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On VOD In October: “HOUSE OF DOLLS” Starring Dee Wallace, Demián Rugna’s “WHEN EVIL LURKS,” And More

Sunday, October 1, 2023 | News, Vile VOD

List Curated by GRACE DETWILER

Happy October, horror fans! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at last. This month, on digital and streaming, we’ve got a whole host of new and classic horror films right at our fingertips. Offerings include the Buzzfeed-inspired DEAR DAVID, Amber Heard in IN THE FIRE, and Franck Khalfoun’s NIGHT OF THE HUNTED (Maniac, 2012). In addition, see below for new-to-streaming lists from Criterion, Hulu, and more!

Available on-demand and digital October 13

Starring Augustus Prew, Andrea Bang, Rene Escobar Jr., Cameron Nicoll, Justin Long
Written by Mike Van Waes
Directed by John McPhail

Genre & Synopsis: Horror/Paranormal. Shortly after comic artist Adam (Augustus Prew) responds to Internet trolls, he begins experiencing sleep paralysis — while an empty rocking chair moves in the corner of his apartment. As he chronicles increasingly malevolent occurrences in a series of tweets, Adam begins to believe he is being haunted by the ghost of a dead child named David. Encouraged by his boss to continue the “Dear David” thread, Adam starts to lose his grip on what is online…and what is real. Based on the viral Twitter thread by BuzzFeed comic artist Adam Ellis.



Available on-demand and digital October 3

Starring Dee Wallace,  Meeko Gattusso, Alicia Underwood, Taylor Cox, Trey Peyton, Naomi Lopez  
Directed by Juan Salas
VMI Releasing

Genre & Synopsis: Horror/Slasher. A family reunion turns deadly when three estranged sisters return home to fulfill their father’s last wishes and collect an inheritance. The catch being they must work together to solve a puzzle that will lead to a fortune hidden inside a giant dollhouse. But soon they fall prey to a knife-wielding maniac with plans of his own. 



Available on-demand and digital October 13

Starring Amber Heard
Written by Conor Allyn, Pascal Borno, Silvio Muraglia
Directed by Conor Allyn
Saban Films

Genre & Synopsis: Thriller/Possession. A doctor from New York (Amber Heard) travels to a remote plantation in the 1890s to care for a disturbed boy who seems to have inexplicable abilities. She begins treating the child, but in doing so ignites a war of science versus religion with the local priest who believes the boy is possessed by the Devil and is the reason for all the village’s woes.



NIGHT OF THE HUNTED (Header image)
Available to stream on Shudder on October 20

Starring Camilla Rowe
Written by Franck Khalfoun and Glen Freyer
Directed by Franck Khalfoun
Shudder Original

Genre & Synopsis: Horror/Thriller. When an unsuspecting woman stops at a remote gas station in the dead of night, she’s made the plaything of a sociopathic sniper with a secret vendetta. To survive she must not only dodge his bullets and fight for her life, but also figure out who wants her dead and why…



Available on-demand and digital October 1

Starring Ward Hiney, Chad Christy
Directed by Ward Hiney
1091 | Small Town Monsters

Genre & Synopsis: Documentary/Horror. A recent rash of werewolf sightings in western Pennsylvania had grabbed the attention of filmmaker, Ward Hiney. In order to get to the truth behind these ongoing encounters, he enlisted journalist and ardent skeptic, Chad Christy in an effort to investigate while filming their progress. Their goal was to unravel the mysterious events unfolding in the Shenango Valley where they would speak with witnesses and experts. What they found is something truly unsettling. A pattern that might help establish just what is actually behind ongoing sightings of real werewolves in the heartland of America.



Available to stream on Shudder on October 27

Starring Ezequiel Rodríguez, Demián Salomón, Silvina Sabater, Virginia Garofalo, Paula Rubinsztein, Luis Dziembrowski
Written and Directed by Demián Rugna (Terrified) 
IFC Films | Shudder

Genre & Synopsis: Horror/Supernatural. When brothers Pedro (Ezequiel Rodríguez) and Jimmy (Demián Salomón) discover that a demonic infection has been festering in a nearby farmhouse — its very proximity poisoning the local livestock — they attempt to evict the victim from their land. Failing to adhere to the proper rites of exorcism, their reckless actions inadvertently trigger an epidemic of possessions across their rural community. Now they must outrun an encroaching evil as it corrupts and mutilates everyone it is exposed to, and enlist the aid of a wizened “cleaner,” who holds the only tools that can stop this supernatural plague.



Available to stream on October 1

The Clearing
The Collector
The Void
Pulse (Kairo)
Night of the Living Dead
The Sacrament
Summer of Fear
The Toxic Avenger
Slumber Party Massacre
An American Werewolf in Paris
House of Haunted Hill
The Canal

‘90s Horror

Def by Temptation, James Bond III, 1990
The Exorcist III, William Peter Blatty, 1990
Frankenhooker, Frank Henenlotter, 1990
Body Parts, Eric Red, 1991
The Rapture, Michael Tolkin, 1991
Dust Devil, Richard Stanley, 1992
When a Stranger Calls Back, Fred Walton, 1993
In the Mouth of Madness, John Carpenter, 1994
The Addiction, Abel Ferrara, 1995
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Ernest R. Dickerson, 1995
Ravenous, Antonia Bird, 1999

Available to stream on October 1

Leprechaun (1993)
Leprechaun 2 (1994)
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)
Leprechaun: Back 2 the Hood (2003)
Leprechaun: Origins (2014)
Leprechaun Returns (2018)

Available to stream on October 1

Day of the Dead
Willy’s Wonderland
After the Pandemic
Open 24 Hours
Bubba Ho-Tep
Sometimes They Come Back
Vampire’s Kiss
616 Wilford Lane (10/6)
Monstrous (10/15)
Shifted (10/17)
The Belko Experiment
Cube (10/10)

31 Nights of Horror: Programs are scheduled for 8pm ET / 5pm PT nightly. 

10/1 – Night of the Living Dead
10/1 –  Day of the Dead
10/2 –  Demon Squad
10/2 – Santo and the Treasure of Dracula
10/3 – Black Sabbath
10/3 – The Evil Eye
10/4 – Willard
10/4 – Ben
10/5 – Cockneys vs. Zombies
10/5 – Zombie High
10/6 – Lisa and the Devil
10/6/ – Exorcist III
10/7 – Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
10/7 – Magic
10/8 – Apollo 18
10/8 – Piranha
10/9 – Galaxy of Terror
10/9 – Forbidden World
10/10 – Last Man on Earth
10/10 – The Monster Club
10/11 – Ghosthouse
10/11 – Witchboard
10/12 – Bloodsucking Bastards
10/12 – Nosferatu the Vampyre (Herzog)
10/13 – Assault on Precinct 13
10/14 – Saturday the 14th
10/15 – Black Christmas
10/15 – House on Haunted Hill
10/16 – Slumber Party Massacre
10/16 – Slumber Party Massacre II
10/17 – Horror Hospital
10/17 – Dr. Giggles
10/18 – Phantom of the Opera
10/18 – Hunchback of Notre Dame
10/19 – Stepfather
10/19 – Stepfather II
10/20 – Witchery
10/20 – Hell Night
10/21 -Carnival of Souls
10/21 – Nightbreed
10/22 – Dog Soldiers
10/22 – The Stepfather
10/23 – Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre
10/23 – Terror Beneath the Sea
10/24 – Creepshow III
10/24 – Body Bags
10/25 – The Wasp Woman
10/25 – Lady Frankenstein
10/26 – Road Games
10/26 – Elvira’s Haunted Hills
10/27 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
10/27 – Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
10/28 – Bad Moon
10/28 – Plan 9 From Outer Space
10/29 – Day of the Dead
10/29 -Night of the Demons
10/30 – A Bay of Blood
10/30 – Kill, Baby…Kill!
10/31 –  Night of the Living Dead
10/31 – Night of the Demons


Grace Detwiler
Rue Morgue's Online Assistant Editor - Grace Detwiler (@finalgirlgrace) is a freelance film journalist and law student. Her original work can be found on her blog, FinalGirlGrace, as well as in Rue Morgue's print and online publications.