For today’s “From Streams to Screams” list, we’re turning our attention to the dark side and living deliciously with this collection of 23 films that are currently streaming that celebrate witches, demons, devils, and all kinds of occult-themed offerings perfect to get you ready for All Hallows’ Eve. Also, a special shout-out to FilmStruck for giving Ken Russell’s The Devils a digital home this year, and in terms of recent horror, both Satan’s Slaves and Pyewacket are very much worth your time.
So, if you’re looking for some horror that dabbles in the dark arts this October, this collection of streaming titles should undoubtedly give you some great viewing options throughout the rest of October.
Black Sunday (Available on Shudder)
A vengeful witch returns to possess her descendant in Mario Bava’s most famous film.
The Witch (Available on Netflix)
Believing that a witch has cursed their family, pilgrims homesteading on the edge of a primeval New England forest become increasingly paranoid.
Sometimes They Come Back (Available on Amazon Prime)
Jim Norman moves back to his hometown with his wife Sally and son after accepting a teaching job at the local high school. The town holds dark memories for Jim who moved away years earlier following the murder of his brother. The young men responsible for the murder met with their own horrific deaths and now those restless spirits have come back for revenge. Based on a Stephen King short story.
Satan’s Slaves (Available on Shudder)
When their mother dies, horrifying evil plagues a family.
The Church (Available on Amazon Prime)
In medieval Europe, crusading knights massacre a village full of suspected devil worshippers and build a large gothic church above the cursed remains. It is now present day, and this elaborate cathedral still stands. But when its sealed crypt is accidentally reopened, a group of people trapped inside the church become possessed by the fury of the damned.
Demons (Available on Shudder)
A horror movie audience turns into bloodthirsty demons.
Demons 2 (Available on Shudder)
A demonic invasion turns a high-rise apartment building into Hell on Earth.
Suspiria (Available on Tubi TV)
A series of gruesome murders and inexplicable events lead a new student to suspect something evil is at play at a prestigious ballet academy.
Pyewacket (Available on Hulu)
When you're dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for... A teenager's death curse plunges her into an unholy occult nightmare. From the director of Backcountry.
The Void (Available on Netflix)
A police officer rushes a bloodied man to a short-staffed hospital, where mysterious figures surround the building’s exterior.
Angel Heart (Available on Amazon Prime)
Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren't quite that simple, and Johnny doesn't want to be found. Let's just say that, amongst the period detail and beautiful scenery, it all gets really, really nasty.
The House of the Devil (Available on Shudder)
A man lures a babysitter to a house with an unusually large sum of money.
The Devils (Available on FilmStruck)
Starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, this Ken Russell film is an account of the apparent demoniacal possession of the 17th-century nuns of Loudun, France. Reed plays Father Urbain Grandier, a local religious leader who is left in charge of Loudun upon the death of the Governor. Loudun is a stronghold that needs to be dismantled in the eyes of King Louis XIII (Graham Armitage) and his advisors. Grandier resists these plans, but his leadership is questioned by Sister Jeanne (Redgrave), a disfigured nun who in secret lusts after the priest. Accusations of possession and witchcraft result from Sister Jeanne’s jealousy and these charges threaten to bring the entire town down in flames.
Season of the Witch (Available on Amazon Prime)
A bored suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder in this grimy, close-quarters horror movie from legendary zombie filmmaker George A. Romero.
Inferno (Available on Shudder)
In Dario Argento’s follow-up to Suspiria, a man investigates witches in New York.
The Devil’s Advocate (Available on Netflix)
Keanu Reeves stars as a young attorney recruited to the firm of a charismatic lawyer, whose strange behavior gradually reveals a sinister intent.
Mark of the Devil (Available on Shudder)
A witchfinder questions his duties in this stark, unsettling 18th-century set horror.
The Unholy (Available on Vudu & Tubi TV)
Archbishop Mosley assigns Father Michael to a church in New Orleans which was the site of throat-slashing murders of two priests two years earlier.
The Lords of Salem (Available on Shudder)
Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio DJ from Salem, is plagued by bizarre nightmares of vengeful witches after playing a mysterious record by a group known as The Lords. When the record becomes a huge hit, Heidi and her colleagues receive tickets for the band’s next gig, but upon arrival find that the show goes beyond anything they could have imagined.
The Initiation of Sarah (1978) (Available on Amazon Prime)
A young freshman college girl joins a sorority, so that she may fit in with the rest of the kids. There's one problem, the sorority she joins is run by a witch who knows that Sarah has supernatural powers. The witch encourages Sarah to use her latent psychic powers to get revenge on her rivals.
Starry Eyes (Available on Shudder & Amazon Prime)
In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will go to occult lengths for the role of a lifetime.
The Devil’s Candy (Available on Netflix)
A struggling painter moves his family into a house with a horrific past and soon finds himself being artistically inspired by demonic forces.
Demonic Wind (Available on Shudder & Amazon Prime)
The strange and brutal deaths of Cory's grandparents has haunted him for years. Determined to discover the truth, he has returned to the desolate region where they lived, along with a group of friends, to try and uncover the mystery. Ignoring warnings from the locals that the area is cursed, Cory and his friends soon realize that the legend is true...
Looking for more ways to get into the spooky spirit of the season? Check here to read all of our 2018 special features celebrating the Halloween season!