III ◍ Exorcist: The Beginning ◍ Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
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