Halloween 2020: All the Horror Movies on HBO Max This October

HBO Max is a relative newbie to the world of the streaming services, but it has already pleased movie buffs with its extensive movie catalogs. This Halloween is a perfect time for movie lovers to delve deep into that movie collection, as the service has around 100 horror movies for nearly every taste.

Among the horror movies streaming this October on HBO Max are all-time Hollywood horror masterpieces like Alien, Eraserhead and Jaws, as well as some stellar shockers from around the world including Guillermo Del Toro's Cronos and historic haunters like Eyes Without a Face and Les Diaboliques.

For those who want to celebrate Halloween without being terrified, they also have some great movies that are spooky without being scary such as Death Becomes Her, Gremlins 2 and Little Shop of Horrors.

Read on for a list of all 100-plus horror films streaming now on HBO Max (per Letterboxd) along with our picks for 10 of the best:

All the horror movies streaming on HBO Max in October 2020

Top pick: Alien

In space, no one can hear you scream. In cinemas, however, plenty of people heard the screams emitted during that chestbuster scene. Ridley Scott's first Alien movie is probably the most Halloween-ready (it is definitely the scariest of the bunch), but HBO Max is also streaming Aliens for those ready to wade into the debate of which is better.

  • Aliens
  • Alien³
  • Aliens vs Predator: Requiem
  • Altered States

Top pick: An American Werewolf in London

Once voted one of the best 25 horror movies ever made, John Landis' An American Werewolf in London is the werewolf film par excellence and the rare horror comedy that manages to be scary and horrific in equal measure. Maybe don't watch during a full moon.

  • Angel Heart
  • Annabelle Comes Home
  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator
  • The Batman vs. Dracula
  • The Blob
  • The Brood
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Cast a Deadly Spell
  • Child's Play 2
  • Child's Play 3
  • The Conjuring 2
  • Constantine
  • Critters 2
  • Critters 4
  • Cronos
  • The Curse of Frankenstein
  • The Curse of La Llorona
  • Day of the Dead

Top pick: Death Becomes Her

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'Death Becomes Her' is streaming this October on HBO Max. Universal Pictures

Some in the LGBTQ+ community have long called Halloween "gay Christmas," and if that is the case this is one of the season's greatest gifts. A wonderfully campy movie starring Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep as grandes dames becoming ever-more monstrous as they try and find the secret for eternal youth (plus Isabella Rossellini in one of her finest performances), it is a camp classic long-imitated by the best drag queens.

  • Deerskin
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • Devil
  • The Devil Inside
  • Diabolique
  • Doctor Sleep
  • Dracula
  • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Equinox

Top pick: Eraserhead

Maybe the finest debut film ever made, Eraserhead sees David Lynch as a director emerge fully-formed—unlike the monstrous baby at the center of this unsettling story of urban paranoia and fears of fatherhood. "In heaven, everything is fine," sings the bizarre Lady in the Radiator in this movie, but things are very much not okay in the world of this unique horror.

Top pick: Eyes Without a Face

Unsurprisingly from a director whose first film was a brutal and graphic documentary about animal slaughter, Eyes Without a Face (Les yeux sans visage in its original French) is a strange and disturbing story of body horror about that Halloween staple, a mad doctor who wants to find a new face for his disfigured daughter.

  • Final Destination 5
  • First Man Into Space
  • The Frighteners
  • Funny Games
  • Godzilla
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Gothika

Top pick: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

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'Gremlins 2: The New Batch' is streaming now on HBO Max. Warner Bros

The rare sequel that manages to be better than the original, Gremlins 2 takes everything that is great about the first movie (and makes fun of everything bad about it) in a berserk laugh riot of a creature feature.

  • Hair Wolf
  • The Haunting

Top pick: Häxan

The silent era was a surprisingly ripe time for horror movies, with films like Nosferatu, Vampyr and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari making the most of the heightened nightmare worlds that the medium allowed them to create. One of the oddest horror movies from the early cinema, however, is 1922's Haxan, a story that purports to be a documentary about witchcraft but is actually something far stranger.

  • The Hills Have Eyes 2
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • The Hitcher

Top pick: House

Years before the so-called Japanese "J-horror" genre broke through in America due to films like Audition, Ju-on: The Grudge and Ringu, there was House or Hausu. Released in 1977, a year known for brutal horrors like The Hills Have Eyes, Suspiria and Rabid, House director Nobuhiko Obayashi went a different more surreal direction, setting a horror in a surreal nightmare house where a group of girls have to fight against man-eating pianos, men turning into bananas and other truly strange occurrences.

  • Incarnate
  • The Invisible Man
  • It Chapter Two
  • I Was a Teenage Zombie
  • Jaws
  • Jaws 2
  • Jaws 3-D
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • Jeepers Creepers 2
  • King Kong
  • Kwaidan
  • Leprechaun
  • Leprechaun 4: In Space
  • Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood
  • Leprechaun in the Hood
  • Leprechaun: Origins
  • Lifeforce
  • Lights Out
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Lost Boys: The Thirst
  • Lost Boys: The Tribe
  • Magic
  • Multiple Maniacs
  • The Mummy
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Onibaba
  • Open Water
  • Open Water 2: Adrift
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Piranha
  • Rapture-Palooza
  • Ready or Not
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Rodan
  • The Ruins

Top pick: Scanners

David Cronenburg is one of the masters of body horror, as seen in classics like The Fly, The Brood and Videodrome. Scanners might have some of his most queasy effects, however, as the place where the GIF of a man's head exploding comes from. That is just the tip of the gore iceberg, however, in this story of a group of telepaths and the effort to eliminate them.

  • See No Evil
  • Sisters
  • Snatchers
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • The Thing
  • Turistas

Top pick: Us

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Lupita Nyong'o in "Us," one of the performances that was snubbed by the 2020 Oscar nominations Universal Pictures

Though only released last year, Jordan Peele's second film Us already feels like a modern (if divisive) classic. After bagging a Best Picture for his race horror Get Out, Peele followed it up with the much more ambitious and elusive story of an underground race of doppelgangers and Hands Across America in this beguiling tale that should have won Lupita Nyong'o a second Oscar.

  • Vampire in Brooklyn
  • Vampyr
  • The War of the Gargantuas
  • Wide Awake