With the big guns of The Boys having returned in September, it will be interesting to see just what Amazon Prime can conjure up during October to match Billy and Homelander squaring off against each other.
Updated: 24-Sep-2020, 01-Oct-2020
Since autumn brings with it the season of the witch, there’s the opportunity for some tense new adventures in the Walking Dead universe with spin off series The Walking Dead: World Beyond which concentrates on the first generation to come of age in the post apocalyptic world.
Adding to the Halloween flavour is Welcome to the Blumhouse, an eight movie anthology from the hugely successful production house that specialises in thrillers, chillers and horrors including Get Out, The Invisible Man and Upgrade. Four brand new films will be released during October as two ‘double bills’ starting on the 6th, while the second slate of four films is expected in 2021.
Update 24-Sep-2020: As expected Truth Seekers has now been officially announced as coming to Amazon Prime Video on 30th October and all eight episodes will be available at once. The series is set in a mysterious world filled with dread and just-out-of-sight monsters and mixes the very funny with the very scary - ideal for Halloween!
Update 01-Oct-2020: Amazon has been happy to leave announcing some of its bigger originals until the very last minute (see Truth Seekers above) but with Sasha Baron Cohen’s under-the-radar Borat 2, the delay is understandable since the whole project has been quickly assembled over the summer while the world reeled from a global pandemic, so it’s easy to forgive everyone a few squeaky bum moments as the deadline for completion approached. Indeed, so swift has the turnaround needed to be that the IMDB still has the project in the 'post-production’ phase. However, the release of the new trailer seems to indicate that the follow up to 2006’s first outing is inelegantly titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime For Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan and is ready to stream on Amazon Prime Video on 23rd Oct. The teaser trailer is presented below.
For other movies, there’s fun to be had with Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman’s warm and fuzzy Eddie The Eagle plus Armando Iannucci’s take on the Charles Dickens classic, renamed here, The Personal History of David Copperfield.
So let’s blow off October’s cobwebs and and see what is coming to Amazon Prime Video, bearing in mind that although we’ve tried to be as UK specific as possible, streaming dates can change, content can sometimes be territory specific and shows can even get pulled or added at the very last minute by Amazon itself.
Be sure to keep coming back to check for updates.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020, Amazon Original Series)
In Nebraska, ten years after the world as they knew it came to an end, four teenagers who shelter from the dangers of the post-apocalyptic hell receive a message that inspires them to leave the safety of the only home they have ever known and embark on a cross-country journey. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Along the way they come across the mysterious Layla, who operates in the shadows for a cause she believes in.
Originally planned for an April premiere just as the world had ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, distributors, AMC, probably felt the whole post apocalyptic scenario was a little too on the nose and gave it some breathing space until later in the year.
Now, AMC has confirmed that World Beyond will arrive on Oct 4th, with the first two episodes airing back-to-back after the finale of Season 10 of The Walking Dead in the USA - perhaps indicating a strong connection between the spin off and the original show. Prime Video UK gets the show the following day on Oct 5th.
Fleabag (2019, S2, Amazon Prime Original Series)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as Fleabag, an unfiltered woman trying to heal following recent tragedies, who hurls herself at modern living in London using dry wit, sex, booze and anger to keep her going while rejecting anyone who tries to help her. Andrew Scott joins the second season cast in what has become known as the ‘hot priest’ role.
Adapted from Waller-Bridge's own award-winning play, the TV version went on to take a host of awards, including 6 Emmys in 2019.
Truth Seekers (2020, Amazon Prime Original Series) - added 24-Sep-2020
Gus works as a broadband installer but uses his job as a cover to lead a team of amateur paranormal investigators as he searches for truth in his life. As the team uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK to share on Gus’s online channel for all to see, their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, more terrifying and even deadly, as they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.
Created by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s production company, Stolen Pictures, this new comedy horror series sees Frost and Pegg joined onscreen by Samson Kayo as Elton the newbie, Malcolm McDowell as Gus’s grumpy dad, as well as Emma D'Arcy as the haunted Astrid and Susie Wokoma as online influencer Helen.
Pegg describes the tone of the show as follows, "you just have to not make fun of the horror, the key with horror comedy is to take the horror completely seriously and allow the comedy to exist adjacent to it."
Tennis: Numerous Events
Tennis fans might have enjoyed the recent US Open Grand Slam and Rome ATP Masters 1000 coverage and despite the lack of crowds there was plenty of high quality playing and several controversial moments, not least of which was World No.1, Novak Djokovic’s disqualification from the US Open for hitting a line judge with a thoughtlessly struck ball before going on to win a record breaking 36th Masters in Rome.
Throughout October, there will be a number of other tournaments including:
05th - 11th Oct WTA Hana Bank Korea Open
12th - 18th Oct WTA Upper Austria Ladies Linz
12th - 18th Oct ATP 500 St Petersburg Open (TBC)
19th - 25th Oct ATP 250 European Open (Antwerp)
26th - 01st Nov ATP 500 Erste Bank Open (Vienna)
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Scr. Dan Fogelman)
Cal Weaver is middle aged and straight laced but decent and happily married to his childhood sweetheart, Emily. When she tells him she’s been having an affair and wants a divorce, his life crashes. Over 40 and out of practice on the dating circuit, he seeks refuge in local bars where he comes across Jacob Palmer, a successful ladies man who agrees to show him the ropes of modern dating.
The thing is, Jacob has met a woman with whom he is smitten and who has yet to fall for his charms. Can Jacob help Cal find a new lease of life and get his own mojo back on track?
Written by Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Cars, Fred Claus, This is Us) with Steve Carrell in mind, the film gained Ryan Gosling a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
Eddie The Eagle (2016, True Life, Comedy, Drama. Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello, Dir. Dexter Fletcher)
Ever since he was 10 years old, Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards has dreamed of representing Britain in the Olympics. Despite attempting, and failing, at many sports he keeps on trying. His tenacity leads him to Germany to test his skills at ski jumping, a sport Britain hasn’t entered in six decades.
When he meets Bronson Peary, a former ski jumper who now works as a snowplow driver, Edwards' spirit and determination persuades Peary to train the young underdog in an attempt to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games.
Eddie's never-say-die attitude secures the support of an entire nation in this true and uplifting story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.
In the UK, the film grossed £10m, making it the highest grossing British film released in the UK in 2016.
I Feel Pretty (2018, Comedy, Romance. Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski)
A ordinary woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realises her appearance never changed?
Bound to upset the perennially offended, the movie actually got kicked by both sides with some saying it didn’t commit to its premise fully enough. Now you can check it out and make up your own mind - which is what you’re supposed to do with films (books, art, music…).
Inglourious Basterds (2009, Action, Drama, War. Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Dir and Scr. Quentin Tarantino)
The film tells an alternate World War II fiction story of two plots to assassinate the Nazi Germany political leadership - including Hitler - at a movie premiere. One is planned by the young French Jewish cinema proprietor. Shosanna Dreyfus, at whose venue the film will show, and the other by a team of Jewish Allied soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine. But before the two agents of vengeance can carry out their missions, they must first elude the clutches of SS colonel Hans Landa, the officer tasked with hunting down Raine’s team and who was responsible for the massacre of Shosanna’s family.
Tarantino’s most successful film at the time, the alternate history approach allows a little self indulgent wish fulfilment in much the same way his most recent Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood does.
Typical of Tarantino there are a number of uncomfortably memorable scenes but the standouts are the remarkable 20 minute farmhouse opener with a calm, avuncular and frankly terrifying Christoph Waltz and the Bierkeller games evening. Just remember how to order three drinks in Germany properly!
Welcome to the Blumhouse - The Lie (2018, Drama, Horror, Mystery. Peter Sarsgaard, Joey King, Cas Anvar, Dir. Veena Sud)
When their teenaged daughter confesses to impulsively killing her best friend, two shocked and desperate parents attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception as the friend’s father attempts to find out what happened to his own daughter.
Originally called Between the Earth and the Sky, this is a remake of a 2015 German movie called We Monsters written and directed by Sebastian Ko. The Lie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018 before Amazon acquired distribution rights in August 2020.
Welcome to the Blumhouse - Black Box (2020, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller. Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, Dir. Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour)
After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.
Welcome to the Blumhouse - Evil Eye (2020, Horror, Mystery. Thriller. Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani, Bernard White, Omar Maskati, Dirs. Elan Dassani, Rajeev Dassani)
A seemingly perfect romance turns into a nightmare when a superstitious mother becomes convinced her daughter’s wealthy new boyfriend has a dark connection to her own past. As the relationship deepens, mother and daughter are forced to confront dark family secrets .
The film is based on the award-winning, best-selling Audible Original production from writer Madhuri Shekar.
Welcome to the Blumhouse - Nocturne (2020, Horror, Mystery. Thriller. Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Brandon Keener Dir, scr. Zu Quirke)
Inside the halls of an elite arts academy, a timid music student begins to outshine her more accomplished and outgoing twin sister when she discovers a mysterious notebook belonging to a recently deceased classmate - what dark bargain has been brokered?
1917 (2019, Drama, War. Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, Dir. Sam Mendes) - added 2nd October 2020
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap - Blake’s own brother among them.
A star studded cast (Cumberbatch! Firth! Others!) pops up in this personal film from Sam Mendes who took inspiration from the stories told by his paternal grandfather. Mendes chose to present the narrative almost in real time, creating a set of huge technical challenges for both cast and crew but which ultimately saw the film rewarded with Academy Awards for Best Cinematography (take a bow Roger Deakins), Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing - the last film to do so before the category was combined with Best Sound Editing to create a single award for Best Sound.
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019, Comedy, Drama. Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Dir. Armando Iannucci. Scr.Simon Blackwell)
From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England on his journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England. As David’s quest for family, friendship, romance and status unfolds, it seems the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.
Reimagined by long time fan, Armando Iannucci gives Dickens’s ode to grit and perseverance new life for a cosmopolitan age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world.
Brahms: The Boy II (2020, Horror, Mystery. Katie Holmes, Christopher Convery, Owain Yeoman) - added 2nd October 2020
Following a traumatizing incident, a young boy moves to Heelshire Mansion with his parents who are unaware of the manor’s terrifying history, they are however concerned about their son’s strange attachment to a lifelike doll called Brahms….
A stand-alone sequel to the 2016 film The Boy.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime For Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020, Comedy, Sasha Baron Cohen) - added 01-Oct-2020
While the world hunkered down in the face of a global pandemic, comedian Sasha Baron Cohen decided that the upcoming US Presidential election was just too good of an opportunity to miss and opted to send alter ego, roving Kazakh reporter, Borat stateside for some incisive political, social and cultural commentary. Is nice!
New trailer below. Dear God, avert your eyes people!
Parasite (2019, Drama, Comedy, Thriller. Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Dir. Bong Joon Ho) - added 2nd October 2020
The Park Family are a picture of aspirational wealth while the Kim Family are rich in street smarts but dirt poor and destitute. By chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. However, the symbiotic relationship that develops between the two families is soon threatened by an unexpected interloper.
Making many 'Best Film of 2019' lists, Parasite made Oscar history as the first non English language film to take the Best Picture Award. It also walked away with the Oscar for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay as well as hoovering up accolades from the Golden Globes, Bafta and many others.
It became the highest ever grossing South Korean film having crossed the $264 million mark worldwide on a production budget of about $11 million.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Action, Adventure. Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Dir. Steven Spielberg) - added 2nd October 2020
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its powers and use them to effect global domination.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989, Action, Adventure. Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott Dir. Steven Spielberg) - added 2nd October 2020
In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. once again finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis in a bid to stop them from obtaining godlike powers.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984, Action, Adventure. Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Dir. Steven Spielberg) - added 2nd October 2020
It’s 1935 and Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, where he is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008, Action, Adventure. Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf Dir. Steven Spielberg) - added 2nd October 2020
Older and a couple of steps slower, Indy still has a few tricks up his sleeve when in 1957, he is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.
Color Out of Space (2019, Horror, Mystery , Sci-Fi. Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur Dir. Richard Stanley) - added 2nd October 2020
After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare with possible apocalyptic consequences for the world. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story.
Color Out of Space sees the full throated return of director Richard Stanley for his first movie scale project since the catastrophically ill fated The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Smallfoot (2018, Animated, Family, Comedy. Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya) - added 2nd October 2020
Yeti Migo is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist. When evidence of this “smallfoot” throws his simple yeti community into an uproar he sets off to discover what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village.
So, that’s the early word on films and TV shows coming to Amazon Prime Video UK in October. We’ll keep the article updated when more information is released, so make sure you pop back to keep up to date and don't forget to leave a comment about what you're planning on watching.