OWA Recommends: Now Streaming in July 2017

Put on some John Phillips Sousa, it’s time to celebrate our nation’s birthday! This month as we enjoy all things summer: grilling out, time with family and friends, not getting sunburnt because we were smart with sunscreen, etc…. remember to grab your earbuds and smart device to watch some great shows while you are laying out by the pool. Because ladies and gentleman, July is bringing us some great additions to SciFi and Horror.


NETFLIX

E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982)
Available July 1st

This film is an absolute family classic. If you have not seen it, prepare to take flight into a world of delight and adventure. Steven Spielberg directs this portrait of childhood that follows a child who courageously helps a friendly alien return home. 


 

THE ORIGINALS: SEASON 4 (2017)
Available July 1st

If you are a fan of pretty people, vampires, fun gore/scares, and teenage-like drama performed by 30+ year olds, this show is for you.  This CW spinoff of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES follows the OG vampire family to New Orleans. Of note: werewolves and witches are also involved.
 

SPAWN (1997)
Available July 1st

Al Simmons, former soldier/assassin, is murdered and resurrected as Spawn, the reluctant, demonic leader of Hell’s army. Bonus: this is the first film to feature an African American portraying a major comic book superhero.

 

iZOMBiE: SEASON 3 (2017)
Available July 5th

Olivia “Liv” Moore has her life turned upside down when she is turned into a zombie at a boat party. She takes a job at the county morgue to get her brain fix only to discover that when she eats a brain she temporarily inherits some of their personality traits and experiences flashbacks of their life.  Liv now uses her “psychic superpower” for good helping the police department solve crimes.  iZOMBiE is hands down my one of my favorite shows right now. It is a great concept with wonderful acting, comedy, storylines, and effects. Bonus: it is developed by Rob Thomas so there are Easter Eggs thrown in from his other shows adding to the fun.

 

THE VOID (2016)
Available July 6th

THE VOID follows a group of people who have been trapped in a hospital by a gathering of hooded cultists. This Canadian horror film, which premiered at Fantastic Fest, has a strong 80’s callback vibe and provides some great shocking moments.

 

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)
Available July 18th

This is the first installment of the STAR WARS Anthology series that are set immediately before the events of the original STAR WARS films.  As it speaks for itself, there really is not much more to say about this film other than go watch it 20 times in a row.
 


HULU

THE BLOB (1988)
Available July 1st

A remake of the 1958 original, residents of a small town try to protect their hometown from an alien being shaped like, as the title suggests, a blob that engulfs everything it touches.

 

HOUSE OF THE DEAD (2003) and HOUSE OF THE DEAD 2 (2005)
Available July 1st

Adapting from the 1996 light gun arcade game of the same name, the first film follows a group of college students who travel to a mysterious island to attend a rave only to have it taken over by bloodthirsty zombies. The sequel looks into the reason for the zombie-ism via experiments and (of course) things take a wrong turn.

 

VAMPIRES (1998)
Available July 1st

Directed and scored by John Carpenter, this horror western, adapted from the novel of the same name by John Steakley, follows a team of vampire hunters attempting to prevent a certain cross from falling into the hands of the most powerful vampire.

 

LOST SOULS (2000)
Available July 1st

In his directorial debut, Janusz Kaminski brings us a film that follows a group of Catholics that go to a mental institution to perform an exorcism.

 

 

MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (2008)
Available July 1st

Based off the short story of the same name, Leon, a photographer played by Bradley Cooper, attempts to track down the serial killer nicknamed “Subway Butcher.”  Things take a turn when he discovers there is more lurking under the city streets than he realized.
 

MISERY (1990)
Available July 1st

This classic horror is defined by the iconic roles  and story written by Stephen King, directed by Rob Reiner, and wonderfully acted by Kathy Bates and James Caan.   Bates won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in this film playing the psychotic fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write her stories.

 

ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)
Available July 1st

This film has found its way on many people’s favorite horror lists and has earned almost universal acclaim from film critics winning numerous awards.  Written and directed by Roman Polanski based off the novel of the same name, this film chronicles the story of a pregnant woman who suspects than an evil cult wants to take her baby for use in their rituals.


STAR TREK
Available July 1st

The entire set of original STAR TREK films are being added to Hulu.  Any lover of the show, films, spinoffs and adaptations should add binging this set to their to-do lists:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek VII: Generations (1994)
Star Trek VIII: First Contact (1996)
Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998) 

 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Available July 1st

What is more fun than running down nostalgia lane? Grab yourself a slice a pizza (or 4!) and dive into the world of these mutant crime fighting turtles original trio film series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 (1993)
 

THE WITCHES (1990)
Available July 1st

Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, this film follows witches lead by the grand high witch played by Anjelica Huston who masquerade as ordinary women and kill children. Their plan is foiled when a boy and his grandmother fight back. 

 

WOLFEN (1981)
Available July 1st

A former New York cop is brought back to the force in order to investigate a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.  With 73% approval on Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert calling it “an uncommonly intelligent treatment of a theme that is usually just expoited,” this film is worth a watch.

 

MELANCHOLIA (2011)
Available July 12th

This scifi psychological thriller directed by Lars von Trier starring Kirsten Dunst, revolves around two sisters, one of whom is preparing to marry as a rogue planet is about to collide with Earth.
 

 

JOHN DIES AT THE END (2012)
Available July 19th

Written and directed by Don Coscarelli, this multi-genre dark comedy scifi fantasy horror flick almost immediately shot it’s way to cult status.  A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has a drawback: some people return as zombies. Can college dropouts John and Dave save the day?

 

96 SOULS (2016)
Available July 30th

This scifi flick follows a university research scientist, about to lose funding and status, who has a lab accident and discovers he can see people's true intentions -- making his situation even worse.

 

JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001)
Available July 31st

If you are in the mood for a good scare, turn this film on. A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.

 


If you still are in the mood for more SciFi and Horror check out the lists below:

AMAZON PRIME

THE 28TH DAY: WRATH OF STEPH (2013)
ALL AMERICAN ZOMBIE DRUGS (2010)
APPETITE (2015)
THE BUNNYMAN MASSACRE (2014)
FRANKENSTEIN REBORN (2005)
THE MATRIX RELOADED (2003)
THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2003)
PHIL THE ALIEN (2004)


HBO NOW

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)
BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 (2000)
K-PAX (2001)
PANIC ROOM (2002)
WATCHMEN, extended version (2009)
THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, extended version (2008)
 

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