October 2023 Movie Release List

Five Nights at Freddy's, Freelance and The Exorcist: Believer are among the October 2023 movie releases - SahmReviews.com

Well, I didn’t expect this. Each month I scour several movie studio websites and media reference pages for information on upcoming releases. The list I originally put together for October was LONG. Like REALLY long. But when I started actually pulling the details, I was surprised there weren’t very many after all. Some were targeted toward streaming services with maybe one weekend in the theater. Some were vintage movies brought back for the holidays. Others were delayed due to the strikes, I am guessing. either way, it’s a short list. So if you don’t see something here that interests you, check out what’s still in theaters from last month.

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The Exorcist: Believer


Release Date: October 6, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror, Sequel
Cast: Leslie Odom, Jr., Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Lidya Jewett, Olivia O’Neill and Ellen Burstyn

Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding has raised their daughter, Angela on his own. But when Angela and her friend Katherine disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil.

Joan Baez: I Am a Noise

Release Date: October 6, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Documentary

Facing the end of a 60-year musical career, legendary singer and activist Joan Baez takes an honest look back and a deep look inward as she tries to make sense of her large history-making life and reveals, for the first time, personal struggles she’s kept private, until now.

The Royal Hotel

Release Date: October 6, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Hugo Weaving

Americans Hanna and Liv are best friends backpacking in Australia. After they run out of money, Liv, looking for an adventure, convinces Hanna to take a temporary live-in job behind the bar of a pub called ’The Royal Hotel’ in a remote Outback mining town. Bar owner Billy and a host of locals give the girls a riotous introduction to Down Under drinking culture but soon Hanna and Liv find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control.

Anatomy of a Fall

Release Date: October 13, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Cast: Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado Graner

For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Samuel’s suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect. What follows is not just an investigation into the circumstances of Samuel’s death but an unsettling psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel’s conflicted relationship.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour

Release Date: October 13, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Concert

No, it isn’t a movie. It’s a concert. But it’s Taylor Swift so I’m making an exception and adding this in when I normally wouldn’t.

Killers of the Flower Moon


Release Date: October 20, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Crime, Drama, True Story
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser, Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, and Jillian Dion

At the turn of the 20th century, oil brought a fortune to the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted, and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart and Mollie Kyle, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal.


Release Date: October 20, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Cast: John Cena, Alison Brie, Juan Pablo Raba, Christian Slater

An ex special forces operative stuck in a dead-end desk job reluctantly takes on a gig to provide private security for a washed-up journalist as she interviews a ruthless—but impeccably dressed—dictator. When a military coup breaks out just as she’s about to get the scoop of a lifetime, the unlikely trio must figure out how to survive the jungle, the assassins, and each other in order to make it out alive.

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Release Date: October 27, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Cast: Josh Hutcherson. Elizabeth Lail, Kat Conner Sterling, and Piper Rubio, with Mary Stuart Masterson and Matthew Lillard

The film follows Mike, a troubled young man caring for his 10-year-old sister Abby, and haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother more than a decade before. Recently fired and desperate for work so that he can keep custody of Abby, Mike agrees to take a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant: Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. With the aid of Vanessa, a local police officer, Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare.

When Evil Lurks

Release Date: October 27, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror
Cast: Ezequiel Rodríguez, Eduardo Salomón, Silvina Sabater, Luis Ziembrowski, Marcelo Michinaux, Emilio Vodanovich, Lucrecia Niron Talazac, Paula Rubinsztein, Virginia Garófalo, Isabel Quinteros, Desirée Salgueiro, Federico Liss

The residents of a small rural town discover that a demon is about to be born among them. They desperately try to escape before the evil is born, but it may be too late.

So if horror and thrillers are your jam then you have a lot of options for October. I mean, a LOT. But it’s creeping up on Halloween so it totally makes sense. Get your scare on by heading to the theaters.

What types of movies do you enjoy watching at this time of year?

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