The most wonderful time of the year is here! I like to call the final four months of the year “The ‘Ber Months” because they bring so much awesomeness. Sure, there is the holiday season complete with time off from work and fluffy films. But, before that, we get the greatness of spooky season in September and October. Depending on where you live, the weather might get a bit chillier and pumpkin spice everything is available. It’s also the time where scary things like ghouls, goblins, and Ghostface come out to play. And, of course, there’s always Nerdist’s infamous Nerdoween celebration throughout the month of October. So, to get you ready for all the creepy, witchy, and wonderfully frightening things, here’s a short list of spooky TV shows and movies coming out in September and October.
The shower scene in Psycho. The harrowing chase at the beginning of It Follows. The bloodthirsty vampire nurse running towards the camera in Blacula. There are some iconic horror moments that will never, ever leave our minds. Shudder’s new eight episode series will take a look at 101 of those bone-chilling and shocking moments, breaking down exactly why they make our spine tingle. Guests like Tony Todd, Keith David, Greg Nicotero, and more bring in their creative horror expertise to spark new insights and conversations to classic scenes.
Everything about this film is a glaring red flag. Staying in some weird Airbnb with a total stranger. Investigating a noise in some basement. Walking down a dark hallway of terror under the weird Airbnb you’re staying at with a stranger. No. Nope. Nah. But, despite boneheaded actions, this seems like a fun and spooky movie to experience in theaters.
Smile’s unsettling trailer still haunts us to this day. The film follows a doctor who witnesses something traumatic with one of her patients. She eventually starts to question her own mind as strange things happen around her.
Bryan Fuller executive produces this four-part documentary series about the history of the LGBTQ+ community in horror. It will span from highlighting queer pioneers like Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein, to characters and themes (both overt and queer-coded) in horror offerings.
Hocus Pocus 2 still feels surreal. The original film is a Halloween staple and beloved by many folks who like less horror and more general spookiness. Hocus Pocus 2 is bringing back the infamous Sanderson sisters in all their wonderfully eccentric glory and you can watch it every single day in October if you want to. We won’t judge you.
This infamous Anne Rice story is coming to television. And what better time to introduce a period vamp drama than October? Lestat and Louis will be lovers and we love to see it.
Hellraiser is the latest franchise to get a reimagining. This time, Clive Barker is partnering with Hulu to put a modern spin on his 1987 classic. Hellraiser will star Jamie Clayton as the infamous Pinhead with a story about a young woman who finds a box (you know, that one) and deals with the supernatural forces behind its power.
This is quite the wild addition to this year’s lineup. Spirit Halloween will bring the famous store to life in a scary way. That’s right, all the terrors will come alive and try to take out a band of kids. Oh yeah, and Christopher Lloyd is in it, too. It will get a limited theatrical release on September 30 but it won’t become widely available until October.
The final installment in the new Halloween trilogy is coming fresh off the heels of last years’ Halloween Kills. Laurie Strode and Michael Myers will face each other one last time in a death battle. And, while we don’t think there is a way to kill MM, this seems to be the swan song for Laurie, who became an iconic final girl back in 1978. Let’s see how it (and possibly this franchise) will end.
This found footage horror anthology series is coming back for its fifth installment. As the name suggests, V/H/S/99 will take place in 1999. Remember those days? It was before Facebook and Twitter when DVDs were all the rage. And we kinda thought the world was going to experience a technological doomsday. Perfect setting for horror happenings.
Wendell & Wild follows the story of its titular characters—played by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele—in a dark underworld as they dream of starting something brighter. They connect with Kat (Lyric Ross), a girl in the Land of the Living with her own sad story. The stop-motion animation film by Henry Selick is a wonderfully wacky world with a style that is wholly unique.
Originally published on August 26, 2022.
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