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8 thrilling sci-fi movies and shows new on HBO Max and Netflix in October 2022

All the streaming sci-fi you need to watch ASAP.

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8. District 9

October 1 (HBO Max)

Not the kind of sci-fi to watch if you’re just looking for a good time, District 9 is a harrowing apartheid allegory that’s as heartbreaking as it sounds. If you’re up for the heavy subject matter, it’s an excellent sci-fi drama you should see at least once.

Sony Pictures
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

October 1 (Netflix)

Everyone’s favorite irradiated reptiles return to Netflix this month. All three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies from the ‘90s are streaming again, along with the significantly less fun 2014 reboot.

New Line Cinema
6. Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler

October 6 (HBO Max)

The latest season of Pennyworth premieres on HBO Max, and it’s debuting a ludicrous new subtitle. Season 3 moves the show from the ‘60s to the ‘70s, with former soldier Pennyworth still working for Bruce Wayne’s parents well before the birth of their Bat-baby.

5. Glitch

October 7 (Netflix)

Korean comedy thriller Glitch follows Hong Ji-hyo as she hunts for her boyfriend, who was apparently abducted by aliens. To find him, she seeks out the help of local UFO enthusiasts and stumbles on a massive conspiracy.

4. Tiger & Bunny 2

October 7 (Netflix)

It took 10 years for the hit anime Tiger & Bunny to get a second season, which premiered in April 2021. Now this superhero-mecha hybrid is finally streaming. The first season is already on Netflix if you want to catch up before the new episodes arrive.

3. Dracula Untold

October 16 (Netflix)

Dracula Untold is the Dracula retelling no one asked for, turning the famous bloodsucker into an ersatz superhero. It’s an odd choice that doesn’t really work, but its impressive action scenes and some inspired visuals make it a fun watch nonetheless.

Universal Pictures
2. Pokémon Ultimate Journeys

October 21 (Netflix)

Pokémon Ultimate Journeys, the 25th season of the Pokémon anime series, makes its U.S. debut this October. The first 12 episodes will hit Netflix on the 21st, with additional episodes coming throughout 2023.

The Pokémon Company
1. Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

October 25 (Netflix)

This horror anthology from the director of Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and The Shape of Water debuts this month. It’s set to have eight episodes, each by a different director exploring all things spooky.


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