October means Halloween and Halloween means horror, so there's a supernatural tinged flavour to the month with the return of Locke & Key plus original slasher thriller, There’s Someone in Your House.
Updated 17-Sep-2021: Another Life S2 (14th Oct)
Having committed earlier in July to its interconnected Fear Street saga - ideal for Halloween one would have thought - Netflix still brings a parade of petrifying programming, presenting a plentiful party of horrors, mysteries and chillers during October, with a mix of originals and licenced content, including the daddy of them all, John Carpenter's Halloween.
Aside from the masked killer shenanigans of There’s Someone Inside Your House, the streamer will be serving up Night Teeth, a blood curdling original movie which pits driver-in-peril Benny against the vampire underworld.
Elsewhere, the success of Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead back in May has led to the prequel/sidequel, Army of Thieves, which tells the background story of safecracker extraordinaire Ludwig Dieter who was so crucial in the Las Vegas heist.
There is a host of new international TV shows, including Korean revenge thriller My Name and the historical drama The King’s Affection plus The Billion Dollar Code from Germany which gives an insight into the winner-take-all practices behind the software applications that the world relies on.
All 180 episodes of US 80s/90s sitcom phenomenon Seinfeld come to Netflix this month (and they weren’t cheap by all accounts!) and for those that wondered where that niche building-a-bridge-out-of-marzipan reality show of their dreams was… your wait is over as Baking Impossible hits that baking/engineering sweetspot.
So here’s a rundown of what we know so far is coming to Netflix UK in October, bearing in mind that although we’ve tried to be as UK specific as possible, streaming dates can change, content can sometimes be territory specific and shows can even get changed by Netflix itself.
Make sure you come back, as we’ll be updating the article when more films and TV shows get announced.
Pick of the Movies
The Guilty (2021, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Dir. Antoine Fuqua)
Joe Baylor is a demoted police officer assigned desk duty in a 911 dispatch call centre. Assuming a relatively easy shift, Joe is shocked to find he has to keep his wits about him when a call comes in from a terrified woman clearly in grave danger. When the call is disconnected at her end, Baylor has to scramble to save the imperiled woman during a harrowing day of revelations - and reckonings.
A remake of the 2018 Danish film The Guilty, this is Jake Gyllehaal’s second and Ethan Hawke’s fourth collaboration with director Antoine Fuqua.
There’s Someone inside Your House (2021, Horror, Thriller. Netflix Original Film. Sarah Dugdale, Sydney Park, Andrew Dunbar, Théodore Pellerin. Dir. Patrick Brice)
Makani Young moves from Hawaii to quiet, small-town Nebraska to live with her grandmother, and finish high school. As the countdown to graduation at Osborne High begins, Makani’s classmates are stalked by a killer who wears a life-like mask of their own face and who is intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani must discover the killer's identity before she becomes a victim herself.
Shawn Levy and James Wan produce this slasher pic which is based on the eponymous novel by Stephanie Perkins and which became a New York Times best-selling book.
Bright: Samurai Soul (2021, Animation, Action, Adventure, Netflix Anime Film. Voices: Simu Liu, Fred Mancuso, Yuzu Harada, Dir. Kyohei Ishiguro)
Set in Japan during the end of the Shogunate and the beginning of the Meiji period, Izo, a one-eyed, wandering samurai and an orc named Raiden, who has chosen to shun a life of violence, come together and work to bring a young elf girl and the wand she carries to the land of the elves in the north. Standing in their path is the mysterious organization Inferni, which aims to obtain the wand and revive the Dark Lord.
Based on the world of the Netflix live-action film Bright, this anime features the voice of Simu Li from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Night Teeth (2021, Horror, Thriller, Netflix Original Film. Sydney Sweeney, Lucy Fry, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Megan Fox, Alfie Allen, Dir. Adam Randall)
To earn some extra cash, student Benny moonlights as a chauffeur and drives two mysterious young women around Los Angeles for a night of party hopping. Smitten by his clients' charms, Benny soon learns that his passengers have their own plans for him – and an insatiable thirst for blood. Now, as his night spins out of control, Benny is thrust into the middle of a clandestine war that pits rival tribes of vampires against the protectors of the human world and, with daylight still some way off, he must fight to make it through the night.
Stuck Together (2021, Comedy, Netflix Original Film, International: France, Language: French. Dany Boon, Yvan Attal, Liliane Rovère, Laurence Arné, Dir. Dany Boon)
Seven families living in a Parisian apartment building are all stuck together during the early parts of coronavirus lockdown. Inevitably, three months of life under lockdown will reveal the best and worst of these neighbours.
Army of Thieves (2021, Action, Crime, Netflix Original Film. Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Guz Khan, Stuart Martin, Dir. Matthias Schweighöfer)
Six years before the Las Vegas heist, as the world is watching in horror at the start of a zombie outbreak in the U.S., a mysterious woman contacts small-town bank teller Ludwig Dieter who has a side-line in safecracking. She leads a crew of Interpol's most wanted criminals and with a global banking system reacting nervously to the outbreak, money is being moved around, presenting an opportunity too good to miss. The problem? The cash is being stored in a series of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe - which is where Dieter comes in.
Returning to his memorable role as Dieter from Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, Matthias Schweighöfer adds directing to his involvement with this prequel, which completely eschews the horror genre of its progenitor and instead, in a bold subversion, moves into heist, rom-com territory… with zombies as a backdrop. Zack and Deborah Snyder remain on board as producers.
Pick of the Shows
Maid (2021, Netflix Original Limited Series)
After fleeing an abusive relationship, a young mother finds a job cleaning houses as she fights poverty, homelessness, and bureaucracy to provide for her child and build a better future.
Inspired by the New York Times best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, Maid is a gritty yet inspiring exploration of poverty in America over ten episodes from the producers of Shameless and Promising Young Woman and starring Margaret Qualley and Nick Robinson.
Oats Studio Volume 1(2017, Short Film Series)
A series of short films with horror or sci-fi (or both) themes dealing with dystopian futures, alien invasions of Earth, black comedy parodies and alternate timelines starring Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley (of course!) and Dakota Fanning.
South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp’s independent Oats Studios was conceived as a platform for distributing experimental short films via YouTube and Steam in order to gauge the interest for projects to see which were viable for further development. For impatient viewers, these can also be seen on YouTube.
Oats Studios was responsible for Blomkamp’s recent Demonic outing.
Seinfeld (1989 - 98, S1-9, NBC Comedy Series)
Jerry, his best friend George, his ex girlfriend Elaine and the slacker across the hall Kramer, sit around and comment on the irritating minutiae of life.
Ground breaking US comedy series featured characters that rarely grew or developed due to the show’s ‘no hugging, no learning’ rule. It also eschewed other sitcom conventions such as the introduction of pathos, with much of the show's humour based upon repeated use of irony, incongruity, and (often, unfortunate) coincidence.
This classic sitcom cost Hulu $160 million for the nine seasons back in 2015 and Netflix reportedly shelled out $500 million for the global distribution rights. Now, with all 180 episodes due to be available in 4K for the first time, it will be interesting to see if the observational, “... and another thing, have you ever noticed how…” style of humor translates from the original air dates over twenty year ago.
The Billion Dollar Code (2021, Netflix Original Limited Series, International: Germany, Language: German)
Before Google Earth there was Terra Vision! Two German computer pioneers go to court in a fight against an apparently untouchable opponent in order to be recognised as the inventors of the Google Earth algorithm. Contrasting the hacker scene in post-reunification Berlin in the 90s against the idealistic world of early Silicon Valley, The Billion Dollar Code shows the harsh reality of a multi-million dollar process of creating the successful code that powers modern society.
The King’s Affection (2021, S1, Netflix Original Series, International: Korea, Language: Korean)
When the crown prince is killed, his abandoned twin sister Lee Hwi disguises herself and assumes his identity, taking to the throne. As Lee keeps her true identity a secret, her growing affection for her teacher Jung Ji-un threatens to undermine her position as she navigates the cutthroat political manouevrings of the Royal Court.
The Movies That Made Us (2021, S3, Netflix Docuseries)
Netflix’s occasional series, which takes a behind the scenes deep-dive into some of the most popular and iconic movies of all time, returns with an 8 episode third season. Tying in with Halloween, there’s a look at John Carpenter's classic along with A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Moving away from things that go bump in the night, the series also interviews the cast and crew behind Aliens, Coming to America, Robocop and then gets all seasonal with The Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf.
Another Life (2021, S2, Netflix Original Sci-Fi Series) - added 17-Sep-2021
When an alien structure shaped like a Möbius strip lands on Earth and grows a crystalline tower above it, astronaut Captain Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) leads the crew of the spaceship Salvare on a dangerous mission to determine the origin of the mysterious artifact and establish first contact with the species who sent it.
Now, the stakes couldn't get higher as Breckenridge and her crew witness the shocking annihilation of a planet at the hands of the Achaians prompting Niko to wonder how to negotiate with aliens capable of such brutality.
The first season of Another Life received mixed reviews but the series survived Netflix’s annual cull and returns with raised stakes.
My Name (2021, S1, Netflix Original Drama Series, International: Korea, Language: Korean)
Jiwoo is a woman who willingly enters the criminal underworld to uncover the truth about her father’s sudden death, and, gaining the trust of a powerful drug lord, she ends up infiltrating the police as a mole. Determined to avenge her loss, she comes face-to-face with some brutal truths.
You (2021, S3, Netflix Original Drama Series)
After Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager, crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his charming and awkward crush quickly becomes a dangerous obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way in order to be with her. This pattern doesn’t stop there and Joe’s extreme, toxic, and delusional obsession targets others in the second season too.
Season 3 sees Joe and Love, now married, living in Northern California and raising their baby among the privileged tech entrepreneurs and judgmental mommy bloggers. But, even though Joe is committed to his new role as a husband and dad, there’s still the nagging feeling that the woman he’s been searching for all this time could be just around the corner. The trouble is, Love is wise to his tricks and any escape won’t be easy.
Inside Job (2021, S1, Netflix Adult Animated Series)
Cognito Inc. is right at the heart of the Deep State shadow government and for the dysfunctional team who work there, conspiracies aren't just theories, they're fact. And keeping them a secret is a full-time job.
In a workplace where convoluted coverups, secret societies, reptilian shapeshifters and psychic mushrooms are the daily norm, navigating office culture is still tricky, especially for anti-social tech genius Reagan Ridley. She’s seen as the odd one out for thinking the world could be a better place and believing she can make a difference. There’s just her unhinged, manifesto-writing father and her irresponsible coworkers to worry about first.
Locke & Key (2021, S2, Netflix Original Series)
After Rendell Locke is murdered in mysterious circumstances, his widow Nina relocates with her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, from Seattle to Matheson, Massachusetts to take up residence in Rendell's family home, Keyhouse. The children soon discover a number of mysterious keys throughout the house that may be linked to their father’s death and which can be used to unlock various doors in magical ways. However, the keys’ discovery awakens a demonic entity that will stop at nothing to acquire them for its own malevolent purposes.
The TV adaptation of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key comic-book made its debut on Netflix back in early 2020 and the new season promises new mysteries, new keys and more revelations. Fans will be pleased to hear that season three is currently in production.
Colin in Black & White (2021, Netflix Original Limited Series)
The early years that shaped sports star and activist Colin Kaepernick are told in this coming of age story presented in six episodes from Ava DuVernay, with narration from Kaepernick himself.
The black adopted child of a white family, young Colin (played by Jaden Michael) faces and overcomes issues of race, class and culture on his journey to the highest levels of American football as an NFL quarterback who also became a cultural icon and advocate.
This tells the tale of how the boy became the man.
Anatomy (2000, Horror, Thriller, R, International: Germany, Language: German. Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Anna Loos, Sebastian Blomberg, Dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky)
When medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive medical school she is stunned to find the body of a young man she had just met on the train turning up on her dissection table. Suspecting more than coincidence, Paula uncovers a gruesome conspiracy perpetrated by a secret society operating within the school.
Anna Pavlova aka A Woman for all Time (1983, Drama, Biography, Period. Galina Belyaeva, Vsevolod Larionov, James Fox, Dir. + Scr. Emil Loteanu)
Biography of the famed Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, produced by Michael Powell. The suggestion by Martin Scorsese that Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson star was vetoed by the Russian Ministry of Culture for perceived anti communist inflections in the actors’ previous work. The roles eventually went to James Fox and John Murray - brother of Bill.
A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad (2020, S1, Documentary Series)
In 1961, a group of German Christians with a charismatic and manipulative leader relocates to Chile and establishes a commune - the Colonie Dignidad - that is soon influencing the country’s military dictatorship.
Body of Lies (2008, Action, Drama, Thriller, R. Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Dir. Ridley Scott)
A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear and shifting intentions of his American supervisors and Jordanian Intelligence.
Carlito’s Way (1993, Crime, Drama, Thriller, R. Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo, Dir. Brian De Palma, Scr. David Koepp)
Having just been released from prison, Carlito Brigante is determined to go straight, start his own legit business and retire to paradise. But word that Carlito is back on the streets brings out both friends and enemies who conspire to derail his plans.
Creeped Out (2019, S2, Horror Anthology)
A Tales of the Unexpected / Black Mirror style anthology series for older children that features a masked figure, The Curious, acting as a curator for the chilling stories.
Dawn of the Dead (2004, Horror, Action, R. Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber, Dir. Zack Snyder, Dir. James Gunn)
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega shopping mall. But tensions with other groups of survivors and diminishing supplies mean the group has to come up with a plan to escape and find more long term sanctuary.
Zack Snyder’s well received take on George A. Romero’s classic drops much of the consumerism undertones (surely more relevant now than ever before!) and ups the action.
Diana: The Musical (2021, Drama. Musical, Biography, PG-13, Netflix Musical Special. Jeanna de Waal, Erin Davie, Roe Hartrampf, Judy Kaye, Dir. Christopher Ashley)
The life of Diana, Princess of Wales takes centre stage in this original musical, filmed live at the Longacre Theatre in New York City during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in advance of its official Broadway opening, which has now been rescheduled for Nov 17th 2021.
Based on a book by American playwright, Joe DiPetro, the music and additional lyrics were provided by David Bryan… better known as the keyboard player in Bon Jovi. And with Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart due for a US cinema release on Nov 5th and Netflix’s own The Crown, it seems the world isn't done with telling Diana’s story just yet.
Effie Gray (2014, Drama, Romance, Biography, Period, PG-13. Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson, Dir. Richard Laxton, Scr. Emma Thompson)
The story of the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Euphemia "Effie" Gray and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
Forever Rich (2021, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Netflix Original Film, International, Netherlands, Language: Dutch. Jonas Smulders, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Daniël Kolf, Dir. Shady El-Hamus)
Up-and-coming rapper Richie is on the verge of his breakthrough. Right before the most important show of his career, he is robbed by a group of armed teenagers and a video of his humiliation goes viral. Set on revenge and saving his reputation, Richie embarks on a chase that pushes him closer and closer to the real life gangster his wannabe persona has portrayed.
Halloween (1978, Horror, Thriller, R. Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Dir. John Carpenter)
Fifteen years after murdering his sister, Michael Myers breaks out of his secure institution on the night before Halloween and makes his way back to his hometown, pursued by Dr Loomis who knows all too well what the Boogeyman intends for the residents of sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois.
John Carpenter’s celebrated slasher movie set the template for teens-in-peril flicks for decades to come.
Halloween II (1981, Horror, Thriller, R. Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Pamela Susan Shoop, Dir. Rick Rosenthal)
Picking up on events later the same night, Loomis and the sheriff continue their hunt for Michael Myers determined to stop him before he can make The Love Guru. However, the relentless killer has followed Laurie Strode to the local hospital where he intends to continue his murderous rampage.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988, Horror, Thriller, R. Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur, Dir. Dwight H. Little)
After being in a vegetative state for ten years Michael Myers awakes and returns to Haddonfield to kill his niece Jamie Lloyd, once again desperately pursued by his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis.
Ignoring the Halloween III: Season of the Witch installment, this is a direct sequel to Halloween II.
Halloween 5 aka The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989, Horror, Thriller, R. Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr, Dir. Dominique Othenin-Girard)
Continuing a three film story arc started in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and concluding with Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, number 5 see Myers returning to Haddonfield to murder his niece, Jamie (again), one year after she was institutionalised for trying to murder her foster mother - sounds like she'd be right up his street actually.
Heat (1995, Crime, Drama, Thriller, R. Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Amy Brenneman, Dir. + Scr. Michael Mann)
A group of professional but vicious bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest, deadly heist, and a relentless game of cat and mouse between determined cop Vincent Hanna and master thief Neil McCauley starts to become personal.
Michael Mann’s crime masterpiece features a central bank shootout that saw Val Kilmer congratulated by members of the US military for his weapons technique.
Inside Job (2010, Documentary)
Directed by Charles Ferguson this documentary looks at the factors that led to the 2008 financial crisis. According to Ferguson, the film is about "the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption".
Jumper (2008, Action, Adventure , Sci-Fi, PG-13. Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Dir Doug Liman)
A teenager discovers he can use his teleportation abilities to fund a lifestyle free of responsibility and financial worries but soon finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn enemies.
Killer Women with Piers Morgan (2016, S1, ITV Docuseries)
Piers Morgan steps into maximum security prisons to interview female murderers about what drove them to their terrible crimes.
Knight and Day (2010, Action, Adventure, Comedy, PG-13. Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano, Dir.James Mangold)
June Havens runs into handsome stranger Roy Miller at the airport and is soon on the run from corrupt C.I.A. agents in a globe trotting search for a science nerd’s Mcguffin.
Breezy, consequence-free actioner with winning performances from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz which spawned a Bollywood remake called Bang Bang - put that one on, Netflix!
Love & Other Drugs (2010, Comedy, Drama, Romance, R. Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer, Oliver Platt, George Segal, Dir. Edward Zwick)
Maggie is a free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down as she battles early onset Parkinson’s Disease. However, she meets her match in Jamie, a drug rep with a relentless and nearly infallible charm. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.
Love You To Death (2019, Drama. Marcia Gay Harden, Emily Skeggs, Tate Donovan, Heather Doerksen, Dir. Alex Kalymnios)
Camile Stoller is the mother of a sickly girl named Esme. Their relationship turns fatal when Camile is found to have been stabbed to death and Esme is missing…
Marley & Me (2008, Comedy, Drama, Family, PG. Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Alan Arkin, Eric Dane, Dir. David Frankel)
John and Jenny Grogan are a young couple contemplating the decision to have a baby. To test whether they’re ready for such responsibility, they decide to get a puppy first and end up with Marley… an adorable Labrador pup who flunks obedience school and quickly turns his new home into a disaster area. But over the years, the Grogans come to realise that "the world's worst dog" truly brings out the best in them.
Scaredy Cats (2021, S1, Netflix Original Children’s Series)
On her 12th birthday , Willa Ward receives a gift that unlocks a world of witchcraft, talking animals and spooky adventure.
Spider-Man (2002, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, PG-13. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Dir. Sam Raimi, Scr. David Koepp)
After being bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker, a nerdy, shy and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family. All while keeping his identity a secret to protect those he loves, including M.J., the girl next door with whom he is smitten.
The Crowned Clown (2019, S1, Korean Historical Drama Series)
In order to escape those who plan to assassinate him, a Joseon king puts a clown, who looks exactly like him, on the throne.
The Haunting (1999, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, PG-13. Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor, Dir. Jan de Bon)
This retelling of the classic 1963 movie, The Haunting is about a team of paranormal experts who spend the night in an ill-fated house to look into mysterious occurrences. As the night progresses, the investigation escalates into a heart-stopping nightmare for the professor and researchers.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009, Horror. Drama, Mystery, PG-13. Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas, Sophi Knight, Dir. Peter Cornwell)
When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. Now Johan has returned.
The Rite (2011, Horror, Mystery, Drama, PG-13. Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga, Dir. Mikael Håfström)
Skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.
Till Death (2021, Horror, Thriller, R. Megan Fox, Eoin Macken, Callan Mulvey, Jack Roth, Dir. S.K. Dale)
Emma is stuck in a stale marriage to Mark and is surprised when he whisks her away to a secluded lakehouse for a romantic evening on their 10th anniversary. But everything changes the next morning when she finds herself handcuffed to Mark's dead body. Trapped and isolated in the dead of winter, Emma must fight off a pair of mysterious killers intent on robbing their safe and finishing her off.
Scissor Seven (2020, S3, Netflix Anime Series)
Seeking to recover his memories, a scissor-wielding hairdresser who's also a bungling quasi-assassin stumbles into a struggle for power among two feuding factions.
Simply Raymond Blanc (2021, S1, ITV Cooking Series)
Michelin-starred chef shares the secrets of a new collection of simple, delicious, achievable recipes, that can be put together easily and quickly whilst still delivering amazing results.
On My Block (2021 - S4/Final Season, Netflix Original Series)
On My Block is a coming of age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph and pain of high-school in the rough inner city. Season 4 returns to find the friends two years later, having gone their separate ways. When a secret is unearthed, they quickly learn you can’t run from the past and they will need to stick together to survive.
Bad Hair (2020, Comedy, Horror, Music, Hulu Original Film. Elle Lorraine, James Van Der Beek, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Judith Scott, Dir. + Scr. Justin Simien)
In 1989 an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realises that her new hair may have a mind of its own.
Escape The Undertaker (2021, Netflix Special)
Interactive special featuring the popular WWE wrestler, The Undertaker.
Remember You (2021, S1, Netflix Original Series, International: Thailand, Language: Thai)
A young detective is invited to join a special investigation team and realises that the case they're pursuing could lead him to regain his lost memories.
Baking Impossible (2021, S1, Netflix Original Reality Entertainment Show)
Presented by Justin Willman, Baking Impossible sees top bakers and engineers team up to build incredible edible creations that must also pass taste approval and survive stress testing in order to win a $100K prize and title of world’s best bakineers.
Yup - there’s a Venn diagram that includes food and mechanics, and this is what it looks like.
The Five Juanas (2021, S1, Netflix Original Drama Series, International: Mexico, Language: Spanish)
Five women who share the same birthmark set out to unravel the truth about their pasts and discover a dark web of lies spun by a powerful politician.
The Ingenuity of the Househusband (2021, S1 New Episodes, Netflix Original Comedy Series, International: Japan)
News episodes of the comedic vignettes which act as a live action companion to The Way of the Househusband anime series.
The Way of the Househusband (2021, S1 New Episodes, Netflix Original Anime)
Tatsu, an infamous and feared yakuza boss nicknamed "the Immortal Dragon", retires from crime to become a househusband so that he can domestically support Miku, his career-minded wife.
A Tale of Dark & Grimm (2021, S1, Netflix Animated Series)
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story to save their necks and into eight other classic Grimm and Grimm-inspired fairy tales in this irreverent flavoured series.
Family Business (2021, S3, Netflix Original Series, International: France, Language: French)
After learning that France is about to legalise cannabis, failed entrepreneur Joseph rallies his family and friends to transform his father's kosher butcher shop into France's first marijuana coffee shop.
Pretty Smart (2021, S1, Netflix Original Sitcom)
Harvard-educated intellectual and aspiring novelist Chelsea moves in with her ‘in the moment’ West Coast sister, Claire, and her three lovably eccentric, not-so-intellectual roommates. As the mismatch of personalities and outlooks becomes apparent, Chelsea starts to wonder if she’s made the wrong decision.
The Lighthouse (2019, Drama, Fantasy, Horror. Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Dir. Robert Eggers)
In the 1890s, two lighthouse keepers start to lose their sanity when a storm strands them on the remote island where they are stationed.
Notable for its narrow 1.19:1 aspect ratio designed to make the audience feel that information is being withheld and the striking black and white photography that evokes the period, the themes examined include alcoholism, the existential struggle to survive, and the layers of masculinity that cloak a man…. so not for everyone then.
The Baby-Sitters Club (2021, S2, Netflix Original Series)
A group of girlfriends and middle-schoolers start their homegrown babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut and along the way learn about life and relationships.
The new school year brings growing demand for the club’s services and the ranks swell with two new members. These new relationships and personal journeys bring important lessons for all and through it all the club is there for each other every step of the way.
Convergence: Courage in a Crisis (2021, Netflix Original Documentary)
While Covid-19 exacerbates vulnerabilities across the world, unsung heroes in all levels of society help turn the tide towards a better future.
Fever Dream aka Distancia de rescate (2021, Horror, Mystery, Drama, Netflix Original Film, International: Chile/Spain/US, Language: Spanish. María Valverde, Dolores Fonzi, Guillermo Pfening, Emilio Vodanovich, Dir. Claudia Llosa)
A woman lies ill, far from home. A young boy sits beside her. She is not his mother, he is not her son. Together they will reveal a disturbing and evocative tale of broken souls, an invisible lurking terror, and the fragile threads that bind parents and children.
Based on the book by Samanta Schweblin.
Karma’s World (2021, S1. Netflix Children’s Animated Series)
Karma Grant is a smart, resilient and empathetic ten-year-old black girl who pours her heart soul into her love of rapping in hopes of one day changing the world.
The Four of Us (2021, Comedy, Netflix Original Film, International: Germany. Language: German. Nilam Farooq, Paula Kalenberg, Jonas Nay, Tim Oliver Schultz, Dir. Florian Gottschick)
After their four-week partner swap experiment ends, two couples meet again in a remote beach house to face the fall out. Suddenly, everything has changed and their feelings, life choices and expectations have to be reevaluated. In the end, one question remains: who loves who - and is that really enough?
Found (2021, Netflix Original Documentary)
In Amanda Lipitz's documentary film, three adopted American teenage girls discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront their complicated past and ask emotional questions and the trio decide to journey together on a once in a lifetime trip to China in search of answers, connections and their lost history.
Luis Miguel: The Series (2021, S3/Final, Netflix Drama/Music Series. International: Mexico, Language: Spanish)
Serial dramatisation of the life story of Mexican superstar singer Luis Miguel, who has captivated audiences in Latin America and beyond for decades.
The third and final season follows Luis along two timelines — in one, he seeks to bolster his career in the English-speaking markets, and in the other, he faces new challenges that threaten all he has worked for.
So that’s Netflix’s content for October so far. Leave a comment and let others know what you’re planning on watching / missing. We'll keep adding to the list as new shows and movies are announced, so keep an eye out for updates to the article.
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