We have nine new movies to watch this week, with treats for everyone, no matter if you love or hate horror. Yes, as screams drive the flavor of the month, this week offers more than just fears. There is laughter, drama, action and a serious documentary.
Yes, Hulu’s new Hellraiser will get a lot of attention, although our spoiler-free Hellraiser (2022) review shows why we think it may not be weird enough for some. Do you want something more mainstream? Marvel’s Werewolf by Night seems like a perfect way to spend an hour or so (it’s a “short”, which makes it onto this list for a technicality).
But outside of horror, Idris Elba is no stranger to audiences and interest, and his latest thriller debuts with Peacock, which also features a documentary about a member of the British royal family. Likewise, Mila Kunis’ past is about to reveal her future on Netflix.
On HBO Max, we have the debut of the Eraser reboot streaming service. This time, it’s Dominic Sherwood who makes the key witnesses disappear. The only problem? Well, he was deceived.
In upcoming movie news, Chris Pratt’s voice in the Super Mario movie is a-meh. Also be sure to check out our list of new movies and programs to watch since last weekend. And you can fill your calendar with new movies and shows to watch in October 2022 on all the top streamers.
Mr. Harrigan’s phone (Netflix)
Ryan Murphy’s latest Netflix project adapts a novel of the same name as Stephen King’s Se It Bleeds. Co-produced by Murphy, this Blumhouse Productions film is about an iPhone that has too much power. Craig (Jaeden Martell, who you may remember from the 2017 version of King’s It) befriends Mr. Harrigan, an elderly man (Donald Sutherland), and even gives him his first iPhone.
After his friend’s death, Craig has trouble being violently bullied. So obviously he starts calling Mr. Harrigan’s phone so he can have someone to talk to. And when something (or someone) starts hurting those Craig is frustrated with, he has to wonder if Mr. Harrigan is taking care of him.
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Rubber: Reborn (HBO Max)
Sometimes, you have to leave. Or you have to make someone else disappear. In 1996, John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was great at this, helping protect high-profile witnesses by virtually making them disappear, which he did as a U.S. Marshal for the Witness Security Protection Program (WITSEC). Now, in 2022, Eraser: Reborn is restarting this concept, with a new organization doing the same disappearance act, and US Marshal Mason Pollard (Dominic Sherwood) is one of the best at this work. But taking Rina Kimura (Jacky Lai), the wife of a mafia boss, off the proverbial table won’t be easy. After fleeing to Cape Town, South Africa, Pollard discovers he has been duped. If you need more to watch, check out our guide to the best HBO Max shows.
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Prince Andrew: bandit (peacock)
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, object of shame and scrutiny and a new documentary on Peacock. The film will show how Andrew’s years spent in small incidents inflated his opinion of himself and led to him being connected to sex traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Prince Andrew: Banished tells this story through interviews with members of the press, Andrew’s social circle, various insiders and the team that unearthed allegations against him. While Andrew clearly held a place in Queen Elizabeth II’s heart, the allegations against him cemented his place in the conversations of those in power.
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Monster High: The Movie
Monster High fashion dolls are coming to life, but this is no Toy Story. In Monster High: The Movie, Clawdeen Wolf (Miia Harris) is half werewolf and half human and befriends fellow supernatural students Frankie Stein (Ceci Balagot) and Draculaura (Nayah Damasen). Clawdeen’s humanity, however, appears to be a threat to his survival in Monster High.
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Werewolf at Night (Disney Plus)
When is a Disney Plus Marvel Joint neither a feature nor a show? When it’s Werewolf by Night, that’s when. This 53-minute “short” may not be fit for a movie length for some, but it certainly caught our eye. Gael García Bernal plays a monster hunter named Jack Russel, one of the many people in his sector who is a guest on the estate of the late Odysseus Bloodstone, the former king of the monster hunters. Here, a powerful relic and awakened monster will provide a lot of fear in the first black and white MCU chapter.
Watch it Disney Plus (opens in a new tab) Friday (October 7)
Catherine called Birdy
This medieval comedy is all about rebellion against forced marriage. Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones and the upcoming HBO series of Last of Us) plays Lady Catherine – who goes by the name “Birdie” – who resents every proposal society makes to her. Her father Rollo disagrees with her, as he sees no other way out of poverty than to marry her daughter. If that sounds anachronistic to you, you won’t be surprised to learn that Catherine Called Birdy is a Lena Dunham venture, as she directed and has a script.
Stream it First video (opens in a new tab) starting Friday (October 7)
The luckiest girl in the world (Netflix)
Ani FaNelli (Mila Kunis) seems to have the dream life, but a nightmare hidden in her past could reveal her perfect little reality. Before she worked at the New York Times as an editor, and before she and her fiancé Luke (Finn Wittrock) got engaged in a picturesque Nantucket wedding planned, something went wrong at Ani’s high school. Now, as she meets an old teacher again and answers questions from a crime documentary director, Ani’s lies are about to be exposed. Currently in theaters, The Luckiest Girl Alive is coming to Netflix soon.
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Dr Nate Daniels (Idris Elba) is a widowed father who just wants to spend time with his daughters (Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries). Unfortunately, he is taking them to the wilds of South Africa, where he met their mother. Here, on a game reserve run by his old friend Martin (Sharlto Copley), the Daniels will disconnect and also wish they had a service, as things get very dangerous. A lion who has just escaped death at the hands of poachers is seeking revenge.
Look Peacock (opens in a new tab) starting Friday (October 7)
If you never have the original Hellraiser, get ready for a new “hell”. And who has seen the classic for? Well, get ready because that violent puzzle box is back, and so are the people who are trying to get others to unravel its mystery. This time around, the Cenobites and their leader Pinhead are watching as drug addict Riley (Odessa A’Zion) gets caught in their trap. What about humans not to trust? Goran Visnjic (ER) plays one of the humans trying to get others to solve the puzzle box. While this new Hellraiser looks very scary and scary, it doesn’t look as weird as the original. And that’s probably a good thing.
Stream it Hulu (opens in a new tab) (in the United States) e Disney Plus (opens in a new tab) (internationally) Friday (October 7)
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