It’s possible you may not have heard about any of these video-on-demand movies releasing this month because SAG/AFTRA actors are currently on strike and cannot promote them. It’s also possible they are just so bad their studios wanted them ghost dropped. But it is hard to argue the latter because these look like quality films.
Interestingly, there is a remake on the list that we didn’t know we needed and another based on a viral supernatural Tik Tok game.
The following movies will release this month on VOD so keep an eye out and let us know if there are any other above-par surprise releases that we missed!
Remember the Meryl Streep/Kevin Bacon thriller called The River Wild back in 1990? This is the remake of that movie. It’s now available on Netflix (US) and if is as good as the original you’re in for a tense and suspenseful experience. (Stream on Netflix August 1)
Follows a pair of siblings who love but distrust each other as they embark on a white-water rafting trip with a small group. One of their friends from childhood turns out to be more dangerous than he appears.
We haven’t had a good time-loop movie since Triangle or Time Crimes. Does Happy Death Day count? This one looks incredibly bloody with lots of action. Time travel movies can be interesting if done right, and this one might looks above average based on the trailer. We’ll see when it hits VOD on August 8.
After a mysterious accident at a research camp on the Isle of Gran Manan, a CEO hires a team of blue-collar mercenaries to extract his daughter, a scientist working at the camp. Upon arrival, the team soon learns that not only is the island surrounded by a wormhole that causes time to reset every three days, but it’s also crawling with hideous monsters. As they learn more about the nature of time, space, and the creatures on the island, they quickly realize that death may be the easiest way to escape the island.
A viral Tik Tok paranormal game gets its own movie. This one involves an elevator and sequence of floor numbers that must be done in order or else. Of course we have seen this curse before in different titles, but at least this is a spin that hasn’t been done before. The doors will open on VOD on August 11.
Supernatural horror, based on the eponymous online phenomenon, a ritual conducted in an elevator, in which players attempt to travel to another dimension using a set of rules that can be found online.
This one feels oddly like a 47 Meters Down clone but with an earthquake instead of sharks. The underwater photography looks amazing and anything with a countdown timer, in this case a depleting oxygen tank, can get our pulses pounding.
Two sisters go diving at a beautiful, remote location. One of the sisters is struck by a rock, leaving her trapped 28 meters below. With dangerously low levels of oxygen and cold temperatures, it is up to her sister to fight for her life. This title will swim to the surface on VOD on August 25.
Slashers have become as formulaic as shark movies. But this one caught our eye because even though its derivative of its ancestors, it still looks like an upscale entry into the genre. This movie gets a VOD release on August 18.
A group of teenagers take a trip to an isolated summerhouse in the countryside. What starts as a peaceful getaway turns into a horrific nightmare when a masked man begins to terrorize them in the most gruesome ways.
Shout! TV and Scream Factory TV Roll Out Their Horror Schedules
Shout! TV and Scream Factory TV are celebrating five years of their horror block 31 Nights of Horror. These channels can be found on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps and digital streaming platforms such as Amazon Freevee, Local Now, Plex, Pluto TV, Redbox, Samsung TV Plus, Sling TV, Streamium, TCL, Twitch, and XUMO.
The following schedule of horror movies will play each night through the month of October. Shout! TV plays the broadcast edited versions while Scream Factory streams them uncensored.
There are quite a few movies worth noting in this collection including the underrated Dr. Giggles, or the rarely seen Bloodsucking Bastards.
For Neil Marshall fans (The Descent, The Descent II, Hellboy (2019)) they are streaming one of his early works Dog Soldiers.
There are also some seasonal classics such as Night of the Living Dead, House on Haunted Hill, and Carnival of Souls.
Below is the full list of movies:
31 NIGHTS OF HORROR OCTOBER PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE:
Programs are scheduled for 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT nightly.
- 10/1/23 Night of the Living Dead
- 10/1/23 Day of the Dead
- 10/2/23 Demon Squad
- 10/2/23 Santo and the Treasure of Dracula
- 10/3/23 Black Sabbath
- 10/3/23 The Evil Eye
- 10/4/23 Willard
- 10/4/23 Ben
- 10/5/23 Cockneys vs. Zombies
- 10/5/23 Zombie High
- 10/6/23 Lisa and the Devil
- 10/6/23 Exorcist III
- 10/7/23 Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
- 10/7/23 Magic
- 10/8/23 Apollo 18
- 10/8/23 Piranha
- 10/9/23 Galaxy of Terror
- 10/9/23 Forbidden World
- 10/10/23 Last Man on Earth
- 10/10/23 The Monster Club
- 10/11/23 Ghosthouse
- 10/11/23 Witchboard
- 10/12/23 Bloodsucking Bastards
- 10/12/23 Nosferatu the Vampyre (Herzog)
- 10/13/23 Assault on Precinct 13
- 10/13/23 Saturday the 14th
- 10/14/23 Willard
- 10/14/23 Ben
- 10/15/23 Black Christmas
- 10/15/23 House on Haunted Hill
- 10/16/23 Slumber Party Massacre
- 10/16/23 Slumber Party Massacre II
- 10/17/23 Horror Hospital
- 10/17/23 Dr. Giggles
- 10/18/23 Phantom of the Opera
- 10/18/23 Hunchback of Notre Dame
- 10/19/23 Stepfather
- 10/19/23 Stepfather II
- 10/20/23 Witchery
- 10/20/23 Hell Night
- 10/21/23 Carnival of Souls
- 10/21/23 Nightbreed
- 10/22/23 Dog Soldiers
- 10/22/23 The Stepfather
- 10/23/23 Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre
- 10/23/23 Terror Beneath the Sea
- 10/24/23 Creepshow III
- 10/24/23 Body Bags
- 10/25/23 The Wasp Woman
- 10/25/23 Lady Frankenstein
- 10/26/23 Road Games
- 10/26/23 Elvira’s Haunted Hills
- 10/27/23 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- 10/27/23 Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
- 10/28/23 Bad Moon
- 10/28/23 Plan 9 From Outer Space
- 10/29/23 Day of the Dead
- 10/29/23 Night of the Demons
- 10/30/32 A Bay of Blood
- 10/30/23 Kill, Baby…Kill!
- 10/31/23 Night of the Living Dead
- 10/31/23 Night of the Demons
Netflix Doc ‘Devil on Trial’ Explores The Paranormal Claims of ‘Conjuring 3’
What is it about Lorraine Warren and her constant row with the devil? We may find out in the new Netflix documentary called The Devil on Trial which will premiere on October 17, or at least we will see why she chose to take on this case.
Back in 2021, everyone was holed up in their homes, and anyone with an HBO Max subscription could stream “Conjuring 3” day and date. It got mixed reviews, maybe because this wasn’t an ordinary haunted house tale that the Conjuring universe is known for. It was more of a crime procedural than a paranormal investigative one.
As with all of the Warren-based Conjuring movies, The Devil Made Me Do It was based on “a true story,” and Netflix is taking that claim to task with The Devil on Trial. The Netflix e-zine Tudum explains the backstory:
“Often referred to as the ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ case, the trial of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson quickly became the subject of lore and fascination after it made national news in 1981. Johnson claimed that he murdered his 40-year-old landlord, Alan Bono, while under the influence of demonic forces. The brutal killing in Connecticut drew the attention of self-professed demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, known for their probe into the infamous haunting in Amityville, Long Island, several years prior. The Devil on Trial recounts the troubling events leading up to Bono’s murder, the trial, and the aftermath, using firsthand accounts of the people closest to the case, including Johnson.”
Then there’s the logline: The Devil on Trial explores the first — and only — time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a US murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.
If anything, this companion to the original film might shed some light on just how accurate these “true story” Conjuring films are and how much is just a writer’s imagination.
Paramount+ Peak Screaming Collection: Full List of Movies, Series, Special Events
Paramount+ is joining the Halloween streaming wars happening this month. With actors and writers on strike, the studios are having to promote their own content. Plus they seem to have tapped into something we already know, Halloween and horror movies go hand-in-hand.
To compete with popular apps such as Shudder and Screambox, which have their own produced content, the major studios are curating their own lists for subscribers. We have a list from Max. We have a list from Hulu/Disney. We have a list of theatrical releases. Heck, we even have lists of our own.
Of course, all of this is based on your wallet and budget for subscriptions. Still, if you shop around there are deals such as free trails or cable packages that could help you decide.
Today, Paramount+ released their Halloween schedule which they title the “Peak Screaming Collection” and is jam-packed with their successful brands as well as a few new things like the television premiere of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines on October 6.
They also have the new series Bargain and Monster High 2, both dropping on October 5.
These three titles will join a massive library of more than 400 movies, series, and Halloween-themed episodes of beloved shows.
Here is a list of what else you can discover on Paramount+ (and Showtime) through the month of October:
- Big Screen’s Big Screams: Blockbuster hits, such as Scream VI, Smile, Paranormal Activity, Mother! and Orphan: First Kill
- Slash Hits: Spine-chilling slashers, such as Pearl*, Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers*, X* and Scream (1995)
- Horror Heroines: Iconic films and series, featuring scream queens, such as A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place Part II, YELLOWJACKETS* and 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Supernatural Scares: Otherworldly oddities with The Ring (2002), The Grudge (2004), The Blair Witch Project and Pet Sematary (2019)
- Family Fright Night: Family favorites and kids titles, such as The Addams Family (1991 and 2019), Monster High: The Movie, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and A Really Haunted Loud House, which debuts on the service within collection on Thursday, September 28
- Coming of Rage: High-school horrors like TEEN WOLF: THE MOVIE, WOLF PACK, SCHOOL SPIRITS, Teeth*, Firestarter and My Dead Ex
- Critically Acclaimed: Praised scares, such as Arrival, District 9, Rosemary’s Baby*, Annihilation and Suspiria (1977)*
- Creature Features: Monsters take center stage in iconic films, such as King Kong (1976), Cloverfield*, Crawl and Congo*
- A24 Horror: Peak A24 thrillers, such as Midsommar*, Bodies Bodies Bodies*, The Killing of a Sacred Deer* and Men*
- Costume Goals: Cosplay contenders, such as Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Top Gun: Maverick, Sonic 2, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM and Babylon
- Halloween Nickstalgia: Nostalgic episodes from Nickelodeon favorites, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats (1991), iCarly (2007) and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
- Suspenseful Series: Darkly captivating seasons of EVIL, Criminal Minds, The Twilight Zone, DEXTER* and TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN*
- International Horror: Terrors from around the globe with Train to Busan*, The Host*, Death’s Roulette and Curandero
Paramount+ also will be the streaming home to CBS’ seasonal content, including the first-ever Big Brother primetime Halloween episode on October 31**; a wrestling-themed Halloween episode on The Price Is Right on October 31**; and a spooky celebration on Let’s Make a Deal on October 31**.
Other Paramount+ Peak Screaming Season events:
This season, the Peak Screaming offering will come to life with the first-ever Paramount+ Peak Screaming-themed celebration at the Javits Center Saturday, October 14, from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., exclusively to New York Comic Con badge holders.
In addition, Paramount+ will present The Haunted Lodge, an immersive, pop-up Halloween experience, riddled with some of the scariest films and series from Paramount+. Visitors can step inside their favorite shows and movies, from SpongeBob SquarePants to YELLOWJACKETS to PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES at The Haunted Lodge inside the Westfield Century City Mall in Los Angeles from October 27-29.
The Peak Screaming collection is available to stream now. To view the Peak Screaming trailer, click here.
* Title is available to Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan subscribers.
**All Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers can live stream CBS titles via the live feed on Paramount+. Those titles will be available on demand to all subscribers the day after they air live.