Paranormal activity, a horror musical, Baby Yoda and the Great Pumpkin itself are your watch list this Halloween weekend. Observer Entertainment has curated the guide below to help figure out what to watch this weekend on your off-hours. The major streaming services alike are represented below, from Netflix to Hulu to Amazon, and we’ve offered recommendations for for all of them, including both new releases as well as hidden gems that may be buried between the cracks.
The list below is not comprehensive, but it is curated. Here are some of the finest offerings available to stream online or watch on TV right now.
Evil may be a CBS show, but it’s one of the best offerings currently on Netflix. Coming from the minds of The Good Wife and The Good Fight‘s producers Michelle and Robert King, it’s a supernatural mystery series focused on investigators of the paranormal played by Katja Herbers (Westworld), Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show). Watch The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.
Yes, the Halloween classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is available to watch on Hulu. Relish in the greatness of Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the bisexual alien icon of glamorously campy transvestism. The musical remains a cult classic, and is remarkably still billed as in “limited release” 45 years later. Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Hulu.
If settling into a new and unsettling film is what you’re up for this weekend, you could do a lot worse than The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss and available on HBO Max. The haunting film based on the H.G. Wells novel gets a modern update from director Leigh Whannell, and our critic Oliver Jones gave it three out of four stars in his review. Watch The Invisible Man on HBO Max.
The hands-down best show on Disney+, The Mandalorian, is finally returning with a new slate of episodes today. Whether you’re a longtime Star Wars fan, an aficionado of samurai or cowboy movies, or just a Mommalorian obsessed with the adorable Baby Yoda (aka The Child), Season 2 of this show will not be one to miss. Watch The Mandalorian on Disney+.
For a witching and wizarding time, consider the Harry Potter series, which is now available to stream for free, in full, on NBCU’s Peacock service. (The series wound up not going to Netflix after all.) Though their creator J.K. Rowling has been mired in controversies of her own making as of late, the film adaptations of her work are triumphs in and of themselves. My personal favorite is the third, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Watch the Harry Potter films for free on Peacock.
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Actor Samson Kayo had a blast alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost making Amazon’s newest show Truth Seekers, a new comedy horror series about ghost hunters and the shenanigans they get into. Expect paranormal experiences chased with offbeat British humor. Watch Truth Seekers on Amazon Prime Video.
Due to one very aggressive rights buy, this year, you will not be able to catch your favorite Charlie Brown and Peanuts holiday specials on the air waves. Instead they’ll be on Apple TV+, which is making specials like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown them available to stream for free for a limited time. The times they are a-changing. Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for free on Apple TV+.
And for a powerful documentary…
The Peabody Award-winning documentary Us Kids, which was warmly received at Sundance and SXSW and follows activists Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and others as they kick-start the March for Our Lives movement and encourage fellow young people to rise up across America. For a limited time, Alamo Virtual Drafthouse Cinema has made the film available for free. Watch Us Kids for free on Alamo Drafthouse Virtual Cinema
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