Amazon Prime Video has an exciting line-up for you this month. Here’s a list of what’s new on the platform and some older hidden gems.
Bingo Hell (October 1)
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, the horror-thriller revolves around a group of elderly friends who refuse to be gentrified. Held together as a tight-knit community by their leader, they discover that their much-loved Bingo Hall now belongs to something inexplicable and horrifying.
Black as Night (October 1)
An introverted, young girl spends the summer of her lifetime solving a case and serves revenge to a gang of vampires who had attacked her. Even as everyone around her refuses to believe her, she takes it upon herself to battle the vampires, along with her best friend, her biggest teenage crush and an affluent oddball.
Bhramam (October 7)
Prithviraj Saikumar stars as an ace pianist in the Malayalam-language remake of Andhadhun. He pretends to be blind to fulfil his ambitions, but his life takes a turn for the worse after he unknowingly witnesses the murder of a famous yesteryear celebrity. Directed by Ravi K Chandran, the star cast includes Unni Mukundan, Mamta Mohandas and Raashi Khanna.
The Manor (October 8)
Written and directed by Axelle Carolyn, the story is about a woman who decides to move to a nursing home after suffering a stroke. In her stay there, she realises that something paranormal is targeting the residents. In order to find her way out and save herself, she now must prove that she doesn’t belong to the hospital.
Madres (October 8)
In the 1970s, after a Mexican-American couple expecting their first child move to a small farming community in California, the woman starts experiencing scary, vivid visions. When these visions turn into symptoms, she sets out to determine their cause – is this all a part of a curse, the hidden truth of past residents or something evil?
Justin Bieber: Our World (October 8)
Michael D. Ratner’s documentary follows Justin Bieber’s life as he prepared for his first full concert in three years, his New Year’s Eve show in 2020, which was livestreamed all across the world.
Udanpirappe (October 14)
Starring Jyotika – in her 50th film – alongside M. Sasikumar and Samuthirakani in prominent roles, the Tamil-language family drama is the story of sibling love and the relationships that surround them. Directed by Era. Saravanan, the film is produced by Suriya and Jyotika’s 2D Entertainment.
I Know What You Did Last Summer: Season 1 (October 15)
A modern-day take on the 1973 novel of the same name written by Lois Duncan and the 1997 film, the teen horror series follows a group of friends stalked by a stone-cold murderer a year after they had met with a horrific accident on their graduation night. The series stars Madison Iseman, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman and Ashley Moore, among others.
G.E.O. Más Allá del Límite: Season 1 (October 15)
A documentary series giving an inside peek into the entrance exams of one of the most prestigious police forces in the world – the GEO or the Special Group Of Operations, the police tactical unit of the National Police Corps in Spain.
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie: Season 2D (October 15)
The animated children’s adventure comedy series is based on the 1985 book series of the same name by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Voiced by Roger Craig Smith, Lara Jill Miller, Jeff Bennett and Jessica DiCicco, among others, the series revolves around the many adventures of its main characters – Mouse, Pig, Moose, Dog and Cat, along with many other humans.
Sardar Udham (October 16)
Shoojit Sircar’s biopic on the revolutionary freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh stars Vicky Kaushal in the titular role, alongside Banita Sandhu, Shaun Scott, Stephen Hogan and Kirsty Averton. The film traces the life of Singh, who after getting deeply impacted by the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, decides to elaborately plot a sign of protest by assassinating Michael O’Dwyer – Punjab’s Lieutenant Governor at the time of the massacre – in London, two decades later.
Maradona: Sueno Bendito: Season 1 (October 29)
Directed by Alejandro Aimetta, the 10-episode biographical drama series is based on the early life and celebrated career of the late Argentinean football icon, Diego Maradona. It stars Juan Palomino, Nazareno Casero, Nicolás Goldschmidt, Julieta Cardinali, Laura Esquivel and Mercedes Morán, among others, in pivotal roles.
Fairfax: Season 1 (October 29)
An adult animated comedy series centering on four friends from middle school and their quest for fame on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles – an iconic street known for its hypebeast culture. Created and executive produced by Matthew Hausfater, Aaron Buchsbaum and Teddy Riley, the series stars Pamela Adlon, Jeff Bottoms and Yvette Nicole Brown, among others.
Young Sheldon: Season 5 (October 8)
The spin-off of The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon returns for its latest season, continuing to explore Sheldon Cooper’s childhood. After a major cliffhanger in Season 4, what exactly happens with Sheldon’s father, George Cooper? How do dynamics change in the Cooper household in the aftermath of a major fight between Sheldon’s parents and George’s subsequent flirting with their neighbour?
Kids In The Hall: Season 1-5 (October 8)
A series featuring a sketch comedy troupe of five male actors portraying almost all characters by themselves – male and female. The leads include comedians Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson.
Fear The Walking Dead: Season 7 (October 12)
The post-apocalyptic horror drama – a prequel of The Walking Dead – returns for a seventh season as Morgan Jones (Lennie James), along with fellow survivors, continues to try and adapt to a dark world with zombies – that too in the aftermath of betrayals and a nuclear blast.
The Green Knight (October 15)
The medieval fantasy film, written and directed by David Lowery, is based on the 14th century poem, Sir Gawain And The Green Knight. Dev Patel stars as Sir Gawain, the nephew of King Arthur, who embarks on the journey of confronting the Green Knight, a mysterious giant who had once challenged the court to hit him, only to receive a similar blow in return a year on. Gawain, who had volunteered to do so, must now face the consequences.
This Is Us: Season 5 (October 28)
The series follows the life of the Pearson family, as the members battle their personal and professional lives, and evolve in an ever-changing world, across timespans. Created by Dan Fogelman, the Emmy-nominated series stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz as the central characters.
From The Archive:
A biographical psychological drama based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, the film’s star cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Noah Taylor. It revolves around the celebrated musician’s traumatic childhood and dysfunctional relationship with his abusive father, which leads him to suffer a mental breakdown in his adulthood, followed by several years spent in recovery. Rush won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the pianist.
Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Martin Dennis, the four-season British sitcom revolves around a group of six friends in their 30s, focusing on their friendships, relationships, adventures and misadventures in their quest for finding love. They talk about their experiences, sometimes about the same incidents, but through their own perspectives in different terms.
The Wailing (2016)
The South Korean horror film is based in a small village where a mysterious illness starts to spread after the arrival of a stranger. A policeman must solve the mystery of its origins in a bid to save his daughter. Directed by Na Hong-jin, it stars Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee and Kim Hwan-hee, among others. The film was both a critical and commercial success, and was screened in the Out of Competition section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, receiving unanimous praise.
One Child Nation (2019)
A documentary film directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang that traces the history, impact and eventual fallout of China’s one-child policy. It attempts to depict how the social experiment, lasting between 1979 to 2015, affected several generations of parents and children. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, where it received the US Grand Jury Prize: Documentary award. It was also nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary.
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