We’re charging into October, and spooky movie season is right around the corner. Leaves are changing, jack-o-lanterns are coming out, and theaters are on a roll. As we head into the best part of fall, the perfect pairing is a great movie on the big screen, and October has a lot to offer. This month, The Exorcist franchise returns, Taylor Swift rewrites how concert movies are done, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio unveil their latest masterpiece of a collaboration, and more.
Here are all the wide-release movies coming to theaters in October 2023. Get tickets here.
The Exorcist: Believer – Release Date: Friday, October 6
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Ann Dowd, Leslie Odom Jr., Jennifer Nettles, Lidya Jewett, Olivia Marcum, E.J. Bonilla, Antoni Corone
Director: David Gordon Green
Original Exorcist star Ellen Burstyn returns for The Exorcist: Believer, this time joined by Leslie Odom, Jr. The sequel to the 1973 original will be directed by David Gordon Green, and is set to be the first in a new trilogy for the franchise. This time, single father Victor is forced into a terrifying new reality when he begins to suspect that his daughter, Angela, and her friend, Katherine, are possessed by something evil. Desperate for help, he seeks out Chris MacNeil, the only person who knows what it’s like to watch one’s child be possessed.
Foe – Release Date: Friday, October 6
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal, Aaron Pierre
Director: Garth Davis
Young stars Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal star in Foe, a haunting exploration of marriage and identity set in an uncertain world. Hen and Junior farm a secluded piece of land that has been in Junior’s family for generations, but their quiet life is thrown into turmoil when an uninvited stranger shows up at their door with a startling proposal. Based on best-selling author Iain Reid’s novel, Foe’s mesmerizing imagery and persistent questions about the nature of humanity (and artificial humanity) bring the not-too-distant future to luminous life.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour – Release Date: Friday, October 13
Cast: Taylor Swift
Director: Sam Wrench
Taylor Swift’s biggest and most audacious tour ever hits theaters for a limited run, and already, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour is racking up presales at the box office. The tour itself has been a juggernaut and cultural phenomenon, but those who can’t make it to a live concert can make it up at the theater. The movie will continue the story, spanning the 17 years of Taylor Swift’s stage dominance through the different phases of her career.
Inspector Sun – Release Date: Friday, October 13
Cast: Jesús Barreda, Andrea Villaverde, Catherina Martínez, Txema Moscoso
Director: Julio Soto Gurpide
For those looking for a fun family movie, Inspector Sun may be just the thing. After being fired from his detective job after a mission gone awry, Inspector Sun boards a seemingly normal plane for a much-needed vacation. When Dr. Spindlethorp receives a threat on his life, however, Sun is back on the case. Trapped in a web of lies, Sun must find his suspect before it’s too late.
Killers of the Flower Moon – Release Date: Friday, October 20
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio,
Director: Martin Scorsese
Based on David Grann’s broadly lauded best-selling book, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in 1920s Oklahoma during a real and terrifying time in the area’s history. The story depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. With the help of the current Osage Nation, Martin Scorsese finally brings to the screen a tragic event in our history that has long needed to be told.
Freelance – Release Date: Friday, October 27
Cast: John Cena, Alison Brie, Juan Pablo Raba, Christian Slater, Alice Eve, Marton Csokas, Julianne Arrieta, Molly McCann
Director: Pierre Morel
John Cena stars as ex-Special Forces operative Mason Pettis in Freelance. Mason’s life used to be packed with action and dangerous missions, but now he’s stuck in a dead-end desk job. When he’s approached with a potential job offer, he reluctantly takes on a freelance gig to provide private security for washed-up journalist Claire Wellington (Alison Brie) as she interviews the ruthless—but impeccably dressed—dictator, Juan Venegas (Juan Pablo Raba). It does not go according to plan.
Five Nights at Freddy’s – Release Date: Friday, October 27
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Kat Conner Sterling, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, Matthew Lillard, Jade Kindar-Martin, Theodus Crane
Director: Emma Tammi
In Five Nights at Freddy’s, a troubled security guard, Mike Schmidt (Josh Hutcherson), takes up a part-time job working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. It used to be a huge family entertainment center, but now it’s just run-down and neglected, having seen better days. While spending his first night on the job, he realizes the night shift at Freddy’s won’t be so easy to make it through. Based on the cult hit horror game, horror fans have been anticipating this one for a while.