The spooky season is upon us, and what better way to get in the Halloween spirit than curl up in a warm blanket with popcorn or snacks by your side and watch a scary movie with the lights off? Of course, a classic Halloween movie guarantees great fun, but new films will always be more frightening (providing that they are good!), and luckily, 2022 has been a very successful year for horror movies. Some of the best new scary movies are already available on different streaming services, and some gems are coming right in time for Halloween. From psychological horrors to blockbuster franchises, there is something for everyone.
So, if you are wondering what to watch during the Halloween season, check out these ten new scary movies you can stream on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or smart TV this October.
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Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (written and directed by John Lee Hancock) is based on the short story of the same name from Stephen King’s 2020 collection If It Bleeds. The plot revolves around a young boy named Craig (Jaeden Martell), an old billionaire named Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland), the unlikely bond they form over books, and an iPhone connecting them from beyond the grave. The story makes a smartphone the main source of tension and takes iPhone addiction to a new level. If you are a Stephen King fan, you don’t want to miss this coming-of-age story with horror and supernatural elements, especially since the author praised the movie adaptation, describing it as "nothing short of brilliant."
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is streaming on Netflix as of October 5.
Smile (written and directed by Parker Finn) is a story about a psychiatrist named Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon), who, after witnessing a bizarre suicide of a patient, starts experiencing inexplicable and terrifying events, including seeing people with creepy smiles everywhere. She must figure out how to escape a curse before suffering a horrible fate. Although it may sound like The Ring, it offers a fresh take on the topic of transferable curses, while the director stated that he looked to films that blend melodrama and terror, such as Rosemary’s Baby and Safe. If you’re looking for something extremely chilling and intense, this movie is already considered one of the most disturbing movies of 2022.
Smile is currently playing only in theaters, but it is expected to stream on Paramount+ sometime around Halloween.
Hellraiser (directed by David Bruckner) is a reboot of the 1987 original horror classic of the same name and a new adaptation of Clive Barker’s 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart, which was also the basis for Barker’s original Hellraiser movie. The new Hellraiser tells the story of a young woman (Odessa A’zion) struggling with addiction and discovering an ancient puzzle box. But she doesn’t know that its purpose is to summon sadistic supernatural beings (Cenobites) from another dimension, including their iconic leader, Pinhead (Jamie Clayton). According to Bruckner, this is not a direct remake but “a new story in the Hellraiser universe,” so if you’re a franchise fan, you should check it out.
Hellraiser is streaming on Hulu as of October 7.
Halloween Ends (directed by David Gordon Green) is a sequel to the 2021 movie Halloween Kills, completing the recent trilogy in the beloved horror franchise. The story of Halloween Ends takes place four years after the end of Halloween Kills. And as the title suggests, it should show the final battle between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle as Michael Myers / The Shape). Green promised big things for the finale of his trilogy. “I think we’re gonna go out with a bang,” said the filmmaker. So if you want to see how the Halloween saga ends and whether it really ends, you’ll get a chance to do so this October.
Halloween Ends is coming to theatres on October 14, and it will stream simultaneously on Peacock.
Nope (written and directed by Jordan Peele) is probably the most talked-about science fiction horror movie of the year. The story follows a brother (Daniel Kaluuya) and sister (Keke Palmer) who notice something mysterious in the skies above their horse ranch and try to capture it on video for profit, which will turn out to be a fatal mistake. If you’re a horror or sci-fi fan and you’re looking for something refreshing and thought-provoking, this is the right movie for you – it is full of unexpected and weird twists and turns, as well as hidden messages and metaphors. The film hit the theatres this summer, and if you haven’t seen it yet, the Halloween season is an ideal time to stream it on one of your devices.
Nope is available to buy or rent on most streaming services, such as Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+. It is also expected to stream on Peacock sometime around Halloween.
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Matriarch (written and directed by Ben Steiner) is the spiritual successor to the director’s short film Urn. The story focuses of a woman named Laura Birch (Jemima Rooper), who returns to her childhood home in a secluded English town after surviving a drug overdose and becoming afflicted with a mysterious disease. While trying to confront her personal demons, she soon discovers the entire town is keeping an unspeakably dark secret that involves not only her mother (Kate Dickie) but also herself. It looks like an intriguing, simmering folk horror story with the potential for a perfect Halloween watch.
Matriarch will be streaming on Hulu as of October 21.
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V/H/S/99 is the fifth installment of the V/H/S found footage horror anthology and is the follow-up to 2021 hugely successful V/H/S/94. It features five new stories: Ozzy’s Dungeon (directed by Flying Lotus), Shredding (directed by Maggie Levin), The Gawkers (directed by Tyler MacIntyre), Suicide Bid (directed by Johannes Roberts), and To Hell and Back (directed by Joseph and Vanessa Winter). The new found footage film has been described as “a thirsty teenager’s home video leads to a series of horrifying revelations.” So if you’re a fan of the V/H/S film series, it seems you’re in for a real treat this Halloween.
V/H/S/99 will be streaming on Shudder as of October 20.
Orphan: First Kill (directed by William Brent Bell) is a prequel to the 2009 psychological horror hit Orphan. The story in the new movie takes place two years before the events of Orphan. We get to see Leena (Isabelle Fuhrman) before she assumes the identity of Esther, the missing daughter of the wealthy Tricia and Allen Albright (Julia Stiles and Rossif Sutherland), and the events after she arrives in America. Orphan was shocking in its way, but the prequel has a twist that is even more surprising and maybe even better than the one in the first movie. If you loved Orphan, then Orphan: First Kill is a must-see movie, especially during the spooky season.
Orphan: First Kill is streaming on Paramount+.
Bodies Bodies Bodies (directed by Halina Reijn) is a dark comedy slasher film. A group of young and rich friends (Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, and Pete Davidson) gather together in a remote mansion for a hurricane party. They soon become trapped in the house and decide to play a game that goes wrong. Although it’s more of a paranoia-driven dark comedy with a satirical take on Gen Z than a bloody horror movie, you’ll get a fair share of jump scares and an incredible twist as an end. So, if you’re looking for a film that will make you laugh and scare you at the same time, this one should do the trick.
Bodies Bodies Bodies is available to buy or rent on most streaming services, such as Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, or Vudu.
Hocus Pocus 2 (directed by Anne Fletcher) is a long-awaited sequel to the original 1993 Hocus Pocus – one of the most-watched Halloween movies in the past three decades. It stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, reprising their roles as the wicked Sanderson sisters. Yes, the witches are back to cause chaos in Salem once again after they are accidentally summoned by two teenagers, Becca (Whitney Peak) and Izzy (Belissa Escobedo). If you want to watch something light, fun, and spooky or need a dose of nostalgia, this may be the ideal film to stream this Halloween season.
Hocus Pocus 2 is streaming on Disney+.
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