The 25 Best Movies to Stream on October 2022

It’s not just horror movies that These are new to streaming in October — although there are plenty of spooky films arriving on various streaming services this month that’ll help you get into the Halloween spirit. This month’s selection of new titles is available on Netflix Prime Video, Hulu and Disney+. It includes everything from classic horror films to fun fantasy romps to very enjoyable period pieces. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best movies new to streaming in October to help you narrow down your viewing options. There’s a new “Hellraiser”movie, the last entry of the latest iteration “Halloween” franchise and even a black-and-white werewolf TV special from Marvel Studios — oh my!

Check out our selections below.


Paramount Pictures

October 1, Paramount+

Alex Garland, a filmmaker, has a reputation for putting a thoughtful and unsettling spin on genres. “28 Days Later” “Dredd” to directing “Ex Machina.”His 2018 film is however, “Annihilation”This film may be the most bizarre, but it’s the best. Natalie Portman stars as a biologist, who is assigned to join a team that will explore a mysterious area called “The Dark Zone”. “the Shimmer.” Her husband previously entered this area, disappeared and then returned home… different. The unexpected encounters she and her fellow Shimmer members make lead to an unforgettable ending. – Adam Chitwood

Jennifer’s Body

20th Century Fox

October 1, Paramount+ & Prime Video

If you are looking for underrated and/or poorly understood gems, then check out “Jennifer’s Body.”Oscar-winning filmmaker, Michael Moore, directed this film that is darkly funny in 2009. “Juno”Diablo Cody is a writer “The Invitation”Karynkusama is the director. She tells the story a popular high school student who is abducted, ritually sacrificed, and then transformed into a demonic force feeding on teenage boys. This film is marketed as a teen horror movie. “Jennifer’s Body”It is actually a clever look at the male gaze and sexuality through two talented female filmmakers. Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and J.K. Simmons are the stars. – Adam Chitwood

Shutter Island

Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo in “Shutter Island” (Paramount Pictures)

October 1, Paramount+ & Prime Video

For the 2010 thriller, Leonardo DiCaprio reunited with Martin Scorsese, the filmmaker. “Shutter Island,”Based on Denis Lehane’s book. This classic psychological thriller is told by Mark Ruffalo and DiCaprio as 1950s U.S. Marshals were dispatched to an asylum for the criminally insane in order to investigate the disappearance and drowning of a mother to her three children. This is visually striking but also haunting – it’s as close as Scorsese has come to a true horror movie, and it packs a whopper of a twist ending. – Adam Chitwood

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Call me by your name

The 25 Best Movies to Stream on October 2022
Sony Pictures Classics

October 1, Netflix

“Call Me by Your Name”One of the most beautiful and immersive love stories of recent memory is this film. This makes it even more disappointing that Armie Hammer has been accused of making untrued allegations. But judging this as a film on its own merits, director Luca Guadagnino conjures a sensual, compassionate story of a young man (played by Timothee Chalamet) who comes of age while vacationing with his family in Italy and falls in love with a student (Hammer) who’s come to study with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg). This movie makes you feel like you’re falling in love, and boasts not one but two new original songs by Sufjan Stevens. – Adam Chitwood


The 25 Best Movies to Stream on October 2022
Universal Pictures

October 1, Netflix

Ridley Scott’s historical epic “Gladiator”Two decades later, more than is still true. Russell Crowe plays a Roman General, who is defeated by Joaquin Phoenix (his own son). His family is murdered and he’s exiled to become a gladiator, fighting to sport. He fights the man who destroyed his life and claws his way to Rome. Entertainment – and some incredible acting – ensues. Hans Zimmer’s score also rules. – Adam Chitwood


TriStar Pictures

October 1, Netflix

“Labyrinth,” Jim Henson’s unfairly maligned musical fantasy, was released back in 1986. It packs a powerful punch. Jennifer Connelly, a young actress, plays Sarah, a teenage girl left with her infant brother. On her watch he’s kidnapped by goblins, leading her into a fantastical realm within the titular, monster-filled maze. This is where the real fun begins. “Labyrinth” comes from watching David Bowie play the king of the goblins – a limber, sexually suggestive phantom who seduces and repels Sarah in equal measure. And above all of the visual razzle-dazzle, including some of the greatest, most convincing characters Henson and his Creature Shop ever dreamed up, it’s this weird subtextual stuff about a young girl’s coming-of-age and her accompanying sexual awakening, that give the movie its power all these years later. (If you haven’t seen it in a while, it’s really striking.) Take a look! “Magic Dance,”Stay for a young woman who is falling under the spell of an oddball supernaturally powerful. – Drew Taylor

The Ocean’s Trilogy

The 25 Best Movies to Stream on October 2022
Warner Bros. Pictures

October 1, Netflix

Is there any more fun, breezy, and free-wheeling film trio than this? “Ocean’s Eleven?” Steven Soderbergh’s original film is a star-powered, hilarious heist that is an absolute blast to behold. The best thing about this series is the way each film is different. “Ocean’s Twelve”This shifts the film’s location to Europe. It offers up a European style and meta-textual narrative about how the pressure is on them to finish the first film. And “Ocean’s Thirteen”Is the “This Time It’s Personal”Al Pacino gives a soaring performance as the antagonist in the final episode of the series. – Adam Chitwood


Open Road Films

October 1, HBO Max

If you’re in the mood for a dark thriller with a powerhouse lead performance, check out 2014’s “Nightcrawler.”Dan Gilroy directed the film. It is darkly comic and shows the world of local media. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou, who records violent incidents and sells them off to a Los Angeles-based news station. But as Lou’s ambition grows, his motives become murky. It certainly has the modern feel. “Taxi Driver”Gyllenhaal’s transformational performance is a treat. Renee Russo is brilliant as Riz Ahmed, and the entire thing is supported by their stellar co-starring roles. – Adam Chitwood

Popstars are a force to be reckoned with.

Universal Pictures

October 1, HBO Max

Full-stop one of the funniest and best comedies of this century. “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”The Lonely Island adds their own spin to a “Spinal Tap”-style story. Andy Samberg plays a Justin Bieber-esque popstar who was once part of a trio in the style of the Beastie Boys. “Popstar” is a mockumentary, following Samberg’s character on tour after the disastrous release of his new album. There are many heart-warming laughs throughout the film, but it is also a touching story about friendship. And the songs – written and performed by The Lonely Island – are legitimate bops. – Adam Chitwood

The American President

Sony Pictures Releasing

October 1, HBO Max

Before Aaron Sorkin was born “The West Wing,”He wrote a romantic comedy called “The American President.” You’ll find the bones of Sorkin’s acclaimed drama series within this film, but at heart this is a romance about a widowed president (played by Michael Douglas) who strikes up a relationship with a lobbyist (played by Annette Bening) and all the complications that ensue. This one’s funny, romantic and sharp. – Adam Chitwood

About Time

Universal Pictures

October 1, Hulu

“About Time”This is great, but be sure to keep tissues close at hand. Richard Curtis, the filmmaker behind “Love, Actually” “Pirate Radio,” this film is a time travel romantic comedy that’s not so secretly a father-son story. Domhnall Geeson plays a man who is taught by his father (Bill Nighy), that men can travel through the time. He uses this power to perfect his courtship of a woman (played by Rachel McAdams), but in doing so discovers that his father’s time before his death is short. This is a grounded and emotional time travel story that’s as much about the time we have left as it is about the time that’s now behind us. – Adam Chitwood


The 25 Best Movies to Stream on October 2022
Sony Pictures

October 1, Hulu

If you’re up for a sci-fi actioner with a smart script, check out “Knives Out” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” filmmaker Rian Johnson’s 2012 film “Looper.”Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays an assassin who kills those who have been sent back in the past, hiding all evidence. Bruce Willis plays his older self. But he hesitates to meet his older self, which leads to a collision with fate, which involves Emily Blunt, a farmer. – Adam Chitwood

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

DreamWorks Pictures

October 3, Paramount+

If it’s been awhile since you saw Steven Spielberg’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” it’s well worth giving another shot. Originally conceived by Stanley Kubrick, Spielberg revived the project after Kubrick’s death and wrote and directed this tale of a young boy A.I. He is then programmed to fall in love with his adoptive family and then abandons him. One part fairy tale and one part nightmare, this is one of Spielberg’s darkest films, with the director maintaining a heartbreaking emotional core throughout the young boy’s journey. Fair warning: If you’re a parent, have tissues at the ready. – Adam Chitwood

Catch me if you can


October 3, Paramount+

Low-key one of Steven Spielberg’s most personal films, 2002’s “Catch Me If You Can”Leonardo DiCaprio portrays the role as a conman who pretends to act like a pilot and a doctor, while still being just a teenager. Tom Hanks plays DiCaprio’s FBI agent, who is on the trail of his suspect. Spielberg enjoys chronicling the jet-set 1960s era. Like many of Spielberg’s films, divorce is a theme here, but unlike those other movies this one finds DiCaprio’s father (played by Christopher Walken) as the jilted one while his mother leaves to start a new family. This was rooted in Spielberg’s discovery late in life that his parents’ divorce was not, as he and his siblings were led to believe, because his father left, but instead because his mother fell in love with someone else and his father didn’t want the kids to blame her. So it was. “Catch Me If You Can” is something of a love letter to Spielberg’s own father after his string of “Bad Dad” movies like “E.T.” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” – Adam Chitwood

The Indiana Jones Quadrilogy

ke huy quan harrison ford indiana jones and the temple of doom
Harrison Ford and Ke Huy Quan in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (Paramount)

October 3, Paramount+

Now you can stream the entire thing “Indiana Jones”Paramount+ offers franchises, but we recommend that you stick with three. “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” has some bright spots and is worth checking out if you’ve never seen it, but it’s far from the quality of the first three. “Raiders of the Lost Ark”This is a masterpiece. “Temple of Doom” is one of the darkest films of Steven Spielberg’s career; and “Last Crusade”This is a heartwarming tale of a father/son road trip. This film is one of the most watched films in history. – Adam Chitwood


Jamie Clayton in “Hellraiser” (Hulu)

October 7, Hulu

The new “Hellraiser”It’s actually quite good! There are 11 films in this franchise. “The Ritual” “The Night House”David Bruckner gives the series a fresh twist by turning the story of extradimensional beings, who mistake pain and pleasure into a tale on addiction. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of gore and incredible effects, but the emotional crux of this one makes it sing all the better. – Adam Chitwood

Marvel’s Werewolf by Night

Werewolf by Night Gael Garcia Bernal
Marvel Studios

October 7, Disney+

Marvel Cinematic Universe is going spooky. “Werewolf by Night,”This movie is a medium-sized movie, running about 53 minutes. It follows Jack Russell, the title character. Gael Garcia Bernal plays the role of Jack Russell. Jack is summoned along with other monster hunters to investigate a mysterious mansion and find the deadliest creature. Can Jack capture the beast without identifying himself as a werewolf, and still be able to hunt it down? It is a question that will be answered! Michael Giacchino, the director, deliberately plays back-to-back in form and content. His film features black-and white photography and a rich orchestral score (also by Giacchino). This could be the opening to a whole new area of Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or is it a one-off experiment. Either way, it’s a ton of Halloween-y fun. – Drew Taylor

Catherine Called Birdy

Andrew Scott and Bella Ramsey in "Catherine Called Birdy" (2022)
Andrew Scott and Bella Ramsey “Catherine Called Birdy” (Prime Video)

October 7, Prime Video

Lena Dunham, filmmaker, adapts Karen Cushman book “Catherine Called Birdy”Prime Video tells the story of a young girl, 1290 set (played and edited by “Game of Thrones”Bella Ramsey (alumna) is about be married by her financially struggling father. But Birdy’s not inclined to do what she’s told, and her fierce independence puts her on a collision course with her parents. – Adam Chitwood

The Northman

Focus Features

October 11, Prime Video

What does it take to make a Viking epic violent from the visionary director? “The Witch” “The Lighthouse” sound? The answer is “very cool,” and that’s exactly what you get with “The Northman.”Alexander Skarsgard plays the role of a Viking warrior-prince who seeks revenge for his father’s murder (played in 2022 by Ethan Hawke). The film is filled with stunning scenery and an incredible cast, including Nicole Kidman and Anya TaylorJoy as well as Willem Dafoe, Willem Dafoe, and Bjork (yes that Bjork). – Adam Chitwood

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Halloween is Over

Halloween Ends
Universal Pictures

October 14, Peacock

2018’s “Halloween” boldly did away with the cumbersome mythology of a series of so-so sequels and remakes, instead returning to the bedrock that made the 1978 original so special – chiefly, putting Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead role (she’s now older and embittered, but she’s still our Laurie Strode) and making the whole thing scary as hell. Two sequels to the 2018 film were announced quickly, creating a modern, standalone trilogy. “Halloween Kills,”Initially scheduled for 2020, the doors finally opened in January 2017. Now we are closer. “Halloween Ends.” It’s been four years since the events of ‘Kills’Haddonfield has moved on for the most part. Laurie now lives with Andi Matichak her granddaughter, and she is trying to forget the trauma of her past. This is a difficult task, especially when a stranger with a past (Rohan Cameron) awakens Michael Myers. While this one has its moments, it feels like the end of this particular run. “Halloween”After the bloodbath, films and a grounded, more emotional recalibration “Halloween Kills.”Turn the lights down, turn up Peacock, and crank the volume up. – Drew Taylor



October 14, Hulu

Is there ever enough? “Romeo and Juliet” adaptations? The most recent version is described as “a fresh and comedic twist” on Shakespeare’s classic love story “as told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline (played by Kaitlyn Dever), who also happens to be Romeo’s recent love interest. Heartbroken when Romeo (Allen) meets Juliet (Merced) and begins to pursue her, Rosaline schemes to foil the famous romance and win back her guy. This one has a screenplay by Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber, the duo behind “The Fault in Our Stars” “(500) Days of Summer.” – Adam Chitwood

The School for Good and Evil

( L - R) Michelle Yeoh as Professor Anemone, Charlize Theron as Lady Lesso and Kerry Washington as Professor Dovey in "The School For Good And Evil" (2022)
Michelle Yeoh plays Professor Anemone. Charlize Theron portrays Lady Lesso. Kerry Washington portrays Professor Dovey in The School For Good And Evil (Netflix).

October 19, Netflix

“Bridesmaids,” “Spy” “Ghostbusters”Paul Feig, a filmmaker, tries his hand in fantasy with the Netflix original “The School for Good and Evil.” Based on the book of the same name by Soman Chainani, the story concerns two best friends — one into fairy tales, the other with a darker taste — who are whisked away for a literal school for Good and Evil. But when the two are mismatched — the “lighter”A friend sent to School for Evil and The “darker” friend sent to the School for Good — they try to figure out what’s amiss. – Adam Chitwood

Wendell & Wild

Wendell & Wild

October 28, Netflix

Henry Selick still lives! Henry Selick, stop-motion filmmaker responsible for timeless classics “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” hasn’t made a feature since 2009’s Oscar-nominated “Coraline.” But he’s finally back, with a brand-new feature, “Wendell & Wild,”Produced, co-written and starring Jordan Peele. The movie features Peele and Keegan Michael Key, his long-time creative partner. They play two demons who trick their way into the world through their relationship with Lyric Ross (a young girl). A more complex and thoughtful version. “Beetlejuice,” “Wendell & Wild” is crafted with Selick’s trademark handcrafted ghoulishness (he says his movies “scare not scar”) and will undoubtedly become another Halloween classic. It’s a 24-frame-per-second wonder. – Drew Taylor

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Downton Abbey: A New Era

Focus Features

October 28, Prime Video

Pleasant is the best word to describe it when it comes down to “Downton Abbey,”And if you haven’t seen the sequel, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” in theaters earlier this year, now’s your chance to watch it on streaming. The follow-up film finds a Hollywood crew setting up shop at the Abbey to film a major motion picture – and a silent film at that! – all the while a secret from the Dowager Countess’ (Maggie Smith) past threatens to come to the surface as she’s gifted a villa in the south of France. – Adam Chitwood

Crimes of the Future

The 25 Best Movies to Stream on October 2022
New Cinema Enterprises

October 31, Hulu

David Cronenberg is 79 years old and an older statesman in body horror. He pioneered the subgenre with films like “Scanners,” “The Brood”And his extra-slimy remake “The Fly.”However, “Crimes of the Future”It’s clear that he is capable of bringing the goo. This movie, which shares a name with a short film from early in his career, images a perpetually crummy future where performance artists like Viggo Mortensen (one of Cronenberg’s closest collaborators in recent years) get surgery on stage for the amusement of an indifferent audience. (The movie’s tagline was “Surgery is the new sex.”Everything in “Crimes of the Future” looks like shit – the actors are barely made up; the walls of the locations are cracked and crumbling; the photography muddy – and that’s part of the point. It’s all gone to hell. Cronenberg makes the most of his lo-fi dystopia and the performers (among them: Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and, um, Scott Speedman) are clearly have the time of their life. This is a masterwork of late-career excellence, one that will crawl through your brain and get in there. It’s also got arguably the greatest final shot in movies this year. Enjoy! – Drew Taylor

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