All the Halloween 2023 chills, thrills and fun on Showmax

5 October 2023

All the Halloween 2023 chills, thrills and fun on Showmax

October is here and Showmax has it all – classic vampires, werewolves and zombies. Haunted houses, axe maniacs, ghost faced killers, clowns, demon dolls, techno terrors, creepy kids. You name it, we’ve spooked it. Get ready for 31 days of darkness for the whole family…because we have tricks and treats for the kids, too.  

4 hits coming to the Showmax cemetery this October 

Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves

Dungeons and Dragons Honour Among Thieves on Showmax

Shake the dice and buff those character stats! Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves is the movie of D&D players’ dreams, as well as being a good time for general viewers, and for effects and monster lovers – as creatures from the Monstrous Manual are lovingly brought to life including red, gold and black dragons, an owlbear, a beholder, a gelatinous cube, and a displacer beast.

This charming, funny fantasy adventure follows a motley crew on a quest to retrieve magic knickknacks and trinkets, wake the dead for question time, do battle in a gladiatorial tournament, and rise to their heroic destiny.

Directed and co-written by the BAFTA-nominated team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves has a 91% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with IndieWire predicting, “The heartfelt story, enchanting characters, dazzling visual effects, and fun-filled nature will [make it] a treasured classic.”

The cast includes Chris Pine (Wonder Woman, Don’t Worry Darling) as the bard Edgin Darvis. Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious franchise) as Holga the barbarian, Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton) as Xenk the paladin, Justice Smith (Tim in Pokémon: Detective Pikachu) as Simon the half-elf sorcerer, Sophia Lillis (It Chapter 1) as tiefling druid Doric, Hugh Grant (The Undoing, Notting Hill) as Forge the rogue, and Bradley Cooper (Yes Man) as Holga’s halfling ex-husband!

Watch Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves – date TBC. 

Chucky S3 

Chucky Season 3 on Showmax

Fresh off the toy rack (the season launches in the US on 4 October), this slasher comedy horror series about a doll possessed by a dead serial killer sees Chucky (Brad Dourif) take a stab at politics. The President of the United States James Collins (Devon Sawa) sets Chucky loose in the White House when his son insists that it’s Take My Doll To Work Day.  

Chucky was nominated for Best Horror Series at this year’s Critics Choice Super Awards, with Brad Dourif up for Best Villain in a Series as the title character. With a 91% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 87% audience rating, critics and fans alike are obsessed with Chucky’s creative kills and meta horror commentary.  

Chucky’s not the only one making a comeback, the OG gang’s all here including Jennifer Tilly as Chucky’s ex-turned-enemy Tiffany Valentine, Zackary Arthur as Jake Wheeler, Bjorgvin Arnarson as Devon Evans, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Lexy Cross, and Fiona Dourif as Nica Pierce. 

Watch Chucky S3 from 23 October. 2 new episodes each Monday »

Scream VI 

The core four survivors of the Ghostface Murders leave Woodsboro to start new lives in New York City. In a city of eight million people, Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera) – the daughter of the OG Ghostface Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) – her sister Tara (Wednesday’s Jenna Ortega), and twins Chad (Mason Goodin) and Mindy Meeks Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown, the teen Taissa in Yellowjackets), whose uncle was horror film buff Randy Meeks, should be safe, right? Wrong. Ghostface is leaving a calling card at each Big Apple crime scene – an original mask from their earlier killing sprees. Reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and film geek turned FBI agent Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere) must unpick modern horror conventions to work out what Ghostface is up to this time. PS: Need caller ID? Roger Jackson returns as “The Voice” of Ghostface.  

Named Best Movie of 2023 at the MTV Movie Awards, Scream VI is the #20 biggest global box office hit of 2023 so far. It won Best Fight at the MTV Movie Awards for Courteney Cox, and nabbed a nomination for Best Song for Demi Lovato’s Still Alive.  

AV Club says it’s “one of the franchise’s best (and most brutal) sequels”, while Independent (UK) calls it “wholly satisfying and ridiculously fun,” giving it a 4/5-star rating.  

Watch Scream VI from Monday, 30 October »

Cocaine Bear 

Cocaine Bear is on Showmax

There’s nothing more peaceful than a walk in the woods, unless you run into a bear who’s off her rocker on 34kg of cocaine, thanks to a drug plane shedding its cargo in delicious, bite-sized bricks. Everyone in the forest, from hikers to rangers, the police and mobsters frantically trying to find the rest of the drug shipment, is on the pic-a-nic menu. This movie – loosely based on a true story and not at all based on physics – absolutely delivers on the bonkers promise of its title.  

Cocaine Bear was nominated for two 2023 MTV Movie Awards: Most Frightened Performance for Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell in Modern Family) and Best Villain for The Bear (stuntman Allan Henry performed the bear’s movements as a reference for a team of animators). Chicago Sun-Times calls it a “wildly entertaining and darkly hilarious B-movie blood-fest.” 

Directed by Emmy-nominated actor and filmmaker Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels, Pitch Perfect 2), with The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason), Margo Martindale, O’Shea Jackson, Jr (Straight Outta Compton), Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones), and the late Ray Liotta (The Many Saints of Newark).  

Watch Cocaine Bear from Thursday, 19 October »

2 spooky South African movies 

Awards shows are notoriously stingy when it comes to horror and science fiction, but Showmax is home to two of the biggest SAFTA winners in this genre over the past two years: Gaia (2023 SAFTAS for Best Feature Film, Directing, Cinematography, and Original Music/Score) and Fried Barry (2022 SAFTAS for Sound Design and Original Score).  


Gaia is on Showmax

Two off-the-grid survivalists (Silwerskerm winner Carel Nel from 4 Mure and SAFTA nominee Alex van Dyk from Die Stropers) save a forest ranger (SAFTA nominee Monique Rockman from Nommer 37) who’s injured during a routine mission. But what starts out as a welcome rescue grows more suspicious as the son and his renegade father reveal a cultish devotion to the forest. 

Set in the Tsitsikamma National Park, 2023 Best Feature Film SAFTA winner Gaia is a breakthrough for Jaco Bouwer, who won the 2023 Feature Film Best Director SAFTA, which now shares the shelf with his 2022 Best TV Drama SAFTAs for 4 Mure, a five-part kykNET series set in the same hotel room, but with different stories in different genres each episode. 

As well as racking up a Best Cinematography SAFTA, Gaia won Best Cinematography at South By Southwest (SXSW) as well as Best Film, Director, Editor, Sound Design and Hair and Make Up at Silwerskerm, and the best Original Music/Score SAFTA. The ecological horror has a 85% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Decider hailing it as “a standout at South By Southwest” and describing the film as a “psychedelic-mushroom Cronenberg-via-del-Toro eco-body-horror creepy-creature freakout … visually potent … strange, beautiful and disgusting.” 

Fried Barry 

Fried Barry is on Showmax

Barry (stuntman Gary Green) is a drug-addled degenerate who – after yet another bender – is abducted by aliens. Soon Barry is riding shotgun in his own body as an alien visitor assumes control and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as our alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind. 

Critics the world over were positively foaming at the mouth over Fried Barry, which was Rotten Tomatoes’ 10th best-reviewed sci-fi and fantasy movie of 2021, with an 80% critics’ rating. In their five-star review, hailed Fried Barry as “the most demented movie of the year… one of the most memorable, visually arresting, and unique movies I’ve seen in ages,” adding that Green gives “the best alien-in-a-human-body performance since Vincent D’Onofrio in Men in Black.” 

Also on Showmax: DAM S1-2 (cult & monsters), Pulse S1 (rogue tech), Die Spreeus S1 (paranormal detectives), Monster in My Kas (monster stalks child), Pinky Pinky (molestation monster), Nagval op Donkerdraai (period ghost thriller), Die Ontwaking (slasher), Kutsa (ghost), The Unfamiliar (evil spirits), Triggered (gore), Parable (demon), Rage (slasher), Her Mask (evil spirits), Eternity (vampires), The Tokoloshe (evil spirits), Vinnie + Olga (vampires), Vampires in the Township (vampires), Net Ons (vampires), Nag van die Ondier (monster), Nagvrees (ghost), Vrywater (cult), Wesens (alien), Boetie Ontmoet ’n Alien (alien), Chappie (alien), and District 9 (alien).  

The best zombie show, hands-down 

The Last of Us 

One of the most anticipated streaming titles of 2023, HBO’s The Last of Us is set 20 years after modern civilisation has been destroyed by a fungal pandemic. Joel (Critics Choice Super Award winner Pedro Pascal from Game of Thrones and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent) is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (BAFTA winner Bella Ramsey from Game of Thrones) out of an oppressive quarantine zone. But what starts as a small job becomes a brutal journey as the pair traverse the US, depending on each other for survival. 

Based on the computer game of the same name (many of the voice cast reprise their roles), the series is written and executive produced by Emmy winner Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann from The Last of Us and Uncharted computer game franchises. 

The Last of Us has racked up multiple Primetime Emmy nominations (winners will be announced on 15 January 2024) including Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor and Lead Actress. And it has already brought home 10 wins from other awards, including the Humanitas Prize for Drama Teleplay, the Leo for Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series, and Best Show, Best Hero, Breakthrough Performance and Best Duo at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.  

The series has a 96% Rotten tomatoes rating with their critics’ consensus being, “Retaining the most addictive aspects of its beloved source material while digging deeper into the story, The Last of Us is binge-worthy TV that ranks among the all-time greatest video game adaptations.” 

Obsessed horror fans can also find the in-depth documentary The Making of The Last of Us on Showmax.  

Also on Showmax: The Dead Don’t Die, UnHuman, Dead Zone, Black Friday, Alone

Tech terror


M3GAN is on Showmax

M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. When its designer, Gemma, becomes the unexpected caretaker of her eight-year-old niece, Cady, she decides to pair the girl with a M3GAN prototype, a decision that has terrifying consequences. 

M3GAN is the brainchild of horror legend James Wan (Annabelle, Malignant and the Insidious, The Conjuring, and Saw franchises) and Black Reel-nominated scriptwriter Akela Cooper (Malignant, Luke Cage). 

Named Best Horror Movie of 2023 at the Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards, M3GAN has a 93% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says: “M3GAN is the rare horror-comedy that delivers chuckles as effortlessly as chills.” 

Critics’ Choice nominee Allison Williams (Get Out, Girls) stars as Gemma, with Young Artist nominee Violet McGraw (The Haunting of Hill House, Black Widow) as Cady, and Amie Donald (Sweet Tooth) nominated for a 2023 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain as M3GAN. 

Also on Showmax: Polaroid

Evil spirits 


Horror movie Smile is on Showmax

One of the creepiest films on the menu! Trauma leads to terror when a smiling patient commits suicide in front of therapist Dr Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon, Mare of Easttown) – after telling her that she’s being followed by something that she describes as, “It looks like people, but it’s not a person.” As Rose looks into the story, though, she starts to doubt her own sanity.  

The film picked up multiple award nominations on the festival circuit, and has an 80% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with both Bacon (nominated for a Most Frightened Performance 

2023 MTV Movie + TV Award) and debut feature director Parker Finn drawing widespread praise. “He’s curated a good time,” writes The Reveal. 

This psychological horror’s cast includes Kal Penn (Clarice), Rob Morgan, and Robin Weigert (Big Little Lies). 

Also on Showmax: Seance, Malignant, Demonic, Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin, The Cleansing Hour, Becoming, Blood Conscious, Shadow in the Cloud, Slender Man (from 26 October) 


Resident Alien S1 

Resident Alien S2 is on Showmax

Alan Tudyk (Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Firefly and Serenity) plays a grumpy, ancient alien trying to pass as a small-town human doctor while he tries to decide whether he should go through with his secret mission to wipe out humanity in this inventive horror comedy series created by Chris Sheridan (Family Guy, Resident Alien) and based on the comic book of the same name by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse.  

Resident Alien has an 8.1 rating on IMDb, who call it “one of the funniest shows – about destroying the entire human race.” The show won Best Cable Series, Comedy at the 2021 Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) Television Awards. 

Also on Showmax: The Midwich Cuckoos S1, What Lies Below, Nope, Significant Other, A Quiet Place, Alien Conquest, Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Occupation: Rainfall

Creature features 

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

It’s 1968 in America, but the sleepy small town of Mill Valley seems stuck in the past as it cowers in the shadow of the Bellows mansion on the outskirts of town. Within its walls, Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories in a book that has transcended time, ready to terrorise a group of teenagers who go poking around the supposedly haunted mansion. 

Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak) and director André Øvredal (Trollhunter) turned their dark imaginations and eye for the gothic grotesque to bringing the iconic book series – whose illustration of spiders popping out of a cheek boil tends to linger – to screen in eye-watering detail, winning Best Horror/Thriller Film at the National Film and Television Awards in the USA. It’s aimed at younger horror fans, but The Rotten Tomatoes critics’ consensus is that it’s a “ghoulish good time”, with NME calling it “disturbing enough to scratch even the most seasoned genre buff’s itch”. 

With Austin Abrams (Ethan in Euphoria), Dean Norris (Hank in Breaking Bad), and Lorraine Toussaint (Aunt Vi in The Equalizer). 

Also on Showmax: Carnivale S1-2, Lovecraft Country S1, Teen Wolf S1-6, Los Espookys S1, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Escape the Field, Bad Hair, Pacific Rim, Snakes on a Plane, Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Dominion, Kong: Skull Island, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Journey 2 the Mysterious Island, Lake Placid (from 5 October), Crawl (from 23 October). 

Slashers & cult creeps 

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies 

A group of rich 20-somethings, a remote family mansion, a hurricane party, and one party game gone very, very wrong…now someone’s going to have to wash blood out of the sofas and curtains.  

Not released in South African cinemas, Bodies Bodies Bodies has an 86% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus is that it’s impeccably cast and smartly written. Entertainment Weekly calls it, “Summer’s must-see horror comedy.” 

Rachel Sennott (The Idol) was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards (Breakthrough Performance and Most Frightened Performance) and a 2023 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Performance, while Amandla Stenberg (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse) was nominated for a Queerty. 

The ensemble cast includes Pete Davidson (The King of Staten Island), Myha’la Herrold (Industry), Lee Pace (Ronin in Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy) and Conner O’Malley (Palm Springs). 

Also on Showmax: Midsommar, Halloween (2018), Halloween Ends, Scream V, Candyman, The Domestics, Barbarians, Follow Me, Ma, Don’t Breathe, Meet the Blacks, Extracurricular, Split, Alone in the Dark, Twisted House Sitter, Hostel (from 12 October), Haunted Trail (from 23 October), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (from 26 October).  


IT Chapter 1 

IT Chapter 1 is on Showmax

A stellar young cast brings the first part of Stephen King’s IT to terrifying life as a close-knit group of seven outcast and bullied young teens encounter Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), the evil alien clown who feeds on fear in their town’s haunted house. It’s 1980s flashback time! 

With Teen Choice nominees Sophia Lillis (Gretel & Hansel) as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Are You Afraid of the Dark?) as Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Wyett Oleff (I Am Not Okay with This) as Stan, and Jaeden Martell (Knives Out) as Bill. The young performers won Best On-Screen Team at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.  

It Chapter 1 has an 86% Rotten Tomatoes rating, with critical consensus being that it is “Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core.” And Rolling Stone wrote, “Evil clown Pennywise, a spectacularly scary Bill Skarsgård, is the stuff of nightmares.” And it won Best Horror Movie at the IGN Awards.  

A prequel series, Welcome to Derry, is currently in production through Max, a division of Warner Bros. Television.  

Body snatchers & doppelgangers 

Don’t Worry Darling 

Don't Worry Darling is now on Showmax

Florence Pugh (Midsomar) and Harry Styles (Dunkirk) star in Don’t Worry Darling as Alice and Jack, a picture-perfect 1950s couple living in an idyllic company town filled with Stepford Wives and their Ken-style husbands. But their utopia may not be all it seems, and Alice soon begins to worry that her husband’s glamorous company could be hiding disturbing secrets. 

This psychological thriller is directed by Olivia Wilde (House). The London Evening Standard says, “Wilde (who dazzles in a supporting role) is a misunderstood genius and her sly erotic thriller is one of the best films of the year.”  

John Powell’s musical score won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Film Score, and Don’t Worry Darling has received multiple costume and set design nominations, along with the 2022 People’s Choice Award for Best Drama Movie.  

With Chris Pine (Wonder Woman), Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Nick Kroll (the voice of Uncle Fester in the Addams Family), and Dita Von Teese as herself.  

Also on Showmax: Get Out, Us, Elizabeth Harvest, The Outsider S1, and The Visitor (from Thursday, 12 October). 


Crimson Peak 

Crimson Peak is on Showmax

Guillermo del Toro’s eye-meltingly beautiful film is a gothic romance steeped in horror. In the late 1800s, a British nobleman (Tom Hiddleston, Kong: Skull Island) seduces an American heiress (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland) and ghost story writer, and whisks her away to live with him and his sister (Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage) in their crumbling haunted mansion … but not for long.  

Crimson Peak has an obsessive following in the costume design community, and a 78% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Stephen King’s son, writer Joe Hill, called Crimson Peak “del Toro’s blood-soaked Age of Innocence, a gloriously sick waltz through Daphne du Maurier territory”. King himself called it “gorgeous and just f*****g terrifying”. And Empire noted that it’s “borderline camp at points, but if you’re partial to a bit of Victorian romance with Hammer horror gloop and big, frilly night-gowns, GDT delivers an uncommon treat.”  

Crimson Peak won the 2016 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and Best Production Design, with the Saturn for Best Supporting Actress going to Jessica Chastain, who also won the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for the role.   

Also on Showmax: Voice from the Stone, Blithe Spirit, Last Night in Soho, Shutter Island (from 9 October) 


Vampire Academy S1 

Vampire Academy S1 is on Showmax

Fantasy horror single-season series Vampire Academy centres on Lissa, a royal vampire, and her protector, Rose, as they navigate romance, ancient magic and their strikingly different social classes at their boarding school, St Vladimir’s Academy, all while facing threats like the bloodthirsty, undead strigoi.  

The Peacock Original is based on the bestselling young adult novel series by multi-award-winning author Richelle Mead, and is the second adaptation of the novels following the 2014 film of the same name.  

Vampire Academy has a 77% Rotten Tomatoes rating, and The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Take the fairy-tale opulence and elaborate social rituals of Bridgeton and the class-revolution themes of The Hunger Games, toss in a warrior class from Divergent, add a light sprinkle of Harry Potter‘s boarding-school shenanigans and just a dash of Game of Thrones’ endless power struggles, and you might cook up something like Vampire Academy.” 

Australian actress Sisi Stringer (Mortal Kombat) plays Rose, with Daniela Nieves (Every Witch Way) as Lissa. The likes of Emmy nominee J. August Richards (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Kevin (Probably) Saves the World) and André Dae Kim (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds) are also among the cast.  

Also on Showmax: Let the Right One In S1, True Blood S1-7, A Discovery of Witches S1-3, Chapelwaite S1, Morbius

Creepy kids 

The Baby 

The Baby is on Showmax

The Baby stars Michelle De Swarte (The Duchess) as 38-year-old Natasha, whose life implodes dramatically when she is unexpectedly landed with a baby. Controlling, manipulative but incredibly cute, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a surreal horror show. As she discovers the true extent of the baby’s deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it. She doesn’t want the baby, but the baby definitely wants her. 

The HBO Max comedy horror series has an 82% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with TIME Magazine saying, “It’s more than just fun – it’s also a whole lot smarter and more thought-provoking than most of the shows sucking up all the attention.” 

The cast includes Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education), multi-award-winner Sinéad Cusack (Wrath of the Titans) and Ghanaian-born actor Patrice Naiambana (House of the Dragon). 

Also on Showmax: The Curse of Rosalie (from 30 October). 

Horror comedy and spooky satire 

The Dead Don’t Die 

The Dead Don't Die is on Showmax

Oh noooo! Polar fracking has pulled the Earth off its axis and earlier generations aren’t just spinning in their graves, they’re on the march in small-town USA. The local sheriff’s office is vexed and perplexed in this dry as bones horror comedy.  

The Dead Don’t Die won Best Makeup FX at the 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, while Jim Jarmusch was nominated for a Palme D’Or at Cannes in 2019. “His experimentation with genre filmmaking adds fresh ideas to expected ones, and gives the film lover moments of pure joy,” writes the Canberra Times.  

Cult director and king of weird Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive) is calling the shots, and the cast is a who’s who of who’s hot including Adam Driver (Girls), Bill Murray (Vice Principals), Tilda Swinton (Trainwreck), Jahi Di’Allo Winston (The Violent Heart), Caleb Landry (Get Out), Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania), Danny Glover (The Old Man & the Gun), and Austin Butler (Elvis). 

Also on Showmax: Bodies, Bodies Bodies, Bad Hair, Black Friday, The Baby, M3GAN, Meet the Blacks, Fried Barry


The Magicians S1-5 

The Magicians S1-5 on Showmax

Hogwarts was dangerous but fun. Imagine what a wizarding university would be like! In the fantasy drama series based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Lev Grossman, students at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy find out that a fantasy world from the Fillory and Further books they read as kids is real…as are its monsters, like the moth-covered, six-fingered magician known as The Beast.  

With Jason Ralph (Random Acts of Flyness), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Crawlspace), Rick Worthy (Gossip Girl), and Garcelle Beauvais (Spider-Man: Homecoming).  

The Magicians’ critics’ rating just kept climbing, from 74% in S1, to 91% in S2, 100% in S3, 91% in S4, to 100% in S5, winning praise for “impressive special effects and creative storytelling”. 

Also watch: Good Witch S1-7, York Witches Society, Witches in the Woods, Gretel & Hansel, The Reckoning, the Harry Potter collection, the Fantastic Beasts collection. 

Showmax quick flicks 

Jordan Peele: Us, Get Out, Nope

Guillermo Del Toro: Crimson Peak, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Stephen King: It Chapter 1, The Outsider, Chapelwaite S1

Read more about horror on Showmax »

For the baby bats (Halloween for kids) 

Looming soon:

Tad, the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet 

Tad the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet

Get ready to journey across the world with the most ambitious (and clumsy) adventurer of all time in the award-winning Spanish-made animated movie Tad, the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet.  

When a slight blunder destroys a rare sarcophagus, an ancient spell is unleashed. Now, Chicago bricklayer-turned-archaeologist Tad Jones must team up with his friends Sara and his “oldest pal” Mummy to race across the far corners of the Earth and stop the curse of the Emerald Tablet before things get really out of hand. 

The movie has an 89% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is the second sequel to Tad, the Lost Explorer, which was nominated for Best Feature at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. 

Watch Tad, the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet from Friday, 6 October »

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We’ve grouped our spooky stories into gangs for the little ghouls, along with a suitable age rating for each show. 

Ghoul school 

Spook hunters 

Families with fangs 

Witches & wizards

Silly monsters