Streaming picks: 12 new shows and films coming to Netflix and OSN in October

From a new David Attenborough documentary to an Adam Sandler movie

October is just around the corner, and with a new month comes a fresh batch of TV shows and films across the many streaming platforms available in the UAE. Here, we detail what you'll find on Netflix and on OSN's streaming app.

Naturally, with Halloween to celebrate, there are plenty of horror flicks and true crime shows, but it's not limited to ghoulish content as there are also Hollywood movies and a major nature documentary by David Attenborough to look forward to.

1. 'Vampires vs the Bronx' 

UAE release date: Friday, October 2, on Netflix

Stars: Jaden Michael, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon

A group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighbourhood from a band of vampires.

2. 'Warrior', season two

UAE release date: Saturday, October 3, on OSN Streaming

Stars: Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin

Competing Chinese tongs, the Hop Wei and the Long Zii, continue their intense rivalry amidst increased anti-Chinese racism that is bringing San Francisco's Chinatown and the surrounding neighbourhoods to a boil. As the two tongs fight for dominance, both face numerous outside threats. The show is back for a second season.

3. 'David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet' 

UAE release date: Sunday, October 4, on Netflix

Stars: David Attenborough

Produced by award-winning wildlife filmmakers Silverback Films and global environmental organisation WWF, this documentary tells the story of life on our planet from the perspective of the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other. Attenborough, 94, has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder.

Addressing the biggest challenges facing life on Earth, the film offers a powerful message of hope for future generations.

4. 'Hubie Halloween' 

UAE release date: Wednesday, October 7, on Netflix

Stars: Adam Sandler, Julie Bowen, Steve Buscemi

Hubie Dubois (Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play by the rules. But this year, an escaped criminal and a mysterious new neighbour have Hubie on high alert. When people start disappearing, it’s up to Hubie to convince the police and townsfolk that the monsters are real.

5. 'A Simple Favour'

UAE release date: Friday, October 9, on OSN Streaming

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

A crime comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, directed by Paul Feig. Mummy vlogger Stephanie (Kendrick) joins her friend Emily’s (Lively) husband, Sean (Golding), to investigate her sudden disappearance from their small town.

6. 'Peppermint'

UAE release date: Saturday, October 10, on OSN Streaming

Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr, John Ortiz

A vigilante film in which a grieving mother transforms herself following the murders of her husband and daughter, eluding the authorities to deliver her own personal brand of justice.

7. 'Killerman'

UAE release date: Thursday, October 15, on OSN Streaming

Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero

A New York City money launderer desperately searches for answers after waking up with no memory and millions in stolen cash and narcotics. Add to the mix a crew of dirty cops hunting him down and you have an action-packed film.

8. 'Ben is Back'

UAE release date: Friday, October 16, on OSN Streaming

Stars: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B Vance

A 2018 movie about 19-year-old Ben Burns (Hedges), who unexpectedly returns to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly (Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean, and she does everything in her power to keep him safe.

9. 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'

UAE release: Friday, October 16, on Netflix

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen

This is a fresh Aaron Sorkin film about the story of seven people on trial, stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organisers of the protest – including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale – were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in American history.

10. 'Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2'

UAE release date: Monday, October 19, on Netflix

Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2

The first batch of Unsolved Mysteries fascinated people around the world upon its release in July, now Netflix has six new episodes to release. The new Unsolved Mysteries series profiles more unexplained disappearances, tragic events and bizarre occurrences.

11. 'Rebecca'

UAE release: Wednesday, October 21, on Netflix

Starring: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Keeley Hawes, Kristin Scott Thomas

Rebecca: (L to R) Lily James as Mrs. de Winter, Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs. Danvers. Cr. KERRY BROWN/NETFLIX

Anyone who has read the 1938 Gothic novel by Daphne du Maurier will be rushing to stream the film adaption of Rebecca the day it lands on the site. It stars James as Mrs de Winter, a young woman who marries a wealthy widower, Maxim de Winter (Hammer).

She quickly finds that she is living in the shadow of his first wife, the titular Rebecca. Rebecca has been adapted a number of times, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock in a 1940 movie version, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture; the film starred Joan Fontaine as Mrs de Winter and Laurence Olivier as Maxim.

12. 'The Queen's Gambit'

UAE release: Friday, October 23, on Netflix

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, this new series is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilisers provided by the state as a sedative for the children.

Haunted by her personal demons and fuelled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.