Werewolf at night; Get the right one in.
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In October comes an onslaught of new horror and genre shows and movies, and hoo boy, there’s a lot to come. This week offers a small but generous sampling with fears ranging from fun to gory. Though for those of us scary cats, there are still two great palate cleansers in Prime Video Catherine called Birdy and a full three-day live stream of the Austin City Limits Festival on Hulu. Here are the rest of this weekend’s picks:
Known for her absolutely ferocious shift as Lady Mormont game of Thrones, Bella Ramsey returns as another ferocious girl named Birdy. Adapted from the novel by Karen Cushman and directed by Lena Dunham, Catherine called Birdy follows Birdy as she constantly goes against the grain of her life in 13th-century England, as her fiery father (played by fiery former priest Andrew Scott) attempts to get her to marry.
Clive Barker’s 1986 long gestation reboot Hellraiser it’s finally coming out of its box. (Nervous chuckles.) Jamie Clayton plays the new Pinhead who meets an addictive young woman (played by Odessa A’zion) who tries to save her brother from the fearsome Cenobites. He will be the new Hellraiser be scary and excited like its predecessor? You will see. (I, for one, I absolutely can’t stand it, so let me know.)
The MCU continued to snort along with the Disney + shows, but Werewolf at night it’s a little bit different. It is one of their first “special introductions” for the service, which means it is a one-time one-hour fee. Directed by composer Michael Giacchino – his debut behind the camera – Werewolf at night sees Gael García Bernal as monster hunter Jack Russell, the hunted monster (aka the werewolf). It’s the MCU’s first foray into campy, scary, Universal Monsters-inspired territory, also featuring the debut of rare comics favorites, and it’ll be fun to see how well they pull it off and see if Bernal’s character stays around.
Hulu has been streaming big festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and now it’s time for the Texas ACL Festival. Starting today, Hulu is streaming the entire weekend showing a variety of artists from Jazmine Sullivan and Flume to Spoon, the Marias and Paramore. The whole training is here if you want to take a closer look. It is a perfect opportunity to see Paramore sing “Misery Business” (!!) again in crystal clear 4K.
John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire novel has achieved much success on the big screen between Tomas Alfredson’s Swedish film and the American remake Let me in from The Batman director Matt Reeves. Now Showtime premieres a ten-episode series about the chilling story of a vampire girl recently turned vampire (Madison Taylor Baez) and her human father (Demián Bichir) facing this new situation.
A scary annual Mike Flanagan show is fast becoming a tradition for Netflix subscribers, and the horror director’s latest offering is The midnight club, a YA show based on Christopher Pike’s book series of the same name. He is played by a cast of mostly fresh faces as they play terminally ill teenagers who gather in their hospice library to exchange scary stories, though, of course, they sense something creepy lurking within their walls. He wouldn’t be a Flanagan without the threat of trauma manifesting as ghosts, right?
Also! Read our streaming tips from weekend of September 30th. Vulture’s next list of weekend streaming picks will be online on Friday, October 14th.