Streaming Saturday: Netflix’s Thrills and Chills

October is the perfect time for horror movies, and Netflix offers a handful this month.

The warm summer breezes have turned chilly and the leaves in the trees have started to change their hue. We throw on a sweater, buy pumpkins to carve, and begin planning out our activities, both for the kids and adults. All this Halloween preparation puts us in the mood for all the thrills and chills of horror movies. For those who want to be scared, Netflix’s October programming includes plenty of scary horror movies and series.

The Queen of the Damned
Vampire fans will love this fright-fest, which debuts on October 4. The Queen of the Damned is based off of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series, which includes Interview With the Vampire. In this film, the vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend) battles Queen Akasha (Aaliyah). This film itself is marked by real-life tragedy, as it is the last performance of R&B singer Aaliyah. The Queen of the Damned was released six months after she died in a tragic plane crash.

American Horror Story: Hotel
For those who want more horror than one movie can provide, there’s the American Horror Story series. Hotel is the fifth season of the FX horror TV series, it focuses upon the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles. The hotel’s residents feature a vampire (Lady Gaga), a serial killer, and a maniacal sadist who thinks he’s a demon. If gut-wrenching, no-holds-barred terror is your thing, then American Horror Story: Hotel is your thing. It’s definitely not for the squeamish! American Horror Story: Hotel debuts October 4. Netflix has two more horror series this October – iZombie (October 6) and The Vampire Diaries (October 8).

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Since this movie was made this year, not much is known about it. The film stars Ruth Wilson as a live-in nurse who believes her elderly employer’s house is haunted. Netflix picked up the horror thriller after it premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter compared the film to works from David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. It couldn’t come more highly recommended, as far as I’m concerned! The movie makes its Netflix debut on October 28.

The Lighter Side of Ghosts
If you want something comical but still in the Halloween spirit, try Ghost Town. The movie stars Ricky Gervais as a dentist who can see and talk with ghosts. Despite this rather unique and potentially scary plotline, the film actually is a romantic comedy. This fun-fest also starts Téa Leoni and Greg Kinnear, and is available for streaming beginning on October 1.

Stream Some Scary This Month
When it comes to horror movies, there’s no reason to leave the house this October. Netflix is practically a fright fest with all it has to offer this month. Best of all, there are no commercials, babysitters, or high tickets prices. If you ask me, those things are the real scares!

Here’s a list of everything coming to Netflix during the month of October:

October 1
A Cinderella Story (2004)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)
Blue Streak (1999)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
Ghost Town (2008)
Grizzly Man (2005)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Millennium (1989)
Murder Maps, Season 2 (2015)
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree (2016)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Oriented (2015)
Patton (1970)
Picture This! (2008)
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
The Queen of the Damned (2002)
Quiz Show (1994)
Robotech (1985)
RV (2006)
Saving Mr. Wu (2015)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Snow Day (2000)
Sphere (1998)
Three Kings (1999)
Titanic (1997)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Uninvited (2009)
Unsealed: Alien Files (Season 4)
Without a Paddle (2004)

October 3
Dheepan (2015)

October 4
American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5)
Chevalier (2015)
Dartmoor Killing (2015)
The Flash (Season 2)
The Grinder (Season 1)

October 5
Arrow, Season 4

October 6
iZombie, Season 2

October 7
13th (2016)
Dinotrux (Season 3)
The Ranch (Season 1b)
Russell Peters: Almost Famous 
The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
Supernatural (Season 11)

October 8
The Originals, Season 3
Vampire Diaries, Season 7

October 10
Kuromukuro, Season 2
Love Between the Covers (2015)

October 12
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016)

October 13
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1

October 14
Haters Back Off! Season 1
Project MC2, Season 3
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo*Qiang (2016)

October 15
Being George Clooney (2016)
Chapo: el escape del siglo (2016)
Glitch (Season 1)
Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, Season 1: Part 1

October 16
Dark Matter, Season 2

October 21
Black Mirror, Season 3, Part 1
Containment, Season 1
Joe Rogan: Triggered
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Season 3
Word Party, Season 2

October 24
Doctor Foster, Season 1

October 25
Big Eyes (2014)

October 26
Jesus Camp (2006)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

October 28
7 Años (2016)
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
Into the Inferno (2016)
Skylanders Academy, Season 1
Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: Europe

October 29
The Fall, Season 3

October 31
Chewing Gum, Season 1

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Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.