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Amazon’s streaming service gets better and better with age and October is another reminder of just how ambitious and diverse its original programming has become, with the premiere of legal thriller Goliath, period feminist drama Good Girls Revolt and the finale of Ripper Street. But the site’s also stocking up ready for Halloween, with a whole heap of scary movies on the way, from Corpse Bride and Final Destination 5 to The Exorcist and Poltergeist to Nightmare On Elm Street and I Am Legend.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in October:
Shaun the Sheep the Movie – 1st October
Aardman’s near-silent movie is as charming as ever, as we see Shaun leap from A Close Shave and his own TV series to the big screen for a witty, hilarious and utterly delightful stop-motion adventure. Baa-rilliant.
Final Destination 5 – 4th October
You’d think that four movies in a row of extended death scenes would get old, but Final Destination 5 comes up with an inspired twist that makes this a surprisingly smart marriage of blood and brains. The best of the series? Go on then.
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride – 6th October
The director mixes his Gothic sensibility with stunning stop-motion to spooky effect in this darkly comic tale of a man (Johnny Depp – who else?) who finds himself accidentally betrothed to a dead woman.
Ripper Street – 12th October
Amazon’s crime drama, which was resurrected by the subscription site following its cancellation by the BBC, has gotten better and better, with Season 4 building to a thrilling cliffhanger. Now, Season 5 will pick up the plot threads left by the fourth run in a six-episode season that will make up one single story. It’s only fitting, then, that Amazon has decided to release all of the episodes in one go.
Interview with the Vampire – 13th October
Neil Jordan’s seminal vampire flick, based on Anne Rice’s novel, sees Louis (Brad Pitt) tell the story of how he got his fans to an eager biographer (Christian Slater, from the death of his family in the 18th century to his life-changing meeting with Lestat (Tom Cruise).
The Exorcist – 13th October
Arguably the scariest movie ever made.
Goliath – 14th October
“He was the best trial lawyer ever.” “What happened?” Billy Bob Thornton stars in Amazon’s new legal drama from Ally McBeal’s David E. Kelley. Thornton plays Billy McBride, who, after reluctantly agreeing to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, uncovers a vast and deadly conspiracy, pitting his ragtag team in a life or death trial against the ultimate Goliath.
Wild Bill – 23rd October
Dexter Fletcher’s East London Western about a dad who returns from prison to his Stratford home, where his kids are now growing up alone, is a mature, articulate and brilliant family drama – with a star-making performance from a young Will Poulter.
Cloud Atlas – 27th October
Adapted from the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future. As one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
The Town – 27th October
Who knew that Ben Affleck would one day prove to be a brilliant director? Before Argo, The Town gave a massive clue. This intense crime drama sees Affleck play a thief who ends up in a relationship with the woman (Rebecca Hall) he robbed. The tension erupts in one of the best screen car chases in recent years.
The Man With Two Brains – 27th October
Steve Martin is enjoyably zany in this bizarre 1983 horror comedy about a brain surgeon who finds himself wanting to end his marriage so he can spend more time with a disembodied brain he keeps in a jar.
Good Girls Revolt – 28th October
Amazon’s new original series, written and exec produced by Dana Culvo, charts the beginning of the women’s rights movement within a group of young women at the world’s hottest magazine (News of the Week) in 1969, when they start asking to be treated fairly. The show stars Genevieve Angelson (Backstrom) as Patti, Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) as Jane, Erin Darke (We Need to Talk About Kevin) as Cindy, Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley) as Finn, Hunter Parrish (Weeds) as Doug, Jim Belushi (Show Me a Hero) as Wick McFadden, Joy Bryant (Parenthood) as Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Grace Gummer as Nora Ephron.
Bookaboo – 28th October
Amazon bagged the exclusive rights to this kids series, which once aired on CITV. The show follows Bookaboo, a world-famous drummer puppy, who just can’t play unless he reads a book a day – and fortunately, a whole heap of celebrity guest stars are on hand to read a different book to him every episode.
The Raven – 30th October
John Cusack plays Edgar Allen Poe in this entertainingly trashy horror thriller about a detective trying to a solve a series of murders inspired by the author’s stories
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in October 2016:
Imagine Dragons-Smoke + Mirrors Live
Into The Storm
Lucifer: Season 2, Episode 2
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3, Episode 8
House Of Wax (2005)
Last Boy Scout
The Perfect Storm
The Year Of Living Dangerously
The Collection: Season 1, Episode 6
Lucifer: Season 2, Episode 3
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3, Episode 9
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3, Episode 10
I Am Legend
Next Of Kin
Nightmare On Elm Street III
Lucifer: Season 2, Episode 4
Red Riding Hood
Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
Young Adam (2003)
Lucifer: Season 2, Episode 5
The Student & Mr Henri
Addicted To Love
The Bonfire Of The Vanities
Introducing The Dwights
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