106 new movies, TV shows, albums, and books you must check out this month

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106 new movies, TV shows, albums, and books you must check out this month

It’s October, and we all know what that means: If you haven’t said the word “spooktacular” yet, it’s only a matter of time. It feels like it’s been particularly Halloween-y for a while at the box office, though, with The Nun scaring the bejesus out of millions of viewers worldwide, and Hereditary creating a polarized sensation over the summer. This month, Hollywood is doubling down on its horror offerings, with a Haunting of Hill House series on Netflix and films like Suspiria, Goosebumps 2, and a remake of the granddaddy of all seasonal slasher flicks, Halloween.


However, for anyone not seeking out scares during this candy-clotted swath of autumn, there are plenty of other emotions to embrace in entertainment. To help you separate the worthwhile from the time-wasters, Fast Company has prepared a ghoulish guide to the most promising movies, shows, albums, and books coming your way this Shocktober. (Actual ghoulishness may vary.) All treats, no tricks, and far fewer Halloween-related puns than this intro would suggest.


Movies at home





  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle, October 2
  • The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive edited by Bob Mankoff, October 2
  • Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker, October 2
  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, October 2
  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister, October 2
  • Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, October 9
  • Melmoth by Sarah Perry, October 16
  • Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents by Pete Souza, October 16
  • Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif, October 18
  • Of Love & War by Lynsey Addario, October 23
  • Nine Pints by Rose George, October 23
  • Joseph Koudelka: Returning by Joseph Koudelka, October 23
  • I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson, October 30
  • I Am Dynamite! by Sue Prideaux, October 30

[Photo Illustration: Samir Abady; Bad Times at the El Royale: Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox; A Star Is Born: Neal Preston/Warner Bros. Entertainment; Venom: courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Mary Cybulski/Twentieth Century Fox; First Man: Daniel McFadden/Universal Pictures; Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween: Daniel McFadden/Sony Pictures Entertainment; Halloween: Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures; The Hate U Give: courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox; What They Had: courtesy of Bleecker Street; The Kindergarten Teacher: courtesy of Netflix; Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Diyah Pera/Netflix; The Neighborhood: Bill Inoshita/CBS; Happy Together: Cliff Lipson/CBS; Light as a Feather: Rachael Thompson/Hulu; The Rookie: Tony Rivetti/ABC; Camping: Anne Marie Fox/HBO; Johnny English Strikes Again: courtesy of Universal Pictures; Beautiful Boy: Francois Duhamel/Amazon Studios; The Ramonoffs: Christopher Raphael/Amazon Studios; Big Mouth: courtesy of Netflix]