Hulu has officially canceled Castle Rock, meaning it will unfortunately not be returning for a third season. The psychological horror series based on Stephen King's fictional Maine town, Castle Rock, is the latest in a long list of series that Hulu pulled the plug on.
Along with the changing of the leaves come the dark, chilly nights of Autumn- the perfect setting for everyone’s favorite holiday, Halloween. Face your fears with this month’s terrifying Hulu and Netflix adaptations!
We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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- A. I. Artificial Intelligence (2001 Film) – based on the short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss (October 1st Hulu)
- Beautiful Creatures (2013 Film) – based on the books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009 Film) – based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger (October 1st, Netflix)
- Total Recall (1990) – based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Phillip K. Dick (October 1st, Hulu)
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- After (2019 Film) – based on the book by Anna Todd (October 9th, Netflix)
- A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015 Film) – based on the memoir by Amos Oz (October 25th, Netflix)
- Looking For Alaska (Season 1) – based on the book by John Green (October 18th, Hulu)
- No Way Out (1987 Film) – based on the book The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing (October 1st, Hulu)
- Raging Bull (1980 Film) – based on the memoir by Jake LaMotta (October 31st, Netflix)
- Troy (2004 Film) – based on the Greek epic, Homer’s Illiad (October 1st, Netflix)
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- Trainspotting (1996 Film) – based on the book by Irvine Welsh (October 1st, Netflix)
- True Grit (1969 Film) – based on the book by Charles Portis (October 1st, Hulu)
- Winter’s Bone (2010 Film) – based on the book by Daniel Woodrell (October 1st, Hulu)
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- An American Haunting (2006 Film) – based on the book An American Haunting: The Bell Witch by Brent Monohan (October 1st, Hulu)
- Hellraiser (1987), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996) – based on the book The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker (October 1st, Hulu)
- Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990 Film) – based on the short stories Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Cat From Hell by Stephen King (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Haunting (1999 Film) – based on the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999 Film) – based on the book by Patricia Highsmith (October 1st, Hulu)
- Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000 Film) – inspired by Dracula by Bram Stoker (October 1st, Hulu)
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- Along Came a Spider (2001 Film) – based on the book by James Patterson (October 1st, Netflix)
- Castle Rock (Season 2) – inspired by the stories of Stephen King (October 23rd, Hulu)
- In The Tall Grass (2019 Film) – based on the novella by Stephen King (October 4th, Netflix)
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- Blade (1998), Blade 2 (2002), and Blade: Trinity (2004) – based on Marvel Comics’ Blade series (October 1st, Hulu)
- Cheese in the Trap (Season 1) – based on the popular Korean Web Series by Soonkki (October 1st, Netflix)
- Constantine (2005 Film) – based on the DC Comics Hellblazer Series (October 1st, Hulu)
- Ghost World (2001 Film) – based on the comic by Daniel Cowes (October 1st, Hulu)
- Men In Black (1997 Film) – based on the Marvel Comics’ Series by Lowell Cunningham (October 19th, Netflix)
- Supergirl (Season 4) – based on the DC Comics (October 1st, Netflix)
- Superman Returns (2006 Film) – based on the DC Comics (October 1st, Netflix)
- Raising Dion (2019 Premiere Film) – based on the comic book by Dennis Liu (October 4th, Netflix)
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- Kengan Ashura (Part 2) – based on the Japanese Comic written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon (October 31st, Netflix)
- Sailor Moon (Season 4) – based on the Japanese Comic written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Bravest Knight (Season 1B) – based on the children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico
- The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween (2019 Premiere Special) – based on the Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants Comic Series (October 8th, Netflix)
- Ultramarine Magmell (2019 Anime) – based on the Chinese Comic by Masaya Hokazono (October 10th, Netflix)
There are so many choices for the month of October, both for those who would rather not be spooked by their entertainment, and those seeking a thrill.
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Michael Rooker has joined Amazon’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Deadline reports.
Rooker is no stranger to the Stephen King universe. He played Sheriff Alan Pangborn in George A. Romero’s adaptation of The Dark Half in 1993, but now he’s going to be a part of the new The Dark Tower series.
For reference, this adaptation has nothing to do with the 2017 movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Don’t feel too bad for the movie though. In addition to having a 16% percent on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 4.08/10, Stephen King properties get remade and characters get recast all the time.
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In addition there’s It (1990)…
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and It (2017)…
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…and Pet Sematary (1989)…
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…and Pet Sematary (2019)…
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and by Scott Glenn in Hulu’s Castle Rock.
But back to this adaptation! It’s the origin story of gunslinger Roland Deschain and Randall Flagg aka The Man In Black.
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Michael Rooker is cast in an unknown role. We have confidence in him, given his roles as Merle Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead and Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
FanSided reports that the series is already in production and is currently filming in Croatia.
The Dark Tower is a series of eight books that follows Roland Deschain and his quest towards the Dark Tower, which is said to be the nexus of all universes. If you don’t think that’s cool, just remember the old saying: If it’s a Stephen King book, then it somehow connects to The Dark Tower.
(PS-The last book in the series is my favorite.)
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Hulu’s hit Stephen King adaptation Castle Rock is returning for a second season, this time taking inspiration for the main plot from King’s Misery. Emmy-nominated Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Masters of Sex) will take the lead.
Yes, this season Caplan will take on the role of the dangerously obsessive Annie Wilkes, a former nurse who cares for novelist Paul Sheldon after he is injured in a car crash and breaks two legs. Throughout the story, Annie is preoccupied with Sheldon’s novels featuring the character Misery Chastain. As she reads, she becomes enraged by a twist in Sheldon’s plot, and decides she will do whatever it takes to make him undo his decision.
This psychological thriller was previously adapted into a movie by Rob Reiner and earned Kathy Bates an Oscar. It also became a play by Simon Moore. In Castle Rock’s take on the story, Wilkes is a superfan suffering from mental health issues. The story could potentially follow Wilkes prior t the kidnapping of Sheldon as her mental state deteriorates. This season will also include Elise Fisher most known from her work in Eighth Grade and Despicable Me who will play Wilke’s homeschooled daughter Joy, whose concerns are growing for her mother’s mental state.
Yusra Warsama (The Last Days on Mars) will play hospital director Dr. Nadia Omar and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) will take on the role of her older brother who is building a Somali community center. In addition, Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) will portray Reginald ‘Pop’ Merrill and Garrett Hedlund will be his nephew John ‘Ace’ Merrill (Tron: Legacy, Triple Frontier) and Ace’s brother, Chris will be played by Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why). There isn’t any confirmation yet if The Sun Dog storyline will intertwine with Wilkes’ or if Merrill’s Emporium Galorium will be introduced. However, it is known that the Merrills will face tensions with the Somali community and Wilkes’ arrival in Castle Rock will definitely increase their rivalry.
The first season of Castle Rock was filled with Easter eggs and crossovers from Stephen King storylines and it appears that the second season will continue to interlock various plotlines and characters from previous King novels with the introduction of Anne Wilkes and the Merrills.
This season will arrive in late 2019 on Hulu with Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason returning as creators with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. I for one cannot wait for the second season and should probably brush up on the first season again so I can prepare myself of the twists and turns of what should be an intense and darker continuation.
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