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9 Thrilling Movies to Stream This October

From psychosexual thrills to blood-soaked rebellions, here are the chilling must-see movies heading to your favorite streaming platforms this October.


The streaming gods have released a slew of new films to their online loyalists. But rather than sift through the hordes, allow us to unearth the spine-tingling gems. Herewith, everything you want see this month.




Winter on Fire

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Available October 9

This festival documentary takes viewers street-side for Ukraine’s 93-day rebellion that took place in the dead of winter 2013/14. What started out as a peaceful demonstration soon morphed into a violent war that turned the European snowy streets into a blood-soaked battleground. [watch the trailer]

Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation
Available October 16

A huge hit at TIFF 2015, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation follows the horror a little boy faces as a boy soldier fighting under a sadistic commander played by Idris Elba. It’s Netflix’s first foray into film, so the streaming platform is releasing its theatrical debut in both theaters and online. [watch the trailer]

Manson Family Vacation

Manson Family Vacation
Available October 27

Ever wonder what hanging with Charles Manson was like? Just ask Conrad, the obsessive man-child in this Duplass dark comedy who convinces his brother to tour all of Charlie’s murder sites with him—including the booth Sharon Tate dined in before she, you know, headed home. [watch the trailer]


Primal Fear

Primal Fear
Available October 1

Puh-puh-p-probably one of the best psychological thrillers of the 90s—but not because of its hardboiled mystery, rather because of the verbal sparring between the film’s two lead characters: Martin (Richard Gere), the lawyer on an impossible murder case, and Aaron (Edward Norton), the stuttering altar boy with blood on his hands. [watch the trailer]


Blood Simple
Available October 1

A grisly, Hitchcock-inspired crime thriller, the Coen brothers’ debut film centers around a Texas man who hires a hit man in a ten-gallon hat to off his cheating wife—played by a baby-faced Frances McDormand—but gets way more than he bargained for. [watch the trailer]

Devil's Rejects

The Devil’s Rejects
Available October 1

The follow-up to Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses, Rejects catches up with the highly dysfunctional Firefly family—namely Otis and Baby, played by Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon—as they hit the road on the run from cops who are equally as sadistic. [watch the trailer]


The Fly, 1958

The Fly (1958)
Available October 1

Sure, the Jeff Goldblum remake is pretty good, but Kurt Neumann’s original metamorphic flick, which keeps the gore at a minimum compared to its successor, is essential viewing for genre fans. [watch the trailer]

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Available October 1

Okay, so it’s not technically categorized as “horror.” But it is master of macabre Tim Burton’s first feature film. And he’s crammed it with petty theft, larceny, and some of the most horrifying characters that remain tops in the Burton arsenal: Large Marge still haunts our dreams. [watch the trailer]

Tom at the Farm

Tom at the Farm
Available October 29

Tom’s lover has just died. So he heads to his funeral, only to find out the grieving family was expecting a woman. Confused and heartsick, Tom falls into a psychosexual rabbit hole with his lover’s brother. From twentysomething wunderkind Xavier Dolan, Tom at the Farm is on its way to becoming a genre classic. [watch the trailer]

Still from "The Devil's Rejects" via Lions Gate Films; Still from "Winter on Fire" via Netflix; Still from "Beasts of No Nation" via Netflix; Still from "Manson Family Vacation" via Lucky Hat Entertainment; Still from "Primal Fear" via Paramount Pictures; Still from "Blood Simple" via Getty Images; Still from "The Devil's Rejects" via Lions Gate Films; Still from "The Fly" via Twentieth Century Fox; Still from "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" via Warner Bros.; Still from "Tom at the Farm" via MK2 Productions