I am loving the October lineup for Netflix Canada, as seeing as it is the spookiest month of the year, it only makes sense for Netflix to add a ton of horrors and thrillers. And not only are they adding some classics, like the original Halloween and Scream, but they also have a ton of new series for this month, which I am so excited for. So, armed with a hot beverage and an abundance of snacks, here are the 6 Netflix Original series I’ll be cozied up watching throughout October:
There’s no denying that I was constantly cringing throughout the second season of Riverdale. From Archie’s Red Circle threat to Betty’s strip tease at FP’s retirement party to all of the overly auto-tuned singing—there were many moments that were not so much campy, as they were just flat out embarrassing. Yet despite all that, I’m still looking forward to the third season, and seeing where The CW takes this darker version of the comic books I grew up reading and loving. The second season ended with Archie Andrews being arrested for the murder of Cassidy Bullock, so of course I have to find out what happens next. And whatever happens, I’m sure I’ll still be cringing left, right and centre, and loving every minute of it—as this show is a total guilty pleasure of mine.
If you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with the Food Network, and I absolutely love the Halloween baking shows they do every year. So, when I found out Netflix was releasing a creepy new baking show, I was instantly drawn in. I actually had never heard of Christine McConnell, but a quick peruse—okay, maybe a long stalk—of her Instagram page and I’m already in love with her. Not only is she absolutely beautiful, but she’s also insanely creative and talented, and I absolutely adore her gothic, pin-up girl style. Her new show has her creating both edible works of art and creepy DIY, alongside her peculiar creature friends. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to watch this!
As a fan of Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, I was ecstatic to hear that Netflix had made it into a series. And I was even more ecstatic when I learned it’s directed by Mike Flanagan, who directed such films as Hush and Gerald’s Game (both of which are films I raved about in this post). Whilst the original story follows the paranormal investigation of Hill House, this series focuses on a family, and the events surrounding their childhood at Hill House, as it weaves between the past and present. Having now seen quite a few of Flanagan’s films, I’m excited to see how he tells the story and builds up the horror over 10 episodes. This is definitely the most anticipated series on my list, and I have high hopes that Flanagan will do Shirley Jackson proud with this retelling of her classic horror.
From the executive producers of The Purge franchise, a franchise of which I am a big fan of, comes this new series where real people share their experience of supernatural events, with their family and friends alongside them. To add to the creepiness, the stories are told through reenactments, which I’m hoping are acted well and not done too over the top, as that is usually what ends up making or breaking these kinds of shows. Whatever the case, I already know this is definitely going to be the new show Jason and I will put on before bed.
It’s been almost 3 years since Making a Murderer first premiered, but filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are back with part 2 of this ongoing true crime story. Since part 1 ended, the pair have still been documenting the conviction and imprisonment of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who if you’re not aware, are both serving life sentences for the murder of Teresa Halbach, a local photographer who had visited Avery’s car yard back in 2005. Both men maintain their innocence, and I 100% believe Dassey was wrongly committed, as his conviction was largely based on his confession under interrogation (which was extremely infuriating and upsetting to watch in part 1). I am still on the fence if Avery really is innocent, but maybe part 2 will change that.
As much as I loved watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch with Melissa Joan Hart, I am super stoked for this much darker version without that terrible laugh track. This series follows Sabrina as she nears her 16th birthday and must choose between the witch world or the human world. Originally created as a companion piece to Riverdale, when it was in development with The CW, I’m still expecting it to have that campiness to it, but I’m hoping for a ton of creepiness to balance it out. If you didn’t know, Sabrina’s fictional town of Greendale is supposed to be close to Riverdale in the Archie Comics world. Thus, why it would definitely be cool to see a crossover between the two shows, which I believe is still possible, as Netflix and The CW do have a partnership with one another aka even more reason to continue watching my guilty pleasure that is Riverdale!
Will you be watching any of these series this month? I’d love to know!