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October. A month that sees not only Halloween arrive, but also Friday 13th. Amazon Prime Video in the UK is getting firmly into the spooky spirit, with the release of the first season of The Exorcist TV series. That serves as an appetiser to the month’s big new horror, its new original show Lore, based on the hit podcast. Gremlins, The Shining, Westworld and Sweeney Todd are also on hand to keep you jumping out of your seat.
Not a fan of fear? There’s more than enough to keep you calmly entertained, from Lucifer’s third season and the return of Mr. Robot, both arriving weekly, not to mention McDonald’s biopic The Founder, Red Oaks’ third and final season, and new episodes of Outlander and Halt and Catch Fire.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in October 2017:
The Exorcist: Season 1 – 1st October
More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, The Exorcist is a propulsive, psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. Father Marcus (Ben Daniels) is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his mission – and he constantly butts heads with his adversary within the church, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan). Caught in the middle of the two priests is the Rance family, who are members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, American family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The mother, Angela, (Geena Davis) begs Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Marcus…
Lucifer: Season 3 – 3rd October
This story of the original fallen angel is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, from DC Entertainment. Tom Ellis plays the titular archangel, who gives up his throne in the underworld for the underbelly of Los Angeles, where he helps the cops to punish criminals. He is joined by Lesley-Ann Brandt as devoted ally Maze, Lauren German as LAPD detective Chloe, Rachael Harris as Lucifer’s therapist, and DB Woodside as an angel trying to persuade Lucifer to return to Hell. Tom Welling (Smallville) joins the ensemble for Season 3 as Marcus Pierce, an accomplished police lieutenant who is everything Lucifer is not – strategic, reserved and well-respected. But perhaps even more annoying are all the things they have in common. Both men are charming, charismatic and handsome. So when Pierce starts developing a connection with Decker (Lauren German), Lucifer’s devilish traits are inflamed.
Westworld – 11th October
Liked the HBO TV series? Try the original 1973 sci-fi film, written and directed by Michael Crichton.
Mr. Robot: Season 3 – 12th October
Rami Malek stars once again in Sam Esmail’s drama about Elliot, a cyber-security engineer, and Christian Slater as Mr. Robot, a mysterious figure who starts a revolution to change the world. Alongside Malek and Slater are co-stars Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer, BD Wong, and Stephanie Corneliussen, in an increasingly complex web of those caught up and impacted by Mr. Robot’s underground hacker group fSociety. Picking up immediately following Season 2’s cliffhanger, Season 3 will delve into each character’s motivations and explore the disintegrating relationship between Elliott and Mr. Robot. Bobby Cannavale will join them as Irving, a laconic, no-nonsense used car salesman. Recurring guest star BD Wong has also been upped to a series regular for his role as Whiterose, the leader of the Dark Army, a Chinese-based hacking organisation.
The Founder – 12th October
Michael Keaton stars in John Lee Hancock’s biopic about Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois who meets Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) and – impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making food – saw the potential to create a billion-dollar empire.
Lore: Season 1 – 13th October
Amazon’s new show, from the Executive Producer of The Walking Dead and the Executive Producer of The X-files, is based on horror podcast Lore and consists of six separate stories, each one inspired by real people and events that have led to our modern-day myths. Featuring Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Adam Goldberg (Fargo) Holland Roden (Teen Wolf), Colm Feore (House of Cards) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man), the show combines documentary footage, narration, historical mixed media and cinematic scenes to bring to life its stories. They include a boy given a doll that seems to have a sinister life of its own, a family whose home appears to be inhabited by a spirit from the other side, and a German village that hunts for a murderous creature.
Eye In The Sky – 15th October
Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi and Aaron Paul star in this morality play about drone warfare, which grips tightly with well-chosen words and assured direction.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – 18th October
Johnny Depp and Alan Rickman singing? Put aside any misgivings you may have: Stephen Sondheim and Tim Burton prove to be dream partners in this take on his gory musical, which waltzes wildly between laughs and shocks.
Matchstick Men – 25th October
There are eccentric people. There are very eccentric people. Then there’s a con man played by Nic Cage in this winding drama that, impressively, is driven by character more than plot twists. Phobic, on drugs and faced with his estranged daughter, Nic puts in a great performance, supported by an on-form Sam Rockwell. Ridley Scott’s most underrated film.
A Man Called Ove – 28th October
“Killing oneself isn’t so easy, you know,” reflects Ove (Lassgård) in A Man Called Ove, after attempting to commit suicide several times. If that’s the kind of joke that shocks you, A Man Called Ove – a tale of a grumpy old man who learns to be nice – will win you over with its balance of glib existential despair and sweet humour.
The Shining – 29th October
Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic remains one of the scariest movies of all time.
Gremlins – 31st October
Joe Dante’s seminal horror comedy sees a young boy acquire a new pet, under strict instructions to never get it wet or feed it after midnight. Can’t wait for Christmas? This is just as fun to watch on Halloween.
Red Oaks: Season 3 – 20th October
Amazon’s endearingly retro comedy, set in the 1980s, follows the growing pains of David, an aspiring filmmaker and his job as a tennis coach at the titular country club in New Jersey, home to a host of weird characters. The show stars Craig Roberts (Submarine: The Fundamentals of Caregiving), with Paul Reiser (Mad About You) playing the disapproving rich dad of the love of David’s life, Skye (Alexandra Socha). The ensemble cast also includes Richard Kind (Inside Out) as David’s dad and Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) as his mum, not to mention Oliver Cooper (Office Christmas Party) as his stoner friend, Wheeler, and Ennis Esmer (Blindspot) as fellow tennis coach (and eternal scene-stealer) Nash. Back for a third and final season, expect a charmingly nostalgic, emotionally satisfying farewell.
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in October 2017:
Outlander: Season 3, Episode 4
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4, Episode 7
The Bye Bye Man
Scary Movie 3
Outlander: Season 3, Episode 5
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4, Episode 8
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Lucifer: Season 3, Episode 2
Attack of the 50 ft. Woman
Bonnie and Clyde
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4, Episode 9 and 10
Lucifer: Season 3, Episode 3
The Lake House
Outlander: Season 3, Episode 6
Lucifer: Season 3, Episode 4
Pay It Forward
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
You’ve Got Mail
She’s Out of My League
Folle histoire de Max et Leon
Fog in August
Goodbye Berlin (aka Tschick)
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