Not the scary movie type? That’s alright. While Netflix is unleashing a slew of horror content upon the masses next month, they’re also offering up tons of other, more crowd-pleasing popcorn fare. We found a nice mix of somewhat scary content, with a little bit of superhero flavoring on top. Here’s what you should look out for on Netflix in October:
Blade, Blade II (October 1)
You might write these off as a couple goofy vampire movies, but check yourself: Blade is one of the forebearers of the modern comic-book era, and Blade II is a Guillermo del Toro-directed sequel (he did Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth) that brings even more action, cool and Wesley Snipes. These movies rock. Consider them the most Halloween-like superhero movies.
Blazing Saddles (October 1)
A tried-and-true classic, with some of the smartest jokes around sharing the stage with some of the silliest (the cowboys eating their beans and farting still kills us).
The Green Mile (October 1)
In the mood for a Stephen King story that doesn’t try to scare the pants off you this Halloween season? Green Mile should do the trick. There are some supernatural elements here, but they manifest mostly as a benevolent form of magic that brings peculiar blessings and happenings to a group of men on death row.
V for Vendetta (October 1)
Another niche superhero movie coming next month, V for Vendetta offers an elegant but pointed sense of style, a couple dashes of poetry and a vulnerable, dynamite Natalie Portman performance for those looking for something beyond the standard slapdash comic-book story. The action is more sparing than in a Marvel movie, but it carries tons of weight and meaning, because the dramatic factor with this one is high. Not to be missed.
Salt Fat Acid Heat (October 11)
Netflix’s next cooking show blends aspirational travel with accessible advice. Based on the best-selling cookbook from Samin Nosrat, Salt Fat Acid Heat sees the author trotting across the globe to explore the basics of cooking. You’ll look at lots of delicious-looking food, and better yet, you’ll learn exactly why it tastes so good. Time to do it yourself! No problem, right?
Making A Murderer: Part 2 (October 19)
The first season of Making A Murderer accelerated the wave of true-crime documentaries Netflix is now known best for, but it had notable issues in how it presented its case for Steven Avery. The second season will look at how the first season impacted Avery’s case, but also that of Brendan Dassey, the young man whose controversial confession to murder was key to his own conviction as well as Avery’s.
Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 3 (October 19)
Netflix’s first Marvel superhero has been busy on The Defenders and other shows based on the streaming service, but he’s back to center stage for his third season in Hell’s Kitchen. Word on the street (that is to say, our early impressions) says the new episodes have a lot to do with Matt Murdock’s struggles with faith and meaning. It could be the most RELEVANT-y season yet.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (October 26)
You probably remember Sabrina the Teenage Witch, right? Well, Netflix’s revival looks like it’s throwing out that show’s dorky teen-witch fun in favor of something much more Lovecraftian and horrific. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina looks intense. But if you’re into schlocky shows like Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why, there might be good reason to check this one out. Just know it might be the scariest thing on this list.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (October 28)
Minhaj’s Homecoming comedy special was one of the best (and funniest) looks at the immigrant experience in some time, and he’s been a reliably wry Daily Show correspondent for years. His new headlining Netflix show will look to buck the platform’s trend of talk-show duds in favor of a format that’s closer to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver than The Tonight Show. In other words, you won’t have to worry about catching these right as they come out. It’s almost like that’s what Netflix was for!
Tyler Daswick is a senior writer at Relevant. Follow him on Twitter @tylerdaswick.