I have to be honest…I’m disappointed in the slate of horror movies for October 2018.

Shouldn’t the movie release calendar for October be overflowing with horror movies? I’m not even asking for good horror movies. I’ll take them all–well-made, shoddily-made, solid casts, bad acting, inventive premises, uninspired ripoffs–I don’t care.

Where are all the horror movies?

I suppose I should be thankful for the movies we have. After all, the latest Halloween comes out this month, and I could not be more excited! Netflix’s Apostle and indie film The Dark also look like great contenders for worthwhile horror.

In fact, I’m just going to spend a lot of my time on Netflix this Halloween. Between Apostle and Netflix’s new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Haunting of Hill House,  Netflix seems like a sure bet for horror.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t check out the rest of the horror offerings this month. Maybe just…temper your expectations.


October 5

Venom (Wide)

“Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.”

So yes, this isn’t exactly a horror movie, but I had to include it because of the obvious horror influences. This film is being marketed as “a spin on a horror film,” and reportedly borrows heavily from the works of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg. That’s certainly evident from the trailer.

However, I’m not going to hold my breath. Early reviews for the movie are not impressive so far. Also, am I the only one who thinks the CGI venom looks like a crappy cartoon? I’m not usually a mega-snob about these things, but it just doesn’t look good to me. Maybe save this one for Amazon Prime, guys.

Knuckleball (VOD)

“A 12-year-old boy becomes the center of a maelstrom of terror when his grandfather dies suddenly on an isolated farm.”

Yikes, if you took out all the quirky fun of Home Alone and upped the psycho factor, you’d have this movie.

Malevolent (Netflix)

“A brother-sister team who fake paranormal encounters for cash get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted estate turns very, very real.”

Not a groundbreaking plot by any means, but it looks like an OK haunted house movie. I am intrigued by the amount of gore hinted at in the trailer since gore isn’t usually a part of the haunted house narrative. These ghosts (or someone else) might be quite physically dangerous.

October 12

Apostle (Netflix)

“A man travels to a remote island to search for his missing sister after she is kidnapped by a murderous religious cult.”

Lord, I am so ready. I love horror movies about cults and messed up religious communities. And with Michael Sheen and Dan Stevens having an act off? This looks brutal and tense and utterly chilling. I’M SO READY.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (Wide)

“Two boys face an onslaught from witches, monsters, ghouls and a talking dummy after they discover a mysterious book by author R.L. Stine.”

Your childhood is back from the dead in a sequel to the Goosebumps movie. Unfortunately, this kid’s Halloween movie doesn’t look particularly scary, even by kiddy standards. And I like my kid’s horror with some edge. Sorry, not sorry.

October 19

Halloween (Wide)

“It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.”

America’s mom, Jamie Lee Curtis, I ready to kick some psychopath ass, and goddamn, I am pumped. I want her to give it as good, nay, better, than she got because Michael Myers is a f*$&#^! deserves it.

But all fanservice aside, I am very interested in what they’re going to do with this movie. If there’s anyone producer I trust to get a sequel to Halloween right, it’s Jason Blum. And I love that Jamie Lee Curtis, a 59-year-old woman, has a such an intense, action-packed role. No more are slashers focused on teenagers. Now it’s about long-lasting, deep-seated trauma, and the way a woman’s life has been irrevocably altered by the actions of one predatory psychopath. It reminds me so much of the #MeToo movement.

I can’t wait to see what they do with it. Hopefully, Halloween is more than just a slasher. It has the potential for that.

High Voltage (VOD)

“An emerging rock band, managed by industry vet Jimmy Kleen, strike a deal with record executive Rick Roland. Things take a sinister turn when the band’s lead singer, Rachel, and her mother, Barb are struck by lightning and killed. Rachel is brought back to life, but she is different than before. Lightning courses through her veins and she uses her new strange electrical powers to drain the life from men, turning it into electrifying stage performances, but just how far are the band willing to go to make it.”

What are David Arquette and Luke Wilson doing in this movie? I just…can’t…even.

This looks so ridiculous, and not in a good way. Those lightning kisses are hilarious.

I can’t take this movie seriously.

October 26

Killer Kate! (VOD)

“Kate attends her estranged sister’s bachelorette party at the request of their dying father. The weekend, which is spent at a remote cabin booked on a home sharing app, turns into a savage fight for survival.”

Who doesn’t love a bachelorette-party-gone-wrong horror movie? While this doesn’t look like the best movie ever, and it seems to retrace well-worn horror tropes, it could be funny enough to justify a viewing. Once it comes to Netflix.

The Dark (VOD)

“A murderous, undead girl haunts the remote stretch of woods where she was killed decades earlier. One night she discovers a blind boy hiding in the trunk of one of her victim’s cars. Her decision to let the boy live throws her solitary existence into upheaval, and ultimately forces her to re-examine just how much of her humanity her murderer was able to destroy.”

I first heard about this movie from the FrightFest film festival. It seemed like a really cool movie then, and it seems even cooler now. Its focus on an adolescent relationship between two misfits reminds me of Let the Right One In (though, hopefully, The Dark lacks the manipulation, child abuse, and utter bleakness of the other film). The Dark also seems to be a compelling horror movie, with the premise, atmosphere, and unflinching gaze that good horror movies need. I’ll definitely be watching this one as soon as possible.

What are you going to be watching this October? Let me know in the comments!