In the exciting world of Hollywood, October 2023 is set to be a month filled with highly anticipated movie releases. From thrilling action-packed adventures to gripping horror films, there is something for everyone. In this article, we will explore the upcoming Hollywood movies scheduled for release in October 2023. Get ready to mark your calendars and prepare for an incredible month at the cinema!

A Song Film by Kishi Bashi: “Omoiyari” (Limited)

  • Director: Justin Taylor Smith & Kaoru Ishibashi
  • US Release: October 6
  • UK Release: TBA

“Omoiyari” is an internationally acclaimed song film by Kishi Bashi, also known as K Ishibashi. This documentary follows the composer and songwriter on a personal journey as he creates music in locations relevant to the Japanese-American Incarceration during World War II. Through this exploration, Kishi Bashi grapples with his own Japanese-American identity and uncovers social issues with modern relevance.

The Burial (Limited)

  • Director: Maggie Betts
  • US Release: October 6
  • Global Release: October 13 on Prime Video

Inspired by true events, “The Burial” tells the story of funeral homeowner Jeremiah O’Keefe, played by Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones. When a handshake deal goes sour, Jeremiah enlists the help of charismatic attorney Willie E. Gary, portrayed by Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, to save his family business. As they work together, they expose corporate corruption and racial injustice, creating an inspirational and triumphant narrative.

Cat Person

  • Director: Susanna Fogel
  • US Release: October 6
  • UK Release: TBA

“Cat Person” follows Margot, a college sophomore played by Emilia Jones, as she goes on a date with an older man named Robert, portrayed by Nicholas Braun. Margot soon realizes that the real-life Robert doesn’t live up to the charming persona she encountered through their texts. This film is a razor-sharp exploration of the gender divide, the complexities of modern dating, and the dangerous assumptions we make about others.

The Exorcist: Believer

  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • US Release: October 6
  • UK Release: October 13

“The Exorcist: Believer” takes viewers on a chilling journey with Victor Fielding, played by Tony winner and Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr. Victor has raised his daughter Angela, portrayed by Lidya Jewett, on his own since the death of his pregnant wife. When Angela and her friend Katherine disappear in the woods and return with no memory of what happened, Victor must confront the nadir of evil and seek out someone who has witnessed similar events before.


  • Director: Garth Davis
  • US Release: October 6
  • Canadian Release: October 13
  • Australian Release: October 19
  • UK & Irish Release: October 20

“Foe” stars Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal in a haunting exploration of marriage and identity set in an uncertain world. Hen and Junior, played by Ronan and Mescal respectively, live a quiet life on a secluded piece of land. Their peaceful existence is disrupted when an uninvited stranger, portrayed by Aaron Pierre, arrives with a startling proposal. Based on the best-selling novel by Iain Reid, “Foe” delves into questions about the nature of humanity and artificial humanity.


  • Director: Pierre Morel
  • US Release: October 6
  • UK Release: TBA

In “Freelance,” ex-special forces operative Mason Pettis, played by John Cena, reluctantly takes on a freelance gig to provide private security for journalist Claire Wellington, portrayed by Alison Brie. As they embark on an interview with the impeccably dressed dictator Juan Venegas, a military coup breaks out, forcing the unlikely trio to navigate the jungle and each other to survive.

Joan Baez I Am a Noise (Limited)

  • Directors: Karen O’Connor, Miri Navasky & Maeve O’Boyle
  • US Release: October 6 in NY, October 13 in LA & additional markets
  • UK Release: TBA

“Joan Baez I Am a Noise” is a raw and intimate portrait of the legendary folk singer and activist. The documentary follows Joan Baez on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings. This film provides a unique glimpse into the life and career of one of music’s most influential figures.

Killers of the Flower Moon

  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • US Release: October 6 (limited), October 20 (nationwide)
  • Global Release: In theaters October 20, then on Apple TV+

“Killers of the Flower Moon,” directed by Martin Scorsese, is a highly anticipated film set in the 1920s. When oil is discovered under Osage Nation land in Oklahoma, the Osage people are targeted and murdered one by one. The FBI steps in to investigate this sinister conspiracy, uncovering shocking truths along the way. The film features an all-star cast and promises gripping storytelling from one of cinema’s greatest directors.

The Marsh King’s Daughter

  • Director: Neil Burger
  • US Release: October 6
  • UK Release: TBA

“The Marsh King’s Daughter” is a tense thriller that follows Helena, played by Daisy Ridley, as she confronts her dangerous and dark past. Helena’s seemingly ordinary life hides a terrifying truth – her estranged father, the infamous Marsh King, kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. When her father escapes from prison, Helena must find the strength to face her past and outmaneuver the man who taught her everything about survival.

Mercy Road

  • Director: John Curran
  • US Release: October 6
  • UK Release: TBA

Set almost entirely in a moving vehicle, “Mercy Road” is an unrelenting psychological thriller. The story revolves around a man covered in blood who races against the clock to save his daughter. With questions about his identity and the sins that haunt him, the man embarks on a journey filled with suspense and mystery.


October 2023 is shaping up to be an incredible month for Hollywood movies. From captivating documentaries to intense thrillers and highly anticipated adaptations, there is something for every movie lover. Make sure to mark your calendars and catch these upcoming releases in theaters. Prepare for an unforgettable cinematic experience filled with gripping stories, exceptional performances, and the magic of the silver screen.