Watch out viewers, you’re going to be scared because October offers some frighteningly good streaming options!
Between gay classics and future favourites, there’s plenty to discover this month as we approach Halloween or, as we like to call it, “Gay Christmas”. And if spooky isn’t your cup of tea, well, there are plenty of other thrilling titles too, from steamy comedies to sweet coming-of-age tales to a special drag-tastic variety.
As if Weird tradition, we’ve put together a guide to the best queer and queer-adjacent series, movies, and other movies coming to streaming this month to help you stay on top of everything. Whether you use Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, or Hulu (or a combination of the four), we’ve got your must-watch recommendations for each and beyond. So prepare those watch lists; It’s going to be a very happy October.
What’s New and Gay on Netflix in October 2022
The projector: The Observer (October 13)
Hot on the heels of DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Storysuper-producing duo Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan are back with another true crime story that looks like considerably easier to digest. Based on a strange unsolved mystery, The Observer worries about the perfect Brannock family moving into their New Jersey dream home, only to have it turn into a nightmare when they start getting threatening letters from someone who passes by – you guessed it – “The Watcher”. Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale star as the worried parents, but the gays are really looking forward to this supporting cast, which includes the ever-quotable Mia Farrow, Margo Martindale and Jennifer Coolidge.
More new streaming options:
- Labyrinth1986 (October 1st): Musical numbers, David Bowie cod and Muppets! What more could you ask for from a fantasy classic?
- Conversations with a Killer: The Tapes of Jeffrey Dahmer *Original series* (10/7): As controversial as it may be, DAHMER The series is a huge hit, and Netflix is dropping this docuseries so viewers can delve deeper into the mind of the notorious murderer.
- The Midnight Club *Original series* (October 7): The Haunting of Hill HouseMike Flanagan is adapting this beloved 90s YA horror novel.
- Easy Bake Battle *Original series* (October 12): weird eye‘s Antoni Porowski organizes this cooking competition which is an ode to the “unsung heroes of the family kitchen”.
- Impasse: Paranormal To park, Season 2 *Original Series* (October 13): Based on the popular Deadendia graphic novels, this anime series is funny, scary, and super weird.
- Fortune Feimster: good fortune *Comedy Special* (October 25): The sharp and lovable queer comedian is back with her second hour-long special on Netflix, funnier than ever,
- Big mouthSeason 6 *Original Series* (October 28): Pubescent tweens and hormonal freaks return in the sixth season of this steamy comedy, which reportedly focuses on the chosen family.
- Wendell and savage *Original Movie* (October 28): Director Henry Selick (Coraline) and writer Jordan Peele (Nope) are the unlikely but thrilling duo behind this stop-motion feature film about a teenage outcast meeting some scheming demons.
Amazon Prime Video’s LGBTQ offerings in October 2022
The projector: High school (October 14, via Freevee)
First of all, we don’t even know what a “Freevee” is, but apparently Amazon hosts a separate, free, ad-supported streaming service that is too produce original content? We are not going to complain too much, because Freevee takes care of bringing us High school, a 90s coming-of-age comedy-drama based on the autobiography of queer indie rockers Tegan and Sara. If you didn’t know, the musicians are twins, and the series will dive into the experience of trying to find your individuality alongside someone with many of the same experiences as you. And you have to believe it will have a catchy soundtrack, inspired by the grunge and rave cultures that inspired Tegan and Sara’s musical careers.
More new streaming options:
- Bridesmaids2011 (October 1): We haven’t stopped quoting this one since 2011, so it’s always a good time to revisit one of the funniest comedies of the century.
- Jennifer’s body2009 (October 1): Revered by critics upon release, Diablo Cody’s sapphic horror has developed an odd cult following and for good reason. (He reigns.)
- support the girls2018 (October 1): Regina Hall gives the performance of her career in this independent film that will appeal to anyone who has ever worked in the service industry.
- Catherine called Birdy *Original Movie* (October 7): Say what you will about Lena Dunham, but she pulls off one hell of a coming-of-age tale in this queer period piece.
- The man from the north2022 (October 11): This Viking epic is about male rage. But also it culminates with a naked Alexander Skarsgård in a fight to the death, so…
- The ringroad *Original Series* (October 21): Weird Alexandra Billings’ favorite co-stars in this jaw-dropping sci-fi thriller starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
- Downton Abbey: A New Era2022 (October 28): As the title suggests, the times they change in this second Downtown film, which finally gives a long-struggling gay character his due.
- Inhuman2022 (Oct 31): It’s zombies versus Gen Z in this wink comedy horror.
Everything Gay Coming to HBO Max in October 2022
The projector: The White LotusSeason 2 (October 30)
October is a big months for Jennifer Coolidge stans (aka gays), and nothing could make us happier. Her search for affection Tanya McQuoid is the only returning guest to check in for HBO’s second season The White Lotus, which also features Aubrey Plaza, Michael Imperioli, Tom Hollander, and more. Fresh off his Emmys sweep, queer creator Mike White shifts the action to a Sicilian resort town, and says the scenic destination will be the backdrop for a sharp and hilarious social satire on sexual politics. The White Lotus was one of our favorite shows of 2021, so, at this point, we’d follow White and Coolidge wherever they wanted to take us.
More new streaming options:
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid1969 (October 1): Paul Newman and Robert Redford star in what could well be a great gay metaphor.
- call me by your name2017 (October 1st): Armie Hammer drama aside, Luca Guadagnino’s lavish film about budding queer romance remains a new classic.
- MAD2005 (October 1): years before big little liesthe late Jean Marc Vallée directed this little-known coming-of-age film set in Quebec in the 1960s and 70s.
- Olivier !1968 (October 1): The award-winning best-picture adaptation of Charles Dickens’ literary classic is the kind of big-studio musical you can’t see enough of anymore.
- Terms of endearment1983 (October 1): Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine ate in this weepy to end all weepies.
- PennyworthSeason 3 *Original Series* (October 6): We’ll admit we haven’t been following this Batman prequel to the debut of superhero butler Alfred, but it does feature gay idol Ben Aldridge, so there you have it!
- Mom’s son *Original Movie* (October 18): A documentary in which Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black reflects on his childhood in a Mormon family and his unique relationship with his mother.
The Best and Weirdest on Hulu in October 2022
The projector: hellraiser (October 7)
One of gay horror maestro Clive Barker’s iconic scares will return to life in this remake from rising director David Bruckner (The ritual, The night house). The plot details have been hard to scare away, but we do know that the supernatural Cenobites – horrific faces both new and old – will return to our earthly realm for a search for sadistic pleasure. We also know that hellraiser has a pretty impressive and queer friendly cast, including Brandon Flynn, Adam Faison and trans actress Jamie Clayton (Sense8) as the demonic and iconic Pinhead.
More new streaming options:
- Huluween Dragstravaganza *Variety Special* (Oct. 1): Monét X Change and Ginger Minj host this all-star tribute to “Gay Christmas” with original songs, comedy skits, and Kesha!
- all about my mother1999 (October 1): The most famous drama by gay filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is not to be missed.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975 (October 1): What else can be said about this queer musical? It should be mandatory to watch every Halloween season.
- Schitt’s CreekFull Series (October 3): From underrated gem to Emmys darling, what a perfect excuse to revisit this charmer from the ground up.
- My friend Dahmer2017 (October 15): Before Evan Peters, Ross Lynch played Jeffrey Dahmer in this fascinating and unsettling look at his teenage years.
- Blessing2021 (October 16): Director Terence Davies’ moving biopic about WWI gay poet Siegfired Sassoon.
- Matron *Original Movie* (October 21): A queer woman returns home to face her demons and ends up meeting a real one in this chilling horror.
And another streaming title you won’t want to miss
Queer For Fear: A Queer Horror Story on Shudder (now streaming)
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Shudder’s docuseries’ four-part in-depth investigation into the legacy of gay men in the horror genre. Gays have loved scary stories for centuries, and Queer for fear explores this special connection, tracing it back to its literary origins in queer authors like Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, through to modern times where LGBTQ trailblazers play with the genre in new and exciting ways. The first episode aired on September 30, with new ones airing every Friday. Don’t miss it!