October is a horror fan’s favorite month. The nights start to get longer, the temperature drops, the leaves turn, the decorations and pumpkins come out, and the best holiday of the year arrives. It’s also the time we like to hunker down, break out the cider, turn the lights off, and binge through a host of horror movies, both new and classics alike.
With theatrical releases few and far between in the month of October, we turn to our own horror movie marathons to get us through the month. For those of us who put together our own playlists, let’s take a look at what Netflix is offering up to the sacrificial altar for October:
– ”Murder Maps: Season 2”
This docu-drama series takes you back in time to the most shocking and surprising murder cases in history, that you haven’t heard of. Host Nicholas Day guides us into the world of the killer, using expert analysis and dramatic reenactments of some of London’s deepest and darkest secrets.
–”THE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED (2002)”
The vampires Lestat (Stuart Townsend,) first introduced in INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE (1994,) awakens from a decades long slumber, to become a world-famous rock star, until his music and antics awaken the powerful vampire queen Akasha (Aaliyah.)
–THE UNINVITED (2009)
Anna Ivers (Emily Browning) returns home to her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks.) Her dismay quickly turns to horror when she is visited by ghastly visions of her dead mother. Remake of the 2003 South Korean film “A TALE OF TWO SISTERS.
–”American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5)”
The fifth season of the emmy-winning horror anthology series sees the debut of Lady Gaga as the owner of the eccentric Hotel Coronado in Los Angeles. With mystery and terror in every room, it becomes quickly evident that not everything is as it seems.
–”DARTMOOR KILLING (2005)
Susan (Rebecca Night) and Becky’s (Gemma-Leah Devereux) plans for a quiet weekend on Dartmoor are de-railed by the psychological and sexual mind games of a charming stranger, Chris (Callum Blue.) Shocking secrets, recent and deeply buried, come to the surface. Nothing and no one is what they seem and the weekend swiftly becomes a desperate fight for a survival. –Rotten Tomatoes
–”Supernatural: Season 11”
If you’re not caught up on the Winchester brothers’ fight against The Darkness with the help of both Heaven and Hell, now is the perfect time to binge before you take on the impending Season 12.
–”The Originals: Season 3”
A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong. –IMDB
–”The Vampire Diaries: Season 7”
If you’re not caught up on the supernatural goings on in the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, now’s your chance. Catch up on all of the previous seasons before the eighth and final season drops.
–”Black Mirror: Season 3 (Part 1)”
Originally a UK import, the horror anthology series proved to be an immense hit when it came to Netflix. So much so that they are producing their own season. A perfect fit for late October.
–”Containment: Season 1”
After an epidemic causes a section of Atlanta to be quarantined and cut off from the rest of the world, the survivors inside fight for the lives from threats both from within and out.
–I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE (2016)
When Lily (Ruth Wilson) is hired as a live-in nurse for an elderly author (Paula Prentiss,) it’s not long before she begins to suspect that the house she’s in is actually haunted.
Jason Stollery has horror films encoded into his DNA, going so far as to name his sons Michael and Fred. After attending film school in Canada, he began focusing on writing, specializing in genre films. He can be found on Twitter @smegghed, and on his genre film blog and podcast at filmguild.net