What to watch on Netflix Canada in October 2020

Our critics pick the best movies and TV shows coming to the streaming platform this month

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      We go deep into the October 2020 Netflix Canada schedule to unearth the most interesting titles. This month, we’re looking forward to the latest adaptation of Rebecca, Radha Blank’s Sundance winner, the TV version of music podcast Song Exploder, and the Vancouver-shot series The Haunting of Bly Manor.  

      What we can’t wait to watch


      Who would dare adapt Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 psychological thriller, after Alfred Hitchcock did it so memorably in his classic film? Well, Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Kill List) has tried, and from the trailer his cast seems every bit as exciting as Hitchcock’s. Armie Hammer plays the handsome widower, Maxim, Lily James his new wife, and Kristin Scott Thomas the brooding housekeeper who’s still obsessed with Maxim’s dead first wife, Rebecca. Expect gorgeous, classy thrills. October 21

      Dick Johnson Is Dead

      In her brilliant 2016 docu-memoir Cameraperson, cinematographer Kristen Johnson used her father as a reassuring presence in her busy life; this more experimental follow-up finds him in declining health, so dad and daughter embark on a project to imagine his passing in a number of different ways. Expect to laugh and weep in roughly the same amounts, and possibly even at the same time. October 2

      Song Exploder

      Hrishikesh Hirway’s popular music podcast is getting the docu-series treatment. Launched in 2014, Song Exploder delves deep into the making of songs. The series goes even further than the 20-minute podcast episodes, sitting with artists in their studios as they retell the songwriting and production stories behind their hits. The first season features grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, king of Broadway Lin-Manuel Miranda, the busiest man in hip hop Ty Dolla $ign, and Michael Stipe of rock group R.E.M. Considering the range of artists Hirway has featured on the podcast in the past—from Grimes to Fleetwood Mac to Ghostface Killah—it will be interesting to see where the show could go if picked up for another season. October 2

      The Forty-Year-Old Version

      A struggling playwright whose promising career expectations never materialized decides to become a rapper—at the ripe age of 40. Writer, director, and actor Radha Blank won best director at Sundance for this black-and-white comedy that explores the fickleness of an industry that treats creators as disposable once they’ve passed their sell-by date. Hip-hop becomes an outlet for her frustration as she reinvents herself and finds a new voice as RadhaMUSPrime (the name Blank used when she was a comedy rapper earlier on in her career). Both flippantly humorous and genuinely earnest, The Forty-Year-Old Version is an underdog story we can all get behind. October 9

      Vampires Vs. The Bronx

      “Attack The Block, but in New York City” is such a simple, perfect idea we’re amazed it took almost a decade to happen. But that’s the pitch for this horror-comedy, which finds a bunch of kids (among them Wonderstruck’s Jaden Martin and In The Heights’ Gregory Diaz IV) fending off the dual scourges of gentrification and the undead. Chris Redd, Shea Whigham, Method Man, The Kid Mero, and Sarah Gadon (!) co-star. October 2

      The Haunting Of Bly Manor

      Director Mike Flanagan knows horror. He’s helmed classy creepers like Oculus and Ouija: Origin Of Evil, and a couple of acclaimed Stephen King adaptations. His scary yet oddly moving Netflix miniseries The Haunting Of Hill House spooked us a couple of Halloweens ago. Now he’s back with another miniseries, this time filmed in Vancouver and inspired by Henry James’s much-adapted novella, The Turn Of The Screw. The material—about a nanny who takes care of two children—is endlessly fascinating. Is there a ghost? Is the nanny mad? Count on Flanagan to provide some frightening answers. October 9

      Sacha Baron Cohen (right) plays Abbie Hoffman in The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

      The Trial Of The Chicago 7

      Aaron Sorkin reimagines the counterculture lynchpin of the '60s with an all-star cast including Sacha Baron Cohen (as Abbie Hoffman!), Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and brand-new Emmy winners Jeremy Strong and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Expect period-accurate fashions and hairstyles and at least one impassioned monologue about the right to protest that just happens to be relevant to the present-day political situation. Actually, probably two or three. October 16

      Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2

      As fans of the first volume know, this reboot of the classic documentary series focusing on cold cases and paranormal phenomena should make great viewing leading up to Halloween. Even without overly serious narrator Robert Stack and cheesy recreations, there will be a lot to chew on and theorize about in these six new cases. And as always, there’s the possibility that some viewer will hold the key to finally crack open the case. October 19

      Here's a list of new titles available on Netflix Canada in September 2020 by date:


      Coming soon

      Arashi’s Diary: Voyage (episodes 13-14)

      Brave Blue World


      October 1

      Good Morning, Verônica

      Carmen Sandiego (season 3)

      Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood

      The Worst Witch (season 4)

      Cody Lyoko (seasons 1-4)

      Creeped Out (season 2)

      Kim’s Convenience (season 4)

      PAW Patrol (season 7)

      Sword Art Online: Alicization

      The 100 (season 7)

      October 2

      Song Exploder

      October 7

      Hubie Halloween

      Schitt’s Creek (season 6)

      October 9

      Deaf U

      Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Rio (season 2)

      The Haunting Of Bly Manor

      Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters

      October 12

      Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts (season 3)

      October 13

      The Cabin with Bert Kreischer

      Octonauts & The Great Barrier Reef

      October 15

      Social Distance

      October 16

      Dream Home Makeover

      Grand Army

      The Last Kids On Earth: Book 3

      La Revolution

      Someone Has To Die

      October 19

      Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2

      October 21

      My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (season 3)

      October 22

      The Alienist: Angel Of Darkness

      October 23




      The Queen’s Gambit

      October 27

      Blood Of Zeus

      Chico Bon Bon: Monkey With A Tool Belt (season 4)

      Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine

      October 30

      Somebody Feed Phil (season 4)

      Suburra (season 3)


      October 1


      All Because Of You



      Boogie Nights


      Easy Rider

      Footloose (2011)


      Insidious: Chapter 2

      Insidious: Chapter 3


      Never Back Down

      Pacific Rim




      The Silence Of The Lambs

      Starship Troopers

      The Switch

      The To Do List

      Unfriended: Dark Web

      V For Vendetta


      The Wizard Of Oz

      October 2

      A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween

      You’ve Got This

      The Binding

      Dick Johnson Is Dead

      Emily In Paris


      Serious Men

      Vampires vs. The Bronx

      October 3

      Truth Or Dare

      October 4

      David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

      October 5

      Thor: The Dark World

      October 7

      12 Monkeys

      Billy Elliot

      Elizabeth: The Golden Age

      Funny People

      Happy Gilmore

      The Jackal

      Kick-Ass 2

      Kindergarten Cop

      Knocked Up

      Les Misérables

      To The Lake

      October 9

      The Forty-Year-Old Version

      Ginny Weds Sunny

      October 13

      Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

      October 14

      BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky

      October 15

      A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting

      Love Like The Falling Rain

      Rooting For Roona

      October 16

      The Trial Of The Chicago 7

      October 20

      The Magic School Bus Rides Again: The Frizz Connection

      October 21


      October 22


      October 23

      Over The Moon

      October 27

      Guillermo Villas: Settling The Score

      October 28


      Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight

      Secrets Of The Saqqara Tomb

      October 30


      The Day Of The Lord

      His House

      Last call

      Here's a list ofTV series and movies leaving Netflix Canada this month.

      October 19

      Scary Movie

      Scary Movie 2

      Scary Movie 3

      Scary Movie 4

      Scary Movie 5

      October 31

      Back To The Future

      Back To The Future Part II

      Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

      Deadpool 2

      The Matrix