October has arrived, and as the nights get longer and colder, what better time to binge watch some great shows and films on streaming. There are plenty of films and shows to get stuck into, from thrillers like The Luckiest Girl Alive to horror flicks like The Midnight Club to get you into the Halloween mood.
Catherine Called Birdy
Star and creator of Girls Lena Dunham is directing this film about a girl living in Medieval England, trying to get through life and not end up in an arranged marriage set up by her father. The film’s set to come to Amazon Prime, and will star Bella Ramsey as the titular Lady Catherine, alongside Fleabag and Sherlock star Andrew Scott as her father Lord Rollo, and Doctor Who and I Hate Suzy star Billie Piper as her mother Lady Aislinn. Also featuring are Ralph Ineson, Dean-Charles Chapman and Russell Brand.
The Luckiest Girl Alive
This upcoming Netflix thriller has picked up a lot of interest on social media, with it finally receiving a trailer and release date a few weeks ago. Mila Kunis stars in the central role as Ani, who seems to have a pretty great life, with a glamorous job and a loving fiancé. But in reality her amazing life is a fabrication, created order to detach herself from traumatic events in the past and attempt to suppress her thoughts and memories. She’s approached by a director to interview for a documentary, and suddenly all these experiences come flooding back to her, with the perfect image at risk of being shattered.
The Midnight Club
A new horror series from the creators of The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix’s The Midnight Club is set to release on the platform well in time for Halloween, so that you can really get into the spooky spirit of things. A teen girl is diagnosed with terminal cancer and goes to stay at Brightcliffe hospice. There, she meets several other teens all in the same situation as her with terminal illnesses. They together have formed the secretive Midnight Club, where members gather at midnight in order to tell each other scary stories. They decide to form a pact where the first person who dies must try and communicate with the rest from beyond the grave. When the first one does die, things start getting seriously creepy and going wrong.
Another “adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with a twist” might sound overdone, but this does seem fun – Hulu’s Rosaline is a new romcom film coming to Disney+ starring Dopesick and Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever. It tells the “untold” story of Romeo’s ex Rosaline, only mentioned in passing in the original play, and how she was dumped by Romeo after he fell in love with Juliet. After she sees Romeo “being all gross and saying things to her he just said to me three days ago”, Rosaline decides to take action and schemes to cause Romeo and Juliet’s famed romance to break up. Expect plenty of ironic references to plot points in the play, like Rosaline calling Juliet’s idea of drinking a potion to fake her suicide “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard”. Adapted from a young adult novel published in 2012, it also stars Kyle Allen, Isabela Merced and Minnie Driver.
The School For Good and Evil
This year has been a big year for fantasy on streaming with shows like House of Dragon, Rings of Power and The Sandman all racking up views across streaming services – and Netflix wants to continue the genre’s popularity with its new film The School for Good and Evil. Two schools battle against each other, with one school being for heroes and one for villains. It’s an adaptation from a 2013 novel of the same name by Soman Chainani, and is directed Paul Fieg (Bridesmaids). The cast is packed, including Laurence Fisburne, Michelle Yeoh, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Michelle Yeoh and Peter Serafinowicz, as well as Sofia Wylie and Sophia Anne Caruso as Sophie.
Following its original release in the US on Hulu back in May, Candy is a new crime drama based on true events that’s finally coming to the UK via Disney+ in October. It stars Jessica Biel in the titular role of Candy Montgomery, a housewife who in the 1980s was accused of murdering her neighbour Betty Gore with an axe. The show begins with the death of Betty, and then flashes back to the events leading up to the murder. Upon release, Candy received good reviews, with particular praise going to Biel’s performance. The series also stars Melanie Lynskey, Pablo Schreiber, Timothy Simons, Raul Esparaza and Justin Timberlake. It’s five parts in total, and releases on Disney + on 12th October.
The Good Nurse
Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne star in this upcoming thriller, about Amy (Chastain), a nurse trying to juggle her high intensity job, her kids and a serious medical condition. When she meets Charlie Cullen, a new addition to her ICU night shift team, things start looking up with his empathetic nature and soothing advice. However, a series of patients begin dying under mysterious circumstances and despite being apparently healthy, with the blame being directed at Charlie. Amy decides to start trying to investigate the suspected murders herself, but begins to find herself in peril. It’s based on true events, and has received great reviews following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.