New Netflix Instant Releases — October 2014
It's that time again: if you're a Netflix Instant subscriber, there's lots of new titles hitting the streaming service in October. We've got the original 'Annie' just in time for the new remake, the complete 'Gilmore Girls' series (it's about time!), 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' tons of classic films and new favorites, and a handful of TV shows to binge-watch. Read on for our guide to all the Netflix Instant releases in October 2014!
'Annie' (1982) -- Starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, and Carol Burnett. The classic musical centering on a young orphan girl's adventures to find a family that will take her.
'Annie: A Royal Adventure' (1995) -- Starring Ashley Johnson, Joan Collins, and George Hearn. Annie goes on an all-new adventure in England, where she stumbles on a plot by an evil noblewoman who wants to blow up Buckingham palace.
'Bad Johnson' (2014) -- Starring Cam Gigandet, Jamie Chung, and Nick Thune. A charismatic womanizer receives his comeuppance after his penis mysteriously leaves his body and takes human form.
'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle' (2003) -- Starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database.
'Chicken Run' (2000) -- Starring Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, and Timothy Spall. 'Chicken Run' is a comedy escape drama with a touch of passion set on a sinister Yorks chicken farm in 1950s England.
'Domestic Disturbance' (2001) -- Starring John Travolta, Nick Loren, and Vince Vaughn. A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be.
'Ernest Saves Christmas' (1988) -- Starring Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, and Oliver Clark. Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.
'Finding Forrester' (2000) -- Starring Sean Connery, Rob Brown, and F. Murray Abraham. A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.
'Galaxy Quest' (1999) -- Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman. The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles in real life when an alien race needs their help.
'Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series' -- Starring Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Melissa McCarthy. A drama centering around the relationship between a 30-something single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
'Hit!' (1973) -- Starring Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, and Paul Hampton. When a federal agent's daughter dies of a drug overdose, he sets out to take revenge against the dealers who supplied her.
'Hostages' Season 1 (2014) -- Starring Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, and Billy Brown. A surgeon is drawn into a vast political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage.
'Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius' (2001) -- Starring Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, and Megan Cavanagh. An 8-year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens.
'Kramer vs. Kramer' (1979) -- Starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Jane Alexander. A just-divorced man must learn to care for his son on his own, and then must fight in court to keep custody of him.
'My Father the Hero' (1994) -- Starring Gerard Depardieu, Katherine Heigl, and Dalton James. A teenage girl on vacation in the Bahamas with her divorced father tries to impress a potential boyfriend by saying that her father is actually her lover.
'Paths of Glory' (1957) -- Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou. When soldiers in World War I refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superior officers decide to make an example of them.
'Please Subscribe: A Documentary About YouTubers' (2013) -- This documentary examines the independent artists making startling salaries on YouTube every year.
'Rescue Dawn' (2006) -- Starring Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, and Jeremy Davies. A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
'Romeo + Juliet' (1996) -- Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, and John Leguizamo. Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona, while still retaining its original dialogue.
'Shadow of the Vampire' (2000) -- Starring John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, and Udo Kier. The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible.
'Shane' (1953) -- Starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, and Van Helfin. A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
'Sleepless in Seattle' (1993) -- Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Rita Wilson. A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.
'Shivers' (1975) -- Starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, and Lynn Lowry. The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.
'The Phantom of the Opera' (1989) -- Starring Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, and Alex Hyde-White. A darker version of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer who has plans for those who oppose himself or the young singer.
'Team America: World Police' (2004) -- Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Elle Russ. Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.
'Three Fugitives' (1989) -- Starring Martin Short, Nick Nolte, and Sarah Rowland Doroff. Fresh out of prison, former stickup man Daniel Lucas finds himself taken hostage at a bank by would-be robber Ned Perry, and the cops -- aware of Lucas' history -- naturally assume the two are a team. Before you can say "getaway," Lucas and Perry are on the run with Perry's 6-year-old daughter along for the ride in director Francis Veber's fast-paced remake of his French crime caper.
'Tombstone' (1993) -- Starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, and Sam Elliott. A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
'The Wedding Planner' (2001) -- Starring Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, and Bridgett Wilson-Sampras. Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.
'Carrie' (2013) -- Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Gabrielle Wilde. A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
'Reign' Season 1 (2013) -- Starring Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, and Torrance Coombs. Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
'Under the Electric Sky EDC 2013' (2014) -- This documentary chronicles the Electric Daisy Carnival, the largest dance music event in North America.
'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5 (2013) -- Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder. A high school girl is torn between two vampire brothers.
'The Originals' Season 1 (2013) -- Starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, and Claire Holt. The Original vampire family, from 'The Vampire Diaries,' return and settle in the city they helped build, New Orleans.
'The Boxcar Children' (2013) -- Starring Mackenzie Foy, Zachary Gordon, and Joey King. A group of orphaned children make a home and a life for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in this animated film.
'Little Man' (2006) -- Starring Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, and Kerry Washington. A wannabe dad mistakes a vertically challenged criminal on the lam as his newly adopted son.
'The Following' Season 2 (2014) -- Starring Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, and James Purefoy. A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.
'Hart of Dixie' Season 3 (2013) -- Starring Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, and Cress Williams. New Yorker and new doctor Zoe Hart accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work in his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She arrives to find he has died and left half the practice to her in his will.
'In a World...' (2013) -- Starring Lake Bell, Demitri Martin, and Rob Corddry. An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voiceover profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.
'Raising Hope' Season 4 (2013) -- Starring Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, and Garret Dillahunt. Jimmy becomes a single parent to an infant after the mother with whom he had a one-night stand ends up on death row.
'Supernatural' Season 9 (2013) -- Starring Jared Padelecki, Jensen Ackles, and Jim Beaver. Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.
'Arrow' Season 2 (2013) -- Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, and David Ramsey. After having being lost at sea and presumed dead, the spoiled son of a millionaire returns to cleanse his hometown from crime as a masked arrow-slinging vigilante, based on the comic book character Green Arrow.
'Jay Mohr: Funny For a Girl' -- The comedian's first comedy special in over seven years focuses on topics ranging from raising kids to his hilarious impressions of stars like Christopher Walken and Adam Sandler.
'A Long Way Down' (2014) -- Starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots. Four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.
'The Tomorrow People' Season 1 (2013) -- Starring Robbie Amell, Peyton List, and Luke Mitchell. The story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
'Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me' (2014) -- The late-night host and author's newest special supports her fourth #1 New York Times best-selling book, and uses personal photos to enhance her stories of world travel and her sex life.
'Breathe In' (2013) -- Starring Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, and Mackenzie Davis. When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever.
'Heatstroke' (2013) -- Starring Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina, and Maisie Williams. On a family trip in the African desert, a research scientist unintentionally travels off course and is brutally murdered by an arms dealer. His girlfriend is put to the ultimate survival test as she attempts to evade the killers and protect his teenage daughter.
'Swelter' (2014) -- Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Alfred Molina, and Josh Henderson. Bishop is a small-town sheriff, making an honest living, with no memory of his criminal past. But when his old crew rolls into town looking for their loot, the perfect getaway threatens to turn into a nightmare of greed, revenge, and retribution.
'Why Stop Now' (2012) -- Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan. When a college piano prodigy tries to check his mother into rehab, he is taken hostage by her drug dealer and swept along on a wild adventure.
'Witching and Bitching' (2013) -- Starring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, and Pepon Nieto. A gang of escaping jewelry thieves get trapped by a coven of witches.
'Stay' (2013) -- Starring Aidan Quinn, Taylor Schilling, and Gina Moxley. A woman finds out she's pregnant and returns home when the expected father wants nothing to do with her.
'Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra Live' (2011) -- Flanked by a full orchestra, Tim Minchin takes the Royal Albert Hall by storm with a wonderfully witty evening of satirical musical comedy.
'Cowgirls n' Angels' (2012) -- Starring James Cromwell, Bailee Madison, and Dusta Kimzey. A group of rodeo trick-riders recruits a young girl to join them.
'Last Man Standing' Season 3 (2013) -- Starring Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, and Hector Elizondo. A married father of three tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women.
'Liberal Arts' (2012) -- Starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Zac Efron. When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.
'Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn' (2014) -- In his second full-length special, Wyatt Cenac discusses his thoughts on everything from adults giving each other hickeys to the vast changes in Brooklyn.
'The 100' Season 1 (2014) -- Starring Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, and Thomas McDonell. Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.
'E-Team' (2014) -- This arresting documentary profiles four human rights investigators who've dedicated themselves to combating criminal abuses around the globe. The team's challenges include the atrocities committed by oppressive regimes in Syria and Libya.
'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' (2013) -- Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
'Freakshow' Season 2 (2013) -- A family drama that centers on former music producer Todd Ray as he pursues his dream to own and operate his own Freakshow on the famed boardwalk in Venice Beach, California.
'The Carrie Diaries' Season 2 (2014) -- Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, and Ellen Wong. Carrie Bradshaw is in her junior year of high school in the early 1980s. She asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and Manhattan.
'Django Unchained' (2012) -- Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio. With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6 (2013) -- Starring Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, and Mark Boone Junior. A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.
'Bound by Flesh' (2012) -- A documentary that explores the origins and heyday of the American sideshow.
'Rain Man' (1988) -- Starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino. Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
[Correction: A previous version of this article listed 'Before I Go To Sleep' as releasing on Netflix on October 31. The film will be in theaters on October 31 and will not be on Netflix until March of 2015. We regret the error.]