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Streaming Guide – October 2021

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Introducing a new recurring feature: Each month we’ll preview steampunk-related movies and TV series slated to debut on major streaming services. By “steampunk-related,” we mean films and shows likely to appeal to steampunk fans even if they don’t fall squarely within the genre.

In this installment, we’ll preview content debuting in October. Unless otherwise noted, the movies listed here will be available beginning Oct. 1. If you don’t subscribe to a particular service, it may offer a free trial.

This listing focuses on services available in the U.S. Some of these services are also available in other countries, but may offer different programming lineups outside the U.S.

Amazon Prime Video

Cowboys & Aliens (2011) — The title says it all. Based on the 2006 graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the story pits humans in 1873 New Mexico Territory against invading aliens. It was directed by Jon Favreau and features an all-star cast with Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, and more. It got mixed reviews from critics. It will be available on the service beginning Oct. 16.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) — This is a straight Western with no science fiction or fantasy elements, but we’re including it due to its significance in the history of cinema. Set in 1899, the film stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as real-life outlaws Butch Cassidy and Harry Longabaugh, aka the Sundance Kid. The American Film Institute ranks it as the seventh-greatest Western of all time and 73rd-greatest American film.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Streaming now: Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow, the 2004 dieselpunk film known for its innovative style and production techniques. It stars Jude Law as the title character along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, and Michael Gambon.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

About Amazon Prime Video: Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service available to Amazon Prime customers. It features original programming as well as movies and programs from other entertainment companies. Customers can also subscribe to other streaming services through Amazon Prime Channels. Learn more on the website.

HBO Max

Dune (2021) — It’s not steampunk by any means, but for science fiction fans, this new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel is one of the most eagerly awaited movies in recent years. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film covers roughly the first half of the book and will be followed by one or more sequels if it proves successful.

The 1984 film by David Lynch was widely regarded as a failure, both at the box office and with critics, but fans are more hopeful about Villeneuve’s adaptation. It premiered Sept. 3 at the Venice International Film Festival to positive reviews. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film currently has a 91% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dune is set for its North American release on Oct. 22, simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. It will be available on HBO Max for one month, but only for subscribers to the ad-free plan, not the cheaper ad-supported plan.

More info: Website | Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Directed by Guy Ritchie, this film featured the debut of Robert Downey Jr. as the detective and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Its sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, had steampunk elements, but that film is not on the streamer’s slate for the month.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Sherlock Holmes and The Great Escape (2019) — This animated film from Hong Kong portrays the detective as an anthropomorphic dog. The story involves an escaped prisoner who needs Sherlock’s help to rescue his kidnapped daughter.

More info: IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) — This stop-motion animated musical fantasy is set in the Victorian era and features the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Albert Finney, and Christopher Lee. Danny Elfman composed the soundtrack in addition to voicing Bonejangles, the singing skeleton.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) — This sci-fi comedy stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as a pair of slackers in Southern California who travel back in time in an effort to pass their high school history class. George Carlin has a supporting role as Rufus, an emissary from the future. The film was a box office hit that also scored well with critics.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) — In the sequel, Bill and Ted enter the afterlife and contend with the personification of Death, as portrayed by William Sadler.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

The Book of Eli (2010) — Denzel Washington stars in this post-apocalyptic neo-Western about a nomad on a mission to deliver a mysterious book. The cast also includes Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Tom Waits. The film received mixed reviews.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) — This contemporary retelling of the Jules Verne classic stars Brendan Fraser as a volcanologist. It received mixed reviews.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

The Invisible Man (2020) — This film recasts the H.G. Wells novel as a contemporary thriller. It stars Elisabeth Moss as an architect stalked by her abusive ex-lover, who has gained the power of invisibility. Produced on a shoestring budget by Hollywood standards, it was a box office hit and scored well with critics.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Several notable films are leaving HBO Max on Oct. 31: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, the original Westworld movie from 1973, and Freaks, Tod Browning’s 1932 horror classic about carnival sideshow performers.

About HBO Max: The streaming service from WarnerMedia features content from HBO as well as Warner Bros., DC, Turner Classic Movies, Studio Ghibli, and Adult Swim. It also has original series. Monthly subscriptions cost $9.99 for the ad-supported plan or $14.99 for the ad-free version. You can save by paying for a year up front. Learn more on the website.

Hulu

Mad Max (1980) — This film by George Miller launched the post-apocalyptic action franchise. It stars Mel Gibson in the title role of vigilante “Mad” Max Rockatansky. The film also streams next month on Paramount+.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Victor Frankenstein (2015) — This period film tells the story of Doctor Frankenstein from the perspective of his young assistant, Igor, who is portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe. The cast also includes James McAvoy, Andrew Scott, Charles Dance, Mark Gatiss, and Jessica Brown Findlay. It was largely panned by critics.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Beginning Oct. 6, Hulu will also stream all eight seasons of Castle, the ABC comedy-drama series that starred Nathan Fillion as a crime-solving mystery novelist. The series is notable for the Season 3 episode “Punked,” which takes Fillion’s character into the world of steampunk.

About Hulu: Hulu is a streaming service jointly owned by Walt Disney Co. and Comcast. It features original programming as well as content from major broadcast and cable networks. Monthly subscriptions cost $5.99 for the ad-supported plan or $11.99 for the no-ads plan. A 30-day free trial is available. You can get a discount by subscribing to the Disney Bundle, which includes Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+.

Hulu is available only in the U.S., but in some countries Hulu content is included under the Star section of Disney+.

Learn more on the website.

Paramount+

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) — The Steven Spielberg film is a favorite among many steampunk fans even though it’s set in 1936. Harrison Ford stars as Indiana Jones, the archaeologist in search of the biblical Ark of the Covenant, with Nazis in pursuit.

Paramount+ will also stream the other films in the franchise: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Titanic (1997) — The modern classic by James Cameron tells the love story of Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, passengers from different social classes aboard the ill-fated ocean liner. It was a huge critical and box office success. The film will also be available next month on Netflix.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

About Paramount+: This streaming service from ViacomCBS includes content from CBS, Paramount Pictures, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian Channel. It’s the online home of the Star Trek TV franchise, including several recent spinoffs branded as Paramount+ Originals. Monthly subscriptions cost $4.99 with advertising or $9.99 without. You can save by purchasing an annual plan. A discounted bundle that includes Showtime is also available. The service offers a 7-day free trial. Learn more on the website.

Peacock

Back to the Future (1985) — Michael J. Fox portrays 1985 teenager Marty McFly, who finds himself in 1955 due to a mishap with Doc Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean. The critically acclaimed film by Robert Zemeckis led to two sequels that will also stream on Peacock. The third installment takes Marty and Doc back to 1885.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) — Adapted from Lemony Snicket’s children’s book series, the film tells the story of three orphans in a neo-Victorian world with steampunk elements. The movie stars Jim Carrey as the villainous Count Olaf. The cast also includes Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Catherine O’Hara, Cedric the Entertainer, and Luis Guzmán.

The books also inspired a critically acclaimed TV series from Netflix.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Peacock will also stream the entire Harry Potter film franchise beginning Oct. 15. The Harry Potter films are also available on HBO Max. And just in time for Halloween, Peacock is streaming classic horror movies from the Universal Pictures library, including Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Dracula begins streaming Oct. 1. The others are available now.

About Peacock: Peacock is a streaming service from NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. It features original programming as well as content from NBC, Universal Television, Universal Pictures, and other sources. Monthly subscriptions cost $4.99 for the Premium plan, which includes ads, or $9.99 for Premium Plus, which is ad-free. You can save by signing up for an annual plan. Some programs can be viewed for free.

Peacock is currently available only in the U.S., but Comcast announced in July that it will be available later this year to Sky customers in Europe. It’s not clear how much of the content available in the U.S. will also be offered via Sky.

Learn more on the website.

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