OWA Netflix SciFi & Horror Recommendations: July 2016

Here in Austin, we are hitting a 100+ degree weather streak. This means that as we celebrate America this month we are also celebrating the wonderful invention of air conditioning.  So go grab a snocone and prepare yourself for some Netflix and chill indoors with some amazing SciFi and Horror.  From superheroes to time travel to creepy dinner parties, this month’s additions are not to miss:
 

BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
Available July 1st

This ‘80s SciFi classic is one of the most memorable films of the decade.  It has been imitated, mirrored, and quoted many times over. President Reagan even quoted the film in his 1986 State of the Union Address. If for some reason you have not seen Marty McFly in action, buckle up in your DeLorean and take a trip with this flick because you won’t regret it.

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE II (1989)
Available July 1st

Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the far future of 2015 in this sequel to prevent Marty’s son from ending up in jail. This movie begs the question: where are our non-exploding functional hoverboards?

 

 

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE III (1990)
Available July 1st

The final installment of the BTTF trilogy takes us to the Wild West. While you would think this could mean a serious detour from the original themes of the film series, this film is fun and funny with great effects.

 

BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966)
Available July 1st

This film is based off of the ‘60s Batman television series and is the first full-length adaption for theatres starring the character Batman.  Adam West and Burt Ward bring the iconic Batman and Robin to life in this campy flick.

 

 

BLADE II (2002)
Available July 1st

This sequel follows the Marvel Comics character Blade as he continues his effort to protect humans from vampires. BLADE II is the highest grossing film in the Blade trilogy series.

 

 

CATWOMAN (2004)
Available July 1st

Halle Berry stars at Catwoman in this standalone character film. Unfortunately, this film has garnered almost universally negative reviews including being nominated for seven Golden Raspberry nominations, winning Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay.  However, do not let that deter you because Halle Berry looks fantastic as Catwoman.  Also, it has been confirmed by the fine feline actress herself that she will be reprising the role in the upcoming standalone Batman movie with Ben Affleck.

 

DEATH RACE II (2010)
Available July 1st

Despite being labeled “II” this film is actually a prequel to the 2008 film DEATH RACE.  The straight-to-DVD film follows the origins of the first “Frankenstein” car driver, Carl Lucas.

 

DEATH RACE III: INFERNO (2013)
Available July 1st

This film is both a sequel and a prequel. Still happening prior to the original 2008 film but after the events in the 2010 flick.  The main character Carl Lucas is just one victory away from winning his freedom.  Did I mention that Danny Trejo also stars in this film?

 

 

 

 

DREAMCATCHER (2003)
Available July 1st

DREAMCATCHER is the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name which tells the story of a group of friends who encounter an invasion of parasitic aliens.

 

 

PANDEMIC (2016)
Available July 1st

Set in the near future, a virus of epic proportions has taken over and a rescue team is forced to battle zombies as they search for uninfected survivors in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

TERMINUS (2015)
Available July 1st

This Australian SciFi film features a man who has a near fatal accident after coming in contact with a meteorite.  As he soon learns, this mysterious meteorite has serious implications for mankind due to a strange extraterrestrial element.

 

KUROMUKURO (2016)
Available July 4th

Sixty years ago, a strange mecha and a cube were discovered.  Yukina, the daughter of a United Nations personnel, accidentally triggers the cube releasing a samurai who has been in cryostasis for centuries and is the operator of the mecha.  Fun fact: the term mecha is used as a genre descriptor in anime and manga that feature robots in battle.

 

THE INVITATION (2015)
Available July 8th

This horror/thriller film tells the story of a man attending a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife and her new husband.  As the evening progresses, he starts to have suspicions about the hosts’ plans for their guests. This film premiered at SXSW in 2015.

 

HOLIDAYS
Available July 15th

HOLIDAYS is a horror anthology film that is comprised of a collection of horror shorts each inspired by a different celebration. Extra reason to watch it? OWA alum Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim) wrote and directed the short Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY WATCHING!!

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