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HBO‘s October slate is full of scary movies that will stream through Halloween night. Plus: documentaries, Oscar-buzz films like The Post, the return of Flight Of the Concords, and Peter Dinklage in a non-Game of Thrones drama (My Dinner with Hervé).

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A story about the patriarch of a media empire and his children who are wrestling for a piece of the company, Succession boasts the talents of Anchorman and The Big Short director Adam McKay, who serves as a producer and directed the pilot (McKay’s producing partner Will Ferrell’s name is also attached to the show.) As a show that focuses largely on masculine, business types, it fits into a sub-genre of television encompassing everything from Billions to Mad Men on the good end of the spectrum, and Entourage on the bad. The problem is that audiences have seen so many of these shows now, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which another is a big hit– especially for a network that tends to set as high a bar of HBO.  Chris Osterndorf

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It Will Be Chaos

It Will Be Chaos zeroes in on two particular stories of refugees who made the precarious passage across the Mediterranean, including the sojourn of a former Eritrean soldier named Aregai and the sprawling tale of Wael and Doha, a Syrian couple with four children. While the film details the near moment-to-moment uncertainty that plagues all who brave the unpredictable journey toward safety and freedom, it also considers the other side, like Italian locals coping with the influx of immigrants. It Will Be Chaos lives through these desperate asylum seekers, offering glimpses into the human outcomes of the refugee crisis. It’s a timely, compelling, and intimate film. —Kahron Spearman

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The Final Year

As the curtains draw to a close on the end of Barack Obama’s second term in the Oval Office, The Final Year follows his administration for 90 days across 21 countries on what begins as a peacemaking journey but ends on a fraught note after the 2016 election. The film takes on an idealistic yet pragmatic candidness the Obama administration has about global relationships with big players like China, Russia, and Iran. In no way does this documentary play like the “fly-on-the-wall” production it pegs itself to be, feeling more like a fleeting montage of quips and fettered conversations with staffers. It ends on too hopeful of a note, with Obama writing Trump’s election off as a mere blip in the trajectory of cementing democracy and peace around the world. Given how quickly his work has been undone, it feels like wishful thinking. —Danielle Ransom

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HBO shows and original programming in October 2018

Oct. 1

Queen of the World

Oct. 2

Student Athlete

Oct. 5

Animals, Season 3 Finale
Entre Nos: A Stand-Up Comedy Special

Oct. 6

Flight of the Conchords: Live in London

Oct. 8

RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee

Oct. 12

Pod Save America

Oct. 14

Camping, Series Premiere
Magnifica ‘70, Season 3 Premiere

Oct. 15

The Sentence

Oct. 16

HBO First Look: Hunter Killer

Oct. 20

My Dinner with Hervé

Oct. 22

Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Oct. 25

HBO First Look: Bohemian Rhapsody

Oct. 26

Gente De Zona: En Letra De Otro

What’s new HBO Go and HBO Now: Movies in October 2018

Oct. 1

A Perfect Getaway
Analyze That
The Cooler
Dances with Wolves (Extended Version)
The Descent (Extended Version)
The Descent: Part 2
The Devil’s Rejects (Director’s Cut)
Early Man
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fifty Shades Darker
The Guru
House of 100 Corpses
House of D
The Human Stain
Inherent Vice
The Lost Boys
Man on Fire
The Midnight Meat Train (Unrated Version)
Public Enemies
Romeo Must Die
The Singing Detective
Starter for 10
Taken (Unrated Version)
Taking Woodstock
The Thin Red Line
Underworld (Unrated Version)

Oct. 6

Game Night

Oct. 13

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Oct. 27

The Post

What’s leaving HBO in October 2018

Oct. 21

Runaway Jury

Oct. 31

Absolute Power
The Beguiled
The Beguiled
The Book of Henry
Crazy Heart
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Girls Trip
Good Will Hunting
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
In the Cut
Kill the Messenger
Man on the Moon
My Life Without Me
Nine to Five
The Postman
The Theory of Everything

Horror streaming through Oct. 31

AVP: Alien vs Predator
Alien: Covenant
Damien: Omen II
The Final Conflict
The Fly II
From Hell
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
The Last House on the Left
The Mummy
The Mummy Returns
Omen IV: The Awakening
The Omen
Predator 2
The Scorpion King
The Silence of the Lambs

HBO shows and original programming in September 2018

Sept. 1

Miss Sherlock (season premiere)

Sept. 4

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns (season finale)

Sept. 7

Random Acts of Flyness (season finale)

Sept. 8

Stand Up to Cancer (2018)

Sept. 10

Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age

Sept. 13

The Oslo Diaries

Sept. 14

Arli$$, seasons 1–7

Sept. 24

Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Sept. 30

Insecure, season 3 finale

What’s new HBO Go and HBO Now: Movies in September 2018

Sept. 1

About Time
Analyze This

Bring It On
Bring It On Again
Bring It On: All or Nothing
The Brothers McMullen
The Core
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
First Kill

Funny People
The Fabulous Baker Boys
House of the Dead
House of the Dead 2
Jungle Master
The King and I
The Layover

The Mummy
The Mummy Returns,
Murder at 1600,
Reno 911: Miami
The Scorpion King
Sherlock Holmes
Shrek 2

Step Up
Sugar Hill
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (Unrated Version)
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (Unrated Version)
Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (Unrated Version)

Sept 2.

The Mummy

Sept. 8

The Greatest Showman

Sept. 15

Pitch Perfect 3

Sept. 22

The Shape of Water

Sept. 29

Phantom Thread

What’s leaving HBO in September 2018

Sept. 30

Alien (Director’s Cut)
Alien 3
Alien Resurrection
My Cousin Rachel
Bad Boys II
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
Dead Presidents
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard with a Vengeance
Dinner for Schmucks
Flight of the Phoenix
The French Connection
Herbie: Fully Loaded
The House
Kindergarten Cop
Laurel Canyon
The Last Boy Scout
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Ouija Origin of Evil
Private Benjamin
Species: The Awakening
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Yes Man


Still not sure what to watch? Here are the best new comedies and documentaries you can stream right now, and the scariest movies of all time—and how to stream them.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the Upstream editor, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.

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