It’s time to pay another visit to Hawkins, Indiana as the new series of Stranger Things is finally landing on Netflix. There is more science-fiction in the form of Love, Death + Robots as that animated series also makes a return.
On the movie front, Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, is manifesting itself on Netflix, but if you’re looking for something that is suitable for family viewing, you might want to consider Marmaduke which is premiering on the streaming platform this month.
There is all this and more so check out the highlights below and keep scrolling to check out a list of other titles that are confirmed for Netflix in the UK this May.
Many of us have experience of terrible hotel rooms, with mysterious stains on the sheets, damp patches on the walls, and the sound of something mischievous patrolling under the floorboards. But very few of us have had to put up with supernatural experiences after we have booked ourselves in for a stay somewhere.
This is unlike John Cusack’s paranormal debunker who suffers all kinds of nightmarish goings-on when he pays a visit to a New York hotel. This adaptation of a story by Stephen King is very good so is well worth a watch if you’re a fan of the author.
See for me (2021)
This tale of a blind skier who faces off against a set of thieves in a secluded mansion sounds a little generic. The Eye, In Darkness, and Blink are just a few of the other movies that have explored the theme of a blind person in peril, so my expectations for this one are a little low.
However, it has garnered a few positive reviews online so while it probably won’t offer many surprises, it might still offer something of value to anybody looking for something comfortably familiar.
The Souvenir (2019)
Joanna Hogg’s drama about a young film student who gets into a toxic relationship with an older man was a big hit with the critics. It currently has a 91 score on Metacritic with reviewers falling all over themselves to extol the virtues of Hogg’s autobiographical film. Personally, I can’t see what all the fuss is about as I found it to be pretentious and slightly dull but if you decide to watch it, you might be in more agreement with the media masses who were awe-inspired by what they saw on screen.
Clark: Season 1
This Swedish series directed by Jonas Åkerlund stars Bill Skarsgård (It, Hemlock Grove) as Clark Olofsson, the infamous Swedish bank robber who inspired the expression “Stockholm syndrome.” We have already seen a version of this story in the Ethan Hawke movie Stockholm but this promises to be an extended look at the controversial criminal and the woman he took as a hostage.
The Pentaverate: Season 1
Mike Myers stars as not one character but five in this conspiracy comedy about a secret society of men who have been influencing world events for the greater good since the time of the Black Plague. Surprisingly, it’s a spin-off of the 1993 movie So I Married An Axe Murderer, which doesn’t seem to have any logical ties with this, but all will be revealed when the show hits Netflix on this date.
The Takedown (2022)
This French buddy cop movie from director Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk, Now You See Me), stars Lupin star Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte (Elle). The mismatched cops investigate a murder in a small town but as is usual in these kinds of movies, they soon discover a wider conspiracy. The Takedown is a belated sequel to the movie On the Other Side of the Tracks, but as it’s been ten years since that movie’s release, you can be forgiven if you don’t remember it.
Along For the Ride (2022)
For some reason, this rom-com was pushed back from its April release date to May, so if you read our last preview and wondered why this didn’t pop up on your Netflix feed, now you know! This movie is for you if you enjoy cheesy teen romances but as I said in the previous preview, if you don’t like this kind of thing, you probably shouldn’t go along for the ride!
The Sound of Magic: Season 1
If you’re looking for a K-drama with a sprinkling of magic, this one might be for you. It’s about a young girl called Yoon Ah-Yi who meets Rieul, an enigmatic and mysterious magician who wants to stop time and remain youthful. The series is based on a webcomic so you may already be familiar with the plot of this movie. But whether you know much about this fantastical tale or not, you might want to consider adding it to your watchlist if you’re looking for something original and enchanting.
Welcome to Eden: Season 1
Five young people are invited to an exclusive party on a secret island and discover that this supposed paradise is not quite what it seems. It sounds like a cross between Fantasy Island and Lost to me but we will all be able to discover the island’s secrets when this Spanish series lands on Netflix in May.
This isn’t the first time the Great Dane has graced our screens. The lovable hound, who was originally brought to life in a newspaper comic strip, was the main character in a very weak 2010 movie where he was voiced by Owen Wilson. Will this new animated movie be better than that dog awful catastrophe? The jury is still out as there are no reviews online for this but the trailer, complete with a fart joke, doesn’t inspire much confidence.
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Director Mike Flanagan, the Netflix horror director of choice after Midnight Mass and The Haunting of Hill House, is behind this adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining. Ewan McGregor stars as the now grown-up Danny Torrance who uses his psychic abilities to help a young girl in trouble. The movie rightfully received a lot of praise from critics and it is more faithful to King’s work than Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaption of The Shining. Rebecca Ferguson gives an incredibly chilling performance as an evil soul sucker and the whole movie drips with terror and menace.
The Bisexual: Season 1
The subject of bisexuality recently fell under the spotlight in Netflix’s Heartstopper, which explored the blossoming relationship between two teens, one of whom was openly gay and the other who was coming to terms with his sexual feelings towards guys.
This comedy-drama series from Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), explores the subject of bisexuality further and how difficult it is to come out as bisexual in the gay community.
The series originally aired in 2018 but if you haven’t seen it yet, this could be the next thing to add to your watchlist, especially if you can relate to the show’s themes.
Our Father (2022)
In the recent movie False Positive, a dodgy fertility doctor (Pierce Brosnan) – SPOILER ALERT – inseminates women with his own sperm for nefarious purposes! At least that was only a piece of fiction, right? Well, not quite, as this documentary shows.
A woman makes the discovery that a real-life fertility doctor in Indianapolis has been up to no good after carrying out a DNA test on herself at home. As the old adage goes, the truth is sometimes scarier than fiction!
High school is bad enough but it’s even worse when the heads of the students around you start to explode! This is a premise that David Cronenberg would be proud of but as this is more of a love story than a horror movie, you won’t necessarily need to have a sick bag by your side when you’re sitting on the sofa watching this bizarre comedy.
Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer star as the loving couple whose every moment could be their last. While this movie will never be considered a classic, it is still surprisingly good fun!
The Lincoln Lawyer: Season 1
An expanded adaptation of the bestselling novels by Michael Connelly which were originally brought to the screen in a movie starring Matthew McConaughey.
This time, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (6 Underground) stars as the lawyer who runs an unconventional law practice out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car.
The movie was pretty good and Connelly’s novels were popular, so this might be one to stick on your watchlist if you’re a crime drama enthusiast.
Senior Year (2022)
Rebel Wilson stars in this comedy about a woman who, after being in a coma for twenty years, returns to high school to fulfil her dream of becoming prom queen. Will she succeed? Probably but not without a few hilarious mishaps along the way, I imagine!
The movie has a good supporting cast, including Michael Cimino (Love, Victor), Zoe Chao (The Afterparty), and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), so this could be quite a fun watch. That might depend on your tolerance for Rebel Wilson, however, who doesn’t play to everybody’s tastes.
Love, Death + Robots: Volume 3
Netflix’s dark sci-fi animation is back for a third volume and like the previous volumes, you can expect a mix of fantasy, horror, and the occasional smatterings of comedy.
You can also expect to be blown away by the different visual styles each director uses to bring to life the wacky and weird stories that have been borne from their imagination.
Stranger Things: Season 4 – Volume 1
I wasn’t going to include this one as it’s a series that not many people are familiar with. Watch it or don’t – it’s up to you! I’m kidding of course, as this is the fourth season of a show that has proven to be one of the biggest hits on Netflix.
It takes place several months after the Battle of Starcourt and while we don’t yet know what will happen to the intrepid group of teens in Hawkins, Indiana, it’s clear that life won’t be easy for them as they deal with both the perils of high school and the terrors of the Upside Down.
Mercifully, volume 2 is scheduled for July so we won’t have long to wait after binge-watching this first volume in a single sitting.
Also streaming on Netflix UK this May…
The Adolf Eichmann Trial
Against the Sun (2004)
Ackley Bridge: Season 4
Arpo: Season 1
Baby Geniuses (1999)
Back to Life
Big Daddy (1999)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blippi Wonders: Season 1
Blue Thunder (1983)
Gods of Egypt (2016)
Into the Wild (2007)
Jackass 2.5 (2007)
Jackass 3.5 (2011)
Jackass the Movie (2002)
Lord of War (2005)
Orange County (2002)
The Social Network (2010)
The Story of Film: a New Generation
3 from Hell (2019)
A Man Wanted (2017)
Octonauts: Above & Beyond: Season 2
Better Call Saul: Season 6, Episode 4
Chris Distefano: Speshy Weshy
Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive
Let’s Tie the Knot, Honey! (2022)
Showtime 1958 (2020)
Meltdown: Three Mile Island: Season 1
40 Years Young (2022)
Summertime: Season 3
El Marginal: Season 5
The Circle USA: Season 4
Blood Sisters: Season 1
Who Rules the World: Episodes 13 to 18
Brother in Love 2 (2021)
A Drop of Blood
Selling Sunset: Season 5 Reunion
A Haunting at the Rectory (2015)
The Amityville Theater (2015)
Conjuring the Dead (2014)
Elon Musk: The Real Life Iron Man (2018)
I’m In Love With My Car
Meanwhile on Earth
Theatre of Fear AKA Midnight Horror Show (2014)
The Last House on Cemetery Lane (2015)
Sjalo: Island of Souls
Wood Industry: A Business Against Nature
You Will Not Have My Hate
Christina P: Mom Genes
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War
Better Call Saul: Season 6, Episode 5
The Drowning: Season 1
Meet Marry Murder: Season 1
Workin’ Moms: Season 6
Brotherhood: Season 2
The Circle USA: Season 4: Episodes 5 to 8
42 Days of Darkness: Season 1
The Getaway King (2021)
The Perfect Family (2021)
Maverix: Season 1
Savage Beauty: Season 1
Who Rules the World: Episode 19 to 24
Bling Empire: Season 2
Life and Movies of Erşan Kuneri: Season 1
New Heights: Season 1
Curse Of The Witching Tree (2015)
The Good Liar (2019)
Barbie Spy Squad
Vampire in the Garden: Season 1
Better Call Saul: Season 6, Episode 6
The Future Diary: Season 2, Episodes 1 to 4
The Circle USA: Season 4: Episodes 9 to 12
Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror (2022)
Who Killed Sara?: Season 3
The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib: Season 1
The G Word with Adam Conover: Season 1
A Perfect Pairing (2022)
The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar
Who Rules the World: Episode 25 to 30
F*ck Love Too (2022)
Jackass 4.5 (2022)
The Cry: Season 1
Dark Money: Season 1
Better Call Saul: Season 6, Episode 7
Somebody Feed Phil: Season 5
Who Rules the World: Episode 31 to 36
Better Call Saul: Season 6, Episode 8