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What’s new on Hulu: October 2020’s best new Hulu Originals, movies, and shows

Hulu's October originals include 'Helstrom' and 'Bad Hair.'

Oct 14, 2020, 1:23 pm*

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Audra Schroeder 

Audra Schroeder

  • Hulu Originals: Bad Hair, Books of Blood, Helstrom
  • Movies: Blade, Interview With the Vampire, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  • Shows: Supermarket Sweep
  • Full list of October 2020 movies and shows

Best new Hulu Originals: October 2020

Books of Blood

Debuts Oct. 7

This film-length adaptation of Clive Barker’s titular novels is the latest revival of his work. Stories from Books of Blood have previously been adapted for TV (Tales From the Darkside) and film (Candyman), and in addition to drawing from the story “The Book of Blood,” Hulu’s film presents two new stories, which Barker helped create.

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Helstrom

Debuts Oct. 16

Hulu’s Marvel catalog gets another chapter with Helstrom, and a bloody one at that. The series follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a serial killer, who join forces to fight evil and save souls.

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Bad Hair

Debuts Oct. 23

Dear White People‘s Justin Simien wrote and directed this thriller satire set in 1989, which follows a woman (Elle Lorraine) trying to make it in the competitive world of music TV. She gets a weave, her career takes off, and the terror soon follows. Lena Waithe, Jay Pharoah, Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, and James Van Der Beek also star.

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Best new movies on Hulu: October 2020

Interview with the Vampire

Available Oct. 1

The 1994 movie adaptation of Anne Rice’s vampire novel cast Tom Cruise as Lestat, a charming vampire who kills with gusto. Brad Pitt stars as Louis, a lost soul whom Lestat turned immortal and who has agreed to a present-day interview with a journalist (Christian Slater). Louis recounts the blood feasts and erotic adventures, but the film also conveys the eternal sadness of being a vampire.

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Blade

Available Oct. 1

A remake of this 1998 classic is in the works, but Wesley Snipes’ half-human, vampire-slaying vigilante is still iconic.

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Available Oct. 1

The third film in the Mad Max franchise upped the apocalyptic stakes by adding in Tina Turner and even more desert chaos. It also provided the launching pad for 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Best new shows on Hulu: October 2020

Supermarket Sweep

Debuts Oct. 19

Supermarket Sweep is a quintessentially ’90s game show, but pandemic panic-shopping has really put things in perspective. So of course a reboot, hosted by Leslie Jones, is just what we need right now. The show airs Sundays on ABC, and the day after on Hulu.

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Best recent releases on Hulu: Editors’ picks

Palm Springs

In some ways, Palm Springs is a very familiar story. But once we become used with the concept itself, Palm Springs becomes much more than yet another Groundhog Day. With keen writing and humor pushing the boundaries of the genre, the uniquely hellish location for its infinite time loop, and the utter charm of its two leads, Palm Springs is fresh, earnest, and delightfully clever. —Michelle Jaworski

Andy Samberg in Palm Springs
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PEN15 season 2

When PEN15 debuted in early 2019, anyone in middle or high school circa the year 2000 felt the pangs of familiarity and recognition. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle created adolescent characters relatable in both the quiet and loud moments, in that age of perpetual eye-roll. PEN15’s second season heightens even more.

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The Great

There’s something relaxing about a historical drama that signposts its anachronistic approach straight out of the gate. Hulu’s The Great follows Catherine the Great’s rise to power, an ostentatious royal satire with little interest in accuracy.

It’s a trope-y reinterpretation of a story that was already fascinating in real life, drawing obvious stylistic comparisons to The Favourite—which was co-written by The Great’s showrunner Tony McNamara. —G.B.W. 

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October 2020 new movies on Hulu

Available Oct. 1

  • 31 (2016)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Across The Line (2015)
  • After Life (2010)
  • Anti-Trust (2001)
  • Blade (1998)
  • Blade 2 (2002)
  • Blade: Trinity (2004)
  • Blood Ties (2014)
  • Blue City (1986)
  • The Curse Of Downers Grove (2015)
  • Deep Blue Sea (1999)
  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2011)
  • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
  • Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
  • The Executioners (2018)
  • The Express (2008)
  • The Eye (2008)
  • Fallen (1998)
  • Girls Against Boys (2013)
  • Good Hair (2009)
  • Guess Who (2005)
  • Hostel (2006)
  • Hostel: Part II (2007)
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  • The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
  • Interview With the Vampire (1994)
  • Joe (2014)
  • Judy & Punch (2019)
  • Kicking & Screaming (2005)
  • Killers (2010)
  • Lady in a Cage (1964)
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  • Martyrs (2016)
  • Mud (2013)
  • Nurse 3D (2014)
  • The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (2012)
  • The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
  • The Quiet Ones (2014)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • The Sandman (2018)
  • Senorita Justice (2004)
  • Sk8 Dawg (2018)
  • The Skull (1965)
  • Snakes On A Plane (2006)
  • Spaceballs (1987)
  • Species (1995)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • Thanks for Sharing (2013)
  • Tooth Fairy (2008)
  • Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
  • Vampire (2011)
  • Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
  • When A Stranger Calls (2006)
  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  • Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015)

Available Oct. 3

  • Ma Ma (2015)

Available Oct. 7

  • Books of Blood

Available Oct. 8

  • Scream 4 (2011)

Available Oct. 9

  • Terminator: Dark Fate (2020)

Available Oct. 11

  • Infamous (2020)
  • Savage Youth (2018)
  • Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018)

Available Oct. 12

  • The Swing Of Things (2020)

Available Oct. 15

  • Bad Roomies (2015)
  • High Strung (2016)
  • It Came from the Desert (2017)
  • Playing with Fire (2019)
  • The Escort (2016)

Available Oct. 16

  • The Painted Bird (2019)

Available Oct. 18

  • Friend Request (2016)

Available Oct. 21

  • Cyrano, My Love (2019)

Available Oct. 23

  • Bad Hair

 Available Oct. 26

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)

Available Oct. 29

  • Bad Therapy (2020)

 

October 2020 new shows on Hulu

Available Oct. 1

  • 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days: Complete Season 4 (TLC)
  • 90 Day Fiancé: Complete Season 7 (TLC)
  • All-Star Halloween Spectacular: Special (Food Network)
  • Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern: Complete Seasons 9 & 10 (Travel Channel)
  • Bride Killa: Complete Season 1 (ID)
  • Cutthroat Kitchen: Complete Season 13 (Food Network)
  • Dr. Pimple Popper: Complete Season 4 (TLC)
  • Going for Sold: Complete Season 1 (HGTV)
  • Guy’s Grocery Games: Complete Seasons 18–20 (Food Network)
  • Halloween Baking Championship: Complete Seasons 1 – 4 (Food Network)
  • Halloween Wars: Complete Seasons 3–8 (Food Network)
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Complete Season 18 (ITV)
  • Homicide City: Charlotte: Complete Season 1 (ID)
  • Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda: Complete Season 9 (ID)
  • Man with a Van: Complete Season 1 (ID)
  • Moonshiners: Master Distiller: Complete Season 1 (Discovery)
  • Murder Comes Home: Complete Season 1 (ID)
  • My 600-lb Life: Complete Season 8 (TLC)
  • My Feet Are Killing Me: Complete Season 1 (TLC)
  • Property Virgins: Complete Season 18 (HGTV)
  • Supermarket Stakeout: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
  • Sweet 15: Quinceañera: Complete Season 1 (TLC)
  • The Flay List: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
  • Twisted Love: Complete Season 1 (ID)

Available Oct. 2

  • Monsterland (Hulu original)
  • Connecting: Series Premiere (NBC)

Available Oct. 4

  • Saturday Night Live: Season 46 Premiere (NBC)

Available Oct. 5

  • Dragon Ball Super: New Episodes 1 – 131 (DUBBED) (Toei)

Available Oct. 7

  • Ellen’s Game of Games: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)
  • Next: Series Premiere (FOX)

Available Oct. 14

  • The Bachelorette: Season 16 Premiere (ABC)
  • The Purge: Complete Season 2 (USA)
  • Treadstone: Complete Season 1 (USA)

Available Oct. 16

  • Helstrom (Hulu original)

Available Oct. 17

  • Shark Tank: Season 12 Premiere (ABC)
  • Momma Named Me Sheriff: Complete Season 1 (Adult Swim)
  • Mr. Pickles: Finale Episode (Adult Swim)

Available Oct. 19

  • America’s Funniest Home Videos: Season 31 Premiere (ABC)
  • Card Sharks: Series Premiere (ABC)
  • Supermarket Sweep: Series Premiere (ABC)
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)

Available Oct. 20

  • The Voice: Season 19 Premiere (NBC)
  • F*ck That’s Delicious: Complete Season 4 (Vice)

Available Oct. 22

  • Black-ish: Season 7 Premiere (ABC)
  • The Conners: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
  • The Goldbergs: Season 8 Premiere (ABC)

Available Oct. 23

  • Superstore: Season 6 Premiere (NBC)

Available Oct. 26

  • Homeland: Complete Season 8 (Showtime)

Available Oct. 29

  • American Housewife: Season 5 Premiere (ABC)

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*First Published: Sep 23, 2020, 5:05 pm