9 best new movies you should watch on Netflix, HBO Max and more (Oct. 4-9)

Pinhead (Jamie Clayton) in Hellraiser (2022)
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We've got nine new movies to watch this week, with treats for everyone — no matter if you love or loathe horror. Yes, while screams drive the flavor of the month, this week offers more than just frights. It's got laughs, drama, action and a serious documentary.

Yes, Hulu's new Hellraiser will get a lot of attention — though our spoiler-free Hellraiser (2022) review shows why we think it might not be weird enough for some. Want something more mainstream? Marvel's Werewolf by Night looks like a perfect way to spend around an hour (it's a "short film," making it onto this list by a technicality).

But outside of horror, Idris Elba's no stranger to audiences and interest either, and his latest thriller is debuting on Peacock — which also has a documentary about a British royal family member. Similarly, Mila Kunis' past is about to unravel her future on Netflix.

Over on HBO Max, we've got the streaming service debut of the Eraser reboot. This time, it's Dominic Sherwood who is disappearing key witnesses. The only problem? Well, he's been double-crossed. 

In upcoming movie news, Chris Pratt's voice in the Super Mario Movie is a-meh. Also be sure to check out our list of the new movies and shows to watch from this past weekend. And you can fill your calendar with the new movies and shows to watch in October 2022 across all of the top streamers.

Mr. Harrigan's Phone (Netflix)

Ryan Murphy's latest Netflix project adapts a novella of the same name from Stephen King's If It Bleeds. Co-produced by Murphy, this Blumhouse Productions film is all about an iPhone that has too much power. Craig (Jaeden Martell, who you might remember from the 2017 version of King's It) befriends Mr. Harrigan, an elderly man (Donald Sutherland), and even gifts him an early iPhone.

After his friend's passing, Craig has trouble dealing with being violently bullied. So, of course, he starts calling Mr. Harrigan's phone, so he can have someone to talk to. And when something (or someone) starts hurting those who Craig is frustrated about, he has to wonder if Mr. Harrigan is looking out for him.

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Eraser: Reborn (HBO Max)

Sometimes, you need to get away. Or you need to make someone else vanish. Back in 1996, John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was great at this, helping protect high-profile witnesses by basically disappearing them, which he did as a U.S. Marshal for the Witness Security Protection Program (WITSEC). Now, in 2022, Eraser: Reborn is rebooting this concept, with a new organization that does the same disappearing act, and U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard (Dominic Sherwood) is one of the finest at this job. But taking Rina Kimura (Jacky Lai), the wife of a mob boss, off the proverbial table, isn't going to be easy. After escaping to Cape Town, South Africa, Pollard discovers he's been double-crossed. If you need more to watch, check out our guide to the best HBO Max shows.

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Prince Andrew: Banished (Peacock)

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, subject of shame and scrutiny and a new Peacock documentary. The film will show how Andrew's years of getting into little incidents inflated his opinion of himself, and led to being connected to sex traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Prince Andrew: Banished tells this story via interviews with members of the press, Andrew's own social circle, various insiders and the team that surfaced allegations against him. While Andrew clearly held a place in Queen Elizabeth II's heart, the accusations against him cemented his place in the conversations of those in power.

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Monster High: The Movie

The Monster High fashion dolls are coming to life, but this is no Toy Story. In Monster High: The Movie, Clawdeen Wolf (Miia Harris) is half-werewolf and half-human, and friends with fellow supernatural students Frankie Stein (Ceci Balagot) and Draculaura (Nayah Damasen). Clawdeen's humanity, though, looks to be a threat to her survival at Monster High. 

Watch on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) starting Thursday (October 6)

Werewolf by Night (Disney Plus)

When is a Disney Plus Marvel joint neither a feature-length film nor a show? When it's Werewolf by Night, that's when. This 53-minute "short film" may not qualify for movie-length to some, but it's certainly got our attention. Gael García Bernal stars as a monster hunter named Jack Russel, one of many people in his industry who's a guest at the estate of the late Ulysses Bloodstone — the once-king of the monster hunters. Here, a powerful relic and a monster awoken will provide plenty of fright in the first black-and-white MCU chapter.

Watch it on Disney Plus (opens in new tab) on Friday (Oct. 7)

Catherine Called Birdy

This medieval comedy is all about rebelling against forced marriage. Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones and the upcoming Last of Us HBO series) plays Lady Catherine — who goes by 'Birdie' — who resents every proposition society puts on her. Her father Rollo, doesn't agree, as he doesn't see any other way out of poverty than marrying his daughter off. If that sounds anachronistic to you, you won't be surprised to hear that Catherine Called Birdy is a Lena Dunham joint, as she directed and has a screenplay writing credit.

Stream it on Prime Video (opens in new tab) starting Friday (Oct. 7)

Luckiest Girl Alive (Netflix)

Ani FaNelli (Mila Kunis) looks like she's got the dream life, but a nightmare hidden in her past could unspool her perfect little reality. Before she was working at the New York Times as an editor, and before she and her beau Luke (Finn Wittrock) were engaged with a picturesque Nantucket wedding in the cards, something went wrong at Ani's high school. Now, as she reencounters an old teacher, and answers questions for a crime documentary filmmaker, Ani's lies are about to get put on display. Currently in theaters, Luckiest Girl Alive is making its way to Netflix early.

Watch on Netflix (opens in new tab) starting Friday (October 7)

Beast (Peacock)

Dr. Nate Daniels (Idris Elba) is a widowed dad who just wants to spend time with his daughters (Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries). Unfortunately, he's bringing them to the wilderness in South Africa, where he met their mother. Here, on a game reserve run by his old friend Martin (Sharlto Copley), the Daniels' will disconnect and also wish they had service — as things get plenty dangerous. A lion that's just escaped death at the hand of poachers is out for revenge. 

Watch on Peacock (opens in new tab) starting Friday (October 7)

Hellraiser (Hulu)

If you've never the original Hellraiser, then get ready for a fresh new 'hell.' And for those who have seen the classic? Well, get ready because that violent puzzle box is back, and so are people who are trying to get others to unpack its mystery. This time, the Cenobites and their leader Pinhead are watching as addict Riley (Odessa A'Zion) is caught in their trap. As for the humans not to trust? Goran Visnjic (ER) plays one of the humans trying to get others to solve the puzzle box. While this new Hellraiser looks plenty scary and frightening, it doesn't look nearly as weird as the original. And that's arguably a good thing.

Stream it on Hulu (opens in new tab) (in the U.S.) and Disney Plus (opens in new tab) (internationally) on Friday (October 7)

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Henry T. Casey
Senior Editor

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.