35 Modern Queer Horror Films & Where To Stream Them This October
Courtesy of Shudder, Dark Star Pictures
Halloween season is in full swing, and while you might have killer holiday plans on the 31st, there’s no reason you can’t start celebrating the spookiest time of year all month long with a terrifying movie marathon.
While queerness has always been inherent to the genre — heck, we invented it — it hasn’t always been a welcoming place to out and proud queer characters, stories, and theme. Thankfully, that’s been changing in recent years. In films like Fear Street, So Vam, and the recent Hellraiser reimaging, the once subtextual has come out of the celluloid closet to explore our anxieties openly — as well as give us some final girls, gays, and nonbinary heroes to root (and fear) for.
In other words, it’s a great time to be a queer horror fan. Not sure where to start? No worries, here are 27 modern queer-inclusive horror films you can stream now.
All series descriptions are courtesy of their respective studios and networks.
Synopsis: When Will’s mentally ill mother re-emerges after a ten year absence, it erodes the foundation of the world he has created and exposes his dark past.
Synopsis: Years after Angel's mother was murdered in a killing spree by madman wearing a mask cursed with hate, the deaths have started again. Now she must decide to live in fear or find the killer before he, or it, slaughters everyone she loves.
Synopsis: When a group of friends escape the city to spend the weekend in an abandoned hotel, a pervading eerie energy begins to illuminate the cracks in their little family unit. Ruthie Nodd (Gayle Rankin) inherits the hotel from her grandmother and with bad childhood memories threatening to burst to the surface, Ruthie wants to sell the hotel and never return. But her partner Cal (Hari Nef) drags her there in the hopes of returning it to its former glory. They are joined by their amiable friend Maddie (Rad Pereira) and mysterious grifter Fran (Annabelle Dexter-Jones). As the friends dance, cook, flirt, and fight, they find themselves entwined in the hotel’s seductive embrace and start doing bad things to each other.
Synopsis: Tormented by a hidden family curse, Heather lives in seclusion on the outskirts of a small town. When she falls for the rebellious Jonny, their connection threatens to unravel Heather's suppressed desires, tempting her to unleash the animal within.
Synopsis: In this stunning horror romance, Maja, a has-been actress in Denmark, falls in love with Leah, a young Jewish academic visiting from the UK. When Leah suffers a mysterious seizure, Maja follows Leah back to London where she lives with her overbearing, secretive mother, Chana. There, Maja notices strange occurrences in the building, and begins to suspect that Chana’s secrets could be much darker than first anticipated.
Synopsis: A morgue technician successfully reanimates the body of a little girl, but to keep her breathing, she will need to harvest biological materials from pregnant women. When the girl's mother, a nurse, discovers her baby alive, they enter into a deal that forces them both down a dark path of no return.
Synopsis: Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia’s parents’ secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls’ idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.
Synopsis: A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.
Synopsis: A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.
Synopsis: French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.
Synopsis: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Synopsis: Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (French superstar Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. When one of her actors is brutally murdered, Anne is caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. An ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to ’70s-era De Palma, Argento, and Friedkin, shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from M83.
Synopsis: Laurel moves to L.A. and falls in with a gang of vampires. Not knowing if they want to kill her, befriend her, or turn her, she learns to understand the love and dangers of her new and first group of friends.
Synopsis: Grey is an indie singer who is having visions that she is a wolf. When she gets an invitation to work with notorious music producer Vaughn Daniels at his remote studio in the woods, she begins to find out who she really is.
Synopsis: With a titanium plate surgically fused to her skull following a car crash as a child, car model Alexia embarks on a wild and ultimately unpredictable journey that questions our assumptions about family, identity, and love.
Synopsis: A take on Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic where a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites.
Synopsis: Invited away on a hen’s weekend, Sissy is stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully...and a taste for revenge. Cecilia (SISSY) and Emma were tween-age BFFs who were going to grow old together and never let anything come between them. That is, until Emma’s new friend Alex did just that. When Cecilia became the target of Alex’s bullying, it forced Cecilia and Emma apart. Twelve years later, Cecilia is a successful influencer living the dream... until she runs into Emma for the first time in over a decade and her world is turned upside down.
Synopsis: Kurt is an outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. Kidnapped by a predatory old vampire, Kurt is rescued and resurrected by a gang of rebellious vamps who feed on bigots and abusers. As a vampire he finally knows empowerment and belonging, but until Kurt faces the monster, he will never truly be free.