It’s going to be a spooktacular season! There are a lot of horror films and series on this list, but also a ton of important documentaries, anthologies, dramas, and comedies. Watch as much as you can before all the Christmas TV movies start taking over.
Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood (Netflix) - From Ronny Schalk, who wrote the trippy sci-fi Dark.
Emily in Paris (Netflix) - Lily Collins, Paris adventures, comedy.
Monsterland (Hulu) - Encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and other strange beasts drive broken people to desperate acts. An anthology series.
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.
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. Sci-fi horror starring Phylicia Rashad, please sign me up.
The Lie (Amazon) - A best friend dies in this one and the parents attempt to cover up their daughter’s murder. Directed by Veena Sud, with Peter Sarsgaard, Mireille Enos and Joey King starring.
Hubie Halloween (Netflix) - If you still somehow enjoy Adam Sandler movies.
Books of Blood (Hulu) - Based on Clive Barker’s acclaimed and influential horror anthology book series, Books of Blood follows a journey into uncharted territory through three tales tangled in space and time.
Charm City Kings (HBO Max) - A film adaptation of the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys by Lotfy Nathan and starring Teyonah Parris. This movie charmed judges at Sundance and looks so good.
Deaf U (Netflix) - A tight-knit group of Deaf and hard of hearing students share their stories and explore life at Gallaudet University.
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix) - The Haunting of Hill House Season 2. Kidding. This one is still a ghost story and there’s an au pair.
Evil Eye (Amazon) - A horror movie starring Indian-Americans! A seemingly perfect romance turns into a nightmare when a mother becomes convinced her daughter’s new boyfriend has a dark connection to her own past. Sign me up!
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (Netflix) - a documentary about Korean girl band BLACKPINK. K-pop rise!
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (Netflix) - Rachel Talaylay directs! Tom Felton is in this, too so that’s fun. 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.
Social Distance (Netflix) - This looks kinda dumb, but also interesting? Netflix was like, “Do people want to see more of celebrities’ fancy homes while in quarantine?” This was their answer.
Freedia Got a Gun (Peacock) - This documentary dives into the country’s struggle with gun violence and its ties back to race and toxic masculinity.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) - Sadly haven’t heard great things about this one, but it stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and, if you like Aaron Sorkin scripts, then this is for you.
Helstrom (Hulu) - The last Marvel series that isn’t on Disney+. This series is good if you like the horror/supernatural vibe. Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity.
Rebecca (Netflix) - Lily James and Armie Hammer are newlyweds who move to her husband’s imposing estate, where she must contend with his sinister housekeeper and the haunting shadow of his late wife.
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) - In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl (Anya Taylor-Joy) reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.
On the Rocks (Apple TV+) - Sofia Coppola writes and directs a comedy about relationships starring Rashida Jones and Bill Murray.
Bad Hair (Hulu) - A horror comedy that serves as a commentary about changing your appearance to fit in to modern beauty standards. This is from Justin Simien (Dear White People) and stars Elle Lorraine, Kelly Rowland, Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe, Blair Underwood and Laverne Cox.
Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine (Netflix) — It’s Sarah Cooper, ‘nuff said.
Truth Seekers (Amazon) - A supernatural comedy drama series starring Nick Frost, Samson Kayo, Simon Pegg, and Emma D’Arcy. A group of part-time paranormal investigators team up to uncover a deadly conspiracy.
The Mandalorian (Disney+) - Baby Yoda round two.
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