Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays around the globe, which, despite having its roots in Britain and Ireland, during a Celtic festival of Samhain, gained traction to see the bigger part of the world’s population know a thing or two about it. As a worldwide event that inspired many other traditions, rituals, and even business ideas, it’s only normal to represent an essential component in more than the entertainment industry. From organized parties created with Halloween themes to vinyl figures to fashion trends, not many are the corners this widespread festivity hasn’t reached. However, the film industry has closely dissected it and kept leveraging it to the joy of cinephiles and movie enthusiasts alike.

But enough beating around the bush! Here is the 2023 Halloween lineup that sends shivers down the spine of every cinephile and not only, allowing you the possibility to watch them from the comfort of your sofa with only a streaming platform account.

Already Launched Productions

The cinematic realm’s possibilities are endless, and new names waiting to burst into fame are coming out monthly. October of this year did not fall short of expectations and surprised cinephiles as it used to. Despite all the noise and fuss generated by the latest disrupting events in the industry due to the Hollywood writers’ strike spanning the better part of the year before the waters settled in September, the already-planned lineup did not suffer many delays or modifications.

Needless to say, it’s premature to pass opinions and engage in heated debates about titles that are fresh off the press. Most people haven’t gained a clue about them besides the unintentional spoilers received from social media or friends. Most folks are still clueless and don’t know what to expect, except for those accidental spoilers from social media or friends. And likely, since most of the titles only hit the shelves less than a week, you’re one of the characters that has yet to familiarize with the plots of the most recent additions.

So, let’s quickly enumerate the productions that have just gotten out of the oven this month.

  • Pet Sematary: Bloodlines – since the 6th of October on Paramount+
  • The Exorcist: Believer – since the 6th of October
  • The Fall of the House of Usher – since the 12th of October on Netflix
  • Piper – since the 16th of October on digital.

Highly Anticipated Drops 

On the other hand, the best is yet to come. Some of the most eagerly awaited titles have been scheduled around the big Halloween day to keep viewers on the edge of their seats around a period that couldn’t be spookier than that.

Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming titles that blend the excitement of this long-standing celebration with the allure of cinematic debuts.

    • Killers of the Flower Moon. This production is one of a kind for Apple TV+ when the platform aimed to deliver exclusivity on the screens for the first time in history. With an impressive cast and high-profile actor names such as Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Martin Scorsese, this American Western crime drama is expected to be one of the smashes of the year. The production’s drop is expected on the 20th of October on Paramount and record a length longer than that of Avatar: The Way of Water, lasting for 3 hours and 26 minutes. Prepare yourself with patience and a large bucket of popcorn!
    • “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” Season Finale. ABC is preparing some hot releases this month, with “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” Season Finale airing two days before the creepiest day of the year. The network has other titles cooking in the oven, too, including “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” on the 22nd of the month, followed by “Toy Story of TERROR!” and The Great Halloween Fright Fight: “201″. Shark Tank: “1506″ and America’s Funniest Home Videos: “3404″ will also be made public in the days to come. But until then, it’s important to note that the title of interest, aka the season finale, will have Hoke, Gentry, Roa-St. Pierre and DeMatteo’s families fight for the prize, with the judge Taniya Nayak having the final word in the battle.
    • Five Nights at Freddy’s. This title will be simultaneously released on the 27th of October in cinemas and on Peacock, being also expected to be included on Paramount’s list. This is the third consecutive Halloween month in which Universal Studios has scheduled a horror film day-and-date, with Halloween Ends in 2022 and Halloween Kills in 2021 serving as the other examples, both securing prominent box office figures despite the lack of exclusivity.
  • South Park the Panderverse. Paramount+ has recently made another exciting disclosure stating that an exclusive South Park event will take place on the 27th of October in Canada and the U.S., with U.K. and Australia following the next day and many other markets expected to be added on the list. 
  • The Enfield Poltergeist. This story of one of the most famous poltergeist cases worldwide will be released on the 27th of October on the platform Apple TV+. The drop date of this TV miniseries directed by Jerry Rothwell has been established strategically to be available on Halloween day.
  • When Evil Lurks. This production’s release date is established on the 27th of October, with the Shudder platform serving as the host. This piece premiered in Canada At the TIFF in September and was already dropped in theaters on the 6th of October. As many have missed seeing it on the big screen, Shudder provides an excellent alternative for those enthusiastic about this debut.
  • Pain Hustlers. Directed by David Yates, this production, scheduled to air on the 27th of October on Netflix, is a crime drama happening in the realm of pharmaceuticals. Some famous names starring in the release are Andy García, Chris Evans, and Emily Blunt, so prepare for a well-made theatrical act.
  • The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula. Regarding Halloween associations, one iconic figure reigns supreme: the legendary Dracula, or the fictional and iconic character in Bram Stoker’s 1897 tale. Suppose you’ve ever heard anything about this mysterious figure. In that case, you’re likely familiar with its links with Romania and the Bran Castle, the latter of which looks astonishingly similar in reality to the descriptions created by the writer. Unsurprisingly, the story’s popularity fueled a lot of trends and inspired movie writers to create all sorts of plots, turning this tale on each side and coming up with new fascinating ideas. The Boulet Brothers’ Dracula series sees its 5th season air on Shudder and AMC+ on the 31st of October, the spookiest day of the year. Several figures in the cast include Anna Phylactic, Blackberri, Cynthia Doll, Fantasia Royale Gaga, and Jarvis Hammer.

Some productions depicted above will have you hiding under the covers, while others will take your breath away. So, which one are you eagerly expected to drop?  

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