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By The Loop HK Staff | October 5th, 2020

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.

The Haunting of Bly Manor

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.

The Queen’s Gambit

This new limited series stars Anya Taylor-Joy as an orphaned chess prodigy who can’t kick her tranquilizer addiction. You know it’s going to be good – writer-director Scott Frank is behind this, and if his work in “Out of Sight,” “Godless,” “Minority Report,” and “Get Shorty” is anything to go by, you’re in for a treat.

Schitt’s Creek Season 6

There’s a reason this quirky Canadian show won seven Emmy’s after being snubbed for six years straight – it’s thoroughly brilliant, though its brilliance really shines in its subtle wit and character-driven plots. The sixth (and final) season of this comedy sees the culmination of the Rose family’s purgatory in Schitt’s Creek – expect plenty of tears by the finale.

Hubie Halloween

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.

Emily in Paris

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.

The Binding

A new Italian movie that’s perfect for Halloween, this flick frolics through southern Italy as a woman tries to fight an evil curse that seems to have her daughter firmly in its grip.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

ICYMI, our planet’s going through a serious crisis. Enter Sir David Attenborough, British environmentalist and naturalist extraordinary, in a brand new documentary that attempts to cast light on the dire straits facing our world as it charts the evolution of life on earth.


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.

Social Distance

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.”

La Révolution

In this new series, the French Revolution gets a revised history. Beset by a mysterious disease, 18th century France sees a new clash of the aristocracy and the peasants.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

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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