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Streaming Guide – October 2022

Saturday, October 1, 2022

October is Halloween month, otherwise known as Spooky Season, so it’s no surprise that you can see lots of horror films on streaming services. Some clearly fall within the “steampunk-related” category even if they don’t qualify as cinematic masterpieces: Van Helsing on Peacock, Winchester on Hulu and Prime Video, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on Peacock and Prime Video.

Netflix has lots of treats this month, including Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, an eight-episode horror anthology series, and Missing Link, a 2019 stop-motion animated film about a 19th century explorer and his adventure with a Bigfoot character.

Our monthly streaming guides focus on movies and series arriving each month on the top streaming services. See “Our Ultimate Streaming Guide” for a more comprehensive look at steampunk-related titles on these services.

Unless otherwise noted, these productions debuted Oct. 1. We can only confirm new arrivals in the U.S., but some of the titles may also be available on these streaming services in other countries.

HBO Max

House of Halloween on HBO Max

HBO Max is celebrating the season with “House of Halloween,” a page that provides access to themed movie collections that include 28 Days Later (2003), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Poltergeist (1982), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), The Conjuring (2013), The Exorcist (1973), The Shining (1980), Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005), and Young Frankenstein (1974).

The page also presents a series of Tarot cards, each of which will take you to a related title: “The Fool” (horror comedies), “The Magician” (fantasy/magic), “The Devil” (demons/possessions), “The Executioner” (slashers), “The Lovers” (romance), and “The Creature” (creature features).

You can find the page by browsing through the titles at the top of the main screen or by entering “Halloween” in the search field.

For science fiction fans, the major arrival this month is the Season 2 premiere of Avenue 5, the comedy series starring Hugh Laurie as captain of an interplanetary cruise ship. The first episode streams Oct. 10.

Titles leaving HBO Max (all on Oct. 31): 28 Days Later (2002), 28 Weeks Later (2007), David Copperfield (1935), Lisztomania (1975), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009), The Blair Witch Project (1999).

About HBO Max: The streaming service from Warner Bros. Discovery features content from HBO as well as Warner Bros., DC, Turner Classic Movies, Studio Ghibli, and Adult Swim. It also has original series. Learn more on the website.

Hulu

Winchester (2018) – Helen Mirren stars in this supernatural horror film about Sarah Winchester, the heiress who built what’s now known as the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. The film scored well at the box office but was roundly panned by critics, earning a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Wild Wild West (1999) – The oft-maligned adaptation of the 1960s TV series continues to make the rounds on streaming services. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the film stars Will Smith as U.S. Army Captain James West, a role he later came to regret. Kevin Kline has dual roles as sidekick Artemus Gordon and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in October: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Robin Hood (2010), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), Blazing Saddles (1974), and Dark Shadows (2012).

Movies leaving Hulu at the end of the month include Cowboys & Aliens (2011), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), Hook (1991), and Hotel Transylvania (2012).

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. It’s 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.

Netflix

Missing Link (2019) – This stop-action animation film featured the voices of Hugh Jackman as a Victorian-era explorer and Zach Galifianakis as a likeable Sasquatch. Joined by the explorer’s love interest (voiced by Zoe Saldana), they embark on a global adventure that takes them to the Himalayas.

The film scored well with critics, earning an 88 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It debuts Oct. 9 on the streaming service.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Labyrinth (1986) – Jim Henson directed this musical fantasy, which is most notable for David Bowie’s performance as the Goblin King. It fared poorly at the box office but is now regarded as a cult classic.

One fan of the movie is musician Aurelio Voltaire, whose next album, The Black Labyrinth, will serve as both a sonic sequel and Bowie tribute. The album will feature some of Bowie’s former bandmates. Voltaire released the first single from the album, “Magic Dance Underground,” in July.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities – This Netflix Original horror anthology series consists of eight episodes curated by the famed director. They include two episodes based on stories by del Toro, two based on stories by H.P. Lovecraft (“Pickman’s Model” and “The Dreams in the Witch House”), and one based on Henry Kuttner’s “The Graveyard Rats.” Two episodes will be released each day from Oct. 25 through Oct. 28.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb

The School for Good and Evil (2022) – This Netflix Original movie is based on Soman Chainani’s fantasy novel about a school where children are trained to be fairy tale heroes or villains. It premieres Oct. 19.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb

28 Days Haunted – In Season 1 of this reality series, four teams of paranormal investigators are each challenged to spend 28 days in a reputedly haunted location. It premieres Oct. 21.

Also arriving in October: Robin Hood (2010) and, on Oct. 16, Dracula Untold (2014).

About Netflix: Netflix is the world’s largest subscription-based streaming service, featuring content licensed from other companies as well as its own original movies and series. Learn more on the website.

Paramount+

Beginning Oct. 3, Paramount+ is streaming all four Indiana Jones movies: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), 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).

And on Oct. 19, the service will begin streaming all six seasons of Drunk History, the Comedy Central series featuring drunken retellings of historical events.

About Paramount+: This streaming service from Paramount (formerly 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 recent spinoffs branded as Paramount+ Originals. Learn more on the website.

Peacock

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) – America’s 16th President has a secret life as a vampire hunter in this critically panned horror film. The cast features Benjamin Walker in the title role along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, and Jimmi Simpson.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Van Helsing (2004) – This gothic horror film was also panned by critics, but nonetheless has made some lists of top steampunk movies. It stars Hugh Jackman as monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing in late 19th century Europe.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in October: Galaxy Quest (1999), How to Train Your Dragon (2014), Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009), and all three Back to the Future movies.

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. Some movies and series can be viewed for free, but others require a paid subscription. Learn more on the website.

Prime Video

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Winchester both arrive on Oct. 1 (see the descriptions above). Downton Abbey: A New Era, the second Downton Abbey film, begins streaming on Oct. 28.

Also arriving in October: Fans of William Gibson are no doubt awaiting the Oct. 21 premiere of The Peripheral, a series adaptation of his 2014 science fiction/mystery novel. Also: Edward Scissorhands (1990) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) arrive on Oct. 1 and Season 10 of American Horror Story begins streaming Oct. 20.

About Prime Video: Prime Video is a subscription streaming service available to Amazon Prime customers, though it can also be purchased separately. It features original programming as well as movies and programs from other entertainment companies.

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