October is here, and this weekend begins a month long barrage of horror movies set to invade our local cineplex. Some of these movies will even be available on VOD in the weeks leading up to Halloween! We're seeing more original thrillers this year, as new titles hurry to occupy the slots vacated by holiday perennials Saw and Paranormal Activity. We have plenty to choose from, with creature features and slasher flicks galore, all spanning the gamut between pitch black comedy to blood red terror. There are spin-offs, reboots, and even an old favorite making its return for a much-deserved 10th anniversary celebration. Do you have the heart to make it through this list of fright flicks? Or will your guts spill out onto the floor before you've made it through our '17 New Horror Movies to See before Halloween'!?

1Annabelle

Annabelle

Tagline: Before The Conjuring, there was...

Release Date: October 3

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The Killer: A cursed doll.

Why You Can't Miss It: She terrified you in The Conjuring, but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut, visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema's supernatural thriller Annabelle begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia, a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle!

2 Inner Demons

Inner Demons

Tagline: Plunge into darkness.

Release Date: October 3

The Killer: A possessed drug addicted teenager.

Why You Can't Miss It: Inner Demons follows an 'Intervention'-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession! The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her, with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.

3Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold

Tagline: Every bloodline has a beginning.

Release Date: October 10

The Killer: The world's most iconic vampire.

Why You Can't Miss It: Dracula Untold has been officially named the first entry in Universal's Classic Monsters reboot series, and gives us the true origins of Vlad the Impaler. The story weaves together vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad, depicting iconic bloodsucker Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. Every Halloween needs a good vampire tale, and this is our candidate for 2014!

4The Canal

The Canal

Tagline: Evil Lies Within.

Release Date: October 10

The Killer: A man possessed by a historical murder.

Why You Can't Miss It: Sitting in an empty theater, a film archivist watches the grainy footage that will be his undoing. David and his wife are perfectly happy, or so he believes. When he finds out the home he shares with his wife and son was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-century murder, David dismisses it as ancient history. That is, until the sinister history ripples into the present and casts a shadow over life as he knows it. And when a looming secret shatters his marriage, David can't help but suspect the dark spirits of the house are somehow involved. In his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into insanity, threatening the lives of everyone around him.

5The Devil's Hand

Devil's Hand

Tagline: Forgive me father, for I am sin.

Release Date: October 10

The Killer: A horrific prophecy.

Why You Can't Miss It: Something very strange happened in the small village of New Bethlehem, a devout community kept under the tight reins of the town's vigilant Elders. Six girls born on the same day to different mothers. Perhaps a coincidence or as most believe a chilling omen of something yet to come. Now, on the eve of their 18th birthday, the young women are mysteriously disappearing one by one and feared dead. Terror has overtaken this quiet community. Could this be the work of a serial killer, one of the village elders or a horrific prophecy come true, born of the supernatural, The Occult?

6Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead

Dead Snow 2

Tagline: Heads up. They're back.

Release Date: October 10

The Killer: Nazi zombies.

Why You Can't Miss It: If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you'd have to assume that things couldn't get much worse. In Martin's case, that was only the beginning. If you merely loved Dead Snow, you'll want to (redacted) the (redacted) out of this sequel that ups the ante in every way, bringing Nazi Zombies back into your life just in time for Halloween. What you might not know is that this franchise is from the same mad director who gave us Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters!

7 The Pact 2

Te Pact 2

Tagline: It's not over.

Release Date: October 10

The Killer: A copy cat serial killer and a serial killer ghost!

Why You Can't Miss It: Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life. When Special Agent Terrence Ballard, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer, shows up at June's door, he brings with him some terrifying news, there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Ballard shows June a picture of the copycat killer's victim, and she is stunned to see that it's the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares. A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her...

8The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Town that Dreaded Sundown

Tagline: In 1946, this man killed five people...Today he still lurks the streets of Texarkana, Ark.

Release Date: October 16

The Killer: A masked slasher.

Why You Can't Miss It: 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called 'moonlight murders' begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him. Let's just hope whoever responsible doesn't go looking for beer on a sunday in Texarkana. They'll be (explicitive) out of luck and probably ready to kill ever more!

9 Housebound

Housebound

Tagline: A wonderfully witty comedy horror that delights in scaring the hell out of you! Bloody brilliant! - Sir Peter Jackson

Release Date: October 17

The Killer: A haunted house.

Why You Can't Miss It: If Peter Jackson loves it, you know it has to be good! The story follows Kylie Bucknell, who is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriama, a well-intentioned blabbermouth who's convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam's superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she's inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who's not particularly thrilled about her return.

10Summer of Blood

Summer of Blood

Tagline: What an S.O.B.

Release Date: October 17

The Killer: Hipster vampire.

Why You Can't Miss It: Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.

11Ouija

Ouija

Tagline: Keep telling yourself it's just a game.

Release Date: October 24

The Killer: A killer board game.

Why You Can't Miss It: After many starts and stops, Ouija might not be the big Hollywood blockbuster epic based on a board game that we all expected. In fact, its a rather small fright flick with good intentions, and that might be for the better. In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. From Blumhouse Productions, this may just be the start of a whole new Halloween tradition. Or, it may be a one off that gets rebooted in a couple of years. Either way, we're excited to see the results!

12Exists

Exists

Tagline: The legend is real, so is the terror.

Release Date: October 24

The Killer: Bigfoot.

Why You Can't Miss It: What this spat of Halloween offerings needs is a good monster movie, and we get just that in Exists. For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway, a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of this car crash, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed, something not exactly human, but not completely animal, an urban legend come to terrifying life...and seeking murderous revenge. And its name is Mantooth...Er, Bigfoot!

13Stonehearst Asylum

Stoneheart Asylum

Tagline: No one is what they seem.

Release Date: October 24

The Killer: Inmates who actually do run the asylum.

Why You Can't Miss It: England, 1899. When young doctor Edward Newgate arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, he is warmly welcomed by superintendent Dr. Lamb and a mesmerizing woman named Eliza Graves. Edward is intrigued by Lamb's modern methods of treating the insane...Until a series of unusual events leads him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb's utopia and pushing Edward to the limits of his conscience. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The System of Doctor Tarr' and Professor Fether, Stonehearst Asylum is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be.

14Force Majeure

Force Majeure

Tagline: An ice cold knockout.

Release Date: October 24

The Killer: An avalanche.

Why You Can't Miss It: The disaster movie is often overlooked when it comes to picking a good horror hit for Halloween, but this outing is truly terrifying, with mother nature rivaling any serial killer, monster or vamp. A critical favorite at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family, handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children, on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

15ABCs of Death 2

ABCs 2

Tagline: Some People never learn.

Release Date: Halloween!

The Killer: The alphabet.

Why You Can't Miss It: 26 new directors! 26 new ways to die! Taking all that was great from the first installment, ABCs of Death 2 aims to be a wilder, leaner, faster paced and even more entertaining anthology this time around, with a new crop of award-winning, visionary filmmakers from around the globe. Available on VOD, you'll be able to get drunk and watch it backwards!

16Horns

Horns

Tagline: Love hurts like hell.

Release Date: Halloween!

The Killer: A young horned man.

Why You Can't Miss It: Harry Potter is all grown up and ringing in the tubular black bells of Samhain with a decidedly more grown-up out. Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance that follows Ig Perrish, the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin. Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses, an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend's tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.

17Saw

<strong><em>Saw</em></strong>

Tagline: If it's Halloween it must be...Saw!

Release Date: Halloween!

The Killer: Creepy Puppet.

Why You Can't Miss It: For 7 years, Saw reigned as the must-see movie event of Halloween. Now, it's back t reclaim its throne (and test audience waters for that much discussed reboot)! Saw is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed "Jigsaw," leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who's behind their kidnapping. The film, which was released over Halloween weekend on October 29, 2004, spawning the torture porn genre in its wake. Horror was never quite the same again...

And you were worried there wouldn't be anything to watch his Halloween. From small indie frights to big budget chills, it may be impossible to see everything this Halloween has to offer. What are your must sees? And what will you definitely not be watching this October? Let us know in the comments below.

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