With the start of a new month comes plenty of fresh Netflix programming. From all-time classics to original shows, Netflix has a lot in store this month. So much in store that it can be a little overwhelming to find the good stuff. We’ve got you covered. Here are the best new titles coming to Netflix this month.
One of the greatest horror films of all time makes its way to Netflix in October. The Shining stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a frustrated writer who takes a job as the winter caretaker of a hotel with a terrifying past. Torrance’s son, Danny, who has psychic visions, begins seeing into the hotel’s eerie history, as his father begins to discover some terrible things—about the house, and himself. By the time Torrance’s wife, Wendy, realizes what’s happened to her husband, it’s already too late. Whether you’ve never seen The Shining or you’ve seen it a hundred times, be prepared to have the actual crap scared out of you.
The ‘90s nostalgia is strong this month on Netflix, but of our favorite ‘90s flicks, Empire Records is near the top. This 1995 cult classic revolves around a floundering record shop and its colorful ensemble of employees. The store’s manager, Joe (Anthony LaPaglia), wants to buy the shop outright, but one of the store’s well-meaning employees, Lucas (Rory Cochrane), loses all the store’s money after taking it to AC one night and trying to double it on the dice tables. The store has just a couple days to come up with the money before they’re bought out by the Music City chain, and all the employees must scramble to try and figure out how to make it work—all while their lives happen dramatically around them.
This satirically playful, yet spot-on homage to ‘70s Blaxploitation films stars Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite, a CIA agent (and one bad motha!) who must avenge the death of his brother while also ridding the streets of a dangerous new drug that’s tearing through the city. Black Dynamite and his team (a street hustler named Cream Corn, a militant leader named Saheed, and two of Saheed’s militants) embark on a dangerous journey to find out who’s responsible for this new brand of heroin, while uncovering a government plot to emasculate African American men through the sale of a common malt liquor beverage.
Joe Rogan: Strange Times
It seems like forever since the release of Rogan’s last standup comedy special, Triggered, which debuted in 2016, also on Netflix. We love Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and like all his other standup specials, it seems Strange Times is a no-punch-holding look at the world today. In the trailer, Rogan announces: “People are way more sensitive now. This a new time for jokes, too, because everything I say on this Netflix special is going to get me in trouble. But that makes me feel like a winner.”
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
This piece of satirical genius takes place in 33 A.D. Judea. The Romans are enforcing order through hostility and generally being big meanies, and the people of Judea are lost and in desperate need of hope. Along comes Brian Cohen, who is, well, nobody. Yet, somehow, he is mistaken for a promised messiah, born to lead the people of Judea to freedom. It’s not just a classic; it’s a master class in the art of hilarity.
Big Mouth Season 2
Cartoons don’t really frequent our top 10 lists for Netflix releases, but Big Mouth is definitely one of our exceptions to the rule. This hilarious animated series from Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flacket explores the teenage lives of Nick (Kroll) and Andrew (John Mulaney), as they navigate the awkward waters of puberty. We’re talking everything from public erections and wet dreams, to menstruation, first kisses, parental divorces, and everything in between. The show is intelligent and an excellent and nostalgic look back at our childhood, but also explores some very important concepts (consent, chivalry, respect, autonomy, etc.) in very relatable and humorous ways.
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Half travel diary, half cooking show, Salt Fat Acid Heat follows chef and food writer Samin Nosrat as she travels around the world to explore the four basic keys to wonderful cooking. The show is titled off of Nosrat’s acclaimed reference book, and will come in four episodes, which will follow Nosrat to Japan, Italy, Mexico, and the U.S.—where she’ll explore the regional cuisine, as well as what goes into preparing keystone dishes using the four basic elements of cooking.
The Haunting of Hill House
Based on the legendary Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House is about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America, and how their horrifying childhood experiences have affected them in their adult lives. After a traumatic experience involving one of the younger sisters, the siblings are finally forced to confront those childhood experiences—along with the home they grew up in, and the things that still linger inside. What makes this series even more terrifying is that it’s based on a true story. It has “nope” written all over it, but we can’t wait to watch.
Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 3
It seems like there are a ton of Marvel superheroes making their way to the Netflix platform, but of them, Daredevil is a fan favorite. For those not in the loop, Daredevil is Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer-by-day who moonlights as a masked crime-fighting bad ass by night. We’re hopeful that Season 3 takes viewers back to the incredible gang-land, noir-style, fast-paced action drama we fell in love with in Season 1, as Season 2 was kind of a miss in our book.
Making A Murderer: Part 2
Hot off the presses, we learned just a couple days ago that Netflix also plans to release the second chapter of their massively popular true-crime docu-series Making A Murderer on October 19. While Part 1 was filmed across a 10-year span, following the conviction of Steve Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the rape and attempted murder of a woman named Penny Beerntsen, Part 2 will pick up where Part 1 left off, exploring the process of trying to free Brendan Dassey. The series called into question the guilt and conviction of both men, pointing to an alleged cover-up and widespread corruption in the local police department that convicted them. If you thought Part 1 had you tearing your hair out in frustration, wait until you see what awaits in Part 2.