Gary Carr and Chloë Grace Moretz, The Peripheral

Amazon Studios

Sure you’ve heard of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, but have you heard of The Lordess of the VR Rig: The VR Rig of Awesomeness? Probably not, because it’s actually called The Peripheral, Amazon Prime Video’s new sci-fi series that premieres on Oct. 21. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as a woman playing around in virtual reality when she realizes the place she’s visiting online is actually a future London and she’s caught up in a conspiracy. It’s a very Westworld-y concept — right down to Moretz’s alternate Dolores Abernathy clothes (see above) — and counts Westworld‘s Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy among its executive producers. It’s the next big series to come out this month, but it’s not the only one! 

Below you’ll find our picks for the best shows and movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video in October, as well as the full list of everything coming to Prime Video and Freevee, the free service that’s accessible through Prime Video but doesn’t require Prime membership. 

The Best New Movies and Shows on Prime Video in October

Railey and Seazynn Gilliland, High School

Railey and Seazynn Gilliland, High School

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Catherine Called Birdy (Oct. 7, Prime Video)

Did you get word from the raven? Period pieces no longer have to be stuffy, boring slogs, and can now feature today’s pop hits and Gen Z lingo while still putting their main characters in elaborate gowns and powdered wigs. Lena Dunham takes her turn unstuffing the old times with this film about a young lady (Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsey) in 1290 England whose parents wish to marry her off in order to regain some medieval clout, so she schemes to sabotage their plans. She’s precocious, see? Billie Piper and Andrew Scott, both always delightful, also star. [Trailer]

The Northman (Oct. 11, Prime Video)

Robert Eggers’ delightfully violent film set in Viking society was previously only streaming on Peacock, but whatever deals that were needed to bring it to Prime Video were dealt, and that’s good news for you because The Northman is totally radical. Modern-day Viking Alexander Skarsgård stars as a prince out to avenge the death of his father, and he does so with both incredible patience and brutality. Eggers is one of the best filmmakers working today, and The Northman is another fine addition to his collection. [Trailer]

High School (Oct. 14, Freevee)

Indie rockers and LGBTQ icons Tegan and Sara teamed up with actress/director Clea DuVall for this coming-of-age high school story about twin sisters growing up in Calgary, Alberta in the mid-1990s. It also happens to be really, really good. With roots in classic high school shows of yesteryear like My So-Called Life and an authentic look at an age and era, High School covers the ups and downs of fitting in, coming out, and getting high. And the soundtrack is rad. [Trailer]

The Peripheral (Oct. 21, Prime Video)

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in this sci-fi series about a young American woman who makes a living leveling up the characters of rich people in VR games. She dons a virtual reality headset that transports her to another world, only this world is anything but virtual. Based on a William Gibson story, the effects-heavy The Peripheral sees Moretz’s character try to figure out why there’s a bridge between a world 70 years in the future in London and hers. [Trailer

Run Sweetheart Run (Oct. 28, Prime Video)

This Blumhouse production arrives just in time for your annual binge of scary films to get you in the mood for Halloween, but this one is more real-world scary. A team of women, including writer-director Shana Feste and star Ella Balinska, crafted this harrowing tale of a business dinner with a charming client that goes terribly wrong. Like he may be a literal monster wrong.

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Everything Coming to Prime Video in October

Oct. 1
12 Dates of Christmas (2011)
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
7 Days to Vegas (2019)
A Christmas in Vermont (2016)
A Christmas Solo (2017)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Ace the Case: Manhattan Mystery (2016)
Advantageous (2015)
Another Time (2018)
Audrey Rose (1977)
Baby Boom (1987)
Babymoon (2017)
Beat Street (1984)
Big House (2020)
Bloodrunners (2017)
Bridesmaids (2011)
Bridge and Tunnel (2014)
Buddymoon (2016)
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Christmas Crime Story (2016)
Colewell (2019)
Colors of Heaven (2017)
Cosmos (2019)
Cyrus (2010)
Dark Crimes (2018)
Daylight Savings (2012)
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
End of Sentence (2019)
Falcon Song (2014)
Fire in the Sky (1993)
For Colored Girls (2010)
Get Shorty (1995)
Going to Brazil (2017)
Hackers (1995)
Hal King (2021)
Hannibal (2001)
Hearts and Bones (2019)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Hellbenders (2013)
Hickey (2016)
High-Rise (2016)
Hit by Lightning (2014)
Hondo (1953)
Hostel (2006)
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Just Married (2003)
Land of the Lost (2009)
Last Holiday (2006)
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Leaving Las Vegas (1996)
Love Dot Com (2019)
Magnum Opus (2017)
Mags and Julie Go on a Road Trip (2020)
Man on Fire (2004)
Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017)
Murder Bury Win (2020)
My Bloody Valentine (2009)
My True Fairytale (2021)
No Alternative (2018)
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot (2015)
Panic (2000)
Patriot Games (1992)
Piranha 3D (2010)
Ryde (2017)
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
Seabiscuit (2003)
Shane (1953)
Shanghai Knights (2003)
Shutter Island (2010)
Shuttlecock (2020)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Social Animals (2018)
Source Code (2011)
Summer Rental (1985)
Support the Girls (2018)
Swing Vote (2008)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Teen Wolf Too (1987)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Devil Inside (2012)
The Dictator (2012)
The Divorce Party (2019)
The Dustwalker (2020)
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
The Harimaya Bridge (2010)
The Hot Chick (2002)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1996)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
The Unraveling (2015)
The Woman in Red (1984)
Two for Joy (2018)
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion – The Play (2002)
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
Up in the Air (2009)
Valentin (2004)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Venus and Serena (2013)
Vice (2015)
Vincent and Theo (1990)
Visioneers (2009)
Wall Street (1987)
Water in a Broken Glass (2020)
Winchester (2018)
Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling (2009)
You’re in Charge (2013)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Oct. 6
Bring It On, Ghost (2016)

Oct. 7
Catherine Called Birdy (2022)

Oct. 9
Noah (2014)

Oct. 11
Family Camp (2022)
The Northman (2022)

Oct. 19
May I Help You (2022)

Oct. 20
Torn Hearts (2022)
American Horror Story S10 (2021)

Oct. 21
Modern Love Tokyo (2022)
The Peripheral (2022)
Argentina, 1985 (2022)

Oct. 22
Hush Hush (2022)

Oct. 24
Blacklight (2022)

Oct. 29
The Devil’s Hour (2022)
Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)
Run Sweetheart Run (2022)

Oct. 31
Unhuman (2022)

Everything Coming to Freevee in October

Oct. 1
Are We Done Yet? (2007)
Ashby (2015)
Cape Fear (1991)
Case 39 (2009)
Casino (1995)
Child’s Play (2019)
Death Race (2008)
Death Race 2 (2010)
Death Race 3 (2013)
Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy (2018)
Don Jon (2013)
Earth to Echo (2014)
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Failure to Launch (2006)
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Horrible Bosses (2011)
In Bruges (2008)
Love, Rosie (2014)
Men, Women & Children (2014)
Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol (2011)
Monster House (2006)
Monster Trucks (2016)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Oculus (2013)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Rough Night (2017)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
The Expendables (2010)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
The Family (2013)
The King’s Daughter (2022)
The Kingdom (2007)
The Perfect Holiday (2007)
The Prodigy (2019)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Zoolander (2001)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
The Suze Orman Show (2008-2010)
Motive S1-4 (2013)

Oct. 5
Young Rock S2 (2021)

Oct. 14
High School S1 (2022)

Oct. 16
Warm Bodies (2013)

Oct. 31
UNINTERRUPTED’s Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers S3 (2022)

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