What's Now Streaming - October 2020

Here's what's new, what's hot and what you should watch this October on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Disney+ and more.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong in "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

Trick or treating might not be in the cards this Halloween, but the scares won't stop this month as your favorite streamers are looking to add a host of original and classic horror, along with a fair share of new and nostalgic comedies and dramas. Along with Halloween scares, October is typically the month that Amazon and Netflix start debuting their award hopefuls. Things might be a little different this year, with an awards season that's ultimately culminating next Spring, but that's not stopping the two top streamers from debuting some sure-to-be acclaimed films and documentaries.

Read on below as we run down and highlight some top selected films debuting this month on each platform. Stay safe and happy movie-watching!

  • Netflix

    Julie Bowen and Adam Sandler in "Hubie Halloween."

    © Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Netflix is kicking off the month with a number of original horror gems. Already out is your not-so-typical horror-doc mashup "Dick Johnson Is Dead." This Sundance hit finds filmmaker Kirsten Johnson having some morbid fun with her ailing father as they stage various death scenes to help their family prepare for the inevitable. Also now available is horror-comedy "Vampires vs. the Bronx," in which a group of teens protect their neighborhood from raiding bloodsuckers. On 10/7, Adam Sandler drops his latest comedy, "Hubie Halloween," which finds the classic Sandler buffoon investigating a murder mystery in his spooky hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. Later in the month, director Ben Wheatley ("Free Fire") dares to remake Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 Best Picture winner "Rebecca," while Aaron Sorkin delivers his timely historical docudrama, "The Trial of the Chicago 7." Also look for the beautifully animated musical "Over the Moon," and "The Forty-Year-Old Version," another Sundance 2020 pickup that finds a down-on-her-luck playwright (Radha Blank) re-inventing herself as a rapper.

    • A.M.I. (2019) - 10/1
    • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) - 10/1
    • All Because of You (2020) - 10/1 - Original Film
    • Along Came a Spider (2001) - 10/1
    • An Ordinary Man (2017) - 10/1
    • Basic Instinct (1992) - 10/1
    • Black ’47 (2018) - 10/1
    • Cape Fear (1991) - 10/1
    • Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire (2019) - 10/1 - Original Film
    • Employee of the Month (2006) - 10/1
    • Enemy at the Gates (2001) - 10/1
    • Fargo (1996) - 10/1
    • Free State of Jones (2016) - 10/1
    • Ghost Rider (2007) - 10/1
    • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) - 10/1
    • Gran Torino (2008) - 10/1
    • Her (2013) - 10/1
    • House of 1000 Corpses (2003) - 10/1
    • Human Nature (2019) - 10/1
    • Hunt for Wilderpeople (2016) - 10/1
    • I'm Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy) (2018) - 10/1
    • Poseidon (2006) - 10/1
    • Stranger Than Fiction (2006) - 10/1
    • Superman Returns (2006) - 10/1
    • The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) - 10/1
    • The Longest Yard (1974) - 10/1
    • The Outpost (2020) - 10/1
    • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) - 10/1
    • The Prince & Me (2004) - 10/1
    • Troy (2004) - 10/1
    • WarGames (1983) - 10/1
    • We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018) - 10/1
    • Yogi Bear (2010) - 10/1
    • Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) - 10/2 - Original Film
    • Oloture (2019) - 10/2 - Original Film
    • Serious Men (2020) - 10/2 - Original Film
    • The Binding (2020) - 10/2 - Original Film
    • Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020) - 10/2 - Original Film
    • Colombiana (2011) - 10/4
    • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) - 10/4 - Original Film
    • Saturday Church (2017) - 10/6
    • Walk Away from Love (2017) - 10/6
    • Hubie Halloween (2020) - 10/7 - Original Film
    • Palermo Hollywood (2004) - 10/8
    • Tanda Tanya (2011) - 10/8
    • Ginny Weds Sunny (2020) - 10/9 - Original Film
    • The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) - 10/9 - Original Film
    • Alice Junior (2020) - 10/14
    • Blackpink: Light Up the Sky (2020) - 10/14 - Original Film
    • Moneyball (2011) - 10/14
    • A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) - 10/15 - Original Film
    • Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) - 10/15
    • Brave Blue World (2019) - 10/15
    • Love Like the Falling Rain (2020) - 10/15 - Original Film
    • Rooting for Roona (2020) - 10/15 - Original Film
    • In a Valley of Violence (2016) - 10/16
    • The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) - 10/16 - Original Film
    • Unfriended (2014) - 10/16
    • ParaNorman (2012) - 10/18
    • Carol (2015) - 10/20
    • Rebecca (2020) - 10/21 - Original Film
    • Bending the Arc (2017) - 10/22
    • Cadaver (2020) - 10/22 - Original Film
    • The Hummingbird Project (2018) - 10/22
    • Yes, God, Yes (2019) - 10/22
    • Over the Moon (2020) - 10/23 - Original Film
    • Perdida (2018) - 10/23 - Original Film
    • Guillermo Vilas: Settling the Score (2020) - 10/27 - Original Film
    • Holidate (2020) - 10/28 - Original Film
    • Metallica: Through the Never (2013) - 10/28
    • Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020) - 10/28 - Original Film
    • Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb (2020) - 10/28 - Original Film
    • Bronx (2020) - 10/30 - Original Film
    • His House (2020) - 10/30 - Original Film
    • The 12th Man (2017) - 10/31
  • Amazon

    Sacha Baron Cohen in "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm."

    © Amazon / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Over at Amazon get ready to enter the Blumhouse, as the horror studio brings the first four of an eight film anthology to Prime subscribers this month. The thrillers include "Black Box" and "The Lie" on October 6, followed by "Evil Eye" and "Nocturne" on October 13th. Rounding out the month is the documentary "Time," which follows a woman fighting for the release of her husband from a 60-year prison sentence. And, while Netflix will feature Sacha Baron Cohen in a more Oscar-worthy and serious role as Abbie Hoffman in "The Trial of the Chicago 7," Amazon will see Cohen reprise his popular goofy Kazakh journalist Borat for another romp across the United States in "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" (premiering October 23).

    • 30 Days of Night (2007) - 10/1
    • 8MM (1999) - 10/1
    • A Knight's Tale (2001) - 10/1
    • Battlefield Earth (2000) - 10/1
    • Blood Ties (2014) - 10/1
    • Drugstore Cowboy (1989) - 10/1
    • Funny Girl (1968) - 10/1
    • Girl, Interrupted (1999) - 10/1
    • Guess Who (2005) - 10/1
    • John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) - 10/1
    • Killers (2010) - 10/1
    • Kindred Spirits (2019) - 10/1
    • La Sucursal (2019) - 10/1
    • Madea's Big Happy Family (2011) - 10/1
    • Mud (2013) - 10/1
    • National Security (2003) - 10/1
    • Next Level (2019) - 10/1
    • Noose for a Gunman (1960) - 10/1
    • Nurse (2014) - 10/1
    • Quantum of Solace (2008) - 10/1
    • Raging Bull (1980) - 10/1
    • Señorita Justice (2004) - 10/1
    • Southside With You (2016) - 10/1
    • Spaceballs (1987) - 10/1
    • Species (1995) - 10/1
    • Thanks for Sharing (2012) - 10/1
    • The Big Hit (1998) - 10/1
    • The Da Vinci Code (2006) - 10/1
    • The Departed (2006) - 10/1
    • The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961) - 10/1
    • The Grudge 3 (2009) - 10/1
    • The Mask of Zorro (1998) - 10/1
    • The Mothman Prophecies (2002) - 10/1
    • The Pianist (2002) - 10/1
    • The Wedding Planner (2001) - 10/1
    • Triumph of the Spirit (1989) - 10/1
    • Black Box (2020) - 10/2 - Original Film
    • The Lie (2020) - 10/2 - Original Film
    • The Transporter Refueled (2015) - 10/2
    • Archive (2020) - 10/8
    • Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) - 10/9
    • Jack and Jill (2011) - 10/10
    • Evil Eye (2020) - 10/13 - Original Film
    • Nocturne (2020) - 10/13 - Original Film
    • A Most Beautiful Thing (2020) - 10/14
    • Halal Love Story (2020) - 10/15
    • Playing with Fire (2019) - 10/15
    • Time (2020) - 10/16 - Original
    • What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) - 10/16 - Original Film
    • Cyrano, My Love (2018) - 10/21
    • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - 10/23 - Original Film
    • What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) - 10/26
    • Battle: Los Angeles (2011) - 10/27
    • Soorarai Pottru (2020) - 10/29
    • I'll See You In My Dreams (2015) - 10/31
  • Hulu

    Elle Lorraine in "Bad Hair."

    © Hulu

    Hulu will share in some of Amazon's streaming premieres, including last year's "Terminator" entry, "Terminator: Dark Fate." The streamer will also offer up a few original scares. Horror anthology "Books of Blood" drops on October 7, a collection of three spooky shorts based on the book series from horror writer Clive Barker. Closer to Halloween look for "Bad Hair," Hulu's horror-comedy from this year's Sundance, in which a budding TV star discovers her weave has a mind of its own.

    • 31 (2016) - 10/1
    • A Beautiful Mind (2001) - 10/1
    • Across the Line (2015) - 10/1
    • Anti-Trust (2001) - 10/1
    • Blade (1998) - 10/1
    • Blade 2 (2002) - 10/1
    • Blade: Trinity (2004) - 10/1
    • Blood Ties (2014) - 10/1
    • Blue City (1986) - 10/1
    • Deep Blue Sea (1999) - 10/1
    • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993) - 10/1
    • Drugstore Cowboy (1989) - 10/1
    • Fallen (1998) - 10/1
    • Girls Against Boys (2013) - 10/1
    • Good Hair (2009) - 10/1
    • Guess Who (2005) - 10/1
    • Hostel (2006) - 10/1
    • Hostel: Part II (2007) - 10/1
    • House of 1000 Corpses (2003) - 10/1
    • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) - 10/1
    • Interview With the Vampire (1994) - 10/1
    • Joe (2014) - 10/1
    • Judy & Punch (2019) - 10/1
    • Kicking & Screaming (2005) - 10/1
    • Killers (2010) - 10/1
    • Lady in a Cage (1964) - 10/1
    • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) - 10/1
    • Martyrs (2016) - 10/1
    • Mud (2013) - 10/1
    • Nurse (2014) - 10/1
    • Raging Bull (1980) - 10/1
    • Senorita Justice (2004) - 10/1
    • Sk8 Dawg (2018) - 10/1
    • Snakes on a Plane (2006) - 10/1
    • Spaceballs (1987) - 10/1
    • Species (1995) - 10/1
    • Superbad (2007) - 10/1
    • Thanks for Sharing (2013) - 10/1
    • The Curse of Downers Grove (2015) - 10/1
    • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2011) - 10/1
    • The Executioners (2017) - 10/1
    • The Express (2008) - 10/1
    • The Eye (2008) - 10/1
    • The Hurt Locker (2008) - 10/1
    • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) - 10/1
    • The Portrait of a Lady (1996) - 10/1
    • The Quiet Ones (2014) - 10/1
    • The Sandman (2017) - 10/1
    • The Skull (1965) - 10/1
    • Triumph of the Spirit (1989) - 10/1
    • Vampire (2011) - 10/1
    • Wayne’s World 2 (1993) - 10/1
    • When a Stranger Calls (2006) - 10/1
    • William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet (1996) - 10/1
    • Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015) - 10/1
    • Ma Ma (2015) - 10/3
    • Books of Blood (2020) - 10/7 - Original Film
    • Scream 4 (2011) - 10/8
    • Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) - 10/9
    • Infamous (2020) - 10/11
    • Savage Youth (2018) - 10/11
    • Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) - 10/11
    • The Swing of Things (2020) - 10/12
    • Bad Roomies (2015) - 10/15
    • High Strung (2016) - 10/15
    • It Came From the Desert (2017) - 10/15
    • Playing with Fire (2019) - 10/15
    • The Escort (2016) - 10/15
    • The Painted Bird (2019) - 10/16
    • Friend Request (2016) - 10/18
    • Bad Hair (2020) - 10/21 - Original Film
    • What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) - 10/26
    • Bad Therapy (2020) - 10/29
  • HBO/HBO Max

    Anne Hathaway in "The Witches."

    © HBO Max / Courtesy Everett Collection

    HBO Max will be debuting two original films this month, including "Charm City Kings," the true story of a young boy looking to join a Baltimore dirt bike gang, and Robert Zemeckis' retelling of Roald Dahl's spooky story "The Witches," starring Anne Hathaway. Over on "regular" HBO, subscribers can look forward to the streaming premieres of comedy-drama "Downhill" (starring Will Ferrell and "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), Jane Austin adaptation "Emma," horror-remake "Black Christmas," and the much-maligned musical misstep "Cats." Also look for the premiere of "American Utopia," Spike Lee's filmed version of alt-rocker David Byrne's acclaimed Broadway show, which premieres on October 17.

    • Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always - 10/1 - Premiere
    • Downhill - 10/3 - Premiere
    • Charm City Kings - 10/9 - HBO Max Original Film
    • Cats - 10/10 - Premiere
    • The Witches - 10/21 - HBO Max Original Film
    • Emma. - 10/24 - Premiere
    • Black Christmas - 10/31 - Premiere
    • A Perfect Murder (1998) - 10/1
    • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) - 10/1
    • A Time to Kill (1996) - 10/1
    • A Very Brady Sequel (1996) - 10/1
    • Akeelah and the Bee (2006) - 10/1
    • All-Star Superman (2011) - 10/1
    • American Reunion (2012) - 10/1
    • Analyze That (2002) - 10/1
    • Analyze This (1999) - 10/1
    • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) - 10/1
    • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) - 10/1
    • Ball of Fire (1941) - 10/1
    • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) - 10/1
    • Beef (2014) - 10/1
    • Beginners (2011) - 10/1
    • Best in Show (2000) - 10/1
    • BLOW (2001) - 10/1
    • Bombshell (1933) - 10/1
    • Boogie Nights (1997) - 10/1
    • Boomerang (1992) - 10/1
    • Cats & Dogs (2001) - 10/1
    • Catwoman (2004) - 10/1
    • Cellular (2004) - 10/1
    • Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke (1978) - 10/1
    • City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) - 10/1
    • Clean and Sober (1988) - 10/1
    • Collateral Beauty (2016) - 10/1
    • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003) - 10/1
    • Constantine (2005) - 10/1
    • Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) - 10/1
    • Critters 2 (1988) - 10/1
    • Critters 4 (1992) - 10/1
    • Day of the Dead (1985) - 10/1
    • Death Sentence (2007) - 10/1
    • Deerskin (2019) - 10/1
    • Deliverance (1972) - 10/1
    • Dirty Dancing (1987) - 10/1
    • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) - 10/1
    • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1969) - 10/1
    • Dreamcatcher (2003) - 10/1
    • Edge of Darkness (2010) - 10/1
    • Empire of the Sun (1987) - 10/1
    • Endings, Beginnings (2020) - 10/1
    • Enter the Dragon (1973) - 10/1
    • Eraser (1996) - 10/1
    • Firewall (2006) - 10/1
    • Frantic (1988) - 10/1
    • Frequency (2000) - 10/1
    • Friday (1995) - 10/1
    • Galaxy Quest (1999) - 10/1
    • Gothika (2003) - 10/1
    • Grudge Match (2013) - 10/1
    • Hairspray (1988) - 10/1
    • Hairspray (2007) - 10/1
    • Horror of Dracula (1958) - 10/1
    • I Am Sam (2002) - 10/1
    • Infamous (2006) - 10/1
    • Jonah Hex (2010) - 10/1
    • Laws of Attraction (2004) - 10/1
    • Lethal Weapon (1987) - 10/1
    • Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) - 10/1
    • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) - 10/1
    • Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) - 10/1
    • Libeled Lady (1936) - 10/1
    • Life as We Know It (2010) - 10/1
    • Little Big League (1994) - 10/1
    • Madea's Big Happy Family (2011) - 10/1
    • Malcolm X (1992) - 10/1
    • Man of Steel (2013) - 10/1
    • Marie: A True Story (1985) - 10/1
    • Million Dollar Baby (2004) - 10/1
    • The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) - 10/1
    • Mister Roberts (1955) - 10/1
    • Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009) - 10/1
    • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - 10/1
    • Next Friday (2000) - 10/1
    • Nothing Sacred (1937) - 10/1
    • Open Water (2004) - 10/1
    • Open Water 2: Adrift (2007) - 10/1
    • Presumed Innocent (1990) - 10/1
    • Revolutionary Road (2008) - 10/1
    • Roger & Me (1989) - 10/1
    • Sands of Iwo Jima (1950) - 10/1
    • Scanners (1981) - 10/1
    • Se7en (1995) - 10/1
    • Semi-Pro (2008) - 10/1
    • Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985) - 10/1
    • Shame (2011) - 10/1
    • Sherlock Holmes (2009) - 10/1
    • Sleight (2017) - 10/1
    • Son of Batman (2014) - 10/1
    • Steel (1997) - 10/1
    • Superman vs. the Elite (2012) - 10/1
    • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010) - 10/1
    • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009) - 10/1
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) - 10/1
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) - 10/1
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) - 10/1
    • The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (2014) - 10/1
    • The Butterfly Effect (2004) - 10/1
    • The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) - 10/1
    • The Client (1994) - 10/1
    • The Color Purple (1985) - 10/1
    • The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) - 10/1
    • Friday After Next (2002) - 10/1
    • The Golden Compass (2007) - 10/1
    • The Haunting (1999) - 10/1
    • The Hills Have Eyes (2006) - 10/1
    • The Hills Have Eyes II (2007) - 10/1
    • The Hunting Ground (2015) - 10/1
    • The Informer (1935) - 10/1
    • The Invisible War (2011) - 10/1
    • The Last Kiss (2006) - 10/1
    • The Last Mimzy (2007) - 10/1
    • The Matrix (1999) - 10/1
    • The Matrix Reloaded (2003) - 10/1
    • The Matrix Revolutions (2003) - 10/1
    • The Mummy (1959) - 10/1
    • The Pelican Brief (1993) - 10/1
    • The Perfect Storm (2000) - 10/1
    • The Phantom of the Opera (2004) - 10/1
    • The Thin Man (1934) - 10/1
    • The Thing (2011) - 10/1
    • The Whole Ten Yards (2004) - 10/1
    • The Wings of Eagles (1957) - 10/1
    • They Were Expendable (1945) - 10/1
    • Tin Cup (1996) - 10/1
    • TMNT (2007) - 10/1
    • Training Day (2001) - 10/1
    • Turistas (2006) - 10/1
    • U.S. Marshals (1998) - 10/1
    • Us (2019) - 10/1
    • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) - 10/1
    • What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018) - 10/1
    • When Harry Met Sally (1989) - 10/1
    • Where the Wild Things Are (2009) - 10/1
    • You've Got Mail (1998) - 10/1
    • Lina From Lima (2019) - 10/2
    • Siempre, Luis (2020) - 10/6 - Original Film
    • David Byrne's American Utopia - 10/17 - Original Film
    • 537 Votes (2020) - 10/21 - Original Film
    • It: Chapter Two (2017) - 10/27
    • John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) - 10/27
    • The Soul of America (2020) - 10/27 - Original Film
  • Disney+

    Sabrina Carpenter in "Clouds."

    © Disney+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Disney+'s major launch this month is their original drama "Clouds," which drops on October 16. "Clouds" tells the heartwarming story of musician Zach Sobiech, whose dreams of music stardom were realized all the while battling cancer.

    • Maleficent (2014) - 10/1
    • Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) - 10/2
    • Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) - 10/2
    • Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) - 10/2
    • X2 (2003) - 10/9
    • Clouds (2020) - 10/16 - Original Film
    • The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) - 10/30
  • Digital & Premium Video On Demand

    Josephine Langford in "After We Collided."

    © Voltage Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Finally, throughout the month look for some new VOD and PVOD releases including Paramount's horror/rom-com "Love and Monsters" and Sony's reboot/sequel of the '90s cult classic, "The Craft."

    • Love and Monsters - 10/16
    • After We Collided - 10/23
    • The Craft: Legacy - 10/30
Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

More from Matt Lissauer

Advertisement