We’re in the middle of October, which means the Halloween season is in full swing!
Filmmakers have been packing the cineplex with Halloween remakes (Hellraiser), reboots (Halloween Ends), and even a couple of originals (counting down the days until Aussies can finally figure out Barbarian’s big twist).
But if 90 minutes of ghosting isn’t enough for you, then don’t stress because streaming services have unleashed a monstrous mountain of Halloween content to keep you jumping well into November.
This is what you should be seeing.
the midnight club
What is it about? The Midnight Club opens with high school achiever Ilonka being told that instead of going to college, she will be staying home to treat an aggressive form of thyroid cancer.
After her situation becomes terminal, Ilonka jumps onto the nearest library’s computer (did I mention it’s set in 1994?) and finds Brightcliffe Mansion, a hospice home for sick teenagers.
Here he meets a group of equally doomed teenagers who gather in the mansion’s opulent library every night at midnight to tell hair-raising stories.
But Ilonka didn’t come to Brightcliffe to make friends. He wants to find out why, 30 years ago, a girl came to Brightcliffe with terminal cancer, disappeared for a week, and came back completely healthy…
Check it out if you like…any of the previous Netflix shows from co-creator Mike Flanagan (Haunting of Hill House, Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass).
Flanagan has a knack for creating otherworldly horror firmly rooted in real life trauma, he might even shed a tear for some of our doomed teenagers.
Where can i see it? The Midnight Club is currently streaming in its entirety on Netflix.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
What is it about? It’s an anthology, baby!
Master of the grotesque Guillermo Del Toro will assume something of a Rod Sterling figure as he welcomes viewers to his cabinet of curiosities.
There are eight episodes in total, each with a different story and director. Del Toro writes two horror stories, including one directed by Australian director Jennifer Kent.
Horror fans may recognize Kent from her critically acclaimed directorial debut The Babadook, her contribution to the Cabinet of Curiosities will also feature Babadook star and fellow Australian, Essie Davis.
Get ready for some nasty beasts with not one but two episodes based on the stories of HP Lovecraft and another episode based on The Graveyard Rats by Henry Knutter, who was also in Lovecraft’s literary circles and contributed several stories to the Mythos of Lovecraft. Cthulhu.
Other entries include The Outside, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, and The Viewing, written by Mandy writer Panos Cosmatos.
You should see if… you fell in love with the fish man in The Shape of Water, or once you drew eyes on your hands and pretended to be the pale man.
Where can i see it? Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities will premiere October 25-28 on Netflix.
Queer for Fear: The Queer Horror Story
What is it about? For those who want to learn a little from their screams, look no further than Queer For Fear, a multi-part documentary about how the LGBTQIA+ community has shaped the horror we know and love.
The series is executive produced by Bryan Fuller, who terrified audiences for three years as the creator and writer of the television series Hannibal.
Each episode explores LGBTQIA+ representation and queer coding in horror throughout history, from gothic fiction like Frankenstein to how the mid-20th-century “fear of lavender” impacted horror to the vampire movies of the 20th century. the 1980s that were inspired by the AIDS epidemic.
Watch it if… you’re a horror fanatic who’s as interested in the politics behind the camera as he is in the bloodbath in front of it.
Where can i see it? Queer For Fear: The History of Queer Horror airs in its entirety on Shudder.
interview with a vampire
What is it about? Remember back in 1994 when everyone swooned over Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in vampire fangs? It is that, but for television!
But a move to a smaller screen isn’t the only change that has been made to Anne Rice’s seminal gothic tale to transform it into a television series.
The story’s protagonist, Louis de Pointe du Lac, the vampire who gives the titular interview about love, loss, and the perils of immortality to human reporter Daniel Molloy, owned a plantation in the southern United States before of war and a white man in the novel and in the 1994 movie.
In 2022, Louis is played by black British actor Jacob Anderson, so Louis’ story is updated to have him earn his wealth through a chain of brothels in New Orleans.
The series will also lean more heavily into the queer subtext of Rice’s original novel. Louis is shown as a closeted gay man who shares a relationship with his vampire maker Lestat de Lioncourt.
Watch it if… you like Anne Rice, vampires, vampires in love, bloody “feeding” or period costumes.
Where can i see it? Interview with a Vampire is currently airing on Paramount Plus.
What is it about?
A young family moves into their dream home, 657 Boulevard, only to receive a series of increasingly disturbing notes from someone who identifies only as The Watcher.
The Watcher declares himself the guardian of the house, targeting the couple’s children and accusing them of ruining the integrity of the house.
The pair embark on a terrifying journey to find out who is terrorizing them or to get out of the house, whichever comes first.
Does it seem a bit normal? Well, the story of 657 Boulevard actually happened to Derrick and Maria Broaddus in 2014. However, fans of an ultimate ending will find no solace here because the real-life Watcher was never found.
look at it yes…you just can’t get enough of true(ish) crime or Ryan Murphy-esq horror drama.
Where can i see it? The Watcher is currently streaming on Netflix.