3 Netfilx Originals for October
October on Netflix has the release of three noteworthy originals; “Beasts of No Nation” a feature film that debuts in theaters and streams on Netflix starting October 16, a new season of the horror series “Hemlock Grove” arrives on October 23, and for kids, there is “The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show,” which starts streaming on October 9.
“The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show,” is a 13-episode half-hour series is based on the ’60s four-minute shorts from animation legend Jay Ward that first aired in his “Rocky & Bullwinkle Show” from 1961 -64. In those shorts, bespectacled canine Mr. Peabody and his adopted kid compadre Sherman get into the way-back machine, “WABAC” and travel through time to meet famous historical personages. “The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show” is inspired by the original shorts and from the 2014 feature film by the same name. In the series they host a zany late-night comedy show broadcast from their swanky penthouse in front of a live studio audience where they interview historical figures. Guests from bygone eras will include Mozart, Napoleon and Edgar Allan Poe, as Mr. Peabody and Sherman embark on new adventures using their famous WABAC machine. “We loved the straight-up lampooning of historical figures,” Executive Producer Dave Smith said. “We mixed it up a lot, while retaining the comedy of the Jay Ward show.”
Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 West African war drama film based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala. The novel follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in an unnamed West African country. The film stars Idris Elba, Ama K. Abebrese, Abraham Attah, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe. It was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award.
“Hemlock Grove” is in its third season, Season1 launched in April of 2013 and Season 2 followed a year later. The show examines the strange happenings in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania. Roman Godfrey, heir to the town’s wealthy Godfrey family, befriends the town’s newcomer, Peter Rumancek. Recent brutal murders in the town have stirred up rumors, and the two work together to shed light on the case while also hiding their own dark secrets.