Halloween is almost upon us, but the really terrifying thing that keeps us awake at night? The thought that we might miss something we’ve always wanted to see because it’s left Netflix.
There may not be much to be afraid of missing this October, but give it time: we’ll be keeping this page updated as more unsettling departures are confirmed. From time-travelling cops killing Hitler to a cute Australian family drama, this is your last chance to stream the following on Netflix UK:
Kung Fury – 21st October
If you’ve ever wished that life contained more time travel, punching, Norse gods and Nazis, then Kung Fury is for you. The short film, which began on Kickstarter, sees a renegade cop in 1985 Miami “hack time” to travel back and kill Hitler.
Paper Planes – 24th October
An unashamedly feel-good Australian children’s movie that knows exactly which buttons to press. Read our full review
W1A – 14th October
The BBC’s most scathing, or most self-indulgent (depending on your point of view), sitcom is hilariously stupid, as it dives into the corridors of Broadcasting House and points out just how much bureaucracy sits at the heart of the public service broadcaster. But it’s not the topical plots that make W1A so funny to watch: it’s the constant barrage of double-speak. “Yep, OK,” they all say over each other, never letting anyone actually make progress. The words may change – “Cool,” says clueless intern Will (the scene-stealing, scarf-wearing Hugh Skinner) – but the message is the same. Every time anyone speaks, they say nothing. Every time a meeting happens, it achieves nothing. And the more people speak – and the longer the meetings run – the less anything is actually said or done. It’s like watching a sitcom by Pinter or Beckett.
Sicario – 1st November
Denis Villeneuve’s thriller, starring a bad-ass Emily Blunt, is so intense it has blisters on its blisters.
Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand Up Ever – 1st November
Stewart Lee is the death of stand-up comedy. His smug tirades and educated, middle-class opinions ruin it for everyone. For those who don’t like his intellectual concerns and patronising tone, he’s impossible to tolerate. For those who do, his scathing insights and witty deconstruction of the form makes it impossible to tolerate any other comedian. That’s the brilliance of Stewart Lee’s stand-up: either way, everyone ends up miserable.
A Syrian Love Story – 1st November
Sean McAllister’s award-winning documentary, telling the poignant story of a family torn apart by the Assad regime in Syria, is powerful, important viewing.
Daybreakers – 2nd November
Ethan Hawke stars in this offbeat horror that sees vampires rule in a dystopian future, where blood is in short supply. While Sam Neill hams it up as the lead vamp in a suit, Willem Dafoe presents a way to turn back into humans – while hunting down fanged villains with a crossbow. Sometimes, you need a little trash with your terror.
Furious 7 – 7th November
This sixth sequel in the Fast & Furious franchise – and the final featuring Paul Walker – is bigger, sillier and surprisingly moving.
The Lobster – 8th November
Yorgos Lanthimos’ superb, surreal comedy stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C Reilly and Ben Whishaw and is set in the near-future, where being single is illegal. Not coupled? Then you check in at The Hotel, where you have 45 days to find a mate. Succeed and you’re moved to a yacht for a honeymoon before being sent out into the wider, married world. Fail and your stay comes to an end. Oh, and you’re turned into an animal of your choice.
Hysteria – 14th November
Is it possible to derive pleasure from something artificial and manmade? That’s the question asked every day by users of the electric vibrator – and people who watch Adam Sandler films. Hysteria tells the story of the former. And, thanks to knowing turns from Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce, it’s pleasurable stuff.
Under the Skin – 14th November
Scarlett Johansson plays an alien sent to Earth to drive around Glasgow in a van, with which she picks up a range of unsuspecting men to do… well, who knows? Jonathan Glazer’s divisive, challenging sci-fi adopts a curiously alien perspective on the human race, creating a haunting, moving and stylish masterpiece. A film that sticks with you, to your insides, for an inhuman amount of time.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in October and November 2017:
Against All Odds
Little Black Book
The Sweetest Thing
Ask Me Anything
Mona Lisa Smile
Lockup: Maximum Security
Cracking the Da Vinci Code
The Wonder of Animals
A Prayer for the Dying
Awake: The Life of Yogananda
Big Momma’s House 2
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
The Confessions of Thomas Quick
Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance
The Darkest Hour
Dead Man Down
Flesh + Blood
Humanoids from the Deep
Just My Luck
Que Pena tu Vida
The Return of the Living Dead
Species: The Awakening
Trump of the Spirit
What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
What’s Your Number?
Against the Ropes
The Late Bloomer
Here on Earth
Project Almanac (Welcome to Yesterday)
The Zen of Bennett
Yuki Una Is a Hero
The Irregular at Magic High School
Pitch Perfect 2
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.