Netflix is putting a little bit of everything on the streaming service this month! Of course, it being October, there are plenty of spooky new flicks and series on offer. But, there’s also plenty of exciting comedies, and some pretty stunning retellings of true stories. So get ready – here’s what to watch on Netflix in October 2020.
Get ready for Halloween! Billed as a “pseudo-sequel” of the Netflix’s wildly popular horror series “The Haunting of Hill House,” this Mike Flanagan-helmed eerie series reunites the same cast in new roles. Set in 1980s England, this creep-fest is loosely inspired by Henry James “The Turn of the Screw” novella from 1989. We’re not going to spoiler this for you…just get ready for a slow-burn of spine-tingling horror as the Wingrave family discover the secrets of Bly Manor.
Playing into all the Halloween feels, this Adam Sandler-helmed flick brings a whole bunch of big names together in a seriously fun screen romp. Expect Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Kevin James, Kenan Thompson, Ray Liotta, Shaquille O’Neal, and Steve Buscemi to make appearances as Sandler makes it his mission to ensure that Salem (yes, that Massachusetts city famed for its witch trials) plays fair for Halloween.
Fair warning: this glitzy “American in Paris”-style romp has drawn plenty of criticism for its overuse of Parisian stereotypes and the sheer laziness of an American lead who gets sent to Paris for work – but makes absolutely zero attempts to speak the lingo. It’s been done by Darren Star – he of “Sex and the City” fame – though, so at least you’ll have plenty of cutesy plots and gorgeous costumes to oogle. Just indulge and enjoy without giving it too much thought.
There are few books that so perfectly capture the beauty of a gothic romance as Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca,” and now, Netflix is taking this exquisite story and turning it into a truly gorgeous flick starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, and Kirsten Scott Thomas as the very creepy Mrs Danvers. Cue this up on your list and slip away to the French Riviera and back to Manderlay.
Inspired by the difficulty of maintaining social relationships in the times of COVID-19, this new series explores quarantine’s effects on personal relationships and how everyone’s trying to stay connected. The project was created completely remotely – while in quarantine – by Hilary Weisman Graham and Jenji Kohan, creator of “Orange is the New Black.”
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen and written by Aaron Sorkin – of “The West Wing” fame – this new film is based on one of the most famous American trials of the 20th century. Originally slated for cinemas, the pandemic forced an early release on Netflix, instead.
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