The Best Movies Coming to Showtime in October 2019, Including 5 Scary Flicks to Watch on Halloween

Fall is here, and so are plenty of new movies and TV shows on Showtime. The premium cable channel has added some spooky films to its lineup for October to get you ready for Halloween, along with fresh episodes of The Affair and Couples Therapy, a brand new documentary about Judy Garland, and a neo-noir that’s considered one of the greatest films ever made. 

Get in the Halloween spirit with these horror films on Showtime 

Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle in a scene from The Fog
Jamie Lee Curtis And Nick Castle are terrified by the shattered window in a scene from the film ‘The Fog’, 1980. (Photo by AVCO Embassy Pictures/Getty Images)

Halloween is just around the corner, and Showtime is getting into the spirit of the season by adding some must-see horror movies to its streaming lineup, including these creepy favorites. All are streaming from October 1. 

The Fog: Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this 1980 horror film from John Carpenter about a coastal town haunted by the ghosts of sailors killed in a shipwreck.  

Jacob’s Ladder: Tim Robbins stars as a Vietnam vet plagued by disturbing visions and nightmares in this psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne.

Open Water: A couple on a scuba-diving vacation is stranded in the ocean open when they’re accidentally left behind by the boat’s crew. Soon, hungry sharks are circling in this 2004 movie, which is based on a real incident.  

Zodiac: It’s not a horror movie, but David Fincher’s 2007 movie about the notorious Zodiac killer who terrorized San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s is full of chills, especially when you remember that this serial murderer was never caught.  

The House with a Clock in Its Walls: If you’re looking for a funny, family-friendly film with a dash a scariness, try this 2018 adaptation of John Bellairs’ beloved novel from horror vet Eli Roth, which tells the story of an orphan who moves into his uncle’s mysterious mansion and finds himself tangling with witches and warlocks. 

Other horror movies coming to Showtime in October include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, They Live, The Ruins, Hell Fest, The Lawnmower Man, and Vacancy. 

New Showtime originals

New episodes of several Showtime original series also arrive in October. 

The Circus (Sundays at 8/7c) focuses on the Democratic candidates who hope to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The final season of The Affair (Sundays at 9/8c) also continues, as do On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Sundays at 10/9c) and Couples Therapy (Fridays at 10/9c). 

The Showtime docuseries Murder in the Bayou wraps up on Friday, October 11 at 9/8c. Sid & Judy, a new documentary about Judy Garland, premieres Friday, October, 18 at 8:05 p.m. 

Classic films to stream on Showtime 

Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in Chinatown
Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in a scene from Chinatown. | Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images

Showtime is also adding a number of classic films to its lineup in October, including Roman Polanski’s noirish mystery Chinatown, the extended cut of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, 1997 best picture winner The English Patient, and rom-com favorite When Harry Met Sally. 

Here’s the complete list of movies being added to Showtime in October 2019. 

Available October 1


American Gigolo

Angel Heart

Apocalypse Now Redux

Barb Wire

Battlefield Earth

The Beyond



Bringing Out the Dead

The Chamber


The Covenant

The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

Dead Again

Desert Hearts


Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Donnie Brasco

Eddie Murphy Raw

The English Patient

The Final Wish

First Sunday


The Fog

Full Metal Jacket


Ghosts of Mars


Goin’ South

Hell Fest 

The House with a Clock in Its Walls 

The Hummingbird Project 

The Impossible

In the Line of Fire

Jacob’s Ladder

Jerry Maguire

The Lawnmower Man

A League of Their Own


My Father the Hero

Open Water

Open Water 2: Adrift

Open Water 3: Cage Dive

Orange County

Perfect Skin

Personal Velocity

The Pink Panther

Point Break


The Ruins

S.W.A.T.: Firefight

S.W.A.T.: Under Siege

The School of Rock

She’s Having A Baby

Ski Patrol

Sniper 3

Sniper: Legacy


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

They Live



The Village

When Harry Met Sally

Wild Bill

Young Adult


Available October 7

Absolute Power

Dirty Harry

Available October 15

The Faculty

Available October 16

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