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HEMLOCK GROVE: SEASON 3 (Netflix)
Just in time for Halloween, the supernatural drama gets resurrected for its third and final season of 10 episodes. Exec-produced by horrormeister Eli Roth, Hemlock Grove concerns the dastardly doings in the fictional titular Pennsylvania town, home to werewolves and vampires and monsters… oh my! Ex-X Men star Famke Janssen plays the head of the seemingly sinister Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies while Desperate Housewives vet Dougray Scott co-stars as her dead husband’s brother, the chief psychiatrist at Hemlock Acres Hospital. And with a name like Hemlock, you know it can’t be good for you.
MANSON FAMILY VACATION (Netflix)
Just when you thought it was safe to go on the road again, here comes this disturbing comedy about a 40-year-old drifter (Linas Phillips) who takes his straight-laced L.A. lawyer brother (mumblecore auteur Jay Duplass) on a whirlwind trip to see all the sites made infamous by Charles Manson and his “family.” When Tobin Bell—aka Jigsaw from the Saw movies—shows up as a modern-day Mansonite, you know you’re a long way from National Lampoon’s Vacation.
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Amazon)
The entire 10-episode first season of Amazon’s adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate-history drmaa doesn’t drop until Nov. 20, but the streaming service has made the first two hours available to Prime members for a limited time only. Executive-produced by Ridley Scott (The Martin) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), the drama posits what would have happened to America if Hitler had won World War II. Familiar faces in the cast include Clash of the Titans’ Alexa Davalos as a martial-arts expert living in Japanese-controlled San Francisco, Eleventh Hour’s Rufus Sewell as a ruthless Nazi trying to crush a rebellion in NYC and Road Trip’s DJ Qualls as a Frisco factory worker. And who is the Man in the High Castle? You’ll have to stay tuned…er, keep streaming to find out.
WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS SHORT FILM COLLECTION (Netflix)
Twelve of the Mouse House’s most beloved shorts are gathered in this compendium, including the Frozen and Tangled mini-sequels Frozen Fever and Tangled Ever After, the Academy Award-winning Paperman (originally shown with Wreck-It Ralph) and Feast and the folk-tale-come-to-life John Henry. Plus, Mickey himself returns to the screen in Get a Horse. Or, in this case, a mouse.
A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (Acorn TV)
Anthony Powell’s 12-volume series of novels was adapted into a four-part, eight-hour British miniseries in 1997. Inspired by Nicholas Poussin’s painting of the same name, the books, published between 1951 and 1975, recalls a half-century in the life of upper-classman Nick Jenkins (James Purefoy, later a serial killer on The Following). Watch for appearances by Sir John Gielgud, Edward Fox, Miranda Richardson and Penny Dreadful’s Simon Russell Beale. And trust us, it’s worth your time.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Time, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.