We’re deep in the throes of autumn, with its brisk weather and its wafting smells of pumpkin spice and candy corn – it’s a good time to catch up on the most popular streaming services, sometimes, they even intersect with the franchises we feature!
We want to give you a round-up regularly of some of the best you can stream to compliment your loot before it arrives, and these titles, featured across Loot Crate, Loot Crate DX and Loot Wear for October’s CURSED theme should get you in the mood!
American Horror Story
Well this is something we don’t get the luxury of saying all that often: In the case of Ryan Murphy’s gleefully morbid horror-anthology hit, you are covered this month on both Netflix and Hulu! All seven of the previous seasons, from Murder House up through last year’s Cult, are available to stream on both of the major platforms. For folks who dig the item in October’s Loot Crate, it’s from the Lady Gaga-headliner Hotel (Season 5)! (BTW if you want to get caught up with the current season Apocalypse, you can you’ll have to purchase a season pass on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, etc.)
If you’re jonesin’ for a groovy time with the king of undead warriors, Bruce Campbell, you’ll have to dig a little deeper this month; the original Evil Dead is available if you purchase the Shudder horror subscription through Amazon Prime or another provider. Meanwhile, same goes for Evil Dead 2 (featured in our crate!) if you are signed up for STARZ – and the bonus there is that you’ll also have access to the cable network’s excellent albeit short-lived series Ash vs. Evil Dead! (Ah, Brucio, it was great having you back while it lasted…)
Pickings are slimmer, too, if you’re hoping to get your Mogwai on this month: Sadly, none of the major platforms have either Gremlins flick available as part of the standard package. You can, of course, rent them for a small fee on Amazon or other VOD platforms – and if you’re going to do that, we highly recommend giving Gremlins 2: The New Batch another look. It’s definitely not the original, but it’s underrated as heck and a lot of fun in its own right.
Attack on Titan
Your options for catching up with this smash-hit anime creature feature are pretty great; for a glimpse at what all your friends (even the ones who aren’t anime buffs) are raving about, catch Attack on Titan on Hulu where all three seasons are currently available. If you’ve only got Netflix, they’ve got Season 1 but not the rest (yet.) Of course, if you are an anime buff, you probably also have a Funimation subscription and the show is available in its entirety there, too!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, there are few movies we’re looking forward to more in 2019 than IT: Chapter 2. (Bill Hader as adult Ritchie, guys? CASTING PERFECTION.) While you await your Loot Crate DX and that anticipated sequel, those with HBO Go/Now access can watch the excellent IT: Chapter 1 as many times as you can handle Bill Skarsgaard pulling the freakiest faces. (Also if you’re a fan of the 1990 IT miniseries starring Tim Curry – we are! – you can rent that on Amazon Prime.)
Before you know it, we’ll be about to turn the corner from the heart of fall into the snowdrifts of winter, which is prime Tim Burton season; sadly, there aren’t many options to watch Edward Scissorhands get his sharp mitts on some topiaries and snow angels. It’s currently absent from the major streaming services, but if you have that STARZ subscription we mentioned before, it’s available to stream! (Also to rent through most VOD platforms).
We’re just sayin’, it’s a GREAT month to be a STARZ subscriber. 😉 If you haven’t seen the 2017 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-led reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle yet – and you should, because it is spectacularly good fun – STARZ has got it. What it doesn’t have, sadly, is the Robin Williams-starring original that is such a beloved 1990s kids’ flick and would make for a brilliant double-feature with its successor; you can rent 1995’s Jumanji from Amazon Prime, though. Also – did you forget that there was Jumanji animated series that ran for three seasons on UPN in the late 90’s? We totally did, but Hulu‘s got it if you wanna check it out!
So depending on your taste – Johnny Blaze or Robbie Reyes, who’s your fave Ghost Rider?! – you have different options for fiery glory this month. If you are hyped for more Nic Cage (and if you saw Mandy in theatres recently, you probably are), the Ghost Rider feature film and its sequel can be rented on Amazon Prime. Meanwhile, we’re still amazed that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brought on Robbie Reyes’s Ghost Rider for Season 4 in a melding of Marvel styles that didn’t seem to make sense right away, but man it was perfection – you can catch all of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to date on Netflix! (Presently Hulu only has the Season 5 finale, and probably will until Season 6 drops in the summer of 2019).
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Yep, Sunnydale’s finest is back for more fashion fabulousness in Loot Wear this month, and as always there’s really only a one-stop shop for all things Buffy: The Vampire Slayer the series, and it’s Hulu. All seven seasons of Buffy, Spike, Xander, Giles, Willow – this time of year we’re really digging Dark Willow! – and the rest are available to stream there to your undead heart’s content. Although… yep, we’re going to circle back to STARZ again! Because if you want to check out the 1992 Kristy Swanson-starring Buffy feature that started it all, they’ve got it.