October means spooky season, which means there’s a new slate of streaming movies this week to set the mood — whatever mood might help you get into the Halloween mindset. Here’s a rundown of what to look forward to on your favorite streaming sites.
Launching on Prime Video on Friday, Oct. 6, is the totally fun horror comedy “Totally Killer,” which is a mashup of “Scream” and “Back to the Future.” Kiernan Shipka stars as Jamie, a teenage girl in 2023 who time travels back to the ‘80s to stop the Sweet Sixteen Killer in order to prevent her mother’s death 35 years later. The most horrifying thing she discovers in her journey? 1980s culture (smoking, sexism, insensitivity). This slasher riff is directed by Nahnatchka Khan, the brains behind the TV comedy favorites “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Young Rock.” Stream it starting Friday on Prime Video.
The popular horror anthology movie series “V/H/S” has a new installment arriving Friday, Oct. 6, on Shudder. “V/H/S/85” is a found footage feature, a snuff film mixtape of sorts, blending newscasts and home videos with five different segments directed by David Bruckner, Scott Derrickson, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Natasha Kermani and Mike P. Nelson. Stream it on Shudder, which is your one-stop shop for all things horror this October.
There’s a new “Exorcist” film out in theaters this weekend, but the original “Exorcist” auteur, the late, great William Friedkin, has his last film “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” streaming on Paramount+ with Showtime this weekend after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, the late (great) Lance Reddick, Jason Clarke, Lewis Pullman, Monica Raymund and Jake Lacy, the naval courtroom drama is adapted from the 1953 Herman Wouk play based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1952 novel “The Caine Mutiny.” Honor the memory of Hurricane Billy and stream his last film starting this Friday on Paramount+ with Showtime.
Alden Ehrenreich, left, as Luke and Phoebe Dynevor as Emily in “Fair Play.” (Sergej Radovic/Netflix/TNS)
Streaming on Netflix this weekend is a daring debut from Chloe Domont. “Fair Play,” starring Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich, is a high-stakes workplace melodrama set in the world of New York hedge funds and high finance. Dynevor and Ehrenreich play Emily and Luke, a young couple, secretly engaged, working as analysts at the same fund. Their relationship becomes increasingly strained as one of them moves up the cutthroat ladder and the power dynamic yawns between them. Stream it this Friday, Oct. 6, on Netflix.
And this Sunday on Max, check out the quirky true-crime doc “Last Stop Larrimah,” directed by Thomas Tancred and produced by the Duplass brothers. The documentary dives into the 2017 disappearance of Paddy Moriarty, which rocked the town of Larrimah, which boasts only 11 residents in the remote Northern Territory of Australia. But as filmmakers uncover the mystery, it becomes an exploration of the unique relationships between the residents of this quirky town: their long-standing relationships and their long-standing feuds. Using current interviews and archival video footage, Tancred weaves together a fascinating yarn. Stream it starting Sunday, Oct. 8, on Max.
(Katie Walsh is the Tribune News Service film critic and co-host of the “Miami Nice” podcast.)
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