The Best Films & Shows to Watch on Netflix (October 29-30, 2022) – CBR – Comic Book Resources

As October 2022 comes to a close, there are plenty of streaming treats on Netflix this Halloween weekend. Here are CBR’s binge recommendations.
Halloween weekend is finally here, with plenty of tricks and treats for viewers to enjoy as they turn to Netflix for their favorite streaming selections to close out the month of October. Of course, not everything being binged this weekend has to be horror movies and television shows, with loads of new additions and departing classics available to check out on the digital platform. CBR is here with a full set of recommendations for audiences to enjoy the final weekend in October 2022, from a couple of horror thrills to more varied genre fare for those that have already been treat-or-treated to death.
Here are all the biggest and best movies and series to binge on Netflix this weekend, from the last chances to catch fan favorites leaving the streaming service imminently to new additions poised to become among the most buzzed-about programming of the year.
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One of the most universally acclaimed anti-war stories of all time is the 1928 novel All Quiet on the Western Front, written by German author Erich Maria Remarque in response to the horrors of World War I. After being adapted into a landmark film in 1930 in the United States, a German adaptation of the novel is coming as a Netflix original film. And judging by the widespread acclaim the film received from its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, the latest adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front is set to be one of the most harrowing cinematic events of the year.
Set at the height of World War I in 1917, teenager Paul Baumer lies about his age so that he can enlist alongside his friends to join the German war effort. Expecting to experience the honor and glory of being a combat soldier firsthand, Baumer is horrified when the brutal realities of trench warfare immediately become apparent. An unflinching parable about the dangers of war’s allure and the end of innocence, All Quiet on the Western Front has all the makings of an instant masterpiece.
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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is one of those directors who more than deserves the title of visionary for his engaging and immersive film and television projects. Del Toro’s latest is the Netflix original horror anthology series Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, featuring eight tales of terror to thrill audiences. Created by del Toro, who also co-wrote two stories, the series’ bloodcurdling tales are brought to life by an all-star cast.
From a routine autopsy gone horribly wrong to scary stories of witches and ghosts, Cabinet of Curiosities is an exhaustive exploration of the horror genre in its myriad of forms. Tense and filled with gruesome gore and other terrifying sights, the anthology series showcases everything from adaptations of published classics to original horror stories. For the perfect Halloween binge this weekend, Guillermo del Toro is serving up the scares as he hosts his celebration of the macabre.
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After debuting its spinoff series Human Resources earlier this year, the Netflix original animated series Big Mouth returns for its eagerly anticipated sixth season. The adult comedy follows a group of teenagers as they undergo the awkward and emotional rollercoaster of proceeding through puberty. Guiding these social misfits along on their hormonal journey is a group of grotesque monsters that help them come to terms with their burgeoning sexuality.
As the lead hormone monster, Maury, prepares to have a child with his fellow monster Connie, the human characters learn secrets about their own families. With Big Mouth Season 6 set to tie into the events of Human Resources, the raunchy animated comedy is poised to become even more ambitiously expansive. A frank and funny look at the trials and tribulations of transitioning to adulthood, Big Mouth remains as hilarious as ever six seasons deep.
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Masashi Kishimoto’s perennially popular manga/anime franchise Naruto is leaving Netflix at the end of October, making this weekend the last chance to enjoy the series in full on the platform. Telling the tale of ninjas in a traditional vision of Japan, the acclaimed anime series ran for a staggering nine seasons before coming to an end in 2017. With hundreds of episodes to stream, now is the time to sit down, strap in and watch the adventures of Naruto and his friends from beginning to end.
A mystical fox is sealed within the body of a newborn infant named Naruto Uzumaki, who begins training in ninjutsu upon reaching adolescence. Naruto’s village competes with ninjas from other villages for supremacy, with the boy forming friendships and rivalries that inform his life. One of the longest-running anime franchises, Naruto continues to hold up and grows more important in the face of its spinoff prequel series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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Not every horror-themed movie has to be filled with blood and guts that would potentially traumatize younger viewers. The Hotel Transylvania film series has taken its iconic monster archetypes and placed them in a family comedy that good-naturedly pokes fun at tropes within the genre to family-friendly success. 2015’s Hotel Transylvania 2 arrived on Netflix this past week, giving the entire family something to ring in Halloween weekend together.
Set several years after the events of the 2012 original film, Dracula’s daughter Mavis and her longtime human boyfriend Johnny have married and had a son together named Dennis. When Dracula and his monstrous friends discover that Dennis has yet to exhibit any vampiric qualities himself, the Transylvanian count is determined to make a monster out of his grandson. Doubling down on the Halloween-themed action and antics, Hotel Transylvania 2 is a solid sequel that improves upon its predecessor across the board, blending family comedy with things that go bump in the night.
Sam Stone is a 10th level pop culture guru living just outside of Washington, DC who knows an unreasonable amount about The Beatles. You can follow him on Twitter @samstoneshow and ask him about Nintendo, pop punk, and Star Trek.
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