With Halloween weekend quickly approaching, ComingSoon.net put together a guide of the best new horror movies and TV shows available to stream beginning this month in honor of our favorite spooky holiday! Also including a few watch parties/virtual events as a special treat for horror fans, you can check out our guide to help you celebrate this Halloween!
Best New Spooky Series to Stream
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Mike Flanagan’s follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House — also a must-watch — on Netflix is inspired by the works of Henry James. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny, Dani (Victoria Pedretti), to care for his orphaned niece (Amelie Bea Smith) and nephew (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve), and housekeeper Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller).
Following the season finale of Misha Green’s fantasy horror drama, the entire first season is available now to stream on HBO Max. Based on author Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
Based on the short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters, the series is a horror anthology which follows the story of broken people driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, featuring encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and a variety of other mythical creatures and horrors. Monsterland stars Kaitlyn Dever, Taylor Schilling, Mike Colter, Kelly Marie Tran, Jonathan Tucker, and more.
From Paul Zbyszewski, the series follows siblings and supposed serial killer offspring Daimon Helstrom (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Sydney Lemmon). Plagued by their family background, the Helstrom’s will pursue the world’s vilest of the vile — with some family drama of their own.
Set in a mysterious world filled with dread and just-out-of-sight monsters, Truth Seekers mixes the very funny with the very scary in an exciting take on genre storytelling. The eight-episode supernatural comedy series co-created by and starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg follows a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. However, as they stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers, and abandoned hospitals with their array of homemade ghost-detecting gizmos, their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, more terrifying, and even deadly, as they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.
Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2
Six new episodes of the documentary crime series dropped earlier this month, profiling more unexplained disappearances, tragic events, and bizarre occurrences. Perhaps one viewer holds the key to solving these cases. Detectives, journalists, and family members offer intriguing theories in this gripping series, from the creators of the original docuseries, Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, and 21 Laps Entertainment, the producers of Stranger Things.
Evil Season 1 – Now Streaming on Netflix
CBS’ horror crime drama series began streaming its first season on Netflix earlier this month. Evil is a psychological mystery series about the battle between science and religion. It focuses on Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), a skeptical female clinical psychologist who joins David Acosta (Mike Colter), a Catholic priest-in-training, and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
Mr. Mercedes Seasons 1 & 2 – Now Streaming on Peacock
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling Bill Hodges novel trilogy, the first two seasons of the series, which originally aired on Audience Network, moved to Peacock this month. Mr. Mercedes follows a retired detective, Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson), who is tormented by a serial killer, Brady Hartsfield aka Mr. Mercedes (Harry Treadaway), through a series of letters and e-mails, causing him to set out on a dangerous and potentially felonious crusade to protect his loved ones and himself.
Best New Spooky Movies to Stream
Welcome to The Blumhouse
Prime Video presents Welcome to The Blumhouse, a collection of unsettling genre films that tap into our deepest fears. Produced by master of horror Jason Blum, and directed by a group of emerging voices, these stand-alone dark thrillers — The Lie, Nocturne, Black Box, and Evil Eye — introduce audiences to new worlds, diverse perspectives, and sinister plots. While each film is distinct, the Welcome to The Blumhouse collection explores family and love as a redemptive or destructive force. Curl up on the couch, unsettle in, and watch as our characters become entangled in their own web of lies, betray their loved ones, and escape from the evils that haunt them.
In the film written and directed by Josh Ruben, Fred (Ruben), a frustrated copywriter, checks into a winter cabin to start his first novel. While jogging in the nearby woods, he meets Fanny (Aya Cash), a successful and smug young horror author who fuels his insecurities. During a power outage, Fanny challenges Fred to tell a scary story. As a storm sets in, they pass the time spinning spooky tales fueled by the tensions between them, and Fred is forced to confront his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. The stakes are raised when they’re visited by a horror fan who delivers levity (and a pizza) to the proceedings.
The Wolf of Snow Hollow
Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall (director/writer Jim Cummings) struggles to remind himself there’s no such thing as werewolves.
Reimagining Roald Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (Jahzir Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Octavia Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch (Anne Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.
Written and directed by Jarand Herdal, in the starving aftermath of a nuclear disaster, a family of three attends a charitable event at a hotel, which takes a dark turn when people start to disappear.
Death of Me
Starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth, the movie centers on a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife — though she’s actually very much alive.
Books of Blood
Based on Clive Barker’s acclaimed horror anthology Books of Blood, Brannon Braga and Adam Simon’s adaptation takes a journey into uncharted and forbidden territory through three tales tangled in space and time.
The Mortuary Collection
In the town of Raven’s End, nothing is as it seems… Desperate for work, a young drifter (Caitlin Fisher) applies for a job at the local mortuary on the outskirts of town. There she meets Montgomery Dark, (Clancy Brown) an eccentric mortician with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Montgomery chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last. But the drifter’s world becomes unhinged when she discovers that the final story is her own!
In this horror satire from writer/director Justin Simien set in 1989, the film follows an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) who gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career comes at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own.
Creepshow Animated Special
Two animated tales of terror: “Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Greg Nicotero, stars Kiefer Sutherland as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost. “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars Joey King as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth.
Tales from the Hood 3
Following the franchise’s cult classic roots, this new anthology featuring Tony Todd and Lynn Whitfield will scare and thrill with its horrifying twists and social commentary.
While visiting her fiancé’s mother in southern Italy, a woman (Mía Maestro) must fight the mysterious and malevolent curse intent on claiming her daughter.
Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play by the rules. But this year, an escaped criminal and a mysterious new neighbor have Hubie on high alert. When people start disappearing, it’s up to Hubie to convince the police (Kevin James, Kenan Thompson) and townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them.
Vampires vs. the Bronx
From Osmany Rodriguez and Blaise Hemingway, the comedy-horror feature follows a group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from gentrification…and vampires.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
When high school freshman Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart) reluctantly agrees to babysit Jacob Zellman (Ian Ho) on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be recruited into an international secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters. In order to keep Jacob safe from harm, Kelly teams with no-nonsense chapter Vice President Liz Lerue (Oona Laurence), tech genius Berna Vincent (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), creature expert Cassie Zhen (Lynn Masako Cheng), and potions master Curtis Critter (Ty Consiglio) to defeat a Boogeyman known as “The Grand Guignol” (Tom Felton), a glamorous witch named “Peggy Drood” (Indya Moore) and their legion of mysterious monsters.
Spooky Events to Stream
Blumhouse is hosting its first-ever virtual event BlumFest where horror fans can get a sneak preview of the studio’s upcoming movie and TV projects. BlumFest 2020 will be consisting of virtual panels, sneak previews, updates, and news announcements which will be hosted and moderated by Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley. The event will feature appearances from the cast and filmmakers of Welcome to the Blumhouse, The Craft: Legacy, Freaky, Halloween Kills, and The Good Lord Bird. Fans should also anticipate several surprise guests who will share exclusive news about Blumhouse’s unannounced projects. The virtual event will be taking place this Thursday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. PT on Blumhouse’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Rakuten Viki, the largest streaming service for Asian content, is hosting a Halloween Movie Night watch party for Rampant, a Korean thriller about the spread of a zombie plague, on October 31 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Be sure to also check out their “Spooki Viki” Halloween collection, consisting of over 40 Asian horror titles, including Train to Busan, Tale of the Nine-Tailed, Search, Hotel Del Luna, and much more!
BroadwayHD, the streaming platform for theater fans, is debuting Night of the Living Dead Live!, the stage version of the original George A. Romero 1968 film, on October 29. One of the most iconic and influential releases of all time, Night of the Living Dead Live! skirts the line between the horrific and the hysterical, as it makes its London debut. The production, written by Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer, and Trevor Martin, follows the eerie story of a bunch of strangers holed up in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania.