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What to Watch in October

‘Little Monsters’ hits theaters October 8.

Dana Kendall

From the creepy to the bizarre, October’s slate of Sundance-supported releases makes for prime Halloweentime movie watching.

Check out the absurdist genre comedy Little Monsters, starring Lupita Nyong’o as a kindergarten teacher thrust into the role of fierce protector as she shields her class from a zombie invasion—or the chiller Sweetheart, starring Kiersey Clemons as a woman stranded on a desert island where she is hunted by an otherworldly creature each night. And while documentaries about classic films might not normally be at the top of your scary movie list, Alexandre O. Philippe’s Memory: The Origins of Alien, which unearths the story behind Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, seems more than appropriate for this time of year.

But if horror isn’t your cup of tea, watch the kid-friendly animal adventure documentary The Elephant Queen or the surrealist, star-studded fantasy film Paradise Hills—both coming to theaters this month followed by a video-on-demand release soon after.

Oct. 4

Memory: The Origins of Alien, directed by Alexandre O. Philippe (limited)

Oct. 8

Little Monsters, directed by Abe Forsythe

Oct. 18

The Elephant Queen, directed by Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble (limited theatrical Oct. 18, AppleTV Nov. 1)

Oct. 22

Sweetheart, directed by Justin Dillard (on demand)

Oct. 25

Paradise Hills, directed by Alice Waddington (theatrical Oct. 25, on demand Nov. 1)

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