The Best Horror Movies and Shows to Stream on Netflix This October

    The spookiest movies, for the spookiest month.

    The spookiest month of the year is upon us, and Netflix intends to deliver the goods. Every week in October the streaming platform will serve up at least one new horror movie or television show to add to your queue—and many of the releases are bloody good.  

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    Below, you’ll find the most notable Netflix horror movies and shows in October plus their release dates. From Stephen King adaptations to a gruesome cannibalism tale and the return of Stranger Things, Netflix has got you covered.



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    If you haven’t seen this terrifying thriller yet, there’s no better time. Young, deaf author Maddie lives alone in the woods, seemingly easy prey for a masked killer. But the man attempting to murder her may have got more than he bargained for.

    The Invitation


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    When Will and new girlfriend Kira are invited to his ex-wife’s dinner party, nothing can go wrong. Right? Not so much. The Invitation is an engrossing slow burn of a horror movie, begging you to imagine all the horrific possibilities.

    Gerald's Game


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    September 29 saw the debut of the first of Netflix’s many upcoming Stephen King projects. This adaptation of one of King's lesser-known (and less beloved) novels tells the tale of Jessie, who is trapped alone in the middle of nowhere with no one to hear her scream.The psychological horror thriller looks like can't-miss material, thanks to director Mike Flanagan (Hush) and stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood. Give it a chance; you’ll practically be handcuffed to your TV set.

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    The Reaping

    October 1

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    Hilary Swank and Idris Elba play missionaries investigating claims of miracles around the world. When a priest calls, warning Swank that God may be about to punish her, she ignores him. Suddenly, the world comes crashing down on the two, along with a number of biblical interventions.

    Cult of Chucky

    October 3

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    The most recent addition to the Chucky franchise recenters the horror. Easily the most violent Chucky film to date, Cult of Chucky will enthrall any doll-loving or hating horror aficionado. The mental institution setting adds some extra creep factor to the already intensely freaky doll from hell. 2013's Curse of Chucky is also currently available.


    October 4

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    This disturbing coming-of-age cannibalism tale will freak out any viewer. A vegetarian teen goes off to college to discover meat, sex, intricate social rituals and more along her way to adulthood.

    Donnie Darko

    October 11

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    This classic is worth a revisit—or a first watch—once it hits Netflix in the middle of October. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal play siblings. Donnie has begun having doomsday visions, complete with freaky bunnies. Can he decipher the visions before they come true?

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    October 13

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    This Netflix original series takes on the legacy of John E. Douglas and the creation of criminal profiling at the FBI. Actual serial killers will be featured on the show, as the FBI agents struggle to learn more about what motivates this depraved type of killing.

    The Babysitter

    October 13

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    This new horror-comedy coming straight to Netflix features a kid discovering that his babysitter is part of a satanic cult. After his discovery, the cult will go to any length to silence him.

    Slasher: Guilty Party

    October 17

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    The follow-up to last year’s Slasher (first season also available on Netflix) will make its debut on Netflix later this month. This season takes place at a remote Canadian summer camp, where former camp counselors come together to hide the remnants of a crime committed in their youth. Season two promises a return of the fun horror so apparent in the first season.


    October 20

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    Netflix’s second original Stephen King of the month, 1922 is based on a novella originally published in Full Dark, No Stars. Set (obviously) in 1922, the story follows a family of three. When the mother decides she wants to move to a city, her husband murders her, dumps her body in the well, and takes over the property she owned. Soon, their home is being thoroughly haunted. Think The Shining + Pet Sematary, and you’ve got the basic creepy equation down.

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    The Mist: Season 1

    October 24

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    If you’re not burnt out on King adaptations yet, try on this Spike adaptation of The Mist. Although the show was not picked up for a second season, its unique take on the infamous King story is worth a look.

    Stranger Things: Season 2

    October 27

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    Just in time for Halloween, Stranger Things gets… well, you know. The whole crew is back, and the stakes are higher this season. Can the boys save Eleven from the Upside Down? Is Will going to end up back there? And who are the new kids in town?

    Need more options? Last month’s 12 Fresh and Terrifying Horror Movies is still up to date—all 12 are still available to stream immediately.

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