Your Guide To The Best New Movies And Shows Of October 2023

So much to watch this month, and we aren't complaining.

From Loki Season 2, The Eras Tour film, Can’t Buy Me Love, and more, it’s a jam-packed October for new titles.

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While October is Halloween, there’s nothing scary with the new movies and shows dropping this month. Yes, there are horror movies and shows to get the nights extra spooky, but there are also dramas, sci-fi, teleseryes, and more for those looking for something less traumatic but still enjoyable this October. So, get that watchlist ready if you’re looking for something new to binge or catch in the cinema in the coming month.   


The Exorcist is an icon in horror cinema and one of the best movies the genre has ever seen. This 2023 sees a direct sequel hit cinemas and, more importantly, brings back Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil in over 50 years. Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 13 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. You can catch this new demonic terror in cinemas now.


Starring Zanjoe Marudo, Elijah Canlas, and Dolly de Leon, this Filipino movie centers on a troubled and lonely boxer who moves in with his long-lost mother and autistic pianist brother as he tries to fit in with a family he hasn’t known for years. Stream this family tale on Netflix now.


No, this is not a Doja Cat song but a Korean movie that follows the story of a director in the 1970s haunted by the desire to reshoot the ending of his latest film despite unfavorable conditions. As you can imagine, chaos ensues when a web of complications starts to rise on the film set as a reshoot becomes a bigger complication than expected. The film, which was brought to the Philippines courtesy of TBA Studios, is now showing in cinemas nationwide.


If you’ve been wanting an original sci-fi film to watch in the cinemas, Gareth Edwards’ first movie since Rogue One may just be for you. The epic is set in the distant future where humans and artificial intelligence are engaged in a bitter war. On the brink of victory, the humans discovered the Creator, the mysterious AI architect behind a weapon that can change the fate of the conflict. To prevent this weapon from being used, the humans recruit ex-special forces agent Joshua to track it down. After discovering the weapon is in the form of a young child, Joshua begins to question the mission and the war itself. You can see how the story unfolds in cinemas now.


There’s nothing like a good old fashion Filipino tale of lies and deceit. And Linlang looks to offer that. Featuring an A-list cast that includes Paulo Avelino and Kim Chiu the show centers on a husband and wife who’s relationship begins to fall apart when the husband suspects that his wife is cheating on him with another man. As the tension and accusations reaches a boiling point, the two discover that the games they play with each other yield deadly consequences. The show streams on Prime Video beginning October 5.


Did someone say a new movie about female rage? Grieving the loss of a best friend she couldn’t protect, an ex-bodyguard sets out to fulfill her dear friend’s last wish: sweet, sweet revenge. Period. The movie streams on Netflix starting October 6.


The mad love trope gets a corporate and modern twist in this movie on fragile egos, gender politics, and corporate ambitions. An unexpected promotion at a cutthroat hedge fund pushes a young couple’s romance to the brink as the dark path they tread upon threatens to unravel far more than their recent engagement. The film, which made a splash at this year’s festivals, streams on Netflix this October 6.


Just in time for Halloween, modern horror auteur Mike Flanagan gives us The Fall of the House of Usher. Based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the show centers on two ruthless siblings build a family dynasty to appease their ambitions to secure their fortune and future. But it soon comes crumbling down when their heirs mysteriously die, one by one. Your Halloween binge awaits you when the series drops on Netflix on October 12.


The local horror scene is getting its time in the spotlight too this month with this acclaimed horror movies that has been making the rounds in film festivals around the world. From director Kenneth Dagatan comes this local folklore-centric story set in World War II that follows Tala who, in desperation to help her sick mother, seeks help from a flesh eating fairy. After playing in festivals, the movie finally gets a wide release when it lands on Prime Video this October 12.


Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano unlock their latest career milestone as their first teleserye together, Can’t Buy Me Love, premiers this month. Centering on two people from different worlds, Bingo, a young man from Binondo, and Caroline, a Filipino-Chinese heiress, the two end up crossing paths and realize that money and wealth aren’t the only things that are needed to have happiness in this world. The series debuts on Netflix this October 13 before airing on TV on the 16th.


We mean, what more is there to say? Taylor Swift’s history-making and cultural-defining world tour screens in cinemas for a limited run this October and you can bet the movie is going to be a moment. Check out our guide on how you can prepare for the event. Screenings of the movie begin this October 13.


Martin Scorsese’s latest movie delves into the rich but bloody history of Native Americans, particularly in 1920s Oklahoma. Led by a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, and Jesse Plemons, Killers of the Flower Moon is based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name and is set in 1920s Oklahoma. It 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. Catch this in local cinemas beginning October 18.


This intense Korean thriller takes a look at just how dark the world of buying used and second-hand items are. It centers on Soo-hyun, who buys a used washing machine online after moving into her new place. When she receives a broken machine, she realizes she’s been scammed and decides to make sure the seller doesn’t get away with it. Eventually, Soo-hyun succeeds in finding the seller’s online account, then leaves warnings that he is a fraudster under all his posts to stop him from selling.

From then on, terrifying things start to happen to Soo-hyun. She led an ordinary life with an ordinary job, but everything in her daily life begins to fall apart, and an investigation is set in motion to find the seller. With the help of detectives Joo and Na, Soo-hyun sets off to stop the psycho seller who has invaded her life before he ends hers. The film screens in cinemas beginning October 18.


For their first project together, Julia Montes and Alden Richards play Justine and Lance respectively, two people who go through the complicated ebb and flow of love and life in these modern times. The film screens in local theaters this October 18.


If you missed Samantha Lee’s award-winning Rookie, the Cinemalaya breakthrough is getting its widest release yet when it lands on Prime Video this October 19. Centering on the love story of Ace and Jana, this queer volleyball movie is not to be missed.


College can already be as stressful as it is, but imagine doing that while having a former K-pop idol living with you? That’s the scenario of this K-drama about a college student navigating life and school while dealing with a unique predicament of living with a beautiful former K-pop idol. See how this plays out when the series streams on Netflix this October 20.


Catch these new seasons from some of your favorite shows premiering this October. Lupin Part 3 (October 5), Our Flag Means Death Season 2 (October 5), Loki Season 2 (October 6), Elite Season 7 (October 20).

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