What’s New to Netflix in October 2017?

Rob McAllister

Rob McAllister

October 6, 2017

With summer seeming like a distant memory and the nights getting shorter, we’re all looking for ways to keep the kids entertained and pass those dreary October evenings.

Fortunately, with Halloween just around the corner, Netflix has some of the best fright-fests coming to its library this month. Keep reading for our favorites.

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Stranger Things, Season 2 – 27 October

If you haven’t seen the first season of Netflix’s eerie paranormal drama, stop what you’re doing and binge immediately!

The first series of Stranger Things hit Netflix in July 2016. It rocketed its junior cast members to fame. In season two, Millie Bobby Brown is back as the psychokinetic Eleven, alongside Winona Ryder and David Harbour.

The team behind the Grammy award winning soundtrack is also back, after recently contributing a track to the latest season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.

The new season returns to Hawkins, Indiana and takes place around Halloween. Stranger Things’ writers, the Duffer brothers, promise monsters that dwarf those in the first series and tease further revelations around the disappearance of Will (Noah Schnapp).

Stephen King’s 1922 – 20 October

You can’t go through the Halloween holiday without being scared out of your wits by the master of suspense, Stephen King. While we wait for the big screen remake of ‘It’ to finish its rounds in cinemas, Netflix has 1922 to keep us shaking.

The story follows the murder of Arlette James by her husband Wilfred. Unhappy with her life on the family farm, Arlette longs to move to the city, but Wilfred and their son seem fairly set on staying put. So, they kill her.

Sci-fi fans may recognise the show’s lead, Thomas Jayne, from the excellent Expanse (also available on Netflix and equally terrifying). You can also see him on Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation of The Punisher.

1922 is only one of many Stephen King treats that continue to come our way, with the Dark Tower currently in cinemas and Gerald’s Game also on Netflix.

Available in the US

 Eyes Wide Shut – 1 October

Not strictly one for Halloween, and definitely not one you should watch with the kids, Stanley Kubrik’s final film at least fits in with the season’s theme of fancy dress!

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in this borderline traumatising pyshco-sexual drama, which follows Cruise’s character, Dr William Harford, as he gate-crashes a mansion during a meeting of an erotic secret society.

Creepy masquerade costumes, murder, intrigue, and suspicion make for a tense and slow-burning film, characteristic of Stanley Kubrick.

NSFW. I repeat. Not. Safe. For. Work. You have been warned!

Cult of Chucky – 3 October

Wanna’ play? Possibly the best series in the so-bad-they’re-good horror genre is returning, almost 30 years after its first instalment, with Cult of Chucky.

Following the events of Curse of Chucky, protagonists Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) and Nica (Fiona Dourif) return to face the aftermath of the possessed doll’s previous murder spree.

The majority of the film takes place in the asylum where Nica is held, apparently convinced she is responsible for the carnage inflicted by Chucky.

As you would expect, there’s plenty of gore and guts. Cult of Chucky continues its path away from the more comedic tone of Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004).

Available in the UK

Hallows Eve – 3 October

Halloween has a rich tradition of low budget frighteners that make you laugh more than quake with fear. Hallows Eve, on the other hand, has done great things on a small, independent budget.

Filmed in Essex on the fictional Hallows estate, the film captures the tone of so many deprived areas of England, leaving us feeling like this could easily be our own Halloween night gone wrong.

A relatively unknown cast, combined with simple yet frighteningly effective costume design and all-too-real locations, make this an essential for the Halloween season.

Once Upon a Time, Season 7 – 6 October

Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have brought together the best loved characters and stories from Disney, fairy tales, and an abundance of other folk tales to create this fantasy adventure.

Previous series took place in the fictional Storybrooke, Maine, where most of the town is populated by fairytale characters trapped by a curse, with no memory of their former selves.

Season 7, however, moves to Seattle, leaving behind the majority of the cast. Thankfully, Robert Carlyle will be returning as Rumpelstiltskin, alongside Spin City’s Lana Parrilla as the evil queen and Colin O’ Donoghue as Captain Hook.

Among all the horror and gore that comes with Halloween film and television, Once Upon a Time is a great option to keep the kids entertained while you stitch costumes and brace yourself for the sugar-induced mayhem to come.

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Wherever you are, you’re spoiled for choice with films as well as candy. However, as you may have noticed, not all regions are created equal in the eyes of Netflix. The shows you want to watch may not be available where you are. Just take a look at our Notflix tool to find out which titles are available in your region. 

Although Netflix claims to be moving towards global licensing for all its content, complex international copyright issues mean this is probably a long way off.

What if the titles are not available in your region? Not to fear! With our guide to unblocking Netflix content using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), that’s not a problem.

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