An "Army of the Dead" heist prequel & the return of "You": Here’s what’s new on Netflix in October

It's time to grab a pumpkin spice latte and curl up with a spooky movie

By Kylie Cheung
Published October 2, 2021 10:59AM (EDT)
Matthias Schweighöfer in "Army of Thieves"  (Netflix)
Matthias Schweighöfer in "Army of Thieves" (Netflix)

October is the perfect time to curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and scary movie, and Netflix's catalog of new titles this month delivers plenty of content to choose from. 

Of course, before you move on to enjoy the thrilling new shows and movies, including many Netflix originals coming soon to the platform, don't forget to say good-bye to the titles that will be leaving this month, too. Catch the dream within a dream within a dream that is 2010's "Inception," or "Legally Blonde," the classic, hot pink comedy that made Reese Witherspoon a household name, as both movies leave Netflix on Halloween.

As for followers of Dan Brown's unadulterated trash, two movies based off his books, "Angels & Demons" and the "Da Vinci Code," will both be departing on Oct. 31 as well, so indulge yourself with those ho-hum mysteries if you want to turn off your brain. 


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As for what's coming to Netflix, after a nearly two-year hiatus, "You" is back in its third season with more bloody hijinks than ever, while the Halloween thriller "Night Thieves" is the perfect centerpiece for a mid-autumn spooky movie night. Whether you live for Halloween or are just trying to binge your way through to the holiday season, Netflix has got you covered.

Here are highlights of what's coming:

"Diana: the Musical," Oct. 1

Few figures in modern history are as universally beloved as Princess Diana, the people's princess whose story is oft told and retold — this time in musical form with "Diana: the Musical." This latest version of the classic story was filmed in advance of its Broadway opening.

"The Guilty," Oct. 1

Infrequent bather Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this latest cop thriller about a police detective turned 911 phone operator, thrown into what at first seems to be a quest to save a distressed caller, but turns into so much more.  

According to Salon's review, the movie itself has its problems, but Gyllenhaal makes the effort of watching worthwhile:

Viewers are supposed to side with Joe, who strongly believes he is doing the "right thing" at all times. But he is not a particularly likeable character. He shouts at everyone he talks at (not to) and demands that they do what he wants, regardless of protocol. He is the quintessential "entitled" white male police officer dictating that he is "doing his job" — even when he is not doing what he is supposed to. Joe's flawed character is also what makes "The Guilty" so interesting. 

"Maid," Oct. 1

Based off the memoir "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive" by Stephanie Land, this new series tells the story of a single mother named Alex who relies on housekeeping to make ends meet after escaping an abusive relationship as she tries to give her young daughter Maddy a better life. Emotional yet humorous, "Maid" is the story of a single mother's strength, resilience and love for her daughter.

"Bad Sport," Oct. 6

Netflix's latest documentary series examines shocking stories of sports and crime, told by athletes, coaches and law enforcement officials. Stories include Indycar driver Randy Lanier's marijuana-smuggling operation, a horse hitman's insurance fraud ring, the biggest match-fixing scandal in Italian football history and more.

"There's Someone Inside Your House," Oct. 6

Speaking of perfect Halloween night thrillers, "There's Someone Inside Your House" is an instant classic, following Makani Young as she moves from her small town in Nebraska to Hawaii, where her classmates are being stalked by a killer set on exposing their darkest secrets. The killer terrorizes Makani's classmates all while wearing life-like masks of their own faces. Creepy much?? "There's Someone Inside Your House" is based on the Stephanie Perkins novel of the same name, with Patrick Brice, director of "Creep," directing.

"The Baby-Sitters Club" Season 2, Oct.11

A much-needed palate cleanser for audiences of all ages, "The Baby-Sitters Club" returns for its second season. Based on the best-selling and still-beloved Ann M. Martin book series of the same name, this modern adaptation follows best friends Kristy Thomas, Mary-Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer as they navigate the ups and downs of middle school, and grow their burgeoning baby-sitting business along the way. 

"My Name," Oct. 15

Following the massive success of death competition thriller "Squid Game," "My Name" is another action-packed Korean thriller series, telling the story of a revenge-thirsty woman who joins forces with a powerful crime boss, entering the police force undercover to do his bidding.

"You" Season 3, Oct. 15

Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti are back as Joe and Love, two ferocious killers who have finally shown each other who they really are. Since running away from their shared crime scene in Los Angeles at the end of Season 2, the couple have since married and are now raising a son in Northern California's Madre Linda, surrounded by tech entrepreneurs, social media influencers, and judgmental mommy bloggers. What could go wrong?

"Found," Oct. 20

Three different girls adopted by different American families each travel to China, looking to meet their birth parents in this poignant new Netflix documentary.

"Night Teeth," Oct. 20

Be careful who you pick up off the side of the road: In this perfect Halloween night thriller, a college student chauffeur picks up two mysterious women who are presumably party-hopping across Los Angeles. He soon discovers their horrifying, bloodthirsty intentions, and is launched into a fight for his life.

"Sex, Love & Goop," Oct. 21

Look, we are always down to hate-consuming Goop content. After "The Goop Lab," the latest Netflix original series follows couples' journeys toward more pleasurable sex and deeper intimacy — all with the guidance of Gwyneth Paltrow and a team of experts. Will vagina candles be part of this?

"Sex: Unzipped," Oct. 24

Join Saweetie and a cast of sex-positive puppets (who we'd sure turn to for sex ed) in what Netflix is calling its "funniest, filthiest and furriest" new comedy special yet. Saweetie will also be joined by a panel of sex experts to give us the facts.

"Army of Thieves," Oct. 29

A prequel to Zack Snyder's zombie heist flick "Army of the Dead," "Army of Thieves" follows a mysterious woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) who convinces a bank teller (the scene-stealing Dieter before his demise, played by Matthias Schweighöfer) to join her in a shocking heist across Europe.

"Colin in Black and White," Oct. 29

From Colin Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay, this drama series tells the story of Kaepernick's early years in high school, and the coming-of-age that made him the activist he is today.

Here's the full list of everything coming to Netflix this month.

Oct. 1
"A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad"
"Diana: The Musical"
"Forever Rich" 
"The Guilty"
"MAID"
"Paik's Spirit"
"Scaredy Cats"
"The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light"
"Swallow"
"A Knight's Tale"
"An Inconvenient Truth"
"Are You Afraid of the Dark?" Season 1
"As Good as It Gets"
"Awakenings"
"B.A.P.S."
"Bad Teacher"
"The Cave"
"Desperado"
"The Devil Inside"
"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood"
"Double Team"
"The DUFF"
"Eagle Eye"
"Endless Love"
"Ghost"
"Gladiator"
"Hairspray"
"The Holiday"
"Jet Li's Fearless"
"The Karate Kid"
"Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life"
"Léon: The Professional"
"Malcolm X"
"Observe and Report"
"Once Upon a Time in Mexico"
"Project X"
"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
"Rumor Has It..."
"Seinfeld" Seasons 1-9
"Serendipity"
"Spy Kids"
"Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams"
"Spy Kids 3: Game Over"
"Step Brothers"
"The Ugly Truth"
"Till Death"
"Titanic"
"Tommy Boy"
"Unthinkable"
"Waterworld"
"Zodiac"

Oct. 3
"Scissor Seven" Season 3
"Upcoming Summer"

Oct. 4
"On My Block" Season 4

Oct. 5
"Escape The Undertaker"

Oct. 6
"Bad Sport"
"Baking Impossible"
"The Blacklist" Season 8
"Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things"
"The Five Juanas"
"Love Is Blind: Brazil"
"There's Someone Inside Your House"

Oct. 7
"The Billion Dollar Code"
"Sexy Beasts" Season 2
"The Way of the Househusband" Season 1 Part 2

Oct. 8
"A Tale Dark & Grimm"
"Family Business" Season 3
"Grudge / Kin"
"​​LOL Surprise: The Movie"
"My Brother, My Sister"
"Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle"
"Pretty Smart"

Oct. 9
"Blue Period"
"Insidious: Chapter 2"

Oct. 11
"The Baby-Sitters Club" Season 2 
"Going in Style"
"The King's Affection"
"Shameless" (U.S.) Season 11

Oct. 12
"Bright: Samurai Soul"
"Convergence: Courage in a Crisis"
"Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano"
"Mighty Express" Season 5 
"The Movies That Made Us" Season 3"
"Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It"
"Smart People"

Oct. 13
"Fever Dream / Distancia de Rescate"
"Hiacynt"
"Reflection of You"
"Violet Evergarden the Movie"

Oct. 14
"Another Life" Season 2
"​​In the Dark" Season 3
"One Night in Paris"

Oct. 15
"CoComelon" Season 4
"The Forgotten Battle"
"The Four of Us"
"Karma's World"
"Little Things" Season 4 
"My Name"
"Power Rangers Dino Fury" Season 1
"Sharkdog's Fintastic Halloween"
"The Trip"
"You" Season 3 

Oct. 16
"Misfit: The Series"
"​​Victoria & Abdul"

Oct. 19
"In for a Murder / W jak morderstwo"

Oct. 20
"Found"
"Gabby's Dollhouse" Season 3 
"Night Teeth"
"Stuck Together"

Oct. 21
"Flip a Coin -ONE OK ROCK Documentary"
"Go! Go! Cory Carson" Season 6 
"Insiders"
"Komi Can't Communicate"
"Life's a Glitch with Julien Bam"
"Sex, Love & Goop"

Oct. 22
"Adventure Beast"
"​​Dynasty" Season 4
"Inside Job"
"Little Big Mouth"
"Locke & Key" Season 2
"Maya and the Three"
"More than Blue: The Series"
"Roaring Twenties"

Oct. 24
"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks"

Oct. 25
"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"

Oct. 26
"Roswell, New Mexico" Season 3
"Sex: Unzipped"

Oct. 27
"Begin Again"
"Hypnotic"
"Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight Part 2"
"Sintonia" Season 2
"Wentworth" Season 8

Oct. 28
"Luis Miguel - The Series" Season 3
"The Motive"

Oct. 29
"Army of Thieves"
"Colin in Black & White"
"Dear Mother"
"Mythomaniac" Season 2
"Roaring Twenties"
"Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go"
"The Time It Takes"


Kylie Cheung

Kylie Cheung is a staff writer at Salon covering culture. She is also the author of "A Woman's Place," a collection of feminist essays. You can follow her work on Twitter @kylietcheung.

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